Posted on November 30, 2017

GSMP Honors 2017 Shepherds of Peace            

In conjunction with Conflict Resolution Day, Good Shepherd Mediation Program, Philadelphia’s only community mediation center, names several individuals who have been instrumental in encouraging peace and social justice in Philadelphia and honors them as “Shepherds of Peace.”  The 2017 Shepherds of Peace were chosen for their dedicated and compassionate work to ensure the health and safety of Philadelphia’s children, youth and families: 

  • Yancy Harrell and Movita Johnson-Harrell, grassroots organizers working to prevent gun violence and get guns off the streets. The Harrells founded the CHARLES Foundation in memory of their son who was killed in a case of mistaken identity;
  • Susan L. Brooks, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Professor of Law at the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University and pioneer in the field of therapeutic jurisprudence; and
  • Sr. Kathleen Coll, SSJ, Executive Director of Dawn's Place, a program that works to improve the lives of foreign-born and American women who have been victimized by commercial sexual exploitation.

EVENT SPONSORS

  • Justice Sponsor – IMC Construction
  • Justice Sponsor – Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America
  • Reconciliation Sponsor – Beneficial Bank Foundation
  • Community Sponsor -- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Community Sponsor – Berner, Klaw Watson

PREVIOUS HONOREES

2016

  • Kevin J. Bethel, Senior Policy advisor; Stoneleigh Foundation Fellow; architect of the Philadelphia Pre-Arrest School Diversion Program.
  • Rachel Falkove, Executive Director, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.
  • James Rosenstein, Negotiation facilitator, mediation ambassador and leader, and GSMP volunteer mediator.

2015

  • Diane Menio, Executive director of the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)
  • Dr. Amy Goldberg and Scott P. Charles, Temple University Hospital-based Cradle2Grave Program
  • Milt Cohen, a Good Shepherd volunteer

2014

  • Homer Floyd: former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission
  • Seth Rozin: Playwright; Founder and Producing Artistic Director of InterAct Theatre Company
  • Michael Viola, Esq.: Family Law Staff Attorney, Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program); Partner, Shainberg & Viola, PC; loyal GSMP Volunteer Mediator

2013

  • Sharon Browning, Esq.: Founder and principal of JUST Listening; former Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP (Volunteers for the Indigent Program)
  • Joel Austin: Founder and CEO of DaddyUniverseCity

2012

  • Edward Blumstein: Family Mediator; creator of the Temple University Law School Domestic Relations Mediation Clinical Program; mentor to hundreds of aspiring mediators
  • Rev. George W. Bur, S.J.: Jesuit priest who initiated the Ignatian College Connection, working with disadvantaged children and their families at Gesu School through Saint Joseph’s Prep and Saint Joseph’s University
  • Tricia S. Jones, Ph.D.: Professor, Temple University and Project Director of Conflict Resolution Education in Teacher Education (CRETE)

2011

  • Jane Golden: Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Rue Landau: Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
  • Chris Satullo: Executive Director of News and Civic Engagement, WHYY
  • Harris Sokoloff: Executive Director, Penn Project on Civic Engagement, University of Pennsylvania

2010

  • Vai Sikahema: NBC Sportscaster for his work with “Wednesday’s Child” and adoption advocacy
  • Marsha Levick, Esq.: Juvenile Law Center
  • Paul Jay Fink, M.D. (deceased): Child Psychiatrist; Faculty Member, Temple School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science

2009

  • Frank Cervone, Esq.: Executive Director of the Support Center for Child Advocates
  • Deputy Commissioner Stephen T. Johnson, Sr. (deceased): Philadelphia Police Department
  • DeVonne Coleman White: former School and Community Services Manager, Good Shepherd Mediation Program

2008

  • Victoria Yancey, Ph.D.: Chairperson of Safe Night Philadelphia; Guardian Angel of the Philadelphia School District
  • Tony Chunn, Ph.D.: Former Executive Director of Cora Services
  • Estelle Yasnoff-Chunn, Ph.D.: Child Psychiatrist

2007

  • The Honorable Kevin Dougherty: Administrative Judge of the Philadelphia Family Court
  • Representative Dwight Evans: Architect of Blueprint for a Safer Philadelphia