Center for Policy Planning & Performance
Meet Our People
Barbara Raye is founder and Executive Director of the Center. The concept began with a tea party of 12 friends, colleagues, clients, and good thinkers in 1999. By 2000 the Center had incorporated and filed for its nonprofit tax-exempt status. Committed to social justice, the Center provides consulting/training services, facilitation, mediation, project management, and policy analysis to public sector and nonprofit organizations. Its primary office is in Minnesota. It is also affiliated with an independently incorporated organization in Romania. It had an office for several years in Kenya but has closed that work due to the pandemic and travel restrictions.
Barbara’s commitment is building the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to create and sustain places of mutual respect and power, no disparity of access or outcome, and nonviolence. Barbara has worked with cities, counties, and state agencies and over 225 local and national nonprofit groups over the past twenty years.
She has provided training to law enforcement, customs officers, human services providers and other groups on cultural diversity and respectful multicultural workplaces and has recently been facilitating large group community-based censuses building processes. She has 30-years’ experience as a change agent – starting shelters for battered women and their children, legislative initiatives regarding victims and animal rights, and development of outcomes and performance measures for government services and local and national nonprofit organizations. At Ramsey County she led a Charter Commission mandated planning process that engaged over 10,000 residents.
Barbara introduced restorative justice at the Minnesota Department of Corrections where she served for four years as the director of Victim Services. She is also the co-developer of the BARJ train-the-trainer curriculum in group conferencing and authored chapters in the books Handbook of Restorative Justice and Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. She is a facilitator of victim/offender dialogue, received circle training from Kay Pranis and Barry Stuart, and completed training with Mark Umbreit on restorative justice in cases of severe and violent crimes. She co-developed with Linda Harvey the restorative justice Council on Sexual Misconduct in Faith Communities.
Barbara has a master’s degree in Business Administration. She also co-designed the Peter F. Drucker Foundation National Training Team curriculum and training. She has specialized training in Minnesota Quality Award Criteria, Carver Policy Governance Model, Myers-Briggs Qualification, Asset-Based Community Development, the National Futurists, “Shared Participation”, and Fellowship of Reconciliation “Children’s Creative Response to Conflict.” She has also been trained as a mediator by CDR Associates in Colorado and has co-trained their national curriculum. She has taught in master’s level programs at Hamline University and St. Mary’s University, and has been a frequent guest lecturer at the University of St. Catherine.
Roger Landy has been the accountant for the Center since it began 20 years ago. He has recently retired from his private accounting practice but continues working with the Center. He has served in leadership roles on several committees for the MN CPA Society. He also served on the City of New Hope Planning and Crime Prevention Fund. He also volunteers with AARP Tax aide program preparing tax returns for seniors.
His loyal commitment to the Center is really appreciated and has included client referrals, monthly statements, assistance with payroll, federal loans, and our annual tax return.
Corneliu I. Loghin, Phd.
Director of Programs, Romanian Office
Corneliu I. Loghin PhD, president of Association for Dialogue and Dispute Resolution Iasi, Romania, is an Alternative Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice Practitioner, Accredited Mediator, Consultant, University Lecturer, Accredited Vocational Senior Trainer, Examiner and Evaluator, Author, with more than 20 years of continuous national and international experience in ADR and Restorative Justice, having relevant technical, trade, higher education, capacity building and social safety professional background in Romania and abroad. Professional specialized in various types of mediation processes, assisted numbers of cases including civil, work relations, family, community, discrimination, commercial, consumer, technical and penal conflicts.
Chairperson of the Board
Terry Donavan has over twenty-five years of consulting experience with government organizations—particularly in the areas of mergers and performance measurement. He has worked extensively within Minnesota local and state government in the areas of public health, corrections, and human services.
With Janet Hagberg he is co-author of Learning Styles and Conflict Style assessment tools that are used throughout the country. He makes his home in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He worked for several years at the Department of Employment and Economic Development as a Senior Project Consultant and is now provides regional Training and Technical Assistance – WINTAC NDI Team with the National Disability Institute
Doreene N. L. Etongué-Mayer, Ed.D.
Secretary of the Board
Doreene Etongué-Mayer, Ed.D is an Associate Professor in the School of Education & Social Work at the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN. She also serves as the Chair of the Graduate Teaching Licensure Program. Her research interests include evaluating current educational practices, expanding views on individuals as change agents who can effectively address social justice issues within their spheres of influence. She also believes in bridging the knowledge and application gap between higher education learning experiences and the workplace through research and collaborative practices.
Doreene is from Cameroon where she has taught English, French, and Religious Education. In addition, she worked as a researcher, facilitator & language learning coordinator with the National Language Development Association an affiliate of Société Internationale de Linguistique. She brings an extensive experience in cross-cultural knowledge and skills to the CPPP. She is fluent in three languages- Bafut, French, and English.
Tina Sweeten, MANM, CVA
Tina Sweeten is a nonprofit professional with over 25 years of experience in both small and large nonprofit organizations. She has held several positions with the Red Cross including DAT member, disaster responder in sheltering, and damage assessment. Tina has been the Regional Volunteer Services Manager in the Mississippi Region and is currently the Executive Director of Mid-Florida Chapter in the Central Florida and US Virgin Islands Region.
Having grown up in Washington State and then lived in SE Alaska, Twin Cities, MN and North and Central Mississippi, Tina values diversity and loves to learn from others. She is a lifelong learner and holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and an advanced graduate certificate in Organizational Psychology. She enjoys kayaking, hiking and generally being outdoors and spends down time reading, hanging out with her wife and 12-year-old daughter and three dogs.
Ann Warner Roberts
Annie Roberts is the former Outreach Director at the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience as a mediator and facilitator. Most recently she served as a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work. She has lived in England and her research there contributed to the foundation of RJ practice in many settings.
Annie is a published author and researcher and committed to furthering best practice in the field and to advancing the use of restorative justice standards, principles, and values. In retirement she stays active in her private restorative justice casework and program design, volunteering with Resolutions Northwest (Portland), Clackamas County Juvenile Services and the DOC Victim Impact Program and Restorative Dialogue project. She splits her time between Portland amd Nova Scotia.
Annie delights in sending warm congratulations and high praise for CPPP’s innovative and enduring work in a variety of social justice settings locally, nationally and internationally — including from the neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, MN to pivotal work with Fellowship of Reconciliation U.S.A. and International Women’s Media Foundation in the US, and on across the Big Pond to villages and Nairobi, Kenya and the ADR world in Romania.
Mary O’Hara has a Masters Degree in Public Health and has served at the Vice President’s level in health plan administration; direct service hospitals, and national Medicare and Medicaid Plans. She has served in Senior Leadership Positions in Minnesota, Washington, Missouri, and Florida.
She has also lived in Europe, The Caribbean and traveled extensively in the Middle East, India, and Asia Mary also has been on the board of several nonprofit organizations addressing issues of family violence and women’s small business development. She recently owned her own business franchise, PuroClean of Tampa Bay. She now consults with women business owners and charitable causes in the Tampa area.