Advoz Mediation and Restorative Practices
Helping individuals & groups in Lancaster, PA find healing and hope since 1981.
We embrace the uniqueness of individuals by being inclusive of race, ethnicity, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, beliefs and other differences that often divide us.
We commit to strengthen our entire community and cultivate trust and compassion, recognizing the unique strengths of the populations we serve.
We take responsibility for our words and actions, expecting the same from participants and partners in our programs.
We push ourselves to lead in the applied fields of conflict resolution, restorative justice, and peacebuilding.
We encourage all parties involved in a conflict to have a voice and a role in determining outcomes.
We govern ourselves and provide services that assure fairness, empathy, and neutrality.
We seek partners to build a “conversation-centered community” through guided conversation and self-empowerment.
We are motivated by our personal experiences with community, faith, and moral convictions to provide constructive and transformative dialogue.
Advoz Staff & Board Members
Advoz is committed to helping those in challenging life situations–whether involved in conflict or impacted by violence.
Our skilled staff and volunteers offer conflict resolution and restorative justice services based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania that have been recommended again and again by thousands who have participated since 1980.
Advoz is overseen by a dedicated staff including:
Chris Wenden was originally born in Sydney Australia. He has headed up a number of non-profits in Lancaster County and holds an MBA in Non-profit and Executive Leadership. Chris is married to Michelle, a Lancaster County native, and they have four children through adoption and have been foster parents for two others. Chris is trained in Divorce and Custody Mediation by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediation; Restorative Justice Facilitation; Basic Meditation; and Circle Process Facilitation. Chris is passionate about helping individuals and organizations break through the barriers of negative conflict to help breed healthy conversation and community.
Addrienne, is the friendly voice of Advoz, working in the organization since 2019 as an administrative assistant, office manager and now Operations Manager. She joins Advoz from the travel and service industry with extensive customer service and organizational skills. On any given day, you’ll find Addrienne directing inquiries for mediating disputes, inviting volunteers to work an event, or getting fair deals with our vendors. Addrienne enjoys spending time with family and friends, where she already has achieved peacemaker status. In her free time, you’ll find her at music concerts or escaping to the beach. We’re excited to have Addrienne contribute to Advoz’s present and future as she keeps our office humming — with an extra-friendly voice.
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Training
Chris worked and studied in conflict resolution, program management, and fund development for 25 years and now leads strategic partnerships, training and business development for Advoz. He began with the organization in 2014 as the Center for Community Peacemaking’s executive director before its merger with Conflict Resolution Services (formerly Lancaster Mediation Center) in 2017. Previously, he founded two campus-based mediation programs and has studied and worked in community-based conflict transformation efforts in the US, Northern Ireland and Croatia, earning his M.A. at the Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). More recently he nurtured interest in arts-based approaches to transforming conflict with improvisation and applied theatre. Chris shares a bustling bilingual and musical household in Marietta, PA with his wife and two teenagers.
Director of Community Impact
Tony Rivas came to Advoz to fulfill his passion for helping others. Born in Chicago, his family moved to Puerto Rico, where he spent much of his life holding various positions as marketing director, sales director, customer service director, and merchandising supervisor. He studied at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico, majoring in Business Administration and management. In January 2015, he came to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He moved into retail store management for a year and a half, then was a banker and manager at a well-known national bank. Tony shares a home with his wife, Julie, and his dog, Chester. He has two sons, Alexis and Christian, who live in Lancaster. Tony also has two grandchildren, Alhanna and Andy. He enjoys time with his family, helping the underprivileged, and helping out the Hispanic community. He was a member of the Spanish American Civic Association of Lancaster development committee as well.
Director of Restorative Practices
Krista got involved with Advoz training and volunteering in Restorative Justice Conferencing in 2019. But she went beyond the call of duty by successfully reaching dozens of case participants on the phone. Now the director for restorative conferencing, she coordinates and coaches facilitators on 150+ cases of harm each year. Krista graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014, studying peacebuilding, development and Spanish, with an interest in restorative justice. She comes to Advoz with a range of experience in social services, mission work and retail management. Krista is excited to help people heal relationships and invest in Lancaster city youth. She is an avid runner and loves rock climbing, board games, and sharing food with friends.
Restorative Practices Case Manager
Wilnelia (Wilny) was born in Puerto Rico but moved to PA to attend college, graduating with a Criminal Justice degree. She worked at a Juvenile Detention Facility in both detention and shelter programs. After that, she worked as a Youth Advocate, Therapeutic Support Staff, and Direct Care Staff, as well as volunteer experience in the re-entry program. Wilny is passionate about helping others and giving them second chances to develop their skills and potential. Outside of work, Wilny loves kayaking and spending time with her grandchildren.
Lauren Reinhart is a junior at Millersville University studying psychology. She plans on going to graduate school for clinical psychology. She started her internship with Advoz in August 2023 and is helping with restorative justice practices. Since beginning at Advoz, Lauren has found an interest in the benefits of restorative justice as a practice. She is passionate about the positive impact Advoz makes on Lancaster County and is thrilled to be a part of the team. In her free time, Lauren enjoys doing anything active whether that is being in the gym or going on hikes. Amongst other things, Lauren loves to spend time with her loved ones and travel to new places.
Board of Directors
City of Lancaster Human Resources
Retired Human Services Professional
Vice Chair/ Program Committee Chair
Former CEO, Choice Books
Attorney at Barley Snyder
Police Social Worker at Lancaster City Bureau of Police
Attorney at Barley Snyder
Magisterial District Judge
Peace Education Consulting
Director Advancement, Thaddeus Stevens
Be a part of the change Advoz helps to create
Through volunteering, donating, or participating in Advoz trainings you can be a change agent in Lancaster County when you partner with Advoz.
“Advoz services bring hope and healing where you think there is no way through.”
– Advoz Advocate