Deltra Ferguson, Executive Director
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Dr. Deltra Ferguson joined Resolve as Executive Director in 2012. Previously, Deltra served as Coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center of Southern Oregon University for eight years, and before that as faculty with the Women’s Studies Program at Oregon State University, teaching and researching in the areas of theater and women’s studies. Upon moving to the Rogue Valley, Deltra helped rebuild Josephine County’s safe shelter and domestic and sexual assault agency. Dr. Ferguson holds an M.A. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
Brian Graunke, Director of Mediation & Facilitation
Brian has been with Resolve since 2001, first as a volunteer then joining on staff in 2009. An accomplished mediator, facilitator and trainer, Brian is known for his easygoing style, affable presence and humor that help put people at ease in high conflict situations. Brian advances mediation statewide as an active member of the Oregon Mediation Association and a past president Oregon Office of Community Dispute Resolution. Brian holds a B.S. from Central Washington University and has completed advanced training in Group Facilitation, Foreclosure Mediation, Court Connected Mediations and Domestic Relations Mediation for parenting plans and financial matters.
Noah Symington, M.A., Restorative Justice Program Coordinator
Noah began working with Resolve in 2018 as a restorative justice specialist providing program coordination, coaching, and consultation for southern Oregon K-12 schools and community justice implementing restorative justice. He currently manages Resolve’s flagship restorative justice program, the Victim Assistance, Youth Accountability (VAYA) program, while managing key community partnerships and relationships with volunteers. Noah has a strong background in trauma-informed service delivery among youth and victim/survivors, program management, and developing strategic partnerships. He received his Master’s in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver and B.A. in Sociology and Social Studies from Western Washington University.
Makayla Boscia, Mediation Program Coordinator
Makayla joined the Resolve staff in 2020 and coordinates court-connected programs and housing, community, and workplace services. She is a civil mediator with training in equity and trauma informed practices, manufactured and marine community mediation, foreclosure avoidance facilitation, and court-connected mediation. She is inspired by the opportunities that conflict can bring when handled with consideration, and hopes to share this view with others through her direct and transparent style of mediating. Makayla holds a B.S. from Southern Oregon University with a concentration in Communication Studies, a minor in Psychology, and coursework in Human Resource Management.
In her free time, Makayla enjoys tending to her many houseplants and discussing effective communication strategies with Steve and Stanley, her pet geckos.
KeriAnn Rumrey, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator
Drawn to the value-driven work of Restorative Justice, KeriAnn Rumrey joined Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice in 2018. She partners with various local schools committed to implementing restorative justice through training, consultation and coaching. She also serves youth and their victim/survivors through Resolve’s VAYA program to ensure that accountability is being taken and that those harmed are receiving a needs-based justice. KeriAnn learned of the field of restorative justice while she was working in public education. She is passionate about creating spaces of true connection and believes that all people deserve access to wellbeing. She received a B.S. from Corban University in Human Performance and Psychology. You can find her outside of work coaching soccer, on a mountain bike, cooking a nutritious meal next to her spouse, or romping around the Rogue Valley with her family of five.
Tim Rasmussen, M.A., Restorative Justice Specialist
Tim is passionate about spending his time and energy on efforts that transform violence and oppression, creating a more just and peaceful world. He joined Resolve as a Restorative Justice Specialist in 2021. He works with the Restorative Justice team in executing trainings, consultation, and coaching at various local schools and justice system institutions. Tim also serves youth and victims/survivors in Resolve’s VAYA program. Tim holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, and a BA in Intercultural Peacebuilding with minors in Criminal Justice and Cultural Anthropology. Tim enjoys eating good food, watching good movies, and trekking to the coast to go surfing.
Board of Directors
Elizabeth Shelby, Board Chair – Retired Chief of Staff and Director of Governmental Relations, Southern Oregon University
Liz Shelby is retired from Southern Oregon University after 25 years of employment with the organization. Liz served as the Chief of Staff and director of Government Relations, representing SOU on the Oregon Public Universities’ Legislative Advisory Council. In her earlier career with SOU, she was the director of the SOU School of Business Small Business Development Center. Liz holds an MBA from SOU. She also serves on the boards of Rogue Credit Union and the JPR Foundation.
Lance Reyes, Vice Chair – Employee Benefit Consultant, Propel Insurance
As a former Senior Business Development Executive for Oregon’s largest health insurer, Lance worked with Senior Leaders for large employers in both private and public sectors. As an Employee Benefits Consultant with over 17 years of health insurance experience, Lance has gained experience covering the entire spectrum of health insurance and has a comprehensive understanding of employee benefits and related concepts and challenges. Lance adds, “My time with Resolve is particularly rewarding and exciting as the organization continues to undergo tremendous change and growth.”
Mandy Hurley, Finance Chair – Mortgage Loan Officer, People’s Bank
Mandy has 9 years of experience in finance, mortgage and banking, specializing in consumer residential lending. She is an active volunteer within the community and enjoys spending time with her husband and four children.
Debbie Vought, Secretary – Non-Profit Leadership
Former educator, co-founder and executive director of Citizens for Safe Schools, Debbie is an energetic and passionate leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has over 20 years of experience raising millions of dollars to support education, youth, and justice related non-profit work in the southern Oregon region. As a leader and advocate, her work strives to ensure that the people, programs and policies affecting children, youth, and citizens in Oregon are rooted in sound thinking, collaboration, ethical intentions, and fairness.
Alison Burke – Professor of Criminology, Southern Oregon University
Alison joined the Criminology Department in 2008. She worked for more than five years with juvenile delinquents in medium security treatment facilities and group homes in Colorado and helped implement delinquency prevention programs in Pennsylvania. Her research interests include juvenile justice, women and crime, gender and juvenile justice, and pedagogy in higher education. She has published articles in Educational Review, Journal of Effective Teaching, Journal of Youth, Violence and Juvenile Justice, and guest edited an issue of Women and Criminal Justice.
Jerry is a retired teacher, coach, and administrator. He began his education career in Klamath Falls and concluded at Ashland High School. Jerry received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Education from Southern Oregon University. He serves on the Board of Rogue Credit Union, and served as Board Chair for 12 years. Jerry is a past member of the National Coaches Association Board of Directors and is the current Board Chair of the National Association of Credit Unions. He also serves the Alzheimer’s Association as a group facilitator and education presenter.
Art LeCours – Ashland Police Department
Deputy Chief Art LeCours is currently the support division commander for the Ashland Police Department. Prior to becoming the Deputy Chief, he served as the Detective Sgt and was responsible for the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) from 2015 – 2019. He was a Patrol Sgt from 2010 – 2015 and has served in a variety of assignments since joining the Ashland Police Department in 2001. He was a police officer with the City of Phoenix (Oregon) and a reserve officer with the City of Silverton (Oregon). Deputy Chief LeCours spent time with the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1990 – 1998.
Dave Carter – Associate Professor, Southern Oregon University
Dave Carter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Southern Oregon University. He has published works in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency in the area of life-course research, Criminal Justice Policy Review on the sex offender tier system, as well as evaluating U.S. inmate populations in Corrections Compendium. His most recent publication in The American Journal of Criminal Justice assessed differences in state versus federal crime statistics. Dr. Carter also provides consultation and evaluations for correctional programs in the area of effective interventions and evidence-based programming, and for law enforcement agencies in evaluating ethical longevity.
Sarah Robbins – Attorney
I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA. Ever since I could talk, my favorite word was WHY???? My mom told me that there was a time that she would run out of answers and explaining WHY that she directed me to research the answer through the encyclopedia. As a kid, I loved to read and I LOVED reading the encyclopedia. The characteristic of always wanted to know WHY has never left. It led me to law school where I would ask the question about why were these laws created? Why was this defendant treated differently than that defendant? WHY and WHAT does the 6th amendment truly mean? I was and truly am passionate about the LAW and JUSTICE. I also knew in high school that I wanted to work with children. I wanted to make this world a better place.
Now, fast forward 14 years after graduating from law school: I practice juvenile law at the Southern Oregon Public Defender’s office and I love it. I represent youth who commit law violations and I also represent parties dealing with Child Welfare. I represent parties involving child abuse and neglect. I am a witness to how people can change. I have witnessed several of my clients access services to become sober, stable and safe to parent their children.