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Ian Marder, PhD

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Dr. Ian D. Marder is Lecturer in Criminology at Maynooth University since May 2018. He holds a PhD in restorative policing from the University of Leeds.

He has worked with the University of Liverpool as Research Associate (2018), and for the Council of Europe as Scientific Expert (2017-18), drafting its new Recommendation concerning restorative justice in criminal matters.

Since 2019, Ian has coordinated Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, a ten-country European project seeking to work with governments, criminal justice agencies and civil society to implement the new Recommendation. You can find out more about the Irish arm of this work at www.restorativejustice.ie.

Tom O’Connor, PhD

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Tom O’Connor, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for his communication, facilitation, and cultural-change skills. His companies, Transforming Corrections & Transforming Communication, use dialogue to guide agencies in the co-creation of new cultural contexts to advance their implementation of evidence-based practices and achieve better client, staff, and community outcomes.

Tom grew up in a working-class area in Dublin, Ireland and now holds dual citizenship in the U.S. He has degrees in law, philosophy, theology, counseling, and religion.  He spent nine years living as a friar (a wandering monk) with the Catholic religious order called the Carmelites. Tom’s Ph.D. thesis focused on Religion and Culture in the U.S. Penal System, and he is an adjunct assistant professor of criminal justice at Western Oregon University.

When he was the Administrator of Religious Services for the Oregon Department of Corrections, Tom led a team of 24 chaplains and over 2,000 volunteers to co-create the Oregon model of humanistic, spiritual, and religious prison chaplaincy. Published research has shown that the model reduced recidivism. The model was featured on National Public Radio and in an award-winning film by Martin Doblmeier called Chaplains.

 Tom is co-author with Brad Bogue of a new coaching Practice Model that combines five evidence-based practices. The model is called COVE: Coaching Options that are Versatile and Effective. COVE is a developmental model that works in all human service contexts. It is used by managers to coach staff, and by staff to coach clients.

Tom’s cutting-edge work on facilitating whole system change has taken him to many states in the U.S., and to other countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, and France. Tom lives in Oregon with Aislinn, his wife, and Sorcha, their daughter.

Arnoldo Ruiz

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Arnoldo Ruiz works at Latino Network for the Youth Empowerment & Violence Prevention Division as a Program Manager and was formerly incarcerated with the Oregon Department of Corrections for 19 years. Arnoldo oversees 3 culturally specific mentoring programs that provide mentoring services for youth who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

Scott Smith

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Scott Smith is the Restorative Justice Program Manager at the Center for Dialogue and Resolution (CDR) in Eugene, OR.  In this capacity, he oversees the restorative diversion program for the Lane County Circuit Court, as well as providing training and coaching for educators seeking to integrate restorative justice principles into their schools.  CDR’s RJ programming has also extended recently into partnerships with the University of Oregon Office of Student Conduct, and Lane County Parole and Probation.

He currently sits on the coordinating committees of the Northwest Justice Forum and the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon.  Scott has worked in the U.S. and abroad in education and in conflict transformation, and tends to approach these two disciplines as different aspects of the same overall project. He has lived in several parts of Oregon at different times, and has been based in Corvallis the last 10 years.

Karuna Thompson, PhD

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Karuna Thompson was the first minority faith chaplain hired by the Oregon Department of Corrections in 2001. Her work as a chaplain has focused on developing a diverse program of faith based services at Oregon State Penitentiary, a 2200 bed men’s maximum-security facility.

Dr. Thompson was raised in the Shambhala Buddhist community in Boulder, Colorado which inspired her interest and work in the field of social justice, in particular, Restorative Justice.

As a prison chaplain she works with the community to develop and promote spiritual care of incarcerated people and promotes peace making projects in the prison community.

She is a founding member and facilitator for the victim offender dialog program offered by the ODOC aswell as the Northwest Justice Forum which promotes Restorative Justice practices in Oregon and Washington.

She began her undergraduate studies in Criminal Justice at NortheasternUniversity and completed her undergraduate work in Religious Studies at Naropa University. This was followed by an MA in Engaged Buddhism, also at Naropa University, where she interned with Tom Cavanaugh, a leader in Restorative Justice practices in Colorado. She completed her doctorate in Buddhology at the University of the West with a dissertation proposing a Buddhist vision and framework for crime, justice and society.

She continues to work fulltime at the prison, as well as teaching at Western Oregon University and Claremont School of Theology as adjunct faculty. In 2016 her work was featured in the movie Chaplains, directed by Martin Doblmeier.

Trevor Walraven

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Trevor Walraven is the Director of Public Education and Outreach for the Youth Justice Project at the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC).

Trevor is a formerly incarcerated youth offender who served almost 18 years in correctional facilities starting at age 14. In February 2016, Trevor successfully proved outstanding rehabilitation and reformation under Oregon’s Second Look statute. He was the second juvenile lifer to be released under Second Look.

While incarcerated, Trevor was the youngest elected president of the OSP Lifers Unlimited Club. He led Oregon’s Inside/Out Think Tank, which trains Oregon professors to teach Inside/Out around the globe and oversees Inside/Out classes in Oregon.

Since his release, Trevor has spoken at many of Oregon’s institutions including universities, correctional facilities, and advocacy organizations about growing up in Oregon’s criminal justice system.

Trevor provides data management, organization and team communication to attorneys and professionals on criminal cases including but not limited to youth charged with violent crimes and capital cases. He supports paralegals and private investigators and provides training and consulting with experiential expertise on juvenile justice, restorative justice and advocacy for both youth and adult incarceration issues within Oregon.

Trevor was involved in the drafting and peripheral workgroups leading to the recent success of SB 1008.

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