Our Board of Directors
Melia LaCour (Co-Chair)
Founder and Executive Director, of Becoming Justice, an organization committed to facilitating and igniting transformational leadership and systemic change to create racially liberated systems.
Her early career began at Renton Youth and Family Services as a mental health therapist providing services to multicultural youth and families. In 2002, she began working at the Puget Sound Educational Service District where she was later appointed by the Superintendent to launch and lead an organization-wide change effort towards becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization.
Charity Allen (Co-Chair)
Creative leader focused on innovation and equity in education. She serves as President and CEO of PBLC, a consulting group focused on empowering Deeper Learning. She has years of experience as a passionate educator, consultant, leadership coach, school designer, and professional development designer and facilitator. She is slightly fanatical about Deeper Learning and stays focused on empowering meaningful teaching and learning through systems change, Project-Based Learning, STEAM as well as equity-focused and trauma-informed practices. The breadth of her consulting work has been vast: 7 countries and over 20 states, over 40 districts and well over 100 schools.
Tom Halverson Ph.D
Principal Lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Washington, where he also directs the Master's in Education Policy graduate program. Dr. Halverson’s research and teaching focus on two central areas: education policy and the politics of policymaking, and international and comparative education. Within the area of policy and policymaking he focuses predominantly on the pre-implementation phases of the process of making policy within state, national, and international contexts. In the area of international and comparative education his work is centered on the methodological challenges of exploring systems, policies, and practices outside the United States.
Has spent the last ten years trying to answer the question: "What if everyone at school felt like they were important and full of potential." Born and raised in Seattle, Wilson was introduced to Restorative Justice in 2014 after graduating from Vassar College, and immediately found himself taken with the philosophy. He believes in this work, and the work it takes to get there.
Wilson is currently a school design coach working with Big Picture Learning and a Relationship Manager for ImBlaze, and serves as the assistant secretary on the board.
Emma Forsland M.Ed
Restorative Practices Coordinator for the Reynolds School District in Fairview Oregon. A PNW native with a dedication to create equitable and restorative school communities. Her passion for Restorative Justice first started when she taught third grade and recognized the need for non-punitive practices for students. After teaching in Tennessee she received her masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington where she researched Restorative Justice implementation and designed fidelity rubrics for the National Center for Restorative Justice. Now working as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) she trains and supports schools and districts in her hometown of Portland Oregon. In her free time you can find her either hiking up mountains or skiing down them.
Sarah Margeson M.Ed
Spent ten years working directly with youth and families as a special education teacher, applied behavior therapist, and coach, before shifting gears into public policy with a focus on education policy. After focusing on the community level in Baltimore City and Seattle Public Schools, she wanted to impact broader systems change by evaluating how policy, practices, and investments impact equity of opportunity for youth. After serving as Director of Policy for Teachers United, Sarah consulted for the Alliance for Education, Poverty & Race Research Action Council, US Department of Education, and UW. Currently with King County, she manages a multi-million public investments supporting nonprofits, school districts, and agencies serving youth in King County.
Mary Fertakis M.Ed
Former Director, Tukwila School Board (WA); Consultant, National School Boards Assn. Equity Dept.; Consultant, WSSDA Leadership Development Cadre Mary Fertakis is the CEO of her own consulting business, specializing in P-12 education and equity issues, including strategic planning and resource allocation through an equity lens. Fertakis served on the Tukwila School Board for 22 years, representing a school district that has been called the most ethnically-diverse in the United States. Fertakis is a Seattle native with a life-long interest in, and appreciation for, world cultures.