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Skidmore College
Project on Restorative Justice

Project Team

David R. Karp, PhD

temporary headshot DKDirector of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College 

Professor of Sociology
Curriculum Vita (with links to publications)

David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. 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 Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. 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. 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.

Jasmyn Story, MAJas

Assistant Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College

Jasmyn Elise Story is Assistant Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. She is an RJ trainer and facilitator with expertise in K-12 schools and higher education, with a particular focus on sexual harm and racial bias. Jasmyn has been an RJ coordinator at Black Diamond High School, an alternative school in the San Francisco Bay Area, for Partnership with Children, with a placement at a middle school in Brooklyn, and the JAGS Foundation in London. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization, The People’s Coalition. Jasmyn received her BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College and MA in Human Rights at the University College London. 


Alyssa B. MeyersALyssa

Project Coordinator of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore Collegee 

Alyssa Meyers is Project Coordinator for the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. Her current role includes operations and budget management support for Restorative Justice in the Office of the Dean of Special Programs. She has also served in past positions with the Offices of both Residential Life and Leadership Activities at Skidmore. Outside of her work at the College, Alyssa previously managed promotional events and talent placement across the country for organizations like Google, Good Morning America and Project Runway as a contract program coordinator for Event Pro Strategies in Asheville, North Carolina. Alyssa has a BS in Human Resources.


Kaaren Williamsen, PhD

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Co-Chair, Campus PRISM

Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center 
University of Michigan

Kaaren M. Williamsen, PhD, is Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center at the University of Michigan where provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus.  Previously she was the first full-time Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College where she created a coordinated response to sexual misconduct, oversaw policy development, and created a comprehensive sexual violence prevention program. Prior to Swarthmore, Kaaren worked at Carleton College where she founded and directed the Gender and Sexuality Center, a combined women’s center, LGBT center, and sexual violence prevention center.  Kaaren earned her B.A. 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. In 2017 she completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on the limitations of the student conduct response to sexual misconduct and the possibilities of restorative justice.  Kaaren is also co-chair of Campus PRISM (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct) and is a restorative justice facilitator trainer with the Skidmore Project on Restorative Justice.


Jay Behel, PhD

Coordinator of Rx for RJ: Prescribing Restorative Justice for Education in the Health Professions 

Rush Medical College

Jay Behel is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Rush Medical College where he directs student professional development and wellness initiatives and supports processes for community-building and addressing student mistreatment. He also is a clinical psychologist and director of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology at Rush University Medical Center and is the education director for the LGBTQ Health Committee at Rush. Dr. Behel completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University with majors in English and psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University and then completed a residency and fellowship at Rush. Dr. Behel has published and presented extensively on a range of topics including adjustment to disability, physician communication and, more recently, several aspects of medical education. 

Duke Fisher

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Lead Trainer 

Learning Labs, Inc.
607-967-5917 (cell)

Duke Fisher is a trusted facilitator and mediator who facilitates meaningful conversation in schools, universities, and organizations worldwide. He is committed to building bridges to all of his participants and ensuring their needs are honored. Duke has been a New York State Certified Mediation Trainer since 1989.  He is the past director of the Dispute Resolution Center for Delaware and Chenango Counties and has taught mediation courses worldwide, including at Hofstra and Albany Law Schools. As the lead trainer for the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice, Duke frequently trains educational institutions in restorative practices that help build community, respond to incidents of misconduct, and successfully reintegrate students after suspension. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never-ending search for creative methods to support effective learning and address conflict. 

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, M.Div., MSW, LCSWsheila

Restorative Justice Trainer

Assistant Professor
Barry University School of Social Work 

Sheila M. McMahon is an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses using strategies such as bystander education and restorative justice to prevent and address individual and community-level harms. Prior to becoming a faculty member, she served as a University sexual assault prevention educator and rape crisis counselor. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, where she studied feminist ethics and liberation theologies. She earned her MSW and PhD at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained in intervention research at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC). Dr. McMahon is also a licensed clinical social worker in Florida.


Nina HarrisNina

Restorative Justice Trainer

Education Specialist
Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Harvard University

Nina is an experienced student affairs specialist and restorative justice practitioner who brings more than fifteen years of direct experience in higher education administration, student engagement and campus sexual violence prevention and education. She has provided crisis and resource counseling for hundreds of survivors of gender-based interpersonal violence and sexual harassment. As a campus administrator, she has worked tirelessly to help educational institutions cultivate compassionate and transformative campuses actively engaged in violence prevention and healthy community building. Nina has formerly held the roles of advocate, educator and TIX case manager at Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. As a consultant, she has worked with dozens of institutions to provide innovative and engaging educational programming, facilitate restorative dialogues, deliver staff training and professional development, and support in policy development.


Rick Shafer, MARick

Restorative Justice Trainer

Associate Director
Student Life - Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Michigan State University

Rick Shafer is the Associate Director of Student Life for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at Michigan State University. Rick chairs the university’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), serves on the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT), and coordinates the RJ@MSU program. In addition to a Master of Arts in Education, Rick has completed additional education and training in multicultural counseling, mediation, and restorative justice. During his 25 years in student affairs, Rick has served four public universities (Ball State, Indiana, Ferris State and Michigan State) in a variety of capacities, including residence life and housing, fraternity and sorority life, and student conduct. Throughout his career, Rick estimates that he has adjudicated/managed nearly 10,000 reports of student misconduct, including cases ranging from simple alcohol use and noise violations to sexual assault and involuntary manslaughter. Rick also is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and has begun to serve as a private consultant. Rick is proud to have contributed to David Karp's Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, to be a founding member of Campus PRISM, and to have served as a faculty member for ASCA’s RJ Track at the annual Gehring Academy.


Sean Horrigan


Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan has been a university administrator and leadership educator for over 15 years.  He currently serves as the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego.  In 2011, Dr. Horrigan founded the restorative justice program at USD and began to integrate restorative practices into the student conduct program, eventually expanding into other areas of Student Affairs including residential life, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, as a response to critical campus incidents.  He also serves as a Lecturer in USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  In his work he engages in opportunities to promote reflection, meaning-making, and values clarification for students who are struggling with the difficult choices and big questions presented by the college experience.  He earned his Ph.D. and masters in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.


Toni McMurphy

Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator

Infinite Impact

Toni McMurphy specializes in the design of customized restorative processes and facilitating win-win outcomes in emotionally charged situations.  She is an expert in creating safe and brave spaces that foster authentic dialogue around harm and accountability and unpack the distinction between intent and impact. Toni is known for inspiring people to bring out the best in themselves and each other in challenging situations and regularly facilitates courageous conversation in a wide variety of settings on myriad topics.  

Recent projects include facilitating restorative responses to sexual misconduct cases, responding to bias incidents on campus and in communities where racial tensions are high and facilitating difficult conversations between students and administration, faculty and administration, management and employees and police officers and people who are incarcerated. 

Toni recently served as Vice President of Culture and Campus Life for St. Louis College of Pharmacy for six years, where she successfully integrated restorative practice in Student Conduct, Title IX cases, Bias Incident Response, and for numerous conflicts on campus. She served on the faculty of the Association of Student Conduct Administration Gehring Academy in the first-ever offering of Conflict Resolution and Bias Incident Response and has presented at multiple national conferences.

Toni McMurphy is the Founder of Infinite Impact. As an Organizational Development Practitioner for the past 25 years, she has worked with more than 65,000 people in over 230 organizations. Toni is a certified “Diversity Facilitrainer,” and is certified to teach Crucial Conversations, Unconscious Biasand the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.


Josh Bacon, PhD


Restorative Justice Trainer

Dean of Students
James Madison University

Josh Bacon currently serves as the Dean of Students at James Madison University. The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, Off Campus Life, and Student Government Association report to the Dean. He is also assistant professor in the graduate psychology department and Co-Director of the College Student Personnel Administration Master’s program. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration with a cognate in law from Clemson University and a Master’s in Education Administration from Salisbury University, with a concentration in counseling. Josh chairs the Behavior Assessment Team, a team that addresses students of concern to self and others.The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices has recently implemented a restorative justice program and implemented restorative practices to its process. Josh has consulted and presented around the country on restorative justice in student conduct.   

Adrienne Lawson, Ed.D.Adrienne

Restorative Justice Trainer

Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement
Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
UC Davis Health

Adrienne Lawson serves as the Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement at the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with University of California Davis Health. Adrienne’s primary responsibilities include: climate needs assessment and reporting; professional leadership development; continuous diversity improvement; marketing of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion; and community engagement. Adrienne has a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her research interest is broad in scope which includes: equity, climate and culture change in organizations, women faculty leadership and retention, cultural and language diversity;  gender differences, role-modeling and mentorship, faculty, and staff diversity and inclusion. Adrienne was the former Diversity Manager for Faculty Recruitment and Retention at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She also held an adjunct faculty position with Sacramento State and Argosy University. Her hobbies include: mental, physical and spiritual health, reading, and traveling.

Frank A. Cirioni, MA


Director of Student Life & Leadership Development

Golden West College

Frank A. Cirioni is a student affairs professional with twelve years of practical experience in residential life and housing, campus life, student conduct and Title IX, restorative justice, and social justice education. Originally from White Plains, New York, Frank earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts Education from New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. Frank is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. Frank serves as the Director of Student Life & Leadership Development at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California. His previous roles were held at the University of Puget Sound, EF Education First - International Language Schools, Barnard College at Columbia University, The Ohio State University, Oberlin College, and Emory University. Outside of work, Frank enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Yulina, and their three pets, as well as listening to vinyl records, live music and theater, reading, classic cars, and motorcycling.

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D.Marilyn

University of Texas at Austin

Marilyn Armour, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and director of the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD). Armour holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work. Prior to becoming an academic, she was a psychotherapist with an emphasis on violent death, trauma, and family relationships. Armour’s work focuses on the healing of victims, offenders and the community related to crime and wrongdoing. In that regard, she has conducted studies on the effectiveness of restorative justice interventions for violent crime, in the prison system, in schools, for domestic violence and community restoration as well as the mechanisms of action in the interventions that lead to change. Armour’s research also emphasizes the experiences and healing of family members of homicide victims specific to meaning-making in the aftermath of tragedy, the impact of the offender’s sentence on survivor well-being, the remaining family members after domestic fatalities, and the process of meaning-making for Holocaust survivors during and after the war. She is also the author of books, journal articles and book chapters on these topics.  In addition to her research, Armour is the Director of Defense-Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), a statewide program that provides a bridge between victim-survivors and defense teams, especially in capital cases.  She recently completed a 3-year, K-12 partnership with Texas Education Agency to take Restorative Practices to scale in the state through training over 2500 school administrators and 600 Restorative Discipline Coordinators.  She serves as a consultant to numerous agencies and organizations that are developing and using restorative practices. She is a founding member of and past officer for the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Francis Zarro, JD, MPAFrank

Legislative Initiatives and Civic Learning

In Our Name Initiative

Frank Zarro, founder of the In Our Name initiative, is Advisor to the Management Committee of First Fairfield Associates, a private social enterprise firm located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  His other activities in Saratoga Springs include creating and presenting programs on social justice issues at Caffe Lena, the legendary folk music venue, and organizing lecture programs at Skidmore College. He helped to create the Skidmore College Restorative Justice Project and serves as the project’s director of legislative initiatives and civic learning. Frank has taught administrative law at Pace University and college-level courses, including legal research and a law library clinic, for incarcerated individuals at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, N.Y., and Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y.  At Mount McGregor, he led a law library workshop that brought a 2010 federal civil rights action challenging the disproportionate racial composition of the New York State prison population and assisted in a about 200 state and federal post conviction proceedings and direct appeals per month over a six year period. He also 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.