Antonio Carter   |  Restorative Program Specialist

Antonio Carter joined the SchoolTalk team following his work in the District of Columbia Public School System (DCPS), at the Cardozo Education Campus. Antonio began his work at Cardozo as a City Year Washington DC corps member providing attendance, behavioral, and academic support to a cohort of 120 ninth grade students. After completing City Year, he was hired by Cardozo Education Campus as a Dean of Students. Antonio spent three years in this role, during which he served as Cardozo’s Bully Prevention Liaison and as a member of the school’s Restorative Practice implementation team. In addition to his professional roles, he served as Assistant Coach for the girl’s Flag Football team. Antonio has a passion for working with young people, helping them overcome obstacles, and empowering them to reach their fullest potential. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.


Jane Connor   |  School Support Team

Jane Connor has studied and practiced a variety of forms of Restorative Practices including significant course work with the International School of Restorative Practices in PA, Circle Processes with Kay Pranis, and communication with Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of Nonviolent Communication.   More recently she has been Coordinator of Restorative Practices at High Point High School in Prince Georges County for three years where the suspension rate decreased 90% during her tenure there. She has enjoyed sharing Restorative Practices including Nonviolent Communication on five continents, with a particular interest in Central America and has a “high-intermediate” level of fluency in Spanish.


Ivy Hylton, LICSW  |  School Support Team

Ivy Hylton is an international Inspirational Speaker, Certified Restorative Justice Trainer, Professional Development Specialist and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. On the cutting edge of a new paradigm for psychological, physiological and emotional healing, with a break through concept with Sound Vibronics™ healing, teaching, and inspiring personal transformation and peace with sound and vibration. Ivy’s company, Youth and Families in Crisis, LLC, is the Lead Contractor for the Balanced and Restorative Justice Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform in the District of Columbia for Superior Court Social Services Division and the Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services. Ivy is also a team member of Restorative DC, providing training, consulting and restorative coaching to teachers and youth in the DC Public School system.


Tarek Maassarni  |  Technical Lead

Tarek Maassarani has worked for over a decade with DC and charter schools on peace education, teacher training and mentoring, youth leadership, and school garden projects. In 2011, Tarek was the Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Latin America Youth Center where he worked to integrate restorative practices into DC schools and the juvenile justice system. In 2012, he helped established the Prince Georges County Community Conferencing Program, a Maryland judiciary-funded program that receives referrals from county schools and the juvenile justice system. Tarek is an adjunct professor of conflict resolution at the American University and regularly offers training and presentations on restorative justice to non-profit organizations, schools, parents, and police. Tarek is also the founding coordinator for the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices (DCARP) and a member of the Every Student Every Day Coalition Steering Committee.


Melina Mora  Restorative Justice Specialist

Melina Mora joined SchoolTalk following her work in the Arlington Public Schools as a school liaison to a diverse community of parents and citizens, and as a special education assistant at the primary level. In her role at Restorative DC, Melina collaborates with school staff to develop and implement restorative school implementation plans, specializing in youth and family engagement activities and the intersection of special education and restorative practices. She has worked closely under experts in the field of restorative justice since May 2015, receiving one-on-one coaching and over two hundred hours of training in responsive circles, proactive circles, and restorative communication. Melina graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law, and Society and a double minor in Conflict Analysis Resolution and Intelligence Analysis from George Mason University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy in Education through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Em Morrison   Restorative Program Specialist

Em Morrison joined the SchoolTalk team following her work with many DC-area youth-serving organizations leading programming and developing curriculum as well as doing hands-on youth engagement, including: City Kids Wilderness Project, One Common Unity, iBme, GirlsRock! DC, Minds Inc, BrainFood, Girls on the Run, DC Reads, and SMYAL. Em brings an anti-oppression lens to all of her work. She loves nothing more than creating safe, fun, and healthy spaces for teens to flourish. She has taught mindfulness using circle processes at in-school and afterschool programs, summer camps, and on young adult and teen retreats. Em has worked with restorative practices since December 2014 and is trained in proactive and responsive circle processes, nonviolent communication (NVC), and mindfulness facilitation. She works at the intersection of special needs and restorative processes. She graduated from George Washington University in 2009 with a degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Dwanna Nicole  |  School Support Team

Dwanna Nicole has developed toolkits for educators to provide an overview of restorative practices and how they can be useful in building relationships with students and improving school climate. She is also the Senior Policy Advocate for Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track, where she coordinates work with national partners, including teachers’ unions, law enforcement, school officials, and policymakers on broad school discipline issues. Prior to joining Advancement Project, she served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Young Women’s Project, where she worked with local elected officials and government agencies to design and implement youth led campaigns, including those focused on health, education, and child welfare.


Mali Parke |  School Support Team

Mali Parke is a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coaching Federation, with a specific focus on individual and collective empowerment, leadership skills and restorative relating. In the field of Restorative Justice, Mali Parke has studied with and supported families, educators, and groups and communities with the approaches of Dominic Barter (Restorative Circles), Kay Pranis (Peacemaking Circles, advanced training certificate) and the International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP). Mali holds over 150h of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training and leadership training and is an active facilitator with Capital NVC ( Mali is also pending certification for Positive Discipline in the Classroom, which she embeds in her trainings since 2012. Mali has offered customized training, coaching and facilitated groups and community circles (community building or restorative) in the DC area for parents, individuals, educator groups and large communities such as the regional NVC summer camp (all ages).


Leila Peterson  |  Project Coordinator

Leila Peterson has provided conflict resolution, change management, and leadership development services to both governmental and private clients for more than eleven years. Her practice focuses on public and community conflict, specializing in processes that allow government, private, and community stakeholders to tackle difficult issues together. Leila also teaches as an adjunct professor in the George Mason University Conflict Analysis and Resolution program. Courses taught include Dialogue and Difference (CONF 202) and Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practices (CONF 300).