Our Team

Genesis Young- Executive Director
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.




David Litman- Director of Training and Programs

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.


Jamaica LaTurner- Programs Coordinator

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.


Hawkeye Lannis- Lead Facilitator 














Hawkeye is our dedicated nonviolent communication and restorative practices facilitator for school and community projects. Hawkeye works collaboratively 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. Hawkeye is also a talented tango dancer and massage therapist. He enjoy life in Upcountry with his sweetheart Brenda and cat.


Kristen Kaya- Administrative Assistant

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Kristen was born and raised here on Maui in the historic town of Wailuku.  After graduating from H.P. Baldwin High School, she went on to study at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, earning her Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

Kristen now uses her knowledge in the social sciences along with her clerical experience toward coordinating the administration and public interfacing for the Teran James Young Foundation and its many programs.   She lives on the West side of Maui and spends her free time scuba diving, watching YouTube, and playing Dungeons & Dragons and video games.