About Felise

Felise is a mediator, circle keeper, and restorative justice practitioner.  In a prior life, she was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and was the Special Envoy to Vietnam for the European Commission’s Forestry Law Enforcement Governance and Trade program, where she worked with businesses, civil society, governments and environmental activists to develop an international agreement to protect forests in Southeast Asia. In her current life, she is a dedicated practitioner of Zen Buddhist meditation and helping people make their way through the conflicts in their lives, with their backs strong and hearts open.  A Fulbright scholar, Felise holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and is a certified mediator.  She also acquired extensive practical mediation experience while starting and running her own business, a small eco-hotel on Phu Quoc Island.  Since 2016, Felise has been a Circle Keeper for Hidden Water, a non-profit that offers restorative justice circles for individuals and family systems affected by childhood sexual abuse.  She is fluent in Vietnamese and passionate about cultivating the human capacity for accountability, forgiveness and moral repair.