Elizabeth Chapman started The Portland Center for Restorative Justice in 2011 after attending a course at Eastern Mennonite University where she discovered the promise of restorative practices.   She holds a M. Arch from MIT and a B. Arch from Cornell U.  Elizabeth teaches courses in the neurology of perception in the senior college at the University of Southern Maine.  She heads an architectural practice in Cumberland.



Fred Van Liew is an attorney, mediator, and justice consultant. He was a career prosecutor with the Polk County Attorney’s Office in Des Moines, Iowa, and currently serves as the Center’s Restorative Practices Coordinator. In addition, he is a consultant with A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS) in Des Moines. He has been engaged in restorative justice practices since the early 1990s and recently published The Justice Diary: An Inquiry into Justice in America.



Karen Wentworth is the Director of Prevention Services at Family Crisis Services in Portland, and supervises the Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences and Health for nine years in Connecticut and Sanford, Maine. Karen wrote two Maine guidebooks published by Down East Books: Maine’s Coastal Cemeteries: A Historic Tour and Exploring the Spirit of Maine: A Seeker’s Guide. Her last position was ombudsperson and manager at Covenant House Crisis Center in New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts in Education, and Doctor of Ministry.


Jim Sparks is a psychologist in Portland who is drawn to Restorative Justice for its compelling vision of repair, redemption, and the return of community. Jim has published articles about attentiveness to power in supervision; evoking the “insider knowledge” of those who have lived through problems; and about the impact on clients’ identity of creating multi-layered conversations with therapeutic “reflecting teams.” For many years he has worked with the ways lives are shaped by personal, familial and cultural stories.