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Board

Sr. Suzanne Jabro, CSJ

Founder & Interim Board Chair

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.

Jane O’Brien Argento

Member

Jane O’Brien Argento, a volunteer with CRJW’s Get On The Bus and Cross Over, has long been active in restorative and juvenile justice advocacy. She served on governing and advisory boards of Foothill Family Service, the League of Women Voters, Catholic Charities San Gabriel Region, the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Offices of Religious Education and Worship, Dolores Mission, and Holy Family Church where she founded restorative justice programs and chairs the social concerns ministry. She is also a founding member of Catholics Against the Death Penalty Los Angeles. In 2009, she received the Rumely Award for community service of St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana, and in 2013, with her husband Phil, she received the Ignatian Volunteer Corps LA’s Madonna Della Strada Award.

John Kalin

Vice Chair

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.

Dirk Fulton

Member

Dirk Fulton is a retired Bay Area real estate attorney. He and his wife, Becky Kukkola, currently own and operate a Napa Valley winery. Dirk has volunteered and raised funds for the Get On The Bus program since 2010. His past public interest activities include: Vice Mayor & Councilmember (City of Benicia); President, Benicia School District Governing Board; and Board memberships for Solano Community Foundation, Sutter Solano Hospital Foundation, Solano County Tri-city Open Space Foundation, Carquinez Strait Land Trust, Solano Water Agency and Solano Transportation Agency.

Ruthie Norton

Secretary

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.