Pre-Forum and Keynote Speaker Bios

  • Erin Jones, Pre-Forum Trainer

    Erin Jones has been working in and around schools for the past 25 years. She has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly African American to predominantly Caucasian to some of the most diverse communities in the nation. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while teaching French Immersion at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma, and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008, while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane. She served under two state superintendents - half a year year as a Director for Dr. Terry Bergeson and 3 years as Assistant Superintendent on the executive leadership team for Superintendent Randy Dorn. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change." In 2015 Erin earned recognition as PTA Educator of the Year for her testimony in the McCleary case. Erin left her role as the Director of a large college-access program in Tacoma School District to pursue her campaign for Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction full-time. Erin was the first African-American woman to run for executive office in the state of Washington and lost by a mere 1%. Erin has two children in college, one who works full-time for Xerox, and a husband, James, who is a high school teacher in Lacey.  

  • Dr. Katherine Evans, Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Katherine Evans is an Assistant Professor of Education at Eastern Mennonite University where she teaches courses on learning theory, special education, and restorative justice. While at EMU, Evans has led in the development of EMU’s new graduate program in Restorative Justice in Education, bringing together principles and practices of restorative justice with educational theories that support healthy relationships, just and equitable learning environments, and conflict transformation. Holding a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee, Evans’ research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which teachers participate in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons, including race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Most recently, she and colleague Dorothy Vaandering have published The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education, outlining the values, principles, and primary components of an education-specific approach to restorative justice. 

  • Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz

    Lorraine is the Coordinator of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Restorative Justice program. She provides consulting and training for agencies/communities seeking to implement restorative justice processes and has worked in the field since 1984. Lorraine has co-authored the Victim Offender Conferencing in PA’s Juvenile Justice System curriculum focusing on the application of VOM/C within Pennsylvania. She has also co-authored The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools with Judy Mullet and What Will Happen to Me? with Howard Zehr. She has authored the “Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing”. Lorraine has provided technical assistance and trainings on restorative justice across the country and in some international settings. She is also a practitioner working as a facilitator for dialogues in crimes of severe violence as well as being involved with churches dealing with conflict situations.

    She received her B.S. in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA (where she was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2002) and her master’s in Social Work from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

  • Morgan Moore, Morning Movement Session Leader

    Morgan Moore brings over 25 years of experience in movement. She started dance training in high school and trained actively until completing a BA in Dance and Arts and Letters from Portland State University in 1991. After earning her BA she moved to Chicago and earned a complete certification in The Pilates Method from Body Balance LLC in 2000. Morgan has always stayed active in training and teaching and has trained populations ranging from professional athletes to delicate seniors. She has extensive experience working with rehabilitation and recovery. Her training and influences also include: Feldenkrais, Alexander Method, Jiu Jitsu, Jeet Kune Do, and Thai massage to name a few. Before entering graduate school, Morgan was hired to create and teach seminars for Mixed Martial Arts students in Baltimore, New Jersey, Los Angeles and both Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010 Morgan completed a MA in Conflict Resolution with a strong focus on Restorative Justice. Through the influence of her graduate work and her volunteer work in the Oregon prison system she has begun developing her own practice in Trauma-Informed Body Care as well as somatic awareness in Mindfulness and Restorative Justice applications.