Polly Klaas Foundation recruits new board member from Truckee
December 21, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Polly Klaas Foundation (PKF) is pleased to welcome Brent Collinson, Esq. to its Board of Directors.
Collinson impressed PKF's leadership with his history of community leadership and professional background of family law. Collinson has also shown a commitment to his local community by serving on numerous Boards of nonprofit corporations and serving on (or serving as) legal counsel for numerous public agencies.
For years Brent has been representing families in custody battles, which can be incredibly difficult for parents and children.
One of the highest number of cases PKF handles each year are family abductions that reported to the Foundation when non-custodial parents take children from custodial parents, sometimes across state lines and even as far as other countries. Collinson's commitment to families finding a peaceful solution while navigating this difficult process was one of the reasons he was selected as a PKF Board member.
A further area of expertise Collinson brings to the organization is reviewing and recommending whether to support pending legislation. For example, Brittany's Law — a bill waiting to pass the New York State Legislature — would require violent parolees to register in the same manner that sex offenders currently must register.
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According to Raine Howe, executive director of Polly Klaas Foundation, "I knew Brent over the 10 years I lived in Truckee. He helped me both professionally and personally when it came to legal issues. He was my son's basketball and baseball coach and a parent volunteer for Truckee Wolverines— really a great human being all the way around.
"When I was hired as ED of PKF our Board President at the time was an attorney, but since then he has retired. Brent seemed the perfect person to reach out to. Fortunately for us he was willing and has already contributed immensely in weighing in on Brittany's Law and committing to review other pending legislation the Foundation has been requested to endorse."
Collinson is joining a Board of Directors of nine and a two member Board Emeritus which includes Polly Klaas's mother and volunteers who were part of the original search for Polly.
The Polly Klaas Foundation is particular about who joins its board due to the sensitive nature of the Foundation's work.
Polly Klaas was 12-years-old when she was abducted from her bedroom during a slumber party 20 years ago in the City of Petaluma, Calif.
The citizens of Petaluma were outraged and turned out by the thousands to search for one of their own. More people searched for Polly Klaas than the Lindbergh baby — a very high profile case many years prior.
Tragically Polly was not found alive and her killer, Richard Allen Davis, remains on death row in San Quinten prison.
The Foundation was established by the City of Petaluma and is now a national organization. It works side-by-side with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and to date has assisted in bringing nearly 9,000 children home safely.
The Foundation relies on donations and volunteers to perform its work. To learn more visit PollyKlaas.org.