Sr. Suzanne Jabro, CSJ
Sister Suzanne Jabro, CSJ, is the founder of the Center For Restorative Justice Works, a community-based non-profit organization that innovates gender-responsive solutions to the issues impacting women in prison and their families. The agency's flagship program, Get On The Bus, mobilizes grassroots communities throughout California to send more than 1,000 children of prisoners to visit their parents in prison for Mother's and Father's Days. Sr. Suzanne is a nationally recognized leader in the development and evolution of prison ministry. She led two Roman Catholic Diocesan Detention Ministry Departments, and built the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' program into the largest in the country. She also has more than 25 years of direct-service experience serving as a prison chaplain and co-director of a residential program for ex-offenders.
Kathy Culpepper joined the staff of Center for Restorative Justice Works as Executive Director in March 2011. Kathy has been a nonprofit professional for more than twenty-five years. Her nonprofit experience has included work on behalf of critically ill children and patient advocacy for adults affected by a genetic illness. Previously, she served as Executive Director of two national organizations.
Thomas J. Clough
Chairman of the Board
Tom Clough is an Intellectual Property Attorney and has been active with many profit and nonprofit organizations in planning and policy development. He is currently a Board member for the 5Cities Homeless Coalition and was former Board Chairman for the Newman Community serving CalPoly and Cuesta College. His board membership with non-profits include the development of both overall strategic plans as well as short, intermediate, and long-term plans including team organizing/building, planning. His current volunteer activities include South San Luis Obispo County Peoples Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, Get On The Bus and St. Patrick's Outreach/Social Justice Programs.
Jonathan Eddison is a highly experienced and sophisticated former transactional lawyer who is now Executive Director of Community Dreams, Inc. in Austin, Texas. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Eddison has been General Counsel of public companies, Senior Counsel of Epson America and a principal or counsel of several start-up companies. He also worked in the General Counsel's office of the SEC and was Of Counsel at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Mr. Eddison's unusually broad experience advising CEOs and corporate executives in different industries, corporate cultures and companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies gave him a "virtual MBA" in management and strategic planning. He serves on the Boards of the Design High School, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Small Schools Center in addition to Community Dreams and CRJW. In Austin, Eddison is a strategic advisor to the Board and founders of Truth Be Told, an innovative program for women in state prisons in Texas. Mr. Eddison has a passion for and commitment to social justice and its underlying theology and Biblical foundation.
Eddison grew up overseas in Puerto Rico, Burma, Pakistan and Bolivia. Eddison has good Spanish and restaurant Mandarin.
Secretary / Member
Debbie McDermott is the Associate Director for Restorative Justice Ministries at the California Catholic Conference (CCC). She directs the work of a statewide CCC Restorative Justice Committee, acts as liaison with state and federal governments on behalf of Catholic chaplains and the incarcerated; convenes and collaborates with diocesan restorative justice ministry directors and is the general editor of RestoreJustice.com. She is committed to systemic change and healing justice to improve the lives of people who are living behind bars and their families, victims of crime and their families and people who are working in the criminal justice system.
John Kalin, a plaintiff's personal injury attorney in San Francisco has volunteered with his wife Cathy for Get On The Bus since 2009 serving as Bus Coordinator and leading the Prison Event Team at San Quentin last year. In addition to his volunteer work for GOTB, John’s pro bono legal service and public interest activities have included Board Member of the San Francisco Playhouse, Board Member of Larkin Street Youth Services, Board Member of San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and California Department of Corrections State Board of Prison Terms Attorney Referral Panel.
Ruthie Norton is Vice President of CCI, a regional, privately owned brokerage firm offering boutique insurance services. Specializing in nonprofit and law firms, Ruthie has nearly 40 years experience in the insurance industry working on both the carrier and brokerage arm in employee benefits. Her past board positions include Chairman of Martinez Recall, President of Northern California Employee Benefits Council, Past Chair and current Board Member of Volunteers of America, Bay Area.