University of Redlands

Meet the CRC Team

 

Brian Charest

Brian Charest

Assistant Professor, MALT Program Coordinator
School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning
P 909.748.8933
E brian_charest@redlands.edu

 

 

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Joy Clark

Admissions Operations Manager
Admissions
P 909.748.8026
E joy_clark@redlands.edu

I'm Joy Clark, and I believe that anything can be accomplished with proper communication, and an open mind.  I’m excited to be a part of the Restorative Justice team. As the great Maya Angelou said, “When you learn, teach, when you get give.” I am excited to serve the University of Redlands community as an RJ facilitator. 

I am the current president of the Black Student, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, & Administrators Association (BSFSAA).  We are change agents, and I believe that restorative justice is another way to bring that to the University of Redlands.

Paul Gaffney

Paul Gaffney

Program Manager of Education, Community Relations, and Spiritual Care Services
Shaw Chaplaincy Institute
P 415.451.2882
E paul_gaffney@redlands.edu

As a Clinical Pastoral Educator, I believe that everyone has a story worth hearing. I also believe that we are made for community, meant to care for and learn from each other. Our ability to listen with empathy and compassion is our greatest gift to others, a gift that can be learned and grown through the practice of self-reflection. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Anthropology, and after earning my Master of Divinity degree, I was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition to my Christian practice, I am a lay-ordained Zen Buddhist in the Soto lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. To my role as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, I bring my values of inclusion, equanimity, curiosity, and a life-long desire to learn.

Ken Grcich

Ken Grcich

Sr. Associate Dean
Student Affairs
P 909.748.8243
E ken_grcich@redlands.edu

Ken Grcich oversees the Health & Counseling Centers, Student Involvement and Success, and Recreation.  This is his second year serving as Sr. Associate Dean at the UofR.  He lived in Abu Dhabi (in the United Arab Emirates) for 9 years before trekking his way to southern California.  Ken has a Masters in Social Work and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is passionate about serving and supporting our students in various capacities including life coaching, advising several student groups on campus, and as a Restorative Justice facilitator.

Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Office of the President
P 909.748.8289
E christopher_jones@redlands.edu

Ann Blankenship Knox

Annie Blankenship Knox

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator of Education Administration Program
School of Education, Department of Leadership and Higher Education
P 909.748.8932
E ann_blankenshipknox@redlands.edu

Annie Blankenship Knox is the Education Administration Program Coordinator and an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education in the School of Education.  Specifically, her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment issues in K-12 public schools, particularly as they relate to equity in educational systems.  Dr. Knox teaches education law, finance, reflective and ethical leadership, and leadership for diverse populations to Master’s and doctoral students. Prior to her university service, she was a civil defense litigator, representing public schools, other public service agencies, and private companies in liability and employment issues. Dr. Knox received her J.D. from the University of Tennessee and her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Alesha Knox

Alesha Knox

Assistant Director for Campus Visit Experience and Events
Admissions
P 909.748.8165
E alesha_knox@redlands.edu

 

Lisa Lindberg

Head Coach Women's Volleyball
Athletics
P 909.748.8398
E lisa_lindberg@redlands.edu

Hi, I’m Lisa, the Head Volleyball Coach and NCAA Designee for Diversity and Inclusion. I came to the University of Redlands from New York six years ago and I love my roles on campus as Volleyball Coach and working with the Office of Equity and Title IX. I believe that robust systems of justice include support for everyone involved and a thorough understanding of the process. I am committed to helping folks feel empowered and to bringing thoughtful advocacy and guidance every step of the way.  

Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi

Kimiya Sohrab Maghzi

Assistant Professor; Coordinator of EDSP Programs
School of Education, department of teaching and Learning
P 909.748.8867
E kimiya_maghzi@redlands.edu

It is my privilege and honor to serve my University of Redlands community. I feel as though the Restorative Justice process offers a non-traditional approach to justice by repairing harm through a cooperative process. I believe in the importance of education and training for all individuals, and therefore my essential core principles that guide my practice as an educator are justice, compassion, and collaboration. Additionally, since I am the child of immigrants who came to this country to escape religious persecution, I have a strong commitment to justice, equity, the promotion of unity, the abandonment of all types of prejudice, and the oneness of humanity. Thus, I have dedicated my studies and my teaching to eliminating oppressive practices and supporting diversity including race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, dis/abilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status. I actualize my commitment to social justice through my teaching. I am committed to empowering students to think critically about their world and examine the positive and negative forces influencing their community and social inequalities within it. I deliberately teach students to move outside of their prior modes of thought through reflective assignments and class discussions. The teaching pedagogies that help me achieve this are by using contemplative and transformative teaching practices as well as positive psychology. My principle research interests include DisCrit (dis/ability studies & critical race theory), families’ and individuals’ perspectives on dis/abilities, and breaking down stereotypes and stigmas pertaining to individuals and learners with dis/abilities.

Erica Moorer

Erica Moorer

Director of Equity & Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equity & Title IX
P 909.748.8916
E erica_moorer@redlands.edu

I believe that you deserve to be treated with respect on your best and worst days. I carry this belief into my work as the Director of Equity and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Redlands. Being a Restorative Justice Facilitator aligns with my philosophies of my work and my core beliefs that healthy communities have healthy processes, resources, and support for addressing and repairing harm/conflict that empowers us to stay in community together. Personally, I think music is essential, spaces that cultivate authentic communication and connection are vital, and laughter is the best medicine. 

 

Cassandra Morton

Cassandra Morton

Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Residence Life and Housing
Student Affairs
P 909.748.8053
E cassandra_morton@redlands.edu

Hello, my name is Cassandra Morton and I am an Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the Director of Residence Life and Housing. Having been a Bulldog graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business, I have had the opportunity to see the University of Redlands through a variety of lens. I see how crucial it is for each of us to understand our impact on others and the healing that comes from being in dialogue with one another. I am drawn to restorative justice practices for the processing of resolutions that takes place through examining the behaviors which have already transpired. Participating in restorative justice enables those who have been harmed to provide insight of their experience and how they were impacted within a learning environment structure that values being forward-thinking through collaboration. I see this process as bringing people together, instead of pushing them apart, to create collective growth. 

Brittany Perisits

Brittany Perisits

Associate Director, Academic Success
Academic Success and Disability Services
P 909.748.8104
E brittany_perisits@redlands.edu

My name is Brittany, and I am passionate about helping students grow not just academically but holistically. I use my background in counseling to help individuals gain a better understanding of who they are and who they want to becomeThe reason I am an RJ Facilitator is because I want all parties involved to have a voice and to experience empathic listening and healing throughout the process. I also want to encourage a culture of belonging and compassion on campus, and I believe this process can help individuals experience real and sustainable personal growth. 

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Jared Rodrigues

Associate Dean of Community Standards and Wellbeing
Student Affairs
P 909.748.8259
E jared_rodrigues@redlands.edu

Hello! Here is a little bit about me: I have lived in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, Germany, China, and now California. I have worked with college students for over 10 years and love helping students to navigate the really difficult “life” stuff that inevitably happens. I teach classes related to student development, educational research, health and wellness, and health education. Personally, I am an avid meditator and spiritual seeker, and have found wisdom in many different traditions, teachers, and paths. I am passionate about health, wellness, truth, art, spiritual nourishment, grace, and laughter, and I find the primary meaning in my life comes from spreading and sharing these things with others

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Maggie Ruopp

Resident Director and Admission Coordinator
Johnston Center for Integrative Studies
P 909.748.8393
E margaret_ruopp@redlands.edu

I graduated from the Johnston Center in 2016 and have worked for Johnston in a variety of roles ever since. My role on campus in its essence is help people and solve problems––academic, financial, emotional, logistical. I'm incredibly dedicated to my students and want to ensure that each of them has as equitable of an educational experience as possible. It’s also important to me that my colleagues receive the support and care that they deserve from each other and the institution. Restorative Justice is something I believe is an essential piece to keeping humanity and accountability at the forefront of the University’s work. 

Erin Sanborn

Erin Sanborn

Director
Student Involvement & Success
P 909.748.8242
E erin_sanborn@redlands.edu

I have been at the UofR sinceMarch 2011, I started in the Office of Community Service Learning (CSL), in the summer of 2017 I moved to the Student Involvement and Success Office (SIS) where my team and I manage and advise Student Government (ASUR), Greek Life, special events, clubs and organizations, and student engagement software. Before working at the UofR I worked for the City of Redlands' Police Department Recreation Bureau focused on community development and crime prevention. I received my Masters of Business Arts at the UofR in 2010 and have pursued continued education in areas related to TIitle IX, equity, parent education, and social justice. I believe in the transformative work of restorative practices by bringing people together to gain understanding, heal harms, and facilitate authentic growth. 

Marco Schindelmann

Marco Schindelmann

Artist Professor, Voice and Opera
School of Music
P 909.748.8693
E marco_schindelmann@redlands.edu

Marco is a social practice artsy-ist. His day job is as Director of the University Opera at the University of Redlands

MOnique Stennis

Monique Stennis

Interim Director of Diversity Initiatives
Campus Diversity and Inclusion
P 909.748.8471
E monique_stennis@redlands.edu

I live to empower those around me. It is my privilege to be at the University of Redlands to serve and support the well-being of all Bulldogs. Presently, I am the interim director of Diversity Initiatives, leveraging my unique background and perspective to provide leadership to the Office of Campus Diversity and Inclusion.

I serve as vice president of the Black Student, Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Association (BSFSAA). Fair and justice policies and processes are vital to creating a diverse and inclusive campus. For this reason, I am a restorative justice facilitator and former co-chair of the University-wide Council on Inclusiveness & Community.

Jennifer Tilton

Professor
Race & Ethnic Studies
P 909.748.8506
E jennifer_tilton@redlands.edu

Hi! I am Jen. I am a mom, an advocate for more humane criminal justice policies, and a professor in the Race and Ethnic Studies Program, where I have taught since 2007. I want to be an Equity advisor because I care deeply about creating fair and just processes to support people through trying times in their lives. We all deserve to be heard, supported and valued in our workplaces, and to have someone walk beside us as we wade through sometimes complex and intimidating bureaucratic processes. 

Peter Tupou

Peter Tupou

Interim Assistant Director
Campus Diversity and Inclusion
P 909.748.8257
E peter_tupou@redlands.edu

 

Ruth West

Ruth West

Associate Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies
Graduate School of Theology
P 415.451.2838
E ruth_west@redlands.edu

I am an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and Associate Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies at the Graduate School of Theology, Home of San Francisco Theological Seminary. In both my ministry and work at UOR, I am committed to journeying alongside people who are in transition – discerning and contemplating who they are and where their next steps should/will be. An integral part of this process is assuring that their stories be heard in their own voices so that a more just conversation happens. I do this work because I believe in the imperative of mutually beneficial interconnectedness in community and an ultimate goal of steadfast lovingkindness

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Kathryn (Kady) Wood

Director of Employee Relations
Human Resources
P 909.748.8479
E kathryn_wood@redlands.edu

Hi! My name is Kady Wood and I am the Director of Employee Relations. I have worked at the University of Redlands for 21 years, in a variety of roles. I love working in an environment conducive to learning in and outside of the classroom. It has been a pleasure for me to assist students in finding part-time employment while gaining valuable career experience. In my spare time, I volunteer with Riverside County Court as a Mediator. I believe my experience and education serve well in the roles I have as a Title IX investigator and Restorative Justice Facilitator