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.
Dr. Beth Tarasawa
Dr. Beth Tarasawa is the Manager for Education Research Partnerships NWEA, where she collaborates with universities, foundations, and school districts to produce rigorous and accessible educational policy research. Her research focuses on issues related to educational equity, more specifically those concerning race, social class, and linguistic diversity. Beth is inspired by RNW’s commitment to social justice, particularly the organization’s efforts to implement restorative practices to reduce racial disproportionality in school discipline in our public schools. She returned to Portland in 2011 after a decade in Atlanta and Green Bay, where she was also active in community organizing.
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.
Holly is the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Albertina Kerr, a non-profit that serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. She has been involved with Resolutions Northwest since 2012 and other human services non-profits for many years. Holly is inspired by people who work to improve the lives of others and who foster healthy, inclusive communities.
Kieshawn is a Portland native and graduate from Marshall High School. He moved on to receive a bachelors in business from Portland State University and a masters degree in engineering from the University of Southern California. Kieshawn offers a broad mix of experience in management, organizational development, project management, mergers & acquisitions, and real estate transactions. He currently works works at Intel Corporation as a human resources mergers and acquisitions project manager. In his spare time Kieshawn acts a licensed realtor and serves on several boards and outreach organizations. Kieshawn enjoys spending time with is family and friends along with fitness and being active. Kieshawn is passionate about RNW’s mission and encourages the community to connect, learn, and support the organization.
Kyle Diesner is a Policy Analyst for the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. He primarily works on the Bureau’s clean energy programs and long range climate action planning. Over the years he’s also worked on a variety of sustainable operations initiatives to help City Bureaus adopt and implement sustainable business practices. Kyle brings a focus of equity to all of his sustainability work. Kyle was co-chair of the Bureau’s diversity committee for 8 years and is currently serving on Portland’s Citywide Equity Committee. Kyle is a Uniting to Understand Racism (UUR) dialogue facilitator. When UUR merged with Resolutions Northwest (RNW), Kyle joined the Board of Directors to help support the integration of the two organizations. Kyle also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Community Energy Project which brings together his passions for sustainability and social equity.
Trapit’s first employee, Tommy Ziemer is responsible for all aspects of product development. Prior to becoming our head of product, Tommy served for four years as Trapit’s head of operations and general manager of our Portland office where he was responsible for building our core engineering and content teams. Prior to Trapit, Tommy spent the past decade working with on-demand web technologies, contributing in various key product and professional services roles at Everdream (acquired by Dell) and Dell’s Global Services organization.
Carlos moved to Portland from the Bay Area where he worked for Netherland & Associates as a proposal writer and accounts manager. Since landing in Portland, he has done contract work with the Multnomah Youth Commission as a Youth Development Specialist and Portland Housing Bureau as a Community Outreach and Development Professional. Carlos has significant experience in community outreach, leadership development, administration, project/team coordination, training ,public speaking, media relations and community facilitation. He has dedicated both his personal and professional life to the pursuit of human rights and positive social transformation. His enthusiasm and passion for this work is energizing.
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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.
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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.
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With a deep passion for communication, justice, and healing, I am committed to using my skills and training to help drive positive social change. I am grateful to be working with RNW on its mission and vision for the future. Alongside my work with RNW, I am a birth doula with Metta Lineage. I received my B.A. from Brown University and my MBA from UC Berkeley. I completed my 500-hour yoga and meditation training with Ana Forrest, Janice Gates, and Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center. I look forward to connecting and building together!
Jeannette Lopez, nicknamed “Kid,” is a Puerto Rican/American who was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1968. She spent her formative years studying fine arts including carpentry and cabinet making. This new found love of craftsmanship with wood transferred over to a non-traditional career path of fire suppression for the Angeles National Forest, and into a 22 year career as a shop and field Structural Welder through Union and Non-Union employers, ending as an Ironworker Apprentice. Subsequently she returned to college at 39 years old concentrating her attention into working with at-risk youth in both Washington State, as a Mentor for Clark County Juvenile Court’s Restorative Justice Department, as well as working as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest in several schools within the Portland, Oregon Public School system. Jeannette is an advocate for the restoration of the core person and is presently focusing on our youth in teaching them that they have the freedom to choose for themselves, the ability to change their own lives, the courage and resilience to own their own personal responsibility, and the positive coping tools with which they can directly influence their communities. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. —Martin Luther King
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, attended Beaumont Middle School, and a Jefferson HS alumni…DEMOS I SAY! My inner NE Portland roots run deep and I’m passionate about serving this community. In my spare time I love to be lazy around the house, spend time with my family, or couponing, I currently hold a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and will be pursuing my Master’s Degree in the near future. I look forward to working with the awesome team at Resolutions Northwest and Chief Joseph / Ockley Green as the newest Restorative Justice Coordinator. I am a true believer of this work and I am excited about the journey ahead.
Maria Scanelli has been with Resolutions Northwest since 2011 when she was hired as Restorative Justice Coordinator to help identified Multnomah County Schools implement restorative justice practices in their school communities. She has facilitated groups, workshops and taught classes in conflict resolution and restorative justice to elementary, middle, high school and college students as well as youth and adults in correctional institutions. The most cherished part of her job is working with youth to help them identify their strengths and passions in life and guide them into action in service to their community and manifesting the change they want to see in the world. Shortly after Maria earned her MS in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2008, she began volunteering with Insight Development Group, a Restorative Justice focused group at Oregon State Correctional Institute that she helped found. Since 2012, she has focused her volunteer time with Hope Partnership at Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility and is also a volunteer facilitator for the Department of Corrections Facilitated Dialogue Program. Riding rivers, catching waves, climbing rocks and mountains are Maria’s favorite ways to play and as an avid outdoorswoman she makes the most of her weekends escaping to the wilderness for solitude and adventure.
“The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth. Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson- that everything we do matters- is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage and kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places- and there are so many- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” – Howard Zinn
Mariah Cooper was a volunteer for the Neighborhood Mediation Program in 2012 and throughout her educational journey has served as a committed Restorative Justice advocate. In 2014, Mariah joined the RNW staff. Professionally, Mariah is developing her career in the field of Social Work and conflict resolution. Mariah is an activator and she is kind, with a loving spirit. It is always with great enthusiasm and commitment that she serves as RNW’s administrative assistant and provides program oversight for the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Program. Resolutions Northwest is honored to have her.
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I was born and raised in Northeast Portland and have always had a heart for inner-city youth in this community. Working in the past as a mentor and para-educator for at-risk youth, my passion is to work hands-on and provide resources for those in need. I received a B.S. in Human Development in 2014 and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific College. I love to spend time with my husband, three children and dog. When I’m not working or doing homework, you can catch me hanging out with my family, or being a taxi for my children’s extracurricular activities. I am excited to work as the newest Restorative Justice Specialist for Rigler Elementary as I strongly believe in restorative practices and know that I will make a difference in the lives of others. I plan on using my experience and education to serve, enrich and enhance lives.
Nyanga comes to us as a Community Health Worker, Community Organizer, Activist, Mediator and Doula, who is very passionate about conflict resolution and is deeply committed to the social justice movement. After spending much time gaining life experience while on the road traveling throughout various parts of the US and abroad, he decided to call Portland his home after visiting a friend from Portland and attending his wedding: he literally never went back to the state he called home after the wedding. After settling into Portland, he was able to find the momentum he needed to engage and connect with community members, hear their stories of displacement and the consistent discrimination they’ve faced over generations. He decided to work with and for the community to build and bring about collective change. His first step in this process was when he became a state certified Community Health Worker, trained by the Multnomah County Community Capacitation Center in the beginning of 2014. His second step was becoming a Community Organizer for the Urban League of Portland, where he was able to be one of a few Organizers to lead the Ban the Box campaign (HB3025), which went on to success in the State and with a stronger ordinance passed in the city of Portland. At the same time, he was organizing with a local chapter of a Pan African Organization that established a youth breakfast program in New Columbia (the “Villa”). Shortly after that he organized with the local Chapter of the Black Lives Matter before moving on to become an International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) full circle student Doula. His search for conflict resolutions techniques lead him here to Resolutions Northwest where he has plunged into the world of peacemaking and relationship building. He is a volunteer neighborhood mediation case developer, mediator and now one of our Restorative Justice Specialists.
I am always challenged when someone asks me for my biography. Most Americans want to know your name followed by your profession. This seems important to Americans. “What do you do?” After announcing my profession I can see folks mulling it over wondering “is this a profession that interests me enough to continue the conversation”. If not, they move on. Other places I have traveled to are more concerned with the question “who are you?’ These folks want to know “Do you have children? Are you married? Why are you traveling without your family?” They never ask about the job. Who am I? I am 62 years old, a mother of two kind and compassionate grown children. I was married for 25 years. My father was born and raised in Cuba. He came to the USA to attend seminary at Vanderbilt University. That is where he met and married my Mother, an Irish girl from the South. They returned to Cuba but left during the Castro times. They ended up in Oregon. I spent my high school days in Eugene in the late 1960’s … free love! Power to the people! and with friends named Moonbeam, River, Sunshine, and Meadow. It was during this time I was diagnosed as having congenital vision impairment, Starggardt disease. To this day I am forever grateful neither my parent’s nor I paid any attention to this announcement. When you are born with a vision impairment you don’t know what you don’t know. As far as I was concerned it was full steam ahead. I graduated as a Registered Nurse and went on to get a degree in Health care Administration/Social Work/Bio-medical Ethics. I spent the majority of my work career involved in the field of geriatrics, specifically Adult Protective Services, Elder Abuse Crisis work. I loved that work. However, apparently it was destiny to change careers. In my early 40’s my vision impairment became an issue. Not for me but for my physician who bluntly told me that I could not see. I was significantly legally blind and needed to change professions. I was devastated. Once the huge blind spot in my central vision became apparent to me that was all I could focus on, the black hole, the things I could not see. Out of desperation I went to Oregon Commission for the Blind. I was given a white cane, a lot of instruction, support, encouragement and an opportunity to explore alternate professions. That is how I became a mediator. I could still be involved in people’s conflicts using ears and listening rather than eyes. That was approximately 20 years ago. Since that time I have been working as community mediator for Clackamas County Dispute Resolution Center and Resolutions Northwest. In 2006 I decided to heck with the vision … go see some of the world, in particular Africa. I booked myself into a volunteer abroad program and took off for Tanzania. As fate would have it I was assigned to be a volunteer in a hospital and classroom for visually impaired children. Life works in mysterious ways. I since have returned to East Africa five times. I have shared conflict resolutions skills in Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South America and southern India. I currently am a facilitator for the Alternative for Violence Project (AVP) working in men’s prisons. This life adventure with Spirit is powerful. Spirit has been incredibly supportive. Spirit never once has made feel “less than” for having a vision impairment. I have never had to ask Spirit for help. Spirit intuitively knows when I need assistance. Spirit graciously extends its arm to me when crossing streets and makes sure I don’t fall into holes. I feel very blessed. Thank you Spirit for letting me join you in this amazing adventure.
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Robert is a Portlander at heart although he now is living across the river in Vancouver. His parents were originally from Texas where he spent some time as a youth, so Robert is a huge Cowboys fan. Robert is a mover and a shaker in his community and feels blessed to have the opportunity to impact the lives of youth daily in his role as Restorative Justice Trainer/Coach. He recognized a need for advocacy in schools where a lot of youth were failing academically due to lack of support. As a result, youth were finding themselves getting involved in negative behaviors that caused them to either be suspended or expelled, but more importantly, ending up in prison or dead. Robert got his start in this work as a Gang Outreach Specialist with the City of Portland’s Office of youth Violence Prevention in 2011. Robert was nominated for the Portland Peace Prize in 2013, and received a community service award from the Portland Police Bureau’s Gang Enforcement Team in 2014 for his tireless efforts in addressing the needs of our hi/at-risk youth within the Portland Metro area. Prior to that Robert worked as a Correctional Officer, and ASL Interpreter for hearing impaired male adults with the Washington State Department of Corrections, and served in the U.S. Army. In his spare time Robert exposes inner-city youth to the outdoors through various outings, and trips. Robert teaches the youth about recreational opportunities, such as hiking the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, and professional employment opportunities, with the Army Corp of Engineers, and Department of Fish & Wildlife as examples. These are all outside of the communities in which they live to help change the mindset of having nothing to aspire to, and to give them hope!
SA Anders moved to Portland, Oregon a decade ago from York in Northern England because she loves dreary weather. A career professional in the non-profit sector, SA deftly manages the business and financial aspects of Resolutions Northwest so that her colleagues can brilliantly deliver equity training and restorative justice to the Portland Metro community. With degrees in the humanities from Berea College and the University of York, SA is a lifelong academic currently studying economics at Portland Community College. Working with youth and young adults is a keen passion, and SA volunteers her time as a tutor, mentor, and community advisor with PCC, the Classroom Law Project, the Bonneville Regional Science Bowl, PSU’s Oregon Ethics Bowl, and AmeriCorps. When not digging into financial reports, SA spends time with her dog while reading through the stacks of the Multnomah County Library or yelling passionately at the television in defense of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Sandy Bacharach is a white woman from southern California who came to Portland for college and stayed long after. Sandy has studied and traveled extensively throughout Latin America and worked as the Spanish Language Mediation Specialist with Resolutions Northwest for 12 years. Through that position and now as a Facilitation & Training Specialist, Sandy has developed and led trainings in English and Spanish on communication and conflict resolution, advanced bilingual mediation, interrupting racism, and addressing the intersection of race/racism in mediation.
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Stuart Watson humbly strives to bring presence and connection to the most challenging conversations, and to infuse compassion into conversations around oppression and privilege. Stuart has spent the last 20 years devoted to transforming and healing conflict, through professionally teaching conflict resolution and compassionate communication, mediating hundreds of neighborhood, family and workplace conflicts, and counseling couples and families through rough spots and difficult decisions. Stuart is the Mediation Program Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest, a Family Mediator with Progressive Mediation, a Foreclosure Avoidance Mediator with Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program, an IRP Mediator with The Portland Citizen-Police Mediation Program, the Co-founder of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication, and the Author-Curator of The Relationship Repair Game.
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Teri has been a professional facilitator for over 10 years, working with diverse groups of all sizes, from small work teams to large community forums. She has been a trainer for more than 20 years. Teri is committed to lifelong learning, and she is energized by being around individuals and organizations who are growing the skills to bring their visions into reality. Her passion as a facilitator and trainer includes delving into difficult issues such as racial justice in ways that create connection and healing; designing visual and spatial activities that engage creative thinking; and integrating inspirations from her practice of Aikido, a Japanese martial art that is often called “the art of peace.”
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Theresa Logan is the facilitation coordinator at RNW, and often leads trainings on topics including facilitation skills, equity-informed conflict resolution, interrupting microaggressions and more. Theresa has a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, is a bilingual Spanish-speaker, and spent a decade in community organizing and community development prior to her arrival at RNW. As a facilitator, Theresa seeks to help groups identify challenges and sustainable solutions, by assisting them in identifying the structural sources of common group conflicts, creating honest and engaging public input processes, and creating fun, dynamic, and productive purpose-centered retreats and strategic planning processes. Theresa also supervises and mentors more than 20 volunteer facilitators-in-training, and brings a passionate dedication to racial justice and experiential learning to all of her work as a facilitator and trainer.
Trinity Gaddy is an interracial woman from the New York Metropolitan area. She studied Sociology and Geography at Middlebury College where she graduated with a Baccalaureate’s of Science in 2008. Trinity has traveled the world extensively and came to Portland in an RV eight years ago. She has worked in the areas of community mental health, housing compliance, and equity since. Trinity is grateful for the opportunity to share her experience and insights while facilitating conversations and training around race and equity.