Staff & Board


  • Mel Motel, Director
  • Jackie Trepanier, Program Coordinator
  • Jim Cecere, Offender Re-Entry Coordinator


Deborah Lee Luskin, Chair

Deborah taught both reading and writing programs to incarcerated women at Windsor Corrections Facility and to men at Southern State Correctional Facility through the Vermont Humanities Council in the mid-2000s. “It’s some of the most meaningful teaching I’ve ever done,” she said.  “I figured there had to be a better way; I discovered there was. I started volunteering at the BCJC in 2007, first on a rep panel and now on the Board.” Deborah writes in an 8’x10’ studio heated by a tiny woodstove, splitting wood into very small pieces between paragraphs. She is a commentator for Vermont Public Radio, a novelist, a pen-for-hire, a public speaker and an educator.

“What’s spare time?”


Meg Mott, Vice Chair

Meg became interested in restorative justice while working as a Court Advocate for the Women’s Crisis Center (now the Women’s Freedom Center). Her job was to provide support for women abusive situations. At the time, it was generally accepted that the best solution was putting abusers in jail. Eventually, she began to realize  that “incarceration was creating its own difficulties.” When Meg got a job at Marlboro College, she became interested in how restorative justice might offer an alternative to Title IX campus disciplinary panels. Although the idea was considered taboo, she saw better opportunities for parties in a case involving ambiguous sex than in a highly-regulated procedure in which both complainants and respondents often felt completely misunderstood. Meg received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her dissertation discussed the function of reconciliation in the Spanish Inquisition. She currently teaches politics and law at Marlboro College. Meg has said that her “happiest moments involve the construction of sentences.”


Bruce Dayton

Bruce W. Dayton has been active in conflict transformation, crisis management, and leadership training for over twenty years as a practitioner, a researcher, and an educator. His interest in restorative justice relates to his commitment to understanding ways that communities and social groups can communicate about and heal deep divisions across racial, socio-economic, and ideological boundaries.  Bruce currently serves as Associate Professor of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding and Director of the CONTACT Peacebuilding Program at the School for International Training / SIT Graduate Institute. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Bruce enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and visiting new places.


Claire Halverson
Claire became involved with restorative justice after she returned from South Africa where she was teaching a graduate course on conflict. “I leaned about the use of restorative justice in various indigenous communities around the world,” she said, “and then I learned restorative justice was also practiced in Vermont.” Claire is a professor emeritus at the School for International Training where she teaches in the Master’s Program in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations.  In her  spare time she enjoys getting out in nature and participating in activities including hiking, swimming, x-cross country skiing, biking, camping, and snowshoeing. She also loves visiting her grandchildren who live in the Bronx.