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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.


Rick Shafer, MA

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.



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.   


Jon Kidde, MSW

Restorative Justice Trainer

Green Omega

Jon Kidde is an independent consultant who has studied and applied restorative justice theory for 20 years. Jon founded Green Omega, L3C in 2008 as a more official vehicle for his work. Jon has been influential in the design and implementation of restorative programs based in Wyoming and California. He has served as a consultant for the Judicial Council of California, and has developed programs in Wyoming that have influenced regional youth justice policies. He has been instrumental in K-12 Restorative Justice, and has served as the Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Jon received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Colorado College and his Masters Degree from the School of Social Welfare at University of California, Berkeley. He now resides in Vermont, where he is a certified DE teacher, Project Director of Reclaiming Futures and provides consultation and assistance to regional, local and school based organizations.



Francis Zarro, JD, MPA

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.