Who We Are

We believe in creating ethical and humane systems to address the incarceration and addiction epidemics

Years in the Business

We’ve grown to be more than just a randomized drug testing system.

Programs

Our solutions are used by drug courts, probation, parole, and TPAs.

States

From Florida to Washington; California to Maine, we’re there for you.

MISSION & VALUES

We Are Experts In Our Field

Our mission is to revolutionize the criminal justice industry by providing technology to allow courts to monitor their participants with less manpower at a lower cost. We believe that we can help solve the incarceration crisis and help break the cycle of revolving door prisons by applying modern technology to this industry.

Our Story

In 2009, an acquaintance of future Reconnect CEO, Sam Hotchkiss, received a DUI. The process utilized outdated, phone-based systems, and Sam knew he could disrupt the industry. Early in the process he would meet Ed Larson, an investor with a long history in the telco industry. The two would go on to found Call2test, a revolutionary tool for automated and randomized drug court check-ins. 2018 would see the release of ConnectComply, an app-based tool for participants to check in with a selfie.

Sam saw another criminal justice market that needed disrupting; court-ordered monitoring. He asked the question “how do we replace bulky and stigma-inducing bulky ankle monitors?” and went on the rebuild them from the ground up. Launching in 2020, ConnectBands are lightweight, discreet, and easy to use.

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Leadership & Advisors

Sam Hotchkiss

Sam Hotchkiss

CEO, CO-FOUNDER

Sam has built and sold two successful tech companies, including Parka to Automattic in 2014. Sam combines technical skill with vision to identify markets and motivate teams.

Melih Onvural

Melih Onvural

VP, Product

Melih built the OpenTok platform (sold to Telefonica), then helped lead the spinout of Odeko from SumAll. He is driven to build products that reduce the hidden costs in people’s lives.
Saket Vora

Saket Vora

VP, Hardware

Saket led hardware engineering on Apple Watch and previously worked on the iPod and iPhone. Saket is passionate about using wearables to improve lives.
Brooke Hamilton

Brooke Hamilton

VP, Experience

Brooke has a proven track record of creating enriched experiences within complex software, using data-driven design. An early employee at Certify, she’s skilled in using design to elevate growing companies.
Jennifer Jacobs

Jennifer Jacobs

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

A senior executive with 20+ years in highly regulated industries, Jennifer brings extensive experience in strategy, operations, and reporting, alongside a passion for improving society.​

John Murray

John Murray

VP, Sales

An experienced sales executive with a track record of identifying, hiring, and training talent and building sales organizations. John is also board Chairman of Maine Venture Fund.
Ed Larson

Ed Larson

CHAIRMAN, CO-FOUNDER

Our original angel investor, Ed is a close advisor. He has built and sold three successful tech companies dating back to 1988.

David Condliffe

David Condliffe

BOARD MEMBER

An internationally recognized thought leader on criminal justice reform for 40 years, Mr. Condliffe is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration and is the executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives.

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Our Team

Eric Debelak

Eric Debelak

SENIOR ENGINEER

Eric was a co-founder and senior developer at 11 Online, a full service digital agency in Albuquerque, NM. Eric works with a variety of technology, including React.js, Python, Laravel, Android, and WordPress and previously taught full-stack web development at Central New Mexico Community College’s STEMulus Center.

Josh Garcia

Josh Garcia

Systems Architect

Josh has been a part of over half a dozen startups and lean ventures since 2008, and his passion for technology led him to coding in 2010. Josh began full-time development in 2014.

Alonso Indacochea

Alonso Indacochea

PRODUCT MANAGER

Born in Lima, Peru and a proud East Coaster, he taught English as a Second Language and spent time in the non-profit world before becoming a developer. He is a graduate of Temple University and lives with his family New Mexico.

Alexander Kennedy

Alexander Kennedy

SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST

Alex started his career in higher-ed IT, providing enterprise support for Maine’s largest community college. A Maine native, his work with local non-profits has garnered him a variety of experience ranging from cybersecurity and IT support to campaign fundraising and community outreach.

Leigha Miceli

Leigha Miceli

EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Leigha earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Central Florida and continued her education earning a Certification in UX/UI Design. She has developed an interdisciplinary skill set and brings a strong understanding of problem solving, interaction design and strategy.
Amanda Newcomb

Amanda Newcomb

SOLUTIONS SPECIALIST

Amanda holds a BA from Rockford University and her Master’s degree is in secondary education from Roosevelt University, Chicago. She has 17 years experience teaching high school English and math, with seven of those years spent at the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, Illinois. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with her three dogs, hiking, and road tripping to U.S. National Parks.

Rebecca Peterson

Rebecca Peterson

Accounts Receivable/Payable

Rebecca spent a few years as the managing broker of a real estate firm before diving into the tech world.  She’s worked in business development, support, and accounting across three companies over the past 11 years.  When she’s not working, she spends her time with her husband, their son, and enjoys creating art in many media.

Stephen Quirk

Stephen Quirk

Operations Manager

As the child of a police officer, Stephen grew up around law enforcement. His experience ranges from founding non-profits, working in the arts and education, and as an event organizer at Automattic.

Jay Renteria

Jay Renteria

SENIOR ENGINEER

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jay worked with Presbyterian Hospitals throughout New Mexico and helped with the launch of their new electronic medical records system. He stuck around as an application specialist for about a year and half before realizing that he didn’t want to just support applications, he wanted to make them!

Elio Rivero

Elio Rivero

SENIOR ENGINEER

Elio is a developer, designer, and former code wrangler at Automattic. Whenever he’s not coding or tinkering with Gutenberg block possibilities, he’s taking photos, enjoying the rain, eating chocolates, and hiking in the hills and woods that surround his city.

Jason White

Jason White

EngineER

Jason is a graduate of Portland State University in Oregon with a degree in Psychology and Social Science and a minor in journalism.  Jason’s experiences ranges from the US Navy to local newsrooms; universities and project management.

Julie Wright

Julie Wright

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Julie graduated from UC Denver with a degree in English Writing and an emphasis on multimodal composition and digital publishing. She brings experience in multiformat writing, healthcare, and customer service to the Reconnect team. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, where she still lives and hikes.
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