Meet The Team
Jackie has previously served as director of two residential drug and alcohol treatment facilities as well as an instructor for State certified drug and alcohol counselors. Having previously worked with both offenders and victims of crime, she understands their needs, which contributes to her current role as Executive Director of HOPE City. As a Restorative Justice Practitioner, Jackie combines her degree in organizational leadership and passion for social justice to motivate community members to embrace healing and restoration. Jackie applies empathetic insight through teaching and leadership to see communities healed and restored.
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES FACILITATOR
As a trained Restorative Practices Facilitator, Ruth works with educators and administrators to implement Restorative Practices across their school communities. She has been involved in Education in Australia for over 10 years where she worked as a Teaching and Classroom Management Consultant and Elementary School Teacher. Ruth is also a trained independent facilitator of Parenting the Love and Logic Way™ and 9 Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom® teaching effective strategies for helping children make great choices in schools, homes and churches. Ruth is passionate about helping adults create safe places for children to play, learn and powerfully be themselves. She helps to solve behavioral issues and implement strategies to manage children so more time is spent on learning and developing and less time is spent on managing behaviors.
MENTOR COORDINATOR & TEAM ADMINISTRATOR
Lacey earned her degree in psychology and business at North Central University where she discovered that it is her joy to build teams and create connection within groups. Before joining the HOPE City team Lacey worked as a data analyst at UnitedHealth Group and trained to become a DISC facilitator, blending her passion for communication with an understanding of data driven decisions. Lacey believes that every relationship, team and workplace should be infused with encouragement, excellence and joy. She looks forwarding to supporting HOPE City's mentors and mentees with this belief. If you are looking for Lacey outside of the office you will likely find her twirling on a dance floor or basking in the beauty of a lake with her nose in a book.
For fourteen years, Lindsey Kelley taught high school English working in an urban setting with all grades and levels of students. In addition to teaching, Lindsey served as the English Learner Coordinator and English Learner teacher. Having worked with such a diverse group of students over the years, from at risk to high performing, gives Lindsey unique insight and skills in managing various behaviors and learning styles. She is passionate about creating environments where students feel seen and valued and understand what they have to contribute to the learning of their peers.
Caroline brings to Hope City over 20 years of accounting and administrative experience from various industries. She is passionate about developing best practices and policies to support the growth of HOPE City programs. She is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor, enjoys gardening, volunteering and participating at the local Toastmasters club. Fun fact: she and her husband Stephen spent over 6 months touring the country in their self converted camper van before settling in Redding, CA.
JUVENILE HALL LIASON
Bonita has spent more that twenty-two years as a director, founder, and builder of schools in the USA as well as Latin America, with sixteen of those years spent on the mission field in Costa Rica building a K-12 school that is still going strong today. After moving to Redding in 2011 and attending school for three years she now works as the Chaplain for Shasta County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center and volunteers with HOPE City. Bonita has recently developed the L.O.T. Program which stands for Leaders Of Tomorrow. As a HOPE City volunteer she facilitates the L.O.T. program in the Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. Bonita is an encourager first and foremost and uses her vast teaching experience to benefit all those who come in contact with her.
HOPE CITY YOUTH
Laura Griffis is the volunteer facilitator of our Hope City Youth Program. With more than 30 years of experience working with children, Laura has developed and published leadership curriculum for youth, travels as a conference speaker and a consultant to youth programs and is a Love and Logic Parenting Facilitator. She is passionate about developing and training young people who can be leaders in their generation; instilling in them a hope that their future is bright and they were born to make a positive impact in their world. Her specific training is focused on character and identity building through development in leadership habits and attitudes. Hope City Youth Program is a place for at risk teens to be mentored and encouraged to believe and dream that anything is possible.