Biographies

 

Sherrill Nickerson

SHERRILL NICKERSON - ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR and
MEDIATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
South County

Sherrill Nickerson is a graduate of UCSB and has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. She also works in real estate as an executive assistant, and has volunteered with the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, United Way, Girl Scouts and The Y. She completed CSC’s mediation training in the Fall of 2014 and liked it so much she took it again in 2015. She has been working for CSC since Oct 2014 as Office and Intake Manager in Santa Barbara. She also conducts small claims court and community mediations and now coaches new intern volunteer mediators.

 

 

Maria Seda

MARIA SEDA, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COORDINATOR/FACILITATOR
North County

Maria Seda has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Minor in Business Administration from the InterAmerican University of San German, Puerto Rico. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Private Sector (Property Management and Title Company).

Maria has 15 years’ experience in the Non-profit sector with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Santa Maria where she was responsible for community outreach, recruiting and training of volunteers and mentees, and supervision of the matches. She has volunteered for the Alternative for Violence Project, the Santa Maria Airport Museum and has been a volunteer mediator with Conflict Solutions Center.

Maria is bi-lingual (English and Spanish). She is passionate about supporting her community. Maria loves church, dancing, yoga, reading and keeping current with what is going in her community to better serve those around her.

 

Leonard Flippen

LEONARD FLIPPEN, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FACILITATOR
North County

Leonard took CSC’s mediation skills training in 2014.  Since then he has been involved as a volunteer mediator, and in the last couple of years, as a Restorative Justice facilitator.  He has also been a member of CSC’s board of directors since 2015.  Most recently, Leonard took the lead in becoming trained in Accountability Circles, a newly offered Restorative Justice service offered by CSC.  He has been involved in training others and building CSC’s capacity to provide these Circles in the community. 

Leonard received Associates Degrees in Human Services, and Addictions Studies from Allan Hancock College in 2013. A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brandman University in 2015 and is planning on pursuing a Graduate Degree in Restorative Justice this year.  As a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor, he spent four years providing drug and alcohol counseling to the AB109 realignment prison reentry population in Northern Santa Barbara County.

As a formerly incarcerated individual Leonard has “been there, done that”, and learned how to do something different. More importantly, he knows how to teach others to do the same. He is committed to helping formerly incarcerated men and women reintegrate, assimilate, prosper and thrive in a society that once ostracized and rejected them.

 

Kimberly Rosa - Director of Training

KIMBERLY ROSA - TRAINER
North County

Kimberly graduated from USF with a BS in Organizational Behavior and an MA from JFK/NTL in Management. She has been actively involved in the mediation field for over 28 years starting in Humboldt County to Oakland and Berkeley to the Central Coast. For the last 15 years she has been involved in promoting and implementing Restorative Justice in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. She is a mediator, facilitator, and trainer in mediation, compassionate communication and restorative justice skills. She is CSC’s current Director of Training and was the executive director between 2006 and 2009. Prior to that, she was hired to start up the mediation agency in San Luis Obispo and served as executive director for six years. This is where she began promoting Restorative Justice principles and practices, following the New Zealand model, where RJ is now national law for juvenile justice. She worked inside the California Men’s Colony prison for 5 years leading workshops on Alternatives to Violence (AVP) and co-facilitating Nonviolent Communication workshops for inmates.

 

CONTRACT MEDIATORS

Jeanie Class - Small Claims and Community Mediation Services Coordinator Laura Arteaga - Intake and Office Manager Kimberly Rosa - Director of Training
JEANIE CLASS
CSC Co-founder
and Mediator
LAURA ARTEAGA
Mediator and RJ
Facilitator (bi-lingual)
JAMMIE STONE STEVENS
Mediator