Gail Thomas has extensive management experience in both public and private sectors. Serving on the Board of Restorative Resources since 2005, she is also active in many community organizations, including Rotary and the Palm Drive Health Care Foundation, where she serves as President of the Board. Currently owner of Pooh Corner Farm Enterprises, Gail has previously held a wide variety of positions including Director of Evaluation under the Assistant Secretary for Human Resources of the US Department of Education; Director of Personnel and Management Analysis at the National Institute of Education; and Management Evaluation Specialist at the US Office of Personnel Management.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Oscar Cano was born and raised in Mexico City, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA. He has extensive experience as an executive in global corporations, focusing on international transportation and logistics. He runs his own import/export business in Sonoma County, exporting wine to Mexico City and importing Mexcal into the United States.
He has three children, who live in Florida and Germany. His interests are community work, reading, astronomy, jogging and DIY activities.
Born in Chihuahua Mexico, Ramon Meraz is currently Human Rights Commissioner for the 5th district and leader of Concierge for Beautiful Places. He emigrated with family during high school to live in Orange County. During a chance visit in 1993, he fell in love with Sonoma County and has called it home ever since. He worked as substitute teacher after obtaining his bachelor's degree in Mexican-American studies at Sonoma State University in 2002. From his first experience with restorative justice, he immediately became involved with the mission.
Keith Hale has a long association with organizations, businesses and schools in the Sonoma Valley. Keith owned a successful construction business for twenty years. With an interest in the arts, Keith was a founding board member of the Sonoma Arts Guild and served for eight years guiding their development and opening a store front on Sonoma Plaza. In 1991 he joined the teaching staff of Hanna Boys Center. At that time Keith also began training with the Non-Violent Communication Program and volunteered in San Quentin with the Alternatives to Violence Program. He later volunteered with Wilmar Center, working with bereaved children and adults for three years. In 2010, Keith became interested in Restorative Justice and he is currently leading circles and introducing Restorative Resources to the Hanna Boys Center staff and administration. Keith is a Tai Chi and Chi Gung instructor with two grown children and lives with his wife in Kenwood.
A native of Mexico City, Paco Cano moved to Santa Rosa in 2005 and immediately started involving himself in the community. In addition to his job as community organizer for St. Joseph Health, Paco is the volunteer coordinator for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Roseland, a proud member of the Sonoma County Latino Leaders group and a member of Santa Rosa Neighbors Summit.
His passion is connecting people and building relationships for the benefit of the community. The father of two teenage sons, Paco is committed to giving young offenders a second chance by representing Restorative Resources as a volunteer.
Ross Bickford holds a B.A. in Social Sciences at Sacramento State College; a Teaching Credential and minor in Industrial Arts at Chico State College; a Masters in Education at Los Angeles State University; a Counseling Credential at Long Beach State University; and a Special Education and Administrative Credentials at Sonoma State University. His entire professional career, from September 1968 until June 2009 has been as an educator. His last position was Principal at Laguna Continuation High School in Sonoma County from 2003 to 2009. He’s married to Barbara Kenney who is an elementary school principal in Cotati/Rohnert Park. Ross and Barbara have three grown sons, two of whom are educators. The third is a psychiatrist.
After growing up in El Dorado County and graduating from Wake Forest law school, Monica Julian moved to Sonoma County in 2010 to work as an attorney representing foster youth ages newborn through 21. Committed to cultivating compassion in our community, she also works as a Child Protection Officer for The Schoolbox Project, a nonprofit providing mobile, trauma-informed care to children in refugee camps.
In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, organizing, biking, hiking, writing, backpacking, traveling and spending time with Chico, her 10-year-old, 75-pound labrador/ridgeback/hound mix.
Dr. Perry Marker
Perry Marker is Professor of Curriculum Studies in the School of Education at Sonoma State University. He has made presentations at international, national and state education conferences, and has written numerous articles related to social studies education and curriculum studies that have appeared journals such as Teachers College Record, Teacher Education Quarterly, The Social Studies, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Defending Public Schools. His current research interests are incorportating the work of the late Brasilian educator Paulo Freire to the classroom, the application of future studies to the curriculum and studying the impact of the the standards movement in education.
During her long career in commercial real estate management, Pamela Reeves spent her free time volunteering in a variety of civic and social service organizations such as CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Children), reading tutor and Big Sister. She has a B. S. in Education and is an advocate for lifelong learning. She learned about restorative practices soon after moving to Sonoma County in 2014 and immediately started taking classes and volunteering at Restorative Resources. She is passionate about promoting the use of restorative practices as a simple but powerful tool to resolve conflicts and build healthy relationships and communities.
Steve Barbose has a B.A. in sociology from U.C. Berkeley and a law degree from Hastings College of the Law. He has been a practicing attorney in Sonoma County since 1976 with a practice emphasizing resolution of disputes in matters involving civil law. Steve is a trained mediator and has participated in many mediation proceedings. He served as a settlement conference panelist in the Sonoma Superior Court for over 15 years and as a Teen Court judge for a couple of years.
He was on the boards of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and the Sonoma Ecology Center for a number of years. Steve was on the Planning Commission of the City of Sonoma for a couple of years and was on the Sonoma City Council from 2006-2014, serving as mayor in 2010. Steve grew up in the Sonoma Valley and has lived there for the past 40 years with his wife Debby. They have two adult sons. Steve and his family are passionate hikers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
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