CATPA Board of Directors
The CATPA bill was signed into law by Governor Bill Owens on April 22, 2003, and the CATPA was placed under the supervision of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, but administered by the CATPA Board. CATPA was developed to solicit monies and award grant funds to qualified applicants for the general purpose of improving and supporting motor vehicle theft prevention programs, and for the enforcement and prosecution of motor vehicle theft crimes. Specifically, section 42-5-112(1), C.R.S. created CATPA.
The nine-member CATPA Board was established with this composition; one representative from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, one from the Colorado Department of Revenue, three from the insurance industry in Colorado, two from law enforcement in Colorado, a representative of a statewide association of District Attorneys and a representative of the public or consumer group. In 2008, the CATPA board was increased by two additional members who would be drawn from the insurance industry.
Pursuant to the statute, responsibilities of the board include:
- Soliciting and reviewing applications for grants
- Approve grants ensuring that the grants are awarded to law enforcement agencies or other qualified applicants in a variety of geographic areas of the state, subject to available moneys
- Appoint a director for the authority who may employ staff as necessary to operate and administer the authority, subject to available moneys
- Report to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives on the implementation of the programs receiving grants
2018 CATPA Board Meetings
CATPA Board meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday every other month beginning on April 17, 2018, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. For the 2018 calendar year CATPA will be having meetings throughout the state in an effort to reach more stakeholders. For a complete list of meeting dates and locations please CLICK HERE. **The April 2018 meeting will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Durango 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301.
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Current CATPA Board Members
CATPA BOARD CHAIR - Sheriff Steve Nowlin
Montezuma County Sheriffi's Office - Law Enforcement Representative
Sheriff Steve Nowlin began his 38 year professional career as a Colorado Peace Officer with the Cortez Police Department where he served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant and Detective. Nowlin has also served with the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department as Detective Lieutenant, and the Colorado State Patrol where he served as a State Trooper and Criminal Investigator/Master Trooper. Sheriff Nowlin has served as the Colorado Certified VIN Inspection Program Director for the Colorado Peace Officers Standard and Training Board, and managed the Southwest Auto Theft Team and BATTLE Southwest from 2009 until his retirement in January 2014. Nowlin continued his involvement in the auto theft prevention arena by serving as a Colorado Auto Theft Investigators Board Member-Southwest Region from 2006-2013 and is a certified Master Auto Theft Investigator. He was elected Montezuma County Sheriff on November 4, 2014, and is an active member in several local boards and organizations.
CATPA VICE CHAIR, Judi Burk
State Farm - Insurance Representative
Judi is a Claim Team Manager in the Special Investigative Unit at State Farm supervising a team of Claim Representatives that cover Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming. She attended the University of Colorado at Denver and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree with emphasis in Marketing. Judi obtained the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in 1995, the Chartered Life Underwriter designation in 2002 and the Charter Financial Consultant designation in 2003. Judi is currently a member of the International Association of Special Investigative Units, The Rocky Mountain Association of Special investigative Units, Colorado Auto Theft Investigators as well as the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority Board (since 2012).
Toren Mushovic is the Chief Operating & Compliance Officer for IMMUNOe Health and Research Centers. Prior to joining IMMUNOe, Toren was in private practice with an international law firm where he counseled domestic and foreign companies on all aspects of litigation matters and investigations initiated by U.S. and foreign authorites For almost ten years, Toren served in the U.S. Navy as a Judge Advocate (JAG) and continues to serve as a reserve JAG. He earned his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and attended UCLA for law school as well as attending the London School of Economics. Toren serves as Commissioner on the Board of Adjustments & Appeals, Board of Directors of SungatKids, Program Committee for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as well as the CATPA Board. In recognition for his military, professional and civic duties,Toren has received several awards such as the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and being named as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers.
Nationwide Insurance Company- Insurance Representative
Jason Juarez is a Sales Manager in the independent channel with Fortune 100 company Nationwide Insurance. His insurance journey began in 1999 and includes living in Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, California and Colorado. Juarez' career started in claims while attending and graduating from University of Northern Iowa. During 2004, Jason transitioned into Field Sales and Marketing. In his free time Jason enjoys spending quality time with his wife and children.
Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue Designee
Cory Amend is the Deputy Senior Director of the Enforcement Business Group which consists of the Auto Industry Division, Division of Gaming, Liquor Enforcement Division, Marijuana Enforcement Division and the Division of Racing.
Mr. Amend previously served as the Director of P.O.S.T., the Peace Officers Standards and Training Unit where his primary responsibilities focused on the development and revision of law enforcement training curricula, approval and inspection of law enforcement training programs and academies; administration of written skills examinations; compliance with state statutes, rules, policies and regulations and changes based on P.O.S.T. Board action and overseeing the training grant award application process.
Prior to being the P.O.S.T. Director, he spent twenty-three years in law enforcement. Mr. Amend brings a solid background of supervision, organizational leadership and knowledge of police administration
He holds a Bachelor's Degree from CU Denver, a Master's degree in Criminal Justice and attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Lt. Colonel Barry Bratt
Executive Director Colorado Department of Public Safety Designee
Lt. Colonel Barry Bratt has over 30 years of experience in law enforcement and currently serves as the Region Two Commander for the Colorado State Patrol.
Lt. Colonel Bratt has served as the District Four Commander where he oversaw Patrol operations for Northwestern Colorado, which included eleven counties with a combined population of over 304,000 people and nearly 23,000 square miles. Prior to that, he was the District Five Commander in Southwestern Colorado, which is comprised of seventeen counties with a combined population of 219,000 people and over 23,000 square miles. He has also served as the Captain of the Patrol’s Homeland Security branch, The Troop 4C Commander in Glenwood Springs, the Sergeant in charge of Motorcycle Operations, and as Trooper in both Motorcycle Operations and Troop 1D in Adams County.
Prior to the Colorado State Patrol, Lt. Colonel Bratt worked for the Westminster Police Department.
Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to manage and supervise a multitude of special events ranging from small community events to large events encompassing multiple days and locations to include; the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay, Presidential escorts, Air Shows, the inaugural running of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, and the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships.
Lt. Colonel Bratt currently serves as the Chairperson of the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Committee. He has been a past President of both the Western Colorado Peace Officers Association and the Four States Peace Officers Association and is the past Chairperson of the State Traffic Records Advisory Committee. He has served as a subject matter expert for the NHTSA Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria 3rd, 4th, and 5th editions, as well as the NHTSA Model Performance Measures for State Traffic Records Systems. Barry also chaired the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, Data Emphasis working group in 2014. He has served as part of the Northwest Incident Management Team as an Incident Commander, and is State of Colorado Certified as a Type 3 Incident Commander. Barry is a graduate of Session 263 of the FBI’s National Academy and Northwestern’s School of Police Staff and Command.
American Family Insurance - Insurance Representative
Robert Pace is a Quality Specialist with American Family Insurance in Englewood, CO. He started his sixteen year insurance career at State Farm and has worked for American Family the last thirteen years as a Physical Damage Field Adjuster, Physical Damage Supervisor and Claim Manager. Robert received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado, has several insurance certificates and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. In his leisure time, Robert enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and the Serenity Learning Center; in addition to, skiing, golfing, and enthusiastically cheering for the Broncos. Robert ihas been serving on the CATPA Board since March 2014.
Chief Duane Oakes
Alamosa Police Department - Law Enforcement Representative
Duane was born and raised in Manassas, Virginia where he lived until joining the Military in 1990. He served as a Military Police Officer in the U. S. Army from 1990-1994.
After service with the military, Duane began his career in civilian law enforcement in 1994 with the Monte Vista Police Department. He served with them as a Dispatcher, Patrolman and Sergeant until 2003. He then served with the Alamosa Police Department from 2003-2004 as a Patrolman. He then returned to the Monte Vista Police Department as a Detective Sergeant and then Lieutenant from 2004-2008. In 2008 he returned to the Alamosa Police Department were has served as a Detective Corporal, Lieutenant, Captain, and now as the Chief of Police.
Duane is a graduate of the 215th Session of the FBI National Academy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Colorado Technical University. In 2006 he was appointed as the Director of the Trinidad State Junior College Law Enforcement Training Academy on the Alamosa Campus and he continues to serve in that capacity.
He is currently the President of Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He is the past president of the San Luis Valley Peace Officers’ Association, Colorado Law Enforcement Officers Association, and currently served on the Senate Bill 94 State Board of Directors.
Statewide Association of District Attorneys - 17th Judicial District
Jess Redman was born and raised in Nebraska where he attended college and law school at the University of Nebraska. Licensed to practice law since 2000, Jess is currently an Assistant District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office. In this capacity Jess is responsible for filing decisions, grand jury proceedings as well as the general prosecution of criminal cases ranging from capital crimes to misdemeanor offenses. Prior to joining the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office, he worked for the Colorado Attorney General's Office in the criminal appeals unit defending criminal convictions on appeal to the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme Court. Jess has been serving on the CATPA Board since May 2014.
Nationwide - Insurance Representative
Lovre was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia. He moved to United States on a tennis scholarship in 1999 and he became a Naturalized Citizen in 2015. Lovre joined Nationwide Insurance shortly following his graduation from Indiana State University and has been in the Claims Department since 2004. During his tenure with Nationwide Insurance, Lovre obtained his MBA from University of Phoenix and two Associate Degrees from Insurance Institute of America and The National Underwriter Company. He also served as the Chair of Claims Diversity and Inclusion Council reporting to Claims VP. Lovre enjoys spending time with his wife and Earl, Mad Max, Mayhem, Nola, and Roxy…. You are correct; these are our numerous pets. Lovre has been serving on the CATPA Board since March 2018.
Vela Insurance Agency - Insurance Representative
Deborah was born in Trinidad, Colorado and is the youngest of eleven brothers and sisters. She is married to Carlos Vela, a Denver Firefighter, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Natalia who both work at Vela Insurance Agency.
Deborah is a graduate of Trinidad High School and a graduate of Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.
Deborah has worked in the insurance industry for 33 years and started Vela Insurance Agency, Inc. in June of 1998 as a captive agent and in August of 2002 became an Independent Agent. Deborah has grown her business to a staff of ten of which six are bilingual. She has been recognized for her achievements in Independent Agent Magazine; Zenith Magazine and was also featured in Hispanic Executive Magazine in March 2012. Her greatest honor as an independent agent was receiving the National Emerging Markets Agency Award in 2004.
Deborah has served on numerous boards throughout her career including: LARASA (Latin American Research and Service Agency), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, LAEF (Latin American Educational Foundation), Centro San Juan Diego Advisory Council, Adelante Mujer, and CAHREP (Colorado Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals).
Other accomplishments and recognition include:
-In 1998, Deborah co-chaired the annual statewide conference for Adelante Mujer.
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