Meet Our Board!

 

 

Craig McEwen
Board Chair
Marina Sideris
Board Vice Chair
Jane Gallagher
Board Secretary
George Carr
Board Treasurer
Leah Hurley
Board Member
Oronde Cruger
Board Member
Susan Rae-Reeves
Board Member
Ruth Joyce
Board Member
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Board Bios

 

Craig McEwen, Board Chair

Craig retired in 2012 after 37 years teaching sociology at Bowdoin College.  His early research and writing was on the deinstitutionalization of youth corrections in Massachusetts.  In 1979 he was appointed to Maine’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, and he became active with the (then) Maine Civil Liberties Union on criminal justice reform in the 1980’s and chaired their Committee on Corrections.  In 1986 he helped establish the Criminal Justice Committee of the Maine Council of Churches which he chaired from 1988-2001. During the 1990’s the Council adopted a Restorative Justice agenda and actively worked for its implementation in Maine.  Craig’s work on restorative justice has been strongly influenced by his training and work as a court mediator in Maine.  He has done research on mediation in varied settings and published widely about dispute resolution, including the legal treatise Mediation: Law, Policy, Practice which he co-authored and which has been published with new editions annually for 30 years.  

 

At present, Craig is deeply involved with research and writing about early childhood adversity and its effects on life chances and health.

Marina Sideris, Board Vice Chair

Marina is an attorney, small business owner, mom, and occasional farmer who lives and works in Camden, Maine, around the corner from where she grew up.  After leaving Maine at age 18 to “expand her horizons,” she came full circle when she and her husband moved back last year.  In the interim, Marina attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, then spent a decade in California.  In California, Marina worked as a pre-trial release case manager for homeless folks entangled in the San Francisco jails, and an advocate for the health care rights and compassionate release of terminally ill prisoners in California prisons.  After several years of this work, Marina went back to school, earning a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.  Following law school, she and her husband, Cooper, started their first farm in the California foothills, and Marina worked as a legal aid attorney in rural California.

 

In 2013, just after the birth of their son, Marina and Cooper bought a beautiful 40-acre farm in Camden they had admired for years.  These days, Marina is a solo practitioner doing primarily criminal defense work.  After so many years of frustration with current systems of punishment and retribution, she is inspired and motivated by the potential for restorative justice to promote real healing for victims of crime and wrongdoing, and meaningful accountability and reintegration for those who harm others.  She is dedicated to helping Maine become a restorative state. 

Jane Gallagher, Board Secretary

Jane has been involved in the nonprofit and philanthropic worlds for many years.  As a Program Officer with Dietel Partners, a philanthropic advisory firm, she was responsible for grants management and assisted with strategy development in several program areas, primarily focused on: international corporate accountability and the rule of law in developing countries. Prior to joining Dietel Partners, Jane worked at the Maine State Energy Office/Efficiency Maine writing grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  While raising three sons, Jane spent many years volunteering and then working for Safe Passage, a nonprofit that helps at risk children and families who live in the community of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump.

 

Jane is a member of the Board of Directors of Mindbridge, is an Advisory Board member for the Make Shift Coffee House project, is an active volunteer for Maine Law School’s Justice For Women Lecture Series and serves as Co-Chair of the Casco Bay Friends of Safe Passage group.  She was deeply involved in all five of Independent candidate Dick Woodbury’s successful campaigns for Maine State House and Maine State Senate.

 

Jane is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. After law school, Jane clerked for Hon. Joseph L. Tauro, a Federal District Court Judge in Boston, and then worked for several years as a litigation associate at Bingham Dana & Gould in Boston and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Pittsburgh.  Jane lives in Yarmouth, Maine with her husband and various configurations of children and dogs.

George Carr, Board Treasurer

George is a Vice President and Portfolio Manager at R. M. Davis in Portland.  At R.M. Davis George provides investment management and financial counsel to individuals, families and institutions.  Working with clients in transition, whether moving towards retirement, having received an inheritance or selling a business, is what George enjoys most.  Prior to joining R.M. Davis in the Fall of 2015, George spent seven years working at Federal Street Advisors, an investment advisory and consulting firm in Boston.  During his time at Federal Street, George earned his MBA with a concentration in Finance from Boston University. 

 

Prior to entering the Wealth Management field, George was a Teaching Intern at the Park School in Brookline, MA.   At Park, George was an assistant Math and Latin teacher in grades 6-9, while coaching Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse.  George serves on the Board of Visitors (BOV) at The Fenn School in Concord, MA.  The BOV focuses on maintaining an engaged alumni base and being a voice for the school in the community.  Fenn is an all boys 4th through 9th grade day school.

 

While having been born and raised in Massachusetts, George and his wife, Molly are excited to be back in Maine.  They met at Bates and graduated in 2007.  George enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing golf, following Boston Sports and going for runs with Molly and Hinckley, their yellow lab. 

Leah Hurley, Board Member

Leah is an integrated producer and strategist with a focus on value-driven communication. She is the founder of Craft, where works with businesses and organizations to amplify their impact through a marketing and communications lens. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and artists on the coast of Maine, she brings a love for the intersection of creativity and commerce to all of her work.

Leah holds a BS (Honors) from Babson College in Business Management and leverages the discipline of Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® in her approach and outlook. She is a founding member of the Camden International Film Festival where she also served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice Chair and is currently directing and co-producing the documentary film project Criminal.

She has appeared on Greenlight Maine as a judge and mentor, and serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Women’s Business Center at CEI. Having returned to Maine after 8 years living and working in NYC, Leah swears by year-round beach runs and believes strongly in the power of media to effect positive change.

 

Having returned to Maine after 8 years living and working in NYC, she swears by year-round beach runs and believes strongly in the power of media to effect positive change.

Oronde Cruger, Board Member

Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Oronde Cruger graduated with a degree in neuroscience from Bowdoin College where he began to hone his deep curiosity about how humans work.  After some years working in the medical field, he was inspired by some well publicized violent incidents in the news (Trayvon Martin and Sandy Hook, in particular) to realign his professional life to include work on complicated social matters.  Oronde has worked as the Program Manager for the consent education group Speak About It for 6 years with a specific focus on bringing sex ed to under-resourced populations.  As society has begun to allow more space for folks to be seen and heard when they share a story of trauma, Oronde has become increasingly interested in what the process is to move forward in a healthy and productive way.  He is thrilled to explore this and other related topics with the powerful team at the Restorative Justice Institute.

Susan Rae-Reeves, Board Member

Susan was born in Lewiston, Maine, grew up in Auburn, and attended local public schools. After completing a BA in religion at Bates College, she left Maine for NYC and two transformative years at Union Theological Seminary. UTS at that time was a hotbed of feminism, black studies, and liberation theology. After UTS, Susan worked at Christianity & Crisis Magazine and then New World Foundation, which segued into a career fundraising for several community-based and city-wide not-for-profit organizations, including The Center for Children & Families, Goddard
Riverside Community Center and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center.

 

Pursuing more direct involvement in services and programs, Susan completed a MSW degree at Hunter College School of Social Work in Administration and Community Organizing. At JBFCS, Susan was introduced to the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) through their Undoing Racism Workshop. This gave traction to a previously unexpressed interest in racial justice, and led to involvement in several ongoing initiatives, including the JBFCS Confronting Organizational Racism leadership team, and co-facilitating two PISAB monthly antiracist discussion groups, one for white people and one multiracial.

 

Susan’s final two years in NYC were spent managing a clinical service coordination program for adults living with serious mental illness in the Bronx and Harlem, and working with a group to have Russell (Maroon) Shoatz moved from solitary confinement into general population in federal prison.

 

These experiences were the pivot to moving home to Maine, where she lives with Adam Rae-Reeves, 4 semi-feral cats and a rescue pup from Alabama. Retired in 2017, Susan is enjoying life off the employment treadmill, occupied with political activism, volunteer service, enjoying nature, listening to music and reading.

Ruth Joyce, Board Member

Ruth is a special education administrator with Lewiston Public Schools. She is a member of Lewiston Public Schools’ Equity Vision Team and the Gifted and Talented task force. Both groups work to examine and address issues of equity and access to underrepresented student groups. Ruth works within her sphere of influence to dismantle systematic racism and bias one micro empowerment at a time. She provides professional development in the areas of racial equity and special education. She is passionate about the application of restorative practices and justice within schools and beyond.

 

Ruth was born in Virginia but primarily grew up in Auburn, Maine. Ruth began her undergraduate degree at Lasell College in Newton, MA, and completed her B.S. in early childhood special education at the University of Maine at Farmington. She then taught kindergarten at a private Christian school where she later became the principal. She achieved her masters degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2011. She shifted over to public education at that time, and has worked as a Pre-K teacher, special educator and administrator.

 

Ruth currently resides in Brunswick, Maine with her husband Darren and two young children, Renata and Eli. When she is not working she spends her time pondering, writing, reading and jumping at the trampoline park with her children.

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