Speakers of the Program
LeeAnn is a geospatial scientist, yoga and meditation teacher, community organizer, and health & wellness guide who offers trainings in communication and compassion while serving on various committees and supporting DC Peace Team, behind the scenes. LeeAnn’s intention is to nurture safe spaces inside ourselves and throughout communities and organizations to allow open and honest communication that fosters connection and bridges individuals to networks and support systems while promoting compassion and belonging. LeeAnn believes in the power of collaboration to go beyond that which is possible alone and understands that complexity in relationships can be complicated ~ her life’s work is to help shed light on the wonderful gifts that each of us bring to share in our growth as individuals and our ability to flourish as a whole system. We are human and share one Earth & We are stronger together.
Floyd N. Bronson joined SchoolTalk’s RestorativeDC team in 2021. He engages in program development, delivers training, and supports schools implementing restorative practices. Floyd was initially introduced to restorative practices in 2019 through one of SchoolTalk’s RestorativeDC trainings. Floyd has been an educator for over 23 years in both public K-12 and postsecondary settings. In New Jersey, he was a school counselor at Paterson Public School, an adjunct professor at Passaic County Community College, and a crisis counselor at The Titusville Academy, supporting students with learning disabilities and behavior challenges. He has also served in leadership roles at several New Jersey public charter schools. At Capella University, Floyd earned a master’s degree in Counselor Education, School Counseling, and Guidance Services and another master’s in General Human Services and Public Service Leadership. Floyd is a National Certified School Counselor in the state of New Jersey and has a CACREP Certified School Counselor credential from Capella University.
John is the program director for the Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES) master’s program at the Knight Law Center. John practiced school-based occupational therapy for many years before pursuing graduate studies in law and public administration. After graduate school he served as associate director for the Disability Law Center of Utah, advocating for individuals with disabilities in a variety of areas including education, public benefits, and housing. Upon moving to Oregon, John held a research faculty position in the University of Oregon’s College of Education, where he directed a consulting unit serving state education agencies across the nation. Prior to joining the Knight Law Center, John oversaw safe and healthy schools initiatives and managed the state mediation program for the Oregon Department of Education. He holds undergraduate degrees in occupational therapy, psychology, and legal studies, a master’s in public administration and policy, and a doctorate in law. He is currently a co-investigator on a federal research grant focused on integrating restorative justice practices with current school behavior management frameworks.
Sal offers training in Active Bystander Intervention, Restorative Justice, Unarmed Civilian Protection, and conflict mediation. He worked for 15 years in academia as a Psychology Professor before transitioning to nonprofit work. He has done Workforce Development training and program management and is a Training Coordinator for the Maryland Harm Reduction Institute. His vision is to help others build and maintain healthy relationships, with conflict transformation as the primary focus. His extensive background in leadership facilitation supports his efforts to keep showing up and sharing.
Jeri (she/her) is a former educator who serves in her community as a first responder chaplain with a longstanding commitment to the spiritual well-being of all of God’s people. She holds a Professional Certificate in Restorative Justice from Vermont Law School. Jeri is inspired by the transforming and healing powers that occur within circles that offer safe spaces to be brave and vulnerable as personal stories are shared openly with authenticity, deep listening, and respect for others. In her professional and personal life, she is passionate about restorative justice and is an enthusiastic member of the Restorative Justice family of the DC Peace Team.
Ajima is a criminologist and UX Researcher in high tech. She specializes in user-centered, community-based, and mixed method research to problem solve and unearth unique insights. She is passionate about synthesis and finding patterns to inform better systems and practices for a better world.
Martha Cooper comes to the DC Peace Team with an extensive international background and keen interest in the non-violent resolution of conflict. She finds restorative practice circles very powerful. These circles create space to share one’s story and discover healing. Her interest in conflicts around aging blossomed 10 years ago. She believes that restorative practice can help families with these conflicts. She earned an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She has worked as a substitute teacher in local public schools and trained middle and high school students at Peace Summits for Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught classes in healing, listening and peace-making at her church since 2009.
Andria is a graduate student in the online Social Justice and Community Organizing Program of Prescott College. She became involved with DCPT after moving back to Maryland from Madison, WI, where she studied Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison before working as a Bilingual Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator at YWCA Madison. Andria is excited to expand her knowledge around RJ and the implementation of other peaceful practices, use these practices to address systemic and community harm, and bring transformative, liberatory healing to all, especially vulnerable communities.
Jamal (he/they/them) is is a second-generation educator who earned their bachelor degree in Psychology and Psychoeducational Studies whilst at Howard University. Jamal's career focus has been on at-risk, juvenile, and special education students, specifically students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. While teaching in these alternative school settings, Jamal became a self-taught and trialed by fire in the skills presented. Jamal is currently finishing a Masters in Special Education and currently teaches adult learners at the Academy of Hope, DC.
Upasana Singh is a conflict resolution professional, IMI certified mediator from the London School of Mediation, UK and High Court of Delhi, a practicing advocate, Supreme Court of India, and a learning enhancement specialist. She advises businesses, individuals, and educational institutes on methods of conflict resolution. She is the Founder and CEO of Accords International (AcIn). She holds the position of Reviewer with Indian Law Institute Law Review and Executive Editor of DME Journal of Law. She is also a Fellow with Global Policy Insights, a centralist policy institute based in India, the USA, and the UK. She is a member of Insights Collaboration International, Canada.
Akanksha Marwah, Co-founder and COO, Accords International is a doctoral candidate at Jamia Millia Islamia researching in restorative justice for children in conflict with law. She was engaged as a Faculty at GGSIPU and Jamia Millia Islamia from 2019 to 2022. She is a trained mediator by Samadhan, the Delhi High Court Mediation and Conciliation Centre. She is a learning enhancement specialist and restorative justice public speaker. She is a member of the Training Committee of DC Peace Team, USA. She is a reviewer of reputed national and international journals and had been Managing and Executive Editor of the DME Journal of Law and the DME Journal of Management.
Edit Törzs is the Executive Director of the European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ). She studied law at the ELTE University Budapest, Hungary, where she later followed the PhD programme in the field of Criminology. She also has a degree in European and French Law from Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris. From 2004 she worked for the Hungarian Probation Service and from 2006 was responsible for the implementation of victim-offender mediation. In 2012 she started working at the EFRJ as project officer in the 4 years long ALTERNATIVE project, which focused on restorative justice approaches to conflicts in intercultural settings. Since 2016 she has been leading the team at the EFRJ. She is a trained mediator and facilitator of restorative conferences.