Through her work and in her personal life, Shauna has been interested in building safe, healthy and inclusive communities. Before joining CRC, she was the Manager of Facilitation Programs for the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and a mediator for the City of Palo Alto, where she also served three terms as a Commissioner on the City’s Human Relations Commission.
Since moving to Santa Cruz County she has continued to reach out and learn more about her local community through participation in meetings, task forces, workshops and trainings. In 2012 she was certified as a Community Emergency Response Team member (CERT), and participated in Leadership Santa Cruz County (LSCC). In 2016 Shauna completed the Leadership for Community Transformation (LCT) training where she joined over 100 others in learning skills to help create solutions based strategies for addressing long term County-wide concerns. Shauna graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and believes communication is a life long learning.
Court, Community, and Workplace Mediation Programs Manager
Lisa JD, received her law degree in 2008 fromthe Monterey College of Law in California, where she specialized in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Family Law. She also participated in Advanced Mediation Training through the Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management. In January 2010, Lisa completed training in Family Law Mediation through the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. In 2011, with a desire to be involved in her community mediation center, Lisa took The Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County’s Community Mediation Training. She found her home, and began volunteering for them in multiple mediation and training capacities. In 2012 she became the program manager of their Family Law Affordable Mediation Program (FAM). In 2015 she added to that role and became CRC’s Community Mediation Program manager. Lisa has been a tri-chair for the ACR Community Mediation Section and continues to be an active leader in the Section.
Restorative Justice Program Manager
Alaya manages the Restorative Justice Program at the CRC. She was trained as a community mediator in 2009 with SEEDS in Berkeley. Prior to her current position, Alaya was a volunteer mediator with the Parent Teen Mediation Program and the Victim Offender Dialogue Program since 2011 and the Family Affordable Mediation Program since 2014. Alaya earned a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies with a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation in 2005. As a part of her graduate studies, she spent a month in Cyprus with the International Institute of Mediation and Conflict Resolution studying conflict resolution in the Middle East. In 2008, she interned with Global Majority in Nepal where she co-led workshops on interest -based negotiation and conflict resolution to Nepali youth peace activists. She has since created and led Effective Communication Workshops for corporate and non-profit clients. Alaya furthered her studies of restorative justice at a week-long course on Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter in 2011 and a 4-day course with the International Institute of Restorative Practices in 2015. She continues to design and lead trainings on communication, conflict resolution, and restorative justice for the CRC as well as facilitate mediations and dialogues with youth in the juvenile justice system as part of the Parent Teen Mediation Program and the Victim-Offender Dialogue Program.
Karla is currently a PhD student in the Latin American and Latino Studies program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research revolves around Central American women, social justice, liberation psychology, transnational feminist networks, and Epistemologies of the South. She earned a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Studies and Planning and Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles. She has been involved in community work and philanthropy efforts for more than twenty years throughout California and abroad in her native El Salvador. Through her work with the CRC she aims to become more involved with the local community and continue to do the work that she is most passionate about, helping people.
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