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PRESIDENT

D.G. Mawn
dgmawn@nafcm.org




DG has served NAFCM in several roles, first as a member of the Board of the Directors (2012-2014) then as the JAMS Foundation Mini-Grant Program Manager (2014-2016), and currently serves NAFCM as the President of the membership association.

He co-developed the Cultural Intuitiveness process and 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.

DG Mawn is an attorney licensed in Illinois and Kentucky.He received his mediation training in 2000.

D.G. has worked in the local, state and federal level health systems interweaving his background in anthropology, religion and law in a manner that connects well within the political setting as well as the community setting. Through-out his career he has sought to appreciate the culture and systems of community and follow empathetic processes that strengthen the both the individual and the system in order to facilitate the creation of sustainable positive impacts.


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.


EXTERNS

Gene Shire


Gene Shire is an experienced Mediator with a demonstrated history of work in the alternative dispute resolution industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Customer Service, Team Building, Strategic Planning, Arbitration. Mediation, and Settlement Conferencing. Strong professional with exceptional leadership skills, practical experience and academic achievements.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS




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.


 

VICE-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

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.





IMPACT & VALUES COMMITTEE CO-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.




 


IMPACT & VALUES COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

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.



MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT 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.

 


 


STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & RESOURCES CHAIR

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.



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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