A former hospital administrator, Dr. Johnson is an Ambassador for Liberty and Justice for all. She partners with others to create a just society, facilitates conversations on race, and inspires people to discover and live out their purpose. She serves on several local and statewide task forces and boards, is a Precinct Committee Officer, and initiated a statewide effort to amend Washington’s use of deadly force law.
She will be speaking on “Amending WA State Law Regarding the Use of Deadly Force”.
A Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, award-winning PTSA mom, anti-domestic violence advocate and community leader, Manka Dhingra is running for State Senate to address critical needs in education funding, mental health, violence prevention, and to protect the rights of women.
A longtime advocate for women and immigrant rights, she co-founded Chaya (now API Chaya) and has since led the organization’s work to end systemic violence through education, prevention, and organizing. She also served on the Seattle Police Department Muslim, Arab, and Sikh Advisory Council to address hate crime issues in our region in the wake of 9/11.
A Board Member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Eastside, which works to improve the quality of life of all those affected by mental illness, Dhingra will be speaking on “Therapeutic Alternative to Incarceration—Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism”
She has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a master’s in Divinity. She has been working with those affected by incarceration since 2003 and with incarcerated youth since 2008. She is the head of the chaplaincy program at King County Juvenile Detention Center and has programs running at Echo Glen Children’s Home. Additionally, she is a founding member of the King County Peacemaking Coordinating Team (PCT).
Rev. Stewart also sits on Washington State’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission as one of two community voices. She has taught classes at Seattle University, the University of North Georgia, and the University of Puget Sound.
Rev. Stewart will be speaking about “Peacemaking: Interrupting the Status Quo.” She will be addressing the topics “Restorative Justice Through the Lens of Peacemaking Circles” as particularly practiced with the youth at King County Juvenile Detention Center.
Dr. Bigelow is an accomplished educator and leader. He is a veteran, teacher, and school principal. He has a master’s in Administrative Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Leadership.
This year, he facilitated one of the state’s first equity and diversity school district policies and continues his work in the district in an advisory capacity to organizations committed to teaching quality, equity, and social justice in America’s schools.
He consistently works to provide safe learning environment for all, including implementing school-wide plans for student, and new protocols for the district.
He will be speaking on “Implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention Support Systems in the Northshore School District”.
The core of Gina’s work is her commitment to breaking generational cycles of poverty to make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth. As Project Director, she oversees CCYJ’s efforts for LGBTQ, sexually exploited children, and gang/group-involved youth, manages the Family Advocacy Center project, and provides consultation and staffing to the Washington State Becca Task Force.
Gina is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington, School of Social Work, where she teaches graduate-level courses. She holds a Juris Doctor degree and master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
She will be speaking on "Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Status Offenses."