Restorative Practices Steering Committee

 Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

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Dominique Diaddigo-Cash

Dominique Diaddigo-Cash is a community organizer and restorative circle-keeper living & working in Saint Paul.  He believes in restorative practices as a decolonial and anti-racist way of being, and a necessary culture shift to condemn systems based on competition or dominance and to uplift practices of interdependence and ancestral wisdom. 

 Erin Dooley

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Erin Dooley

Erin is a former restorative science teacher, current Restorative Practices Facilitator at Murray Middle School. She is currently in her 21st year in SPPS and still finding new challenges and rewards. Erin was part of the original pilot group of RP Facilitators and has enjoyed building confidence within her own building and sharing the growth and learning with her fellow educators. As a middle school leader, she helps learners navigate the world of middle school while learning the skills of self-advocacy and building community with new friends and classmates. Working together with elementary and high school RP leads allows all of us to be able to create a K-12 restorative experience for our learners that they can take forward as they become the shapers of their future.
 Nick Faber

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Nick Faber

Nick is an elementary science teacher and the President of the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers. As an educator in Saint Paul Public Schools for the last 31 years, he has worked hard to create spaces where educator, student and family build relationships with each other. Nick believes when those spaces are nurtured and valued by both school and community we break down assumptions and biases and create truly equitable and powerful learning environments for our students. Restorative practices can help make this happen as well as helping to repair harm that has occurred in the past.

 Sharon Goens-Bradley

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Sharon Goens-Bradley

Sharon is a queer black woman from rural Michigan and is a spouse, daughter, mother, friend and racial justice advocate. She is also a huge believer in the power of transformation through healing and restoration. Sharon values restorative justice because it offers a compassionate approach to harm that humanizes those who cause harm while also holding them accountable.

Sharon is the Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee’s Midwest region. She is passionate about undoing racism through education, the utilization of decolonization practices, and the facilitation of healing from historical trauma. Sharon is a Circle Keeper, has facilitated and participated in restorative justice conferencing, and has been trained as a mediator. She holds a BA in Russian language and literature, and an MA in Counseling Psychology. Sharon loves to travel, walk, read and cook and lives with her wife and daughter in Minneapolis.

 Clark Hoelscher

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Clark Hoelscher

M. Clark Hoelscher, Ph.D., is a leader for transformational change towards racially equitable experiences and outcomes for students. Clark works in the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Equity Department and leads the Out for Equity Program in the District. Their work in this role centers systemically accelerating supports for LGBTQ+ students, families, and staff of color. They are also a member of the district mental health and restorative practices steering committees. They taught biology and physics before completing a doctorate in education at the University of Minnesota. They are a member of the GLSEN National Advisory Council. Hoelscher identifies as white, bisexual and gender queer.



 Robin King

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Robin King

Robin comes to the circle as an educator of great heart currently serving as a former Restorative Practices Coordinator at Eastern Heights Elementary. She has been a proud educator for more than 30 years and in SPPS for 8 years. Robin brings with her a great diversity in her professional journey having led and served her community as a nurse, as an entrepreneur, as a social service provider for marginalized populations including homelessness and domestic violence, as an educator of multi-lingual students and students with significant special needs.

 Christopher Mendez

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Christopher Mendez

Chris Mendez's wide-range of professional experiences--from naval military security, retail management, higher education, international manufacturing management, middle/high school instruction (private-school setting), refugee case management for trauma-informed minors, and program development and implementation in mediation and restorative practices--has led to his current work with the Legal Rights Center
 
Chris received his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (School of Humanities and Social Sciences), and his BA in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. His particular areas of expertise include: group based conflicts dealing with religion, culture, and nationalism; the experience of vulnerable populations during and after conflict; and the use of restorative practices in schools, courts, and communities at large.​ 

 Julia Mullan

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Julia Mullan

Julia Mullan has been a school counselor for 5 years and an educator for over 10 years. This school year she has been able to meld the role of a school counselor with Restorative Practices, both are rooted in building positive relationships, so it was a natural fusion of the two roles. Everyday she strives to ensure all students have opportunity for success and to understand how the factors in their lives may be affecting them. With authentic, genuine and empathetic interactions, she works to understand my students' barriers and backgrounds, while building strong relationships with them. 

 Jennifer Nielsen

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Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer Nielsen is Director of Programs at  CommonBond Communities, a mission-centered housing organization. In this role she oversees youth education, employment/financial, and health/wellness programming for residents living in CommonBond’s 100+ housing communities. Jennifer’s experience in the housing industry, her past experience as a public school educator, and her role as a community member have demonstrated to her the profound importance of creating and restoring community.

 Dr. Raj Sethuraju

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Dr. Raj Sethuraju

Dr. raj sethuraju is a recovering criminologist and survivor of sexual abuse. Dr. raj has more than two decades of community-based activism as a researcher and educator. Inspired by the resilience of the youth and the men in our prison systems, he trains probation agents, community members, and justice personnel across the nation on implicit biases and raising consciousness utilizing restorative justice practices. In his latest work, Dr. raj explores the depths of our justice system and creates a framework in which consciousness becomes the roots of our practices.

 Chong Thor

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Chong Thor

Chong has been a School Social Worker for the last 23 years in SPPS providing direct services to students and families. He is currently on Special Assignment with the Office of School Support helping support staff and teachers to expand and implement evidence-based programs and services to strengthen the academic and social/emotional learning of our students, as well as supporting district school-based mental health partnerships. He believes that building a good relationship with our diverse communities, families, and students is a critical step toward creating a safe and inclusive school district for students to learn and achieve their full potential.

 Rebecca Wade

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Rebecca Wade

Rebecca Wade is an educator, Saint Paul resident and parent of four daughters. Her youngest daughter attends Parkway Montessori Middle School. She comes to the Restorative Practice work with passion, humility and a sense of urgency as we, collectively and intentionally, seek out opportunities and pathways that will fully support students as their authentic and whole selves.

 Jocelyn Wiedow

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Jocelyn Wiedow

As the Sprockets Network and Quality Coordinator, Jocelyn brings together people and programs from all across St. Paul with the shared goal of helping young people succeed. With a focus on supporting and training youth workers during the out of school time, finding opportunities to build a shared language and practice between in-school and out-of-school time is an important way to come together as a community committed to young people. Jocelyn is honored to be a part of the RP Steering Committee and hear SPPS voices who are committed to creating spaces where youth and adults can be their full selves in an environment that builds community and practices within schools to ensure all young people succeed.