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PRESIDENT

D.G. Mawn
dgmawn@nafcm.org




DG serves as senior consultant through Intuitive Synergies for Community Systems Investments International in Louisville Kentucky.

DG Mawn is an attorney licensed in Illinois and Kentucky.He received his mediation training in 2000.He co-developed Cultural IntuitivenessTM and presently provides consultation and coaching to state, public and community-based organizations on human services/system development and effectiveness, leadership development, strategic planning and communication, cultural intuitiveness, sustainability and evaluation.The area of focus have been HIV/AIDS, early childhood development, cultural competency, substance abuse and sustainability within both community-based and governmental rubrics.

Through-out his work has been appreciated and strengthened through the use of empathetic practices leading to the creation of measurable and sustainable positive outcomes.


MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

Brennan Frazier
bfrazier@nafcm.org


Brennan Frazier graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. After graduation, he worked to develop mediation programs for under-served communities through an AmeriCorps VISTA partnership with Mediation Matters in Albany, NY, where he presently works as a Program Coordinator.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

CHAIR

LaDessa Croucher
Board Term: 2013-2019

ladessa.croucher@nafcm.org

 

LaDessa Croucher is the current Senior Director of Volunteers of America Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center (VOA-DRC). She is a Professionally Certified Mediator and Ombudsman. LaDessa first discovered mediation while perusing her undergraduate in Communication Studies from The University of Montana in Missoula. Inspired by William Wilmot and Art Lusse to bring mediation into community systems, LaDessa resisted gainful employment for many years. Instead traveled to Hawaii where her sister supported her "starving artist" phase of mediating with the Mediation Center of the Pacific in Honolulu, HI. She then secured an AmeriCorps VISTA position with VOA-DRC in Everett, WA in 2004. LaDessa has spent the last 12 years exploring with key stakeholders how mediation can be utilized in community systems to address a variety of social challenges including homelessness and supporting community policing.

 



TREASURER

Laura Jeffords
Board Term: 2015-2018

ljeffords@nafcm.org


Laura is currently the Executive Director of the Mediation Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Laura Jeffords oversees the Mediation Center in the Western North Carolina mountains serving Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania and Polk Counties. She has been on the Mediation Center's staff since 2006 and been trained in Community, Superior Court, Medicaid, and Re-entry mediation. She has a Master's in Public Administration from Western Carolina University with an emphasis on nonprofit management. Day to day, Laura is responsible for the strategic planning, finances, grant writing, fundraising, human resources, and public relations of the Mediation Center. The Mediation Center was founded in 1983 to support youth, families and community members in creating opportunity from conflict.





SECRETARY

Samuel "Joe" Brummer
Board Term: 2011-2017

jbrummer@nafcm.org

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Joe is currently a volunteer mediator and private mediation consultant in Hamden, Connecticut.

Joe Brummer has presented workshops in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Pennsylvania. He has presented at Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven, Quinnipiac University, Brown University and a number of national health education conferences. He has clocked hundreds of hours at the mediation table facilitating in a wide variety of areas. Joe was trained as a mediator at the Community Mediation Center of RI and served on their Juvenile Restorative Justice Advisory Board.



PAST CHAIR

Steffanie Medina
Board Term: 2015-2018

smedina@nafcm.org

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Steffanie is the Director of Training and Communication for Creative Mediation and their parent company, Wilshire Health and Community Services, in San Luis Obispo, California. Steffanie received a Masters of Educational Counseling at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo as well as Bachelor's of Psychology and Child Development. She is trained in a variety of specialized mediation areas including Elder Mediation, Juvenile Dependency Mediation, and Civil Harassment Mediation. As a trainer and consultant, Steffanie blends her experience in solution-oriented counseling with the fundamentals of conflict resolution to design hands-on, dynamic conflict resolution and communication training programs for community members, volunteer mediators, schools, and public, private and non-profit businesses.

Steffanie lives with her family and two dogs on the Central Coast of California where they enjoy running on the beach and discovering remarkable local food and wines.



MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

Sara Campos
Board Term: 2014-2017

scampos@nafcm.org


Sara Campos is the Associate Director of The Center for Conflict Resolution in Los Angeles, which is both a community mediation center and clinical program. She is a certified bilingual (English/Spanish) mediator, an adjunct professor of law and a full-time staff member. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Originally trained at The CCR as a law student mediator, The CCR recruited her to become part of the regular staff. Since that time she has become the associate director supervising staff, students as well as providing community outreach, support and training. Ms. Campos, along with another colleague, received the 2005 and 2012 Case of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

She has participated in numerous mediation panels including the Los Angeles Superior Court Panel, the Second Appellate District Court Panel, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In addition to her mediating and mentoring, she also teaches Mediation Advocacy at Loyola Law School.

 





IMPACT & VALUE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Christine Poulson
Board Term: 2015-2018

cpoulson@nafcm.org


Christine Poulson is the Executive Director of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution www.vaccr.org where she advocates for the expanded use of community-based dispute resolution. She was previously Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center in Roanoke, VA. Christine served as a mediator for 10 years, and mediated for all levels of court, for the USPS REDRESS Program, and for the Department of Forestry. She also served as a conflict resolution skills trainer and taught university classes in leadership and conflict resolution at Virginia Tech. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.





STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT CHAIR

Renata Valree
Board Term: 2013-2019

renata.valree@nafcm.org


Renata Valree is CEO and Executive Director of Ambassadors of Peace, Conflict Coaching and Consulting Group and former Program Director for the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, award winning Dispute Resolution Program.

Renata earned dual Masters Degree's in Public Administration and Negotiation, Conflict and Peacebuilding. She is a Magna and Summa Cum Laude graduate and has practiced mediation for over 25 years. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her work in the field of alternative dispute resolution and community mediation.





Jim Lingl
Board Term: 2011-2017

jlingl@nafcm.org


Jim Lingl is currently a Board member of the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement in Camarillo, California.

Jim is a mediator/attorney licensed in California and Wisconsin. He is a former Board President and current Board Member at the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. He is a former Board Member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), as well as the former Director of Operations for Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB). Jim is currently the principal with Lingl ADRS, a private mediation service in Southern California.



Laura C. Smythe, M.A., M.A., J.D.
Board Term: 2013-2019

laura.smythe@nafcm.org


Laura C. Smythe, is Owner/Founder of Communication Connections, LLC and is former Executive Director of a community mediation center. She is an attorney, mediator, professor and trainer. She has mediated a tremendous variety of disputes and practiced law for over 18years. She has taught conflict management and conflict resolution skills to students of all ages from Kindergarten through Ph.D. candidates for over 13 years. In addition, Smythe is a trainer and works with various state agencies and organizations to train employees and employers about: mediation, facilitating difficult conversations, creating transparent conflict management policies and how to constructively address workplace bullying.

She also serves the Wisconsin Supreme Court as an appointed volunteer investigator for claims of attorney misconduct. As a professor, Smythe has taught a wide variety of courses including: Mediation; Ethics and the Law in Mediation; Business Law; Law, Politics and Society; Leadership and Organizational Cultures; Workplace Conflict Management; Organizational Cultures and Change; Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving; Social Diversity and many others. Smythe also serves on the board of NAFCM (National Association for Community Mediation) and on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.




 


Cherise Hairston
Board Term: 2015-2018

chairston@nafcm.org


Cherise Hairston began her career in the field of community mediation in 1996 with formal study of conflict resolution which led to her earning a MA in Conflict Resolution at Antioch University McGregor in 1998. Since 1999, she has been a team member at the Dayton Mediation Center and serves as its Volunteer and Community Education/Outreach Coordinator. She has been a Certified Transformative Mediator with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. since 2001. Cherise is a conflict management trainer, consultant, and an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH) in the graduate programs in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Management and Change Leadership.


 


Jeanne Zimmer
Board Term: 2015-2018

jzimmer@nafcm.org


Jeanne F. Zimmer has served as the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center in Saint Paul, MN, since 2001. Jeanne has over 30 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, including a Masters of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She received an AB in Political Science and German from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She is a doctoral candidate in evaluation studies at the University of Minnesota, with a supporting field of conflict management. She served as the evaluator on a three-year federal ARRA grant. She is a guest lecturer at Bethel University, Hamline University, Metropolitan State University, and William Mitchell College of Law, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas. Her interests include evaluation and program theory and the intersection of conflict resolution and evaluation practice. Her research explores the collective impacts of community dispute resolution programs. She has completed Rule 114-certified trainings in Civil and Family Mediation and is also trained as a circle keeper, restorative group conferencing facilitator, and moderator.

Jeanne is a member of the ADR Section Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and serves as co-representative for Community ADR. She has presented at the American Evaluation Association, the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute, the Evaluators’ Institute, Conflict Resolution Minnesota, and the ADR Institute of Minnesota CLE.



Richard Reilly
Board Term: 2016-2019

richard.reilly@nafcm.org


Richard Reilly has been a community mediator for over 40 years. He has served on the board of the Community Dispute Settlement Center (Cambridge, MA), the Massachusetts Association for Mediation Programs (Boston), as president of SPIDR/ACR (1984-85), and as a mediator for the Harvard Mediation Project. Rick’s love of mediation and creative dispute resolution grew out of his 30 years with the American Arbitration Association, including serving as a Senior Vice President in charge of training and development of Neutrals. In 2010, Rick was appointed by Massachusetts Governor as Chair of the Joint Labor Management Committee (JLMC), which works to resolve police and fire disputes within the state. Rick has taught negotiations and mediation at Northeastern and U. of Massachusetts. A graduate of Fordham, St. John’s and Boston College, Rick lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife Judy. They have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.



Hank Clemons, Ph.D.
Board Term: 2017-2020

hclemons@nafcm.org


Hank Clemons, Ph.D., is Founder and CEO of the Society of Emotional Intelligence – a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing emotional intelligence into practice in all walks of life including schools, families, organizations, and communities. Hank is also the President of The HLC Group, Inc. – a training and consulting firm located in Tampa, FL focusing on emotional intelligence of individuals and organizations, Executive Coaching, and Anger Management.

Hank has published several books including: Applying Emotional Intelligence … from Mail Room to Boardroom, Could Your Emotional Intelligence Be Holding You Back? and his latest, 21 Ways to improve your Emotional Intelligence.

He is also known as “Dr. Hank”, host of “Let’s Talk EI”, a weekly podcast that is open to the public for discussing and having dialog around the topic of emotional intelligence or other related topics. Hank resides in Tampa, FL.



Jed Peace Friedland
Board Term: 2017-2020

jedf@nafcm.org


Jed Peace Friedland has been litigating a wide variety of complex cases for 3 decades and has participated as an advocate in hundreds of mediations. As a mediator Jed has presided over 100+ mediations involving disputes including divorce/property division, real estate/land use, trusts, intellectual property, personal injury, elder abuse, professional negligence, commercial/contractual, RV parks, faith communities, nuisance, animal welfare, school, workplace/employment and parent/teen.

He serves on the Monterey County Superior Court panel of Court directed mediators and he is also a certified family law mediator and is the curriculum designer and instructor of the 32 hour Core Mediation Certification Training and the 325 hour Advanced Mediation Training offered at Mandell-Gisnet Center and Monterey College of the Law as well as a variety of Advanced Mediation, Facilitation and Communication programs offered statewide through his firm Remarkable Solutions and Why Symposiums in Communication.

Jed is active as a mediator/facilitator and mediation trainer at the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, Mandell-Gisnet Center, and has been a regular mediation presenter at the annual conferences of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California.

Jed is an affiliated panelist/mediator with Spark Resolutions Group and Neutral Ground in Santa Cruz County. He currently acts “Of Counsel” for Fischer/Kerney LLP in construction defect litigation throughout Northern California. Jed is also very active as a musician, producer, technical advisor and personal manager.

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