SHERRILL NICKERSON - ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR and
MEDIATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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.
LYNN BECERRA, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COORDINATOR/FACILITATOR
Lynn M. Becerra, Restorative Justice Coordinator, holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Washington State University (WSU) and a BA from UC-Santa Barbara.
Prior to Ms. Becerra’s graduate work at WSU, she served as the Program Coordinator for the TRiO/McNair Scholars Program at UC-Santa Barbara and the Program Assistant for the formerly named Chumash Scholars Program at UC-Santa Barbara.
While pursuing her graduate studies with the College of Education at WSU, Ms. Becerra had the opportunity to connect with and support many diverse communities from across the state, both within and outside higher education who were engaged in advocacy and educational equity work. Upon her departure from Washington State University, Ms. Becerra was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” for “her passion and the success regarding younger generations…. in addition to being a role model for female students. Being the primary organizer for Latino Education and Advocacy Day, she exemplified this drive to go above and beyond in helping underrepresented students become collegiate scholars.” (Dr. Linda Heidenreich Zuñiga, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies).
She came to the Conflict Solutions Center after residing in Washington State for five years. She is excited about advancing Restorative practices in schools in north Santa Barbara County and being in a position to facilitate and support schools in making this transition. She has a strong record of organizing and leadership supporting historically underrepresented communities within education and higher education. In addition to her position as Restorative Justice Coordinator/Facilitator with the Conflict Solutions Center, Ms. Becerra is Part-Time, Adjunct Faculty with Hancock College teaching Personal Development.
TONY COLES, MEDIATION SERVICES COORDINATOR
Tony Coles is a native Californian, who took CSC’s Mediation Skills training course in 2013. Since then he’s been volunteering for CSC as Small Claims court mediator and he is also currently a CAdRE mediator for the Santa Barbara Superior Courts. As a business executive with over 20 years’ experience and an education in Business Finance & Paralegal Studies, Tony brings a balanced and controlled approach to mediation and dispute resolution. Tony is active in the local community and has business and nonprofit management experience serving on boards of directors and working as a management consultant to local businesses.
A dedicated father and husband Tony is active in the community and serves on the board of MIYB Spaces California a local business co-working and incubator non-profit, and as board president of Central Coast Literacy Council.
LEONARD FLIPPEN, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FACILITATOR
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 - TRAINER
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.
Mediator and RJ
|JAMMIE STONE STEVENS