Chair- Joan Kniss
After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, Joan began her teaching career in School District 27J. Over the next 32 years, she worked as a secondary language arts teacher, a school counselor, a teacher on special assignment working on curriculum, and as an instructional coach for beginning teachers. In 2002 Joan was named Colorado Teacher of the Year and was able to represent Colorado at the state and national level. After retiring from teaching, Joan was elected to the Board of Education for School District 27J and served the community in that role for eight years. In November 2013 Joan was term limited from the Board of Education and was elected to the Brighton City Council from Ward I.
Joan currently serves on the Brighton Legacy Foundation, the Brighton Cultural Arts Commission, School District 27J’s Capital Facility Fee Foundation, 9 Teachers Who Care Selection Committee, and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate serving children who need a voice in the court system.
Vice Chair- Phil Corn
Phil Corn, PhD, is a founding member of The Link, our Juvenile Assessment Center serving Adams and Broomfield Counties. Also a founding member of AdCo’s Youth Diversion Program, he has been its board secretary for 20 years. Phil is passionate about the dire need for universal access to high quality preschool for AdCo’s children and families, and in 2016 helped bring a $1M foundation-funded, high quality pilot preschool program to Westminster Public Schools as a model for Adams County.
Phil received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the University of Chicago, and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Physics (Nuclear Astrophysics) from The Ohio State University, the last after retiring as a Major from the US Air Force with 21 years’ service. In the Air Force he served in Turkey, France and Germany for 41/2 years, then at the Air Force Technical Applications Center in Washington, D.C. and Florida, he led a technical team overseeing compliance with international nuclear test ban agreements. Next, at the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory in Ohio he established and led a joint advanced technology aircraft lightning protection program, with partners including the Army, Navy, FAA, NASA, NOAA, and Defense Nuclear Agency. In his last position, as Assistant to the Chief Scientist for Air Force Systems Command, he also managed contracted analytical support by the National Academy of Sciences.
A glider pilot and glider tow pilot with almost 1,000 hours of flying time, Phil was contest manager for the 1980 National Soaring Championships in Springfield, Ohio. After moving to Northglenn in 1991, he taught Physics and Astronomy at Metro, UCD and Red Rocks Community College part time for 11 years. He was a founding member of Northglenn Build a Generation in 1992, and as an unpaid volunteer, has written over $1M in grants awarded to local schools and community organizations. In 2001, he received the Adams County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award for work in the county.
Treasurer- Simone Jones
Simone Jones has been committed to serving children and families throughout her adult life and her professional career. She is the Court Programs Coordinator for the 17th Judicial District. In this role, she serves as the court liaison to the community; serves as the Public Information Officer for the Judicial District; she coordinates Best Practice Court teams and committees and other juvenile programs; oversees the four Problem Solving Court (PSC) programs and supervises the PSC staff; supervises the Family Court Facilitators and supports the Domestic Relations division; supports the Juvenile judicial officers and works to enhance juvenile court efficiency; she serves as the district Data Expert; and works closely with the Chief Judge to help carry out district-wide initiatives. Before working for the 17th Judicial District, Simone helped start the CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties CASA program in 1999, a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the best interests of abused and neglected children, served on the CASA Board of Directors and was the Executive Director for 10 years.
Simone currently serves on the Adams County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and on the Executive team for the Adams County Collaborative Management Program (ACCMP). She serves on the Board of Directors for Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation, Colorado CASA, The Link and Adams County Youth Initiative. She was appointed to the Colorado Court Improvement Program (CIP) Committee in 2012 and to the Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Board in 2015. Simone has a B.A. degree in English from Truman State University and her teacher’s certification & graduate study from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of the Metro North Leadership Program and the CRC Non-Profit Leadership and Management Program. She is the recipient of the 2008 Colorado CASA Staff Person of the Year Award; the 2009 National CASA Director the Year Award; the 2011 Sean May Leadership Award; the 2011 Hero of A Precious Child Award; and the 2013 Liberty Bell Award recipient.
Board Member- Dave Young
Dave Young was elected District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District by the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in November 2012 and re-elected in 2016. He is responsible for the prosecution of more than 4,500 felony cases and 31,000 misdemeanor and County Court cases each year.
Dave joined the District Attorney's Office for Adams and Broomfield counties in 2005 ac a chief trial deputy and later Assistant District Attorney. He began his career as a prosecutor more than 20 years ago as a Deputy District Attorney with the 4th Judicial District for El Paso and Teller counties.
Dave is a member of the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee for the 17th Judicial District and the legislative task force on the treatment of mentally ill persons in the criminal justice system. Dave serves on a number of community boards, including the Adams County Youth Initiative and The Link.
Raised in Colorado, Dave is a graduate of the University of Wyoming School of Law and Midwestern State University.
Advisory Board Member- Chief Randy Nelson
Advisory Board Member- Jeff Blackmon
Board of Directors
The Link promotes diverse board membership that includes partner agency representation from law enforcement, municipal government, schools, court, probation, human services, DYC and mental health, as well as a member of the community.