Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund Honors Dr. Paul Thayer and Susan Payne at Power of One: Service Above Self Awards Ceremony
Honorees Recognized for Dedication to Academic Excellence and Civic Engagement

June 9, 2009 (Denver, CO) Rhonda Fields' journey is one of inspiration and determination since the murder of her son, Javad Marshall Fields and his finance, Vivian Wolfe. For the last four years, she has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truth, justice and courage. On Friday, June 19, the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund will honor two of Colorado's finest individuals who are devoted to academic excellence, public safety and civic engagement at the Power of One: Service Above Self Awards ceremony. This year's honorees are Dr. Paul Thayer, Vice President for Student Affairs, Colorado State University and Susan Payne, Executive Director of Safe2Tell and Special Agent with Colorado Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security.

"We are thrilled to take this opportunity to pay tribute to both honorees for their extraordinary leadership in the Colorado community," said Fields. "Dr. Thayer and Ms. Payne have gone above and beyond the scope of their responsibilities and have made a powerful difference in the lives of others everyday."

The Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to bring forth the best in individuals and organizations. Four students attending CSU are currently recipients of scholarships. At the event, the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund will also recognize the first graduate from Colorado State University who successful completed degree work while on scholarship provided by the fund.

The establishment of the Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund has reinvigorated Rhonda Fields. After years of working tirelessly and making public appeals for someone to come forward with information on the murders of her son and his finance, Fields is finding hope. She is seeding hope for the next generation and ensuring that truth, justice and courage are a part of every citizens right when upholding the law.

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Javad Marshall Fields
In late June 2005, Javad was scheduled to serve as a key witness for the prosecution in the trial of a friend's murder. Javad cooperated with law enforcement, however he was never offered information about witness protection. On June 20, less than a week before the trial was set to begin, Javad and his fiancee, Vivian, were shot and killed by the defendant in the murder trial. Sir Mario Owens, Javad and Vivian's murderer, now sits on death row awaiting the death penalty. Owens is only one of two prisoners to be handed this sentence in the State of Colorado.