This page is meant to be an introduction to the members of the Restorative Justice Education (RJEd) community. Both individuals and organizations are members of the community.
Dr Tom Cavanagh is the creator of Restorative Justice Education and the current President of this non profit 501(c)3 organization. He is Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University in the departments of Education and Ethnic Studies. He has had several extended Fulbright and other fellowship projects in New Zealand. His research and professional development activities focus on the areas of restorative justice and restorative practices in schools, exploring how we can create peaceful and caring relationships, and exploring what young people want to learn about peace. He also is engaged with how schools can use restorative practices to respond to student wrongdoing and conflict in conjunction with a culturally appropriate pedagogy of relations in classrooms. He has worked on developing and putting into practice a theory of a culture of care in schools based on the principles of restorative justice.
Lori DeCarlo is the Superintendent at Randolph Academy UFSD where the implementation of Restorative Practices is in its fourth year. 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 circles; and Level 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 NYSED and 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 in 2015, 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 and 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.
Dr Linda Henderson is a highly experienced educator with over 20 years in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary settings. Her passion about the possibilities of restorative practices was flamed through her role as a campus Restorative Justice Facilitator, implementation of restorative practices as an administrator, and doctoral work focusing on the school to prison pipeline and social inequities in schools impacting graduation.As an elementary and secondary administrator, Dr. Henderson implemented various creative alternatives to suspension; thereby, keeping more students in school.She has received over 50 hours of restorative justice training including Dr. Cavanagh, Creating a Culture of Care, and Harris County Department of Education-Restorative Justice Coordinator Training.While there are various organizations promoting restorative justice, Restorative Justice Education (RJE) resonates with Dr. Henderson by focusing on creating a culture of care in the organization.Holding circles, and working directly with students addressing misbehaviors, are heightened when the adults exhibit collegial, authentic caring relationships with each other and the students.Leading by example is powerful!
Kelly Geygan holds a Master’s degree in Special Education. Her career began working in the juvenile justice system in Oregon. She has over 15 years experience as a special education and general education teacher at the primary and secondary levels. Kelly’s commitment and passion for using Restorative Justice Practices and creating a culture of care in and out of the classroom inspired her work with Dr. Tom Cavanagh. She has trained and supported teachers in Colorado, California and New York in designing and implementing Restorative Justice programming to meet their unique needs. Kelly lives in Durango, Colorado with her husband Doug and their children, Zane and Harper. Dr Patricia Vigil
Jennie DiGuardi has 40+ years of horse experience, and a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Educational Psychology from the State University College at Oneonta, Jennie was a New York State Certified teacher for nursery school through sixth grade. Extensively trained in Equine Assisted Learning Character Education and a Certified Equine Specialist in the EAGALA model, she brings a wealth of information and experience to Pal-O-Mine Equestrian’s Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy Programs. Jennie serves as the coordinating Equine Assisted Learning facilitator for the BOCES School districts and adjudicated youth students who attend Pal-O-Mine and has for the past two years completed EAGALA Ethics workshops addressing how to educate school districts in the model. Jennie co-authored a restorative justice modeled high school curriculum titled “No Vengeance Zone”. She is a Work Study Job Coach, teaches natural horsemanship, and therapeutic as well as able bodied horseback riding lessons. She has completed Crisis Prevention and Intervention training, is certified in CPR/First Aid and NARCAN