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D.G. Mawn

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.


Brennan Frazier

Brennan Frazier graduated from The Ohio State University in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and History. After graduation, he joined AmeriCorps VISTA and worked for two years at Mediation Matters in Albany, NY, where he received mediation training and worked to develop mediation programs for under-served communities. He presently works as a Program Coordinator at Mediation Matters coordinating family court, civil court, community, and veterans mediation programs in Albany and Rensselaer Counties.




Steffanie Medina

Board Term: 2015-2018
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Steffanie is currently the Director of Creative Mediation in San Luis Obispo, California.

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.



Samuel "Joe" Brummer
Board Term: 2011-2017
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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.


Laura Jeffords
Board Term: 2015-2018

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.


LaDessa Croucher
Board Term: 2013-2016


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. 



Sara Campos
Board Term: 2015-2018


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 (Engligh/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.


Christine Poulson

Board Term: 2015-2018


Christine Poulson is the Executive Director of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution 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.


Renata Valree
Board Term: 2013-2016

Renata 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.


Lorig Charkoudian
Board Term: 2013-2016


Lorig Charkoudian, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Community Mediation Maryland.  Her work includes developing partnerships with state agencies including the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Service, Maryland State Department of Education, Family Court
Administration, and others, to bring collaborative conflict resolution to new and unique forums.  Lorig serves as a trainer and provides technical assistance to the 19 community based mediation programs serving Maryland, including mentorship for collaborative public policy
facilitation.  Lorig’s research examines the impact of specific aspects of the mediation process on experiences for participants as well as broader cost-benefit analysis of community mediation.  Community Mediation Maryland and Lorig have received national attention for the innovative work on prisoner re-entry mediation.  Lorig volunteers her time in her community building the local food system to support economic development and access to fresh local food for all.  Lorig has been honored three times as Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record.


Cherise Hairston

Board Term: 2015-2018

Cherise 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.

Jim Lingl
Board Term: 2011-2017

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

Jim Lingl 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: 2013-2016


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.




Jeanne Zimmer

Board Term: 2015-2018

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.

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