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 over 10 years of experience working with youth from traumatic backgrounds at residential treatment centers in the Bay Area. 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 enjoys spending time outside with her husband and 3 year old son. She is an avid baker and is constantly perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Amy DeLeon, Director of Community Resources

Ambrosia Phoummnathep, Operations Coordinator

Ambrosia Phoummathep-Winspear has been working in the public for the past 10 years with experience in finance and office management. She has a true passion for working with youth and helping them to create brighter futures. She is a Bay Area native who enjoys spending time with her family & friends, trying new foods and volunteering in her community.

William Guillen, Family Advocate

Alex Escalante, Family Advocate

Originally from Los Angeles, Alex Escalante has spent the last decade using trauma informed practices and social-emotional learning to work with at-risk youth in the New York City public schools. As a teaching artist, Alex utilized drama therapy based techniques to facilitate workshops that directed its participants towards self-awareness and empowerment. With a degree in dance from SUNY Purchase, he also worked/works as a choreographer, dancer, photographer and carpenter.  A father of 2 amazing girls, Alex is an avid nature enthusiast enjoying surfing, biking and camping amongst many other things.

Beth Baldwin, Fund Development

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.

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