SheReigns Borntrue | Restorative DC Fellow

SheReigns Borntrue, a lifelong resident of Washington, DC, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Bowie State University, an HBCU in Bowie, Maryland. SheReigns has served as a facilitator with the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice, and was the American Delegation Leader for the “Seeds Of Peace” International Youth Summer Camp in the summer of 2015, where she completed the Conflict Transformation program. As a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and percussionist, SheReigns has performed with legendary Washington, DC musical acts such as Maiesha and the Hip Huggers featuring EU, Lavender Rain and 2000 Black, as well as “Up With People”, a cultural exchange program whose mission is to bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through music, service and the arts.  SheReigns has termed herself a culture creative who, through the gift of public speaking, music, drum, spoken word and poetry intends to improve the quality of life in her community.


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 American 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 is the Restorative Justice Specialist for Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk that focuses on alternative disciplinary practices to help youth be active and accountable members of their communities. Ms. Mora collaborates with school staff to develop and implement restorative justice action plans. In addition, Ms. Mora is continually working on youth and family engagement activities and devotes her time to coaching and training students and staff on restorative justice practices.

Previously, Ms. Mora worked for Arlington Public Schools in the School and Community Relations Department assisting to provide information about the school system to a diverse community of parents and citizens. Ms. Mora also assisted students with disabilities at the primary school level as a special education assistant. She was also a key member of the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, as part of the Business Development and Marketing Department, creating marketing campaigns, supervising in-school branches, and coordinating events for the community.

Ms. Mora graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology, Law, and Society with a double minor in Conflict Analysis Resolution and Intelligence Analysis in May 2016 from George Mason University. She is currently attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to pursue a Master of Public Policy in Education.


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).