Who We Are
One Board, Many Minds
Communities for Restorative Justice is guided by a group of 12 individuals who comprise its board and three advisors. The strength of the group lies in its breadth of experience combined with a shared, unwavering passion for restorative justice. The group meets throughout the year to focus on policy, fiscal issues, growth, and development.
Sarah is originally from Concord, MA. After graduating from Boston College and Suffolk University Law School with honors, she opened her own firm and has been practicing law for the past 22 years. The Briones Law Group specializes in probate and family matters, criminal defense and personal injury litigation. Sarah's criminal defense experience has reinforced her commitment to restorative justice and its importance in our criminal justice system. In addition to her volunteer work with C4RJ, Sarah currently volunteers in the Lawyer of the Day program in the Mass Probate Courts.
Di was coordinator of Concord Prison Outreach for 12 years and one of the people who advocated for bringing a restorative justice initiative to Concord. She taught elementary school, was an administrator of a nonprofit, and had an event planning business. Her present volunteer commitments include being a trustee of the Corporation for the Concord Free Public Library and a member of the Concord Cultural Council. Di was featured in a cover story of C4RJ's Talking Piece Spring 2012 newsletter.
John Cratsley retired in September 2011 after 34 years as a judge in the District and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He currently teaches at Boston College and Harvard Law Schools and is a mediator/arbitrator with JAM, an international dispute resolution organization. He and his wife Holly live in Concord, and their two sons are graduates of Concord-Carlisle High School.
Barry C. Fitzgerald (M.Ed., J.D.) is an experienced educator and attorney from Lexington, MA. His firm, the Law Office of Barry C. Fitzgerald, represents individuals in all stages of criminal and personal injury litigation. Barry has taught at Suffolk University for over twenty years, and he is currently a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk, teaching education law and advanced legal writing courses.
Margot is a Selectman from the town of Bedford, MA. Prior to becoming a Selectman in 2012, Margot served for five years on the Bedford Planning Board, and held a variety of other committee appointments. With interests in public health, transportation, housing, energy efficiency, and economic development, Margot brings a focus on promoting a healthy community to her work in local government. Margot and her husband are the parents of two school-aged children.
Pete grew up in Concord, MA. He left to attend Princeton and the Harvard Business School, and then to travel the world for his career in the packaging business. His final position before retiring was Senior Vice President, International Operations at Sealed Air Corporation (the maker of bubble wrap). Pete retired to his hometown because he knew there would be plenty of non-profit work there to keep him busy.
Pete has been active on Concord’s Finance Committee, the Louisa May Alcott House board, the League of Women Voters, and Jehrico Road. He also spearheaded the construction of the Beede Community Swim and Fitness Center, which was donated to the Town at no cost. Pete is married to Kate Stout and has three grown daughters.
Joe is a senior level strategist and media and communications specialist. With more than two decades of experience in the public sector, Joe served as Governor Deval Patrick’s Communications Director for three years. Immediately prior to leaving the Commonwealth in 2102, Joe was the Assistant Secretary at the newly created Massachusetts Department of Transportation, where he managed the Offices of Media and Public Affairs and Government and Legislative Affairs. As an independent consultant, Joe works with a variety of agencies and individuals, including a leading environmental waste management company and one of the nation’s oldest community justice programs for at-risk populations and individuals with disabilities. Joe resides in Acton with his wife, Mary Osterman-Landolfi.
Jeff is the Senior Director of Product at Vistaprint where he focuses on helping small businesses create customized products like business cards, postcards, and Web sites that they can be proud of.He has P&L responsibilities for North America and Europe and sets the global product strategy and roadmap for the company.Jeff completed a four-week training program offered through The Leadership Connection and The Jericho Road Project to help prepare him to leverage his marketing skills at C4RJ.
Cathy is the attorney-in-charge of the children and family law division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, headquartered in Lowell. Her office represents family members in cases in which the state has taken custody of children and cases involving the welfare of children and families.
Dave Wilson is a founding partner of Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP, a boutique labor & employment and litigation law firm located in downtown Boston. Dave has spent nearly three decades defending and advising employers on employment matters including wrongful termination, sexual harassment, workplace violence, privacy, discrimination, noncompetition agreements, defamation, and wage and hour disputes.In 2015, Dave was recognized by his peers as Lawyer of the Year 2015 by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Litigation – Labor and Employment.He is a soccer enthusiast, past president of Acton–Boxborough Youth Soccer, and current president of the Friends of the Lower Fields. Dave and his family currently reside in Littleton.
Len retired in January 2010 from the Concord Police Department after 33 years of service, the last 17 as chief of police. At that time, he also retired from the board of C4RJ but continues to serve as an advisor. He has since become police chief in Moltonborough, NH. It was during Len's time as the department's prosecutor at the Concord District Court that he recognized that the current system was not addressing victim needs or the obligations that were created when an offense was committed. In 1997, Len met with two community members, Jean Bell and Joan Turner, to discuss the possible role of restorative justice in Concord. As a result of that meeting, the seeds were sown of the Concord Restorative Circle (later called "Communities for Restorative Justice"). Len was a founding member of the Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program, was involved in the start of many community policing initiatives in Concord, and served at various levels on numerous boards and programs in Concord and the Metrowest region.
Barbara is our recent past president and remains very involved as a community liaison and grant writer. She has been with the program almost since its inception and has served in many capacities. She has been instrumental in many youth-serving and community health endeavors in Concord-Carlisle and beyond. She recently became a grandmother!
Jennifer, C4RJ's executive director from 2008 to July 2014, has a passion for both the principle and practice of restorative methods for dealing with wrongdoing and crime. She holds an MA in Conflict Transformation with an emphasis in restorative justice. Her graduate work was under the tutelage of Howard Zehr, widely considered to be grandfather of the field. Zehr authored the foundational text Changing Lenses, in which he compares “restorative justice” to “retributive justice” and proposes that crime is a violation of people, as well as a violation of law.
Jennifer’s interest in harm and conflict traces to her childhood in Southern Africa in the twilight years of apartheid. In that context, she was introduced to the concept of ubuntu, a Bantu word roughly translated as “a person is a person through other people.” Imbued with this cultural instinct, Jennifer has consulted with restorative justice agencies in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and South Africa.