Restorative Practices

Meet the Trainers

Trainer and Consultant: Dr. Marian Fritzemeier, Ed.D.

P14 Photo for Intro Section Restorative PracticesMarian is an author, speaker and educator. She’s a former college child development professor and high school teacher. Marian has teaching experience with all ages preschool through adults and is passionate about training educators.

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Organizational Studies
    Emphasis in Adolescent Development, Juvenile Justice, and Public Policy
    St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga
  • Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation and Complex Problems 4-Day Conference, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Implementation Science for Teachers and Administrators: Effective Implementation and Evaluation 2-Day Advanced Training, Longmont, CO
  • International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) 3-Day International Conference for 3 years, Bethlehem, PA & Detroit, Michigan
  • Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace, 2-Day Training, IIRP, Bethlehem, PA

Trainer and Consultant: Ken Sylvia, M.A.

  • Bachelor of Science: Business Administration, Human Resources, California State University, Stanislaus. Master of Arts: Youth Ministry Leadership (emphasis Adolescent Development) Huntington University, Huntington, IN
  • Run school-based mentoring programs since 2008, managing $1.25 million of DOE and DOJ/OJJDP grants
  • Present 175+ anti-bullying workshops for junior high & high school students and faculty
  • Current Chief Ministry Officer for Youth for Christ Central Valley
  • Parent of a ridiculously cute, awesome special needs boy with cerebral palsy

Peace Paths Trainer: Marty Villa, MA, LMFT

Marty VillaMarty is the Director of Family Concern Counseling, leading a team of therapists. He has been counseling and mentoring youth and their families for over 40 years. Marty has 20 years extensive experience with Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP). Marty currently works with his Kiwanis Club to provide Peace Paths at elementary sites we work with. He trains students and staff on how to use the Peace Paths.

  • Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy; Western Seminary, San Jose, CA
  • Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation
  • Restorative Justice Project: VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program) Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University
  • Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools; Effective Use of Restorative Circles; Facilitate Restorative Justice Conferences; and Family Engagement & Empowerment, 4-Day Training; International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP)
  • EMDR-PRECI — Integrative Group Protocol – EMDR Institute, June 2017
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist, Trained Level 1 & 2, 40 hours – EMDR Institute, December 2016 (EMDRIA Certification in process) EMDR Protocol for Recent Critical Incidents & EMDR-PRECI — Integrative Group Protocol – EMDR Institute, June 2017

Circles Trainer: Kourtney Kauffman, MA, MFT Intern #88940

Kourtney KauffmanKourtney is Managing Director of Family Concern Counseling. She counsels and mentors youth and is an experienced case worker with foster youth and families. Kourtney is a trained Girls Circle Facilitator and has a wide variety experiences leading circles. Kourtney currently facilitates three, two-hour Circles Trainings: Introduction to Circles; Building Community Through Circles, and Using Circles to Respond.

  • Master of Arts: Psychology, emphasis in Counseling at
    California State University, Stanislaus
  • Trained Girls Circle Facilitator
  • Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools; Effective Use of Restorative Circles; Facilitate Restorative Justice Conferences; and Family Engagement & Empowerment, 4-Day Training by International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP)