Meet Our Staff
Ryun Anderson, Executive Director
Ryun is the Executive Director with the Restorative Justice Institute. In this capacity, she has the opportunity to work with the Institute’s incredible staff and partners to lay out and implement thoughtful plans for expanding Restorative Practices in Maine. In the field, Ryun organizes and coordinates training and technical assistance and supports policy and practice change at the agency and state levels. You will also find her busy at work securing funding for the work that is so important in Maine's communities. Ryun comes to the Institute with a background in youth organizing, program development, administration, experiential education, and participatory leadership strategies.
Ryun has been with the Institute since 2014, when she was hired as the Director of Operations. In this role, supported the growth of our Community Justice Collaboratives and expansion of circle programming. Prior to her time at RJIM, Ryun was the Director of Youth MOVE Maine, where she engaged state and local leaders, youth, and families in a variety of strategies for system change in youth-serving systems. In response to youth interest and advocacy for restorative practices in Maine, Ryun worked with youth and system partners to develop and launch the Maine Youth Court, a youth-led restorative justice focused program which included peer mentoring and student training in Restorative Practices. During her time with Youth MOVE, Ryun was lucky to get to know RJIM’s Executive Director Patty Kimball and together they launched the Restorative Practitioner Institute, a leadership program using restorative principles as a foundation.
Passionate about experiential learning, Ryun has worked for 17 years facilitating dialogues and planning processes, and engaging in leadership development support with staff, youth, and community members. Ryun holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. She is a Dialogue Education based trainer, and organizes using her training in the practices of Art of Hosting, a participatory leadership model for system change through conversations that matter.
Ryun’s home is in Freeport with her family, and together they love hiking, skiing and snowboarding, hanging out with their dogs Carly and Sophie, and playing ukulele tunes by the fire!
Kelsey Park, Youth Justice Director
Kelsey was born and raised in Presque Isle, ME 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 pursued her interest in studying conflict from multiple perspectives. She 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?” She continued to explore these questions while writing her thesis on forgiveness.
Following graduation, Kelsey moved to Lewiston in September 2014 for an internship at Tree Street Youth. She had the opportunity to meet RJIM staff and other restorative justice practitioners at a training by Kay Pranis. This training helped give Kelsey a new language and set of practical applications for much of what she was thinking about while at Colby. It also opened the door for further conversations with RJIM staff about how to get involved in restorative justice efforts in the Lewiston area. She has since served as a facilitator seeing cases and supporting the Lewiston CJC until recently taking on the role as Community Partnerships Coordinator. As the Community Partnerships Coordinator, Kelsey has been able to forge relationships and provide coaching and facilitation in Lewiston and Bangor, as well as her home town of Presque Isle. She has also provided training and technical assistance within Lewiston agencies, such as the YWCA and Longley Elementary School.
Kelsey currently lives in Lewiston with her adorable cats. She enjoys the coolest nerdy things, such as, reading, writing, and listening to podcasts. She also loves going on outdoor adventures with good company.
LaLa Drew, Community Equity Facilitator and Communications Coordinator
LaLa is the Community Equity Facilitator and Communications Coordinator at RJIM. LaLa is a writer, poet, activist, facilitator, actor, and organizer located in Portland, Maine. Their experience spans many identities, walking through life as a Black, queer, nonbinary transracial adoptee. Living, creating, and loving in Maine has given them a unique appreciation of power and community.
LaLa works to infuse their activism into every moment of every day. Believing taking a breath, pushing back on a person’s ignorance, kissing a friend’s cheek, are all acts of rebellion.
Creator of BloodLetting: a poetry night for queer and femme people of color; co-leader of PoC Meditation: Feeling the Body/Healing the Heart; former blogger with Black Girl in Maine; columnist with Portland Phoenix where they penned Unpacking the New Normal; MC for L/A Arts’ Youth & Community Open Mic; organizer with The For Us, By Us Fund — creating capacity for PoC in Maine. LaLa has had their work published in several publications including, Sisu Magazine, Incomer Magazine, Maine Sunday Telegram’s Deep Water, and Poliquads Magazine.
Tracey Daniels-Kenney, Western Maine Restorative Practice Coordinator
As an only child growing up in coastal Maine, Tracey immersed herself in books and music. She even read her parent’s encyclopedia set in its entirety and spent a good deal of time in front of the family turntable listening to the records from the 60’s and 70’s that her parents had collected over the years. Upon graduating from high school, she shook the dust off and attended Eastern University outside of Philadelphia. In addition, she spent time traveling to Australia, India and England, soaking up the differences in cultures and meeting with locals. This sparked a lifelong passion for connecting with others and hearing their stories, a passion that is insatiable and stronger than ever today.
Tracey did not stumble across Restorative Justice but rather it found her. She was asked to hold a supportive role in a community circle and it was there that she was approached about possible opportunities. With a natural ability to connect, to display kindness and genuine desire to listen and assist, Tracey joined the RJIM team feeling deeply that she had found her calling. With every individual she works with, she learns something valuable that assists in her never-ending desire to evolve into the best person she can be.
Tracey lives on her Homestead in Norway with her Husband, two Children and a plethora of furry and feathery beasts.
Melissa Dunn, Androscoggin Restorative Practice
Bio Coming Soon! :)
Hawo Mohamed, Greater Portland Restorative Practice Coordinator
Hawo is the Greater Portland Restorative Coordinator. She was born in Kenya and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling in Portland, Maine. Since then, she has called Maine her home. Hawo has had a great interest in social justice since high school, where she organized her fellow classmates to participate in the first school-wide protest against police brutality in 2012, shortly after the death of Trayvon Martin.
At the University of Southern Maine, Hawo discovered her love for developmental biology and bacteriology, and immersed herself in that work post-graduation.
Working and living in Portland has allowed her to delve deeper into issues involving race, power, and privilege in America. Since then, she has committed herself to helping transform the conditions and situations that perpetuate oppression and inequality. Hawo discovered RJIM and its work through a friend and joined shortly after in 2019.
Hawo is a dancer, painter, and a strong advocate of radical self-care. She spends much of her summers swimming in Sebago Lake as well as exploring the Portland Trails on her bike or by foot. She is currently re-learning her mother tongue, Somali, as well as learning Spanish. By the end of 2020, Hawo hopes to travel to Kenya and visit the hospital she was born in. "