By Alice Price, Dialogue Resource Team, Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa

The Dialogue Resource Team is comprised of trained professionals who volunteer their expertise to the leadership and congregations of MSMC. Because their work often addresses conflict or other sensitive matters, their contributions may remain invisible to those not directly involved in a particular consultation or facilitation. In addition to on-going team members – Barry Bartel, Charlene Epp, Duncan Smith, Jeff Miller, Jill Schmidt and myself – we are happy to welcome Luke Yoder to our team this Fall. You may direct any questions about our team and its availability for training, consultation or facilitation to Mary Etta or Linford King. – Alice M. Price

Luke Yoder is the Executive Director of Center for Restorative Programs, a non-profit that provides restorative justice practices for youth, schools and families in Alamosa and the surrounding San Luis Valley.

Luke first came to Alamosa in the mid-2000’s, after graduating from Goshen, for a two-year voluntary service placement focused on mediation and restorative justice services. He then moved to Denver where he completed his graduate work in a combined degree program at DU – receiving both an MBA and a Masters in Conflict Management.

After working in the non-profit sector in Denver, Luke took the opportunity to return to the San Luis Valley in 2010 and transition into the Executive Director role at the Center. Under his leadership, the Center has expanded to encompass additional programs and staff to offer healthy and restorative approaches to resolve conflict and repair harm in a growing number of contexts. He was recently chosen to serve a term on the Colorado Restorative Justice Council, representing directors of local programs around the state.

Luke also designs and facilitates training, strategic planning and conflict interventions for professional and non-profit organizations throughout southern Colorado.

Luke lives in Alamosa with his wife Katie and their two young sons, and belongs to the Anabaptist Fellowship of Alamosa.

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