Board of Directors
The OMA Board of Directors Wants You!
If you are an OMA member and are willing to help guide the organization (or you know someone else who would be great), please consider joining the Board. It's incredibly rewarding. Please read the following two documents, and then submit your Nomination Form no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Meet the 2016 OMA Board of Directors
Brian B. Egan, President
I am the founder of Clarity, a private mediation, facilitation, and organizational change consulting practice now moving into its twelfth year. I am also a volunteer mediator for Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mediation Services, and I teach writing at Linn-Benton Community College (so much for “retirement”). The majority of my professional life was spent at Hewlett-Packard as an engineering manager, where I learned the importance of collaborative decision-making and dispute resolution in building strong teams.
My membership on the OMA board represents a way to actualize two of my core values: a heartfelt belief in mediation and a need to give back to the community through service to others. I see OMA as the “lighthouse” for mediation in Oregon; a guiding entity for practicing mediators, and a source of information so that people statewide can know the benefit of mediation. OMA provides a cozy hearth where professional mediators and mediation-friendly people can gather and optimize the art of mediation. As a board member, I plan to contribute in a meaningful way to help build and strengthen the organization.
Sara Matarazzo, Vice President
I joined the mediation community in 2012 after many years practicing law. I have a general private mediation practice, and serve on the mediator rosters for the Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s Adverse Healthcare Incident program, Multnomah Co. Probate, and the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance programs. I also work part-time at the Oregon State Hospital. In addition, I am a volunteer mediator for the City of Beaverton Homeshare program, and the Clackamas Co. small claims and victim offender programs. Having come from a background in litigation, I have embraced the opportunity to help parties resolve conflict through the alternative of mediation. I am honored to serve on the OMA board of directors, and look forward to increased advocacy for the use of mediation, and an increased role for OMA in supporting and educating Oregon mediators.
Lynn Steyaert, Secretary
Coming from a legal background, I was attracted to mediation as an alternative to the adversarial process. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of excellent mediation programs in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties and the opportunity to provide mediation and facilitation services for community, truancy, victim offender, shared housing, and foreclosure avoidance programs as well as small claims and domestic relations court cases. I very much value the mediation process and am delighted to have the chance to work with OMA and its Board members.
Gail McEwen, Treasurer
I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the OMA Board of Directors. My interest in mediation dates back to the 1980's. As an employee of the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, I looked for opportunities to use mediation to resolve land use and natural resource disputes and participated in mediation as an agency representative. From 2006 through 2012, I worked for Oregon Consensus at Portland State University and have managed or worked on projects that used mediation or facilitation to resolve public policy disputes.
I have a law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, and have been a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section since 2009.
I am committed to promoting the use of mediation in Oregon and am excited about the possibility of serving on the OMA Board. I want to work with other OMA Board members to increase opportunities for academics, public policy mediators and mediators of private disputes to work together and share information to elevate the quality of mediation services in Oregon.
Kevin Grant, Past President
Program Manager for Benton & Linn Counties Neighbor-to-Neighbor Mediation
I have worked for and mediated at a community dispute resolution center since 2008. I manage the volunteer mediators and mediation programs in Benton & Linn Counties; including community, victim-offender, and small claims. I earned a degree in political science and continuously reconcile the rights-driven, adversarial and authority-seeking nature of politics with the interest-based, collaborative and participant-empowered process of mediation.
At the beginning of 2010, I chose to serve on the OMA Board in order to help shape an environment conducive for mediation, to support mediators, and to promote the use of mediation throughout Oregon. OMA is important to me because the organization provides a statewide network for public, private, and volunteer mediators alike. OMA sets standards for programs and practices and is a valuable resource for the public to learn the benefits of mediation. I believe OMA is of, by, and for mediators throughout Oregon in our mutual venture of helping Oregonians find peace through collaboration.
Tera Cleland, M.S.
Tera Cleland is the Mediation Specialist for East Metro Mediation. She is from Palmer, Alaska and received her BA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Criminal Justice. She has a M.S. in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. She brings experience in mediation, program development and conflict resolution training. Tera has a passion about strengthening our communities through the use of mediation and has a commitment to furthering the field of conflict resolution.
Mediator and Trainer
While attending my first OMA Conference in the Fall of 1992, I felt included and supported immediately. I joined OMA and received Basic Mediation Skills Training the following Spring. I was privileged to coordinate mediation programs for the state courts in Central Oregon for 16 years until my retirement in 2011. I have also worked with several mediation trainers over the years and have maintained a small, private mediation practice.
Throughout these years, OMA has been an integral part of my professional life -- providing guidance, education, and community. The time has now come for me to give back to this wonderful organization for all that I have received; and I am very excited to join the OMA Board. I hope to help ensure that OMA continues this tradition of service to our members, our profession and our clients.
Mediator and Trainer
I work as a mediator, conflict coach and trainer for the Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center. I mediate neighbor to neighbor, business and workplace disputes. I also have a private practice in mediation for over 22 years. I teach conflict management, negotiating with emotional intelligence, and mediation skill courses.
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