Ann Crews Melton
A Texas native, Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin College and a master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. She presented “Building Consensus Across Differences” at TEDxAustinCollege in 2021.
Ann serves as treasurer of Heart River Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation that meets at the ND Heart River Correctional Center. She is a former board officer of Humanities North Dakota and a strong proponent of civic engagement, civil discourse, and participatory decision-making. She lives in Bismarck with her husband and two daughters.
Elizabeth “Elle” Hilt is a devoted advocate for Restorative Justice and values-based crucial conversations. For 16 years, her academic and professional efforts have focused on creating spaces for difficult discussions.
Elizabeth obtained a master’s degree from St. Cloud State University (MN) centered on using restorative practices to address criminal harms, and most of her work has served justice-involved individuals. However, in supporting people engaged in conflict, she has found that any opportunity to build empathy and engage in healthy dialogue is vital to creating stronger relationships and safer communities in the face of adversity.
Since 2018, Elizabeth has proudly led North Dakota’s statewide Restorative Justice program in partnership with the North Dakota Juvenile Court system and the ND Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation. She believes that restorative practices are important strategies to engage people in building and repairing relationships and community, and to provide people who have experienced harm a meaningful voice in the justice process.
Karla joined Consensus Council in January 2013. She has a degree in Information Processing from Bismarck State College and is MOS certified in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
Karla is a 2011 graduate of the Bismarck-Mandan Leadership Program. She has been involved with a number of nonprofits over the years, including Dakota OutRight from 2011-2017, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition from 2011-2017, and the Bismarck Human Relations Committee from 2011-2012. She was a grant reviewer with the PFund Social Change grant committee and also has been a member of the statewide LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee through the ND Department of Health & the ND Women’s Network.
Caitlin joined Consensus Council as the newly minted Communications Manager in 2022. She previously spent five years union organizing with North Dakota United, the state’s union for public employees and educators. Before her time at NDU, she worked with a variety of nonprofits, including the ND Women’s Network and the Abused Adult Resource Center.
Aside from work, Caitlin enjoys music and art, both as a performer and as an audience member, and she loves laughing and making others laugh. But most of all, whether it’s at work or at play, she loves connecting with people as they are, and building authentic connection. Caitlin lives in Bismarck with her partner, Andy.
Sonia has worked with North Dakota’s statewide Restorative Justice program since 2020. She served as a surgical technologist in both obstetrics/gynecology and oral surgery before changing careers to join the Restorative Justice team. Sonia enjoys running and being outdoors, and lives in West Fargo with her husband and two sons.
VICTIM EMPATHY SPECIALIST – RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Logan joined Consensus Council’s Restorative Justice team in May 2022. Logan has been working with at-risk youth communities since 2012, and worked for the public school system aiding children with special needs in the Fargo area for many years. Logan lives in Fargo and spends much of his spare time training dogs and horses.
Leah Carmical Hargrove
FACILITATOR, INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATORS’ FORUM
Leah was born and raised in North Carolina, where she majored in International Studies and French at the University of North Carolina–Asheville. She moved to North Dakota with her husband in 2012, and they have three Dakota-born children. Leah founded Global Neighbors in 2015 and served as executive director for six years. Leah was chosen as the City of Bismarck’s Humanitarian of the Year for 2018, is a Change Network alumna, and a former Hello Neighbor Fellow. She is passionate about communities, productive conversations, and social growth that benefits the entire ecosystem.