Who We Are
Detective Kim Bogucki is the Co-founder of The IF Project, an innovative partnership between law enforcement, currently and previously incarcerated adults, and community leaders to build commonality, reduce misperceptions and serve as a deterrent to recidivism and future incarceration.
A 30-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, Kim has developed nationally replicated programs that create dialogue around issues of social justice between members of law enforcement and the communities they serve.
The IF Project engages current and former inmates of the Washington Department of Corrections to share intimate accounts of their experiences through writing and video diaries. This work creates a knowledge base that can educate communities and reduce the cycle of crime.
In 2007 Kim co-created the West Side Story Project to bring together young people and law enforcement around the performing arts to address the plight of gang violence. She also developed the Donut Dialogues, a series of programs that engaged young people and law enforcement to enhance connectedness and dispel misperceptions about police officers. Kim recently launched Kind 2 All, a non-profit focused on creating communities of kindness.
Kim has received numerous awards for her work, including The Red Cross Heroes Award, the Seattle Storm’s (WNBA) Women that Inspire Award, the Center for Children’s Youth and Justice President’s Award, the Seattle Police Foundation Excellence Award, the Department of Corrections Volunteer of the Year at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW), the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) Community Leader Award, and Washington State Mentors Association Unsung Heroes Award.
Kim is a part of a gender-responsive initiative with the Washington State Department of Corrections. She serves as officer liaison to the LGBTQ Advisory Council and East African Community. Kim also serves on the Governor’s Reentry Task Force and the Governor’s Task Force on Ending Youth Homelessness. She is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) and Correctional Industries.
Kathlyn Horan (Co-founder of The IF Project and Documentary Director) has been working as an independent director, producer and photographer for over 15 years. Horan’s career started as a camera operator, traveling the globe and working with such artists as Faith Hill, The Goo Goo Dolls, the Russian duo t.A.T.u, and Swedish pop group Play. In the following years she co-directed a live concert DVD for Vonda Shepard featuring interviews with Ally McBeal cast mates as well as behind the scenes footage of life on the road with Vonda.
Kathlyn co-directed a feature length film entitled “A Voice for Choice”, documenting the pro-choice “March for Women’s Lives” that took place in Washington DC on April 25th, 2004. The documentary includes interviews with some of the nations leading politicians, activists and artists such as Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Sheryl Crow, Bill Maher and more. Horan also produced and directed a short documentary, “What is Zen?”, which examines the lives of four Zen Buddhist monks in different stages of their practice.
She has most recently completed producing two award winning short films; “Past Due” for the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and “The Lull Breaker” for the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab.
Amber Flame (Director of Reentry Programs)became involved with The IF Project in early 2009, when she began facilitating the weekend intensive writing workshops inside the women’s prison. Over the next 8 years, she led writing workshops in the men’s prisons and juvenile centers, conducted trainings, and written curricula for the IF Speaking Teams across the country. She joins the team full-time as the Director of Reentry Programs, engaging in strategic planning for the development and maintenance of all internal and external programming. She oversees the IF Center, staff, facilitators, and volunteers, and is leading organizational growth through expanding partners and resources.
Amber is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, Yefe Nof, and more. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal. A 2016 and 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame’s first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Flame joins the Hugo House in Seattle as the 2017 poetry Writer-in-Residence.
Sharla Shardanand, (Development Director) comes to The IF Project with a myriad of experiences including fundraising and event planning, finance and policy, as well as antique jewelry. She is very excited to be a part of The IF Project team doing such profound work.
Emily Stefhon, (Administrative Assistant) from Baltimore, MD is currently a junior double majoring in Forensic Psychology and Psychology at Seattle University. She became involved with The IF Project after her professor, Dr. Helfgott, mentioned a job opening for an administrative assistant. Emily is extremely grateful for being chosen for the position and ultimately hopes to become a Prison Psychologist after graduate school.
The IF Project Team Speakers The IF Project includes a primary component of team speakers who share their own individual and poignant stories of loss and gain, pain and recovery, incarceration and freedom. The team is made up of residents of Washington State who are former inmates of Washington State Department of Corrections facilities. The team speakers share riveting stories varying in topic, and include a broad range of experiences, often including: events leading to their arrest, challenges they faced before and during their incarceration, overcoming abuse, addiction and trauma. The compelling team offers insight regarding the result of choices, the danger of gang involvement and peer pressure and the long road to recovery and re entry. The insights are not limited to cautionary tales, however. The team gives explicit and definitive examples of the importance of setting goals, finding a mentor and focusing on becoming your own best resource. The team members are in a unique position to tell the story of before, during and after incarceration; this perspective is reasonably held in esteem by those who are facing incarceration or the possibility of incarceration. The raw truth of their struggle and success is inspiring and bittersweet, but most importantly, it is undeniably effective in fostering thoughtful contemplation and often a call to action and change.