Elizabeth is a social worker at heart. She has always been interested in the intersection of social work and the law. To that end, she attend Columbia University School of Social Work where she graduated with an MSW and a Minor in Law. She immediately went to work in the field of conflict resolution and has been practicing ADR since 1997. She has founded three programs in conflict resolution, of which Hidden Water is one, where she serves a Board President. She also founded and runs Small Business Arbitration Center with the aim of offering truly affordable, binding conflict resolution services to small businesses and their clients. Elizabeth is also the principal trainer at Planning Change, whose mission it is educate and empower individuals to affect meaningful change in the conflicts around them. In addition to the programs, Elizabeth works as a mediator, a coach, a shaman and speaks regularly at events and conferences.
Tomay is a helping professional who believes in repurposing pain. She is the Founder of Brand Me Beautiful, Inc. whose mission is to empower women to realize their worth, honor the power of their voice, stand in their truth, and rewrite beautiful. She is committed to using her life experience and skills to serve populations affected by sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, and incarceration. LaTasha’s passion for facilitating intergenerational healing led her to pursue an MSW at Fordham University, where she specialized in Community Practice and Macro Leadership. She believes in utilizing restorative practices to heal individuals and communities with histories of trauma. LaTasha is also a speaker and writer—her upcoming book is titled Tamar’s Truth: Revisiting the Scene to Reclaim an Undeniable Truth.
Brian has been a student of change for almost five decades. Since his freshman year in college he has intentionally engaged in social, organizational, and personal change. This experience has taught him two critical lessons that serve as a foundation for all his work. First, all change is personal; organizations and societies only change when the people in them change. Second, there are universal patterns of how people respond to changes in their lives; knowing and understanding those patterns significantly increases the likelihood of successfully moving through even the most disruptive changes. Brian is an ICF-certified coach and is the founder of TransformingLives.Coach, where he woks with individuals, couples, and teams as they face changes in their personal and professional lives. Brian also shares his years of learning through workshops, webinars, and writing.
Brandon’s career as an activist for LGBTQ+ rights and equality began when he came out as a gay man in 2007. He took part in the National Equality March in 2010 to repeal DOMA and support marriage equality and served a two-year term in the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Since moving to the tri-state area, Brandon has become a Planning Change certified mediator and circle keeper with a focus on continuing to help his community and individuals heal from sexual trauma. Receiving his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology from Eugene Lang The New School of Liberal Arts, he spent his academic career focusing on the intersection of trauma and the psychology of men and masculinity. Brandon is also a Usui Reiki practitioner (certified 2013) and professional photographer.
Michelle has been a practicing mediator and trainer since completing the Planning Change Certification program in 2013. In her private practice she mediates cases from separation and divorce to small business disputes. Michelle was trained in Non-Violent Communication ten years ago and comes to alternative dispute resolution after fifteen years working in equity research at bulge bracket investment banks, and primary research/expert networks. In 2014, Michelle trained with Kay Pranis in the indigenous practice of Peacemaking Circles. Her work as an alternative dispute practitioner builds on her varied life experiences, management positions and successful careers in finance and as an entrepreneur.
Emily is a Boston native living in Brooklyn. She serves as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Spring Creek Community School in East New York, where she is works to create alternatives to suspension and combat the school-to- prison pipeline. Emily completed the Restorative Justice Certificate Program in 2016 and brings an intersectional lens of race, gender, and class to her circle facilitation at Hidden Water.
Anne Marie McFadyen
Anne Marie has been facilitating group processes to address harm and hurt for many years. As a social worker and community development coordinator she used Circle processes to support people with traumatic brain damage return to their families and communities after long periods of hospitalization. Employed as a workplace counselor, Anne Marie was first on the scene when organizations were shaken by traumatic or violent events, offering psychological first aid and critical incident debriefing to groups and individuals impacted by harm. She has conducted many community and workplace conferences using Circles of Support and Restorative Conferences as powerful processes to repair harm, restore relationships, and settle on meaningful reparation. Anne Marie believes strongly that using a structured conversation supported by a transformative process gives power back to groups and communities so together they can set things right, allowing true healing to happen and people to move on. Anne Marie has a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.
Clara first made her presence known in Nelson Mandela’s new South Africa representing a pathway of freedom and strength to women wounded by mental enslavement. Her presence inspired a whole generation of women of color by challenging the notion of beauty. She attracted world wide attention by shaving her head for the international campaign of the United Colors Of Benetton. She made a splash as a top runway model in Paris, Milan, Barcelona, London, Toronto and New York. She was a pioneer in breaking barriers of image by being the first women of color to appear on the cover of Britain’s Health and Fitness magazine. Her athletic reputation in team and individual sports are stellar and she still holds records in Canada untouched in track and field to this day.
Since then she has embodied an ideal of radiant health inside and out. Now a mother and a spiritual teacher, Clara wishes to impart her deep knowledge and gift of healing through sports medicine to the world. Her deep understanding of physiognomy and physiology allows for her to intuitively design personalized service to all populations offering injury prevention, pre and rehabilitation.
She has developed a unique method of training which integrates a format of Sports Medicine, Martial Arts, medical Qi gong, sound healing, meditation and indigenous healing practices. She is a circle keeper at Hidden Water.org for adult survivors of child abuse using a restorative justice approach that addresses the impact of harm caused to the entire family system. Her own personal story of overcoming trauma is the paramount of her existence in creating a more humanistic, holistic way of healing the body, mind and spirit.
Clara is a dynamic facilitator of transformation and change. Her core belief is that everyone has a capacity to heal and her life’s work is to assist people in accessing the unlocking of their own hidden power.
Sethu Laxmi Nair seeks to generate personal and social transformation by addressing and repairing harm in relationships and developing creative responses to conflict. Sethu is a mediator, coach, and peacemaker. She spends her time shaping and managing conflict responses for New York City government employees at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution, facilitating Healing Circles at Hidden Water, and supporting her family, friends, and community. Over the last 15 years, Sethu has supported various human rights and social justice organizations in New York and India. She has worked on family matters, small business disputes, nonprofit staff and board challenges, community discord, and has provided conflict and leadership coaching. Sethu holds a Bachelors degree in Women’s Studies from SUNY Purchase and a Masters degree in Economic and Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Felise is a mediator, lawyer, and small business owner who has learned to embrace her tendency to lean into certain places where many tend to shy away, namely: conflict, trauma, and change. In a prior life, she worked in corporate fraud investigation and forestry law, governance and trade. In her current life, she is a dedicated practitioner of Vipassana meditation and laughing at herself. Felise holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and is a certified mediator. She also acquired extensive practical mediation experience while starting and running her own business, a small eco-hotel on Phu Quoc Island. She is fluent in Vietnamese and passionate about cultivating the human capacity for forgiveness and moral repair.
Glen Parker has been a restorative justice practitioner since 2011, and has conducted circles in schools and communities throughout New York City. He worked at New York Peace Institute for over three years where he most recently held the position of Restorative Justice Manager, overseeing NYPI’s delivery of restorative practices in matters referred from the criminal and juvenile justice systems in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Glen received his B.A. in Philosophy at SUNY Purchase and his J.D. and LL.M. (Dispute Resolution and Advocacy) at Cardozo School of Law, where is currently serves as an adjunct professor.
Manorah has a background in Human Development and passion for healing workplace conflict. More recently she has focused her career in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has immersed herself in various trainings including; Mediation with The Center for Understanding, Employment Law Arbitration with Cornell University and Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles with Planning Change and Kay Pranis. Currently Manorah is a mediator focusing on employment matters and facilitates Hidden Water circles.
Tammy is originally from Nebraska, but has lived in many states and countries. She worked in International Development in Central America helping Cooperatives use Agricultural grants. Tammy taught Spanish for years and volunteered with the West Orange Police Department's Domestic Violence Program. She is a Mediator focusing on Family Businesses with Multi- generational conflict. In 2017, she trained in Restorative Justice, after years of searching for a support program for sexual abused children and their families.
Deborah is an academic and licensed therapist, with a background in psychology and neuroscience. She currently serves an Academic Fellow in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Her most recent studies focus on how healthcare is delivered in contemporary culture, including wellness trends and end-of- life issues. Deborah holds an M.S. in Narrative Medicine and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Before pursuing an academic career, she spent ten years in litigation consulting. Deborah is passionate about using the arts as a tool for education and transformation, including bringing difficult/taboo topics into the light.
Justin is a mediator, attorney, and restorative process practitioner deeply committed to innovative and holistic methods to help repair harm caused by incidents that are otherwise the subject of the justice system. As Coordinator for Criminal Court Mediations at the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), he works with traditional stakeholders to address conflict using mediation as an alternative or compliment to criminal sentencing. Justin believes that by allowing the people most directly impacted by harm to have a greater voice and decision-making authority in how to respond, it vastly improves the chances for positive outcomes. Justin is a certified mediator and has a mastery certificate in Peacemaking Circles. He also practices law in intellectual property and commercial matters, and coordinates a monthly reading circle on restorative practices in Brooklyn.
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