Coach Bios



David Knightly


Dave is currently a Spanish teacher and restorative practices coach for the Oxford Hills School District. He conducts trainings in restorative practices and running circles in area schools. He has also taught life and physical sciences in private schools in both the US and in Mexico. He helped found the Oxford Hills Restorative Justice Collaborative, which is now working with the RJIM. 


Dave is finishing a Master's Degree in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is a licensed restorative practices trainer for the IIRP. 


Dave runs a no-spray strawberry farm with his wife and son in Oxford, Maine, and enjoys playing fiddle and mandolin. He is an avid cyclist and restores classic VW bugs and buses.





Karen Tucker


Karen Tucker became passionate about Conflict Resolution in 1995 when she first trained as a mediator through USM. She worked in the Portland area as a program coordinator for Community and/or Restorative Justice Processes from 1999 to 2006. In this capacity, she gained experience first at the Community Mediation Center in Portland, then at Youth Alternatives (now Opportunity Alliance), coaching mediators and coordinating mediations and Victim/Offender Conferences. During this time, Karen also volunteered in the Cumberland County Jail and at the Windham Correctional Center facilitating Alternative to Violence Project workshops for those inside the walls. 


Karen moved to Gardiner in 2004, where she currently works in Public Health at Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA), the local Healthy Maine Partnership, as Communication and Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she coordinates several different programs and helps get the word out into the community about the many public health programs and initiatives housed there.  


You will see Karen active in her community volunteering at the Gardiner Food Co-op, on various community initiatives, ushering at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, mediating Small Claims cases in Maine’s Court Alternative Dispute Resolution program and dancing whenever possible.


Karen is thrilled to be a part of the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine, joining with others supporting restorative practices where they already exist and growing restorative initiatives in Maine communities and institutions.


Karen is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a BA Communications and Lesley University in Cambridge, MA with a Master's in Training and Organizational Development.




Taryn Walker


Taryn Walker is a coach with the Restorative Justice Institute.  In this capacity, she has the opportunity to work with facilitators as they grow in their knowledge of restorative justice through supporting their local communities Initiatives.  Working with newly trained restorative process facilitators as they hone their skills and develop capacity to be lead facilitators.



Taryn holds a Master's degree in Educational Philosophy from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.  Outside of RJIM she works at Allen Ave. Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland as the Director of Education.  As an experiential educator herself she cares deeply about learning and growing.  She has a background in wilderness therapy, with over 19 years of working with adjudicated youth and adults.  


She first started working with the Restorative Justice model with a Youth and Family Drug and Alcohol agency in Chicago over ten years ago.  Then teaching several cross cultural undergraduate courses on New Zealand's use of Restorative Justice in the men's prison.  Also, was a part starting an adult men's program based on restorative and healing practices to help transition out of prison in Harrisburg, PA.  




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