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NAFCM Board of Directors Class of 2021

Wednesday, October 10, 2018   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Frankie Barrett
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NAFCM Welcomes Board of Directors "Class of 2021"

The National Organization for Community Mediation is thrilled to give a warm welcome to the incoming Board of Directors, both to the new members who will be joining as well as to the returning members to the Board of Directors. NAFCM is excited to see how the strengths, ideas, and skills of these new board members will help the NAFCM team serve the national community of peacemakers. Below is the NAFCM Board of Directors at the recent ACR Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.




NAFCM welcomes the following new members to the Board of Directors:


Melinda Burrell, Washington, District of Columbia.  Mindy is committed to raising the profile of community mediation so that more people are aware of it both as a concept and a process that is available to them to resolve disputes outside of the court system and long before escalating to violence. For Mindy, community mediation also means engaging in the continual process of building the mediation community’s skills, attitudes, and knowledge to carry out their work with ever more impact. This also means attracting the financial resources to support the development and expansion of community mediation. 


Sharon B. Eckstein, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sharon believes that NAFCM not only serves to strengthen each local community mediation center by providing support to its efforts but also by serving as a "matchmaker" who can create connections between members who are working to meet similar needs or creating new programs to foster community transformation. I also believe that local effort can gain more traction and become more successful when a national organization can be a resource. Sharon enjoys building connections and welcomes the opportunity to help others find others whom they can work with to advance shared goals.


Cassie Lively, Chicago, Illinois.  Our center has existed for 39 years, we still frequently hear that our center and community mediation generally is one of the "best kept secrets" in our area.  Cassie is very interested in working to change that, both for her own center and for others. NAFCM can house information about best practices for basic development of a community mediation center, create crosswalks of learning from other centers and stay on the cutting edge. Cassie believes NAFCM has a really important role to play in this area and she looks forward to be a part of this work.


Scott Martin, Los Angeles, California.  Scott believes that local community mediation centers are uniquely qualified and positioned to resolve the conflicts in THEIR own communities, prevent future violence, and support prosperity by empowering community members to achieve greater communication and connectivity. NAFCM serves these centers by providing a framework for development, execution, and reflection of effectiveness of programs to achieve these goals.  We must strive  to ensure that our support is  innovative, effective bringing both the required pragmatic thinking and sometimes ridiculous optimism needed in order to be successful.


Christopher Mendez, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Chris’  history as a community organizer for South Florida (e.g., local mosques and projects) and nationally based Islamic organizations (e.g., Muslim Student Association, Muslim American Society, Muslim Legal Defense, and Project Downtown) has allowed him to develop a strong network of other like-minded community members that seek to empower their local geographic communities through service for and from their respective Muslim communities by capacity building through field specific projects. This history of knowledge-sharing with cultural communities will be the backbone in my purpose of strengthening national connections to serve local needs.


The National Organization for Community Mediation also welcomes back the following members who have offered to accept a second three-year term with the Board of Directors.


Cherise D. Hairston, Dayton, Ohio.  Cherise will continue her work to support a network that promotes the work of community mediation. One of the primary mechanisms for advancing the work has been her shared effort to revamp the Clearinghouse into the Virtual Library as a forum for up-to-date resources and materials and cutting edge, innovative work that demonstrates the value and impact of the work created through community mediation. The Virtual Library, now more easily searchable, will continue to emphasize current research on the effectiveness of community mediation along with the NAFCM/JAMS toolkits and resources developed by member centers, institutions and associates.


Jeanne Zimmer, St. Paul, Minnesota. Jeanne will continue her work of raising interest in engaging NAFCM Elders to re-connect in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2019; dedicating resources towards branding the value of community mediation; promoting NAFCM and members through social media; developing a strategy around the engagement of higher education institutions; supporting an update of the State of Community Mediation; and, 
e merging Partner Strategies and Resource Acquisition.


Renata E. Valree says...
Posted Friday, August 17, 2018
Welcome all.

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