Director and Founder, Julia Steiny
In 2007 Julia began work on the Youth Restoration Project (YRP) after returning from a life-changing trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she found average people — waitresses, cabbies and hotel clerks — talking enthusiastically about “restoration” as an antidote to the mentality of punishment and vengeance that had dominated that city for decades. Back in the States, Julia sought out training in mediation, family group conferencing and Restorative Practices — see here for her certifications — and has written extensively on Restoration (see Resources). She began developing YRP’s partnership with the Central Falls, RI school district and Family Service of RI in 2009, thanks to a visionary Superintendent, Dr. Frances Gallo (see Our Projects).
For the past 20 years Julia Steiny has toggled the worlds of education journalism, research and data analysis, school board membership, teaching, playwriting and parenting, approaching the challenge of how to take better care of our kids from every angle. She was the education columnist for the Providence Journal for 16 years, and continues her weekly columns in-line at EducationNews.org and EducationViews.org. She invented the concept of “data stories” for The Providence Plan, and consults with them on developing these analytic presentations for their RIDataHUB. She serves on the Boards of Family Service of Rhode Island, the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Feinstein School of Education. See here for details on her course in Restorative Practices recently taught at Rhode Island College.
Principal and Partner, Stephen A. Turcotte
Steve Turcotte worked in a Federal Agency as a workplace analyst and training manager for 29 years. He specialized in analyzing and resolving conflict – ranging from the trivial to potentially lethal – and restoring work sites to safe, healthy, productive environments. Steve is a subject matter expert on relationship dynamics, problems and repairs in business environments, school environments or personal life. He has worked closely with Executives, Human Resource specialists, Management teams and Unions to make credible assessments of issues and risk (from physical harm to litigation) and then formulate and initiate actions necessary to facilitate healthy communications and productivity. He has worked with school administrations, teachers unions and teachers to understand conflict and develop new skills to resolve conflict and manage classrooms. He has worked with individuals and groups to restore relationships as well.
Steve has an M.A. and is trained as a mediator, facilitator, intervention specialist, critical incident specialist, investigator, trainer, educator (Middle and High school certified), adjunct professor teaching conflict resolution techniques and negotiation (Rhode Island College), public collaboration moderator (MA Office of Public Collaboration), HR specialist, Labor Relations specialist, Risk Assessment and Risk Abatement Specialist, Coach, Mentor, Diversity Specialist, Talent development, and more.
Colleagues and Collaborators:
Colin Murphy (Providence Design) — Business and communications consultant, web design.
Colin Murphy is a designer, design thinker and consultant, who for five years ran Shape Up RI, a statewide wellness non-profit initiative. He has consulted in business, branding and communications for healthcare organizations (Lifespan, CVS, HCSC), museums (Harvard Art Museums and RI School of Design Museum) and financial organizations (State Street Bank, Wells Fargo) as well as hundreds of other large and small clients, using design thinking to help organizations and companies move products and processes forward. Colin graduated from RISD with a degree in design, from University of RI with an MBA, and is a Registered Nurse (R.N.)
Ellen Polansky — Writer, editor, and grants writer.
Ellen Polansky has written government and foundation grants in addition to providing program design for children and family serving organizations in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York for over 12 years. Prior to this, Ellen worked in program development and management in various non-profits as well as city and state government.
Kate Weymouth (Barrington City Counselor) — political consultant