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Carolyn Benne is an independent conflict management and resolution consultant. As a consultant for the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, College of Law, Georgia State University, Carolyn is leading the development of the RJClearinghouse. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Carolyn was a Director of CNCR. As Director, she led CNCR's Conflict Resolution in Schools Program, a living laboratory examining the efficacy of teaching conflict management skills to children in the Atlanta Public Schools. She conducted a conflict management system design process in each school, designed programs intended to address the identified needs of the schools, trained school administrators and teachers, as well as GSU law students and other graduate students, to teach conflict resolution concepts and skills to children, and oversaw the program in the schools.

Carolyn is an experienced mediator, facilitator and trainer. She has facilitated group problem solving and community building sessions in the higher education, private business, and community arenas; conducted training in mediation, co-mediation, and conflict management system design; designed conflict management systems in higher education and the private sector; and evaluated conflict management systems. During her tenure with CNCR, Carolyn served on the board of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

Lee Eaton is a solo practitioner in family law and legal counsel for Heart Ministries. Her work with Heart Ministries revolves primarily around domestic violence, providing holistic legal services to their clients. Heart Ministries strives to close the typical gaps that exist between legal representation (scarce & often inadequate) and social services that provide safety first (if needed) and the healing / well-being programs that are so sorely needed to support effective legal representation for these traumatized victims. Lee is the Arkansas liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

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Based in a region devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Lou Furman is director of Turning Point Partners, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy and secure communities. He has established programs in alternative and charter schools and works extensively with incarcerated youth and special populations. He facilitates trainings in trauma awareness, victim advocacy, nonviolent communication, and restorative practices to improve schools, the judicial system and the broader community. Lou is the Louisiana liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

Susan Glisson, PhD has been the Executive Director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation since November 2002. A native of Evans, Georgia, she holds degrees in religion, history, Southern Studies and American Studies. Susan is the Mississippi liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

Jean Handley is a worldwide mediator, trainer, facilitator, coach and consultant. She has specialized in Restorative Justice, Community Building, Authentic Communications, and Relationship Building for over 25 years. Jean is the Tennessee liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

Timothy Hedeen is a researcher, trainer, and professor of dispute resolution at Kennesaw State University, Georgia. He serves on the editorial board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly, as chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution's Community-based and Peer Mediation Committee, and was past chair of the National Association for Community Mediation. Tim's articles have appeared in Mediation Quarterly, Teaching Sociology, and the Penn State Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The Sociological Quarterly, and Justice System Journal, and Family Court Review. Tim is the Georgia liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

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Sandra Pavelka, Ph.D., serves as founding Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies and as an Associate Professor of Public Affairs, College of Professional Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Pavelka previously served as the founding Director of the Center for Public and Social Policy at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Dr. Pavelka served as the Senior Research Associate with the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University. She was also the Project Administrator of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. She continues to serve as a consultant on the BARJ Project.

Prior to her appointment at Florida Atlantic University, she served as the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Youth Policy at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center. In this position, she administered the Florida and National Juvenile Detention Initiatives funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and served as research director for the Center.

Dr. Pavelka's interests include: public policy, juvenile justice, community and restorative justice, and program evaluation. Dr. Pavelka serves on the Peer Review Board for the International Journal of Restorative Justice. She is the Florida liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

Jon Powell is the Director of the Juvenile Justice Project at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Campbell University and an attorney with the Powell Law Group. The Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) is a collaborative effort of the N.C. Governor's Crime Commission, The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, and the Eleventh Judicial District (comprised of Harnett, Johnston, and Lee Counties). The program receives referrals from the juvenile justice system and the court system for juveniles who have been accused of criminal activity. Professor Powell also directs Campbell Law School's Juvenile Justice Mediation program, which previously served Harnett, Lee and Johnston counties but now, in conjunction with the Law School's recent move, solely serves Wake County. Professor Powell is the North Carolina liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

In 2002, David Saunier founded a program that serves a number of local courts as well as the community at large in using restorative justice to deal with criminal and non-criminal community problems. He started by working with the juvenile courts where he initiated support and accountability conferences. During these conferences, victims and offenders meet and usually devise a repair plan, which is passed to the judge for approval. David is the Virginia liaison for the RJClearinghouse.

Anne Wheeler is the Alabama liaison for the RJClearinghouse. Anne is working to develop a network of restorative justice practitioners in Alabama. She is active in Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO) and will be assisting in training others for DIVO work in Alabama.

Douglas H. Yarn

A special thanks to the students who worked so hard collecting and entering the data required to build the SRJC: Paul Black, Marybeth Britton, Tom DeFreytas, Ashley Jones, and Allison Layton.

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