About Us

Mission

To provide schools, workplaces and other communities with training, consulting and facilitation of dialogue circles which improve communication, build relationships, reduce violence and allow those most impacted by conflict and wrongdoing to develop their own solutions for justice and well-being.

Who We Are

The Center for Restorative Approaches (CRA) was founded in 2008 as an initiative of Neighborhood Housing Services. Our organization helps people uncover their natural ability to respond to destructive behavior in constructive ways. We provide communities with training and tools that build relationships and that allow for those most impacted by conflict and crime to develop their own solutions and ways of repairing harm. Our staff, interns and volunteers are committed to making restorative approaches possible. CONTACT US to see how you can join in our mission!

Our Team

 

TBechet_1250pxTroi Bechet is the founder and CEO of the Center for Restorative Approaches. Troi earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and Master’s in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans and has over 25 years of administrative experience. Prior to her work with CRA, she worked as the Director of the Community Building Initiative at Neighborhood Housing Services, and served as the Director of the New Orleans Theater Association, as well as the Vice President of Operations at the Private Industry Council of New Orleans.

 

Alan Delery

Alan Delery is the Restorative Approaches Specialist for ReNEW Accelerated High School with the Center for Restorative Approaches. Alan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Sociology from the University of New Orleans. Prior to joining CRA, Alan was the Project Director for the Readiness and Emergency Management Systems grant and the Positive Behavior Support Coordinator for the Algiers Charter Schools Association. Alan also worked for the New Orleans Public School System where he held positions including Positive Behavior Support Facilitator, Louisiana State Improvement Grant Facilitator, Middle School Drug Prevention and School Safety Coordinator and Student Advocate with the Safe and Drug-Free Schools. Alan has served on the State PBIS Advisory Committee and is a Regional Coalition member and state trainer for PBIS.

 

Jen Pagan is the Restorative Approaches Specialist at the Center for Restorative Approaches. Prior to her work with the CRA, Jen served as the Artistic Director for InterACT NOLA, a theatre program for the Arc of Greater New Orleans.This organization serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with the opportunity to receive theatre training and perform in professional musical theatre productions with the mission to change people’s perceptions of those with disabilities.  During her six year tenure as the Marketing Director for Whole Foods Market, she helped build strong community partnerships with local schools and programs including the Rethinkers, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Liberty’s Kitchen, Tulane School of Public Health, Café Reconcile and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation among others, to address healthy school lunch initiatives, youth development and food security.  Additionally Jen brings twenty years of experience in youth arts programming as an administrator, performing artist and educator with non-profit arts organizations and schools such as Young Audiences, LA Children’s Museum, Contemporary Arts Center, McMain High School and Crocker Elementary.

 

Mathew Schwarzman is the Organizational Coordinator at the Center for Restorative Approaches. Mathew is also a theater artist, educator, and writer in the field of community-based arts since 1985, helping to establish artseducation programs for thousands of teens and college students across the country. Schwarzman holds a doctorate in Learning & Change in Human Systems from the California Institute for Integral Studies, with a focus on the transformative impact of the arts, education and community organizing on teenagers.