Senior Staff

Deltra Ferguson, Executive Director

Deltra FergusonDr. 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 GraunkeBrian 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.

Raphaelle (Raphi) Miller, Director of Education & School Services

Raphaelle (Raphi) MillerRaphi joined the staff of Resolve in 2013, having previously served as a volunteer and intern since 2011. In her work as a restorative justice practitioner, trainer, coach and consultant, Raphi supports schools in system-wide implementation of restorative justice practices. Raphi works collaboratively to advance restorative justice in education through participation in regional collective impact initiatives. Raphi graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with her B.A. in Human Communication, certificates in Conflict Resolution and the Management of Human Resources, and a minor in Business Administration.

Cara Walsh, Director of Restorative Justice

Cara WalshAs the Director of Restorative Justice, Cara has been working to support the development, implementation, and delivery of restorative justice services since 2010. In addition to providing training, consultation, and coaching on a local level, Cara works for the advancement of restorative justice throughout the region via her leadership with the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon, the Northwest Justice Forum and the Transforming Justice Advisory Committee. Her professional and educational experience is grounded in her passion for creating and facilitating integrative opportunities and experiences for community engagement, empowerment and transformation. Cara earned her M.A. from Prescott College.

Board of Directors

Lance Reyes, Board Chair – Employee Benefit Consultant, Propel Insurance

Lance ReyesAs 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.”

Robert Boggess, Vice Chair – General Counsel, Naumes, Inc.

Robert Boggess.Robert joined the Board in May 2015 and has served as Vice Chair since July 2017. Robert is the General Counsel for Naumes, Inc., a large, family run company based in Medford, Oregon. Prior to that, he practiced law and owned a mediation company, Endwell Partners, in Washington State. Robert holds a Juris Doctor and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Texas. Robert notes, “It has been a wonderful time to be part of Resolve as we rebranded, moved to a great new office, and expanded our incredible staff who are doing amazing work in our community.”

Elizabeth Shelby, Secretary – Retired Chief of Staff and Director of Governmental Relations, Southern Oregon University

Elizabeth ShelbyLiz 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.

Pam Westland, Treasurer – Vice President and Compliance Officer, People’s Bank of Commerce

Pam WestlandPam has 30 years of experience in banking and finance, primarily in the areas of lending and compliance. Pam is currently a member of the Oregon Bankers Association Compliance Committee and is involved with the American Bankers Association at the committee level. She holds a Bachelor’s of Education from Oregon State University. Pam is also a past board member of the Rogue Gallery and Art Center and has been an active volunteer at Sacred Heart Elementary School and St. Mary’s School.

John North – Sr. Vice President and CFO, Lithia Motors of Medford Oregon. Licensed CPA

John NorthJohn is an executive at a Fortune 500, publicly traded retailer. He leads finance functions including accounting, tax, treasury, risk and shared services. He also oversees investor relations and financial communications and is experienced in raising capital through debt financing and equity offerings. He is a licensed CPA and a CFA charterholder.

Benjamin Bloom – Judge, Jackson County Circuit Court

Benjamin Bloom Judge Bloom places the highest values on fairness and accountability. He believes in the importance of allowing all parties a full opportunity to present their cases in court and understands the need for prompt resolution of legal disputes. His demeanor and integrity have earned him the broad support of community members in Jackson County and the state of Oregon. Since 1993, He and his wife have lived in the Rogue Valley, where their three children either have attended or are attending local schools.

Debbie Vought – Non-Profit Leadership

Debbie VoughtDebbie is an energetic and passionate leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who believes that we are all interconnected and teamwork divides any task and doubles the success. Education, positive youth development, and supporting community wellness are her life’s calling. As a leader, teacher, business woman, and advocate, her goals are to ensure that the people¸ programs and policies affecting children, youth, and citizens in Oregon are rooted in sound thinking, collaborative research, and ethical intentions.

Nicolle Aleman – Director of Marketing, Southern Oregon University

Nicolle Aleman Nicolle leads the marketing and communications staff at Southern Oregon University and implements initiatives associated with advertising, promotion of the university brand, public and media relations, website and social media strategy and development, print and digital publications and internal communication.

Alison Burke – Professor of Criminology, Southern Oregon University

Alison BurkeAlison 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.