Meet our Staff

Steven
Dinkin
President

Steven P. Dinkin has served as President of the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) since 2003. At NCRC he has secured several federal contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  He has also expanded the organization’s dispute resolution programming outside the United States to Europe, Asia and Latin America. Before arriving at NCRC, Steve was Program Director at the Center for Dispute Settlement (CDS) in Washington, D.C..

Francisco
Carbajal
Director of Alternative Juvenile Justice

For youth in underserved San Diego neighborhoods, Francisco Carbajal is a turnaround specialist. He has a gift for diverting at-risk youth away from the juvenile justice system and toward a path to educational achievement and community leadership.

 

David
Jay
Director of Fund Development

David Jay joined the National Conflict Resolution Center at the start of 2021. For more than 15 years, David has worked with individual, foundation and corporate donors to improve their communities through their philanthropy. As Director of Fund Development, David oversees efforts to secure the financial resources needed to invest in supporting the communities who rely on NCRC, to build new programs, and to sustain NCRC into the future.

Lisa
Maxwell
Director of the Training Institute

Lisa Maxwell has been a mediator since 1985 and is the Director of the Training Institute at the National Conflict Resolution Center. She has extensive experience mediating and resolving workplace disputes, interpersonal disputes, and complex issues. She has designed and implemented communication, conflict resolution and diversity trainings in Spanish and English locally and internationally for companies, universities and government agencies.Lisa developed and is the lead trainer in The Exchange Training.

Marc
Meyer
Director of Operations

Marc A. Meyer is the Director of Operations at the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). He began volunteering with NCRC in 2006 and was hired as a full-time staff member in 2009. Marc has played a pivotal role in the growth of NCRC’s training initiatives; being the primary driver of creating systems to manage the exponential growth. Marc currently focuses most of his time managing the various training projects for NCRC’s Training Institute and supporting NCRC projects organization wide. Marc also directs the day to day operations at all NCRC’s offices.

Veronica
Mikho
Director of Community Mediation

Veronica Mikho has been with the National Conflict Resolution Center since 2005. She is a proud Mexicana who was born and raised in the Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, California regions. Veronica is a certified bilingual mediator who has extensive experience mediating a variety of disputes. She is also a trainer and coach for NCRC’s Training institute and specializes in various NCRC workshops. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. Veronica enjoys working with the community and families.

Ashley
Virtue
Director of External Relations

Ashley has been with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) since 2005. She has been instrumental in the development and promotion of multiple mainstay programs at NCRC, and has focused much of her career expanding NCRC's work nationally and internationally.

In recent years, Ashley has launched a major PR campaign, with the ultimate goal of positioning NCRC as a "thought-leader" nationally. Since then, NCRC has appeared on hundreds of local, regional and national media outlets and developed a robust social media campaign across multiple platforms. As often as you find Ashley working behind the camera on strategy, you will also find her in front of the camera most-days, representing NCRC in the news and on-line. She has been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The Washington Post, C-Span, NPR, PopSugar, and many others. 

Kathy
Purcell
Director of West Coast Resolution Group

Kathy began her mediation career in 1993 as a volunteer mediator. Shortly after working as a volunteer mediator, she was hired as a Case Coordinator for San Diego Mediation Center, now known as the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC).  Kathy has seen the field of mediation grow with the legal community, and has enjoyed working in the ADR field for twenty-five years.

Kathryn
Shade
Director of Human Resources

Kathryn has been with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) since May of 2017. In her current position, Kathryn manages HR, staff training and serves as the board liaison. Previously, as the Senior Program Manager of NCRC’s Center for Community Cohesion (CCC), Kathryn was instrumental in the work of community engagement through collaborations with local agencies, organizations and residents to promote a culture of inclusivity, community empowerment and cohesion. Dedicated to community advocacy, she worked previously for the Alliance for African Assistance, a refugee resettlement agency, as Interim Program Manager and employment Case Manager. Prior to that she spent five years as the Finance & Administration Manager for the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils, an umbrella organization for San Diego’s 4th District neighborhood councils.

Michael
Algeo
Conflict Management Specialist
Ricardo
Alvarez
Program Facilitator
Emily
Barnes
Community Connector
Sofia
Bianconi
Program Administrative Assistant
Valerie
Breen
Community Mediation Coordinator
Dania
Brett
Community Engagement Coordinator
Teresa
Burke-Ellet
Staff Accountant
Breea
Buskey
Lead Facilitator
Natalie
Calderon
Data and Evaluation Coordinator
Mary
Castaneda
Database Manager
Emma
Celeste
Assistant Project Manager
Iddo
Gelle
Lead Community Connector
Roxane
Helstrom
Senior Strategic Advisor
Bridget
Lambert
Chief Financial Officer
Smhale
Leon
WCRG Coordinator, West Coast Resolution Group
Gloria
Magallanes
Conflict Coach
Rafael
Monroy
Restorative Practices School Specialist
Juan Carlos
Nieblas
Program Manager, Restorative Justice
Brittney
Ochira
Senior Project Manager
Alexis
Perez
Program Facilitator
Mireya
Pinell-Cruz
Assistant Office Manager
Richard
Pray
Community Mediation Coordinator
Genevieve
Quintard
Lead Administrative Assistant
Luis
Ruan
RJP School Specialist
Bette
Rud
Finance Officer
Nikita
Sam
Project Coordinator
Holly
Sullivan
Senior Project Manager
Susanna
Summers
Marketing Strategist, External Relations
Jessica
Tena
Restorative Practitioner/Trainer
Mikiel
Toure
Restorative Practitioner
Tsava
Tuzolana
Conflict Coach
Randy
West
Community Justice Program Manager, Downtown