Scott Schell – Facilitator
Scott has been working with MCP for over three years. He has been working in violence intervention and prevention for twelve years. He is the Site Coordinator at the San Francisco Sheriff Department’s Community Programs Office. It is there that he runs the day-to-day operations of the certified program in San Francisco. Scott was originally an inmate participant in the in-custody RSVP Program. He then voluntarily completed the program upon his release. He then became an intern and was hired as a facilitator, then promoted to Site Coordinator after one year – a position he still holds today. Scott is very passionate about this ever so important work. He is also a father of two young boys. This furthers his investment in the betterment of our communities. Scott’s longevity working in this very difficult field is demonstrative of his dedication to this much needed work.
Edward Moore, Facilitator
Edward Moore has worked in the domestic violence field for the past 16 years. Not only has he worked with perpetrators of domestic violence but survivors as well. He initially started his work with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Resolve To Stop The Violence Project as a Case Manager and Violence Prevention Facilitator.
Today he currently works as a shelter advocate at A Safe Place women’s shelter as well as a Batterers Intervention Facilitator with Men Creating Peace.
Thomas LaFrance, Finance & Administrative Coordinator
Thomas is a Bay Area native with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, he began his professional career at Foremost-McKesson. For thirty-plus years, he held finance and accounting management positions in a variety of subsidiaries in northern and southern California. Retirement from the corporate treadmill blissfully came in early 2013.
He has served on the Boards of several performing arts organizations and a federally-chartered credit union. He is, and has been, active in the leadership and ministries of the Episcopal parishes where he worships.
Having joined the MCP staff in December 2017, Thomas is happy to apply his budgeting, financial and administrative skills in support of Devon, the facilitators and the Board. The transforming work that Men Creating Peace brings about in the lives of its clients is truly remarkable.
Devon Gaster, Executive Director, Founder, Facilitator
Devon Gaster is the co-founder and executive director of “Men Creating Peace”, a violence prevention program in Oakland, CA. His program works to educate men about the devastating impacts of interpersonal vilence and provides tools for them to use to stop their own violent behaviors. He is also a long standing member of the Alameda County Domestic Violence Collaborative and works closely with the courts, probation and other community based organizations focused on ending family violence. He provides trainings and presentations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area on violence awareness and intervention strategies.
Devon is a former convicted batterer who has been strongly committed to restorative justice and healing for over 20 years. He is a graduate and certified facilitator of the manalive violence prevention program. He has facilitated manalive groups in San Francisco, Marin, Sacramento, Yolo and Alameda Counties. Devon worked for 8 years in the San Francisco County Jail’s “Resolve to Stop the Violence Project”. He has also worked as a re-entry placement specialist and case manger assisting clients with substance abuse treatment resources as they transition from custody back into the community. He currently works as a case manager for Swords to Plowshares, serving Veterans who are incarcerated in the San Francisco Jail. Devon also continues to provide conflict resolution and violence prevention groups at San Quentin State Prison.
For more information about Devon’s experience and achievements, please click here.