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Our Board

M. Michelle Day

Founder and CEO

Restorative Justice Practitioner

Michelle is a minister, attorney and certified mediator, with more than 25 years of experience in conflict transformation, Ms. Day is dedicated to the healing of community. She serves on the Governor’s Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents. Through Nehemiah, Ms. Day participated in drafting the restorative justice implementation plan for Chicago Public Schools, and led the implementation of RJ in several schools, including York High School, (serving youth in Cook County Jail). She has facilitated the implementation of restorative justice education and training for returning citizens, who in turn provide re-entry assistance to others. Ms. Day facilitates courses in Restorative Leadership, Conflict Transformation, and Christian Conflict Transformation throughout the city and nationally, assisting businesses, churches and other organizations in transforming difficult situations through development of conflict transformation skills and processes.  She has taught courses at universities including violence as a public health issue at the School of Public Health at University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary (M.Div.), DePaul College of Law and Indiana University.

Kellye Keyes Jackson

Board Treasurer

Restorative Justice Practitioner

Kellye is a Seasoned Financial Professional, Attorney, Compliance Specialist and Certified Procurement Professional. She is a results-driven leader and problem solver with an extensive career in public service and has served as senior staff to multiple agency CEOs and the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. She is a graduate of AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON COLLEGE OF LAW, Washington, D.C. and EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA.  She is an experienced and active restorative justice practitioner in community serving many settings.

Jan Buckner Walker

Board Secretary

Restorative Justice Practitioner

Jan is a former corporate attorney who has leveraged her love of words, language and building relationships into a successful family engaging crossword activity company. KAPD is America’s #1 family crossword and is carried in newspapers and magazines nationally as well as featured by numerous restaurant chains as family entertainment.  As the founder, President and Chief Cruciverbalist for Kids Across Parents Down (, Jan has provided “the intersection where entertainment meets education” since 2003. KAPD activities reach over 20 million people each week. She is a graduate of Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania law school.

Advisory Board

Jaquie Algee
Vice President/Director of Community Relations - Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois/Indiana/Missouri/Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK)
Restorative Justice Practitioner


Ms. Algee directs activities that support and foster positive relations and collaboration with faith leaders and congregations, community organizations/residents, elected officials and key stakeholders in support of SEIU HCIIMK, worker rights, as well, a variety of shared community interests and issues.  Ms. Algee works to ensure that SEIU HCIIMK establishes and maintains relationships within the broader community as a committed partner in the fight for justice.


Rev. Dr. Shirley Fleming RN, CNM, MSN, DrPH, MDiv
Restorative Justice Practitioner


Shirley Fleming is a long-time advocate for equity and social justice in health and human services. She has dedicated more than thirty years of her public health career and ministry to working locally, nationally and internationally as a provider, administrator, educator and advocate to assure liberation of all people, especially those who have been pushed to margins of society.  During her nearly 30 year career at the Chicago Department of Public Health, she had the privilege of serving the people of Chicago as the Public Health Nursing Consultant for MCH, Director of MCH, Deputy Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner of Public health. She has served as University of Illinois Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships Director of Faith Health Promotion (Retired 3/1/20) and Co-Director, Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation.


Her desire is transform systems and structures, so that all of God’s people have the opportunity to enjoy the highest level of holistic health, develop their God-given gifts and talents and contribute to the health and healing of the larger society.

Edith Crigler
Restorative Justice Practitioner


Ms. Crigler has an impressive forty-year experiential base in the human service field.  She is a nationally certified Balance and Restorative Justice trainer who has taught Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice department at Chicago State University. She has also served as a social work field instructor at the University of Chicago, School of Social Work Administration and Chicago State University, School of Social Work. In October of 2011, Governor Quinn appointed Ms. Crigler to a six-year term on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, where she continues to serve as a board member. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an MA degree in Administration and Social Policy from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.

Karen Fulbright Anderson, Ph.D
Restorative Justice Practitioner

Mrs. Fulbright-Anderson has experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors designing, implementing, advising, and monitoring knowledge and information sharing, program assessment, capacity building and identifying emerging solutions to address the challenges faced by low income people and communities of color.  She worked at the Aspen Institute for seventeen years in a variety of capacities including Research Fellow, Policy Program Director and Senior Fellow at the Roundtable on Community Change, and as the Chair of Policy Programs for the Aspen Institute. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, she was the director of research for the Vera Institute of Justice. She worked as a program officer at the Ford Foundation and a senior program officer at the Commonwealth Fund where she developed funding strategies to improve outcomes for young people in high poverty communities.

Inaugural Board (2014-2018)

Karen Fulbright Anderson (see Advisory Board)

Daryle Brown, Director of Media Services, Trinity United Church of Christ

Olivia Chase, Retired Social Service Specialist, Restorative Justice Practitioner

Edith Crigler (see Advisory Board)

Rev. Jesse Knox, Senior Pastor, Congregational Church of the Good Shepherd

Vanessa Westley, Retired Police Officer, Restorative Justice Practitioner

Nehemiah Trinity Rising would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the incomparable work and dedication of our Inaugural Board. Their diligence toward NTR's mission was instrumental in beginning our organization's journey, the effects of which continue to be felt to this day.

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