Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC

Caterina Spinaris, Ph.D., LPC

Founding Director

Caterina Spinaris, PhD, LPC, is DWCO’s founding Director and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado.  Caterina conducts research on correctional employee wellness and the health of correctional organizations, and develops educational materials on correctional staff wellness, based on research findings and her clinical experience treating correctional staff and families.  Caterina has authored DWCO’s signature course, From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment™, which received the 2016 Commercial Product of the Year Award of Excellence by the International Association of Correctional Training Personnel. She has also authored the courses Towards Corrections Fulfillment: For New Staff™True Grit: Building Resilience in Corrections Professionals™, and Correctional Family Wellness™, all of which are offered directly to staff and family members, and as instructor trainings with certification. Additionally, Caterina has authored the course The Supportive Correctional Supervisor™, and the course Treating Correctional Employees and their Families, a certification course for Behavioral Health Providers who want to specialize in treating correctional staff and familiesCaterina is the 2014 recipient of the Colorado Criminal Justice Association’s Harry Tinsley award, and the author of the books Staying Well: Strategies for Corrections Staff, now in its third edition, and More on Staying Well: More Strategies for Corrections Staff.

Steven Mayotte, B.Des., LEED AP, Chief Operating Officer

Steven Mayotte, B.Des., LEED AP

Chief Operating Officer

Perhaps it is surprising that Steve Mayotte’s background and experience include architecture and construction project management, and that he holds a degree of Bachelor of Design in Architecture. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Steve’s passion for correctional officers began in 2011 in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa, when he and his wife Daria initiated a weekly coffee shop opportunity specifically for South African correctional officers. The desire and need among this population became surprisingly and immediately evident through a variety of ongoing conversations. Steve was trained as a “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment” (CF2F) instructor in Colorado in 2017. Fully convinced of the effectiveness of this program, he spent the next year navigating the process of receiving approval for it to be regularly offered to the correctional officers at Pollsmoor Prison. Once approval was granted, he and his wife experienced to an even greater degree the flood of deep need for this opportunity to be regularly offered as an avenue for assisting men and women to thrive in the correctional workforce. He now uses his building background and multi-cultural experience with correctional officers through the avenue of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach (DWCO) to build into the hearts and lives of the valiant men and women working behind bars.

Daria Mayotte, M.A.

Deputy Director, Master Instructor

Daria brings with her a rarely found wealth of multi-cultural corrections experience, combined with her teaching experience and clinical training. With a background and love for teaching, Daria Mayotte first developed a passion for those working in prison while teaching literacy to juvenile offenders at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2001-2002. Nine years later she returned to South Africa with her family with the intent of further developing juvenile offenders. However, throughout her next eleven years there, she experienced the need and desire from South African correctional officials for further input and development in a variety of areas. She and her husband Steve came alongside them in a variety of ways, supporting, encouraging, and challenging them practically, relationally, and spiritually. Having been trained as a “From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment” (CF2F) instructor in 2019, teaching this course soon became a significant key for breakthrough in the lives of South African correctional officers. Daria’s excitement for investing further in the lives of correctional officers through the avenue of Desert Waters Correctional Outreach (DWCO) quickly grew as a result, and she is eager to continue investigating these opportunities on a broader scale through DWCO.

Nicole Whyms Brocato, Ph.D.

Research Psychologist

Dr. Brocato has 12 years of combined research and applied experience in measure design, survey research, assessment systems design, program evaluation, qualitative research, and data analysis. She has statistical software experience with Mplus, SAS, SPSS and R. Dr. Brocato also has experience with advanced statistical methods, structural equation modeling (IRT, CFA, EFA), missing data methods (multiple imputation and FIML), diagnostic classification models, longitudinal data analysis, measurement invariance, and scoring. Dr. Brocato’s applied areas of research have included higher education, child clinical assessment, and positive psychology. She has helped community mental health centers, large hospital systems, and government agencies evaluate and improve their programs and assessment systems. With programming experience in four statistical programming languages, expertise in theoretical and applied psychometrics, and experience as both a designer and user of measures, Dr. Brocato lends a unique and well-rounded methodological rigor to evaluation and assessment teams. She also has experience writing grants, managing multi-million- dollar research programs across multiple sites, providing training to small and large audiences, and translating complex psychometric theory into presentations and documents that are accessible to lay audiences.

Jean Cecile Delozier, M.C.J.P.A.

Master Instructor

Jean Cecile Delozier has served as a Desert Waters’ Master Instructor since 2019. Her passion for correctional staff wellness is a result of seventeen years of working in private, county and state facilities, and witnessing first-hand the impact of corrections work on men and women. Cecile recognized early that life balance and a focus on self-care were critical to a long career in this profession. She has served as a Training Director at the North Dakota State Penitentiary of the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, where she was invested in staff wellness projects. She currently serves as Associate Dean of Public Safety at the Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake, Utah. Cecile received a Master of Criminal Justice Public Administration degree in 2017, and is a doctoral student in a Criminal Justice program.

Susan Jones

Susan Jones, Ph.D.

Master Instructor

Dr. Susan Jones retired after working for 31 years in Colorado corrections. Dr. Jones began her career in corrections in 1981 as a Community Corrections Counselor. In 1985, she entered the Colorado Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer at the Fremont Correctional Facility. She then moved up through the ranks as a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Administrative Manager, Associate Warden until her appointment as Warden, from which position she retired in July 2012. During her career she has worked with male and female inmates at all custody levels. Her assignments included training, programs, custody/control, administration, and case management. Dr. Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Southern Colorado, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a doctorate from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Jones’ research interests revolve around issues that correctional employees face.

Brent Parker, B.A.

Director of Training, Master Instructor

Brent Parker has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology from Illinois State University. In 2014, he retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections, after 29.5 years of service, during which where he held sixteen different positions and moved through the ranks from correctional officer to director of training. Specifically, he moved through the security and housing ranks, where he promoted offender success and maintained safety and security. Brent then moved to administration, serving as re-entry specialist, program manager, public information officer, legislative liaison, and finally the director of training, where he oversaw the Corrections Training Academy.  With a heart for staff safety and wellness, the Training Academy gave Brent the opportunity to provide career development opportunities and quality training programs. He taught criminal justice classes at the Pueblo Community College, and served at state and national levels. He was elected president of the Colorado Criminal Justice Association, Colorado’s chapter of the American Correctional Association, and he sat on national ACA committees and review boards. Brent has been a workshop presenter for the American Correctional Association, and served the National Institute of Corrections as a regional training coordinator and nationally certified trainer. After retiring from the CDOC, Brent was asked to serve locally at the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, where he developed training programs and worked with probation and local specialty courts. He served at that position until the end of 2016. Brent has devoted his working life to the success and safety of both staff and offenders, and that is why he continues to promote corrections employees’ well-being, now through Desert Waters’ services. He has been involved in corrections at all levels and understands from first-hand experience the challenges faced by today’s correctional staff, supervisors and administrators.  Brent’s life-long motto is:  Leave it better than you found it.

Jeffrey Rude

Master Instructor

Jeffrey Rude has been working for the Washington State Department of Corrections (WADOC) since July 1995. He has worked in a variety of positions to include Officer, Sergeant, Grievance Coordinator, and Case Manager. Jeff has been an instructor for the WADOC since 1997, and has instructed Emergency Response, Stress Management, Report Writing, Prison Safety, Security Mindset, and other courses. He is an instructor for Assisting Individuals in Crisis through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and instructs those who wish to use these techniques to assist others or who want to become part of a local CISM team. Jeff has experienced many different incidents during his career, and has come to understand how this type of work can affect all corrections staff. He is a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, and has been deployed to several incidents in order to provide stress-related care to first responders. About that, he has said, “It is a true blessing to be able to assist others who are experiencing a traumatic event, and see them recognize they have the strength to persevere.” He says his passion is for the welfare of his fellow staff, which is why he serves with Desert Waters, and believes he has been called to minister to others as he is able. Jeffrey is a National Police & Fire Chaplains’ Academy graduate, and a certified chaplain.

Gregory R. Morton, M.S.

Master Instructor

Greg worked for Oregon state corrections nearly his entire adult life after graduating from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He started his career at the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) as an academic counselor, and then served as OSP’s Staff Training Coordinator for eleven years. He worked as a department-level new employee and in-service instructor until he was selected to be the department’s Leadership Program Manager, and then Staff Training/Professional Development Administrator. He was the Oregon Department of Corrections’s Labor Relations Administrator until retirement in 2009. He developed and was lead author of The Six Moving Parts Model of Correctional Employee Training Effectiveness, a research-based system that describes the crucial mechanisms that agencies must implement in order to ensure efficient and effective use of staff training resources, published by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC)/U.S. Department of Justice. Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and training sessions around the country, has instructed at the university and community college levels, and has taught parenting classes for prison inmates. He holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, concentrating on the personal and professional consequences of work-related trauma and chronic stress, and the rapidly expanding field of human neuroscience. His concern for the health and skills of the corrections workforce has been his motivation throughout his career.

Lydia Brennan, M.A.

Master Instructor

Lydia Brennan holds a Masters degree in Community/Clinical Psychology and brings 35+ years of mental health experience both in the community and corrections settings. Since 2009, she has worked for the Central New York Psychiatric Center providing mental health services in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Lydia has provided direct care in multiple roles, and now serves as a Forensic Unit Chief and Regional Training provider. Community psychology focuses on the idea of prevention, attempting to mitigate problems before they have a significant negative impact. Working in corrections, she saw the negative impact of this work environment on friends and co-workers and found few resources to help individuals cope with these unique stressors. A passion for corrections staff wellness led her to DWCO, which not only recognizes these unique stressors but also offers practical strategies for individual and systemic changes.

Judy Myers

Judy Myers

Executive Assistant
Elias Mokhriby

Elias Mokhriby

IT & Videography