OUR TEAM

Our talented team represents diverse communities, backgrounds, education and experiences. In addition, Resolutions Northwest has a talented and active board. If you are interested in learning more about how you can get involved with us and/or become a member of the board contact us!

TOGETHER WE HAVE CRAFTED A CULTURE AROUND

Consensus building and collaborative decision making
Structurally, we are a hierarchical organization. Functionally, we engage in consensus building and collaborative decision making. We revisit decisions when information and/or context changes. This process creates buy-in; it builds good decisions; and it fosters integrity.

Involvement of those impacted by decisions
All of our programs are deeply rooted in the value of empowering people to have a voice in the decisions that affect them. We strive to be flexible with scheduling and rescheduling so as to include as many voices as possible in the decision making process.

Walking the talk
We strive to integrate our philosophy of walking the talk by paying attention to equity concerns, being mindful in how we communicate, listening with our hearts and minds, being transparent and respectful, as well as addressing conflict as it occurs. This is how we treat people, including each other.

THE BOARD

Ajai Huja

Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia as a First Generation Punjabi-American. Ajai has worked in the field of education for 20 years, the last 6 as the Principal of the Centennial Park School (CPS), a public alternative high school in the Centennial School District. In his time at CPS, Ajai implemented Restorative Practices at the school after completing a training at RNW. He is a firm believer in the power of Restorative Practices to help build community and reach underserved populations of students in more responsive ways.  In July of this year, Ajai started a new role with Stand for Children, as a 9th Grade Success Coach working across the Portland Metro area in 10 area high schools.

Ajai’s work in education is driven by a desire to fundamentally change an education system not designed to serve the needs of all students. Over his career, he has worked to ensure our system holds high expectations and ensures equitable outcomes for all students. The bulk of that career has been spent working with students who have struggled in our traditional systems, ranging from separate programs to very inclusive settings. Ajai is grateful for what he has learned from students everyday in his work.

When not working he can be found in SE Portland with his wife Christin, of 12 years, daughter Meera (8yrs old) and son Simran (5 years old), who happily occupy most of his time outside of school. They are often found on their bikes, exploring Oregon, cooking and eating delicious food, and spending time with family and friends.

Lorraine Wilson

Venus Barnes

[stay tuned for bio]

Read more from Venus here.

Board Chair

Afrita Davis

Afrita Davis is a Program Supervisor at Open School Step Up.  She has worked with youth of color in the public education system for the past 7 years.  Before then, she attended Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas where she attained her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. During her years before, while in and after college she served as a soldier in the Army Reserves.  Last September she was honorably discharged after 14 years of service and one tour of duty in Iraq. Afrita landed in Portland eight years ago and began her youth work shortly after that.  She finds fulfillment in helping programs and organizations develop and implement new policies and procedures that are grounded in equity. Outside of work she enjoys designing and sewing clothes, knitting and cooking for friends. 

Amy Stork

Amy Stork is an organizational development consultant who works with public agencies and nonprofit organizations. Her practice includes strategic planning, leadership development and staffing development. She recently completed a 40-hour basic mediator training with the Center for Dialogue and Resolution in Eugene.

STAFF MEMBERS

Intern

Kate Hall

Kate (she/her) is a white, queer, fat, disabled, neurodivergent MSW student and organizer. She is passionate about disability justice, fat liberation, plant medicine, and the color yellow, and is excited to join RNW until June 2021. Guided by the concepts of liberatory access and access intimacy (Mia Mingus), she seeks to cultivate relationships built on trust, interdependence, and the inherent wisdom of disabled and fat people. She is interested in organizational culture change, and in supporting nourishing and accountable relationships among people working together for liberation.

Intern

Aliyah Blank

Hi, I am Aliyah. I am currently a rising senior at Lincoln High School. I have a passion for constitutional law and racial justice. In 2019, I served as a member of the Lincoln High School Constitution Team that came in first in State and fourth in National competition. In 2020 I participated in our Mock Trial Team. I also have taken Critical Race Studies at Lincoln and will be taking it again next school year. Outside of school, I have served as a member of the Latino Network’s Latino Student Action Committee and I am currently a teacher for Mission: Citizen, a non-profit that helps immigrants study to pass their civics test to become citizens. I hope to attend college and Law School in the near future. You are never too young/old to do what you love.
Director of Training and Consultation

Carrie Fuentes

Carrie Fuentes (she/her/sometimes Queen) is a Xicana Fat Femme, born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland. Carrie has been working within local fat and queer community for over 10 years and working towards racial liberation since she learned about inequity from a very early age. As a trainer, consultant and facilitator Carrie uses humor and direct communication as key components to making difficult topics more accessible to folks.

Mediation Coordinator

Sunsong Konstantatos Firedancer

Sunsong (They/Them) is a transplant to Portland: Born in Ohio and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. They moved to Portland in December of 1995 immediately from their experience attending Oberlin College. They started life in Portland as performer for Imago Theater; and worked in social services with developmentally disabled adults.  As a queer polyamorous mixed race intersexed person, they bring both lived experience as well as experience from a background working with Target communities to their work, especially in their recent time as an advocate and case manager for houseless youth. They have assisted and co-led trainings on racial and social justice. Before being hired on full time worked as a contractor doing mediations at Resolutions Northwest. They were a past equity informed mediation cohort member and have a dedication to building bridges across communities.

Video Production & Communications Specialist

Noah Thomas

Noah was born and raised in Evanston, IL a suburb of Chicago. He initially worked as a counselor and mentor in a federal TRIO program at Columbia College before moving to Portland in 2015 and focusing on film full-time. Over the past two years Noah has been deeply involved with Portland’s burgeoning African American community in a visual storytelling capacity. As a filmmaker Noah has collaborated with people from all walks of life to create short film vignettes highlighting their respective gifts from music and art to policy and education. He has worked closely with the ‘Black Community of Portland’ contributing to marketing and promotional efforts at various educational and community events. He was also the lead content creator for Mudbone Grown, crafting imagery for their website, social media, and promotional materials as well as producing a documentary short to help create awareness amongst community members, farmers, stakeholders and potential investors. Lastly, Noah is one of six film fellows at Open Signal Labs, an incubator program for aspiring filmmakers of color.

Email:noah@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:773.312.0302

Office Administrator

Jaz Strode-Elfant

[bio coming soon]

Restorative Justice Trainer

Stephen Fowler

Stephen Fowler is an activist, justice advocate, community educator, and performing artist from Portland Oregon. Convicted as a teenager, sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon Youth Authority, Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is now committed to educating organizations, school districts, community members, teachers, parents, and students about the radical practice of restorative justice for collective liberation. Stephen is a Consultant, Mediator, co-founder of Verbal Escape, an employee of Resolutions Northwest, Race Talks Facilitator, and resource council member for Morpheus Youth Projects.

Director of Development & Communication

Jae R. Tai

I spent the first part of my professional career navigating work in digital media and tv/film production in the competitive regions of New York and Los Angeles. My work experience ranges from on-camera talent to production behind-the-scenes. My positions include; principal roles in a Spike Lee Joint, and It’s Your Nature.org; Associate Producer for Cisco and Disney Planet Challenge.  These days my focus is exposing my children to an environment with a balanced racial narrative. Since returning to Portland, I have worked with Self Enhancement Inc. and taken a more active role in race relations by working with Resolutions NW as a race dialogue facilitator. Tiny Tech Academy supports my desire for creativity and social change. Learn more: tinytechacademy.com

TRAINING COORDINATOR

Teri Pierson

Teri (she/her) has been training on topics related to racial and social justice for almost 30 years, and she has been a professional facilitator for about 15 years. Her work as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator at Resolutions Northwest and in private practice supports individuals and organizations to develop the will and capacity to bring their outcomes in line with their values, particularly around racial equity. As a white bisexual woman who grew up here in Portland, Teri is always up against her own learning edge in working for racial justice. She draws inspiration from her fabulous colleagues and from her practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.

Email:teri@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:503.595.4890 xt 105

CO-DIRECTOR OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Maria Scanelli

Maria’s passion for ending cycles of harm began as a young child. She saw how individuals, families, communities and systems repeat unlearned and unhealed lessons, which leads to cycles of harm. Life led her to Restorative Justice (RJ) and the philosophy has become a way of life more than a job. Maria has been a volunteer for the Dept. of Corrections and the Oregon Youth Authority since 2008 as a Restorative Justice Group Facilitator and as a Dialogue Facilitator for serious and violent harms. She completed her MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2008 and joined Resolutions Northwest in 2011. She has taught college and high school classes in RJ and has been a trainer, dialogue and circle facilitator for youth, families, adults and organizations for over 12 years. She most appreciates the constant learning, unlearning and relationship building that is essential to dismantling the sticky webs of oppression.

“You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Howard Zinn

Email:maria@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:503.806.7596

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE TRAINER/COACH

Gabriele Ross

Gabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.

Email:gabriele@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:503.595.4890 xt 107

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christina Albo

Christina serves as the Executive Director of Resolutions Northwest. She has worked at RNW for the past 10 years in a number of different roles including Director of Mediation Services, Director of Restorative Justice, and most recently Deputy Director. Prior to RNW, she was the Youth and Family Mediation Coordinator for Clackamas County Family Court Services. Christina has been working in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice for the past 15+ years with an unwavering commitment to cultural and racial justice.

Email:christina@resolutionsnorthwest.org

Phone:503.595.4890 xt 101