Taylor Kohn, MA, LPC, is one of the founding members of the Rose Circle and has lived the Rogue Valley since 1986. She has worked in educational, non-profit and governmental agencies focused primarily on serving low-income individuals and families. She advised students at SOU, counseled youth at Lithia Springs School, served as director of the Jackson County CASA program, and oversaw employment and training programs for youth and adults at The Job Council. For the past 22 years, she has worked at the Oregon Department of Human Services in leadership and consultant roles. As part of her roles, she has developed leadership programs, strength-based skills training and team-building strategies. Taylor has served on many community and non-profit groups in both Jackson and Josephine counties focused on increasing social justice and services for low-income people. She enjoys communing with nature and creating structures with clay and other natural building materials. Taylor Kohn is a founding member in 2006 and recently rejoined the board again in 2015 and is the Chair.
Bobbie retired in 2012 after 30 years at Southern Oregon University. Her favorite role was helping students identify their passions and explore degree programs in Elementary and Special Education. Previously, Bobbie served as a paralegal assistant in domestic relations and guardianship cases at Klamath County Legal Services and was recruited by the District Attorney’s Office to attend police interrogations and support women reporting physical assaults. She has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine, practiced and taught massage, acupressure, and movement therapy, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Siskiyou Wellness Institute. Enrolled in an all-girls boarding school at the age of 14, Bobbie learned the importance of developing trusted friendships and positive adult connections outside the family. She co-founded her first official women’s group in Klamath Falls in 1974 and in the 90’s co-founded Sister Source, helping Rogue Valley women connect and build circles. Bobbie is a member of a women’s circle which has met regularly for more than 30 years and is delighted to support mentor and circle experiences for Rogue Valley youth. Bobbie has been with the RCMN since 2013.
Rachel Jochem has a Masters Degree in Child Development and Ph.D. in Human Development from The University of California, Davis. Her research interests are on children’s social emotional development in the context of parenting. Rachel’s preference is for observational data collection and narrative analysis of conversations within dyads. Her recent publications focus on how contextual and individual factors influence parents’ perceptions of themselves as parents and how those perceptions relate to parenting behaviors. Current research projects include explorations of parents’ “Emotion Coaching” strategies with adolescent children and what it means to be a Father in contemporary American culture.
Judy Casad has resided in Talent for 38 years. Over the years she has been dedicated to helping youth. Being a 4-H Swine leader for over 20 years broadened her passion for pigs and youth. She has worked as an assistant director for 4-H camp the past 20+ years. Recently she retired from her job àt Talent Middle School as Registrar and Leadership advisor. Once again her passion for youth mentoring surfaced with the leadership program. Serving on the Community Accountability Board has opened other ways to assist teenagers. Judy says that being on the Rose Circle board is quite an honor. Judy joined the RCMN in 2015.
Judy Dolmatch, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychodramatist, practicing in Ashland since 1988, with a specialty in life passages and trauma recovery. She teaches and performs Playback Theatre, spontaneous theatre based on real life audience stories. She facilitates Zegg Forum, a group process that values authenticity and aliveness. Supporting a program for young people to become true and whole human beings is calling her to participate in the Rose Circle BOD. She brings passion, diligence, humor and curiosity to the Board and a desire to contribute time, energy and creativity in fulfilling the mission of the Rose Circle. Judy joined the RCMN in 2016.
Leslie S Lanes‘ passion in life is the awakening of consciousness through to authenticity. Using the tools of Mediation and Facilitation, her work with individuals, couples and organizations has been to this end. A Convener of The Millionth Circle International Initiative, Leslie’s teaching of circle work joined with others at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women over several years. Leslie’s interest in advancing girls’ and boys’ circles and youth mentoring has been fueled by these and other experiences. Since it’s inception in 2005, she helped start and develop The Rose Circle Mentoring Network, a non-profit organization in southern Oregon training women and men to be mentors for girls and boys – highlighting healthy community expression through authentic engagement between the generations. Leslie counts herself a part of a worldwide network of individuals who are becoming aware of each other and of the unfolding of an enlightened society.
Karsten Peterson has been involved with The Rose Circle since 2007, serving as circle mentor, executive director, and board chair. Karsten has a background in mediation and facilitation and is currently working on earning her Master’s of Social Work through Portland State University. Karsten spends time with her family, in nature, and in circle.
*** Other Advisory Council bios to come.