Meet OCRJC Team
It has been my great privilege to have served diverse communities over the course of my career, in a multitude of human service contexts including community mental health, court diversion and child protection.
Through this important work, I have come to believe in two fundamental truths: First, that all people have the capacity to change. And second, that no-one does this alone. Family and community networks are transformative influences and are essential in the pursuit of a safe, healthy, and fulfilled life.
Lyn Gatt, M.S.W.
Restorative Justice Re-Entry Panel Coordinator
In my career, I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to have participated in restorative processes, both in New England, as well as in Eastern and Southern Africa where I lived and traveled. While the faces, names and locations have changed, the core values of truth, accountability, and healing never do. With restorative justice the responsible party is given the opportunity to make amends for the harm caused and with the support of community volunteers grow as individuals and learn from their past actions. Our panels work to advocate for the harmed party, and affected community to try and create a future where the harm does not happen again.
Prior to my work at the Justice Center, I have had a number of professional experiences from the legal field to film and television, as well as working with children and adolescents.
Restorative Justice Re-Entry Coordinator
Through my work as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and corrections educator, I have seen the positive impact of active listening, curiosity, and respectful accountability. I am drawn to the work of Restorative Justice and CoSA because it accepts people as people while maintaining accountability in the community. My hope as a professional is to act as a guide and witness to others on a journey without judgment.
Board of Directors
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
The Orleans Country Restorative Justice Center partners with our local community to address harm and injustice through practices that build connection, equity, accountability and healing.
Steve lives in Lowell, Vermont with his partner and spouse, Patricia (Trish) Sears and his dog, Burton.
Steve chose to be a restorative panel member at Orleans County Restorative Justice Center in part due to a positive experience he had when working for Special Olympics many years ago. During that time, as the Director of Training and Programs in Washington, DC, he brought Special Olympics Games into Lorton Penitentiary, a maximum-security facility then located in Lorton, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC.
Born and raised in Newport, Chris has spent his life here in the Northeast Kingdom. A proud graduate of Johnson State College (Go Badgers!), Chris has worked for Northeast Kingdom Learning Services since 2001 and is currently the Director of Adult Education and Literacy. The work the CJC does is vital to supporting and bettering our community. Wanting to be a part of that work, Chris was honored to join the Board in January, 2022.
I moved to Vermont in 1988, a decision motivated in part to having experienced several trauma events. Later in 2002, I was recruited to serve on the Newport Justice Center Restorative Panel along with 5 other citizens/neighbors. We conducted twice weekly restorative panels, usually 3-4 each evening! A great deal of work completed by a small group of dedicated panelists. Over time I recognize how restorative panels can empower those who have been harmed, like myself and family, and help provide an opportunity to be heard, and hopefully offer some closure. I would encourage anyone to give it a try!
Mary Butler , a Vermont native, born in Burlington, and in 2008 , returned like a homing pigeon to Vermont, following retirement from a 30 career in Hospital Administration and a 5 year Victim Assistance Coordinator role in the Catholic diocese of Spokane , WA.
Mary has a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Science from Diocesan Teachers College - West Hartford, CT., along with a Masters of Science in Health Education from Whitworth College (now University) Spokane, WA.
Mary has traveled extensively for both work and pleasure. Peppered into each visit , whether for a day or a month has been time invested in quality of life for that community.