Stuart Harper, President
Stuart G. Harper is of Mohave Indian decent and a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Stuart married his high school sweetheart Alaine. They have been together going on 41 years. He served in the U.S. Army and is a Vietnam Veteran. He has been coaching youth sports for the past 25 years, everything from basketball, football and many more. Stuart spends a majority of his down time fishing.
Stuart has worked in the field of Law Enforcement retiring in 1992 as the Chief of Police for the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department. In 1994 Stuart went to work for the Colorado River Indian Tribes Court as the Chief Probation Supervisor, he worked for 14 years primarily focusing on youth issues and programs. Presently, Stuart is employed as the Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Captain overseeing the patrol division. Stuart has been in the Criminal Justice system for the past 33 years, he has a wealth of experience in the field of law enforcement and court youth issues.
Stuart has been involved in many projects, boards and committees; he has been on the Board for Unified Solutions for many years.
Marcia Zaccaria, Secretary/Treasurer
Before relocating to Tucson, AZ, Marcia Zaccaria enjoyed a 36-year career in education. Marcia taught English and reading, supervised teachers, wrote curricula, served as the vice principal of both a junior and senior high school, and served as a district-wide administrator and testing coordinator in several school districts serving diverse populations. Marcia has a Master’s Degree in Education and a variety of education-related certifications. She served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and established a teacher training institute in Southern New Jersey.
After relocating to Tucson, Marcia began applying her skills as a teacher and administrator in the community. Marcia joined the board of Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group in 2004. She is a leader in several organizations in Tucson that promote intercultural understanding and tolerance. She teaches classes and facilitates workshops empowering people to better understand each other and bring seemingly opposed groups together. Last year Marcia and her husband Michael were selected by the Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue to travel to Turkey to promote understanding between Turks and Americans. Marcia and Michael also recently traveled and volunteered in India. To stay abreast of current issues and challenges impacting tribes as well as identifying potential solutions to current challenges, she and Michael spent the summer of 2011 visiting Indian reservations and participating in the U.S. Attorney’s Conference in Rapid City, SD. Marcia is an award winning clay artist. She and Michael have four children, Alyssa in Delaware, Daniel in Pennsylvania, Shari in Colorado and Marc in NJ with his sons Jake and Benjamin.
Steven Siegel, Member
Steve came to the came to the Denver District Attorney’s Office in 1983, after seven and one-half years in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado. Steve serves as the Director, Special Programs Unit. This includes administration of the Denver Victim Assistance Law and Enforcement Board. The creation and/or supervision of cutting edge Criminal Justice Programs is an integral part of Steve’s work. These programs include the Denver Anti Trafficking Alliance(DATA), Cold Case DNA Project, Justice Review Project (Post Conviction DNA Innocence Review), Witness Protection Program (a national model of innovation by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys), Victim Services Network (VSN), Juvenile Diversion Program, Domestic Violence Fast Track Program, Community Advocacy Program and the Rose Andom Family Justice Center, Elder Abuse Forensic Collaborative, Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE), the Drug Endangered Children Collaborative, and Courtrooms to Classrooms. The Denver Victim Services 2000 Project (or VSN) is designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as the single urban site in the United States for a demonstration model of a victim services collaboration. Steve is the past Chair and current member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Victims of Crime. He was appointed by the Governor as a founding member of the Colorado Criminal Justice Commission. He currently services on the Denver Child Safety Network Impact Team. Over the course of his thirty-nine year career he has been a catalyst for the development of interagency protocols that have been replicated nationwide on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled.
Steve served as one of the crisis team leaders in the response to the Columbine High School tragedy. His responsibilities included oversight of the crisis response, liaison between the jurisdiction and the United States Department of Justice, and consultant to the School Board and Administration. He continued his support of the services to the Columbine community by serving on the Executive Committee of the Mile High United Way/McCormick Tribune, “Healing Fund Foundation.” This resulted in his consultation work with various affected communities in the aftermath of mass tragedies such as; the Colorado Platte Canyon High School tragedy and the shootings at Virginia Tech University. Steve served as an advisor to the United Way of Connecticut and as faculty at the Symposium for Recovery for the Sandy Hook/Newtown communities. Steve was honored to be a member of the Executive Committee that created the Aurora Strong Resiliency Center in response to the Aurora Colorado Theater Shootings in 2012. He has been a senior advisor to the US Department of Justice and Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance in response to the Boston Marathon Bombing. Most recently, he is serving as a Senior Advisor to the development of a EPA/DOJ collaboration to service victims of environmental crimes.
Steve had the honor of supervising the Colorado Oklahoma Resource Council (CORC) which served the victims of the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing who were in Denver for the McVeigh/Nichols trials. After September 11, 2001 Steve served in an advisory capacity to the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime for the development of programs to serve the victims in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. He is on the Executive Planning Group for a Department of Justice Symposium on Response to Terrorism and is the Team Leader for the Technical Assistance to Community Leadership in the Aftermath of Mass Tragedy.
He co-chaired the committee that led to the passage of the Colorado Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victims Rights. Steve is a past President, current Executive Board Member and Co-Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network. He was appointed by the Chief of the Supreme Court to Chair the Commission on the Treatment Standards for Domestic Violence and served on the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board.
Steve served on the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime National Consortium Board, and Bureau of Justice Assistance Global Justice Information Technology Task Force. Steve is involved in the development of policies and programs that serve the citizens of Denver and Colorado ranging from the nurturing of our youngest children to the special care needed by our senior citizens. He serves as an advisor and consultant on policy development, boards of directors, fund raising, dispute resolution and inter-agency cooperation. Steve served as adjunct faculty to the University of Colorado Graduate School Of Public Affairs for six years. He currently is on the Advisory Board to the Fels Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve was a founding member and co-chair of the Denver Domestic Violence Consortium and the Sexual Assault Interagency Council. He co-chaired the First National Symposium on Non-Stranger Sex Assaults. He was one of the primary authors of the City’s Inter-agency protocols on Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence; Sexual assault, Child Sex Abuse, Victimization of the Elderly and victimization of the Disabled. Steve was a founding member of the Mile High United Way Family Violence Prevention Initiative (Find the Good.org). He also served on The Colorado Department of Health Sex Assault Prevention Advisory Council.
Steve is proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of Unified Solutions Tribal Community Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Criminal Justice Association. Steve has served on numerous boards in the past including thirteen years on the Colorado Violence Against Women Act Board. He was the President of the Colorado Health Sciences Center Addiction Research and Treatment Services Foundation from 1983-1996. He served on the Mile High United Way Funds Distributions committee, the Board of Directors of First Night Colorado, the Board of Kops ‘n Kids and the State Advisory Council on Child Abuse, the Mental Health Association Committee for Children, the Rocky Mountain Poison Center, Nurses of Colorado Advisory Council, the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, and Colorado Contemporary Dance. Steve served for nine years as a Trustee of the St. Anne’s School in Denver and is a Past-President of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Steve is a Past President and Life Member of the Board of the Kavod Senior Housing.
Steve has been a consultant and trainer for the US Office for Victims of Crime and for the US Bureau of Justice Assistance (Violence Reduction network), US Department of Education, National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, National Victim Assistance Academy, the Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s, and the National College of District Attorneys. He has spoken and been published both nationally and internationally on the subject of family violence, criminal victimization, community intervention and non-profit development and management.
Steve has been the recipient of numerous honors. In April 2006 he was presented the National Crime Victim Services Award by the Attorney General of the United States. In 2007 he was awarded the Carolyn Hamil-Henderson Award by Denver SafeHouse for career contributions to issues concerning Domestic Violence. Other awards include: 2012 National Crime Victims’ Law Institute Partnership Award (Denver DA’s Office Team); 2012 L’dor V’Dor Lifetime Contribution Award, Allied Jewish Senior Housing; 2012 Latina Safehouse Denver Services Award; 2008 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award of Excellence; 1988 Project Pave, Person of the Year; 1989 National Organization for Victim Assistance, Volunteer of the year; 1990 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Outstanding Contribution to Victim Assistance Movement; 1990 Denver Police Department, special Contribution to the Department; 1996 Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Community Service Award; 1997 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Exemplary Leadership Award; 1997 Norman S. Early, Jr. Award, Outstanding contribution to Victim Services; 1997 Addiction Research and Treatment Services University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Special Services Award; 1997 Project Safeguard, Advocate of the Year; 1998 Special Presidential Award for Services, Oklahoma Bombing Victims, , 2003 Special Achievement Award Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
The foundation of Steve’s life is his family. Steve has been married for forty one years(but who is counting) to Anna G. Siegel and has a daughter Erin who completed her Master’s of Education at Trinity University, along with a certificate in interior design, and a daughter Cassie, who graduated from the Frost School of Music, University of Miami and is a blossoming executive in the music industry. The Siegel’s are proud of our newest adult family member, Erin’s husband Scott. Anna and Steve are known to spoil their two “grand dogs” Buster and Bleu, but lately the world centers around Quinn Eloise Peikin and Charlotte “Coco” Pearl Peikin their grandchildren.
His positive addictions include golf, cooking, music and travel. He still is not biologically attached to his IPhone despite evidence to the contrary.
Kathleen R. Finn, Member
Kathleen R. Finn (Kate) serves as the American Indian Law Program Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School. Her work encompasses building healthy Native communities through economic development initiatives and combatting violence against indigenous women, among other topics. She works directly with tribes and Native communities, and works to create access to national and international forums for indigenous peoples. Kate holds a law degree and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, with a Certificate in American Indian Law. She is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation.
During law school Kate interned at the Native American Rights Fund and focused on issues of participation of indigenous peoples at the United Nations. Kate also provided writing and research assistance to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the American Indian Law Clinic. In 2016, Kate’s Master’s thesis, Microfinance in Indian Country, focused on local economic development approaches in reservation communities. Additionally, Kate has co-authored several articles on the intersection of resource development and violence against women in Native communities published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.
Prior to attending law school, Kate served as a Program Coordinator with the Denver Victim Services Network ensuring that victims of crime in the Denver metro area had access to a comprehensive network of services. She worked on the local level to connect service agencies, and also advocated at the federal level for adequate protections of victims of crime. Kate holds a B.A. from Princeton University and was a Peace Corps volunteer serving in a rural indigenous community prior to returning to her native Colorado. Kate enjoys spending time with her family hiking, skiing, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors.