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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.

About Restoration Matters

Our Team

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Lynne Lang

Founder & 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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David Whitlock

Director of Operations

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 has served on the Marketing Committee and the Finance Committee. He is currently our Director of Operations.


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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.


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Gary Lang, MFA, MAEA

Project Assistant & Trainer

After 11 years of being an Adjunct Full Professor at Webster University and retiring from 30 years of teaching art education in grades K-12, Gary came to Restoration Matters. He says, "In these many years of education, I have been working alongside my wife, Lynne Lang. Her interest in Restorative Practices taught me the value of relationship building, conflict management, and an understanding of how practicing virtue is integral to these skills. We have been working together since 2018 traveling to many cities and states with the news of how virtue and restorative practices can change you as a professional and change the world in the process."

Gary also enjoys playing music as part of trainings.


Mariano Marin-Gomez

IT Support

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.

Our Board

Dr. Edo Linette Branch


Dr. Edo brings over 20 years of expertise in the IT sector and now has an ongoing dedication within FinTech, overseeing the Information Technology Service Management policies and processes. Dr. Edo holds a Ph.D. in Management from Walden University, specializing in Leadership and Organizational Change. Her research has notably centered on promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within corporate environments, resulting in co-authorship in two academic journals.


Joseph Lang

Vice President

Earned his law degree from University of Tulsa and is currently working for Gable Gotwals Law Firm in Tulsa after serving 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. 


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.


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. 


Ann Polan, MA, NCC

Board Member

Ann is a certified school counselor in St. Louis, Missouri. She is certified through the National Board of Certified Counselors, and holds a Masters of Arts in Education and Human Development. Ann has been working with elementary and middle school students in Catholic education for over 15 years. She is a professional member of the American School Counselor Association and the Missouri School Counselor Association. She is a published co-author of the book Encircled: Bringing Family Virtue Circles Home (Imagine That Enterprises, 2019). Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. 


Elizabeth (Beth) Perniciaro

Board Member

Beth is a Customer Experience Manager with Chemline, Inc. As an accomplished customer service and business operations professional, she brings a wealth of knowledge in Supply Chain, Credit Management and technical support.    Her interpersonal communication, relationship management, change management and presentation skills are an asset to our organization. Her children were in school when she met Lynne and became a helpful resource in developing the business model for Restoration Matters.

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