Judge Joe Charter graduated from the University of Michigan and attended law school at the University of California, Berkeley. Judge Charter worked briefly in Melbourne, Australia, and Auckland, New Zealand, before working in Anchorage, Alaska, on North Slope oil royalty litigation. Judge Charter practiced law for 30 years and argued a case before the Oregon Supreme Court [Tadsen], which established important legal rights of wrongfully fired employees to future wage loss damages. He has served as Jackson County’s Justice of the Peace since 2004. He is a past president of the Oregon Justice of the Peace Association. He has been active in community theater, performing at Camelot Theatre, Oregon Stage Works, Ashland Contemporary Theater, and Next Stage Repertory Company. He enjoys travel and reads extensively, particularly writings regarding finance, economics, psychology, and politics. Prior nonprofit service includes Mediation Works (now Resolve), Medford Charter Review and Planning Commission, Britt, and Ashland Forest Lands Commission. Joe has been with RCMN since 2015.
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.
Ira moved to Southern Oregon from Chicago in August of 2011 after thriving in his family retail furniture business for 20 years. Currently working as bookkeeper for renowned teacher and international best selling author Jean Houston he brings a vast array of business experience, knowledge and leadership to the board. Ira’s passion for creating community led him to volunteer for The Chicago center for spiritual living and other such organizations as Rainbow Hospice where he was in service to bereaved children and youth who suffered from the loss of loved ones. His own personal transformation came from participating in other projects doing circle work and it became the impetus for serving and supporting the mission of the Rose Circle. Ira has been with the RCMN since 2015.
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.
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.
Daniel Murphy promotes scientifically grounded “human flourishing” through Integrity of Life Services, LLC. A trainer, adult educator, life coach, and strategic planner, Daniel has a passion for fostering “good fathering”: encouraging fathers and fathers-in-the-making (young adult men) to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Daniel recently completed an in-depth inquiry into positive young adult development, and is writing a book (See ME!) about how caring adults can encourage young adults to flourish. Daniel and Debra, his wife, have six children–all in the young adult years (ages 18-34). Daniel can be reached at 541.613.0654, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** Other Advisory Council bios to come.