Practitioners

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Adriana L. Scott
(she/her)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Adriana L. Scott (She/Her) is a Conflict Transformation Practitioner for SEEDS. She renders interventions for organizations and local communities through mediation, facilitation, coaching and short term discussions. 


As a middle child growing up in a traditional Jamaican household, Adriana instinctively embraced the role of mediator, not only between her siblings but also her parents. Having experienced various instances of trauma while coming into her own being, Adriana has worked intently to understand and address the effects of those situations, ultimately defining and refining her sense of self to be one filled with peace, empathy, and growth. Adriana gravitates toward people, connecting beyond the surface to create a safe space rooted in the heart of who one is, and how they desire to express themselves unapologetically.  


Adriana strives to be a beacon of hope in her community, and she endeavors to cultivate a culture where conflict is no longer seen as a hindrance to progress, but rather an opportunity for positive social change. She strives to empower people of color to embrace conflict, difference and  the healing of trauma as a means of sustaining interpersonal relationships.


Adriana holds a Master’s degree in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies. Adriana integrates mediation tools to bond human connections by searching for and deepening opportunities for intersectionality, specifically through the combination of meaningful dialogue, accountability and the compassionate recognition of each party’s individual values and interests.


In her spare time, Adriana is a proud bun mom to two adorable rabbits, Charlotte and Winter. She also advocates for youth in the foster care system, empowers friendships and connections through social events including pool tournaments, dancing, hiking events, and plays a role in organizing events that inspire healthy living.

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Andrew Greenia
(he/him)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Andrew Greenia (he/him) is an educator, facilitator, and mediator based in Oakland, CA. In addition to his role as a Conflict Transformation Practitioner at SEEDS, Andrew serves full-time as a Consultant at Promise54 - a national education consulting non-profit focusing on diversity, inclusion, and equity. 

Growing up in and around Detroit, Andrew witnessed firsthand the impact of racist education structures and segregation. As a white cisgender man from a working-class, multi-racial family, Andrew recognizes both the effect of these historical inequities on communities of color as well as his own stake in unlearning internalized patriarchy and white supremacy. In striving to counteract cultures of dominance and disconnect by cultivating cultures of inclusion and belonging, Andrew has grounded his work in one simple question: “How do we build relationships across difference?” This question has led Andrew to engage in work rooted in community organizing, conflict transformation, civic education, intergroup dialogue, and leadership coaching. 

Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Sociology and received an M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he was an Equity & Inclusion Fellow. In addition to his professional work, Andrew can be found honing his barbering skills, listening to hip hop, or cooking a vegan meal.

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Bijon J. Barnes
(he/they)

School Services Practitioner

Bijon J. Barnes is a School Services Practitioner for SEEDS who provides Restorative Justice consultation, education, training and circle facilitation ranging from community building to harm, accountability and healing circles. 

 

Bijon’s educational background includes extensive study as a communications major and Africana studies minor at San Francisco State University. They graduated from Citrus College with an associate’s degree in liberal arts for communications, as well as an associate’s degree in language arts.

 

His initial social justice engagement came with community and nonprofit work experience via the Youth Mentoring Action Network, a SoCal non-profit organization mentoring youth of color and others on the margins, where they soon became a mentee-turned-youth mentor and staff member. Bijon took his lived experiences as a Queer Black youth, having overcome homelessness and excelled as an AP student in high school despite adversity, and brought them to the Community Services Division of The City of Rancho Cucamonga, where he worked in various positions serving local government and community for nearly five years while completing college courses. 

 

Barnes currently contributes both his professional and lived experience to the expansive RJ community work as an abolitionist activist/organizer; QTPOC & BIPOC Support holding circle and restorative justice trainings in schools, juvenile halls, community and more in his continued efforts bringing youth and voices on the margins to center. Bijon is honored to continue this charge at SEEDS.

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Deb Brill
(she/her)

Restorative Practices Trainer

Deb Brill (she/her/hers) is currently the Principal of Albany Middle School.  Prior to her current role, she has been the Safe and Inclusive Schools Coordinator and a sixth grade teacher there for many years.  Her desire to impact education on a systemic level is what led her to her role as principal. In her role, she has done a lot of work with restorative practices. She has also directed after school and summer programs in range of different communities.  Deb has also volunteered for the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program mediating conversations between youth offenders and their victims, and volunteered in crisis response for battered women's shelters. Deb also co-founded ASC (Aware Seek Communicate) a training and consulting business that focuses on intersectional identity and communication and equity.  She is excited to join the SEEDS team.

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Elena Pinsky
(she/her)

Restorative Practices and Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Elena Pinsky (she/her), founder of Gather Facilitation, is a facilitator and artist working at the intersections of creativity, conflict, connection and community. She is a life coach for high schoolers in Oakland and facilitates in her local East Bay Jewish community. She holds a masters in process-oriented facilitation and conflict studies from the Process Work Institute in Portland and has completed the two-year Hakomi training, a mindfulness-based somatic psychotherapy. She is trained in conflict mediation through SEEDS and restorative justice through OUSD.

She holds a vision of an interdependent & thriving world close to her heart. She loves exploring the unknown & seeing the value in all sides of a conflict. She is a singer/songwriter, always with a creative project. Her style is infused with humor, creativity & play, incorporating elements of visual art, movement, improv and storytelling. She wishes to facilitate change that is sustainable, aligned with justice and in service to emotional, social and spiritual healing. She seeks to create spaces that support deeper levels of connection and mutual understanding.

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eveline chang
(she/they)

Restorative Practices Trainer

eveline chang, msw, (she/they) is honored to serve as a SEEDS Restorative Practices Trainer with over 25 years of experience designing and facilitating community- and campus-based programs rooted in social justice, popular education, community organizing, anti-oppressive practice and community wellness. eveline’s facilitation approach integrates restorative and transformative practices, cultural humility, emergent strategy, mindfulness, belonging and collective liberation.

 

In addition to working with SEEDS, eveline is a full-time Lecturer with UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, teaching graduate courses in multilevel social work practice and foundations, anti-oppressive social work, community organizing, and grief, loss and bereavement. They also serve as a facilitation consultant with the Posse Foundation, a national educational equity organization.

Previous roles include Manager of Program Development and In-Home Support at Women’s Cancer Resource Center (Oakland/Berkeley); Director of Youth Programs at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California; hospice and palliative care in the Bay Area, and multicultural youth organizing and empowerment work with several vibrant community justice organizations in Chicago, Detroit and Houston.

eveline earned her MSW at the University of Michigan School of Social Work in interpersonal practice and community organizing, and has integrated these approaches throughout her career. Other formal training lineages include Restorative Justice Training Institute; Cultural Humility Advanced Facilitation; Transforming Trauma, Grief and Loss; Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and Qigong Teacher Certification (American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine).

 

Throughout their practice, eveline recognizes that true social justice must integrate healing justice and structural change, center the leadership and solutions of communities directly impacted and marginalized by systems of oppression, and nourish the collective vision that “another world is possible.”

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Gail Lillian
(she/her)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Gail is a communication specialist, helping clients reach their potential in interpersonal dynamics, public speaking, and messaging, with over a decade of expertise in conflict resolution. She’s a leadership facilitator for the Stanford Business School’s Interpersonal Dynamics class, and a business consultant for the SBDC. 

 

In addition to her work in communication and leadership through her agency, Intent2Impact Consulting, Gail is also a business strategist and serial entrepreneur. Most notably, she started and ran a successful restaurant, food truck and catering business in Oakland.

 

When she isn’t working, she’s training toward pipe dreams of competing on American Ninja Warrior, designing elaborate cookies, and hiking with her dog George in the beautiful hills of the Bay area.

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Glorivette (Glo) Rodriguez
(they/she)

Glorivette (Glo) Rodriguez (they/them, she/her) is queer, Latinx and a second generation Caribbean American with ancesteral roots from Borikén (known today as Puerto Rico). Glo is currently based on Ohlone Land (known today as Oakland, CA) by way of Munsee Lenape Land (known today as Brooklyn, NY), where they facilitate affinity wellness groups for The Mosaic Collaborative, manage the Organizational Training Program for Pacific Center for Human Growth and is studying to receive a masters degree in Human Rights Education from the University of San Francisco. Glo believes in the power of true dialogue to promote healing, accountability, agency and social change. As a restorative justice practitioner, Glo is focused on cultivating cultures of care, respect, critical questioning and participation that are anchored in human dignity, worth, and healing-centered approaches. 

Restorative Justice Practitioner

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Kimi Mojica
(they/she)

Facilitator/Trainer

Kimi Mojica joined SEEDS in 2017 as an affiliate trainer, facilitator and mediator and has been helping individuals and organizations initiate positive change. They hold a Masters degree in Conflict Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon School of Law. Guided by a love of experiential learning, has worked in the fields of higher education and philanthropy for over 15 years with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, communication, leadership and team development. As a dedicated practitioner of Vipassana meditation since 2003, her pedagogy is firmly grounded in Buddhist principles of compassion, mindfulness and liberation. Kimi’s work in the field of peace studies extends to incorporating restorative justice/circle practices with dharma practitioners at the East Bay Meditation Center, in addition to teaching self-defense as a radical embodiment practice at Hand to Hand Kajukenbo and Self Defense Center, both in Oakland, CA.

 

Kimi currently serves as the Director of Programs at the International House at UC Berkeley and has been invited to speak, train and facilitate nationally at Wisdom 2.0, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation among others.

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Dr. Komoia Johnson
(she/they)

Restorative Practices

Trainer

Dr. Komoia Johnson is an experienced practitioner, trainer, coach, and curriculum designer in restorative justice (RJ) and conflict resolution practices in the Bay Area since 2002. Her training audience includes TK-12th grade school staff, students, and families, higher education professors, and community-based organizations as well as students in teacher and mental health professional undergraduate and graduate school training programs. In addition to her consultancy practice, Dr. Johnson is currently the Co-Program Director for Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and a trainer for SEEDS. Her work incorporates supporting schools, communities, and organizations with system-wide RJ implementation, training, and coaching. She has worked in and with many primary and secondary school communities and community-based organizations, throughout the Bay Area, for over 25 years. As she continues to work in service of young people and adults, Dr. Johnson is consistently strengthening her skill set by partnering with various communities to cultivate healthy positive relationships, which is a significant and vital component to all that she does.

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Latriece Love-Goodlett
(she/her)

Facilitator/Trainer

Latriece Love-Goodlett is the former Community Programs Manager at SEEDS, and she has now transitioned into a new role as a trainer. She is excited to work for an organization that is deeply committed to cultivating community, relationships, and nurturing the transformative ability brought about by sitting with, reflecting on, and working through conflict and difficult conversations, including the stories we tell ourselves and share with others. She feels deeply moved by the empowerment that comes from participating in the work of holding space, acknowledging our humanity, and meeting people where they are to transform their lives. She believes that what we do each day matters and the prospect of working for SEEDS is an opportunity she relishes. It is an opportunity each day to practice Kuumba, with the hope of leaving the community in a more beautiful and beneficial condition than that in which we inherited it.

Latriece holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University from the Hutchins Program. She enjoys being of service and encouraging people to be their authentic and whole selves as well as speaking their truths. She has several years of work experience in the private sector, local and federal governments, and non-profits. In her spare time, Latriece likes to sing and perform live music and spoken word and spend time with her loving family. She aspires every day to be the best version of herself so that she can make her ancestors, family and herself proud. Latriece believes doing so acknowledges and ensures that the collective sacrifices, endurance, trials, good deeds, and triumphs are not in vain.

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Nupur Behera is an educator, healer, and artist based in the Bay Area. She approaches her work with a social justice lens, and weaves art and traditional holistic healing modalities from her culture into her practice. Nupur has a background in community organizing and has worked with youth of color and families for over a decade, her focus being to cultivate tools of healing and critical analysis through community, connection, storytelling, dialog, and art.

Nupur Behera
(she/they)

Restorative Practices

Trainer

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Phoebe Smith
(she/her)

Phoebe Smith is a veteran teacher of 18 years K-8 and a facilitator of special curricula related to health education, mental health wellness, community building, mediation, restorative practices for individuals and large groups. Phoebe is also a certified mediator through Community Boards San Francisco and the SEEDS Organization of Berkeley. She is the lead Restorative Practices Specialist for Novato Unified School District and Organizational Development process facilitator and consultant. Phoebe has earned a Masters in Public Health, Community Organization and a Masters in Education, Curriculum Development. She specializes in implementing and integrating the Restorative Practices model in schools and agencies, as well as guiding staff, students, organizations and families through the restorative practices healing and community building process.

Conflict Transformation Practitioner and Trainer

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Rashmi Guttal
(she/they)

Rashmi (she/they) is a School Services Practioner at SEEDS, providing restorative justice practices to administrators, teaching staff, and parents/guardians. She has a deep passion for mediation, conflict resolution, and restorative/transformative justice practices. Stemming from her South Asian, Hindu, and Buddhist roots, Rashmi also provides meditation, somatic, and asana (physical form of yoga) practices in community settings, particularly Queer, BIPOC, and differently-abled communities. She loves integrating all parts of her work and passions together.

 

In her free time she enjoys traveling, creating ceramics, hiking, and being around her beloved community. 

School Services and Organizational Effectiveness 

Practitioner

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Robin Pomerenke
(they/them)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner and Trainer

Robin, a law grad turned professional faerie (children's entertainer), is passionate about growing our capacities for communication involving play and creativity. Growing up in a codependent household, they took on mediation roles early on in their personal life. It wasn't until taking a negotiations class in law school that they began to explore conflict resolution with intention.

 

Through the UC Hastings Mediation Clinic, they explored mediation in a legal context, spending every week mediating in small claims court. After law school they continued to pursue mediation by working in a program to help curb evictions through housing mediation called Conflict Intervention Service within the SF Bar Association. Throughout all of these experiences, they have continued to show up in extravagant outfits, prioritizing their love of fashion, play and expression in all they do. They are an activist, event organizer, and member of the queer community. Through a focus on feelings and building emotional intelligence, they try to embody the concept of softness as power.  

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Sarah Dobson grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland and has been a violence prevention educator and conflict transformation practitioner in the US, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. She earned her M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN mandated University for Peace and has a particular passion for preventing gender based violence and restorative responses to identity-based harm. Previously the Mediation Case Supervisor at SEEDS, she currently works as a Restorative Justice Coordinator at Berkeley High. She loves petting dogs, playing ultimate frisbee, and walking slowly in thick forests.

Sarah Dobson
(she/her)

Faciliator/Trainer

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Sauda Garrett
(she/her)

Restorative Practices Trainer

Sauda Garrett is an intuitive empath and transformational coach. She brings clarity where things are murky and seeks ways for brightening and maintaining one’s own light. She has lived on both coasts, in the Southwest, Southeast, and Western Massachusetts, and found lasting community in all places. She is a writer, mother of two, trained as a midwife in the border town of El Paso, Texas, and is a former teacher of students being held in juvenile detention. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from Mills College, Oakland, California.

 

Her career has been spent working in populations experiencing the most need, and the most challenges. She was raised with the understanding that the gifts we are given are to be shared, and that serving one’s community is a revolutionary act of love. The practice of Restorative Justice relies on valuing the circle and what it offers every member of the community.  By practicing Restorative Justice in this way, she is honoring her parents, family and ancestors all the way back to Africa. She believes that knowing who you are is the key to understanding those around you, especially those who differ. Sauda loves to sing when there is no one else around, she loves to cook as a form of meditation and she has many stories to tell.

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Suzanne Pegas
(she/they)

Suzanne is an educator, restorative justice practitioner, mediator, activist, and naturalist, with a deep commitment to attending to human and natural ecosystems. She has 25 years of experience creating experiential learning opportunities for youth and adults. As well, Suzanne has decades of experience facilitating group efforts toward consensus while holding diverging interests. As a queer woman of Greek, Mexican, English, and German ancestry, Suzanne remains engaged in exploring the complexities, privileges, and liabilities of embodying Mexican ancestry and white skin privilege. Suzanne’s work is informed by the UNtraining, Vipassana meditation, 12-step process, activism around homelessness, police brutality, and environmental justice. Most recently she worked as a restorative justice facilitator for Oakland Unified Schools. She loves singing and being on her bicycle.

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

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Tim Harlan-Marks
(they/them)

Organizational Effectiveness

Practitioner

Tim (they/them) is a facilitator, trainer, organizer, and mediator. They have spent the last 15+ years working in environmental and social justice nonprofits, with a particular focus on working with white folks to confront racism and men to confront sexism. Tim brings a multidisciplinary approach, drawing from their study of Transformative Justice, conflict mediation, coaching, Mindful Facilitation, Processwork, Kingian Nonviolence and experiential education. What’s more is they love to sing harmonies, cry in movie theaters, and dance in front of the bathroom mirror. 

 

About their work, Tim says:

 

“I believe in the capacity of organizations, communities, and teams to confront the complex challenges of our era and chart a new course together. I know how daunting this can feel as we face mounting, overlapping crises. And yet I believe we must. What we face today demands the sort of wisdom and innovation that's available only in our collective genius. The sort that emerges from engaging the diversity of our experiences, histories and perspectives. This is the work I do. Facilitating the conditions to say what needs to be said, listen to what needs to be heard, find one another across our differences and illuminate the path ahead.”

 

Tim is the principal at Crossing the Flood (www.crossingtheflood.com) and an equity trainer/consultant with Partners for Collaborative Change (www.collabchange.org). 

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Tuquan Harrison
(he/they)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Tuquan Harrison (he/they) is a Conflict Transformation Practitioner at SEEDS. Tuquan leads their facilitation, consulting, and coaching work through a racial equity and anti-oppression lens, with experience supporting government entities, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations operationalizing Equity and Inclusion to promote sustainable work environments for all. Tuquan has a strong track record of success in strategy development, program design, implementation, and grant making efforts focused on improving social and economic justice outcomes for low-income communities and communities of color in the Bay Area.

 

Tuquan is the Principal Consultant for their firm, Intersectional Futures For All, providing services that include: curriculum design, diversity training, coaching, organization strategic planning, grant writing, and advising early-stage nonprofits with capacity building and technical assistance. 

 

As a Black Non-binary person, Tuquan seeks to transform ecosystems through reparative justice practices that seek to heal at the individual, organizational, and community levels – creating a future accessible to all.

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Yvette Durazo
(she/her)

Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Yvette Durazo, MA, ACC is the principal consultant of Unitive Consulting, a workplace effectiveness, strategic conflict management, and leadership development firm.  Mr. Durazo brings innovative techniques to promote a positive workplace culture in organizations to encourage trust, productive human capital engagement, and inclusion. Clients benefit from her wealth of knowledge and professional experience in the art of building a trusting workplace relationship. Some of her services included, training, mediating conflicts in the workplace, anti-bullying prevention, settlement negotiations, developing dispute system design, and bringing unique strategies to address the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workplace.  

 

She is passionate about optimizing professionals and teams to engage in constructive problem-solving communication toward instilling respect, civility, and collaboration. She believes that human conflict is one of the most important things organizations must learn to work with and harness to overcome any derailing of employees’ performance and engagement. Her methodologies are like a vitamin that is the breath of life to the immunity of organizations. 

 

Presently, Yvette is an instructor for the Human Resource Management Certification program at the University of California, Santa Clara Extension Silicon Valley. She also teaches for Portland State University Mediation Skill courses for undergraduate students.  She holds an ACC coaching credential from the International Coach Federation, a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and Peacebuilding from California State University Dominguez Hills, and an undergraduate degree in International Business from San Diego State University. She is certified in H.R. Management, mediator, restorative justice facilitator, project management and non-violence communication specialist. She is a former Core Adjunct Professor at National University, where she taught courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, and Communication for over six years. She is also the former ADR Program Administrator for the Superior Court of California, Alameda County.  Yvette is fully bilingual in Spanish and has expertise with cultural diversity and inclusion.