Board Members 

AMANDA SMITH BYRON, PhD (Board President) is a mediator, an educator, and an active community organizer in the fields of conflict resolution, violence prevention, and multicultural community development. Dr. Byron has more than 20 years of experience working with diverse communities to heal trauma and transform conflict. She is particularly interested in the field of violence, understanding how and why it occurs, and forging new ideas on individual and collective responses.

MARK TOGNI (Secretary) ​is a Portland Native, husband and father of two with a BS in Political Science. Mark was afforded the opportunity to Walk For A Cure from Canada to Mexico, part of a fundraising event to raise awareness for cancer research. The nonprofit event introduced Mark to out of the box approaches for substantive change.  Mark is a believer in restorative justice and its success in making victims and offenders whole again through safe dialogue techniques.

Ana Lapite-Cardiel is currently the Healing Roots Housing Advocate at Bradley Angle. She provides culturally specific domestic violence services to the African American community in Portland and short term housing support. Ana received her Masters degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2015. Ana started working with DVSD in graduate school and is a trained facilitator for DVSD. She has been participating in dialogues as a facilitator and support person for the last 2 years, and strongly believes restorative justice has a place in domestic violence support and prevention.

BETH HARWELL, PhD is the current Speaker of the House in the Tennessee House of Representatives from Nashville. She is the first woman to serve as Tennessee’s Speaker of the House. Beth has been a strong advocate for tougher laws against rapists, victim’s rights legislation, welfare reform and children’s issues.  She spearheaded legislation to keep firearms out of places that serve alcohol.

DARIAN STANFORD is a trial lawyer and partner at Slinde Nelson Stanford. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1999, he worked for Stoel Rives LLP and for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office in units including drugs, robberies, gangs, and domestic violence.

​KAT TOPAZ is the founder of Topaz Design, a full-service agency which includes branding, publication design, infographics and website development, working with clients ranging from Hot Lips Pizza to Harvard. When tablets entered the market in 2011, Topaz co-founded Storycode. Storycode focused on creating mobile publications and quickly became recognized as one of the top shops in the U.S., creating many of the mobile best practices in place today. Clients included Adobe, Sotheby’s International Realty, Nike and the NBA’s OKC Thunder.

LEOCADIA MONTERA-HAINLEY, MA coordinates and co-facilitates ESPERE-Violence Reduction, one of the Adult Education programs at Adelante Mujeres, a non-profit dedicated to the holistic education and empowerment of low-income Latina women and their families.  She started working with this project after being trained by Centro de Direitos Humanos e educação Popular of Brazil. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, where she studied law and served as District Attorney for two years.  Leocadia previously served as a member of the Board of Adelante Mujeres for three years.  She graduated with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Pacific University in 2009.  Prior to joining Adelante Mujeres, she worked as a counselor with Bienestar in Hillsboro.  She loves helping people think positively.

MAURICIO CARVAJAL, BA is originally from Bogota, Colombia and has lived in the U.S. for the last 16 years.  He studied Film, TV and New Media Production at the prestigious Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and since then has worked for several years as a Medical Interpreter for Oregon Health and Sciences University.  In 2001 he started a Latino-focused media production company called Azulfuego Mediawhich he still heads.   Since 2009, Mauricio has worked as the Creative Services Director for KUNP TV, a local affiliate of Univision, the leading Spanish Language television network in the U.S.  Mauricio has produced the dialogue re-enactment videos for DVSD.


SHERYL RINDEL, LPC, NCC is a Mental Health Specialist with Yamhill County Health & Human Services Family and Youth Programs and is serving her 4th year as Yamhill Carlton Elementary School’s F/T counselor. Previously, Sheryl has served as the Client Services Program Manager for TransActive Education & Advocacy providing a full range of counseling and comprehensive case-management services to families of gender non-conforming and transgender children and youth.  Previously, Sheryl served as the Director/Clinical Supervisor of the Family Violence Intervention Program in Washington County, OR for eight years.  Sheryl is also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and serve 3 years on the Pacific University Center for Gender Equity Advisory Boardand currently serves on Yamhill County’s Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team.

TERESA KEHRLI, MS, NCC, LPC Intern is a graduate of Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education, having earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, along with a certificate in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy and a certificate in Addictions Counseling.  She has a private practice in Gresham, OR, where she works with individuals, couples and families, addressing a variety of relational and mental health issues.  In part, she works with survivors of domestic violence and is also a past survivor participant in the dialogue process.

TERRY FAWCETT, MSE is a Sr. Supervisor at Arrowhead Regional Corrections in Duluth, MN.  Terry was trained as a facilitator in DVSD over five years ago and has performed many dialogues in MN.  Terry is a huge believer in this program because he has seen first hand how it has helped those he has served.

Advisory Board
Dr. Rachel Cunliffe, Portland State University
Sarah M Braun, Survivors Come Together
Kerri Naughton, Partnership for Safety and Justice
Gayle Sheller, DVRC

Survivor Impact Panel Advisory Board
Dr. Chris Huffine, Allies In Change
Dr. Rachel Cunliffe