Office Staff Bios
Zachary Whelan, Executive Director
Zachary Whelan has worked on criminal justice reform for over a decade leading community-based organizations focused on creating innovative solutions to heal the impacts of incarceration on children and families. He was the Program Coordinator of a violence prevention program on Boston's North Shore, Director of the Orleans County Community Justice Project in Vermont, Associate Director of Restorative Resources in Sonoma County, and is currently the Executive Director of Project Avary.
Kellene VanBrackle, Program Director
Kellene VanBrackle has 10 years of experience working with youth from traumatic backgrounds at residential treatment centers in both San Rafael and San Anselmo. She has experience directing therapy groups for adolescent boys and girls, developing age appropriate curriculum and overall programmatic supervision. She studied sociology at UC San Diego and is a Marin native who enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking, biking and skiing.
Jessica Stillman, MPH, Family Advocate
Jessica works to support family heath in many ways, through direct and consistent relationship engagement, by connecting children and their families to community social and health services, and by advocating on behalf of children and caregivers in community proceedings. She also develops and implements the teen programming aspect at Avary, including PeaceMakers. She was an initial participant in the Project Avary program in 1999 and worked as a summer camp counselor for many years. Prior to coming to work for Project Avary, she served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for 2 years as a Health Specialist. Jessica is a graduate of University of San Francisco, where she received her masters in Public Health, with an emphasis in Violence Prevention. She enjoys traveling and Harry Potter movies.
Zoevina Delgado-Pariani, Program Coordinator
Zoevina was incarcerated when her two children were enrolled by her mother in the Project Avary program so she has an understanding of the organization from many different perspectives. As Program Coordinator she manages the logistics for all the school-year outings/adventure days and summer camp registration. She supports family well-being though providing access to resources, peer-to-peer support and facilitation for caregiver groups. She has been helping Project Avary run smoothly since 2007.
Beth Baldwin, Bookkeeper
Beth Baldwin has been working in finance for nonprofit organizations since 2005. She has a BS Degree in Sociology and has studied financial accounting at WCC in Washington State. Her interest in restorative justice began in her youth as the daughter of two magistrates. She is committed to maintaining the financial health and stability for organizations which foster sustainable values and quality of life for all community members.