The Alliance for Unitive Justice was founded in 2011 as Restorative Youth Services of Virginia by Donna Chewning and Sylvia Clute, the original incorporators. The founding board members included James I. Payne, Marian Yoder Payne, Donna Chewning, Sylvia Clute and Jim Mustin. In 2013 the name of the organization was changed to the Alliance for Unitive Justice, and RYSOV was retained as a trade name.
From 2011-2014 our organization focused on a grant-funded restorative project at Armstrong High School in Richmond, Virginia. Today our organization is enjoying rapid growth in the greater Richmond Metropolitan area. We provide restorative justice services for conflicts among students in the Freshmen dorms at Virginia Union University and for residents of Mosby Court, one of Richmond’s high-conflict communities. We offer community training and we provide training support for Virginia Union University students who are learning circle facilitation. AUJ is a member organization of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. In partnership with restorative justice advocates throughout Virginia, we actively advocate for the state-wide implementation of restorative justice as an evidence-based alternative to traditional disciplinary and retributive measures.
The mission of AUJ is to provide services that resolve conflict, transform relationships and build community in ways that are consistent with the principles of unitive justice. AUJ is committed to (a) serving schools, courts, detention centers and other organizations and agencies; (b) training restorative justice circle facilitators, staff and volunteers; (c) engaging with the community about restorative justice using unitive principles, its uses and benefits, (d) working collaboratively with organizations and individuals to make restorative justice using unitive principles a more widely used practice; and (e) fostering policies that enhance opportunities for restorative justice using unitive principles to be implemented.
Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr. – Board. Now a Richmond, Virginia lawyer, Mr. Dunnaville has devoted his life to civil rights. He grew up in the city of Roanoke, Virginia during the Jim Crow era. He fought segregation as a child by refusing to use segregated toilets or to sit in the back of the bus. During college he was a civil rights activist, picketing segregated theaters and participating in numerous student demonstrations and sit-ins that opened lunch counters to black citizens in Baltimore, Md. In December 1953, Thurgood Marshall, arranged for him to see the oral arguments of Brown v. Board of Education in the United States Supreme Court. That experience inspired Clarence to study law and work to end racial discrimination. He graduated with honors from Saint John’s University School of Law in Brooklyn, New York. In 1961, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York by Robert F. Kennedy.
Mary Fran Hughes-McIntyre – Board. Mary Fran brings to Restorative Justice an extensive background as a therapist. A Certified Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she is also a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her learning is primarily through the thousands of people she has counseled since 1976 at the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care. Her formal education includes a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary, a M. Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and a B.A. from Wake Forest University. A member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), she meditates daily and is committed to working for peace and justice. Gardening, stained glass, quilting, doing little things for people she cares about, and walks in the woods restore her soul.
Michelle Chapman-Campbell began her restorative justice facilitation practice as part of her commitment to excellent service delivery in the Human Services Administration sector as a Community Center Director / Community Developer for Fairfax County. In her preparation as a servant of the community and as a life long learner Michelle has earned an M.Div in Theological Studies (Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, VUU), an MS in Patient Counseling (VCU), and an MBA, in Project Management (Capella Univ). Rev. Chapman-Campbell is a Hospice Chaplain with Optum Palliative and Hospice Care and an Associate Minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Beaverdam Va. She is passionate about restoration and reconciliation in our human community through the building of relationships, facilitation of two way conversations, and supporting leadership practices that are a win win for individuals, families, organizations and the greater human community via restorative justice practices. Inclusive in her Faith tradition, not excluding or discounting others Michelle believes: “For where two or three gather together because they are mine, I will be right there among them” (Matthew 18:20 Living Bible (TLB) 20). Therefore when we gather in the restorative circle to listen to each other we are healed.
Donna Chewning – Program Coordinator and Trainer. Donna is the CEO of Shared Solutions, a Roanoke, Virginia business that offers restorative justice services and training. She has many years of experience as a Restorative Justice Practitioner. As a Virginia Supreme Court certified General District and Juvenile and Domestic Court mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator, she conducts restorative processes in schools and the juvenile criminal courts. She joins the faculty at Ferrum College as an instructor of restorative justice in the spring, 2016. Donna has been an advocate for children and adults with disabilities for over 25 years. She worked at Tekoa, a youth residential treatment facility, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She holds a BA from Radford University where her studies focused on Youth Advocacy. Donna’s Master’s Degree Program at the Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding focused on Restorative Justice for Youth.
Sylvia Clute – Richmond Program Coordinator and Trainer. Sylvia was a trial attorney for 28 years; she is trained in collaborative law, mediation, and several models of restorative justice and now teaches restorative justice at the university level. She has authored two books, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution and a novel, Destiny Unveiled. She holds master degrees in public administration from the Univ. of Cal./Berkeley and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and her JD is from Boston University. She is presently writing a book on restorative justice using unitive principles and is developing a webinar on unitive justice. Her websites are SylviaClute.com and UnitiveJustice.com.com.