About Us

Center Staff

David R. Karp, PhDdavid headshot

Director of the Center for Restorative Justice 
Professor of Leadership
Curriculum Vita

David Karp is professor of leadership and director of the Center for Restorative Justice in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. For his work on campus restorative justice, he was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership and Innovation Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice and the 2011 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty and The Community Justice Ideal. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice and is co-principal investigator for the National Center on Restorative Justice. He has previously served as associate dean of student affairs and professor of sociology at Skidmore College. David received a BA in peace and conflict studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Washington.

Justine Andreu Darling, PhDJustine headshot

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Certificate in Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership
University of San Diego

Justine began her restorative journey as a GED teacher and legal advocate for homeless youth at the Covenant House in Newark, New Jersey. Her passion for addressing the school to prison pipeline led her to pursue an MA in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego and a PhD in Education at San Diego State University. Justine is a restorative trainer, facilitator, consultant, and researcher focused on addressing inequities in schools and communities through the use of restorative justice practices. In 2011, she co-founded the restorative justice program at the University of San Diego, which supports residential life, student affairs and the conduct office in using both proactive and responsive restorative processes to build a stronger community and address harms in a relational way. Most recently she served as the Director of Restorative Justice Practices at the National Conflict Resolution Center overseeing restorative implementation across San Diego in K-12 schools, universities, communities, organizations, and the criminal justice system. Currently, Justine teaches at San Diego State University in the hybrid online Masters in Counseling Program and is a Faculty Fellow in the Honors College. She has also had the honor of learning first hand from global restorative practices including the Youth Justice Agency in Northern Ireland, the Gacaca Courts of Rwanda, and the Maori Family Group Conferencing in New Zealand.  

Ashley McGuireAshley headshot

Director of Training, Center for Restorative Justice

Ashley McGuire is a restorative justice practices trainer, practitioner, and coach, with more than 2 decades experience supporting schools, families, and organizations. Ashley’s work includes training, curriculum design, large-scale event design, community dialogue leadership, organizational consulting, family and group coaching, and peacemaking. Through her work as a theatre director and improvisational coach, the founder and CEO of a service organization, and as a consultant, Ashley has supported thousands of young people, educators, and professionals to communicate more effectively, build stronger relationships, and experience more joy.

Gwynn Alexander, MA

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Graduate Assistant, Center for Restorative Justice
(619) 260-4600 ext: 4332

Gwynn Alexander is a PhD student in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego and graduate assistant in the Center for Restorative Justice. She has seven years experience as a high school art teacher serving both Orange and Los Angeles counties. Gwynn completed her master’s degree in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where she fine tuned her research to focus on the intersections of critical pedagogies, community organizing, and school-based intervention programs to address local topics of educational injustice. As an experienced organizer, she has campaigned for an expanded ethnic studies curriculum in California, co-founded the Emerging Scholars in Social Justice Conference held at CSULB, and advocated for broader restorative justice programs in local K-12 schools. Her interest in community organizing also extends into the non-profit sector where she spent two years at a youth leadership organization writing and implementing training materials for administrative volunteers in organizational growth, sustainability, and measures of local accountability. 

L. Tomay Varlack-Butler, MSW, CASACTtomay profile

Resident Practitioner, Center for Restorative Justice

Tomay Varlack-Butler is a PhD student in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego, a resident practitioner, graduate assistant, and the initiative leader for HEAL Humanity Now! in the Center for Restorative Justice. She is a Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Restorative Justice Educator, Consultant and Coach.  Tomay is the co-founder of WORTHshop Inc and the founder of Tamar’s Healing Circle and Coaching program. Her work centers on healing and justice through education. Tomay is a facilitator with Restorative Justice Education, (RJ Ed), and is a Restorative Roots Collaborative member facilitating Participatory Action Research. She is also an International Speaker where she presented in Haiti, led roundtable discussions with NGOs addressing violence against women and facilitated restorative circles with adolescents impacted by HIV in Romania. Tomay’s work as a facilitator and trainer includes working in Higher Ed, K-12, community agencies, and religious organizations. Tomay integrates her mediation, mindfulness and trauma training into her work where she provides conflict coaching, family conferencing, anti-racism work, racial healing circles in addition to healing circles for persons who experienced childhood trauma, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Her commitment to social justice and transforming lives deepen her practice and commitment to living a restorative lifestyle. Tomay’s guiding principles are love, liberation, truth, justice and healing.

Tomay is the proud mom of two college graduates, loves to write, sing and in her free time produces two media projects -Unbranded Talk Show and the Worth Justice Network.


National Team

Alissa R. Ackerman, PhDalissa headshot

Professor of Criminal Justice
California State University, Fullerton

Alissa Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton. She has been researching sexual violence and sex crimes policy for almost fifteen years. She has written extensively on the topic and is often called on by media outlets to comment on cases related to sexual victimization, policy, and accountability. Her most recent co-authored book, The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement, was published in 2018 and her newest book Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice will be published in early 2019. Alissa is a restorative justice facilitator who has worked with over 500 men and women who have committed various sexual offenses. Her work was recently featured in an HBO Vice News segment. Alissa has been invited to speak in various US States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Desirée Anderson, PhDdesiree headshot

Associate Dean, Diversity and Student Affairs
University of New Orleans

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. The child of Naval personnel, she had the pleasure of living abroad in Belgium until she graduated high school. Desiree returned to the United States to live in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Louisville. Before coming to serve as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs at the University of New Orleans she worked as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California. She previously held positions as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University and as an Area Residence Director at Texas State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying The Use of Campus-Based Restorative Justice Practices to Address Incidents of Bias: Facilitators’ Experiences. Desirée is currently working on a book chapter in Colorizing Restorative Justice by Living Justice Press and in her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV, especially ESPN.                                                                   

Marilyn Armour, PhD

marilyn headshotProfessor
University of Texas at Austin

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D. LICSW, is a Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin.  She is also the founder and former Director of The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD).  As clinician, teacher and researcher, Dr. Armour is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and four books: At Personal Risk: Boundary Violations in Professional-Client Relationships, Educating for Cultural Competence, and Restorative Justice Dialogue (with Mark Umbreit) which, according to Howard Zehr is considered “the equivalent of a state-of-the-union address for the restorative justice movement.”  Her most recent book is Violence, Restorative Justice and Forgiveness: Dyadic Forgiveness and Energy Shifts in Restorative Justice Dialogue (with Mark Umbreit).  Dr. Armour has conducted studies on the effectiveness of restorative justice interventions for violent crime, in the prison system, in schools, for domestic violence and community restoration as well as the mechanisms of action in the interventions that lead to change. As a restorative justice practitioner and scholar, Dr. Armour promotes building mindsets that embrace victim-centered restorative justice principles including victim healing and the building of community through restorative solutions to harm. Dr. Armour is the architect of the Texas Model of Restorative Discipline to redirect the over-reliance on punitive measures that, in effect, exclude students from the classroom.  In partnership with the Texas Education Agency she implemented the model state-wide in Texas, the first state in the country to undertake this effort.  Under Armour’s direction, IRJRD has become a national leader in the restorative justice field and noteworthy for establishing Best Practices for school-based restorative justice. 

Josh Bacon, PhDjosh headshot

Dean of Students
James Madison University

Josh Bacon currently serves as the Dean of Students at James Madison University. The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, Off Campus Life, and Student Government Association report to the Dean. He is also assistant professor in the graduate psychology department and Co-Director of the College Student Personnel Administration Master’s program. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration with a cognate in law from Clemson University and a Master’s in Education Administration from Salisbury University, with a concentration in counseling. Josh chairs the Behavior Assessment Team, a team that addresses students of concern to self and others.The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices has recently implemented a restorative justice program and implemented restorative practices to its process. Josh has consulted and presented around the country on restorative justice in student conduct.

Jay Behel, PhDjay headshot

Coordinator of Rx for RJ: Prescribing Restorative Justice for Education in the Health Professions 
Rush Medical College 

Jay M. Behel, PhD is Associate Dean of Medical Student Affairs at Rush Medical College in Chicago. As associate dean, Dr. Behel oversees the strategic planning and implementation of co-curricular programming in the medical college including important collaborations related to student well-being and the learning environment. These collaborations include work to integrate restorative practices into medical education and academic healthcare at a local and national level.  Additionally, he teaches in the Rush Leadership Academy and is the education director for Affirm: The Rush Center for Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Health. Dr. Behel is a clinical psychologist and directs Rehabilitation Psychology at Rush University Medical Center.  Dr. Behel received a BA in English and Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. 

Meenakshi Chhabra, PhD meenakshi headshot

Professor/Interim Associate Dean of Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences
Lesley University

Professor Meenakshi Chhabra is the interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In her current position, she oversees all matters related to academic affairs of the school, including faculty and student support. She is a scholar-practitioner in Peace and Conflict Studies with 20+ years of experience of working with communities in designing and delivering peacebuilding initiatives in international conflict contexts. Meenakshi has also been recognized as a Fulbright Global Scholar and a Specialist in Peace Studies and has taught in both US and international universities. She was introduced to Restorative Justice in the mid 90’s by Harold Gatensby, an Elder from the Tagish and Tlinglit Nation in the Yukon territory. Since then, she has continued to weave in Restorative practices in both her personal and professional life. Meenakshi is currently leading the strategic planning, training, and implementation of the Restorative Justice Project at Lesley University.   

Frank A. Cirioni, Ed.D.frank headshot

Director of Campus Life & College Disciplinary Officer
Golden West College, Coast Community College District

Frank A. Cirioni, Ed.D. serves as the Director of Campus Life and College Disciplinary Officer at Golden West College. Dr. Cirioni is a student affairs professional with 14 years of experience in campus life, new student orientation, pre-college programs, residential life and housing, student conduct, Title IX, restorative justice, and social justice education. Originally from White Plains, New York, Dr. Cirioni earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Visual Arts Education from New York Institute of Technology, a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Cirioni’s dissertation, “Needing More to Restore: A Case Study on Utilizing a Restorative Justice Curriculum to Address Campus Sexual Misconduct Cases in U.S. Higher Education,” was published in 2021.

Dr. Cirioni joined Golden West College in 2017. His previous roles were held at the University of Puget Sound, EF Education First, Barnard College at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, Oberlin College, and Emory University. In his free time, Dr. Cirioni enjoys spending time with his wife, Yulina, and their two pets, Eugene and Murphy. Dr. Cirioni also enjoys live music, theater, reading, movies, classic cars, and motorcycling.                                                        

Lori DeCarlo frank headshot

Restorative Educator, Trainer and School Leader
Superintendent at Randolph Academy UFSD

Lori DeCarlo is the Superintendent at Randolph Academy UFSD where the implementation of Restorative Practices began in 2015. Under Ms. DeCarlo's leadership, the Randolph Academy Restorative Justice Team has implemented Level 1 Community Building Circles on a school wide basis for two years, and Level 2 & 3 Restorative Conferences to resolve conflict and repair harm. Ms. DeCarlo has worked with the Academy's Board of Education to ensure that Restorative Practices are embedded into policy and the District's Code of Conduct. As a certified Restorative Justice trainer, she has studied under internationally renowned experts in the field and has served as a practitioner/co-facilitator for the 2018 & 2019 NYSED & DCJS sponsored project, "Using Restorative Justice Principles and Practices to Support a Culture of Care in New York State Schools", which was presented by Dr. Tom Cavanagh. 

Ms. DeCarlo's work in implementing Restorative Justice in schools began through a project funded by the Western New York Regional Youth Justice Team. She now serves as Co-Chair for this multi-disciplinary team of leaders from Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus & Allegany counties. Ms. DeCarlo presents on the topic of Restorative Justice at state, regional and local conferences. She also practices the art of "circle keeping" by facilitating circles for organizations and churches in her hometown. Ms. DeCarlo was also honored with being named a 2020 Buffalo Business First "Woman of Influence" for her work in restorative justice. 

Duke Fisherduke headshot

Lead Trainer 
Learning Labs, Inc.
607-967-5917 (cell)

Duke Fisher is a trusted facilitator and mediator who facilitates meaningful conversation in schools, universities, and organizations worldwide. He is committed to building bridges to all of his participants and ensuring their needs are honored. Duke has been a New York State Certified Mediation Trainer since 1989.  He is the past director of the Dispute Resolution Center for Delaware and Chenango Counties and has taught mediation courses worldwide, including at Hofstra and Albany Law Schools. As a lead trainer for the University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice, Duke frequently trains community agencies and educational institutions in restorative practices that help build community, respond to incidents of crime or misconduct, and successfully reintegrate students after suspension. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never-ending search for creative methods to support effective learning and address conflict. 

Pedro Flores, MAS, RRT
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Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator
PhD Candidate
University of San Diego

Pedro Flores is a healthcare provider and administrator with over 25 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare. He owns and operates Therapy Pros, a multi-site physical medicine and rehabilitation practice in Southern California. Pedro serves on the training team at the Center for RJ at the University of San Diego, where he is also conducting a research study evaluating the use of RJ to redress workgroup-related harms in healthcare/academic medicine. Pedro considers himself a restorative leader, who has a particular affinity for breaking down clinical hierarchies and creating equitable spaces where patients and healthcare providers can collaborate on issues of shared concern. In addition to his work in the RJ space, Pedro teaches comparative healthcare systems and healthcare leadership at the University of California at San Diego.

Nina Harrisnina headshot

Education Specialist
Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Harvard University

Nina is an experienced student affairs specialist and restorative justice practitioner who brings more than fifteen years of direct experience in higher education administration, student engagement and campus sexual violence prevention and education. She has provided crisis and resource counseling for hundreds of survivors of gender-based interpersonal violence and sexual harassment. As a campus administrator, she has worked tirelessly to help educational institutions cultivate compassionate and transformative campuses actively engaged in violence prevention and healthy community building. Nina has formerly held the roles of advocate, educator and TIX case manager at Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. As a consultant, she has worked with dozens of institutions to provide innovative and engaging educational programming, facilitate restorative dialogues, deliver staff training and professional development, and support in policy development.

Kristin J. Hocker, EdDkristin headshot

Co-Specialty Director, Health Care Management Program
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

Kristin Hocker is an assistant professor of clinical nursing, co-specialty director of the Health Care Organization Management and Leadership (HCM) program, and the School of Nursing’s deputy Title IX coordinator, undertaking responsibility for the prompt and fair handling of sex-based harassment or misconduct complaints. Widely recognized as an influential voice in matters of diversity and inclusion, leadership, and professional development, Hocker has a progressive record of experience in teaching, consulting, and facilitating training and professional development within higher education, academic medicine and health care. Hocker earned a doctorate in higher education in 2015 from the Warner School, and received her bachelor’s degree in food service management and master’s in training and instructional design from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sean Horrigan, PhDsean headshot

Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan, PhD, is the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego (USD). Previously, he served as the Director of Student Conduct and founded the restorative justice program at USD implementing restorative practices across various functional areas in Student Affairs. He has lectured in USD's School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at National University teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development. Sean serves on the Board of Trustees of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation whose mission is to promote safer schools and communities through education in the restorative principles of compassion, forgiveness, and peacemaking.  He has a BA in Education from the University of Northern Iowa and an MA and PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. At USD's Center for Restorative Justice he is on the leadership team of the RJNCC (Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses) and is a restorative justice facilitator and trainer

Sonoo Thadaney Israni sonoo headshot

Executive Director
Presence (A Center at Stanford Medicine) & The Program in Bedside Medicine

Sonoo Thadaney Israni, MBA currently serves as the Founding Executive Director, Stanford Presence Center, and the Department of Medicine's Program in Bedside Medicine. Her focus is on Equity, Access, Inclusion. As a Stanford Intrapreneur, she builds Academic and Applied Science Centers, Programs, Initiatives. She creates and delivers social justice impact via applied science, exemplary operations, academic and professional opportunities, engaged communities. After 9/11, she trained and engaged in mediation and restorative justice work. She creates and delivers curriculum for leadership development; decision + conflict coaching; and preventing, resolving + leveraging conflict for constructive change on and off-campus. Her Restorative Justice and Conflict Resolution work engages participants to prevent, resolve, and leverage conflict while furthering purposeful decision-making, leadership development, and organizational vitality. 
Sonoo has a B.A. in Psychology, with a Minor in Sociology from the University of Pune, India; a post Baccalaureate in Mass Communications from Sophia College, Mumbai, India; and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, California.

Kevin Johnsonkevin headshot

Restorative Justice Trainer
Coordinator of K-12 RJ Initiatives

Kevin Johnson retired in July of 2018 after a thirty-year career as a teacher and administrator in Oneonta, New York. His administrative experience includes time as high school assistant principal, elementary principal, eleven years as middle school principal, and three years as Director of Instruction. From 2013 through 2018 he spearheaded a district initiative in Restorative Justice which included administrators, faculty, students, and support staff. Working with trainer Duke Fisher, the district offered large group trainings, skill-building groups, consultation, and circle facilitation. In retirement, Kevin and his wife, Suzanne, have formed Teach REAL LLC to continue their work in support of students, especially those suffering from chronic stress.

Gina Gutierrez Karp, M.Edgina headshot

Educator, Curriculum Developer and School Leader

Gina Gutierrez Karp brings 25 years of experience to her work as a classroom teacher (spanning grades 1-12), school leader and in-service mentor. Drawing from training and experience in both public and private schools, Gina has a deep understanding of classroom practice and community-building. Gina most recently served as the coordinator of an independent high school, providing in-service mentoring of new teachers, oversight of student academic and guidance services, and coordination of ELL and divergent learner programs. As both a teacher and administrator, Gina has worked closely with students, parents and colleagues in conflict-- with each other, with the rules or with a decision. She uses the tools and skills of restorative practice to build classroom community, strengthen communication with parents, and bring clarity and resolution to student conduct work.

Dan Kelly, MAdan headshot

Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Loyola University Maryland

Dan began working at Loyola in the fall of 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct. As a Loyola alum Class of 2012, Dan had the privilege of attending Loyola as an undergraduate and obtaining his degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology.  In addition, Dan earned his Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University (JMU).  At JMU, Dan also worked as the Graduate Assistant for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education in the University Health Center and as the Graduate Assistant for the Accountability Board in the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices. Dan’s passion lies in mentoring students.  Whether mentoring is through conduct, Messina, or another outlet, Dan loves challenging and supporting students so they may become the best version of themselves.  Dan’s professional and research interests include: sexual and intimate partner violence advocacy and prevention, healthy masculinity, restorative practices, atheist student development, and training non-student affairs staff in student development theory.  When Dan is not working you’ll find him reading a good sci-fi book, baking some delicious dessert, or enjoying the company of friends.

Carrie Landrum, MAcarrie headshot

Assistant Director
Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
University of Michigan

Carrie is a peacebuilder with a passion for promoting justice and teaching peace. She serves as OSCR’s Assistant Director for Adaptable Resolution, Training, and Strategic Partnerships. Carrie supports students and others in navigating challenging situations and finding pathways to peace and healing with attention to accountability and justice. She has deep expertise in conflict transformation, restorative justice, facilitation, and cultural competence; she is a frequent trainer and facilitator across campus and nationally on these and related topics. Carrie’s background includes studies and training in: international studies (Emory University); dispute resolution and conflict transformation (Wayne State University); peacebuilding, trauma healing, and restorative practices (Eastern Mennonite University); and unconscious bias, social justice education, and mindfulness (University of Michigan). As a facilitator, mentor, and coach, Carrie supplements her training and education by trusting her inner wisdom and intuition while empowering others to do the same. 

Team Member Dr. Mason

Hyacinth Mason, PhD

Restorative Justice Consultant and Trainer

Hyacinth Mason earned her PhD in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California and MPH with a concentration in Health Education and Human Resource Management from the University of Illinois. In her prior tenure as Assistant Dean for Student Support and Inclusion at Albany Medical College, she served as an Assistant Professor of Research at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a Research Associate at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Her career and scholarship have focused on practical, data informed and restorative approaches to promoting educational and health equity among underserved health professions aspirants, trainees, patients and communities. She and a team of trained RJ facilitators from Albany Medical College, have piloted the application of restorative processes and principles at the undergraduate and graduate level.  

Olajiwon K. McCadney
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Assistant Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity & Educational Achievement

Olajiwon K. McCadney (he/they) is the Assistant Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity & Educational Achievement as well as the NCAA Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Nazareth College. In McCadney’s role as AVP, they oversee restorative practices for the campus’s bias response and education team. Additionally, McCadney is a member of the leadership team for the Restorative Justice Network for Catholic Colleges (RJNCC) as well as serves as a facilitator for the national team with the Center for Restorative Justice  at the University of San Diego. Lastly, McCadney holds an MSEd in Organizational Leadership & Performance Technology from the College at Potsdam, State University of New York as well as a certification in Professional Coaching and is a current doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, MDiv, MSW, LCSWsheila headshot

Assistant Professor 
Barry University School of Social Work

Sheila M. McMahon is an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses using strategies such as bystander education and restorative justice to prevent and address individual and community-level harms. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she served as a University sexual assault prevention educator and rape crisis counselor. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, where she studied feminist ethics and liberation theologies. She earned her MSW and PhD at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained in intervention research at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). Dr. McMahon is also a licensed clinical social worker in Florida.

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Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator
Infinite Impact

Toni McMurphy specializes in the design of customized restorative processes and facilitating win-win outcomes in emotionally charged situations. She is an expert in creating safe and brave spaces that foster authentic dialogue around harm and accountability and unpack the distinction between intent and impact. Toni is known for inspiring people to bring out the best in themselves and each other in challenging situations and regularly facilitates courageous conversation in a wide variety of settings on myriad topics.  Recent projects include facilitating restorative responses to sexual misconduct cases, responding to bias incidents on campus and in communities where racial tensions are high and facilitating difficult conversations between students and administration, faculty and administration, management and employees and police officers and people who are incarcerated. Toni recently served as Vice President of Culture and Campus Life for St. Louis College of Pharmacy for six years, where she successfully integrated restorative practice in Student Conduct, Title IX cases, Bias Incident Response, and for numerous conflicts on campus. Toni McMurphy is the Founder of Infinite Impact. As an Organizational Development Practitioner for the past 25 years, she has worked with more than 65,000 people in over 230 organizations. Toni is a certified “Diversity Facilitrainer,” and is certified to teach Crucial Conversations, Unconscious Biasand the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Molly C.S. Pierson, MAmolly headshot

Associate Director for Residential Life
Washington University

Molly C.S. Pierson is an Associate Director for Residential Life responsible for Residence Education at Washington University in St. Louis where she has worked since 2010. In this role, she leads a team of 18 full time professionals responsible for the residential experience for over 4,500 students living in residential colleges and on and off campus apartment communities. Areas of oversight include a residential learning curriculum, assessment, residential life student conduct, crisis response, living and learning communities, student leadership, restorative justice practice, and student and neighbor relations. Before 2010, Molly earned her Master's Degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University where she did a residential life practicum at the University of Michigan developing their restorative circle program. Following graduate school, she worked briefly at Saint Louis University in academic affairs. She has served as faculty for the Restorative Justice track at the Association for Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) Donald D. Gehring Academy and presented on the connection between restorative justice and student learning at several national and international conferences including NASPA, ASCA, IIRP (International Institute for Restorative Practices), and ACUHO-I. Molly most recently co-authored the chapter ‘Facilitating Conflict Resolution’ in the book Conduct and Community: A Residence Life Practitioner’s Guide co-sponsored by ASCA and ACUHO-I in 2018.

Shadell Permanand, LL.M shadell headshot

Consultant: Conflict Resolution * Restorative Justice *Diversity & Inclusion 

Shadell Permanand has been involved in the restorative justice field since 1996. In Toronto, Canada, Shadell was the Executive Director of Conflict Mediation Services of Downsview – a non-profit that provided community conflict resolution and restorative justice programming (including criminal diversion cases for youth and adults) to the community, families, schools and organizations. She was on the board of the Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA)  from 2000-2005 and served one year as the Board Chair. From 2007 – 2012 Shadell worked in the higher education context where she oversaw student conduct and critical incident management at York University. She later did a secondment at the Office of Human Rights and then segued to her role at the University of Toronto as the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Officer (ARCDO). At ARCDO, her office provided public education workshops and events and handled complaints about students, staff, or faculty related to race, ethnicity, country of origin and religious discrimination. Currently, Shadell is in private practice and resides in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated with her B.Th from Canadian Mennonite University in 1995 and most recently with her LL.M (Dispute Resolution) from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Thomas "TJ" Reed

"Lukwe'tiyó" (pronounced lah-gway-dee-oh) Oneida for, "He is a Good Man"                                                                          
Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator
Doctoral Candidate in Leadership and Organizational Consulting
University of San Diego, 2021

Thomas James Reed is a dual citizen of the United States and of the Native American Tribal Nation of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Thomas is a member of the Turtle Clan, and his Oneida name is “Lukwe'tiyó” (pronounced lah-gway-dee-oh), which translates to, “He is a Good Man”. Thomas’s family first introduced him to restorative justice through his grandmother who is an elder in the Oneida Nation, Eleanor Bailey, and from his cousin, Edi Cornelius-Grosskopf, who uses talking circles for restorative purposes. Thomas Reed learned more about talking circles, circle practices, circles, and restorative justice through his doctoral committee member Dr. David Karp. Thomas has written a book chapter titled, “A Critical Review of the Native American Tradition of Circle Practices” in the book Indigenous Research of Land, Self, and Spirit. Thomas has consulted for the University of Michigan Office of Student Conflict Resolution on the indigenous origins of talking circles. Thomas loves all people, believes in the good in all people, and believes restorative justice has the ability to bring people together through physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. 

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Associate Director
Student Life - Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Michigan State University

Rick Shafer oversees Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at Michigan State University’s Dean of Students Office. Rick educational background includes a Master of Arts in Education, as well as certifications in multicultural counseling, mediation, and restorative justice. During his 25+ years in student affairs, Rick has served four public universities (Ball State, Indiana, Ferris State and Michigan State) in a variety of capacities, including residence life and housing, fraternity and sorority life, and student conduct. Throughout his career, Rick has co-founded/convened/served on multiple interdisciplinary teams dealing with behavioral threat assessment, bias response, and sexual/interpersonal violence response. Rick is a founding member and coordinator of the RJ@MSU program. Rick estimates that he has adjudicated/managed nearly 10,000 reports of student misconduct, ranging from simple alcohol use and noise violations, to sexual assault and involuntary manslaughter. Rick is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), a National Team member of the University of San Diego’s Restorative Justice Program, and works privately as a restorative justice and conflict resolution consultant. Rick is proud to have contributed to David Karp's Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, to be a founding member of Campus PRISM, and to have served as a faculty member at ASCA’s annual Gehring Academy on multiple occasions.

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Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator

Dr. Amisha Singh is a dentist by training and has dedicated her career to equity and inclusion in higher education and healthcare. She is faculty at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine and serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. It is here that she pioneered the inaugural use of the Restorative Justice process for the Anschutz Medical Campus. She is also a blogger and professional speaker who travels the country to inspire other healthcare professionals and advocate for equity in higher education. She is driven to changing the landscape of healthcare in the US and has served as the AVID Healthcare Liaison for Denver Public Schools, teaching a success series integrated into the curriculum of underprivileged middle school youth to aspire them to careers in healthcare. She has also served as a Workforce Diversity Consultant for the Colorado Department of Public Health and worked to help recruit underrepresented minorities to the professions of dentistry and medicine. She currently serves as an ADA Success Speaker, participates in the ADA Institute of Diversity in Leadership and is the founder of the CDA Diversity in Leadership program. She was recognized as one of the 2017 10 Under 10 Top ADA Dentists nationally. Her passion is encouraging entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring others and she wants to dedicate her life to helping create equitable paths to success for all.

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Deputy Director of Social Justice
City of Birmingham, Alabama 

Jasmyn Elise Story is an international Restorative Justice Facilitator and founder of The People’s Coalition. Named one of Vice’s 31 Women Making History by Creating a Better Future, they are a dedicated human rights activist with 8 years of experience working in the voluntary sector. Formally the Director of Restorative Justice Programming at the JAGS Foundation, Jasmyn completed their MA in Human Rights at the University College London. They received their BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College. Currently, their main focus is on community mobilization and the integration of restorative practices into the City of Birmingham.


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Co-Chair, Campus PRISM
Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center 
University of Michigan

Kaaren M. Williamsen, PhD, is Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan. She has also served as the Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College and was the founding director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College, where she also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Kaaren has masters degrees in Women’s Studies and Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota.  Her 2017 dissertation focused on the limitations of the student conduct response to sexual misconduct and the possibilities of restorative justice.  



Brandyn Woodard

Restorative Justice Facilitator

Brandyn Woodard has been working at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota since July 2013 as the Director of Intercultural and International Student Services, and most-recently as a Co-Administrator of the Becoming Community Mellon Grant that seeks to implement transformative inclusion at the institutions.  He has a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from Webster University.  His interest in Restorative Justice began when he hosted author and activist Patrice Gaines at a college in Iowa where he worked at the time.  Since then, he has been a panelist at CSBSJU’s 2015 Peace Studies Conference discussing restorative practices, participated in Restorative Justice training with ACPA, and is currently enrolled in the Restorative Justice Certificate program out of the University of San Diego.  He's excited to start his new job at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College on International Women's Day 2021.