IIRP Graduate School
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Tom Simek with students

Faculty, Lecturers, Administration & Board of Trustees

Faculty

Craig Adamson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Craig Adamson is the IIRP's Director of Graduate Studies and oversees its model programs at Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont). These include day treatment/alternative education, in-home and community-based counseling, foster care and conferencing programs for at-risk youth and their families in eastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Adamson’s dedication to introducing restorative programming in community-based settings, empowering families, keeping youth connected to their families and providing quality restorative services to families and youth is central to his work at CSF Buxmont. He has been with the organization in counseling and administrative positions since 1995. His interests include the influences of restorative practices in justice, education, counseling and adult learning. Craig is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He earned a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in 2012.

John Bailie, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. John Bailie directs the IIRP Continuing Education programs in the U.S. and abroad. With the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program, he has brought restorative practices to hundreds of schools, including those in at-risk areas of New York City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. John is a frequent presenter at international conferences and events and appears in several documentaries on restorative practices. His professional development work also includes that with juvenile probation and children and youth agencies, as well as faith communities. John is an experienced restorative conference facilitator in adult and juvenile cases, including those involving felony-level offenses. John spent many years as a counselor for troubled and at-risk youth at a Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) day treatment/alternative school operating entirely according to restorative practices (an IIRP model program). Having done graduate-level work in theological studies, John is well versed in the connection between restorative practices and faith. John received a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Education from Lesley University in 2012.

Mary Jo Hebling, M.S.

Lecturer

Mary Jo Hebling is an instructor for the IIRP Continuing Education Division. She has brought restorative practices instruction and consultation to a variety of educational settings in the United States, including those in Detroit, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Mary Jo spent more than two decades serving youth and families with the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy Foster Care Program. As a caseworker and counselor, she provided family reunification support. She also trained foster parents and counselors who provided restorative services to families from across Pennsylvania. Mary Jo received the Master of Science in Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2012.

Zeau Modig, M.L.S.

Librarian

Zeau Modig has been involved with public service librarianship for almost 30 years, with experience in special and public libraries. She has worked in sci-tech publishing, during which she worked with and trained medical librarians, academics and scientific researchers throughout North America in methods on searching online databases for clinical and regulatory support. She holds a B.A. in Historical Studies and an M.L.S. from the Rutgers University School of Communication, Information and Library Services.

 

Carolyn Olivett, M.Ed.

Professor Emerita

Carolyn Olivett, a founding IIRP faculty member, has 25 years of experience working with schools, universities and agencies in the fields of counseling and education. She taught graduate courses in facilitating restorative conferences and implementing restorative practices at Eastern Mennonite University's Master of Arts in Education Program, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Undergraduate teaching includes courses at Elizabethtown College, in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. She has provided professional postsecondary training through the National Conflict Transformation Institute, Manchester College, in North Manchester, Indiana. Early in her career, Carolyn was the coordinator of a Community Service Foundation/Buxmont Academy school in Trevose, Pennsylvania.

Frida Rundell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Frida Rundell, a founding IIRP faculty member, has 40 years of experience as a teacher, special needs teacher, educational psychologist, marital and family therapist and community outreach coordinator. Coming from South Africa, Frida brings a cross-cultural perspective to restorative processes and practices. During the transformation process in South Africa, Frida initiated and developed an undergraduate program for child and youth care professionals. Postgraduate teaching experience includes work in the field of restorative psychology and education with paramedics, radiographers, nurses, chiropractors, homeopaths, teachers, counselors and psychologists. She is committed to transforming social science thinking to engage with restorative practices and processes.

Tom Simek, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Tom Simek, a founding IIRP faculty member, received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in special education and a C.A.S. in administration and supervision from the State University College at Buffalo, New York. He earned his Ed.D. from Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tom was a learning and adjustment teacher and then a principal of a residential treatment center school for severely emotionally disturbed boys in Buffalo. He came to Pennsylvania as a supervisor of special education for the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. Tom helped establish the special education program at Community Service Foundation/Buxmont Academy and continues as supervisor of special education. Through the IIRP, Tom wishes to disseminate the numerous positive benefits of restorative practices.

Elizabeth Smull, M.R.P.Y.C.

Lecturer

Elizabeth Smull coordinates the Supervision Program at Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont), where she oversees counselors who provide individual, family and group counseling for at-risk youth. She also supervises the conferencing program at CSF Buxmont, which includes family group decision making and restorative conferencing. Elizabeth works as a therapist for the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc., where she runs an outpatient group for adults involved in the criminal justice system. Elizabeth coauthored the book, Family Power: Engaging and Collaborating with Families. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and received her Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008.

Adjunct Faculty

Mark Amendola, L.C.S.W.

Lecturer

Mark Amendola is executive director of Perseus House, Inc., an organization that serves youth and families through evidence-based programming designed to promote pro-social behavior and healthy lifestyles. With Perseus House since 1994, he has engaged in efforts to help Erie, Pennsylvania, area families discover new ways to meet the critical needs that challenge them in an ever-changing environment. Perseus House resident and community-based programming includes Aggression Replacement Training®, Life Space Crisis Intervention, certified Trauma Informed Care and the Sanctuary® Model. Mark is also a founding member of the Perseus House Charter School of Excellence, a Master Trainer for Aggression Replacement Training® and an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Mercyhurst University.

Robert Oliver, Ed.D.

Lecturer

Dr. Robert Oliver is chief educational officer of the Perseus House Charter School of Excellence, which provides educational services to over 650 middle and high school students across the Erie, Pennsylvania, area. Previously, he was assistant superintendent of the School District of the City of Erie, and director of student assistance programs and dean of Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. Bob has provided foster care for adolescents who were either adjudicated delinquent or dependent with a wide range of problems, and parented 38 adolescents. He is a Master Trainer for Aggression Replacement Training®. Bob has also served as an adjunct professor of education at Gannon and Edinboro universities.

Nicola Preston, M.A.

Lecturer

Currently research consultant for IIRP Europe (formerly IIRP UK and Ireland), Nicola has been involved in restorative practices in the UK since 1996. She was a founding member of the Restorative Justice Consultancy with Thames Valley Police, where she served as a police officer for 14 years. For 10 years, she was assistant director with IIRP UK and Ireland, doing restorative practices training, facilitation and research. More recently, she has been a primary school teacher and special educational needs coordinator in an area of high deprivation. Nicola has a B.A. (Honors) in Psychology from Reading University, an M.A. in Restorative Practices and Relationships from Chester University’s Integrative Studies Programme and an M.A. in Education from Northampton University, looking at the role of restorative practices in engagement in learning for boys with special educational needs. The latter work earned her a national award in special educational needs coordination.

Alia Sheety, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Alia Sheety arrived from Israel with 15 years of experience teaching pupils of all ages, including being a principal of a high school for eight years. She taught educational psychology in higher education and conducted evaluation reports for various projects. Alia believes that through education we can build a better world. That’s why she took part in several coexistence projects involving both Arab and Jewish Israelis and was part of the “Israel-Palestine Peace Partners” grant, supported by the U.S. State Department, in which Palestinians, Israeli-Jewish and Israeli-Arab school counselors were trained in the use of mediation and conflict resolution by a team from Fairfax County, Virginia. Alia hopes to be able to contribute to the development of the theoretical field of restorative practices and to promote a range of educational and social aspects that will contribute to a peaceful world.

Carol A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Carol A. Thomas earned a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she also received a master's degree in school counseling. Carol completed her undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in natural science. She is a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania and a nationally certified counselor. Carol has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents on concerns related to anxiety, anger management, drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, mental health disorders and family disruptions. Carol has taught graduate courses in school counseling at Duquesne University since 2003. She is an active member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counseling Association and the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association.

Pam Thompson, M.R.P.Y.C.

Lecturer

Pam Thompson is a supervisor with the IIRP’s model programs, Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont). Pam started with CSF Buxmont as a school counselor and served as coordinator of a CSF Buxmont school. She was also a houseparent at a CSF foster care home for three years. Pam became assistant director of CSF Buxmont’s day treatment/alternative education program, providing supervision to all its schools. She contributes a great deal to the supportive, restorative culture that exists in these schools, which promote improved student behavior and encourage an increased focus on academics. Pam utilizes her skills and her well-honed restorative instincts to ensure the use of the restorative approach in academic, therapeutic and supervisory setting. Pam is a Certified Addictions Counselor and received a Master of Restorative Practice and Youth Counseling from the IIRP in 2008.

Samantha H. White, M.R.P.E.

Lecturer

Samantha H. White is a digital arts teacher and counselor at a Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) school. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher, Sam has been employing restorative practices in her work with troubled and at-risk adolescents for over 10 years. She is experienced in facilitating restorative conferences and has provided training and support in restorative practices, both individually and through the IIRP, sharing her experiences and knowledge with people from all over the world. She earned her Master in Restorative Practices and Education at the IIRP in 2008.

Administration

Ted Wachtel

President

Patrick McDonough, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Judy Happ, M.S., M.R.P.E.

Vice President for Administration

Linda Kligman

Vice President for Advancement

Board of Trustees

William Ballantine

Chair
Board member since 2012
Retired Human Resources Manager
Pipersville, Pennsylvania, USA

Gregor Rae

Vice Chair
Board member since 2013
Chairman & CEO, BusinessLab
Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Muriel Berkeley, Ph.D.

Trustee
Board member since 2008
President, Baltimore Curriculum Project
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Zvi Gabbay, Esq., J.S.D.

Trustee
Board member since 2008
Partner, Adini, Berger & Gabbay, Advocates
Ramat-Gan, Israel

Henry L. McClendon, Jr.

Trustee
Board member since 2012
Pastor, Berean Chapel of Detroit
Detroit, Michigan, USA

Vidia Negrea

Trustee
Board member since 2014
Director, Community Service Foundation of Hungary
Budapest, Hungary

Stacey Miller, Ed.D.

Trustee
Board member since 2014
Director of Residential Life, University of Vermont

Robert van Pagée

Trustee
Board member since 2012
Founder, Eigen Kracht Centrale, Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ted Wachtel

Trustee
Board member since 2000
President & Founder, International Institute for Restorative Practices
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Honorary Trustee

John Braithwaite, Ph.D.

Professor, Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University

Dr. John Braithwaite is a renowned criminologist and leader in the restorative justice movement. He has been the recipient of many honors, including the 2006 Stockholm Prize in Criminology, and has authored several influential books, including Crime, Shame and Reintegration (1989) and Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation (2002).