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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, Katy Brock, and Rhett Epler in close consultation with Correctional Education Programs Manager Betty Abbott and other Department of Corrections staff.

Susan Dewey

Dr. Susan Dewey

Wyoming Pathways from Prison’s founder and co-coordinator Susan Dewey is a public anthropologist whose research focuses on the intersections between violence and the feminization of poverty in women’s criminal justice system involvement. In 2016 she received the “Best Article of the Year” award from Feminist Criminology at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, helped to co-organize the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, and co-facilitated a memoir workshop with incarcerated women whose work will be published this spring. She is the author of nine books, as well as several dozen articles, book chapters, and substantial technical reports for UN Women, the US Census Bureau, and the Wyoming Department of Corrections. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and Fulbright-Hays, and the results of her work have featured in national media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, PBS, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and The Nation.

Alec Muthig

Alec Muthig

Wyoming Pathways from Prison’s (WPfP) co-coordinator 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 Social Justice Research Center at the University of Wyoming, is director of the Human Projects Initiative, and is involved with multiple research computing projects.

Katy Brock

Katy Brock

Katy Brock, co-coordinator for Wyoming Pathways from Prison, is a doctoral student at the University of Wyoming’s College of Education. Her work focuses on providing educational opportunities for underserved and diverse populations. Katy’s most recent work in WPfP was the development and implementation of EDUC 2105 - Tutorial Education, at the Wyoming Women’s Center. In EDUC 2105, twelve women were trained to be peer tutors in reading comprehension strategies and family literacy. In addition to coordinating WPfP, Katy 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, an article that explores the social, emotional and environmental influences on women. 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.

Rhett Epler

Rhett Epler

Wyoming Pathways from Prison co-coordinator Rhett Epler is a UW Marketing graduate student whose research focuses on evolutionary psychology and consumer behavior. He is also deeply interested in providing educational opportunities for the incarcerated to improve outcomes and bolster public safety. He has helped to co-publish multiple scholarly articles, co-organize the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, and co-author a book about incarcerated women.

Betty Abbott

Betty Abbott

Betty Abbott is the Wyoming Department of Corrections (WDOC) Correctional Education Programs Manager and has been in this position since 2002. She began her career in education as a special education teacher in TX and taught 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. WPfP is the newest partnership for WDOC. She has been recognized for her work and was the Exemplary Employee for WDOC in 2007. She received the Outstanding Individual Performance Award in 2013 from the Wyoming Workforce Development Council. She is an active member of the Wyoming Advisory Panel for Students with Disabilities and an active member of the Correctional Education Association (CEA) and currently serves as their national Vice President.

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