Meet The Team
Keyria Rodgers is the Director of Millikin University’s Criminal Justice Department, Professor of Criminal Justice, and Director of the Teen Justice Program in Decatur, IL. Ms. Rodgers works as an independent contractor for the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office as the grant writer and Program Manager for Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI).
Ms. Rodgers was recently appointed to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission by Governor J.B. Pritzker, and this Commission develops, reviews, and approves the state's juvenile justice plan for federal funds, determines spending priorities for statewide policies and initiatives, and ensures compliance with federal laws and regulations. The Commission also advises the Illinois Department of Human Services on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention programs and services. Ms. Rodgers serves on many statewide and local boards including the Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), Macon County CASA, and the Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, IL.
Ms. Rodgers and her colleagues founded the Global Restorative Justice Global Partnership (GRJP) which includes practitioners from Hawaii, Chicago, Decatur (IL), Washington D.C., New York, Italy, London, Singapore, Nepal, and more. Ms. Rodgers is an independent consultant for grant writing, restorative justice training, workshop development, financial wellness, and community-based program creation. Her research interests include public administration, public policy, criminal justice issues, reentry, social justice, expungement, deflection, diversion, restorative justice, probation, and program development in the United States and around the world. As a grant writer and public manager, Rodgers creates budgets for non-profits, government agencies, independent contractors, foundations and community-based organizations. To date, she has written grants and managed more than $5.9 million in various types of funds for government and community-based programming.
Dr. Penelope Griffith, LICSW
Ms. Penelope Griffith, LICSW, is an internationally recognized trainer and facilitator in solution-focused and restorative based family group conferencing and circle processes. Her trainees include child welfare and law enforcement agencies and individual workers in Toronto, Rome, Amsterdam, Lyon, Burgees, Alberta and jurisdictions across the United States. Ms. Griffith directs Collaborative Solution for Communities in Washington, DC and helped establish and lead DC’s Gang Intervention Partnership. She works with individual youth and communities to prevent retaliatory violence. Short and long term support is offered to help victims of youth violence and their families, re-establish and revive family and community norms around youth violence, increase the use of healing circles to restore relationships between offenders and victims, and increase overall capacity to implement positive youth development strategies in underserved communities.
Lorenn Walker, JD, MPH
Lorenn Walker, JD, MPH, develops, implements, researches and reports on cooperative learning interventions using public health approaches including restorative justice and solution-focused applications. She collaborates with schools, prisons, courts, law enforcement, NGOs and individuals to address injustice. She directs Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice and is a professor of practice, University of Hawai‘i’, Public Policy Center. She’s authored over 60 publications. She’s trained thousands worldwide and has facilitated hundreds of restorative meetings including for CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a Senior Fulbright Specialist for peacemaking She has a personal interest in helping disenfranchised and marginalized populations.
Lorenn Walker, JD, MPH, assists people and organizations manage and prevent conflict, wrongdoing and social injustice. She is a public health educator and restorative lawyer. She develops, implements, researches and reports on cooperative learning interventions using restorative justice and solution-focused approaches. She collaborates with organizations locally, nationally and internationally including prisons, courts, law enforcement, schools, and non-profits/NGOs. She directs Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice and is professor of practice for the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She’s authored over 60 published articles and several books. She has trained thousands on restorative practices and solution-focused approaches, and has facilitated hundreds of restorative meetings including ones for CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a Senior Fulbright Specialist for peacemaking and conflict management training. She has a personal interest in helping disenfranchised and marginalized populations and has spent most of her career working to bring healing to the criminal justice system. She experienced numerous childhood challenges including learning difficulties and was incarcerated in an adult jail for a week.
Jeannie Lum, Ph.D. - Advisory Board
Jeannie Lum, Ph.D. is an Adjunct professor for Webster University on-line Graduate Program in Education and Innovation and teaches Transformative Learning. Having retired from the University of Hawai’i College of Education, she currently serves as the Education Program Coordinator for the Hawaii Friends of Restorative Justice and oversees HFRJ Restorative Justice and Peacegarden projects in Hawai’i. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. from the University of California, Irvine where her interdisciplinary studies included areas in philosophy of education, educational leadership, human development, and comparative cultures. She also is the Editor of the international Journal of Peace Education.
Currently her focus is on transformative learning and educational reform using restorative solution-focused peacemaking practices that bring together inter-transdisciplinary partnerships towards creating sustainable cultures of peace. She has past served as President - Far Western Philosophy of Education Society; Executive Board member - International Peace and Research Association and Convenor - Peace Education Commission; US Council Representative – Asia Pacific Peace Regional Association; International Advisory Council – TODA Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research; Assoc. Professor and Education Committee Chair – Matsunaga Institute for Peace; Hawai’i state-wide Coordinator for Peace Day Hawai’i; Board member - United Nations Association Hawai’i Chapter; and Board member - Hawai’i Injured Workers Association.
Ram Tiwari, JD