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Workshop Series 1: Friday, November 1, 2002 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

1.01 The Shadow Negotiation: Using Strategic Moves to Even the Odds
Presenter: Deborah Kolb MBA, Ph.D
., Professor, Simmons College and Senior Fellow, Harvard Negotiation Project

Bio: Deborah M. Kolb is Professor of Management at Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston. From 1991-1994, Kolb was Executive Director of Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Program where she co-directs The Negotiations in the Workplace Project. Professor Kolb is an authority on gender issues in negotiation and other forms of conflict management. Kolb's teaching and professional practice focuses on negotiation and conflict resolution in leadership of organizations. Among other firms and nonprofit organizations, Professor Kolb has recently served as consultant to Pricewaterhouse/Coopers; Deloitte and Touche; Ford Motor Company, the Pfizer Corporation, Siemens, the Ford Foundation and Girl Scouts, among many others. Professor Kolb is the author of over 50 articles on the subjects of negotiation, conflict in organizations and mediation. Kolb is on the editorial boards of the Negotiation Journal and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Kolb received her Ph.D. from MIT's Sloan School of Management, an MBA from the University of Colorado and a BA from Vassar College.


1.02 Mediator Neutrality
Presenter: Donald A. Cole, J.D
., Mediation Coordinator, Oregon Judicial Department 11th and 22nd Judicial Districts (Central Oregon)

Bio: Donald A. Cole, J.D., began his mediation career in 1993 (after 45 years of preparation!); and he joined OMA in 1994. He is the mediation coordinator for the state courts in Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson Counties. The majority of his mediation experience has been in court-connected programs, offering service in small claims and landlord-tenant cases. He also maintains a small private practice, as time permits. Don has participated as a mediation trainer and coach with several trainers and training teams. He presents workshops on mediation-related topics, and mentors the volunteer mediators in the programs he coordinates.


1.03 Harmony in Conflict: Feng Shui for Mediators
Presenter: Susan K. Driver
, Mediation Services

Bio: Susan K. Driver is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, teacher and Feng Shui consultant. Ms. Driver has degrees in Psychology (B.S. 1977) and Law (J.D. 1981) from the University of Oregon. Her interest in people and other cultures led her to the practice of Federal Indian law and water law with the Navajo Tribe (1981 - 1985) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (1985 - 1997). In 1996, a spiritual journey to Bhutan changed the focus of her life and led to the study and practice of Feng Shui. She is a disciple of H.H. Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun and an affiliate of Katherine Metz and The Art of Placement. Applying this ancient knowledge in the modern world has deepened her work as a mediator of public policy matters involving environmental, natural resources and Indian law issues. Ms. Driver teaches graduate level seminars in "Conflict Management Systems Design", "Multi-Party Negotiations", "Careers in Conflict Resolution" and "Harmony in Conflict" as an Adjunct Professor in the Master's Degree Program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.


1.04 Mediation Aversion: Comprehending Client Resistance to Mediation
Presenter: Christopher Sheesley
, In-Accord Conflict Resolution Services

Bio: Christopher Sheesley has been a full-time, professional mediator since 1991. He is the owner of In-Accord, a conflict resolution company offering mediation, training and facilitation services. Christopher serves as the EEOC's only contract mediator in Oregon. He serves on ten other mediation rosters including: (a) the Postal Service, (b) three employee assistance programs, (c) two national mediation companies, and (d) the special education mediation program in Washington. He has conducted over 800 mediation sessions in many contexts. As a trainer, he has introduced close to 1,000 new mediators to the profession. Before founding In-Accord, he was the Director of Community Mediation Services in Clark County. Christopher currently serves on the OMA Core Standards of Practice Committee and has served as a board member for various mediation associations.


1.05 Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution for Change and Finding the Common Ground of Parties in Conflict
Presenters: Hal Abegg
, Mediator and Organizational Development Consultant; Loren Lee, Management Consultant; and Pat Tangeman, Change by Design

Bios: Hal Abegg has practiced as a mediator and organizational development consultant since 1998. He holds a Masters in Whole Systems Design, Organization Systems Renewal from Antioch University Seattle, and a BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He has a strong understanding of the business environment, supported by over ten years of experience in finance and accounting, systems conversions, and operations improvement. He has collaboratively designed and presented curriculum for a master's program grounded in systems theory using adult learning methodologies for topics covering Collaboration, Ethics of Intervention, and Futuring. Hal is currently on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Mediation Association, and is also a member of the Oregon Organizational Development Network.

Loren Lee has been a management consultant since 1997 and an organizational development catalyst for over 24 years in employee, managerial and executive roles with Champion International, Frito-Lay, Tektronix, Pillsbury, and Norpac Foods. He has a MA in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University (Leadership Institute of Seattle) and a BA in management from the University of Montana. He has integrated Appreciative Inquiry in his business succession planning, knowledge management and executive development interventions within numerous governmental, for-profit and NGO's. Loren currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Professional Services Council and the Oregon Organizational Development Network's leadership council. He is also an active member of the Family Firm Institute and the Society of International Management Consultants.

Pat Tangeman has been an organizational and management consultant since 1997 with her own business, Change by Design. Organizational work has been a passion for Pat for 15 years. She has been involved in the design and management of federal and state grant funded projects, educational programs and collaborative public school change as an assistant professor, public school administrator and director of grant projectors. Pat has a MA in Organizational Systems Renewal from Antioch University, a M.Ed. in education from University of Oregon, an Educational administration certificate from Lewis and Clark and a BS in physical therapy from Washington University. Since her Antioch experience, Pat has integrated Appreciative Inquiry in large system change, team development, and strategic planning for her work with non-profits organizations and school programs. Pat serves on the ARC of Oregon Board and is a member of the National and State Organizational Development Network.


1.06 Compassionate Listening for Personal, Regional and Global Harmony
Presenters: Alan Yehudah Winter and Jessica Schurtman
, Compassionate Listening Delegates and Trainers

Bios: Alan Yehudah Winter has a BS in Nursing and an MS in counseling from PSU. He has practiced and taught compassionate listening locally as well as in war torn areas of the Middle East. He is currently a volunteer mediator with the Neighborhood Mediation Center.

Jessica Schurtman went on a Compassionate Listening Delegation during the current Intifada. Her diverse teaching experiences range from teaching 3rd graders conflict resolution to training adults in forming low-income housing cooperatives and creating learner-centered teaching materials. She is a Certified Dance Instructor.


Workshop Series 2: Friday, November 1, 2002 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Note: Sessions 2.03, 2.04, 2.05 and 2.06 are continuations of sessions 1.03, 1.04, 1.05 and 1.06.

2.01 Getting Sued (Or Not): Some Thoughts For Mediators
Presenter: Professor Michael Moffitt
, University of Oregon Law School

Bio: Michael Moffitt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law, where he teaches mediation, dispute resolution, civil procedure, and negotiation. He was formerly a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and served as the Clinical Supervisor of the Harvard Mediation Program. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Ohio State University College of Law, where he taught Legal Negotiation. Mr. Moffitt spent several years as a consultant with Conflict Management Group, designing and delivering mediation services, negotiation coaching, and training workshops around the world. His clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prisons guards to investment bankers, from railroad officials to diplomatic academy trainees. Mr. Moffitt has published a number of workbooks and articles on mediation and negotiation. His current research focuses on mediator liability. A graduate of Marietta College and Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Ann Aldrich. Mr. Moffitt is a devoted but mediocre snowboarder, a new father, and an avid wine taster.


2.02 Beyond Body Language
Presenter: René-Marc Mangin, Ph.D.
, Communications consultant, trainer and trial consultant

Bio: René-Marc Mangin, Ph.D., is an authority on the use of nonverbal behavior in negotiation, mediation, and large group facilitation. He has over 18 years of experience in ADR and was certified by, and worked with Bill Lincoln, a co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Program. He has taught communications at the Washington State University School of Communications and cross-cultural mediation for the University of Washington School of Law's CLE program. Dr. Mangin currently coaches executives, mediators and physicians to improve their communication effectiveness. He is also a trial consultant. His consulting draws upon his multi-disciplinary background in biology, culture, and communications, as well as post-graduate training in learning theory and nonverbal behavior. He holds several degrees including an MS in environmental toxicology, an MBA, and a multi-disciplinary doctorate. Dr. Mangin is a partner in Price-Mangin, LLC. Dr. Mangin is a former Pacific Northwest Chapter president of SPIDR. He is listed in Who's Who in Communication, Who's Who in the West, and Strathmore's Who's Who.


Continued from Workshop Series 1:
2.03 Harmony in Conflict: Feng Shui For Mediators
2.04 Mediation Aversion: Comprehending Client Resistance to Mediation
2.05 Appreciative Inquiry
2.06 Compassionate Listening for Personal, Regional and Global Harmony



Workshop Series 3: Friday, November 1, 2002 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

3.01 Rethinking Victim Offender Mediation: It's not about Mediation
Presenters: Eric Gilman
, Clark County Juvenile Court; David Benedicktus and Laura Wood, Victim Offender Mediation/Community Mediation Services City of Vancouver

Bios: Eric Gilman, B.Ed., C.R.C., is the Project Coordinator for the Restorative Justice Programs of the Clark County Juvenile Court. Eric has been certified as a Senior Mediator by the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives Association (CJI) reported to be one of Canada's largest and oldest mediation agencies. Prior to taking the leadership position in Clark County, Eric had ten years experience in mediating victim offender conflicts.

David Benedicktus, BSN, is the Clark County/City of Vancouver Community Mediation-Victim Offender Mediation Program Coordinator. David oversees the case management of over 200 yearly referrals from the Clark County Juvenile Court and does the recruitment, supervision and mentoring for volunteer mediators. He promotes Balanced Restorative Justice values and VOM through trainings in the schools and the community.

Laura Wood, B.S., holds a degree in Criminal Justice and further training in public affairs and facilitation. She has been with the Clark County/City of Vancouver Community Mediation Victim Offender Mediation program since it began in 1999. Laura's responsibilities include mediation, mentoring and data tracking. A year long internship with the Portland Police Bureau adds to her work with young offenders.


3.02 Sex, Lies and Mediation
Presenters: Susan Driver, John Gartland, Sam Imperati and Christopher Sheesley
, Mediation Practitioners

Bios: Susan Driver is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, teacher and Feng Shui consultant. Ms. Driver has degrees in Psychology (B.S. 1977) and Law (J.D. 1981) from the University of Oregon. Her interest in people and other cultures led her to the practice of Federal Indian law and water law with the Navajo Tribe (1981 - 1985) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (1985 - 1997). In 1996, a spiritual journey to Bhutan changed the focus of her life and led to the study and practice of Feng Shui. She is a disciple of H.H. Grandmaster Thomas Lin Yun and an affiliate of Katherine Metz and The Art of Placement. Applying this ancient knowledge in the modern world has deepened her work as a mediator of public policy matters involving environmental, natural resources and Indian law issues. Ms. Driver teaches graduate level seminars in "Conflict Management Systems Design," "Multi-Party Negotiations," "Careers in Conflict Resolution" and "Harmony in Conflict" as an Adjunct Professor in the Master's Degree Program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.

John C. Gartland is an attorney-mediator in Eugene, Oregon. He is a
graduate of Oregon State University and the University of Oregon School of Law, and his primary focus since he started practicing law in 1977 has been family law. John has served as a mediator since 1988, and his mediation work now comprises most of his practice. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and a lifetime member of the Oregon Mediation Association. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Doyle, Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade, P.C., Eugene. He is a past President of the Lane County Bar Association and currently serves on the Lane County Mediation Commission and the Birth to Three Board of Directors.

Christopher Sheesley has been a full-time, professional mediator since 1991. He is the owner of In-Accord, a conflict resolution company offering mediation, training and facilitation services. Christopher serves as the EEOC's only contract mediator in Oregon. He serves on ten other mediation rosters including: (a) the Postal Service, (b) three employee assistance programs, (c) two national mediation companies, and (d) the special education mediation program in Washington. He has conducted over 800 mediation sessions in many contexts. As a trainer, he has introduced close to 1,000 new mediators to the profession. Before founding In-Accord, he was the Director of Community Mediation Services in Clark County. Christopher currently serves on the OMA Core Standards of Practice Committee and has served as a board member for various mediation associations.


3.03 Child Welfare Mediation and Facilitation: Permanency and Process
Presenters: Jeanne Etter, Ph.D., Susan Baxter Quash-Mah, M.A., Karina Lake and Joseph A. Roley
, Teamwork for Children

Bios: Jeanne Etter, Ph.D., the Director of Teamwork for Children in Eugene, Oregon, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and trainer in child welfare mediation and adoption. Etter founded the Institute for Mediation in Child Welfare in 1995 as an outgrowth of her work with Oregon's Cooperative Adoption Mediation Project (CAMP) which she designed and implemented. She is a Technical Assistant for the National Resource Center for Permanency Planning at Hunter College in New York City. In addition to speaking engagements and trainings across the country, Etter holds the contract to provide permanency planning mediation in seven counties for the Oregon Office of Services to Children and Families. Etter has published three books including the Parent Empowerment Process Manual and Workbooks (PEP) and written numerous articles for national and international publications, as well as chapters for several books.

Susan Baxter Quash-Mah, M.A., is manager of Teamwork for Children and has worked for child welfare innovation for the past ten years. She is Project Coordinator for the Implementation of Collaborative Planning to Increase Inter-jurisdictional Adoptions Project working with California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, and was Project Coordinator for the Children First Mediation Project in Humboldt County working with CWS, the court, and tribes to implement a permanency mediation program. In addition, she has a background in business, finance, and inter-culturalism.
Karina Lake became an associate with Teamwork for Children in 1997. She supported the Children First Mediation Project with her experience in computers, writing and web site design. She served as assistant trainer during the Advanced Permanency Mediation Training in Humboldt County, and frequently travels with Dr. Etter to trainings and speaking engagements across the country. In addition, Karina is serving as a facilitator for the Implementation of Collaborative Planning to Increase Inter-Jurisdictional Adoptions federally-funded grant project. She facilitates process problems between administrative jurisdictions.
Prior to working for Teamwork for Children, Joseph A. Roley worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Warms Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon in the field of Public Safety as well as a Parole and Probation Officer. Joseph received his degrees in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from the University of Oregon. Currently he is the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Implementation of Collaborative Planning to Increase Inter-jurisdictional Adoptions Project. In addition to working for Teamwork for Children, Joseph is also involved with an on-going grant at the University of Oregon's Psychology Department entitled Teenage Adolescent Depression Study (TADS). Joseph is also responsible for overseeing the Inter-jurisdictional Adoption Clearinghouse web site that provides valuable inter-jurisdictional adoption information to those in the adoption field.


3.04 Movie Negotiations
Presenters: Robert D. Benjamin
, M.S.W., J.D., Mediation and Conflict Management Services

Bio: Robert D. Benjamin, M.S.W., J.D., has been a practicing mediator for over 20 years in most dispute contexts including business, civil/commercial, family/divorce, employment, health care, and organizational matters. He has recently relocated from St. Louis, Missouri to Portland, Oregon. He presents negotiation, mediation and conflict management workshops, seminars, and training courses nationally and internationally. He is an Adjunct Professor in several graduate programs and law schools including, Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana State University, and Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a past president of the Academy of Family Mediators and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). He is has written numerous articles and is a regular columnist and editor for Mediate.com.


3.05 The Role of Mediation in the Independent Police Review Process
Presenters: Richard Rosenthal, Lauri Stewart, Eric Terrell
and others, Independent Police Review Division, City of Portland


3.06 Conflict Assessment-When? Why? & How?: Round table with Practitioners
Presenters: Dale Blanton
, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission, Alison Kelley, Conflict Management Strategies, LLC and Carie Fox, Fox Mediation

Bios: Dale Blanton is the Public Policy Program Manager at the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission. His public policy and dispute resolution experience includes work on complex multi-party public policy efforts, collaborative approaches to legislation, collaborative rulemaking and mediation. He is one of the authors and editors of the State of Oregon Public Policy Dispute Resolution Program's handbook titled: Collaborative Approaches: A Handbook for Public Policy Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution, August 2000. Dale is a practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA).

Alison Kelley is the owner of Conflict Management Strategies, LLC, and is an adjunct professor with the Executive Leadership Institute of the Hatfield School of Government. Alison's experience includes work in public administration, legislative processes, local government law, land use/transportation planning, workplace relations, health care, and public policy.

Carie Fox is a sole practitioner in mediation and facilitation. She has a law and science background and specializes in public policy, land use, and workplace issues. She has a strong interest in "appropriate borrowing" of techniques from related fields, and has found the area of decision science to be a gold mine of models and techniques.


Workshop Series 4: Saturday, November 2, 2002 9:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Note: Sessions 4.01, 4.02, 4.03 and 4.04 are continuous sessions with 5.01, 5.02, 5.03 and 5.04 and are three hours in length.

4.01 Strategies for Dealing with Impasse
Presenter: Robert D. Benjamin, M.S.W., J.D
., Mediation and Conflict Management Services

Bio: Robert D. Benjamin, M.S.W., J.D., has been a practicing mediator for over 20 years in most dispute contexts including business, civil/commercial, family/divorce, employment, health care, and organizational matters. He has recently relocated from St. Louis, Missouri to Portland, Oregon. He presents negotiation, mediation and conflict management workshops, seminars, and training courses nationally and internationally. He is an Adjunct Professor in several graduate programs and law schools including, Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana State University, and Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a past president of the Academy of Family Mediators and a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). He is has written numerous articles and is a regular columnist and editor for Mediate.com.



4.02 Mediation and Consciousness: An Exploration of the Non Linear
Presenter: Lois Gold, M.S.W.
, Director, Family Mediation Center

Bio: Lois Gold, M.S.W., Director, Family Mediation Center, Portland, is Past president of Academy of Family Mediators and a founding board member of OMA. She is a mediator, therapist, and trainer and has published numerous articles on mediation. She is the author of Between Love and Hate; A Guide to Civilized Divorce (Penguin/Dutton: 1995) and The Sacred Wound: Healing from the Death of a Child. (Fireword 2000).


4.03 A Smorgasbord of Mediator Tools: Decision Science, Game Theory and Decision Psychology
Presenters: Carie Fox
, Fox Mediation, Dr. Martin Zwick, Portland State University, Dr. Barry Anderson, Professor Emeritus, Portland State University and Dr. Keith Reynolds, Oregon State University

Bios: Carie Fox is a sole practitioner in mediation and facilitation. She has a law and science background and specializes in public policy, land use, and workplace issues. She has a strong interest in "appropriate borrowing" of techniques from related fields, and has found the area of decision science to be a gold mine of models and techniques.

Dr. Martin Zwick, Portland State University, Nationally Recognized Expert on Game Theory.

Barry F. Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Portland State University, who teaches courses on Personal Decision Making, Decision Psychology, Ethical Decision Making, and Conflict Resolution. He has consulted in the areas of decision making and conflict resolution for the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Rocky Flats Monitoring Committee, the Oregon Children's Injury Prevention Program, the Oregon Health Services Commission, Oregon Health Decisions, the OHSU School of Nursing, Portland's Bureau of Housing and Community Development, and the Multnomah County of Commissioners, among others. What he brings to conflict resolution are the powerful concepts of cognitive psychology and tools of decision analysis.

Keith Reynolds is a research forester with the Pacific Northwest Research Station (USDA Forest Service) and is located at the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, OR. He received a B.S. degree in Forest Science from Oregon State University in 1976, and a M.S. degree in Forest Pathology from the same institution in 1980. He received his Ph.D. in plant pathology from North Carolina State University in 1984. After a 2-year post-doctoral assignment at Ohio State University, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1987, assuming his present position with the Forest Service. Although Dr. Reynolds' advanced degrees are in plant pathology, his primary areas of expertise are in statistics, biomathematical modeling, and knowledge-based systems theory and application. He has been the team leader of the Ecosystem Management Decision Support project at the PNW Station since 1993, designing and implementing new knowledge-based systems technologies for integrated ecological landscape analysis and planning.


4.04 Peace Talks in Prison - Stopping Violence From the Inside Out
Presenters: Charlotte Carroll and Daniel Vaeth
, NW Institute for Restorative Justice


4.05 Working with Longterm Large Group Conflict: A Presentation and Training Lab for Intermediate and Advanced Practitioners
Presenters: Jamie Damon, Jeanne Lawson Associates and Mary C. Forst, J.D
., Mediator & Trainer, The Confluence Center for Mediation and Training - Mary Forst Associates

Bios: Jamie Damon has 16 years of experience as a mediator and facilitator
focusing on community and public policy issues in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Jamie is currently the Vice Chair of the Oregon Dispute
Resolution Commission and a Senior Associate with Jeanne Lawson Associates, Inc. a public process consulting firm in Portland, Or.

Mary Forst is the owner and principal trainer of Confluence Center - Mary Forst Associates and has been a mediator, facilitator and trainer since 1978. She assists people in organizations and workplaces in handling conflict creatively and holistically. Mary also designs and facilitates consensus building processes for land use and public policy disputes.



4.06 Confidentiality at the Next Level: Protecting Our Clients and Ourselves
Presenter: Rebecca Hiers
, Sunrise Mediation

Bio: Rebecca Hiers is in private practice as a mediator and facilitator. A member of the Oregon State Bar since 1990, she represented an Indian Tribe for nine years on a successful collaborative resolution to an intense water rights conflict before becoming a mediator.


4.07 The Power of Ceremony and Conflict Resolution
Presenters: John Ashford
, Co-Owner of Exstasis Inc.; Coordinator of Save Our Youth Program, Multnomah County; Volunteer Mediator for Resolutions Northwest and Andrew Markell, Co-Owner of Exstasis Inc.;Adjunct Professor to the Graduate Program of Conflict Resolution


Workshop Series 5: Saturday, November 2, 2002 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Note: Sessions 5.01, 5.02, 5.03 and 5.04 are continuations of sessions 4.01, 4.02, 4.03 and 4.04.

5.05 Evolution of The "Kinder, Gentler" Conflict Resolution: Are Cooperative Values an Asset or a Liability?
Presenter: Erin Ruff
, Oregon Judicial Department

Bio: Erin Ruff is the Oregon Judicial Department's (OJD) Mediation Coordinator. In that role, she manages a statewide pilot program for dependency mediation, provides training and technical assistance to judges and court staff on ADR programs and issues, and supplies research and analysis for the OJD ADR policies and procedures. During her career, Erin has worked at the local and state levels with a variety of mediation programs including dependency, domestic relations, small claims, FED (eviction), peer, victim-offender, probate, and civil mediation.


5.06 Professional Development/Mentoring: "Growth and Developmental Opportunities" for Mediators
Presenters: Dale Blanton
, Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission and others

Bios: Dale Blanton is the Public Policy Program Manager at the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission. His public policy and dispute resolution experience includes work on complex multi-party public policy efforts, collaborative approaches to legislation, collaborative rulemaking and mediation. He is one of the authors and editors of the State of Oregon Public Policy Dispute Resolution Program's handbook titled: Collaborative Approaches: A Handbook for Public Policy Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution, August 2000. Dale is a practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and the Oregon Mediation Association (OMA).

5.07 Good News: U.S. Becoming a Listening Culture
Presenters: Marcia McReynolds & Ryan Crisman

Bios: Marcia McReynolds has 25 years professional experience as an actor and director in theatre, six years as a mediator and 16 years as an educator. Ryan Crisman is a former NYC radio interviewer and a filmmaker in both Europe and the US. Both live in Vancouver, Washington.


Continued from Workshop Series 4:
5.01 Strategies for Dealing with Impasse
5.02 Mediation and Consciousness: An Exploration of the Non Linear
5.03 Decision Science, Game Theory and Decision Psychology
5.04 Peace Talks in Prison - Stopping Violence From the Inside Out


Workshop Series 6: Saturday, November 2, 2002 1:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Note: Sessions 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, 6.04 and 6.05 are continuous sessions with
7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.04 and 7.05 and are three hours in length.

6.01 Maximizing your Utilization of the Internet to Support Your Mediation Practice
Presenter: Jim Melamed
, The Mediation Center

Bio: Jim Melamed founded The Mediation Center, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon in 1983. Jim is a recognized national leader in the field of mediation and offers mediation services and training throughout the Western U.S., at Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and at the University of Oregon School of Law. Jim is co-founder and CEO of Mediate.com, former Executive Director of the Academy of Family Mediators and former Chair of the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission.


6.02 Nosotros: Culturally Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Hispanic/Latino Communities.
Presenters: Tricia Crawford
, Yamhill County Mediators, Maria Ortiz, Yamhill County District Attorney Crime Victims' Services and Ellen Summerfield, Professor of Intercultural Communication, Linfield College

Bios: Tricia Crawford, B.A., Program Director, Yamhill County Mediators has directed the community dispute resolution program, Yamhill County Mediators, for the past seven years.

Maria Ortiz, Director, Yamhill County District Attorney Crime Victims' Services was born in Mexico and grew up speaking Spanish as her first language. Among her other responsibilities as Director of Crime Victims' Services, Maria provides bilingual/bicultural services to survivors of domestic violence and other crimes, 85% of whom are Hispanic/Latino people.

Ellen Summerfield, Ph.D., International Studies Consultant and Professor of Intercultural Communication at Linfield College, and author of three books: Crossing Cultures Through Film, The Survival Kit for Multicultural Living, and Seeing the Big Picture: Discovering American Cultures on Film.


6.03 Presence of Mind and the Practice of Mediation
Presenter: Barry Nobel, J.D., Ph.D.
, Mediator, Educator and former Counselor at Law

Bio: Barry Nobel is a mediator, educator, and former counselor at law. Barry received his JD from the University of Oregon School of Law and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1974 and mediation in 1989.


6.04 Dynamic Facilitation: A Powerful Approach to 'Impossible' Problems
Presenter: John Moriarty
, Forest Management Plan Coordinator at Hendricks Park and Community Mediation Services staff and volunteer mediator

Bio: John Moriarty currently serves as the Forest Management Plan Coordinator at Hendricks Park in Eugene. He is also a volunteer and on the staff of Community Mediation Services in Eugene, where he is a Program Specialist for Public Outreach and Education, and volunteers as both a mediator and facilitator in the Manufactured Dwelling Park program. In addition to other mediation and facilitation work, during the past year John has organized two dynamically facilitated dialogues: one between farmers and environmentalists in the mid-Willamette Valley; the other among randomly selected participants at the University of Oregon Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. John has a particular interest in the development of communication processes for effective public participation in community decision making.


6.05 Cultivating Understanding and Cooperation in the Face of Differences
Presenter: Valerie Hope
, Mediator and Co-founder Lemnis Conference Series

Bio: Valerie Hope has been involved with group work, citizen participation, and public outreach and education for more than 30 years in local and state government and the non-profit sector. She has honed her skills and experience in coaching and training over the last 10 years, and in mediation for 5 years. She has a BA in Communication/Conflict resolution from Marylhurst University and has experience in school, neighborhood, victim/offender and workplace mediation. She has a passion for helping groups with great missions to address thorny issues and to cultivate intra-group understanding so they can be more effective. One vehicle for this over the past 10 years has been workshops she offers at the Lemnis Conference Series at Marylhurst.


6.06 Developing and Maintaining a Mediator Peer Support Group
Presenters: Linda Scher
, Family Mediation Practitioner, Donna Silverberg, Public Policy Mediation Practitioner and others

Bios: Linda Scher has had a private family mediation practice in Portland since 1990. She received her J.D. from the University of Washington. She is a Practitioner Member of the Family Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution and a member and Past President of the Oregon Mediation Association. Linda frequently serves as a presenter on current family mediation issues and is a regular mediation role-play coach and assistant trainer for public and private training programs in Oregon.

Donna Silverberg has been a volunteer mediator at community mediation programs, a staff member for three different mediation/dispute resolution organizations, a professional mediator and facilitator focusing on public policy and natural resource disputes, an advisor to the Governor and an active member of numerous dispute resolution organizations nationwide. She is the 2002 OMA Board President and convenor of the OMA Legislative Committee. Donna has convened a small group of public policy mediators in the Portland area since 1994 to discuss practice issues, share stories, provide peer support and develop strategies for statewide legislative issues.


6.07 Nonviolent Communication - Keys to New Millennium Dispute Resolution
Presenter: Sophia Douglas,
Executive Director, Neighbor-To-Neighbor, Salem, Oregon

Bio: Sophia Douglas is Executive Director of N2N, a community mediation center serving all of Marion County. She is also a volunteer mediator at Portland Neighborhood Mediation Center and serves as co-chair for the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication and the Portland Area Network, volunteer-led support satellites for the Center for Nonviolent Communication.



Workshop Series 7: Saturday, November 2, 2002 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Note: Sessions 7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.04 and 7.05 are continuations of sessions 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, 6.04 and 6.05.

7.06 When "It's the Principle of It" Trumps Reason: "Man is Not a Rational Animal"
Presenter: Jodie M. Luhn
, Willamette Law School student and volunteer community mediator

Bio: Jodie M. Luhn began her mediation training in 1999 in South Carolina. She is now in Oregon volunteering as a mediator for Neighbor-to-Neighbor community mediations and Victim-Offender mediations. She also volunteers for small claims and FED disputes at the Marion County Circuit Court. Jodie is currently earning her Certificate of Dispute Resolution and law degree at Willamette University.

7.07 Cross-Cultural Community Mediation Panel
Presenters: Mediators and staff from Community Mediation Services
, Vancouver


Bios:

Jim Arteaga was born and raised in Nicaragua, Central America and has lived in the U.S. since 1990. Jim will receive a BS in Health Care Administration from Concordia University in December 2002. Jim obtained a GED at WSU Pullman and an AA at Clatsop Community College, Astoria OR. A Washington State Certified Medical Interpreter, Jim is currently working as a Medical Interpreter for Integrity Interpreting with 7 years of experience in the health care field. Jim also coordinated and managed a Dental Preventive Program with SmileSavers in the State of WA from 1996 thru 2000. He has been a CMS intern and mediation trainee since March 2002.

Galina Boyechko was born in former Soviet Union and moved to United States in 1991. As a City of Vancouver employee, and has worked since 1997 in various departments including Information Services, Community Development, Community Services, and currently Human Resources. Currently, Galina works on Human Resources special projects including the Internship Program, Employment Program, Outreach and Diversity programming, and assists the recruitment and training development teams. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors at the local YWCA; has an active membership with the Chamber of Commerce; has volunteered as community interpreter and CMS cross-cultural mediator. In addition, Galina is working on a Bachelor's degree in Management, Leadership and Communication.

Willie Harris, an African-American born in the USA, has been employed with the Washington State Department of Transportation for nearly 30 years. He currently manages the Outdoor Advertising Control (food, gas lodging, billboards, etc.) program for 7 Counties (Clark, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Lewis, Klickitat, Skamania, and Pacific) in Washington State's SW Region. Willie attended Community College in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon studying business and information management. He is married (27years) and has two adult sons. Willie is a volunteer for the Vancouver/Clark County Community Mediation Service since 1998 and is currently working toward CMS Certification as a Mediator Practitioner/Mentor.

Debbie Nelson, a Caucasian born in the USA, is Program Coordinator with Community Mediation Services. She helped establish the city neighborhood mediation program in 1992 and volunteered for that program before being hired in 1996. Debbie is CMS lead trainer and volunteer coordinator, guides CMS' 60+ neighborhood and small claims mediators through an extensive mediation training and certification process, oversees the cross-cultural mediation program, and is a lead mediator, facilitator and mentor. In addition, Debbie is the Shared Neutrals Workplace Mediation liaison for the City of Vancouver and Clark County. She is certified by Washington Mediation Association in Domestic Relations; Criminal Justice; Labor/Employment; Business/Consumer/Community; Environmental/Public Policy; Healthcare; Construction; Education; Intercultural Relations; and is on mediator rosters for US Postal Service Redress and ODRC ADA Programs.

Quan Tran was born in Viet Nam and raised in a China town suburb of Saigon. He left his home country and arrived to USA in the spring of 1975. For the past 20 years Quan has been a case manager and social worker. As a Human Services Council case worker, Quan assist adults with disabilities and older persons maintain independence. He also worked with Lutheran Family Services assisting Southeast Asian and Amerasian children and their foster families. He is also a professional interpreter for legal, medical and social services. Quan is an activist and advocate for cultural competence in the delivery of public services, is president of Clark County chapter of the ACLU, a member of Clark County Sheriff's Advisory Board, a member of Clark County Mental Health Advisory Board and a CMS mediator-in-training.



Continued from Workshop Series 6:
7.01 Maximizing your Utilization of the Internet to Support Your Mediation Practice
7.02 Nosotros: Dispute Resolution in Hispanic/Latino Communities
7.03 Presence of Mind and the Practice of Mediation
7.04 Dynamic Facilitation: A Powerful Approach to 'Impossible' Problems
7.05 Cultivating Understanding and Cooperation In the Face of Differences



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