Robert is the Director for the Office for Life, Peace, and Justice at the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. He is an adjunct faculty member at the San Diego State University’ School of Public Affairs and Santa Clara University’s School of Arts and Sciences. He holds a PhD in Leadership Studies and Non-Profit Management from the University of San Diego.
Robert is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA of Arts in Economics from Villanova University.
Robert was the president and principal of MARDOC Corporation (2008-2011). Robert is a retired USMC Officer with twenty years of active service (1988-2008). His military experience includes command at the battalion/squadron level, operations management, logistics readiness and management, and human resources management. He has served in a combat zone four times to include two tours as a commanding officer.
Robert sits on the San Diego District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Board. He is a licensed restorative justice practices trainer with the International Institute of Restorative Practices, and a certified restorative circle facilitator with the Ojai Foundation. He is an active volunteer at the San Diego State University’s Project Rebound in support of formerly incarcerated university students.
He currently serves as the Board President for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program.
Daniela Reali has been an attorney since 2002. She has worked at the Office of the Public Defender in the County of San Diego since 2005. She has experience representing both juveniles and adults in criminal proceedings. Currently, she represents adults who are charged with felonies. Daniela is very interested in evidenced based practices, including restorative justice. Prior to being a public defender, Daniela worked as a civil attorney, representing both corporations as well as plaintiffs in various areas including tort and products liability, class actions, construction defect and personal injury.
In her free time, Daniela enjoys travel, running and spending time with family.
She currently serves as the Board Vice President for the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program.
John Cox is a businessman and former top-two nominee for California governor in 2018. Raised by a single mom on the south side of Chicago, John is a Califronian by choice and has resided in San Diego for the past decade.
John attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with honors and a degree in Accounting and Political Science. John has worked as a CPA with Price Waterhouse Coopers, and in 1981 he founded his law and accounting firms. He later opened an investment advisory firm, a real estate management company, and a venture capital firm.
John is active in charitable and political organizations, and serves as a Board member for the San Diego USO, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of CHANGE-CA.
Jeffrey is a native of Houston, texas. He embarked his nearly 35-year career in law enforcement after completing his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps in 1985.
During his law enforcement career, Jeff has worked a host of assignments, but mostly cherishes his assignments where he partnered with the community. His assignments include Domestic VIolence Response Team (DVRT), Juvenile Administration Unit, Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), and Internal Affairs, where he introduced mediation as a resolution in the complaint process.
Jeff has long employed the restorative model in his work, believing that the process begins “when the handcuffs go on”. Jeff is currently assigned to Community Relations, where he is partnering with the community to introduce measures for sustainable police reform.
Jeff holds a BA of Science in Public Administration from National University . He is a certified mediator through the California Bar Association.
He serves as a Board member for Community Through Hope, a Chula Vista non-profit which works to address food insecurity and homelessness. He is an active member of his church, The Anchor Church San Diego.
In his free time, he can be found playing golf, exercising, or working on DIY projects.
Craig Ryall was born, raised and educated in Southern California. He has a BS in Information Systems and an MBA from San Diego State University.
Craig has been in the computer software business for over 30 years. He served as a sales and operations executive for several industry leading corporations including Dell, Quest Software and Peregrine Systems (acquired by HP). During that time he and his teams were responsible for generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and managing operating budgets of up to $450M annually. He is currently semi-retired and doing consulting projects for medium to large software and SaaS companies.
Craig believes in community service and giving back and is shifting more time to that in semi-retirement. He is active in his church community, and is a regular volunteer with Catholic Charities and other local charitable organizations.
Craig is married to wife Lori and together they have 5 daughters.
Juris Doctor- Western State University, Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts-Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA
Since 1984 Mr. Esposito has been actively involved in the real estate development and homebuilding industry in San Diego, California and Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Esposito was the Principal of Esposito Development Company, in San Diego and Catalina Communities in Tucson, Arizona. In addition Mr Esposito was the Director of Land Acquisition and Development for Reynolds Communities. Through the years Mr. Esposito has been active in the development, building, and sale of over 3,000 dwelling units in the Southwest. Presently Mr. Esposito is the Managing Member and Principal of Roseville Diamond K, LLC which owns, operates and manages mobile home park communities within California.
Jim is married and has a grown son. He has served as a board member of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. He is an active member of Nativity Catholic Church Men’s Group and has been involved with the juvenile detention ministry for the past five years. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, snow skiing, and playing guitar.
Jim says his motivation to be involved with the Restorative Justice Mediation Program is the opportunity to be part of a process that gives both the victim of a crime and the defendant a safe environment where the parties can freely discuss and resolve a myriad of issues that are not normally addressed in a conventional court proceeding. Through restorative justice, victims and defendants have a chance to see each other in a different light as a result of this voluntary mediation dialog. The parties that go through restorative justice mediation gain a greater understanding of the opposing person’s situation, and from this meaningful process the parties can find some level of resolution and peace that will empower them to move on with their lives in a more healthy and productive way.
Richard Grosch is a successful and active business owner in the community of Ocean Beach and current Executive Vice President of Educational Collaboration for the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Masters of Arts in Human Behavior and Leadership, Rich has held various positions as Teacher, Assistant Principal, Coach, Alumni Director, and Chairman of local schools, colleges and community boards. In his spare time Rich likes to restore old homes and cars, with him most recent being the restoration of a 1949 Desoto Woodie Station Wagon.
Rich is deeply committed to helping find non-punitive solutions in our criminal justice system. He is attracted to the fact that the Restorative Justice Mediation Program is dedicated to finding resolution for the victim and the perpetrator and providing an agreeable solution other than jail. He believes that programs and training exist within the San Diego Community College system to achieve positive outcomes and provide a roadmap for future success. Rich’s hope is that in the years to come RJMP will play a pivotal role in restoring lives and achieving positive results for those we serve.
Lorenz- Board Member
Catherine is a British-bron, international speaker-trainer who has presented talks and seminars around the world. She helps motivated professionals and emerging leaders to achieve massive, long-lasting results by providing customized training and consulting in the areas of communication, presence and leadership. Through her personalized workshops and target coaching, she has helped hundreds of executives and speakers to break through communication barriers to achieve confidence and excellence.
Catherine brings her communication expertise as a witness preparation coach to support attorneys and their clients for depositions and trials in civil cases. Her laser-focused coaching eases nerves, empowers witnesses to be aligned in their verbal and body language, and supports them in testifying with confidence and competence.
As an enterprise healthcare trainer, she created robust system-wide service excellence programs to educate staff and clinicians in effective best practices and cultural transformation for patient-centric care.
Her distinctive background as a respected sales and marketing executive in the European and Pacific Rim tourism industry, adn overseas travel to 67 countries, has provided her with a unique foundation to provide specialized, targeted training and consulting in cross-cultural communication and international business practices.
Her English lit, combined with a quick British wit and elegant style makes her a frequently requested trainer for municipalities, professional organizations and corporations.
Bob Case is a U.S Marine and former community representative for the 53rd District of California.
Mr. Case is an advocate for social justice and has a passion for empowering marginalized communities. He contributes to RJMP by teaching part of his curriculum and has been a Board Member since 2020.
Mr. Case volunteered to serve on this Board in order to disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” in his own community.
As a San Diego native, he believes it is everyone’s civic responsibility to contribute to the idea of “America’s Finest City”
D’Andre Brooks, a reformer, advocate and San Diego native is continuing to positively impact his community. As a member of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention and a Juvenile Justice Program Associate at the Children’s Initiative in San Diego, Brooks is fighting to provide opportunities and resources for young at-risk youth. While spending his young adult life years incarcerated, Brooks decided to take control of his future and began educating and manifesting a new life for himself. His resilience, despite having two strikes, is a testament to his unwavering ability to pursue a career that focuses on making an impact, not only in his life but in the lives of others. Brooks graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Criminal Justice and is currently studying for his Masters of Public Administration. Today he is an entrepreneur and an active father.
Niki is the Chief Operating Officer at Youth Empowerment Finest where she mentors young adults leaving juvenile hall and serves as a case manager for the organization’s adult reentry program.
She is also employed with The Old Globe as a Teaching Artist. Niki continues to live her life making amends, giving back to the community, and promoting restoration and resiliency.