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David R. Karp, PhD

David Karp portrait.Director of the Center for Restorative Justice 
Professor of Leadership
Curriculum Vita (with links to publications)

David Karp is a professor 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 as well as the 2011 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than one hundred 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. 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.

Gwynn Alexander, MA

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. 

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Associate Dean, Diversity and Student Affairs
University of New Orleans

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. The child of Naval personal 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 Degree 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

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University of Texas at Austin

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and director of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD). Armour holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. Armour’s work focuses on the healing of victims, offenders and the community related to crime and wrongdoing. In that regard, she 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. Armour’s research also emphasizes the experiences and healing of family members of homicide victims specific to meaning-making in the aftermath of tragedy, the impact of the offender’s sentence on survivor well-being, the remaining family members after domestic fatalities, and the process of meaning-making for Holocaust survivors during and after the war. She recently completed a 3-year, K-12 partnership with Texas Education Agency to take Restorative Practices to scale in the state through training over 2500 school administrators and 600 Restorative Discipline Coordinators. She serves as a consultant to numerous agencies and organizations that are developing and using restorative practices. She is a founding member of and past officer for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

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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.

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

Jay Behel is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Rush Medical College where he directs student professional development and wellness initiatives and supports processes for community-building and addressing student mistreatment. He also is a clinical psychologist and director of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology at Rush University Medical Center and is the education director for the LGBTQ Health Committee at Rush. Dr. Behel completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University with majors in English and psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University and then completed a residency and fellowship at Rush. Dr. Behel has published and presented extensively on a range of topics including adjustment to disability, physician communication and, more recently, several aspects of medical education. 

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Professor/Director of International Higher Education Program
Lesley University

Professor Meenakshi Chhabra is a graduate of the Intercultural Relations Program at Lesley University, where she also completed her Ph.D in Educational Studies with a focus on youth development in protracted conflict contexts.  As a scholar and practitioner in Peace and Conflict Studies, Meenakshi has been recognized as a Fulbright Specialist in the field. She has also been awarded two Fulbright Senior Scholarships for her research and teaching related to Peace Education. Her current research focuses on a comparative study examining teaching about historical events of conflict in India, Northern Ireland, and South Africa for which she has received a Fulbright Global Fellowship. Her research interest includes, peace education, youth leadership, and trauma and resilience, in conflict contexts. In addition to research and teaching, Meenakshi has been working with youth and educators in international conflict and post-conflict contexts.

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Director of Student Life & Leadership Development
Golden West College

Frank A. Cirioni is a student affairs professional with twelve years of practical experience in residential life and housing, campus life, student conduct and Title IX, restorative justice, and social justice education. Originally from White Plains, New York, Frank earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts Education from New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Frank is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. Frank serves as the Director of Student Life & Leadership Development at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. His previous roles were held at the University of Puget Sound, EF Education First - International Language Schools, Barnard College at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, Oberlin College, and Emory University. Outside of work, Frank enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Yulina, and their three pets, as well as listening to vinyl records, live music and theater, reading, classic cars, and motorcycling.

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Devra is the past Director and one of the founders of the Morchand Center for Clinical Competence and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As Director, she oversaw the center operations and Standardized Patient Methodology (SP) program development that supported the curriculum and assessment for the undergraduate and components of graduate medical education. Recognized as an expert in communication skills training and assessment. She was a founding member and served as President of ASPE (The Association of Standardized Patient Educators). ASPE is an international not for profit organization that supports the advancement and research of SP methodology as well as the professional development of SP Educators and Simulation Center Directors. Devra consults on topics such as communication/interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence in the workplace, and effective presentation skills. She was an Associate Professor at Clarkson Graduate College in the Bioethics Program and Adjunct Faculty in their Graduate MBA program.

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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. 

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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.

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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. Sean has a PhD in Leadership Studies from USD and has served as a Lecturer in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  He serves on the leadership team for the RJNCC (Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses) and is a restorative justice facilitator and trainer with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. 

Kevin JohnsonKevin

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.

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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.

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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.

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Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement 
Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
UC Davis Health

Adrienne Lawson serves as the Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement at the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with University of California Davis Health. Adrienne’s primary responsibilities include: climate needs assessment and reporting; professional leadership development; continuous diversity improvement; marketing of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion; and community engagement. Adrienne has a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her research interest is broad in scope which includes: equity, climate and culture change in organizations, women faculty leadership and retention, cultural and language diversity;  gender differences, role-modeling and mentorship, faculty, and staff diversity and inclusion. Adrienne was the former Diversity Manager for Faculty Recruitment and Retention at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She also held an adjunct faculty position with Sacramento State and Argosy University. Her hobbies include: mental, physical and spiritual health, reading, and traveling.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Rick Shafer is the Associate Director of Student Life for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at Michigan State University. Rick chairs the university’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), serves on the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT), and coordinates the RJ@MSU program. In addition to a Master of Arts in Education, Rick has completed additional education and training 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 estimates that he has adjudicated/managed nearly 10,000 reports of student misconduct, including cases ranging from simple alcohol use and noise violations to sexual assault and involuntary manslaughter. Rick also is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and has begun to serve as a private 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 for ASCA’s RJ Track at the annual Gehring Academy.

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Deputy Director of Social Justice
City of Birmingham, Alabama 

Jasmyn Elise Story is an RJ trainer and facilitator with expertise in K-12 schools and higher education, with a particular focus on and racial bias. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. Jasmyn has been an RJ coordinator at Black Diamond High School, an alternative school in the San Francisco Bay Area, for Partnership with Children, with a placement at a middle school in Brooklyn, and the JAGS Foundation in London. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization, The People’s Coalition. Jasmyn received her BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College and MA in Human Rights at the University College London. 


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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.