Board Members & Facilitators
Alliance for Unitive Justice
Board of Directors
Clarence M. Dunnaville, Jr., now a Richmond, Virginia lawyer, has devoted his life to civil rights. He grew up in the city of Roanoke, Virginia during the Jim Crow era. He fought segregation as a child by refusing to use segregated toilets or to sit in the back of the bus. During college he was a civil rights activist, picketing segregated theaters and participating in numerous student demonstrations and sit-ins that opened lunch counters to black citizens in Baltimore, Md. In December 1953, Thurgood Marshall arranged for him to see the oral arguments of Brown v. Board of Education in the United States Supreme Court. That experience inspired Clarence to study law and work to end racial discrimination. He graduated with honors from Saint John’s University School of Law in Brooklyn, New York. In 1961, he was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York by Robert F. Kennedy. In addition to his work in law, he has been engaged in substantial community work, including his outstanding work on behalf of AUJ. For more information about his illustrious career, please see http://clarencedunnaville.com.
Donna Chewning has many years of experience as a Restorative Justice Practitioner. As a Virginia Supreme Court certified General District and Juvenile and Domestic Court mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator, she conducts restorative processes in schools and the juvenile criminal courts. Donna has been an advocate for children and adults with disabilities for over 25 years. She worked at Tekoa, a youth residential treatment facility, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). She holds a BA from Radford University where her studies focused on Youth Advocacy. Donna’s Master’s Degree Program at the Eastern Mennonite University Center for Justice and Peacebuilding focused on Restorative Justice for Youth.
Co-Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill, an intentional religious community and retreat center, Richmond, VA. Reverend Walker is a mother and grandmother, trained pastoral counselor, healing prayer minister, spiritual director and group facilitator. She has a personal commitment to the healing of Metropolitan Richmond and has practiced engaging as such for over 30 years. Licensed in 1988, ordained in 1993, by the Rising Mt Zion Baptist Church of Sandston, VA, Reverend Walker is a graduate of 2007 graduate of Samuel DeWitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University, M.Div.; certified as an Intentional Interim Pastor and Transitional Consultant in 2008 by the Center for Congregational Health, Winston-Salem, N.C., and has trained in many other schools and programs to facilitate growth and development in groups as well as individuals.
Shelli Jost-Brady is an entrepreneur & servant leader who innovates resilient, restorative and sustainable communities thru education, social justice and economic development within diverse + challenged cultures worldwide. Her military-dependent nomadic youth instilled the importance of finding affinity in disparate groups to create comfort in changing/dangerous environments. With advanced degrees/certificates in design/architecture, business, leadership, and trauma/ASD paraprofessional, Shelli creates curriculum in human rights, conflict transformation, prejudice/bias, relationship & reconciliation. I of C Community Trustbuilding Fellow, Truth Racial Healing & Transformation facilitator, K12-Univ educator/1:1, facilitator/trainer.
Sylvia Clute created Unitive Justice Theory over the past 30+ years, a journey that began during her 28-year career as a trial attorney. Sylvia continues to develop and implement the theory, to write, give workshops and teach at the university level. She is author of Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality: A Call for a Compassionate Revolution and Destiny Unveiled and will soon publish a book on Unitive Justice. She is a contributor to two recent books on the Integrative Law movement. Sylvia holds advanced degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston Univ. School of Law, and the Univ. of California/Berkeley. She formerly served in the Peace Corps in Nepal, as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Women’s Bank in Richmond, and as President of the Virginia Women’s Attorneys Association. She teaches various aspects of Restorative Justice at Virginia Union Univ. and Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Sylvia is President of the Alliance for Unitive Justice.
Jodi Smith, Esq.
Jodi Smith is a non-profit leader and a leadership trainer. She took Sylvia Clute’s Unitive Justice Training in January 2017, then took several more training classes, and was hooked. Jodi has been working to create what started as Unitive Business and has developed into Unitive Leadership. She has created materials and conducted a pilot training on Unitive Leadership.
Jodi’s background is in law—she received her Juris Doctorate from University of Richmond School of Law in 1996—and she has worked in non-profit leadership for the past 14 years. In addition to serving on the AUJ board, Jodi is currently the National Program Director for Mended Little Hearts, the nation’s largest peer-support program for families with children born with congenital heart defects.