Staff and Board
RJOY STAFF LIST
Fania E. Davis
RJOY BOARD MEMBERS
The Honorable Gail B. Bereola
Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D., Secretary
Barbara McClung, MFT
Camisha Fatimah Gentry
RJOY School Coordinator, West Oakland Middle School
Raised in San Francisco’s Fillmore district, then the heart of the Black community in Northern California , CamishaFatimah as a teen was caught up in the street life. After conversion to Islam and other experiences which helped to get her life back on track, CamishaFatima enrolled in Bennett College , the first African-American women’s college in the nation’s history, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Communications. Travel to South Africa and Saudi Arabia during this time broadened her horizons even further. She later pursued graduate studies at Mills College and received her Masters’ in Educational Leadership in 2009. While a graduate student, CamishaFatima facilitated a self-help course for San Quentin inmates with ‘Keepin’ It Real’, a self-development training group. CamishaFatima has also worked as a counselor and facilitator for the Oakland Parks and Recreation Office’s Radical Roving Recreation program, an initiative that focuses on Oakland ‘s most at-risk street youth. Since the fall of 2009, CamishaFatima has been employed by RJOY as a School Coordinator, assigned to Street Academy , a continuation high school in Oakland . She is responsible for implementing restorative processes at the school site, both in response to conflict and as a means of creating a stronger, healthier, and more caring school community. She demonstrates by example that it is possible for youth to turn their lives around and become effective and powerful forces of positive change in their communities. Camisha is the mother of three girls.
RJOY School Coordinator, Bunche High School
A Hurricane Katrina survivor who relocated to Oakland, California, Eric successfully facilitated Grief Circles in response to homicide and extreme violence in Oakland area schools as part of Catholic Charities’ crisis response program. He has also worked with Youth Uprising as a lead mediator. Eric was affiliated with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts’ football team in the nineties and discontinued due to injury. He is gaining increasing renown for his restorative justice work with youth in West Oakland.
Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
RJOY Board Member
Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California , Berkeley in 1979, Fania practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer.
During the mid 1990’s, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa . Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2003, Fania has been engaged in a search for healing alternatives to adversarial justice. She has taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco ‘s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite University ‘s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She writes and speaks on these subjects.
The search for a healing justice also led Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland . A founder and currently Director of RJOY, Fania also serves as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She recently received the Ubuntu award for service to humanity. Fania’s research interests include exploring the indigenous roots, particlarly the African indigenous roots, of restorative justice. Fania is also a mother of two children, a dancer, and practitioner of yoga.
RJOY Family and Community Coordinator, Castlemont High School
Kimblyn’s passion for social justice is demonstrated in her service and commitment to the development of grass roots leadership that re-builds and re-stores the fibers of our communities through systemic change. Kimblyn’s passion for peacemaking, healing, restoration and transformation of families and communities is expressed in her restorative justice work with high school youth and their parents/families, schools, (faith) communities and local community based organizations. Kimblyn is a long-time Community Organizer who has worked with Oakland Community Organizations (OCO). She currently serves as a Restorative Justice Coordinator at Castlemont H.S. She is also a leading activist in the East Oakland Building Healthy Communities initiative.
RJOY School Coordinator, Castlemont High School
Yejide studied journalism at San Francisco State University and worked as a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury newspapers. Changing careers in the late nineties, Yejide began work with The Mentoring Center, coordinating a program designed to lower disproportionate minority confinement. She also studied law at JFK University before coming to work with RJOY.