Genesis Young,MD, CM, FRCS (C)
Genesis Young, the visionary behind Nonviolent Communication for the Next Generation, a medical surgeon by trade, now retired, dedicates his full energy to bringing Nonviolent Communication based Restorative Practices to Maui County schools and judicial system. Genesis is passionate about ending school violence and the lack of social emotional skills that perpetuate disconnection. Genesis works diligently at creating legislation with Tina Wildberger that will impact the Hawaiian Islands at requiring integration of restorative justice in our school and judicial system. Genesis lives on Maui with his wife Sulara James; they enjoy working collaboratively towards creating more peace in the world.
Dr. Genesis Young was born in Calgary, Alberta but spent most of his school years in Montreal, Quebec. There, he attended McGill University, from which he earned his M.D., C.M. in 1978. He spent the next year in Montreal interning at St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.
Dr. Young served in the position of Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Holy Cross, Colonel Belcher, and Rockyview Hospitals, all of which are a part of the Calgary District Hospital Group. He was also on staff at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in Medicine Hat, Alberta and the Mineral Springs Hospital in Banff, Alberta.
Jim & Jori Manske
Board of Directors, NVCnextgen
Jim and Jori Manske, married and working closely for over 38 years, share the intentions to cooperate together in the great adventure of life, to openly and honestly share their deepest thoughts and feelings, and to honor and accept each other with ever-increasing ability. These intentions continue to frame not only their relationship with one another, but also all their relationships and work.
As co-creators of peaceworks, they offer training, mediation, facilitation, organizational development, consulting and mentoring. They have been working with a variety of businesses, community groups, government, NGO’s, private groups and individuals since 1971. They each have certifications as Trainers, Mediators, and Facilitators, as well as certifications in Nonviolent Communication since 2003 and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and have degrees in Communication (Jim) and Social Work (Jori).
Program Director, NVCnextgen
I received my BA from University of Hawaii Manoa with a focus in Peace and Conflict Education, Sociology, and Psychology. I currently work with schools to support their implementation of restorative programs developed by NVCnextgen. With a depth of knowledge in Nonviolent Communication and mediation, I especially enjoy working with youth in peer mediation training and programs.
Life outside of work is full! I have 3 kids who are all very active in their Maui life. From surfing with my daughter and husband, to club soccer and football with my middle son, and skateboarding with the whole family, we are truly living life to its fullest. With not much down time, the way we communicate with each other is essential to ensure we are able to maximize connection. Our wellbeing as a family is a result of our commitment to our emotional wellbeing that has been assimilated from the vast knowledge acquired working with NVCnextgen.
I have so much gratitude for the opportunities that continue to arise from being a part of this remarkable team!
Director of Training and Programs, Hale Pono Teen Shelter
David Litman, MA, LMFT (Intern), has over 25 years of experience in using Nonviolent Communication and a wide array of other psychological and therapeutic modalities in the areas of counseling, coaching, mediation, human resources management, education, training and organizational development. David’s passion and mission is in helping others to learn and grow. In addition to his work in corporate settings, David has been heavily involved with the community. He has taught children LifeSkills curriculum and Nonviolent Communication at various schools on Maui, he was the Father Involvement Coordinator for Maui Family Support Services, taught Anger Management through PACT, mentored young men through Boys to Men Hawaii, and is an active facilitator of men’s process work through the ManKind Project.
David holds a B.B.A in Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts, and a Masters in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He has lived on both coasts, hailing from Massachusetts and then living in Southern California for 20 years. He has lived on Maui since 2010, along with his wife, son, daughter and a variety of animal friends. When he’s not busy helping others learn and grow, he is usually spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying nature, playing guitar and singing.
Hawkeye Lannis, dedicated nonviolent communication and restorative practices facilitator for school and community projects. Hawkeye works diligent to educate the young minds of Maui youth about conflict resolution, needs awareness, and social emotional well-being. Hawkeye can be caught most days running between I’ao Intermediate school hallways, educating students, teachers, and parents while helping us to implement our first Restorative School!
Hawkeye offers training, mediation, and facilitation and consulting. Hawkeye has experience in restorative practices and restorative justice and is supporting the organization in implementation of this here in Maui.
Lead Elementary School Facilitator
Makana’s dedication to children and youth has spanned the majority of her life. She comes to NVCnextgen with a Masterʻs of Exceptional Student Education (Special Education), as well as certificates in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Relationship Development Intervention, and the Floortime model. Before becoming a teacher in the public school system, Makana worked as a Behavior Intervention Specialist assisting families and schools in creating meaningful strategies and relationships to support challenging behavior. Makana believes strongly that restorative school practices are a necessary and vital part of the education system. She passionately strives to support schools in implementing restorative practices to better support students and staff.
Makana is a wife and mother of two young children. She and her family are avid ocean seekers. They can often be found surfing, hiking, exploring, and being in nature. Makana strives to continue her education and knowledge base of the local Hawaiian culture and strives to support her local community through advocacy and outreach.
Outreach Coordinator and Research Assistant
Driven by a passion for Restorative Practices and Nonviolent Communication, Hannah is working to connect with all Maui Schools to find ways that NVCnextgen can support peace and connection within their school communities. Hannah has a BA in Psychology from Colorado College and experience with both qualitative and quantitative research which she is now putting to use creating and implementing a research plan to evaluate the effectiveness of NVCnextgen’s collaboration with Maui County Schools. Hannah loves working with kids and enjoys hiking, snorkeling, and practicing yoga in her free time.
Outreach & Administrative Support
TamRa Wich’Ma is an adventurer in social activism. She believes that through awareness of one’s own intrinsic needs and effects in the world, acceptance of their ability to co-create a more harmonious lifestyle and livelihood; and then acting on these new awarenesses through action with self and through community a better tomorrow is possible. TamRa holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Social Science. In addition to working with NVCnextgen, she also works with LiveTrue, Chico Housing Action Team and has facilitated radio shows & video programs on Love & Relating for nearly nine years. She is a follower of the stars and practices self-love in action with emotional well-being, dancing, mindful thought, spiritual practice and social activism. She is known to be a: Spokesperson, Mover & Shaker, Grant Writer, Program & Curriculum developer.