Joy is an entrepreneur, producer, author, facilitator and educator whose models inspire whole systems thinking. Recognizing that the privatization of prisons has changed the socio-economic-political landscape, Joy became President of Restorative Community Coalition in 2010. Joy co-authored the book, Stop Punishing Taxpayers, Start Rebuilding Community in 2015 to show how restorative economics can reduce over-criminalization of people.
Founder & Secretary
“I have dedicated my life to promoting peace through intentional choice, conscious action and the healing of hearts.” She was raised on a farm in Everson. She and her husband ran their family’s slaughter on the farm business for 20 years. Following her heart, she became a counselor and therapist and turned to the healing arts which led to founding the Coalition in 2006. Irene co-authored the book, Stop Punishing Taxpayers, Start Rebuilding Community in 2015.
Lisa joined the Coalition in 2016, soon after moving to Bellingham from Vashon Island. She was delighted to find a group of people who were passionate about alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice, and re-entry support. Her focus is on using her professional writing, journalistic, and event planning skills to educate people about alternatives to mass incarceration and help build a broader movement.
I have a BA in Criminal Justice and I’m currently working on becoming a paralegal. I’m a single Mom of a wonderful little boy. I got involved with the Restorative Community Coalition because I wanted to be part of a movement for Justice Reform and making the future a better place for all.
Debbie has worked with our Facebook page, researched documents and information since 2010, when she joined the Restorative Community Coalition. Here background is in corrections, administration, and she has worked with people who have conviction histories to become positive and productive citizens and community members.