Ph.D. – University of Colorado (1983-1987) Major: Social Foundations of Education; Special emphasis: Conflict Resolution
M.A. – Denver University (1971- 1973) Major: Theatre Arts; Special emphasis: Creative Dramatics
B.A. Florida State University (1963-1966) Major: English;
B.S. Florida State University (1966-67) Major: Language Arts Education
CoOwner – ReSolutionaries, Inc. Founded in 2009 in partnership with Kappy Hall. Responsibilities: All areas of business ownership with special expertise in training, consulting and keynote speaking related to restorative justice practices, conflict resolution, mediation, and bullying prevention.
Director – (2008 – 2010) Restorative Alternative to School Expulsion (RATE) project, a partnership with Teaching Peace and the St. Vrain Valley School District. Responsibilities: program development and implementation, partnership support, staff supervision. Part-time position.
Executive Director & Cofounder – (1994 to 2008) Teaching Peace, a private, not for profit organization. Responsibilities: Organization administration, fund development, public speaking, training, and curriculum development.
Program Director – (1995 to 2008) Longmont Community Justice Partnership, a community-based, restorative justice program. Responsibilities: Program administration, restorative facilitation, training, volunteer development, community education, fundraising, marketing.
Adjunct Professor – (1999 to 2004) Naropa University, Boulder, CO. Responsibilities: Provide instruction for undergraduate course entitled: Peace Studies, conflict resolution and restorative justice.
Trainer – (1995 to 1999). Hazelden of Center City, MN. and formerly Johnson Institute of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Responsibilities: provide training in conflict resolution and violence prevention programs for school districts throughout the United States.
District Coordinator – (1988 to 1995). St. Vrain Valley School District. Responsibilities: Coordination of K-12 programs for safe and drug free schools, dropout prevention, student attendance, homeless education, multicultural appreciation and alternative education.
Clinical Professor – (1987-1988). University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) and St. Vrain Valley School District Partners in Education Program. Responsibilities: Teaching in teacher certification program and supervising student teachers at the University of Colorado and working in Staff Development for the school district, mentoring first year teachers, coordinating multicultural activities.
Teacher – (1984-1987). Northeast Junior High School, St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, Colorado. RESPONSIBILITIES: Development of a self-contained, alternative program, including a work experience program for at-risk students. Teaching in the alternative program and organizing a parent support group.
Graduate Assistant – (1984-1985). University of Colorado, instructor for PROBE, a teacher certification program for nontraditional students during a sabbatical leave from the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Teacher – (1982-1984). Olde Columbine High School, St. Vrain Valley School District. RESPONSIBILITIES: Curriculum design and classroom instruction for at-risk students. Wrote a curriculum guide for L.I.F.E. (Learning Independently from Experience) which explores personal learning style, strengths, and the learning process. Designed program components for school governance, orientation of students, and staff renewal.
Teacher – (full time 1976-1979; 1/2 time 1979-1982) Erie Junior-Senior High School, St. Vrain Valley School District. RESPONSIBILITIES: Design and implementation of a school within a school, alternative program for dropout prevention. Curriculum development and classroom instruction in all subjects.
Project Director – (1/2 time 1979-1981) Title IV-C funded curriculum development project, Teenager to Teenager for at-risk students. Curriculum concept: Videotape production to facilitate growth and development in the areas of speaking, writing, self-awareness, interpersonal communications, and creative expression. (Examination copy of program manual available upon request.)
Dissemination Program Director – (1/2 time 1981-1982) The Teenager-to-Teenager program was validated by the Colorado Department of Education for use in dropout prevention programs. RESPONSIBILITIES: Statewide awareness campaign, awareness presentations throughout Colorado, brochure development, grant writing assistance to adopting sites, administrator and teacher training, program adaptation assistance, and evaluation of adoptions. Teenager to Teenager was adopted by twelve districts in Colorado.
Resource Teacher – (1974-1976) Erie Elementary School, St. Vrain Valley School District. RESPONSIBILITIES: Title I reading and language development for grades K-6.
Director – (1970-1971) Manna House Drug Rehabilitation Center, Mobile, Alabama. RESPONSIBILITIES: Adolescent Polydrug Abuse Unit. Development of an educational component to treatment, individual and family counseling, community relations, and grant writing.
Teacher – (1969-1970) Wedgewood Middle School, Escambia County School District, Pensacola, Florida. RESPONSIBILITIES: Classroom English teacher; developed an innovative curriculum for an English/social studies combination classroom.
Teacher – (1968-1969) West Lauderdale School, Collinsville, Mississippi. RESPONSIBILITIES: Teacher for a fourth grade class of developmentally delayed students. Assisted with the racial desegregation of this school.
Teacher – (1967-1968) Escambia High School, Escambia County School District, Pensacola, Florida. RESPONSIBILITIES: Classroom teacher of English and an advanced course in humanities.
Facilitator Handbook, Longmont Community Justice Partnership. Coauthored with Essrea Cherin and Pattie Moreno-Saenz. Teaching Peace, Hygiene, CO, July 2003.
Managing a Restorative Justice Conferencing Program, a monograph coauthored with Summer Deaton. The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Denver, Colorado, 2003.
Restorative Justice in Action: A Program Implementation Manual from the Longmont Community Justice Partnership. The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Denver, Colorado, 2002.
“Longmont Community Justice Partnership,” Contemporary Justice Review (publication in Spring, 2001.) coauthored with Meir Carasso and Mark Seidler.
Civility Rules, coauthored with Lana Leonard. Teaching Peace, Hygiene, CO, 1999.
Victim or Hero? Writing Your Own Life Story, coauthored with Lana Leonard. Teaching Peace, Hygiene, CO, 1996.
“Relationship Violence,” “Bully-Victim Conflict,” “Racism and Hate Crimes,” and “A Process Outline for Creating Community Partnerships for Violence Prevention.” Public Television, Channel 6, Denver, Colorado, Act Against Violence Campaign. On-line articles on violence prevention. Can be accessed through Channel 6 on-line service. January 1996
Bully-Victim Conflict: An Overview for Educators. Publication in the spring of 1996 by Johnson Institute, Minneapolis, MN. (now Hazelden of Center City, MN)
NO-BULLYING Program. (St. Vrain Valley School District, 1994.) A curriculum for violence prevention in grades K-8. Publication in the spring of 1996 by Johnson Institute, Minneapolis, MN. (now Hazelden of Center City, MN)
Multicultural Resource Guide to the St. Vrain Valley, editor 1992 – 1995.
Conflict Management Styles of Teachers. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Colorado, 1987.
Teenager-to-Teenager: A Curriculum Manual. (Colorado Department of Education: Denver, Colorado, 1981.)
Member, Colorado Restorative Justice Council, 2008 to present. (term of appointment through July 2017) Appointed to the Council created by the Colorado legislature in 2008; the council is charged to support the advancement of restorative justice throughout the state.
Founding member, Colorado Restorative Justice in Schools Group. Founded in 2008 by practitioners to share experiences and support the development of best practices in restorative justice in schools.
Founding member. Colorado Consortium of Restorative Justice Directors. Founded in 2007 as a peer support network.
Founding member, Restorative Justice Training Collaboration. 2003 – present. Responsibilities: Curriculum development and training.
“Community-Based Restorative Justice,” Lima, Peru. May 2006. Conference on Rule of Law in South America.
“Restorative Justice in Action” Sept. 2004. Conference on Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Vino del Mar, Chile. Dr. Title was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.
“Violence Prevention in Schools” January 2005. 4 Keynote speeches and consultation with taskforce on school violence prevention appointed by the Chilean Minister of Education. Santiago, Chile. Dr. Title was sponsored by the U.S. Embassy.
“Writing Good Agreements,” presentation at the International Institute of Restorative Practices Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 2004.
“Restorative Practices in Colorado, USA,” presentation at the International Institute of Restorative Practices Conference, Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 2003.
“Writing Good Agreements,” presentation at the conference of The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Keystone, Colorado, May 2004.
“Using Peacemaking Circles” presentation at the conference of The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Keystone, Colorado, September 2002.
“Envisioning a Restorative Community in a Restorative World” presentation at the conference of The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Keystone, Colorado, September 2001.
“The Longmont Community Justice Partnership Model” presentation at the conference of The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Keystone, Colorado, September 1998.
NO-BULLYING presentation at the National School Board Association Conference, San Francisco, California, Spring 1995.
Educational Video Production
“Circles of Justice: the story of restorative justice in Longmont (Colorado)” Producer, 2003.
Project Consultant, Voice Not Violence Think About It: a violence prevention video program for middle schools. Produced by INVEST, available through Safeguard Law-Related Education, P.O. Box 471, Boulder, CO 80306. 1996.
Writer of NO-BULLYING Program video. Channel 3, Longmont Cable, 1994.
Writer of Cultural Awareness Week Program video. Channel 3, Longmont Cable, 1992.
“The Last Party,” a video docudrama about the life and death of Richie Dorman, a teen who died from alcohol poisoning. Co director and script developer, 1986.
Directed and produced a series of video tapes with at-risk high school students, based on their life experiences, to be used as discussion starters in other high school classes. This series included
“Winners, Losers, Drug Abusers”, 1977, a story of teenage drug use and its consequences.
“Almost Seventeen”, 1978, the story of a boy who was beaten to death in a fight. The video discusses teen violence and survivor guilt.
“Shattered”, 1979, based on an actual vandalism incident this video explores crime and consequences.
“Who\’s the Child?” 1980, explores teen parenting.
“Movin\’ On”, 1982, presents an inside look at an alternative high school with parents and students discussing their ideas and feelings about why some students choose to leave mainstream education.
Additional Professional Experiences
Member, Longmont (Colorado) Police Department Advisory Board, 1995-present.
Member, Human Services Coordinating Committee, Prevention Subcommittee, 1994-95.
Developer, District-wide Training of Trainers on Drug Abuse Prevention using a Resiliency Model, 1995.
Board of Directors, Alternatives for Youth, a non-profit, community organization that provides assistance to at-risk youth in Longmont, 1988 to present.
Colorado Governor Romer\’s Think Tank and Task Force on Character Education, 1994-95.
Member, Education 2000, Goal 6 (Safe and Drug Free Schools), State Advisory Committee, 1994-95.
Program developer of the NO-BULLYING Program, a violence prevention curriculum based on the research on bully-victim conflict, St. Vrain Valley School District 1992-95.
Co Founder & Co Chairperson, Longmont Violence Prevention Group, 1993 to 2002.
Member, Citizens for a Drug Abuse Free Longmont, 1990-94, which reorganized as Longmont A Community that Cares, 1994 to present.
Chairperson for Festival of Dreams, Celebrating Young Women of Color in the St. Vrain Valley School District, 1989-94.
Board of Directors, September School, a community alternative high school in Boulder, 1988.
Member, Longmont Youth Services Advisory Board, 1989 to 1998 (Chairperson 90- 91 & 93-95).
Board member, Break the Cycle, a teen theatre company for prevention, 1993-95.
“Conflict Management for Educators” — Inservice training for the staff of Northeast Junior High School, 1985.
Advisory Board Member, Inn Between, 1993-94, Founder of the Education Center at the Inn Between, a program for homeless children and youth.
Member, Longmont Youth Response Team, a networking group of youth service providers, 1989 to 1995.
Chairperson for Cultural Awareness Week, 1989-94.
Member of the Advisory Board for PROBE at the University of Colorado School of Education, 1985-86.
Member of the Curriculum Forum of the St. Vrain Valley School District, 1986.
Consultant to the Del Norte School District on alternative education, 1986.
Member, Minority Issues Committee of the St. Vrain Valley School District, 1986-87.
St. Vrain Valley School District Needs Assessment Committee on Alternative Education, 1980.
Chairperson for the Implementation Task force for Alternative Education in the St. Vrain Valley School District, 1981.
Member of Phi Delta Kappa, 1984 – present.
“Effective Program Management” — Seminar sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education, 1978.
“Surviving Your Central Administration” — Seminar sponsored by the Colorado Department of Education, 1979.
Member, Boulder County Prevention Connection, Prevention Subcommittee and Arrive Safe, a subcommittee on Impaired Driving, 1993-95.
“Motivating the Disenchanted” — Seminar given for Longmont\’s Juvenile Probation Counselors, 1978; repeated for the St. Vrain Reading Council, 1982.
“Creative Dramatics as a Teaching Tool” — Seminar given to the reading teachers of the St. Vrain Schools, 1975.
2002, Denver Council of Regional Governments, Innovative Partnership recognition for restorative justice program.
2001, Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice, Virginia Mackey Award for Leadership in Restorative Justice.
1999, Colorado Peace Builder of the Year Award, given by the School Mediation Center.
1998-1990 edition, Who\’s Who in American Education. National Reference Institue.
October 1998, Recipient of a grant from Colorado Division of Criminal Justice for a restorative justice project, the Longmont Community Justice Partnership
October 1996. Recipient of a grant from Youth Crime Prevention and Intervention Program, State of Colorado, for a restorative justice project
October 1996. Recipient of a grant from Victim\’s Advocate and Law Enforcement, Boulder County, for REAL Justice West Project.
August 2, 1995. Boulder County Prevention Person of the Year Award.
1994 Thursday\’s Woman, feature article, Longmont (Colorado) Times Call newspaper.
1993 “I Make A Difference” Award – by Superintendent of the St. Vrain Valley School District
Nomination by my students in 1986 for the Channel 4 television “Teachers Who Care Award”.
“The Erie Community Service Award” — 1979. Given by the Erie, Colorado Community School.
“The Golden Apple Award” — 1968. Given by the students of Escambia High School (Pensacola, Florida) for excellence in teaching.