Who We Are

Kim BoguckiDetective 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 28-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.

Kathleen HoranKathlyn 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.

She is currently working on a feature length documentary about The IF Project that tells the story of the unlikely partnership of cop and convict as they work to together to break the cycle of incarceration.

Kristen MorganKristen Morgan, MPA (Director of Prison Programs) hails from California but relocated to the Pacific Northwest to attend Seattle University in 2005, receiving a BA in Political Science with emphasis in Race, Class, Poverty and Law. After graduation, Kristen completed a year of post-graduate service with AmeriCorps at the Matt Talbot Center, an intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program in downtown Seattle where she discovered her love of direct service and working in the nonprofit sector. Kristen returned to Seattle University to pursue a Masters of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management. She worked and volunteered with various nonprofits in Seattle, including most recently serving as the Development Director at the Matt Talbot Center. Kristen currently is a member of  the Board of Directors for Teen Feed, where she serves at the Secretary.

Kristen first became involved with The IF Project through the Volunteer Mentoring Program in 2014, had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer facilitator of the Health & Wellness Course taught at Washington Corrections Center for Women. She is thrilled to be a part of this team and have the opportunity to facilitate programming for women incarcerated and to work with our incredible volunteer mentors!

267f3d6Briana Durham (Reentry Mentoring Program Coordinator) comes to The IF Project with in depth experience working in re-entry. She started her journey as a site manager and manufacturing instructor on a federal grant teaching incarcerated juveniles aerospace manufacturing skills before they were released. During her time teaching, Briana discovered her passion for helping individuals with barriers get connected with resources. She has also facilitated numerous re-entry workshops including The Pacific Institutes: Thought Patterns for High Performance, resume and interviewing workshops, financial budgeting, and soft/hard skills training.

She also worked as an employment specialist, talking to employers about their needs and advocating second chances for individuals with criminal backgrounds. Briana’s true passion resides in helping others grow and develop in their career and life journey.

dolphy-headshotDolphy Jordan, (Youth Program Coordinator) from Seattle, WA graduated with honors from South Seattle College and attended the University of Washington. Dolphy has worked in human services since 2010, serving marginalized populations including individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorders, mental illness, and incarceration. He has worked with several nonprofit organizations, most recently as a Resource Specialist for Therapeutic Health Services. At THS, Dolphy works directly with King County Drug Diversion Court connecting people to different resources in the community. Dolphy also works on the Campaign for Fair Sentencing of Youth, which advocates to abolish life without the possibility of parole for children.

Dolphy first became involved with The IF Project after an event he facilitated at the University of Washington in 2012 to raise awareness of mass incarceration and the barriers formerly incarcerated individuals face upon release. Dolphy has been invited to speak at many advocacy and fundraising events, and has conducted truancy workshops with The IF Project since 2012. Dolphy continues to advocate for social change and believes The If Project’s multifaceted approach of prevention, intervention, and education is the most effective approach to complex social problems and looks forward to continuing to work with the Team.

fb_img_1462914619103Felisa Bryant (Reentry Class – PREP Facilitator), from Everett, WA graduated in 2003 from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. Felisa comes to The IF project with a deepened passion for helping those with a sordid past   overcome barriers and lead a successful life. Felisa has worked in human services since 2004, where she has experience working with those who suffer from mental disorders, substance abuse, and incarceration. Felisa started her journey in helping others at Our Sister’s House, a group home in Tacoma, where she served as a Mentor and Counselor to female, teenage ex-offenders who were releasing from Echo Glen.

Armed with a big heart, and recognizing that she could, and wanted to contribute more, Felisa returned to the University of Phoenix where she earned her Master of Science in Psychology. Felisa comes to The IF project armed with a wealth of knowledge in overcoming barriers to reentry and is passionate about helping others in achieving success. Felisa currently works as a Manager at a grocery store while pursuing a PhD in Psychology.

Rachel M FialaRachel M Fiala (Writing Program Facilitator) is a writer, mentor, and facilitator focused primarily on supporting communities living with the effects of violence, trauma, and oppression. For over twelve years, Rachel has worked with nonprofits such as the Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign, ROOTS Young Adult Shelter, Soldiers Heart, and the Little Kidz Foundation to bring spiritual and trauma recovery tools to those experiencing addiction recovery, homelessness, incarceration, and war trauma. Her background includes two humanitarian trips to Vietnam – first on a healing and reconciliation journey with veterans and then caring for orphans and special needs children throughout the country. Rachel holds a BA in Trauma, Healing, & Spirituality, taught Buddhist meditation through Seattle Insight Meditation Society, and has developed her facilitation skills through trainings with a number of prominent teachers and organizations. You can learn more about her work at http://rachelmf.com/.

Rachel has developed a holistic toolkit of resources for transforming trauma and oppression, but sees poetry and writing as one of the most potent methods for finding beauty and wholeness within otherwise shattering experiences. She’s honored to support The If Project in bringing incarcerated voices to light.

13083234_10153983757238046_3365124591863416790_nThe 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.