Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, Inc. is currently operated through citizen volunteers and three paid staff. Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin is an official non-profit corporation. There are 10 board of directors. Volunteer facilitators are our most valuable resource and have an important sustaining role in this initiative.

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Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin, Inc. mission is to connect individuals, strengthen relationships, and build safe communities through the use of restorative justice principles.

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Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin’s goals include:


  • Acknowledging the harm done to victims and their families and inviting full participation to engage in sensitive dialogue that will help victims recover from their experience and be able to move forward in their lives.
  • This organization is to offer opportunities for a restorative response to crime and to invite victims, the community, and the offender to participate in repairing the harm and strengthening the community.
  • Holding offenders accountable for their actions and giving opportunities for offenders to repair the harm they caused, to earn back trust in the community and to re-gain self-respect.
  • Strengthening the community by creating awareness of the needs of people affected by crimes and invited participation in the Restorative Justice process through supporting those affected by crime. Ongoing opportunities will also be available for citizens who want to be trained as volunteer facilitators.
  • To provide Education to youth on the Impact of victims and crime.
  • Provide a Community Service program where offenders can earn back trust in the community and to regain self respect.
  • Educate the community on Restorative Justice.



Brandy Horstman Executive Director Brandy Horstman
Executive Director
Email: bcrjrd@gmail.com

Brandy has worked for Restorative Justice of Northwest Wisconsin since November 2006.

Married and mother of 2 kids. She has five years of court room experience as a deputy court administrator in Minnesota and 3 years of accounting. She is seasoned in administration, marketing, grant writing, and insurance billing.

Dave Hatch, Restorative Justice, Burnett County, WI Dave Hatch
Program Facilitator

Dave is married and has 5 children. He graduated in 1987 from Blaine HS and from UW-River Falls in 1992 with a Bachelors Degree, major Sociology and a minor in Coaching. Participated in football and baseball in high school and college. Currently coaching baseball and football in Siren and Webster. Worked for 22 years as a Probation/Parole Officer for adults in St. Croix Co. for 11 years and 11 years in Siren. Taught Special Education at Northwest Passage and Webster Middle School since retiring from Probation/Parole in 2015. Still employed with Northwest Passage transporting residents.



The Restorative Justice Northwest Wisconsin Board of Directors for 2022 include: Bill Johnson, Joe Wacek, Marge McCardle, Brian Sears, Denny Blodgett, Tessa Anderson, and Ben McClennan.




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Bill Chantelois

Bill has owned Bills Ace Hardware for over 30 years, since 1984. Bill grew up in Iron River Wisconsin and graduated in 1977 from Washburn High School. Bill has been married for 40 years and has 3 awesome boys along with 2 grandchildren and an AWESOME GOD. Bill began speaking with Restorative Justice three years ago. He has since given many hours of his time to help OWI offenders, youth, and the program.


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Mike Swanson

Mike graduated from Siren Schools in 1997. He met his wife, Kelly, in 2001 while he was living in Superior and attending the UW-Superior. Kelly and Mike were married in 2006 and purchased their home in Siren. They have 2 children, Emma (5) & Lucas (3).

Mike helps manage the family hardware business in Siren and his wife Kelly works for Lakeview Hospital in Rice Lake. Mike has been a speaker on RJNW’s Victim Impact Panel since 2005. In his free time he enjoys traveling with his family. Mike’s favorite thing of all is ice fishing with his “little fishing buddy” Lucas in the winter.

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Becky Swenson

Becky lives in Siren with her youngest daughter, Brittany who is a senior this year. She also has two grown children, Raymond and Ashley who live in New Richmond. Becky is now a volunteer for Restorative Justice. She wants to give back to the people who helped her and show by example this system really works.