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Board of Directors
Member bio: Judge Regina Walter retired from the State of Colorado Judiciary in January of 2019 after 32 years on the bench. Currently, she serves as a Senior Judge for the State. She began her judicial career in 1987 as a juvenile magistrate in the Fourth Judicial District. She served as a county court judge from 2008 until her retirement. Prior to joining the bench, she was a deputy public defender. As the founder of Educating Children of Color, Inc. and the Minority Overrepresentation Committee of the 4th Judicial District Best Practices Court, Judge Walter works tirelessly to bring community together to eliminate disparate outcomes for children of color and children in poverty through education. In January of 2008, she initiated the first Educating Children of Color Summit. As chair, she has helped to organize 15 successful summits. To date, in excess of $386,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to college bound juniors and seniors at the Summit. Judge Walter is also the creator of the Fourth Judicial District Family Treatment Drug Court and Diversity University. She has provided approximately 2000 hours of diversity, equity and inclusion training locally and nationally. Topics include “Eight Excuses to Ignore Poverty in the Courtroom,” “Unlearning Racism within the Judiciary,” “Disproportionate Minority Confinement,” “Invisible Privilege,” “Disparate Impact of Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles,” “Cultural Competence, More than Political Correctness.” In 2013, Judge Walter and Colorado College senior, Taylor Kelson, started the Colorado College Mock Trial Team. Judge Walter lead the team from September of 2013 to July of 2021. Under her leadership Colorado College had seven teams qualify for the Open Round Championship Series and two qualify for Nationals. During the inaugural year, the Colorado College team ranked in the top twenty at Nationals. Judge Walter has been the recipient of many awards including the State of Colorado, Outstanding Judicial Officer of the Year, 1997; Urban League 34th Annual Equal Opportunity Award, 1998; Coalition for Minority Youth Equality Award, 1999; El Paso County Women’s Bar Association, Portia Award (Outstanding Woman Lawyer), 2000; US Postal Service and African American Voice, Thurgood Marshall Award, 2003; State of Colorado Judicial Branch, Diversity Leadership Award in 2006; the NAACP Freedom Fund Award for Public Service in 2010; and most recently the Pike Peak Community College Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award in 2019. Judge Walter is a graduate of Colorado College, class of 1980, and the University of Tulsa School of Law, class of 1983.
Member bio: Dr. Albert D. Wiggins III grew up a military dependent mostly living in Georgia and New York. He attended Richmond County Schools where he maintained active involvement in various extracurricular activities including Boy Scouts of America where he later earned the title of Eagle Scout. He graduated from T. W. Josey High School with honors. Following graduation from high school, Dr. Wiggins attended Fort Valley State University (Fort Valley, GA) where he graduated with high distinction and a B.S. degree in Education. Dr. Wiggins received his Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction: Instructional Technology from the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA); and graduated with the highest honors with his Ph.D. in Educational Administration & Educational Sociology from Capella University (Minneapolis, MN). Currently, he is the Principal of Sabin Middle School, he has served as the Principal/Athletic Director at Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has previously served in the roles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Coordinator, teacher of general and advanced science, mathematics, and social science; served on Iowa’s Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE), and has worked with the Iowa Mathematics and Science Partnership as one of the STEM gems. He also currently develops ways to integrate STEM into the core academic curriculum and extend STEM learning opportunities. Dr. Wiggins enjoys spending his time with his family, friends, church family, and supporting student activities. He is married to Candance Wiggins and a father of four; Elijah, Albert, Kayden, and Aubrielle. Dr. Wiggins is very involved with his church where he is a Minister, and works in the Children’s Ministry and Community Outreach Food Pantry. He enjoys getting out in the community, helping others and being a part of positive changes within the community. When not engaged in work, family, or ministry life, Dr. Wiggins enjoys playing musical instruments, photography, cooking, catching up on some sports, and enjoying the culture offered by Colorado through food, music, and the arts.
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