Board of Directors
Michael Juba, Chair is a partner at Hardy & Juba, LLC, a law firm he co-founded in December 2012. The firm practices exclusively in the areas of criminal and juvenile defense, with a focus on representing children who are accused of serious crimes. Mr. Juba devotes the majority of his practice to juvenile representation and focuses on litigation involving direct-file youth in adult court. Prior to beginning his law firm, Mr. Juba spent five years as a trial attorney at the Denver Public Defender’s Office. Mr. Juba regularly teaches at conferences and law schools about the Constitutional rights of children. Mr. Juba co-founded a non-profit called Learn Your Rights In Colorado (LYRIC), which teaches high school children their Constitutional rights when contacted by the police. LYRIC annually reaches thousands of Colorado youth with its message of knowledge and empowerment. Mr. Juba also sits on the Board of Directors for the Second Wind Fund, which is a non-profit that strives to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment.
Holly Gummerson, Treasurer is a the founding attorney of Gummerson Law Office. Holly specializes in juvenile defense representing children charged with crimes from low level misdemeanors to children charged as adults. She also represents adults accused of crimes. Prior to going into private practice, Holly practiced at the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office representing both indigent adults and children who were charged with crimes. In her free time, Holly is a busy mom of three and enjoys spending time outdoors and at the ballfield with her family. Holly graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Holly is admitted to practice law in Colorado. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, Juvenile Law Section, Colorado Juvenile Defender Center, and National Juvenile Defender Center. Holly also sits on the board of North Jefferson Junior Baseball Association as the treasurer.
Nicholas Turco is currently a student and cross country athlete at Western State Colorado University. He is also an intern at the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, a member of Colorado’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Counsel, as well as the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice. His goals are to attend Stanford Law School to study the intersection of neuroscience and the law and to qualify for the olympic marathon trials. Nicholas is the recipient of NCJFCJ 2018 Impact of the Year Award, recognizing engagement leadership and dedication in improving juvenile justice policy and practice. He is invested in improving our nations juvenile justice systems because he values the principle of equity. Further, Nicholas firmly believes that juveniles and young adults have a high capacity for reform and should be afforded the opportunity to live fulfilling lives and to reach their full potential.
Priscilla Linsley is a happy 30+year transplant from New Jersey. In New Jersey, she was employed by the Garden State School District, the educational component of the New Jersey Department of Corrections. In Colorado, she is self-employed as a consultant for non-profit organizations, concentrating on grant writing. This picture was taken on a work trip in Vietnam. Priscilla has also done work trips to New Orleans, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Palestine.
Apryl Alexander, Psy.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver (DU). She received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology with concentrations in forensic psychology and child and family therapy. Dr. Alexander primarily teaches in the master’s in forensic psychology program and serves as Director of the Forensic Institute of Research, Service, and Training (Denver FIRST) Outpatient Competency Restoration Program, which provides outpatient competency education and restoration for low-risk, court-ordered adult defendants and juveniles. She also serves as the Founder and Co-Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative, a program which provides therapeutic, educational creative arts programming to incarcerated men and women in Colorado state prisons. Dr. Alexander’s research broadly focuses on violence and victimization, forensic assessment, sex offending, and trauma- and culturally-informed practice. Her work has been published in leading journals including Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, Child Maltreatment, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, and Sexual Abuse. Dr. Alexander is the recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association’s Early Career Achievement Award and the American Psychological Association’s Section on Child Maltreatment Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research.
Cobea Becker has been a force in the Colorado judicial system since 2003, coming to Colorado via Temple University Beasley School of Law, in Philadelphia, PA. From 2003-2009 she worked in the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, working her way up in the ranks to finishing her public defender career as the Office Head of the Trinidad Regional Office.
Entering into private practice in 2009, she has kept herself busy in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Defense, and has begun a new role in Personal Injury cases. In her criminal defense practice, Ms. Becker has remained court appointed counsel through Alternate Defense Counsel. She has tried numerous cases, with a high rate of success. She has defended those faced with charges varying from DUI, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, all level felonies, including drug offenses, sexual assaults, and homicides. Ms. Becker has tried numerous cases with a solid rate of success obtaining acquittals for a number of clients. Ms. Becker believes that each person’s constitutional rights are fundamental and deserve every protection afforded to them. There is no criminal case that Ms. Becker won’t defend, as every person deserves the very best representation when their liberty is on the line.
Ms. Becker has practiced in many jurisdictions throughout Colorado, including Jefferson, Denver, Arapahoe, El Paso, Pueblo, Alamosa, Otero, Bent, and Las Animas counties. She is well respected by the judges and her colleagues in each of these jurisdictions and has had a high rate of success with each of her clients.
Dani has worked as a children’s advocate attorney for the last ten years in her firm Diercks Law, P.C. These roles include defense attorney, Guardian ad Litem, Child and Family Investigator, contempt counsel, educational surrogate, Child Legal Representative and advisory counsel. Prior to Diercks Law, Dani has always enjoyed working in the field as a caseworker, emancipation specialist, gang unit liaison, human trafficking specialist and an attempt as a therapist. Dani has a JD and MSW from Denver University. Outside of work, Dani enjoys adventures in the mountains, on a Harley and in a tutu with her husband, three daughters and a dog.
Hannah Seigel Proff, Advisor to the Board
Ms. Proff is a senior associate at Johnson, Brennan & Klein, where her practice is dedicated to representing adults and juveniles charged in criminal and delinquency cases. She was previously the Director of Juvenile Policy at CJDC. Prior to joining CJDC, Ms. Proff was as a Senior Deputy in the Denver office of the Colorado State Public Defender. During her seven years as a public defender, Ms. Proff specialized in the representation of juveniles who have been charged with violent crimes. Ms. Proff has taught legal skills training within the Colorado State Public Defender system, the Colorado State Bar Association, and at the 2nd Annual Excellence in Juvenile Defense Conference. Ms. Proff is the co-founder of Learn Your Rights in Colorado (LYRIC) a non-profit that teaches Colorado high school students about their constitutional rights. Ms. Proff volunteers for the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Legal Services Committee and also donates her time at a mentor for Colorado Youth at Risk. Ms. Proff received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Proff was awarded the Pursuit of Justice Award, an award given to the graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to public service. Her undergraduate degree was in English literature and women’s studies from the University of Denver.