SEEDS employs a highly-skilled team of full-time and part-time conflict transformation professionals.
Read more about our staff below and on our practitioner page!
AddieRose Mayer is the Executive Director of SEEDS. She is a dynamic, process-driven, strategic leader with a commitment to increasing social impact in the public, private and non-profit sectors. AddieRose had more than 15 years experience leading and facilitating teams to have brave communication across differences. As a practiced strategic thinker, AddieRose supports individuals, communities and institutions as they lean into discomfort to solve challenging social issues. As a leader and practitioner, AddieRose draws on principles of adult learning, leadership development, human-centered design, and social change. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Health.
An East Coaster in humor and a West Coaster in style, AddieRose lived in New England until moving to the Bay Area in 2010. AddieRose has a passion for cooking and sharing food, spending time in the woods, and connecting with others. AddieRose is proud to be a community leader of the purpose driven community: Thrive East Bay.
Elyce Berrigan (she/her) is the interim Communications Coordinator for SEEDS. Since 2014, she has worked in non-profit communications, supporting organizations that are striving to make positive, lasting changes in the Bay Area. As a professional writer and editor, Elyce brings a strong knowledge of the written word and its power to inspire understanding, compassion, and empathy.
She is a graduate of Cal Poly Humboldt, where she earned a Major in English Literature and a Minor in Journalism. When she’s not writing or designing digital media, she can be found playing with her pug, solving BBC mysteries, or drinking coffee on outdoor patios.
Jazmyne Robinson is the Director of Operations and Finance at SEEDS. She has over 15 years of Human Resources and Operations experience in the corporate world. However, her heart led her to the world of Nonprofits where she finally found the balance between her heart and the passion for her work. Jazmyne is a natural problem solver and a process enthusiast. She believes that leadership starts with listening and communicating, and she carries this into her personal life as well. Jazmyne is also a firm believer in managing expectations for those around her and the ones others may have for her, in her world Accountability is key and keeps you grounded.
Jazmyne was born in Oakland, California and is the eldest of 7 amazing siblings. In her free time, you will find her with her family, watching movies and laughing until she can’t breathe and when she needs to reset, you can find her in the kitchen cooking with her soft jazz playing in the background.
Kate Myers, an experienced and strategic leader with deep experience in non-profit organizations, is SEEDS Acting Chief of Staff.
Most of Kate’s career has been spent in the media and journalism space. Most recently, she has served as interim CEO at The Markup and the Center for Public Integrity, two storied investigative journalism organizations. Prior to that she was the Executive Director for First Look Institute, home of the documentary studio Field of Vision and the investigative news outlet The Intercept. She also spent 8 years in various roles at National Public Radio.
Additionally, Kate is an independent consultant, coach and advisor for leaders, teams and local news organizations, supporting them through business and cultural transformation.
Kate has an MBA from the University of Virginia, but is more proud of her hard-earned undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She has lived in or around Washington, DC for more than 20 years with her civil servant partner and 12 year old son, and she’s a cat person.
Senior Practitioner - Conflict Transformation for Movement Spaces
karina (they/them) is a mediator, healer, transformative justice (TJ) practitioner, and digital organizer that takes a collaborative, collectivist approach to movement, accountability, and education work. After graduating from Vassar College with concentrations in Africana Studies, Political Science, and Francophone Studies, they joined the Spring Up collective doing TJ work, which introduced them to Restorative Justice and the SEEDS family.
karina is a facilitator and coach with Spring Up, a coach and organizer with the Newburgh LGBTQ Center, and an advocate for Disabled, mad, and mentally ill students with Project LETS in addition to their capacity as Interim School Services Coordinator. They love tending to their plants, creating spaces that center joy and laughter, and believe that building intentional, accountable relationships and communities rooted in care and consent can transform our worlds.
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Senior School Services Practioner
Kelen Laine (she/her or they/them) has been exploring the healing of interdependence, with a focus on conflict transformation, trauma healing, and complex living systems, for the last 14 years. As a facilitator, trainer, coach, mediator, and companion, she is honored to support others to heal and evolve our relationships and the webs they exist within. She brings deep ecology, intergenerational somatic healing, harm repair, communication skills, grief work, and candid explorations of emotions, accountability, shame, consent, and soul to groups reaching for generative relationships and more holistic belonging.
Kelen is a graduate of Duke University. Her experience is extensively multi-cultural and includes restorative justice, public education, crisis response, de-escalation, conflict resolution, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, youth care, human resources, and consulting. She has also worked as an organic veggie farmer, in the Alaska salmon industry, and in ecological regeneration.
She deeply values integrity, friendship, bodies, music, genuine soulful presence, houseplants, great lighting, the rawness of winter ocean storms, the subtleties in peoples' faces, exploring the world by bike, dancing from the inside out, and whatever liberates the inner creature in each of us.
Maaika Marshall is a proud Bay Area born and raised, an Alumni of Cal State East Bay with a major in Communications.
Maaika has worked in service of her community for almost 10 years, dedicated to providing resources and support to youth ages 13-21. Specifically, youth who were entering or exiting the Juvenile Justice system. As the Youth Justice Program Coordinator Maaika created the first pre-adjudication program available to West Contra Costa County School District students. She supported youth as they navigated the system and provided diversion-based programming to reduce the engagement and recidivism of West Contra Costa County youth.
Maaika has also provided mentorship for young women in partnership with the California Endowment and Sisterhood Rising to create and facilitate workshops, group discussions and retreats for young women across California to come together and collectively navigate identity and relationships.
Maaika brings a unique approach to the Program Coordinator role with proficiency in workshop and training development and a strong sense of organizational and program management to this supportive role at SEEDS.
Maaika is an aspiring food blogger and loves cooking just about anything. She also enjoys live music, show or open mic!
Interim Organizational Effectiveness Services Manager
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. She loves petting dogs, playing ultimate frisbee, and walking slowly in thick forests.
Sherry Congrave Wilson is the Director of School Services at SEEDS. Her main role is to support schools and youth serving organizations to be restorative in service of students, their families and their communities.
She started her career as a high school Social Studies teacher in San Diego and San Lorenzo, California. She then shifted her focus to nonprofit management while earning a Masters in Educational Equity and Social Justice at San Francisco State University. She eventually continued her graduate studies and earned a doctorate in Educational Equity and an administrative credential at Mills College. She has conducted domestic and global educational research in the U.S., China, Japan and Cameroon highlighting issues around equity, racial identity development and arts based education.
In her free time, Sherry enjoys collecting books, cooking, camping, art, traveling, roller skating and going on urban hikes.
Talia Monet Sharpp (pronouns: they/them and she/her) is a community educator. They graduated from Hampton University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and completed post-baccalaureate studies in African and African American Studies and Politics at Princeton University. Before joining SEEDS, she served as a Program Coordinator for the LGBTQIA Resource Center at the University of California Davis. Talia’s vocation is creating critical loving, communal spaces of support, agitation, and mitigation of harm for people within their community through collective based leadership.
As a black queer and nonbinary person, Talia is passionate about supporting communities through the development of programming sensitive to the needs of our community with an aim to dismantle systems of oppression. Talia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in crisis management, facilitation and training to their work as Community Programs Manager at SEEDS. In their free time, Talia enjoys cooking soul food, swimming, and dancing to afrobeats.
Interim Case Supervisor
Toby Briggs (she/her) is a facilitator, mediator, and educator. She seeks to create containers that allow people to catalyze their potential to resolve conflicts that have outsized benefits for their communities. She recently moved back to California from Wyoming.
Toby is formally trained as an interpreter of the natural environment working as an outdoor educator, researcher, and program manager in Yosemite National Park, the Boundary Water Canoe Area, Everglades, and Big Cypress National Preserve. She more recently worked to protect California rivers engaging volunteers in rafting, canoeing, and advocacy training programs and facilitating stakeholders to build water resilience into 2050.
Toby trained as a mediator with SEEDS in 2017. Since then she has grown her skills as a mediator and is excited to support SEEDS and its volunteers in this interim position.