Project Team

David R. Karp, Ph.D.temporary headshot DK
Director of Project on Restorative Justice

Professor of Sociology
(518) 580-5779
Curriculum Vita (with links to most publications)

David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration for his work on campus restorative justice. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities (2013), Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty (2006), and The Community Justice Ideal (1999). David is on the Advisory Council for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice and the Board of Directors for the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Program in Law and Society. He is also a volunteer mediator and a restorative justice facilitator and trainer. David received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Duke FisherDuke headshot
Director of Training and Facilitation

Learning Labs, Inc.
(607) 967-5917

Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution and restorative justice since 1988. In 1999, he founded Learning Laboratories, an independent training venture that finds creative ways to address difficult topics, including workshops on restorative justice, family conflict resolution, responding to discrimination, and building collaborative teams to assemble care for a differently-abled child. He has brought powerful workshops to schools, universities, conferences, prisons, agencies, and to graduate students at Hofstra Law School, where Duke was until recently a Special Professor of Law. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never ending search for creative methods to support effective learning. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition to offering restorative justice training at Skidmore and for schools, universities, and community organizations nationally, Duke is a New York State certified mediation trainer and offers a mediation course to Skidmore students each year:
ID141 Mediation Training

Kaaren Williamsen, MAKaaren headshot
Co-Chair, Campus PRISM

Title IX Coordinator 
Swarthmore College 

Kaaren Williamsen is the Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College. Previously she founded and directed the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center. As part of her work in building and leading the center, she created innovative sexual violence prevention programs including peer education, comprehensive sexuality education, men’s groups, survivor support, new student orientation and student-led no-credit courses on healthy sexuality. She also created institutional support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, including peer mentor program, support groups, campus education and professional development for faculty and staff. Kaaren also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention and was a key member of the Title IX Lead Team at Carleton, which oversaw all efforts toward sexual violence prevention and campus response. In addition, she coordinated and trained the Sexual Misconduct Support Advisers and the Community Board on Sexual Assault which heard sexual misconduct cases.  Before moving founding the Gender and Sexuality Center, Kaaren worked in residential life and in LGBT advisor roles at Carleton as well as two other Minnesota colleges and universities. Kaaren earned her B.A. in philosophy with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MS in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State Mankato, and her M.A. in counseling and student personnel psychology from University of Minnesota. She is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s doctoral program in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development working on her dissertation on restorative justice and campus sexual misconduct.  

Francis Zarro, JD, MPA Frank
Director of Legislative Initiatives and Civic Education Programming

First Fairfield Associates, LLC

Frank Zarro, founder of the In Our Name initiative, is responsible for strategic planning and project coordination at First Fairfield Associates, a private social enterprise firm located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His work at First Fairfield includes two employment projects, and, and an adaptive restoration and construction project in downtown Saratoga Springs. His other activities in Saratoga Springs include co-producing community speak-out nights on social justice issues at Caffe Lena, the legendary folk music venue, and organizing lecture programs at Skidmore College and Bethesda Episcopal Church. He helped to create the Skidmore College Restorative Justice Project and serves as the project’s director of legislative initiatives and civic education programming. Frank has taught administrative law at Pace University and college-level courses, including legal research and a law library clinic, to incarcerated individuals at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, N.Y., and Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. At McGregor, he led a workshop that brought a 2010 federal civil rights action challenging the disproportionate racial composition of the New York State prison population. He developed and taught a course curriculum for incarcerated veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces whose service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance-abuse problems led to their arrest and conviction by civilian authorities after their return from service. He has taught additional courses in the prison system in such areas as literature, history, government, and business. Frank has held various management and planning positions in the New York State Unified Court System and has served as director of development and special projects for the New York State Defenders Association, where he helped to create the Veterans Defense Program. Frank received a master’s degree in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Joao Salm, Ph.D., MPA, BL Joao Salm headshot
Co-Director, Rx for RJ Project

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Governors State University 

Joao Salm is an Assistant Professor at the Criminal Justice Department at Governors State University in Chicago. He is a member of the steering committee of the Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is also involved in international cooperation between Canada, the United States and Brazil in the area of Restorative Justice. Joao also managed the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Since March 2014, he has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, providing tailored technical support to public and non-profit organizations in the area of social and restorative justic

Jordan Nowotny, Ph.D.jordan nowotny headshot
Co-Director, Rx for RJ Project

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Jordan Nowotny is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology Department at Fairleigh Dickinson University and teaches courses on post-conflict transitional justice​ ​and research design. Jordan has worked with local and national non-profit and government institutions to research and evaluate law enforcement, corrections, and education programs. Jordan has also worked internationally on projects in Rwanda and Brazil both for his own research on post-conflict reconciliation and toward objectives in capacity building for international NGOs.


Patience D. Bryant, Ph.D.patience bryant headshot
Restorative Justice Trainer 

Associate Director
Campus Life and Student Development
Texas A&M University - Commerce

Dr. Patience D. Bryant currently serves as the Associate Director for Campus Life and Student Development at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She formerly served as the first Student Conduct Coordinator for the Department of Student Housing at the University of Mississippi, more affectionately known as Ole Miss.   There she over saw the implementation of Creed Justice, a formal restorative justice program into university housing that was launched in the fall of 2015.  Patience got introduced to restorative justice while working on her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Patience has the desire to utilize and share her knowledge and experiences gained through graduate level studies, research, and working in the field of higher education within the areas of alternative dispute resolution education and mass communication to impact the student experience and institutions of higher learning.  

Erin DagleErin
Restorative Justice Trainer 
Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Skidmore College


Erin began working at Skidmore College in August 2014 as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution. She also serves as one of the colleges Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct investigators. She received her B.A. from Worcester State College in Broadcast Communications and her M.Ed. from Springfield College in Psychology focusing on Student Personnel Administration. She has been working in the field of student conduct since graduate school and previously worked at Syracuse University as a Student Conduct Advisor for 3 years. She has training in mediation and restorative justice and supervises the student-led restorative conduct board at Skidmore. Erin sees restorative justice as a way to change the focus of conduct meetings to restoring a community, repairing harms, and bringing people together to talk about an incident rather than drive them further apart. In addition the her work at Skidmore College, Erin also currently serves as the Association for Student Conduct Administration State Coordinator for New York.

Olivia Frank '16Olivia
Student Assistant

Olivia Frank is a senior at Skidmore College, pursuing a major in Sociology with double-minors in Education and Inter-Group Relations. She has worked with David Karp to study, research and write about restorative justice, and is particularly interested in using restorative practices to address racial disparities in school discipline. Olivia is the founding president of Skidmore's SUPE (Students United for Public Education) chapter. She spent a semester in Denmark, studying Scandinavian prison systems and multicultural education, and a summer working in a non-profit school in Cambodia.

Emma Giles '16 emma
Logo Design

Emma Giles, Class of '16, is a studio art major with concentrations in ceramics and communication design. When coming up with the design for our project, she was inspired by community, circle practices in resolving issues and providing support, and the saying “what goes around, comes around.” The logo suggests layered meanings. It can be seen as a bird's eye view of three people in a circle. It can also be seen as three boomerangs, suggestive of the karmic implications of individual actions.