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About Restoration Matters

Restoration Matters (RM) was established in 2018 by Executive Director Lynne Lang with the mission to train teachers, school administration, and staff of community organizations in Restorative Practices (RP).  As a tool, it has the potential to empower individuals through dialogue that seeks truth-telling, equity and conflict transformation. 


Restorative Practices are a holistic way of living that promotes dialogue for the purpose of repair and understanding while learning about our own feelings and needs, and how to effectively communicate them. It is most known for its use around conflict in schools and as a diversion tool in the juvenile justice system. Restoration Matters has successfully trained hundreds of schools nationwide in restorative practices. 

Our team works tirelessly to bring training to wherever you are—in-person or virtually. Our mission is to share knowledge for you to use in your lives.

Our Team


Lynne Lang

Founder and Executive Director

Lynne Lang has her M.S. in both Health Management and in Restorative Practices. She has worked in the field of health education, safety and violence prevention curriculum development since 1994. Her training in Intercultural Competence, Dispute Resolution and Mediation strengthen her skills as a certified trainer with International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP).  She is an experienced facilitator in circle processes, and informal and formal restorative conferences. She developed Virtue-Based Restorative Discipline, an initiative that integrates restorative practices and time-honored habits for human excellence—the virtues. Email:

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Alicia Glueck

Business Director

Alicia Glueck serves as Business Manager for Restoration Matters. Prior to joining Restoration Matters, she worked in the accounting industry for over twelve years. She is passionate about helping others and spends a portion of her time volunteering at schools. Alicia earned her B.S. in Accounting from Quincy University. She lives in St. Louis with her husband and three children.



Mariano Marin-Gomez

IT Consultant

Mariano Marin-Gomez works with Restoration Matters as the Webmaster and  IT consultant. After more than  20 years with Lindbergh School District as Director of Technology, Mariano brings his expertise and work experience to the team.


Elizabeth Mulvahill

Board Member

Elizabeth Mulvahill earned her B.A. in History and M.Ed. from the University of Notre Dame. She serves as a board member for Restoration Matters. Prior to joining Restoration Matters, she taught middle and high school social studies for six years in Texas and in Missouri. She is passionate about using restorative practices to strengthen relationships and about expanding training opportunities in restorative practices.


David Whitlock

Board President

David Whitlock has completed a B.S. in Mass Communications and a M.B.A. in Management and Marketing. He has worked in the Communications Industry for over 15 years and has served on many boards and councils in the non-profit sector. In addition to his role on the Board of Directors, David serves on the Marketing Committee and the Finance Committee.

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Edo Branch

Board Member

With over 20 years’ experience in the IT sector, Edo works for Charter Communications as a continual service improvement analyst. She holds a PhD in Management, is focused on leadership and organizational change, and earned certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace.


Joseph Lang

Board Member

Earned his law degree from University of Tulsa and is currently working for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma as a Judicial Term Clerk. Joe has experience with general civil and family law litigation and with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. 


Dawn Hieger-Lester earned her B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising at Fontbonne University. She worked in film and video for more than 15 years before shifting focus to digital. She is currently the VP of Client Engagement at Spry Digital. Both through efforts at Spry and in her spare time, Dawn is committed to supporting education and community efforts. 


Ryan Pelhenk


With more than 10 years of experience in financial industry and a degree from Southeast Missouri State University, Ryan is a compliance analyst at Wells Fargo Advisors. He reviews marketing and advertising material for the firm's independent financial advisors and for the firm at large in accordance with FINRA and SEC regulations. He serves as treasurer to Restoration Matters Board of Directors. 

Dawn Hieger-Lester

Board Member

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