Extensive business background and acumen have enabled Susan to lead the agency in expanding both the number of juvenile offenders and introducing the adult and volunteer program. Following several years managing technology companies in the Santa Clara Valley, she developed a consulting practice which served that industry and its affiliated banks and investors. Her practice included business plan development, financing strategies, strategic business review, and early stage financial management. Because of her interest in youth, Susan was a founding board member of the Sunnyvale School District Foundation. Susan seeks ways to actively serve her community and has served for five years as an emergency foster parent for the County of Sonoma’s Child Protective Services.
Todd Harper Secondary School Training Manager
Todd Harper received his undergraduate degree in cultural anthropology from Sonoma State University. He has worked with at-risk youth in both residential and school settings. "I became involved with restorative justice because I feel it has great potential not only to provide healing to individuals and communities negatively impacted by crime, but also has the power to reorient the way we as a human community relate to each other and to deepen our connection to life as a whole," he says. "The foundational truth of the restorative process, that we are all interconnected, allows for all who participate to directly experience how our individual story is part of one great story, and it shows us how much we are needed and how we can contribute."
Maria Freebairn-Smith Elementary Schools Training Coordinator
Maria Freebairn-Smith is passionate about bringing restorative practices into schools, families and communities. Her mission is to encourage parents and educators to model and inspire positive and collaborative problem-solving with children. She is a professionally trained mediator, parenting coach and educator with twenty years of experience working with families. She holds a degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University with advanced trainings in early childhood education, conflict resolution and creative expression. She has helped start and oversee four non-profits: Sunridge Waldorf Charter School, Open Circle Cooperative Preschool, The Center for Creative Exploration and Drawbridge: An Arts Program for Homeless Children. She has most recently founded the Creative Parenting Center in downtown Sebastopol, CA and has a private practice specializing in co-parenting through separation and divorce.
Jessie Hankins Adult Programs Manager
Jessie Hankins graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2009 with a degree in political science. Since relocating to California, her interests have shifted towards social justice and community organizing. She is very excited about the potential of restorative justice in this community and throughout the world. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys spending time with her dog, seeing live music and snowboarding.
Jessica Dorr Administrative Assistant
Jessica graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After traveling as a teacher, she decided to meld her love for children with her interest in restorative practices and social advocacy. “I have faith that by re-evaluating the way we traditionally view crime and punishment we can have a meaningful impact on future generations,” she says. Jessica is very excited to assist the agency in bringing about a change in the approach used to deal with at-risk youth. Her interests include traveling, music and knitting misshapen hats.
Vicky Ness Marketing Director
Vicky has decades of experience creating marketing materials for national corporations and small local businesses in the North Bay. As a freelance contractor, she’s worked for a diverse range of community based organizations – from the Redwood Empire Food Bank to RotaCare, Marin County’s free medical clinic – as well as helping to create outreach material for the Press Democrat’s Celebrate Community. Vicky has called Sonoma County her home for 20 years and lives with her wife in Sebastopol. In her spare time, she is happiest in the garden or cooking, and is an active volunteer for the Ceres Community Project.
Karym Sanchez Juvenile Hall and School Re-Entry Program Manager
Karym is a student of sociology at Santa Rosa Junior college where he is also a leader with M.E.Ch.A of SRJC - "Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan." He spent two years organizing students to become engaged in the community and to promote higher education to high school students. As a teenager Karym was an at-risk youth that decided to turn his life around when he became a father at the age of eighteen. He is now a family man who enjoys spending time with his family and working with young men who are in the position he was once in.
Jane Weil Restorative Conferencing Manager
Jane has worked at Restorative Resources since March 2009. She received her MSW from UC Berkeley and has worked with youth and adults in a variety of schools, medical facilities and agencies providing social, mental health and mediation services. At Restorative Resources, Jane combines her strong interest in working with at-risk youth and their families with a dedication to social justice and supporting the rights and interests of all members of the community. She has served on several school boards (both public and private) as well as the Board of Recourse Mediation Services. Jane enjoys spending time with her 3 adult children, creating pottery and hiking.
Chad Bolla Accountability Circles Manager
Chad, a native of Sonoma County, and once an at-risk youth himself, has worked extensively as a mentor in a variety of ways - from counseling in residential group homes and leading wilderness trips with Life School Go adventure, to working as a newcomer support teacher in the Roseland school district. His youth mentoring experience has led him to Restorative Resources where he feels he can be engaged in the community on a deeper level while doing the revolutionary work that is Restorative justice. In his free time Chad can be found spending time in the ocean, participating in anti-racist education, working at Wat Mahabuddhaphumi (a local Theravada Buddhist temple) and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Adalberto Silva Somos Circles Facilitator
Originally from Oaxaca, Adalberto moved to Santa Rosa at the young age of three, and has lived in Santa Rosa for the majority of his life. In 2015, he graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in Mexican-American studies. Adalberto has extensive previous experience working with youth in both Santa Rosa and San Jose. His interests include futbol, reading, community organizing, and instilling cultural and social awareness in youth. In his spare time he enjoys kicking around a ball, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Tré Vasquez Restorative Circle Facilitator
Originally from Southern Arizona, Tré was raised by humble, working-class parents in a copper mining town along the U.S.-Mexico border. Growing up with the community impacts of militarization and environmental racism informs his commitment to working for justice for all people. He comes from a background of youth education, environmental justice and healing justice organizing. As someone who struggled a lot as a youth and was given a second chance, he is dedicated to working with young folks to create a better future for all. Tré loves: his family and culture, fishing, making people laugh, growing traditional foods, learning from others and traveling.
Beatrice was born and raised in Sonoma County. She enjoys getting to know people as a whole, and the interaction of truly opening up to one another. As much as she likes to find commonalities with others, she also enjoys the differences that arise, for she believes she can learn from those who are different from her. Beatrice has a Business Management background through education from Sonoma State University and 4 years of small business experience working in Santa Rosa. In her more than 8 years of customer service, she has had the pleasure of meeting remarkable people who have impacted her life; she believes that each interaction molds the person that we become. Beatrice is thoroughly looking forward to the great experiences to come with Restorative Resources.
A Bay Area native, who moved to Sebastopol in 1985, Carolyn has an entrepreneurial background as former owner of retail bedding and furniture stores, along with extensive professional experience in accounting, financial analysis, advertising and marketing. Semi-retired, Carolyn works with small businesses as a consultant and bookkeeper. In her spare time, she gardens, hikes, travels and reads.
Restorative Resources is a 501c3 non profit organization.