Our board members are New Mexico residents and full-time criminal justice professionals comprising all disciplines and jurisdictions across our great state. We recognize that the gang problem in New Mexico is unique and more importantly not centric to one area of the state!



Walter Herrera: Lifetime Board Member (Founder)

Walter is a seasoned criminal justice professional, having served a total of nine years in public safety. Two years have been in the private sector and the recent seven in corrections. Walter has served in nearly every security function in corrections, to include juvenile justice, tactical operations, intelligence and investigations. He has extensive experience in a multitude of investigative resources and is a key contributor in the development of a criminal intelligence system, to include gang affiliation parameters which will be released as a prototype later this year. He has taken an active role in directly combating gangs and holds several gang specialist certifications. Walter has also embarked on the criminal intelligence professional certification program.


Kathryn Urioste: Lifetime Board Member (Founder)

Kathryn is a seasoned criminal justice professional with a total of seven years in corrections. She has experience in tactical operations and holds two gang specialist certifications. She has taken an active role in gang investigations and has served as president of her local union. She is a full time student working towards graduating with a bachelors in arts of criminal justice to enhance her career.


Joseph Kolb, MA: Lifetime Board Member (Founder)

Joe is a Certified Professional Lecturer with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and taught in the Criminal Justice program at Western New Mexico University for nine years. He currently teaches Criminology at the University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus and is a seasoned correctional officer. Joe has taught extensively about gang identification for HIDTAs in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, and Texas. This has also allowed him to develop a national network of subject matter experts. Joe conducted a study for the Center for Immigration Studies tracking the flow of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. and the impact it has on MS13 recruitment and victimization. This project took him to El Salvador. He has conducted trainings for the U.S. Consulate and Mexican Federal Police in Ciudad Juarez. Joe is a member of the New Mexico Attorney General's Human Trafficking Task Force. He has authored two books, Teen Violence in America: How do we save our children, published by Hatherleigh Press. His second book, published by Texas Christian University Press, is due out in the fall of 2021 titled Bloodlines: How a Texas prison gang became a transnational criminal organization. This project addresses the Barrio Aztecas.



Jared Francisco: Lifetime Board Member (Founder)

Jared began his interest in Law Enforcement while attending the University of New Mexico and working in the private sector. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology. Thereafter, he began his career in corrections where he served as an Officer and on the tactical unit for approximately 3 years. He is also a Certified Corrections Anti-gang Enforcement Specialist. After serving as a correctional officer in New Mexico he went on to further his career with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office where he is currently employed.