The thing about consulting that makes us excited about each project we do is that it makes a difference. Differences can be such things as helping save a career exposed to the judicial process, it can be a classroom of students leaving with new skills and plans for future performance, it can be the action plan associated with a program assessment that, once implemented, will improve safety and job performance. All are motivators to provide services that matter and help shape the future of correctional program success. I started doing projects on my own time before retirement. Since that time there have many more. Each one is new, full of variety, and provides promise of an important contribution. All this keeps us going and introduces partnerships that add so much more to the project satisfaction. It is important to understand there is little I have done in consulting work without partnering others in effective relationships on each project. My first partner is my wife Vickie who is an officer in the corporation and a very competent adviser. I work with the best in the business and the involvement is tailored to the conditions of each project. Below are examples of many that I have joined forces with on specific projects.
|Gerald M. Gasko|
Gene is currently in his 39th year of service in the criminal justice field. He served 27 years for the Colorado Department of Corrections. After being promoting through the ranks, he became Director of Prisons for the Western Region in Colorado until retirement in 2004. For the last fifteen years Mr. Atherton has served as a technical assistance consultant and trainer for the National Institute of Corrections on a variety of topics related to corrections. He has served as an author of numerous ACA publications. He has served as mentor to Afghan Corrections Leadership and as a subject matter expert to the United States Embassy in Afghanistan. He has provided evidence in Federal Court as an expert witness on a variety of correctional issues, including conditions of confinement, use of force, unlawful discrimination, and management of high risk offenders. He currently serves as a member of several committees for the American Correctional Association.
Andjela Jurisic is CCSG’s expert on managing terrorist inmates in prison, and addressing violence and sexual assault in detention. She has 20 years of experience in capacity building & mentoring of diverse stakeholders in the justice and corrections sector. Her work with international organizations, such as the United Nations’ Missions in Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan; and with NATO’s military operations in the Balkans and Central Asia; as well as with the American Bar Association and the European Unions’ Police Mission provide her with a valuable network of contacts and collaborative methods of de-radicalization and re-integration of combatants.
Her extensive expertise of working in hostile environments, characterized by insurgencies, political turmoil, civil unrest and fragile states has given her far-reaching insights into radicalization, extremism and the individual’s role in the organization (i.e. foot soldiers vs leaders). For example, her assignment in Sri Lanka directly contributed to the successful re-integration of former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam combatants into civilian society through risk assessments of extremist inmates along with community-led rehabilitation options.
Focusing on the Rome Memorandum on Good Practices for Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders (Global Counterterrorism Forum), she has advised governments on security sector reform (SSR) and the integrated management of insurgent and terrorist inmates in transitional settings.
In her current position as Justice Advisor in Afghanistan, she is in charge of Victim and Witness Assistance focusing on the implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (LEVAW). She works with key justice sector stakeholders to improve and coordinate response mechanisms to sexual and gender-based violence; streamline reporting and documentation systems in ministries; advance victim support referral arrangements among service providers; educate and train judges, prosecutors, lawyers, victim advocates; and improve the public’s unhindered access to justice.
Fernando Tresplacios is an accomplished executive manager with over 28 years of combined state & military service, with documented success in progressively responsible and challenging positions. Of the 28 years, 20 years have been in corrections of which 10 years were at the warden level. He is currently serving in Afghanistan as a Special Advisor with numerous awards for his achievements. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a few courses at the master’s level in business. He also has a variety of management experience including human resources, administration, logistics, finance, facilities, drug treatment and program management. In addition, he has experience in strategic planning, risk assessment management, project development, resource allocation, safety and environmental management, and security and force protection. All of his accomplishments in the development of programs and in systems improvement have been based on successes in transformational relationships that establish trust and mutual respect in the pursuit of exciting goals and opportunities. He is also fluent in Spanish.
Cathy is retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections, where she last served as an Associate Warden at Colorado State Penitentiary. Cathy worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections for 30 years in various administrative positions at several facilities with both male and female offenders. Cathy was also the Statewide Accreditation Manager.She was selected as one of 40 people nationally to attend the first PREA auditor training of the DOJ and was certified August 20, 2013 as an auditor for the PREA standards. Cathy has conducted several PREA audits of jails and prisons (state, private and federal) to date.
Cathy received the Correctional Accreditation Manager’s Association Executive Board Award in 2012. Throughout her career, Cathy has been an active participant in the American Correctional Association and has served two years on the Field Advisory Committee, two years on the Committee on International Relations and was just reappointed for another two years in 2015 to the Committee on International Relations. Cathy has been a presenter of several workshops at the American Correctional Association. Cathy has international experienced as she worked 18 months as a contractor for the State Department as Accreditation Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. Cathy is a certified auditor with the American Correctional Association and has been auditing since 1994. Cathy owns CAS Consulting, Inc.
He is a correctional consultant for Crime Justice Institute (CJI) and other organizations, providing expert witness, consultation and training for correctional jurisdictions and other criminal justice entities. As a consultant and trainer, Larry has worked nationally and internationally with a number of jurisdictions on facility operational plans; contemporary programs for high risk and segregated populations; staffing analysis; policy and procedure development; organizational management; and correctional security programs. Larry also provides consulting services to the Criminal Justice Institute, Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA) and National Institute of Corrections (NIC).
From 2010 to 2014 Larry worked at Colorado Department of Corrections, Central Office. He had a brief assignment as Assistant Director of Prisons prior to being appointed to Deputy Director of Prisons. In his departmental executive leadership role Larry had numerous responsibilities including prison operations management oversight, effective and efficient use of resources and supervision of wardens. Larry retired from the Colorado Department of Corrections as Deputy Director of Prison Operations in January 2014 after serving 27 years. In recognition for his dedicated work to improve Corrections, Larry received numerous awards and recognition for his contributions to include, the Colorado Criminal Justice Association’s prestigious Harry Tinsley Award.
Michael L. Rulo has been a peace officer for over 34 years and is a Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Peace Officer, Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Member Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Certified Police Executive and graduate of Regis University with a B.S. in Business Administration. Mr. Rulo served as Inspector General for Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) for over nine years and has most recently served as Interim Chief of Police for the City of Fountain Colorado. Mr. Rulo also served as Chief of Police for the City of Woodland Park, Colorado. His current endeavors include criminal justice and security consulting privately and as a member of Peak Systems Services Group LLC.
Mr. Rulo has also provided consultation and training for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), providing training for state and local Jail and Corrections Administrators and Investigators on the subject of Sexual Assault and Staff Sexual Misconduct in Penal Institutions. He has also presented prison intelligence systems training as guest speaker for the University of Connecticut, Dr. Henry Lee Institute of Forensic Science. Mr. Rulo has authored articles published by Corrections Today on Prison Investigations and Electronic Surveillance Technology.
Mr. Gasko B.S., M.A., M.S., Ltc Us Army (ret.) has forty years experience in correctional administration, law enforcement management, planning, security, criminal justice, logistics, project management, multi足million dollar appropriations, budgeting and operations. During his numerous assignments with the Colorado DOC, he has held positions as Director of Prisons, Director of Correctional Services and the Inspector General. His responsibilities included supervision over all the state and private prisons in Colorado and prison support operations such as, Medical, Mental Health, Offender Management, Food Service and Laundry, Construction and Facility Management, Programs, Education, V olunteer Legal Services, Transportation and monitoring of 4 private prisons in Colorado.
Before retiring from the United States Army in February 1990, Mr. Gasko spent 22 years in the Army, Military Police, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and is veteran of the Vietnam War. While in the US Army, Mr. Gasko has had tours of duty overseas and in the United States in law enforcement, physical security, investigations, prison of war management, and Military Corrections. He has spent several tours of duty at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, Fr. Leavenworth, Kansas where he was the Deputy Commandant before his retirement.
Mr. Gasko has continued to stay involved in the Criminal Justice field sitting as the chair of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, regional advisory council, volunteering as a teacher for inmates at the Colorado prisons, a volunteer case manager for a veterans group, The Home Front Cares, a volunteer at the Garden of the Gods, a city park and National Natural Landmark in Colorado Springs, an ACA auditor and acting as an expert and for consulting witness/advisor.