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Who we are

Wyoming Pathways from Prison is a collaboration between the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Corrections co-coordinated by Susan Dewey, Alec Muthig, and Katy Brock in close consultation with Correctional Education Programs Manager Betty Abbott and other Department of Corrections staff.  Many volunteers have provided countless hours of program support, of which we are grateful. 

Susan Dewey

Dr. Susan Dewey, Founder/Coordinator

Dr. Susan Dewey is the author or lead editor of 11 books and over 80 papers and government reports on the intersections between poverty, violence, and women’s criminal justice system involvement. After eight years of research and service at a Denver women's transitional housing facility, she co-founded the national award-winning college-in-prison program Wyoming Pathways from Prison with her colleagues Betty Abbott, Alec Muthig, and Katy Brock. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Culture, Gender & Social Justice at the University of Wyoming and an unpaid staff member at the Wyoming Department of Corrections, where she assists with correctional education initiatives.


Alec Muthig

Alec Muthig, Founder/Coodinator

Alec Muthig (M.A., philosophy) is a professional educator, technologist, and project manager. He has spent nearly 20 years working in higher education, as faculty, in program and curriculum development, and in various management and support roles. His primary areas of interest include ethics, critical thinking, and human flourishing, and his passion is in providing transformative educational experiences which foster inquiry, exploration, and deep self-reflection. The prospect of extending such educational programming to a correctional setting is what attracted him to the Wyoming Pathways from Prison project. Currently he is the manager of the University of Wyoming’s Information Technology training program, which provides technical guidance to the university community. This position also gives him the capacity to provide WPfP with support in implementing educational and collaborative technologies. Mr. Muthig is on the advisory board of the UW Social Justice Research Center, is director of the Human Projects Initiative, and is involved with multiple research computing projects.


Dr. Katy Brock

Dr. Katy Brock, Coordinator

Dr. Katy Brock's work focuses on providing educational opportunities for underserved and diverse populations. Katy has developed and implemented a Tutorial Education course for WPfP, training inmates to be peer tutors in reading comprehension strategies and family literacy. In addition to WPfP, she also co- coordinates Supper and a Story, a family literacy program designed to enhance family’s uses and values of literacy. Katy co-authored The Women We Are in Wagadu: Journal of Transnational Gender and Women’s Studies. Her work in literacy development has led to her nomination for various awards such as: Own It! (2016) for her research on the writing development of women in STEM, as well as First Lady’s Leader in Literacy (2016) for her work at the Wyoming Women’s Center.


Hayley Speiser

Hayley Speiser, Coordinator

Hayley Speiser is the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) Correctional Education Programs Manager and has been in this position since June 2018. She has worked with the WDOC for 9 years and began her career in education as an Adult Basic Education teacher at Wyoming State Penitentiary (WSP) were she taught for 4 years before becoming the Education Manager at WSP in 2014. During her years of service, Hayley has developed a reading program (Reading on the Inside) for inmates to read to their child(ren) via DVD. she has also assisted in implementing this program at other correctional facilities throughout the state. Hayley also serves as the WDOC Mentoring Program Manager, is a Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) investigator, and Motivational Interviewing instructor.


Wendy Perkins

Wendy Perkins, Photographer/Support

Wendy Perkins is a social justice photographer. Her education is in photojournalism (B.A.) and communication (M.A.), with photography projects spanning topics such as Denver-based sex workers, LGBTQ communities, and inmates in the Wyoming prison system. She provides WPfP with photography services and organizational/infrastructure support.


Betty Abbott

Betty Abbott, Advisor

Betty Abbott spent 16 years as the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) Correctional Education Programs Manager. As a previous WPfP coordinator she was instrumental in getting WPfP started and integrated into DOC programming. She began her career as a special education teacher in TX, teaching for 12 years. She developed and ran an educational program for a juvenile residential center and after a move to New Mexico was hired as the Special Education Supervisor for the NM Corrections Department. She was promoted to Education Deputy Bureau Chief and stayed with NMCD for 5 years. She has built many partnerships in WY Community Colleges, state agencies and others, and has been an active member of the Correctional Education Association (CEA), including appointment as their national Vice President.



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Email: sdewey3@uwyo.edu

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