Staff + Board

Our Team

Larell Smith Bacon
Larell Smith Bacon Executive Director

Larell has been in Baltimore since 1991. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts she came to Maryland to attend the Historically Black University, Morgan State University. During her senior year she began her career in the Non- Profit sector as an intern at the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Baltimore City. It was during that internship when her passion to empower, uplift, and support inner city youth began to take form. After interning for a year, and graduating from Morgan State, Larell extended her services to the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, formerly known as the Child Advocacy Network. During her 11 years of employment at the Child Abuse Center she refined her skills as a child and community advocate.  Larell joined the Community Conferencing Center (now Restorative Response Baltimore) as a Case Coordinator and Facilitator in 2010.  Along with her strong communication skills, she also learned how to multi-task, organize, and create a structured atmosphere that lends to a strong working environment. Larell is excited to be part of an agency that allows members of a community to have a structured environment to effectively work out their conflicts.

Community Conferencing has helped Larell to learn that it is important to express how we feel, in order to feel a sense of wholeness and to help others to learn from our experiences.

Larell can be reached at
Liz Miyashiro
Liz Miyashiro Operations Director

Liz’s background is in nonprofit administration, and she has spent her career building administrative infrastructure and support for progressive nonprofits including the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Working America AFL-CIO, Clean Water Action, and the Center for Global Policy Solutions. Liz has expertise in office management and event planning. She serves on the board of Friends of Hampden School #55 and is deeply committed to advancing social and economic justice and equity in public education. She resides in Baltimore with her two daughters, Lola and Penelope.

Liz can be reached at
Maisie Forland
Maisie Forland Program Coordinator, Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council
Maisie is a youth advocate and organizer originally from Baltimore. She comes to Restorative Response Baltimore after working in pre-trial intervention and diversion programming in Western Massachusetts, where she served on the Berkshire United Way’s Positive Youth Development Impact Council and in the Berkshire Youth Development Project. She is passionate about community healing and building, racial justice, and reforming the juvenile justice system. Maisie holds a B.A. in History and Afro-American studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Barbara Sherrod, M.S.
Barbara Sherrod, M.S. Restorative Practices Program Director

Barbara, once an at-risk youth is dedicated to improving the quality of school life and building community for the children of Baltimore through restorative practice. Through advocacy, Barbara educates school communities on discipline disparities among children based on race and gender. Barbara’s research includes increasing self-awareness and positive identity-building through targeted responsive circles for Black and Brown girls exclusively. Baltimore born and raised, Barbara holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters of Science in Negotiations and Conflict Management both from the University of Baltimore. Barb is currently a doctoral student at Morgan State University studying Urban Educational Leadership, and her research focuses on the circle-keeping practices of Black women RJ practitioners and implementing RJ at home for Black caregivers.

Barbara can be reached at

Priya Bhayana
Priya Bhayana Program Development Manager

Priya is an organizer with a background in community development and cultural organizing. Raised in Maryland, she moved back to her home state in 2011 to work in Baltimore. She’s passionate about how community accountability, solidarity economies, and mental wellness intersect with building power in and sustaining communities of color. She organizes with diasporic Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to create spaces for learning, healing, organizing, and solidarity to address systems of oppression and root us in culture. Priya was named a 2017-18 Fellow of the Intercultural Leadership Institute and a 2014 Salzburg Global Forum Young Cultural Innovator. Priya holds a B.A. in Economics & English from Wesleyan University.

Priya can be reached at
Bry Reed
Bry Reed Restorative Practices Specialist

Bry Reed (she/they) is a Baltimore native and proud alum of Baltimore City College High School dedicated to implementing restorative practices in schools and communities throughout the South. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies that informs her use of Black queer feminist theory and practice. She currently serves on the board of Writers in Baltimore Schools and her writing has appeared in ZoraWear Your Voice MagBaltimore Beat, and The Washington Post. Bry is a lifelong scholar, educator, and community member committed to imagining and co-creating liberatory futures.

Kasai Richardson
Kasai Richardson Communications Manager

Kasai has lived in Baltimore his entire life. As a writer, he has always loved storytelling. Analyzing race, gender, and class in America and abroad, his essays and reviews have appeared in Salon, Vice, Good, Apogee Journal, The Root, Baltimore City Paper and more.

He comes to Restorative Response Baltimore after nearly a decade in the long-term mental healthcare field. He is currently writing a book on anger and its place in our lives.

Kasai can be reached at
Jade Jones
Jade Jones Case Coordinator

Jade, born and raised in Southern Maryland, has always had a passion for mental health advocacy, racial equity, and youth empowerment. From a young age, she took this passion and went to work becoming one of Maryland’s youngest community mediators in 2016, as well as a founding member of Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s youth advisory council. Jade has had extensive experience in conflict management and small business operations. She is excited to learn and grow with the Restorative Response Baltimore team!

Board of Directors

Laura Freitag, Treasurer
Partner, Ernst & Young

Steven J. Kravet, Secretary
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians

Chitamawe Mulwanda
Manager, Equity for Baltimore City Public Schools

Philimena Owona
Educator, Dr. Maya Angelou French Immersion School

Albert Turner
Staff Attorney, Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

Lisa Williams, Ed.D., President
Executive Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools

Alicia Wilson
Vice President for Economic Development, Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital

Volunteer Ambassadors

Brittany Johnstone, School Psychologist in Baltimore City
Sydney Thomas, Student in Baltimore City (Charles Village)
LaRon Martin, South Baltimore City (Pigtown)
Kim Loper, Reservoir Hill
Andrew Bell, Harwood/Greater Charles Village/Abell
LaShanah Holmes, Student Life Assistant Counselor in Baltimore City
Teara Q. Booker, Arts Administrator, Accessibility, Arts & Entertainment, and Independent Artist Awards
Heidi Thompson, Sacred Soul Gathering