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Communities for Restorative JusticeRespect, Responsibility, and a Path Forward
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Board and Staff

An active board of directors and advisors guide C4RJ. The strength of the group lies in its breadth of experience combined with a shared, unwavering passion for restorative justice. The group meets throughout the year to focus on policy, fiscal issues, growth, and development.

Staff

Erin Freeborn, Executive Director

Erin Freeborn is the Executive Director of Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ). Erin has a decade of study and experience in both the practice of restorative justice and nonprofit leadership. As a social entrepreneur, she encourages programs to think about new ways to create positive social change. She is an attorney who helped found the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and was deeply involved in recently enacted criminal justice reform legislation that made restorative justice available in the Massachusetts criminal courts. In 2018 she was the first restorative justice practitioner named by Governor Baker to the statewide Restorative Justice Advisory Committee.

Prior to leading C4RJ, Erin coauthored the 2010 exploratory study of Project Restore, a Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence, commissioned by New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice, and co-founded a start-up non-profit in Lowell doing restorative justice with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. Erin received her J.D. from Northeastern University, with a focus in restorative justice, and she holds a master's of divinity degree and certificate of conflict transformation from Boston University School of Theology. She and her husband live in Melrose with their 3 young daughters.

Armand Coleman, Volunteer Development & Community Outreach Coordinator

As C4RJ’s Volunteer Development & Community Outreach Coordinator, Armand Coleman believes that restorative justice can play a role in all aspects of life. Armand got involved with restorative justice in 2013 while incarcerated at MCI Norfolk, where he was one of the first participants in the institution’s 34-week restorative curriculum. Restorative justice gave him a framework to process events from his childhood and his involvement in the criminal justice system. While still at Norfolk, Armand co-founded the Youthful Offender Coalition, served as Chair of the African American Coalition Committee, trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator and Circle Keeper, and developed an 8-week curriculum to help incarcerated men heal from the impact of toxic masculinity. 

In 2019, Armand was paroled and began working at C4RJ, bringing his extensive experience with restorative justice to C4RJ’s teams and volunteers while working to expand C4RJ’s programming to new communities in Massachusetts. Outside of his work at C4RJ, Armand coordinates the Bridge Project, a new program at Everyday Boston that helps people coming home from prison develop essential communication skills and connection to community. Armand also co-teaches a class on restorative justice at Boston College Law School and runs youth support circles for Turn it Around Charlestown, a youth-led program of the Charlestown Coalition committed to helping the youth of the community live healthy and peaceful lives. 

Sarah Scoville, Volunteer Communications Coordinator

Sarah, our Volunteer Communications Coordinator, is an artist and community organizer who lives with her family in Bedford. Sarah is a member of the Bedford School Committee, and has also organized volunteers to provide dinner for homeless families, to help in the elementary schools, and to run pre-school events. 

Yael Rhodes, Program Director

Yael is the Program Director at C4RJ. She completed her studies in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence as well as a Non-Profit MBA at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She is passionate about the principles of restorative practice and hopes to use her past experience in leadership and peacebuilding to uplift the work of restorative justice. She became familiar with C4RJ in 2018, planned to participate in the training during the Spring of 2020 and instead joined our team. She loves being outside, gardening, adventuring, and playing frisbee!

Board

Thomas Black, Treasurer

Tom is a consultant and investor with years of experience in banking and real estate, including at First National Bank of Boston and Pacific Realty. He founded Easton Investment Company to invest in and help grow start-up companies. A graduate of Harvard College, Tom served in the Navy for 5 years. Tom has also served on several educational nonprofit boards as well as on town committees in Lincoln and Maynard, where he lives.

Chief Michael Burks, Member

Michael D. Burks Sr.(M.A.) recently retired from the position of Chief of The Hudson Police Department in February 2020. During his 34 years of service, Michael specialized in collaborating with many organizations and municipalities to construct community solutions to social problems. While he grew through the ranks at the Department, Michael maintained various positions on local boards. As a community-police liaison, Michael, helped engineer solutions to community projects with a strong resolve around restorative justice. He and his wife live in Hudson and have a grown son and daughter.

Sarah Caputo, Member

Sarah is a nonprofit fundraising consultant who has worked for two decades to improve the capacity of educational and nonprofit organizations. She has done work for organizations ranging from Stanford University to Buckingham Brown & Nichols School and Common Impact. Most recently she worked for five years with Bridge Boston Charter School, a public charter school in Roxbury focused on serving the highest need student populations in Boston. Sarah’s engagement with C4RJ began with a consulting engagement where she developed a deep appreciation for C4RJ’s role in the criminal justice process. Sarah received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University. She and her husband Tom live in Belmont with their twin daughters.

John Cratsley, Member

John Cratsley retired in September 2011 after 34 years as a judge in the District and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently teaches at Boston College and Harvard Law Schools and is a mediator/arbitrator with JAMS, an international dispute resolution organization. He and his wife Holly live in Concord, and their two sons are graduates of Concord-Carlisle High School.

Danielle Drummond, Member

Danielle Drummond has been committed to fighting issues of social justice in the fields of education, community development and criminal justice for over 15 years. A native Bostonian, she has worked in senior managerial positions at nonprofits across the Commonwealth as well as in city and state government. Currently she serves as the Deputy Chief of Community Engagement for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office under Rachael Rollins and attends Tufts University where she is receiving her mid-career Masters in Public Policy. Her work is centered in the core belief that lasting change takes policy adjustments as well as deep restorative healing work. 

Danielle has made a point to work in communities in a way that honors their knowledge, resources and resilience, working with individuals and organizations to create community based solutions. She is often called on in her community to do trainings in healing informed practices, racial bias and cultural responsive practice, and positive youth development. As the mother of a young son, she understands the importance of positive adults in the lives of young people and has mentored many young women and men in the community. 

Carol Fernandez, Member

Carol is a retired criminal defense attorney, graduating from the University of Arizona College of Law. She specialized in the juvenile courts, representing adolescents in both delinquency and family law matters. It was there that she saw how court involvement dramatically affected a child’s life, and strongly believes that restorative justice provides a more meaningful way to deal with first time offenders by not only keeping them out of the courts but teaching them about the ways their actions have affected their victims. Carol has three grown children and resides in Newton with her husband Roberto.

Barry C. Fitzgerald, Member

Barry C. Fitzgerald (M.Ed., J.D.) is an experienced educator and attorney from Lexington, MA. His firm, the Law Office of Barry C. Fitzgerald, represents individuals in all stages of criminal and personal injury litigation. Barry has taught at Suffolk University for over twenty years, and he is currently a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk Un., teaching education law and advanced legal writing courses.

Barry believes that restorative justice should play an increasingly larger role in our criminal justice system. He believes that restorative justice provides affected parties a better opportunity to address harm in a way that better serves our schools and communities. 

Margot Fleischman, President

Margot is a civic leader in the town of Bedford, MA. She has been a Bedford Selectman since 2012 and previously served for five years on the Bedford Planning Board. Margot has held a variety of leadership roles in local and regional organizations, bringing a focus on promoting healthy communities to her work. She has been a member of the C4RJ Board of Directors since 2013, and has served as President of the Board since 2016. Margot and her husband Bill Knox are the parents of a college-aged daughter, and a son who attends Bedford High School. 

Pete Funkhouser, Member

Pete grew up in Concord, MA. He left to attend Princeton and the Harvard Business School, and then to travel the world for his career in the packaging business. His final position before retiring was Senior Vice President, International Operations at Sealed Air Corporation (the maker of bubble wrap). Pete retired to his hometown because he knew there would be plenty of non-profit work there to keep him busy.

Pete has been active on Concord’s Finance Committee, the Louisa May Alcott House board, the League of Women Voters, and Jehrico Road. He also spearheaded the construction of the Beede Community Swim and Fitness Center, which was donated to the Town at no cost. Pete is married to Kate Stout and has three grown daughters.

Bopha Malone, Member

Bopha Malone is a Vice President at Enterprise Bank. She has sat on numerous boards including Lesley University, Middlesex Community College, and Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell. Bopha was a former candidate for the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. She lives with her husband and two children in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Mark Robinson, Secretary

Mark Robinson is Co-Founder and Manager of Little Something Foods, LLC an ice cream novelty manufacturer and marketer to grocery stores nationwide of Mad Minis--bite-sized, ice cream cookie sandwiches made with no artificial ingredients which are only 60 calories each. Mark has spent his career in various leadership roles in small to middle market manufacturing companies. Outside of work, Mark has spent considerable time serving on not- for-profit boards including the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE)
and the Tenacre Country Day School. Mark is married to Clare Robinson and they have two grown sons. Mark and Clare reside in Wellesley.

Kate Taylor, Member

Kate is Senior Executive Producer of Children’s Programming Emeritus at WGBH/Boston, where she spent many years developing and producing curriculum-based, public television series for children.  Currently she is an Executive and Life Coach and Media Consultant and volunteer in non-profit leadership. She is currently a trustee at the Huntington Theater Company, and serves on the Board of Directors of 826. She served many years on the Wheelock College Board of Trustees and is an Honorary Trustee of the Boston Children’s Museum.  She is on the Dean’s Council of Wheelock College of Education at Boston University and the Simmons University Council. She came to C4RJ as a volunteer and is currently a Case Coordinator in Suffolk County. Kate received a B.A. and M.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Ben, live in Brookline and  have three adult children and three grandchildren.

David Wilson, Vice President

Dave Wilson is a founding partner of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, a boutique labor & employment and litigation law firm located in downtown Boston. Dave has spent nearly three decades defending and advising employers on employment matters including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, workplace violence, privacy, discrimination, noncompetition agreements, defamation, and wage and hour disputes.In 2015, Dave was recognized by his peers as Lawyer of the Year 2015 by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Litigation – Labor and Employment. He is a soccer enthusiast, past president of Acton–Boxborough Youth Soccer, and current president of the Friends of the Lower Fields. Dave and his family currently reside in Littleton.