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Meet the staff and board of directors of Resolve!


Deltra FergusonDeltra Ferguson, Executive Director
Send emailCurrently, Deltra is the Executive Director Resolve. For eight years prior, Deltra served as Coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center of Southern Oregon University, and before that, as faculty with the Women’s Studies Program at Oregon State University, teaching and researching in the areas of theater and women’s studies. Upon moving to the Rogue Valley, Deltra helped rebuild Josephine County’s safe shelter and domestic and sexual assault program; the Women’s Crisis Support Team, as Executive Director. She and her partner of many years share a safe, warm Ashland Oregon home with their teenaged twins, Riley and Julia and cat, Charley.

Brian Graunke, Director of Mediation & Facilitation

Brian GraunkeSend emailBrian has been with Resolve since 2001 as a volunteer until July of 2009 when he was hired as the Director of Mediation and Facilitation. He has mediated hundreds of family, workplace, community, and court cases. As an accomplished mediator, facilitator, and trainer, he isknown for his easygoing style, affable presence, and humor, which helps puts people at ease in high conflict situations. In addition, to coordinating the delivery and outreach of dispute resolutions services in southern Oregon, Brian serves as Vice Chair for the Association of the Oregon Community Dispute Resolution Centers, and an active member of Oregon and Washington’s mediation associations.

Brian graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Paramedic Science from Central Washington University, has completed advanced training in Group Facilitation, Foreclosure Mediation, Court Connected Mediations and Domestic Relations mediation for parenting plans, and financial matters. When not working, Brian enjoys spending his time, cooking, traveling, skiing, and hiking with friends and family. 

Raphaelle (Raphi) Kunkel, Director of Education 

Raphaelle (Raphi) Kunkel

Send emailRaphi joined the professional staff of Resolve in the summer of 2013 having previously volunteered and worked as an intern with the center since 2011. In her work Raphi aims to further the development and delivery of Resolve's conflict resolution education programs and services for schools, workplaces and the community.

Raphi graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with her B.A. in Human Communication, certificates in Conflict Resolution and the Management of Human Resources, and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from the high desert of Arizona, and more recently from the rainy Puget Sound of Washington, Raphi enjoys spending time outdoors, sipping delicious coffee in cozy cafes, cooking fun vegetarian dishes, and going on adventures with friends and family.

Cara Walsh, Director of Restorative Justice

Cara WalshAs the Director of Restorative Justice, Cara has been working to support the development, implementation, and delivery of restorative justice principles and practices throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties since 2010. In addition to providing service delivery, dialogue facilitation, and community engagement on a local level, Cara is committed to the advancement of restorative justice principles throughout the region through her leadership with the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon and the Northwest Justice Forum. The root of her professional and educational experience is grounded in her passion for creating and facilitating integrative opportunities and experiences for community engagement, empowerment and transformation.  



Our Board of Directors

Resolve is governed by an active Board of Directors. The Board is a dedicated panel of community members who, as part of their tenure, have the following goals for the organization:

  • To model and teach effective conflict management skills in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

  • To reduce the number of juveniles involved in the Juvenile Justice System, and to reduce recidivism.

  • To create and improve relationships, among individuals, organizations, and communities.

  • To assist individuals in resolving disputes outside the adversarial model.

  • To save the courts time and taxpayers money through the use of alternative dispute resolution processes.

Lance Reyes
Board Chair

Nicole Alleman

Mike Mastroni

Robert Boggess
Vice Chair

Benjamin Bloom

John North

Pam Westland
Finance Chair

Debbie Vought

Alison Burke

Liz Shelby