Partners and Associates
with founder Marilyn Armour, LICSW, Ph.D.
with founder Janine Geske (former Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge)
with Executive Director Michael Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
co-director: Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
founder and director: Mary Jo Kreitzer
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
William Bradshaw, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
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.
Elizabeth Lightfoot, Ph.D.
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.
Tim is the former Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota
Department of Corrections.
Penelope Harley J.D.
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
Jean Greenwood, M.Div.
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.
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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
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
Gary is a member of the Apsaalooka and Anishinaabeg Nations. He is a
co-facilitator of Family Group Conferences, and a Circle Facilitator.
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.
Julie and Wesley Black Elk
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.
Munir Ahmed Shaik
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
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.
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. email@example.com
Professor, School of Social Work, Soongsil University
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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