Meet the Leadership Team

David Johnson, Director

David graduated from Metropolitan State College with a Bachelor of Arts in 1998 and a Master of Science from Colorado State University in 2010. He began his career with the Colorado Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer in 1996. Working in multiple institutions throughout the state, David gained experience working with both male and female offenders in all custody classifications. After promoting through the ranks, David left Prison Operations to become the Deputy Director of  Adult Parole in 2017. In 2018, he was appointed as the Director of Adult Parole and has worked to advance best practices in community supervision by promoting excellent service to our customers. 

David serves as a member of the Governor's Community Corrections Advisory Board and is a Denver Community Corrections Board member. He is a devoted leader and is passionate about creating a professional work culture that is committed to growth and excellent performance.

Merideth McGrath, Deputy Director

Merideth began her career with the Division in December 2000, as a Community Parole Officer. In May 2002, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Merideth was promoted to Team Leader in 2007, Supervisor in 2008, and Manager in 2010. While a Manager, Merideth served as the Deputy Compact Administrator for the Interstate Commission for Colorado from 2015 through 2018. In 2018, Merideth was promoted to Associate Director, serving as the Director of Executive Clemency, and appointed by Governor Hickenlooper as the Interstate Commissioner in May of 2018. In 2019, she was reappointed Commissioner under Governor Polis and in 2020 was promoted to Deputy Director of the Division.

Throughout her career, Merideth has had the opportunity to serve on many different Department Committees, to include strategic planning teams, legislative task forces, and community advocacy/reform projects; a few of her current projects include the Normalization Committee and the EDI initiative known as the GRAACE Alliance.

As a Division, we are charged with ensuring best re-entry practices. This involves establishing intentional transition planning while engaging Department staff, clients, and community partners alike in these efforts. Combining the individual expertise with support services and resources designed to meet the needs of our releasing clients helps us to achieve the goal of successful transition. Merideth is committed to serving the many stakeholders while supporting the mission of the department. 

Bryon Sparling, Assistant Director of Re-Entry Services, Policy and Planning, and Administrative Services

After serving in the United States Air Force, Bryon began his career with the Colorado Department of Corrections in 1998. He was promoted through the ranks up to the level of Manager before accepting a promotional opportunity as Associate Director of Offender Services at Colorado Department of Corrections headquarters before transferring to the Division of Adult Parole. In February 2020, Bryon was promoted to the position of Assistant Director with the Division.

Throughout his career he has served in various capacities to include: Shift Commander, Facility Emergency Management Coordinator, Housing Captain, Case Manager, Facility Intel Officer, Programs Manager, Custody Control Manager, Associate Director of Offender Services, Associate Director of Community Re-Entry, and currently as Assistant Director. 

In addition to the above roles, he has served on the Crisis Negotiation Team, completed the ERT Academy, is a certified ACA Security Auditor, CDOC Trainer and has worked on many department committees, initiatives, and teams. 

Deborah Duran, Assistant Director of Southern and Western Field Operations

Deborah graduated from Colorado State University- Pueblo with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology with minors in Spanish and Social Work. In 1993, she began her career as a Parole Officer with the Division of Adult Parole. Throughout her career, she worked in several parole field offices that include; Denver, Colorado Springs, Arkansas Valley in Eastern Colorado, and Pueblo. She promoted to Team Leader, Supervisor, and Manager. In 2018, Deborah was promoted to Assistant Director. She currently oversees parole operations for the Southern Region, Western Slope, and Specialized Supervision Teams.

Prior to working for the Colorado Department of Corrections, she worked in community corrections and substance abuse treatment services. Deborah is a forward thinker who embraces innovation and the use of best practices in the criminal justice field. 

Susan White, Assistant Director of Denver Metro and Northern Field Operations

Susan graduated from the University of Colorado- Boulder in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in both Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology and Criminal Justice. Susan started her career working at a community corrections facility in Denver. In 1991, she was recruited to take a temporary contract position as a Parole Officer for the Colorado Department of Corrections and worked as a Pre-Trail Services Case Manager and Bond Commissioner for Jefferson County Community Corrections/Sheriff's Department before hiring on permanently with the Division of Adult Parole in 1993. Susan received her POST certification at the Red Rocks Law Enforcement Academy in 1994.

Susan served as a Community Parole Officer for five (5) years before her promotion to Team Leader, and subsequently to Supervisor, Manager, Associate Director, and finally Assistant Director in 2011. She has been with the CDOC/ Adult Parole for a total of 28 years overseeing parole field operations, the Pre-Release Program, and Community Re-Entry services during that time.

Susan currently oversees field operations in the Denver Metro and Northern Regions as well as Fugitive operations. 

Heather Salazar, Associate Director of Policy and Planning

Heather graduated from the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis on Criminology, a Master in Criminal Justice (MCJ), and a Master in Public Administration (MPA). She has oversight of the Client Choice Approved Treatment Provider program, Community Referral Unit, Division Administrative Regulations, Strategic Planning, Offender ID Project, Special Projects, and various administrative support service roles. Prior to her current role, she was the Associate Director of Offender Services with the Colorado Department of Corrections. She had oversight of Offender Services, Time and Release, Court Services, Case Management processes and the Records Unit. Heather was also the Associate Director of Offender Programs with the Division. In that capacity, she had oversight of Community Re-Entry services statewide and pre-release programs.

Heather has managed various grants and collaborations with State/local agencies and community/faith-based agencies. She has served on various committees in Colorado; Correctional Treatment Board, Health Care Justice Transition, ID Task Force, Mental Health Disorders in Criminal Justice System Task Force, Interagency Council on Homelessness, Pathways Home Advisory Committee, Fatherhood Initiative, Colorado SOAR Project, City and County of Denver Crime Prevention and Control Commission, Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and Community Corrections Task Force. She has conducted research on Community Corrections Program Evaluation and Multidisciplinary Teams and the Polygraph Process which she presented at the International Conference on Advances in Management (Boston, MA July 2003). Heather has completed National Institute of Corrections programs; Offender Workforce Development Specialist, Management Development for the Future, and Executive Excellence. She has also received advanced training on the Lean Process and Rapid Improvement Events. She has presented at various conferences regarding re-entry efforts, such as the Colorado Employment First Conference, National TASC Conference, Women in Corrections Conference, American Correctional Association Conference, and International Corrections and Prisons Association. 

Amberly Chalberg, Associate Director of Community Re-Entry

Amberly serves as the Associate Director for Community Re-Entry for the Division of Adult Parole. Amberly is a passionate, client-focused public servant dedicated to improving client success through the use of evidence-based practices, and building strong community partnerships. As Associate Director, she leads a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of Community Re-Entry Managers and Supervisors, Re-Entry Specialist, Pre-Release Specialists, Facility-based Community Parole Officers, Employment Training Navigators, Community Care Case Managers, Parole Case Managers, and Administrative Support staff who serve the needs of diverse clients as they re-enter Colorado communities.

Prior to her role Associate Director, Amberly served as the Community Re-Entry Manager and as a Community Re-Entry Specialist with the Division. During her tenure, she has built strong teams focused on delivering client-centered services, developed and integrated organizational systems to improve client success, and built strong relationships with community-based partners. Amberly has also supported the Long Term Offender Program (LTOP), the Gender Responsive Program, and provided services to clients with several mental health and substance use disorders. 

Amberly served at the City and County of Denver, Department of Public Safety, where she provided oversight for ten halfway houses in the Metro area and co-led the implementation of the nation's first 90-day cognitive behavioral treatment center. Amberly was also a Supervisor for Jefferson County Human Services where she lead a team that provided access to public assistance programs. Prior to moving to Colorado, Amberly began her career in public service as a mental health counselor at a long-term treatment center. 

Adult Parole Organizational Chart

Adult Parole Administration March 2021