Chris is the RJIM Liaison for the Oxford Hills Community Justice Collaborative.
Chris has worked with at risk youth at a residential treatment facility for five years prior to managing a clinical in-home support program for youth and families for eight years. She is currently working in local public health for the Oxford Hills area and is also an advocate for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Service’s western district.
Chris holds a Bachelors of Science degree in both Social and Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and Organizational Studies. Her interests include nature, youth development, mental health, substance abuse prevention, aging in place, and connecting people to resources through partnerships, gifts, and needs.
Kelsey Park is the Lewiston Liasion for the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine. Kelsey was born and raised in Presque Isle where she proudly lived up to the County stereotype of spending way too much time in potato fields. Living in Presque Isle allowed Kelsey to cultivate her appreciation for the balance between having a gritty work ethic and taking the time to admire the unique beauty of the present moment. She carried those values with her when she moved “south” to study psychology and philosophy at Colby College in Waterville. While there, Kelsey had the privilege of traveling to Rwanda for 3.5 months to study post-genocide reconciliation and peace building. Her encounters with various people and places in Rwanda sparked her deep investigation of questions like, “what factors promote violent behavior?”, “what factors prevent people from taking part in massive acts of violence?” and “how is collective and individual healing possible after massive acts of violence?” Her experiences in Rwanda and her investigative nature are core driving forces in her current efforts to better understand restorative justice and share restorative practices with others.
Kelsey moved to Lewiston in September 2014 for an internship at Tree Street Youth. She met the RJIM staff and other restorative justice practitioners at a training by Kay Pranis in the fall. The training ended up being one of those life experiences that retrospectively seems like it was just meant to happen. It was the door that opened up ongoing conversations with the RJIM staff and Lewiston community members about how to promote sustainable restorative practices in Lewiston. These conversations have since led to her more formal role at RJIM as well as her participation in collaborative work focused on reducing disproportionate minority contact in Lewiston. She is grateful for the abundant support and wisdom that she has already received from staff at the RJIM. She is extremely excited and curious about how her relationship with the RJIM can contribute to the overarching goal of spreading restorative justice throughout Maine.
Cheryl Robertson is the Community Liaison and a trained Facilitator for the Greater Bangor Area. She is a former teacher and Lecturer, with over 20 years of teaching experience in the public school system. Cheryl holds an MA in English Literature and a doctorate in Education; her dissertation focused on at-risk youth who choose to complete high school with a GED.
As a Lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, Cheryl’s primary courses were Multicultural and Diversity Education for pre-service teachers. Dr. Robertson included Restorative Circles in Schools as a required text in her curriculum to help new teachers understand better ways to build safety, trust and community in their classrooms. She has presented on such topics as the effects of poverty and hunger in education, Reconnecting Youth, and alternative education programming. She has years of research experience with the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Project and is an independent Educational Consultant, primarily training school and company staff on diversity issues that help them better understand how bias, assumptions and stereotypes marginalize and dehumanize many groups of people.
Cheryl lives in Orono alongside the Penobscot River with her son, an American Eskimo (her dog!) and a very fat cat. Her passion is to create a better and easier world for all by helping to heal with positive energy, walking the walk and being available to others whenever she’s needed. She practices Yoga and meditation, volunteers as a Maine-Wabanaki REACH Ally, and is a determined advocate for rights, sovereignty and justice for Maine’s indigenous Nations.
Mike is the Liaison for the Augusta Community Justice Collaborative. In this role, he gets to be part of the RJIM Team - which he is very excited about - and to support youth in his community. In addition to his role as Liaison, Mike is the Response Coordinator for the Augusta Boys and Girls Club (Alternatives to Suspension/Diversion to Assets programs).
Previoulsy, Mike was a social studies teacher at Katahdin High School. Currently, he coaches Poland Regional High School girls varsity basketball team.