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.
Thomas Black, Member
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.
Sarah Briones, Member
Sarah is originally from Concord, MA. After graduating from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School with honors, she opened her own firm and has been practicing law for the past 22 years. The Briones Law Group specializes in probate and family matters, criminal defense and personal injury litigation. Sarah's criminal defense experience has reinforced her commitment to restorative justice and its importance in our criminal justice system. In addition to her volunteer work with C4RJ, Sarah currently volunteers in the Lawyer of the Day program in the Mass Probate Courts.
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.
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, teaching education law and advanced legal writing courses.
Barry has also served Suffolk University as President and Vice- President of the Board of Directors of the General Alumni Association, and he has served on many other university committees. He was selected to teach in the Suffolk University Archer Fellows Program in the area of education law, and he was awarded the inaugural Lynne Dahlborg Award for excellence in teaching for his work.
Margot Fleischman, President
Margot is a Selectman from the town of Bedford, MA. Prior to becoming a Selectman in 2012, Margot served for five years on the Bedford Planning Board, and held a variety of other committee appointments. With interests in public health, transportation, housing, energy efficiency, and economic development, Margot brings a focus on promoting a healthy community to her work in local government. Margot and her husband are the parents of two school-aged children.
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, Member
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.
Jim Saltonstall, Treasurer
Jim Saltonstall lives in Carlisle with his wife Bridget, a long time C4RJ facilitator. He has served on the C4RJ Board for ten years. Retired now, Jim spent most of his career at Middlesex School, a co-ed boarding and day school (grades 9-12) in Concord. During his almost forty years at the school, Jim taught French and Economics, lived in both boys’ and girls’ dorms, coached soccer, ice hockey and rowing and served as business manager for the last 25 years of his career. He attended Harvard College and has two Masters degrees from Boston University (Education and Public Management). Jim serves on several other non-profit boards of trustees locally. He is currently C4RJ’s Treasurer. Jim and Bridget have two children who live locally and five grandchildren, who seem to need constant babysitting, much to their delight!
Sharon Weisner, Member
A native of New York City, Sharon moved to the Boston area after college and spent several years at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Lab Management before moving on to run the HR department at a pharmaceutical start-up. Following the birth of her youngest daughter, she had the opportunity to leave the business world behind and stay home to raise her girls. In addition to raising her family, she became involved with the Bedford Jewish Community and co-chaired the family committee. She also chaired the school committee at her synagogue for many years and was particularly involved with teens and social justice. Sharon was a trustee on the synagogue board as well as member of the executive committee. She joined the Board at C4RJ several years ago and is committed to moving the cause of restorative justice forward. A Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Sharon trained at the prestigious Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is also trained as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.
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.
Chief Len Wetherbee, Program Advisor
Len retired in January 2010 from the Concord Police Department after 33 years of service, the last 17 as chief of police. At that time, he also retired from the board of C4RJ but continues to serve as an advisor. He has since become police chief in Moltonborough, NH. It was during Len's time as the department's prosecutor at the Concord District Court that he recognized that the current system was not addressing victim needs or the obligations that were created when an offense was committed. In 1997, Len met with two community members, Jean Bell and Joan Turner, to discuss the possible role of restorative justice in Concord. As a result of that meeting, the seeds were sown of the Concord Restorative Circle (later called "Communities for Restorative Justice"). Len was a founding member of the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program, was involved in the start of many community policing initiatives in Concord, and served at various levels on numerous boards and programs in Concord and the Metrowest region.
Barbara Howland, Program Advisor
Barbara is our recent past president and remains very involved as a community liaison and grant writer. She has been with the program almost since its inception and has served in many capacities. She has been instrumental in many youth-serving and community health endeavors in Concord-Carlisle and beyond. She recently became a grandmother!
Jennifer Larson Sawin, Program Advisor
Jennifer, C4RJ's executive director from 2008 to July 2014, has a passion for both the principle and practice of restorative methods for dealing with wrongdoing and crime. She holds an MA in Conflict Transformation with an emphasis in restorative justice. Her graduate work was under the tutelage of Howard Zehr, widely considered to be grandfather of the field. Zehr authored the foundational text Changing Lenses, in which he compares “restorative justice” to “retributive justice” and proposes that crime is a violation of people, as well as a violation of law.
Jennifer’s interest in harm and conflict traces to her childhood in Southern Africa in the twilight years of apartheid. In that context, she was introduced to the concept of ubuntu, a Bantu word roughly translated as “a person is a person through other people.” Imbued with this cultural instinct, Jennifer has consulted with restorative justice agencies in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and South Africa.
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 change in society. She is an attorney who helped found the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and coauthored the 2010 exploratory study of Project Restore, a Study of Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence, commissioned by New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice. Erin was deeply involved in recently enacted legislation making restorative justice available to all stakeholders in the Massachusetts criminal justice system. Prior to leading C4RJ, Erin served as executive director of Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion (JCRJD) in Lowell, now known as Our Restorative Justice (OurRJ). 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.
Ashley Bentley, Program Director
Ashley became passionate about restorative justice during law school and began volunteering for C4RJ in 2015 as a facilitator on the Red Team. Prior to joining C4RJ as our program director, Ashley practiced law in the non-profit and private sectors. She received her law degree from Boston University and her undergraduate degree from Brown University.
Emily Wheeler, Development and Office Specialist
Emily, our development and office specialist, is no stranger to the nonprofit world — or to C4RJ. She was previously a member of our Green Team of casework volunteers. She has also served as volunteer coordinator and administrator at Gaining Ground, a Concord farm that grows food for hunger relief, and as administrator of the religious education program at First Parish in Concord.
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.