YCRC helps individuals and communities resolve conflicts, address interpersonal harms, and restore relationships through restorative justice and mediation services
A place where people discover that conflict and harm can become opportunities for growth and healing.
Kara Hunter, Executive Director
Kara Hunter is the Executive Director of the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, a non-profit that works to fulfill possibilities for change and responsible interdependence through visionary leadership and a responsiveness to needs. Kara has nearly 20 years in the non-profit administration and leadership and enjoys serving the community in this capacity. She is a member of 2 Boards of Directors and has given thousands of volunteer hours to the community in a variety of capacities including mentorship, historic preservation, tutoring, language teaching, as well as juvenile and criminal justice reform. She proudly hails from the San Joaquin valley area of California where she learned to drive a tractor, before she learned to drive a car.
Contact Kara: [email protected]
Elvia Garcia, Mediation Services Coordinator
Elvia Garcia is a Lead Trainer, Mediator and Restorative Justice Facilitator with YCRC. She contributes her many years of experience as a practitioner and program development professional to support a wide variety of YCRC initiatives. Elvia has been a conflict resolution practitioner since the early 1990s and is a founding member of YCRC. She is a graduate of U.C. Davis and has accumulated training and experience in mediating complex cases, facilitating public meetings, facilitating circles and restorative justice conferences and training conflict resolution program volunteers. She considers being involved in the birth and growth of YCRC as one of her greatest accomplishments. Elvia aspires to continue to train, mentor and support fellow staff and volunteers to ensure YCRC’s future. She is a firm believer in the power of community to transform the negative energy of conflict into productive and meaningful actions through genuine dialogue.
Rocio Saldaña, Restorative Justice Program Coordinator
Rocio Saldaña is the Restorative Justice Programs Coordinator for the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center (YCRC). Rocio holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Davis. She worked as an ASES Tutor for Woodland Joint Unified School District and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Woodland United Way (currently United Way California Capital Region) for 16 months. Rocio was born in Mexico and raised in Woodland. In her role at YCRC, she hopes to pursue her aspiration of empowering youth and giving back to the community.
Hazel Critchfield, Program Assistant
Taking part in YCRC’s Community Mediation Certification training last year was my introduction to the amazing work that this organization is doing. That experience was incredibly inspiring and
energizing for me. Exploring the transformative potential of conflict with my fellow trainees of all ages, races, career paths, and backgrounds made me realize how important conflict resolution skills and opportunities will be to the future of our world. I feel so grateful to be able to learn and grow in my
new role with YCRC while serving Yolo County, where I grew up.
Dr. Ramin Yazdani, Board President
Conflict is an inevitable aspect of human relationship and I have always been interested to learn how it can be resolved in order to create wellbeing in my life, in my relationships, and in my community. I have learned that most often conflict arises between two opposing groups or individuals when there is incompatibility of views, opinion or access to shared resources. After going through the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center’s (YCRC) conflict resolution training course, I was very impressed by the entire process. YCRC’s training staff team provided me with a wealth of technical knowledge, and methods to develop tact, patience, and caring for parties involved in conflict. They have put together an excellent set of tools that can be thought in a short-time to identify the causes behind any conflict and figure out ways to deal with them or simply resolve a dispute as quickly and amicably as possible. As the president of YCRC, I am grateful and fortunate to be working with YCRC staff and board members that are focused on developing relationship of trust and come up with a mutually beneficial options in settlement of difference between individuals. It is everyone’s responsibility to create a compassionate and caring global community. As the president of Sahaya International and treasure of Koom International I have seen how simple programs implemented by a group of caring individuals can make a big difference in the world. My professional experience and education background in Agricultural Engineering and Environmental and Civil Engineering (Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering – U.C. Davis) and years of traveling to various developing countries has given me a broad experience in how important it is to create a caring community locally and internationally. I am also a member of Davis Sunset Rotary Club International Committee working on projects locally and internationally. I am grateful to be part of these organizations and give back to our global family & community. It is everyone’s responsibility to create a compassionate and caring global community. I am committed to do my part.
“Peace does not mean an absence of conflict; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.” – Dalai Lama
Linda Zieghan, Vice President
Linda Ziegahn has been on the Board of Directors of YCRC since 2018. She brings to the board her interests and experience in conflict resolution, intercultural communication, and community engagement. Linda has also served recently on the boards of Opening Doors, a refugee resettlement agency, and the UC Davis Retirees’ Association. In 2016 Linda retired from the Community Engagement and Research Program for the Clinical and Translational Science Center at UC Davis. In this position she developed and conducted community-engaged research training programs for clinical and health researchers, residents, and community-based organizations. She holds a doctorate in Adult Education from Michigan State University. Prior experience includes teaching and administration at Antioch University and Syracuse University, and international development consulting in several African countries and Bangladesh.
Manny Medeiros, Treasurer
After receiving my B.A. from UCD in 1968 and my J.D. from UCD’s King Hall in 1972, I spent five years in the Central Valley with California Rural Legal Assistance, returning to Davis in 1976 to take a position with the state’s new Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Later, after a couple of years with the State Public Defender’s Office, I joined the staff of the Attorney General’s Office in 1984, serving in a number of positions, and retiring in 2012. Following retirement, I wanted to explore the use of restorative practices as an alternative to the criminal justice system. To that end, I joined with others and the Yolo County District Attorney to develop the Neighborhood Court Program and to train its earliest volunteers. My work with Neighborhood Court led to an invitation to join the YCRC Board of Directors. I believe that YCRC performs an important, restorative and communicative, function in our community. I enjoy working with the other board members, our Executive Director, and with our committed staff and corps of volunteers, in expanding the organization’s scope of services, our capacity to perform those services, and our geographical reach. I presently serve as the Board’s Treasurer.
Alberto T. Rosas, Member
Alberto Rosas works for the State of California, where he helps adjudicate administrative appeals and disputes between individuals/businesses and certain government agencies. Additionally, he volunteers for the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, and adjudicates small-claim conflicts and disputes between private parties. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Inns of Court, the Sacramento County Bar Association, and the Yolo County Bar Association.
“I joined the YCRC board of directors because of the great work YCRC is doing in the community, especially its important work with alternative dispute resolution and restorative justice services. The standard two-balance system of criminal justice is sometimes not sufficient to fully address certain harms. With its restorative justice services, YCRC helps to provide an alternative system… because sometimes it is necessary that other factors and interests be weighed in the balance, including the interests of victims, offenders, and the community.”
Lonny Villalobos, Member
Lonny Villalobos is a current K-12 Public School Educator and community volunteer in the communities of Woodland and Sacramento. He is a resident of Woodland and a previous school/district administrator within the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Lonny brings 20 years of K-12 educator experience as well as current school practices and policies in Restorative Justice programs. He serves on one other community board and volunteers in several community and faith-based volunteer programs.
Mediation Offers Alternative Way (7/10/15)
West Sacramento News Ledger
Yolo Conflict Resolution Center (3/09/16)
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