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Partners

The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue

with founder Marilyn Armour, LICSW, Ph.D.

Marquette Law School's Restorative Justice Initiative

with founder Janine Geske (former Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge)

National Association for Community and Restorative Justice

with Executive Director Michael Gilbert (exec.dir@nacrj.org)

Human Rights Center—University of Minnesota Law School

co-director: Kristi Rudelius-Palmer

Center for Spirituality and HealingUniversity of Minnesota

founder and director: Mary Jo Kreitzer

Sheryl Wilson

Sheryl Wilson

Trainer & Research Associate

Sheryl is the Executive Director of Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR).  STAR responds to requests from communities with histories of lynching and other communal forms of racial and ethnic violence. Sheryl has been on the VOMA Board of Directors since 2006. She holds both a B.S. in Mediation and Communication Studies and a restorative justice-based M.L.S. from the University of Minnesota.

swilson31@aol.com    More information about Sheryl.

National Associates

Marilyn Peterson Armour

Marilyn Peterson Armour, Ph.D.

Research & Training Associate

Marilyn is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Besides being a practitioner, she has completed research on meaning making in the aftermath of homicide with specific applications to victim offender mediation and dialogue.


marmour@mail.utexas.edu.       More Info   

Janine Geske

Janine P. Geske, Hon.

Distinguished Professor of Law

Janine is the director of the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative. The Initiative is committed to supporting victims and communities in the healing process by providing information and training resources, and by facilitating communication.
janine.geske@marquette.edu     More Info

Raj SethurajuRaj Sethuraju

Dr. Raj Sethuraju is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. He teaches courses in Victimology, Restorative Justice, and Diversity Matters for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice undergraduates as well as a Community Building and Civic Leadership class for graduate students. He has over 20 years of experience implementing various Diversity initiatives in universities and colleges and in the communities that surround them. Raj also works and volunteers with various Restorative Justice nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. He has presented to Restorative Justice groups in prisons, is a trainer for the MNCOSA program run by the MN Department of Corrections, and is involved in training volunteers for other non-profit community Restorative Justice organizations. His passion for restorative justice using the circle process is infectious and his engaging presentations and workshops are inclusive and humanizing.

Ann Warner Roberts

Ann Warner Roberts

Senior Fellow, Restorative Justice, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota

In her capacity as a national and international trainer, she provides custom designed courses as well as technical assistance. As an experienced practitioner, Annie mediates/facilitates minor to serious and violent criminal justice cases
aroberts@umn.edu

Betty Vos, Ph.D.

Research & Training Associate

Betty teaches at Kaplan University, Mason City, Iowa. As a Senior Research Associate her recent research has focused on restorative justice dialogue in bias-motivated crimes, victim offender dialogue in serious and violent crime, and juvenile victim offender mediation.
bvos@rangenet.com

William Bradshaw

William Bradshaw, Ph.D.

Research Associate

William is  an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Tennessee. His interests are in the areas of mental health services research and the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practices for social workers in mental health. His current research for the Center focuses on meta-analysis of recidivism in restorative group programs

Robert Coates

Robert Coates, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Robert is a former social work professor and pastor, and a Senior Research Associate with our center. Bob is a long established researcher and writer focusing on community based corrections, systems change and restorative justice.
norcave@rangenet.com

 

Elizabeth Lightfoot

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Elizabeth is Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She collaborated with the Center in producing a National Review of Legislative Statues on Victim Offender Mediation.
elighfo@umn.edu

 

Tim Hansen

Tim Hansen

Training Associate

Tim is the former Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Penelope Harley

Penelope Harley J.D.

Training Associate

Penelope is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver, Colorado.  She teaches restorative justice and reconciliation oriented courses in the multi-disciplinary Conflict Resolution Program and in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

penelopeharley@yahoo.com          Learn More

 

Jean Greenwood

Jean Greenwood, M.Div.

Training Associate

Jean has been active in the field of restorative justice since 1991, as mediator. facilitator, circle keeper, researcher, writer, international consultant and trainer in victim offender dialogue, the circle process, and wider applications of a restorative paradigm. As a former training coordinator for the Center, Jean conducted a national survey of VOM programs, and produced programmatic and training materials highlighting victim-sensitivity.
green104@umn.edu    More Info

 

Richard Powell

Richard Powell

Training Associate

Richard is a therapist and mediator in multiple settings including VOM and has an extensive background in communication skills, and conflict resolution. Richard is a member of the MN Association of Black Psychologists.
RDPowell47@earthlink.net

 

Oscar Reed

Oscar Reed

Training Associate

Oscar has dedicated the past 25 years of his life to youth; primarily low-income, challenged youth and families in Minneapolis’ inner city. He serves as a mentor and friend for youth by sharing lessons learned from his life experiences in leadership, team building skills and overcoming obstacles to achieve personal goals. He has an extensive background in Restorative Justice training, developing, and directing many youth programs within schools here and across the country
kamusa3819@aol.com

 

Gary TenBear

Gary TenBear

Training Associate

Gary is a member of the Apsaalooka and Anishinaabeg Nations. He is a co-facilitator of Family Group Conferences, and a Circle Facilitator.
GaryTenbear@hotmail.com

 

Jamie Williams

Jamie Williams

Training Associate

Jamie currently is a Restorative Justice Practice / Measure Consultant, Trainer, Teacher and Circle Keeper. She works for Amicus Radius Program (Restorative Justice program for juvenile girls) and as an independent consultant to schools and community organizations.
jamiewilliams@sprynet.com 


Julie and Wesley Black Elk

Julie and Wesley Black Elk

Associates

 

densite@centurytel.net

International Associates

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Northern Ireland

Jeff is the managing director of the Koram Centre in Strabane, N. Ireland.  He is a community development practitioner, trainer, facilitator with experience in mediation, conflict resolution and reconciliation processes with victims and survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland.  Jeff also holds a number of strategic posts and he is a promoter of empowerment practices that address psycho-social needs and develops social capital.

jeff.barr@koramcentre.com     www.koramcentre

 

Munir Ahmed Shaik

Munir Ahmed Shaik

Pakistan

Munir holds a master degrees in Economics, and Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Oxford, with focus on human rights and criminal justice system and transitional and restorative justice. Currently, he is the Senior Superintendent of Police with the Capital City Police Karachi, Pakistan. In 2007, he was selected as a Fulbright Fellow (Hubert Humphrey Fellowship) to enhance his professional and leadership skills as a mid-career professional in the field of restorative justice and peace making
aspmunir@hotmail.com

 

Ahmed Sirleaf

Ahmed Sirleaf

Liberia

Ahmed is a Program Associate at The Advocates for Human  Rights focused on coordinating community outreach and international sensitization for the Liberian Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Diaspora Project.  A human rights advocate and scholar, Ahmed has a special interest in efforts to implement transitional justice initiatives in societies that have experienced severe violence.
asirleaf@advrights.org

Elias Jabbour

Elias Jabbour

Israel

Elias is the founder of the House of Hope. An Israeli-Palestinian-Christian-Arab, Elias is a respected practitioner of "sulha," a traditional Palestinian peacemaking process, and a leader of interfaith dialogue and reconciliation in Israel. hoh@zahav.net.il

Imho Bae

Imho Bae

 

South Korea

Professor, School of Social Work, Soongsil University

 


imbae@ssu.ac.kr

 

Keswick Chuk

Hong Kong

Keswick is the Center in-charge of both the ELCHK, Integrated Service Centre for Reconciliation, providing different types of mediation service for the community, and the ELCHK, Youth Enhancement Scheme, providing counseling service to young offenders who cautioned under Police Superintendent Discretion Scheme.

keswick@elchk.org.hk

 

Claudia Mazzucato

Italy

Claudia is a Professor of Law at the Catholic University of Milan, where she teaches penal law, criminology and juvenile justice.  She is a mediator for the Milan Office of Penal Mediation and has been appointed as expert on mediation and restorative justice for the Italian Ministry of Justice.  She also participates in international networks on mediation and restorative justice. claudia.mazzucato@unicatt.it

 

Noah Salameh

Noah Salameh

Palestine

Noah is the director of  The Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation. He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and resolution from Cairo University  and a  M.A. in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame University in 1994 and Dr. Salameh has more than 15 years experience in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation noah@ccrr-pal.org

 

Rina Ritter

Rina Ritter

Israel

Rina is a social worker  and facilitator of Restorative Justice Programs for the Department Welfare in Israel. She lives in the ethnically diverse Galilee, where Jewish-Arab interaction occurs on a daily basis. Rina strives to promote positive interpersonal relations between Jews and Arabs, and, as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, combines her values with a deep sense of compassion and peace-making. BridgeforPeace@yahoo.com