Marilyn is a pioneer in the treatment of sex offenders.
Shortly after graduating from Mills College, Marilyn began to work with sex offenders — before the term was even coined. After receiving a Masters degree in social work, she continued successful treatment of offenders in private practice. Because of her work in treatment, advocacy and public policy, Marilyn was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Social Workers (Oregon). She continues to volunteer at a state prison in Oregon, where she has facilitated groups among violent offenders for more than 15 years.
Tim met Marilyn through a young man, a sex offender that Tim was mentoring after the man’s release from prison. Tim’s volunteer work with post-release reentry programs dates to the early 1990s. He has been teaching Nonviolent Communication and mindfulness for more than a decade, and now teaches both in state prisons and county jail.
Tim has been a freelance professional writer since the 1980s. His award winning work in radio and print has focused largely on education and public policy.