Board of Directors
Evelyn Padua Andrews
Evelyn has over 20 years of higher education experience in both public and private institutions. Her background is in higher education counseling, policy writing/implementation, and serving as a change agent. She has served as the registrar for three CSU campuses, and one private higher education institution. She is dedicated to social justice advocacy and utilizes her professional and personal resources in a manner that promotes peacebuilding within organizations and throughout communities.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE chair
Peggy Ahn, J.D. has been a mediator, life coach, relationship coach, and communication coach for over a decade. A native New Yorker and an attorney by trade, Peggy worked as a lawyer in both the private and public interest sectors in NYC and in San Francisco before transitioning into mediation and coaching. She has given conflict resolution and communication skills workshops at public interest organizations and at higher institutions throughout NYC, and has been a guest trainer and coach at Community Boards Mediation Center in San Francisco, where she also recently joined the team of instructors for their Basics Mediation Course. Peggy’s greatest passion is to bring about mutual understanding, harmony, and compassion in helping others process and resolve conflict, and to teaching others the skills to resolve those conflicts.
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Ty is a Restorative Justice Practitioner, Project Manager, Event Planner, Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. He has done diversity trainings and group relations work with UC Berkeley's School of Social Welfare, and continues to work with area medical schools in the training of medical students and other healthcare professionals in relationship-centered communication with patients. Ty facilitates restorative and mindfulness circles for both inmates and the formerly incarcerated as they work toward building healthier self-esteem and new capacities in personal empowerment and constructive life strategies. He has extensive experience in peacebuilding and cross-cultural capacity building.
chair of programs
Heather-Lark Curtin, J.D., mediates in private practice with families, couples, colleagues, and business partners, who seek amicable resolutions. She is continuously collaborating and partnering with other organizations, professionals and communities in creating innovative conflict transformation processes. Lark is a core mediation trainer at the Center for Human Development where she manages the Community Mediation and Elder Mediation Program. She is a guest trainer and coach at Community Boards. She also teaches classes and lectures on mediation, communication skills for conflict resolution, mindful mediation techniques, and business and legal English at UC Berkeley and other institutions of higher education. For over 20 years, she has had a daily meditation practice is currently forming a meditating mediator practice group. Prior to becoming a neutral, Lark worked in state and federal agencies, courts, and political offices, and as a manager and legal counselor in NGOs.
Gail K. Efting
Gail started her career in the financial industry over 40 years ago, creating Compliance Management Information Services, Inc. (CMI) in 1981. Over the last 18 years, through her consultancy practice, she has encouraged adults, and young adults, toward personal transformation and collaborative leadership, particularly as it serves those who have little or no voice. Gail stimulates supportive learning communities around the world, in which those who have the least opportunity are fully accepted and valued, regardless of differences, whether mental, physical, or cultural. Gail is committed to community building in adversarial environments through engagement, conflict resolution and indigenous practices, effective communication strategies, and cross cultural dialogues.
Dr. Dean Elias
Dean teaches, coaches doctoral students working on dissertations, and is engaged in scholarship and research on transformative learning, leadership, and political efficacy. In the doctoral program in the School of Education at St. Mary’s College of California, he has taught Leadership, Theory to Practice; Management and Change; Applied Research; Values and Ethics. Dean earned an AB in American Studies from Cornell University, studied social ethics at Harvard Divinity School as a Rockefeller Fellow, completed an MDiv in Social Ethics at Union Seminary in New York City, completed an EdD in Learning and Leadership from Columbia University with a dissertation entitled Educating Leaders for Social Transformation. He has taught in seven colleges or universities, served in leadership positions in four. Dean has served as a management consultant for a wide variety of for-profit, non-profit and government institutions, from foundations to Health Care providers to School Districts, and to multinational corporations.
John has over 20 years of public high school teaching experience. Much of his work with students has focused on supporting their social-emotional development, conflict resolution skills, and their development of a growth mindset. He has spent his career advocating for students and pushing students to be their best selves, and is dedicated to transforming schools into socially just institutions. He has served as a lecturer at Saint Mary’s College of California.
With over 21 years’ experience in a non-profit membership-focused entertainment industry union, Karen brings skills in administration, enforcement and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, and long-term strategic planning, as well as experience in a national organizational structure. She has established and maintained relationships with community and labor organizations, and worked effectively and cooperatively with Boards of Directors and committees. Karen’s communication skills include public speaking, event planning, creating and presenting workshops, and materials development. Over the past several years she has been further developing her expertise in mediation, conflict coaching and facilitation.
Diversity & Equity Chair
Laura has worked for 25 years in advocacy marketing, communications and relationship building. She has worked in diverse sectors ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Meridian Health and Disney.
Her passion to serve her community has been evidenced by her service as an advisory board member for Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that helps low income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. She served on the National Board for Step Up Women’s Network (Step-Up Women’s Network is a non-profit membership organization that unites women in entertainment to raise money for breast cancer research). She is currently an advisory board member of Wah Mei, the first Chinese-American Bilingual Preschool in San Francisco and is on the board of trustees for Cathedral School For Boys.
Donald has been a mediator, meeting facilitator, trainer, and motivational speaker for over 20 years. Donald has a long history working in the areas of government, social services and holistic health. He has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth and volunteers with multiple other bay area organizations for the advancement of peace and community building.
Learn more about Donald at http://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldproby
A cutting-edge educator, mediator and coach trainer, Annette is a sought-after speaker who has led workshops at Stanford, Wellesley, Babson College, Amherst and USC as well as in corporate America. She has coached and trained leaders at Anheiser Busch, the US Department of Defense, SpaWars, NASA, Cisco and Nikon to connect deeply with themselves so as to better serve their organizations. She was part of the first coaching cohort to support integral coaching at the University of Capetown’s MBA Program in South Africa. She has taught Conflict Transformation at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and she is currently the Chief Visionary Officer at The Valiant Group, an integral coaching and consulting company
Bonnie received her Bachelors’ Degree in Social Ecology at John F. Kennedy University, a Masters in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names University, and a Masters in Religion and Philosophy at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is a Certified Diversity Facilitator, and a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Trainer. Bonnie currently facilitates Restorative Justice Groups at San Quentin Prison, San Francisco’s Jail re-entry pod and Circles of Support and Accountability groups for formally incarcerated youth. Bonnie is committed to a just, compassionate and inclusive planet. Through her work, she strives to support the eradication of social injustice within our homes, workplaces, communities and institutions.