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JAMS Foundation and NAFCM announces the resourcing of six Community Mediation Programs

September 24, 2014

Denver, Colorado-- The JAMS Foundation and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) announce the resourcing of six community mediation centers.  This support includes $85,000.00 from the JAMS Foundation with the potential to expand to $150,000.00 in future years. The purpose of this resourcing project is to develop and refine community mediation programs that can be replicated by other centers so that they too can design a path for sustainable mediation resources for our veterans and military families. In order to achieve this purpose, the six community centers will work together through a learning community design to:

 ·      assess the need for veterans and military family mediation services, define and build capacity to meet the discovered needs and implement a selected pilot program, practice or policy enhancement;

·      provide leadership in the development of materials that can be shared and replicated by other centers in the U.S.; and,

·      leverage and focus resources and expertise to maximize impact of selected pilots and enhancements throughout the U.S. and for the benefit of the community mediation field generally.

“We looked very carefully at how the Foundation could best support the community mediation field and felt that this model provided a remarkable opportunity for collaboration and growth,” said David Brandon, JAMS Foundation Managing Director. “With NAFCM as a partner, grantees will have a built-in support network from their peers as well as from leaders in the field.”

NAFCM Interim Executive Director Gabrielle Frey commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with JAMS in providing an opportunity for various centers around the country to work specifically to reach out to and meet the needs of veterans and militarily families through the skills of mediation.  This is an opportunity to develop strong sustainable evidence based programing and practices that also fit the specific needs identified within each community.   We are looking forward to the journey.”

The six community centers which will be members of this learning community design are the: 

    • Arkansas Community Dispute Resolution Centers, Inc. (Little Rock, Arkansas); 
    • Community Mediation Services, Volunteers of America of Northern New England (Brunswick, Maine); 
    • The Mandell Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law (Monterey, California); 
    • Mediation Matters (Albany, New  York); 
    • Child and Family Services, Center for Resolution and Justice (Buffalo, New York); and, 
    • Quabbin Mediation (Orange, Massachusetts).

For more information please contact D.G. Mawn, Program Coordinator at 502.777.0603 or at

**********************************************************************************************************************************************Announcing the latest opportunity in the NAFCM Webinar series:

NAFCM Webinar

The Cost of Unmanaged Conflict: Sanford the Untold Story


Register Now!  (NAFCM Members register for FREE and non-members register for $25 per session)  

Date & Time:

This is a two part series:    2nd session is: October 23, 2014; 3:30-4:30 pm EST


Andrew Thomas

 Short Description:

Using his dual perspective as both a leader within community mediation and a government employee in the Sanford city government – Mr. Thomas will provide information regarding the communal impacts of unmanaged conflict and the role of public policy.  

In response to the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case in 2012, Andrew was asked to work with the Mayor, City Manager and Department of Justice, Community Relations Services Regional Director to assist with facilitating the conflict management process and designing a healing process to move the City of Sanford forward. In response to the request of the City Manager, Andrew authored the Action Plan for Reuniting Sanford “One City-Many Communities” Nine Point Plan. 

Learning Objectives:

1. What conflict management is and how it has emerged within the ADR field and collaborative measures with agencies.

2. How the government and citizens can engage in determining the risks to community with unresolved conflict.

3. What other communities might focus on for preventative measures regarding conflict and violence within community.

4. Principles that guide the conflict management and partnering techniques.

Invitation to all in Community Mediation - The ACR conference is October 8-11, in Cincinnati, OH:


along with: 

Association for Conflict Resolution

“Voices, Choices, Solutions”

Join Community Day October 8, 2014, presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Community Section in partnership with the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), at ACR Conference 2014 being held at the Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel from October 8-11, 2014, for its cutting-edge conflict resolution training and knowledge integration presented by 10 community mediation experts from diverse programs and geographical locations. Examine important questions inherent in: the expanding definition of community mediation; managing mediators and mediation in Community-based programs and initiatives; strategies for creating conflict resolution cooperative classrooms; and moving from traditional to new partnerships in enhancing stability of community through stable housing. Find all this and more with the other Community programs and presenters woven into ACR Conference 2014 at: .   


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NAFCM Announces Third Award Recipient


NAFCM Announces Debbie Horberg, from the Center for Conflict Resolution of Chicago, IL,  as  the Third Recipient of “Outstanding Volunteer Award”


Palm Springs, California (July 24, 2014) — On July 24, 2014 NAFCM is announcing our third NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award Winner.  The nomination process allowed community mediation centers from across the country to nominate outstanding volunteers.   NAFCM received many dynamic nominations for this new quarterly award which recognizes the significant work volunteers provide to create the positive impacts of community mediation across the country.


NAFCM Executive Director Matt Phillips stated, “It was amazing to see the positive response that this new program is getting from community mediation centers across the country.  There are over 400 centers across the country and this program hopes to end having these community-changing, volunteer mediators be one of the country’s greatest kept secrets.” 


NAFCM assembled a committee of community mediation leaders from across the country that was given the task of selecting the Outstanding Volunteer Award winner.  The committee will continue to meet quarterly to determine additional award winners. 


The third recipient of the award is Debbie Horberg who is a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago, Il.  A NAFCM Board and Ad-hoc committee member commented, “Our committee was very impressed with the passion and dedication that Debbie brings to the Center for Conflict Resolution.  Debbie's  nomination noted that she is often called on for some of the 'tough' cases.”  In addition,  Debbie is the Chairperson of the Center's Volunteer Council, a body of people who work on contributing to CCR in non-mediation capacities.  This group works on areas such as increasing revenue streams by developing new training programs,  and planning for both continuing education sessions and events for bringing the volunteer community together.   Debbie is committed to CCR's mission and works effectively with CCR's Executive Director to keep the work of the council aligned with the programs and strategic goals of the organization.   The three words chosen by her nominator Matt Steele are: dedicated, sincere and thoughtful.


As the recipient of the NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award, Debbie will receive the following:


1) A framed certificate commemorating the recognition;

2) Copy of Ken Cloke's new book, "The Dance of Opposites: Explorations in Mediation, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Systems Design";

3) An opportunity to meet and be interviewed as the NAFCM Outstanding Volunteer Award winner by Dave Hilton of the Conflict Specialist Show; and,

4) An announcement will be made to the entire NAFCM community as well as a press release created with the announcement that can be sent to local media and posted on website.


Every quarter, NAFCM will announce a new Outstanding Volunteer Award winner.  Nominations for future awards can be made through NAFCM’s website at 


For additional information or a sample copy, Contact: S. Gabrielle Frey, Executive Director of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM), at (602) 633-4213 or