Current IDG Leadership
Gina Ronning, Ph.D. - Program Director & Facilitator
Gina has been an active facilitator for IDG since 2010, and has been serving as acting program director since the end of 2014. Gina holds a doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, and her dissertation research explored the psychology of retributive attitudes in moral development as it pertains to restorative justice education. She also holds an MS in conflict resolution, with a concentration in restorative justice and peacemaking criminology, and a teaching certificate in adult development and learning from Portland State University. Dr. Ronning also works as a professional restorative justice and equity consultant for non-profit and government agencies and is currently serving on the Portland Police Training Advisory Council and the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group for the City of Portland.
Carmaleta Aufderheide, MS - Co-Director/ Facilitator
In 2016, Carmaleta Aufderheide completed her master’s degree in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon where her research on the impacts and outcomes of prison animal programming furthered her interest in restorative justice practices within correctional settings. Carmaleta continues to advocate for prison animal programming along with the renewal and rehabilitative properties of pairing dogs and adults in custody. In 2017 she began volunteering with the Insight Development Group (IDG) at Oregon State Correctional Institute (OSCI) where she co-facilitates a 33 week intensive restorative justice program alongside program director Gina Ronning. As a certified professional dog trainer. Carmaleta owns and operates Northstar Training Solutions where she focuses on canine separation anxiety and related problem behaviors. She additionally raises future service dogs for Canine Companions and advocates for the Canine Companions puppy raising program inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. Conflict resolution continue to influence her practice in both the canine and offender arenas.
Kevin Roper, BA - Co-Founder, Facilitator & Peer Mentor
Kevin Roper completed his BA from the University of Oregon in 2021 with a double major in Humanities and GSS with a focus on Crime, Law, and Society. He entered corrections at the age of 18 where he served 33 years. Believing that people can heal only in the context of relationship, was a part of a grass-roots effort to build what would become the Insight Development group in 2009 in a collaboration between the men inside, DOC stake holders, and volunteers in the Conflict Resolution Programs at U of O, OSU, and PSU. Kevin has also been instrumental in creating and facilitating other programs that address toxic gender roles, systemic inequities, and mental health treatment within OSCI. Passionate about where creativity meets life, he believes that people can always grow. Wearing many hats including artist, software developer, yoga teacher, and hopeful writer - he currently works for the Oregon Justice Resource Center in the Legal Support Services department providing support for defense attorneys.
Past Leaders & Facilitators of IDG