Police Community Dialogue - Participant Bios

Presenters:

Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Community Mediation Maryland

Lorig is the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Maryland. Her work includes developing innovative partnerships with state agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Department on Aging and others, to bring collaborative conflict resolution to new and unique forums. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served as Community Mediation Maryland's Director of Research and Training. Lorig founded and served for seven years as the Executive Director and lead trainer for the Community Mediation Program in Baltimore City. She has trained hundreds of mediators all over Maryland as well as police, judges, and social workers. Lorig served on the Maryland Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, which established the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office.

Tracee Ford
Crtified Mediator, Trainer and Evaluator
Community Mediation Maryland

Tracee is a certified mediator, trainer and evaluator in the Inclusive Mediation Process. She has worked with Community Mediation Maryland since 2011 and is currently CMM's Director of Quality Development. In this position, Ms. Ford supports the 17 community mediation centers throughout Baltimore in building their mediators' capacity, trains parenting plan and school attendance mediators and facilitates community dialogues.

Marvin McKenstry Jr.
Professional Facilitator and Youth Development Executive
YO!Baltimore

Marvin is a professional facilitator and youth development executive. Mr. McKenstry works with hundreds Baltimore city youth through YO!Baltimore, a youth opportunities program of the Mayor’s office, to support them in gaining invaluable work and life skills. Mr. McKenstry brings his life experience as a Baltimore native as well as years of professional development to his work with youth.

Moderator:

Erin J. Farley, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association

Erin J. Farley joined the JRSA staff in May 2015 as a Research Associate working on the Pre-Trial Justice Institute Project. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Delaware. Prior to working at JRSA Dr. Farley was a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Court Innovation in NYC where she worked on a number of projects including an evaluation of Intelligence Driven Prosecution in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the Manhattan Mental Health Court, and a randomized trial of an evidence-based assessment protocol in New York City drug courts. She has co-authored reports on indigent defense reforms in Brooklyn, as well as the Adolescent Diversion Program, Judicial Diversion, Improving Courtroom Communication, and the Bronx Family Treatment Court.