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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June/July/August 2009

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: pdunfee@alltel.net
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail: gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2009 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)
Aug. 7, 2009 We are back at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville for Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.
Oct. 2, 2009 TBA
Dec. 4, 2009 TBA
Feb. 5, 2010 TBA

President’s Column
by Maara Fink
IT’S NOW OR NEVER!

As I’m sure have all seen by now, the subject line of my last bulk e-mail read, “Now or Never!” I worried at first, that I might be overstating the seriousness of the threat – that my plea to members to speak out now on behalf of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution might sound alarmist. But then I realized – I am really worried. Panicked, in fact. It finally dawned on me – that for the first time in the 13 years since I entered the field the Commission might actually be closed for business. And this, my friends, should worry us all.

I tend to be fairly optimistic about things like this. You see I still believe that elected officials make good, sound decisions based on fact and reason. That they will vote based on what is best for his or constituents, state, and country. Well, I know better now. It’s about check marks. The number of check marks indicating the calls, letters and e-mails that have come in supporting a particular program, agency or office. Those calls, letters and e-mails actually DO make a difference. They can actually save programs!

This is obviously, where YOU, ME, WE come in. We can make a difference. We can be heard. We have only just begun in our fight to make mediation a household word – to make it the first resource for those in conflict. But, this current threat to the Commission has made it painfully clear to me that we still have a long way to go. With the downsizing of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Section on Dispute Resolution and the potential loss of the Commission looming overhead, I realize that we must not rely on others to promote and protect the field, we must do it ourselves.
You’ve heard this all before. I’ve heard it, too. But, today it all seems more real than ever and the need to act, much more urgent. My fellow members, it’s really is NOW or NEVER!!

ON A LIGHTER NOTE…
What had a fabulous conference in May! Almost 80 OMA members had the amazing opportunity to participate in this full-day training with Forrest (Woody) Mosten. We felt quite fortunate to have him here in Ohio and will look forward to a continued relationship with him in the future.
If you didn’t make it this year, I hope you will plan to join us in 2010!

AUGUST BI-MONTHLY MEETING
Our next bi-monthly meeting will be on August 7, 2009 in COLUMBUS at the MCL Cafeteria in Westerville. Our featured speaker will be Tom Carlisi, M.A., LPCC, who will speak on the topic of Nonviolent Communication and Mediation.

Please visit www.mediateohio.org for more information!

The Significance of Emotional Engagement in Conflict Management
By Dale Eilerman, M.Ed.

The ability to emotionally engage with an individual or group is a significant factor in establishing a constructive and helpful relationship. It is often the difference in whether an experience is perceived as positive or negative, regardless of the outcome. Engagement should be a fundamental course of action taken by professionals when addressing conflict management in the process of mediation, coaching, or counseling.

Research done by The Gallup Organization, and presented in the book Follow This Path by Curt Coffman and Gabriel Gonzalez-Molina, indicates that emotional engagement is more important than rational reasoning in influencing people and winning their trust and cooperation. This is true in all types of business situations affecting customer or client relationships. Engagement is also an important driver in maximizing employee and organizational performance. In a world that has become driven by data and outcome measures we need to recognize that the way a person feels is as significant as what the person thinks.

Conflict management is more than just problem solving. Ideally it also addresses the relationships and feelings of those involved in a dispute. Effective conflict management incorporates both a concrete solution and a sense of emotional resolve. Engagement is a way to integrate thinking and feeling – head and heart – and can play an important role in constructively resolving differences.

The Role of Engagement in Problem Resolution
Conflict management and interpersonal problem resolution is a stressful experience. A professional working as a third party facilitator in the role of mediator, coach or counselor is wise to acknowledge the emotions attached to the individuals and situation before proceeding to attempt to develop a well thought out solution to the problem. Engaging clients at the onset in a discussion that puts the emotional dynamics on the table and attempts to allay them will put the parties in a position where they can use a cognitive process more effectively.

Normal feelings of anger, fear, hurt and frustration are typically present in conflicts between individuals or groups. These feelings, and the circumstances of the threat presented by the conflict, cause our bodies to react in the “fight or flight” stress response. We instinctively prepare to protect ourselves, manage the situation, and compete with our adversary by taking an offensive or defensive stance. In situations where there is a power differential based on role, position, personality, or other factors the dynamics of this threat relationship are compounded.
A competitive position in dealing with a challenging threat does not promote the use of cooperation, collaboration and compromise, which are often the goals of the third party facilitator. However participants that are engaged in the resolution process will invest more into reaching productive outcomes that may have value for both sides and will be more inclined toward collaboration or compromise vs. competing. Competing results in a win/lose outcome. Collaboration and compromise result in both sides winning at some level and respecting the value in doing this. Engagement opens the door to mutual understanding, and empathy in some cases. Recognizing that each party cares about the problem or conflict and its impact helps move it toward resolution.

Facilitators who are able to develop an emotionally engaged relationship with their clients, and ideally foster engagement between the individuals/groups in dispute, will typically find a more productive and successful resolution to the problems that are being addressed. The mediator, coach, or counselor becomes the emotional engineer who guides the process of identifying and utilizing the emotional triggers that will result in constructive interactions and results. Engagement will help to reduce stressful feelings and raise a sense of awareness, trust, commitment and hope. The problem resolution process is better prepared to move from instinctive self protection to cooperation. A cooperative approach to conflict management shifts the dynamics from “me against you” to “us against the problem”. Failure to establish engagement may result in interactions that are driven by “every man for himself” and encourages the maintenance of a competitive stance.

Techniques for Eliciting Engagement
The following are some techniques that can be used to develop emotional engagement with clients in the course of conflict management. Facilitators will find that their personal comfort and style in managing stress will be a factor in how well they are able to accomplish this function.

Introductory Phase
• Remaining neutral is important in many situations involving a third party facilitator. This does not prohibit the use of engagement techniques. However it is important that efforts related to engagement are offered equally to both sides in the dispute. In some cases the engagement process may be best achieved with each party separately and in other situations it can occur simultaneously.
• Introduce yourself by briefly explaining your role, the process that will be used and what the clients might expect. Use an open style of communication that includes appropriate touch such as a warm handshake, eye contact, and an invitation to sit down and relax. Participants will recognize the genuine care and commitment of the mediator/coach/counselor which can increase the level of motivation and investment on their part.
• There is a need for the facilitator to provide emotional/psychic safety and security. You must demonstrate acceptance and fairness, especially if there are power differentials between the parties. A sense that power and control tactics are being used will decrease feelings of trust and may reduce the level of open communication. Use language that is caring and supportive while also communicating control such as assuring that ground rules and boundaries will be respected.
• State an awareness of the likelihood that participants are experiencing stress and a range of emotions related to the conflict and efforts to resolve it. Acknowledge and normalize feelings as a way of helping the clients to accept this and bring them into the open. This process is important in making an emotional connection between the facilitator and the client and also between the clients and each other. This builds a bridge between the parties involved.
• Defining the right outcome is an important part of the engagement process – what is it that parties really want and what is it that will truly resolve the dispute? Having this discussion at the onset of the problem solving process will clarify the purpose and driving force behind the conflict. Connect this to personal beliefs, values and goals of the participants when possible. Acknowledge the importance of this to those involved – though they may differ from each other. Help them appreciate where the other is coming from.
• Be aware of your body language as well as that of the clients as this may convey up to 90% of what is being communicated. Point out and discuss any discrepancies that are apparent between verbal and non-verbal communications. This will help to assure communication that is open and accurate and let your clients know that you are “tuned in” to them.
• Ensure that participants want to proceed with the process. Watch for signs that may suggest resistance, reluctance or concerns and make an effort to identify and address these. This may be a sign of disengagement. Invite the clients to discuss their concerns so that they feel comfortable moving forward.

Process Phase
• Identify desired solutions from both an outcome and a feeling perspective. Sincerely listen to define what is essential or at the root of each side. Sometimes having the opportunity for participants to express feelings and/or address feelings is sufficient to reach closure on the conflict or problem. Other times participants will be confused or uncertain about what they really want and facilitating communication to clarify this will move them toward a successful resolution.
• Clarify and respect the feelings, concerns, and nature of the problems as presented by both sides and have them do this for each other.
• Ensure that participants feel heard and work to clarify for mutual understanding. This goes a long way toward constructive resolution and willingness to work on agreements.
• Give credence to opinions and beliefs even when not supported by data. This can lessen resistance and open the discussion for consideration of options that are supported by data.
• Find common ground where and when possible to show links, similarities and agreement. Help parties find the connection between their personal values/beliefs and those that will result from constructive solution to the problems.
• When appropriate address the value and purpose of the relationship the parties have with each other and how this is impacted by the conflict. When parties sense that the other side cares about and respects them and the situation it will break down some of the resistance. The opposite will increase resistance – feeling that the other party does not care and is only focused on personal gain.
• Offer summary statements to clarify and confirm. This will help to build the foundation of trust and understanding which is necessary to come to a resolution of the problem. It can also help to allay the fears of a person who feels that their perspective is not clear or understood by the other person.
• Review progress that is occurring. Give recognition and praise to efforts and results that are moving the problem forward. Provide positive reinforcement. Point out and summarize the progress as well as clarify the remaining barriers.
• Help parties to see learning and growth in their personal efforts to find a mutually agreeable solution. Encourage them to acknowledge efforts and give recognition to each other during the process. Thank you’s and other forms of appreciation will increase efforts to work together instead of against each other.
• Use a caucus or individual session to re-engage with a client is who is unable or unwilling to move forward in the process. Define any barriers that are inhibiting progress and attempt to re-establish a sense of trust and commitment to move forward.

Closure Phase
• Assess for satisfaction in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution or decision. Inquire about the level of personal feelings. This shows focus on the problem and on the person.
• Summarize decisions and outcomes to ensure that both parties are in agreement. Seek clarification that both sides are resolved to move forward based on both their feelings and the terms of the agreement. In some cases the synergy and commitment can result in outcomes that are better than either wanted initially and can perhaps ward off future problems.
• Thank participants for their efforts to listen and work at understanding each other’s perspective. Comment on how this helped to lead to a satisfactory resolution. Allow participants to talk about the process and how this worked for them.
• Close the session with appreciation and a warm handshake. Encourage the parties to shake hands and make any final comments to each other.

Summary
Emotional engagement is a significant component of effective conflict management and problem resolution. The art of managing disagreement is driven by the ability to have the parties actively engaged with the facilitator and with each other around finding a mutually agreeable solution to the problem. They must trust the facilitator and the process. It is important to keep differences constructive and to work for collaborative discovery of solutions based on commitment, trust and cooperation. When parties are engaged disagreement opens the door to consideration of options that can result in integrated decision making and optimal outcomes.

Biography
Dale Eilerman operates Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC working with individuals and organizations to improve performance. He specializes in the dynamics associated with the management of differences and conflict and provides consultation, training, coaching, team-building, and conciliation work including mediation. Dale earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Liberal Arts degree from Earlham College. He is the Director of Organizational Learning for a behavioral health organization in Dayton, Ohio. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Dayton and Wright State University. Dale can be contacted at 937.219.4996, dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com or at www.conflictsolutionsohio.com
Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is August 20, 2009. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location: The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137 If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:
July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois
Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Steven Abrams
Mediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 418-1874
SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377 (937) 264-2336
Martha.antolik@wright.edu
W004mla@who.rr.com

Amy Armstrong
Parent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 208-8383
amy@parentstrong.com

Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-0944
Fax (614) 221-2340
twheeler@adllp.com

TALK WORKS! Mediation Services c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206 (859) 380-2137
mubader@insightbb.com

H. Eugene Baker, C.E.O.
Baker H.R. Consulting
565 Waterbury Blvd.
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 582-5015
Fax (614) 472-3828
gahannabaker@aol.com
www.bakerhrconsulting.com

Suzanne Barker
69 Euclid Avenue
Columbus OH 43201 (614) 299-6843
barkersu@aol.com

Sharon Bell
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368
Cricket544@earthlink.net

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin Road
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 486-6531 x 150
Fax (614) 486-0031
rappleton@columbus-ohbbb.org

Blue Mediation, LLC
Robert M. Blue
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434 (937) 546-4825
Fax: (937) 320-0505
bluemediation@aol.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 783-7281
Fax (614) 447-0262
findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512 (330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926
dlchermely@zoominternet.net

Chestnut Hill Associates, Susan Stanton Katz, Esq. Principal
P.O. Box 26
Hubbard OH 44425-0026 (917) 902-2768
Fax: (330) 568-7466
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 827-9652
Fax: (513) 827-9652
Plcary1@gmail.com

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177 (937) 383-3286
Fax (937) 383-1245
mhenry@clintoncountycourts.org

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930 (614) 863-4775
Fax (614) 863-4775
scochran@insight.rr.com

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 228-7191
Fax (614) 228-7213
SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell
Crosspoint Mediation
953 Sapphire Flame Drive
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 990-9589
crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services
224 Tamarack Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-0391
Fax (740) 392-0391
jcullers@embargmail.com

Teresa Cusma Community Mediation Center of Stark Co.
401 W. Tuscarawas Ave. # 201
Canton OH 44702 (330) 430-9502
Fax: (330) 430-9505
teresacmc@sbcglobal.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road
Plain City OH 43064 (614) 410-3370
sdeblanc@capitalmediators.com

Diana M. DeCola
1726 Spring Street
Parkersburg WV 26101 (740) 802-0337
Artemis1120@hotmail.com
aams@frognet.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435 (937) 775-2067/264-2336
Fax (937) 775-3152
Dan.destephen@wright.edu
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377

Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 342-5636
Fax: (330) 342-5637
Ed.devlin@devlingroupinc.com

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130 (614) 444-5872
ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Thomas S. Douglas Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560 (419) 882-2400
Fax (419) 882-3839
tsdesq@bex.net

Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main St., Suite 108
Newark OH 43055 (740) 405-4165
phil@phildunfee.com

Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415 (937) 219-4996
dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Maara Fink University of Toledo College of Law
2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606 (419) 530-4236
Fax: (419) 530-2605
Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 476-3779 (home)
Cell (614) 499-1037
Efisc77@aol.com

Nancy Flinchbaugh, City of Springfield Mediation Service
76 E. High Street
Springfield OH 45502 (937) 324-7696
Fax: (937) 328-3489
nflinchbaugh@ci.springfield.oh.us

Harry Flynn
1158 Belrose
Mayfield Hts. OH 44124 (440) 473-8500
Fax: (440) 473-8600
Mediate.flynn@gmail.com

Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274
Jan.fritz@uc.edu

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209 (614) 237-7266
Fax (614) 237-8992
Smfurman205@msn.com

Mary Goebel-Komala
Soyhia Center
1015 Harmon Street
Findlay OH 45840 (419) 423-2435
Fax: (419) 423-7662
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Terri B. Gregori, Esq.
1598 Blackstone Drive
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 264-0304
tgregori@columbus.rr.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368
grhamm@sciotocounty.net

Daniel Gibson Harry
P.O. Box 45
Bethany WV 26032 (304) 829-4807
Dang_harry@yahoo.com

Phillip J. Henry
7530 Lucerne Drive Ste. 200
Middleburg Heights OH 44130 (440) 243-2800
Fax: (440) 243-2852
phenry@pmlawyers.com

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613 (614) 457-3177
Fax (614) 457-3177
khoenie@cs.com

Shawn Judge
United States District Court
85 Marconi Blvd., Room 169
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 719-3303
shawnkjudge@aol.com

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844
king@co.lucas.oh.us

William J. Kepko
Kepko & Phillips, Co. L.P.A.
108 East Vine Street
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-2900
Fax: (740) 392-2902
lawwjk@kepkophillips.com

Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters PhD.
73 Villa Pointe Drive
Springboro OH 45066 (937) 219-1143
dockuehnl@aol.com

Mary Denise Kuprionis
1 Camargo Canyon
Cincinnati OH 45243 (513) 271-7249
jkuprionis@cinci.rr.com

Mark Laughlin
7025 Brafferton Place
Columbus OH 43235 PayPal so no phone
Marklaughlin.mediate@gmail.com

Barbara Lehman
9515 Sheeha Road
Centerville OH 45458 (937) 239-6298
barblehman@earthlink.net

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055 (740) 670-5409
Fax: (740) 670-5419
jpatterson@lcounty.com

Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206 (614) 224-5719
Mjmccort7@att.net

Lauren T. McGarity
Alternative Solutions
4924-C Reed Road
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 538-2898
Lauren@winwin-inc.org

Shaker Mediation Center, LLC. Matt Mennes, J.D.
3401 Enterprise Parkway # 340
Beachwood OH 44122 (216) 766-5717
Fax: (216) 766-5796
Mennesm@aol.com
www.shakermediation.com

Judy Mirka
Delaware OH Mediation
95 Elizabeth Street, Apt. 312
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 815-8127
judymirka@gmail.com

Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671
CMBMORGAN@GMAIL.COM

Mary Nienaber
Capital University Law School
2211 Green Island Drive
Columbus OH 43228 (614) 578-6178
mnienaber@law.capital.edu
Nienaber.mary@gmail.com

Leslie Nye O’Donnell
1120 Chester Avenue, Suite 470
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 225-1412
Fax: (216) 249-4320
leslieatty@gmail.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss
77 S. High Street, 24th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-6108 Phone 614/752-9595
Fax: 614/752-9682
www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov
ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 228-5515
Fax (614) 461-0066
mediatemso@cs.com

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 403-3825
jmpmediation@ameritech.net

Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 328-5673
Fax: (330) 319-7329
Alison.pfeister@gmail.com

Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551 (419) 874-3776
donnacpoz@gmail.com

Stephen Puderbaugh
9889 Whispering Pine Drive
Tipp City OH 45371 (937) 475-7467
Stephen@puderbaugh.com

Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 397-8179
amandasralph@gmail.com

Sandy Robitz
1871 Summerchase Road NE
Canton OH 44721 (330) 361-0226 (Cell)
(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)
srobitz@neo.rr.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig
10428 Lee’s Creek Road
Harrison OH 45030 (513) 246-0511
Fax: (513) 246-0525
CarroleMarie@aol.com

John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (740) 592-5983
John_45701@yahoo.com

Jessica Schreiber
Attorney at Law
18101 Shelburne Road
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-1662
Fax: (216) 371-3060
jschreib@olympus.net

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 681-1031
Fax (740) 689-3631
shostak@ohiohills.com

Mr. Gerson L. Silver
Dayton Mediation Center
1034 Bertram Avenue
Dayton OH 45406 (937) 275-5129
GSilver400@aol.com

Lisa Jill Singh
311 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton OH 45429 (937) 660-3285
Lisa.j.singh@gmail.com
peacelisa@gmail.com

Jerry Sutton
1405 Glen View Road
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 243-8501
Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS, On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 459-0826
Fax: (614) 459-4720
tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023 (740) 587-3367
Fax (740) 587-1612
mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
James.petas@noris.org

Jacqueline Tolbert Ohio Civil Rights Commission
7162 Reading Road, Suite 1001
Cincinnati OH 45237 (513) 852-2895
Fax (513) 852-3357
tolbertj@ocrc.state.oh.us

Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091 (440) 358-1159
Fax: (440) 358-1201
belindatorres@roadrunner.com

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director
221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310
Marysville OH 43040 (937) 645-4176
Fax: (937) 645-4174
kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

Kent Valin
6119 Putney Court Avenue NW
Massillon OH 44646 (330) 880-5280
kentandnora@sssnet.com

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy
2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751 (330) 864-6060
Fax (330) 864-6060
bavenesy@att.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230 (513) 498-6384
Fax (513) 624-6941
Mediationworks11@aol.com

Joseph K. Wehby
215 E. 8th Street
Newport KY 41071 (859) 578-8544
Fax: (859) 578-0341
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 893-2881
gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810 (410) 230-2563
k-wildman@onu.edu

Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (917) 209-4425
douglassaw@hotmail.com

Robert N. Wistner, JD Wistner Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning
5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100
Dublin OH 43017 (614) 734-8354
Fax: (614) 717-9586
rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Nathan Witkin, The Co-Resolution Group
1500 Southland Pkwy. Apt. #2
Marion OH 43302 (330) 620-2956
ndwitkin@gmail.com
www.co-resolution.com

Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
465 Robbins Avenue
Niles, OH 44446 (330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218
DeboraKayWitten@aol.com

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244 (513) 271-2223
Fax (513) 0615
woodcandl@aol.com

Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319 (330) 245-1669
NO E-MAIL LISTED

Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.
330 E. Liberty Suite 3A
Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734) 663-1155
Fax: (734) 663-0524
zzumeta@igc.org
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:
Friday, July 17 Columbus Convention Center 10:00-5:00 Training in Co-resolution The first negotiation structure designed for mediators. Co-resolution is a new dispute resolution process that allows mediation-trained professionals to negotiate for individual parties while guaranteeing cooperative strategies across the table. This idea was recently published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly and will be presented at the 2009 ACR National Conference. To learn more about co-resolution, read the short essay under the “About” tab at www.co-resolution.com. This simple concept will contribute significantly to the field of alternative dispute resolution. The 6-hour training comes with a 50-page training manual, lecture on theory and practice of co-resolution, role play, and certificate of completion. Because this is the first official training, it is being offered at the low introductory rate of $65, and participants can chose to stay and pay after the first hour of explanation. For more information or to register, email coresolution.adr@gmail.com or call 330-620-2956. Be among the first to learn this revolutionary negotiation process. Nathan Witkin The Co-Resolution Group www.co-resolution.com 330-620-2956

Tri-State Conference on Gangs September 21 – 23, 2009 Sharonville, Ohio Purpose: To provide and share current information about criminal gang activity in southern Ohio, southern Indiana, and eastern Kentucky. Instructors include national, regional, and local experts on gang crimes. Time is set aside for networking with professionals from your area and region. Location: Sharonville Convention Center (SCC), 11355 Chester Road, Sharonville, Ohio, www.ci.sharonville.oh.us. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lodging: Attendees are responsible for their own lodging reservations. Area hotels include Sheraton Hotel, 11320 Chester Road, (directly across the street) 513-771-2080 LivINN Suites, 11385 Chester Road, (next door to SCC) 513-772-7877 Marriott Residence Inn, 11689 Chester Road 513-771-2525 Fairfield Inn & Suites, 11440 Chester Road, 513-842-9112 Questions? Please contact Linda Schmidt at 513-314-9387 or email at: linda.schmidt47@yahoo.com, or, John McConnaughey at 513-779-4131 or email at: JRM4299@fuse.net

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 9 & 10, or September 9 & 10, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, or November 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2009. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA. Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.
Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker. For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center have announced trainings for 2009. Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at: http://www.manomediate.org/medevents.htm

Online conference registration is available for AFCC’s 46th Annual Conference, Children, Courts and Custody: Back to the Future or Full Steam Ahead?, in New Orleans, May 27-30, 2009. Register today for the early bird rate — available only to AFCC members. Hotel rooms have sold out for the last three annual conferences, so remember to make your reservations early. Call the Sheraton New Orleans direct at (504) 525-2500 or toll-free at (888) 627-7033 and request the AFCC special rate of $165 per night. The Annual Conference Scholarship application is posted on the AFCC Web site. More than 40 conference scholarships will be granted, including a limited number of scholarships with travel stipends. Please click the links below for more information. Online Registration Scholarship Application Conference Brochure (PDF) AFCC

Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting “The Best Meet Where the West Begins” April 24 & 25, 2009; Fort Worth, Texas To request MCLE credit in other states contact Brenda Rachuig ASAP at (800) 280-1368 or aam@attorney-mediators.org Brenda Rachuig Executive Director Association of Attorney-Mediators Post Office Box 741955 Dallas, Texas 75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 972-669-8101 972-669-8180 fax www.attorney-mediators.org Email: aam@attorney-mediators.org
Web Sites of Interest:
Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2008

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

May 9, 2008 Annual Conference with Dr. Larry Fong at the Riffe Building Downtown Columbus!

June 6, 2008 Magistrate Ann Snyder—Mediation in Summit County Probate Court.

August 1, 2008 Scott Brown, Community Education Coordinator withRichard Cordray, State Treasurer’s Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure” Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page.) Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

President’s Column
My Top Six Wishes for the Mediation Profession: (Part Two of Two)
By Jay M. Patterson

This column, my last as OMA President, contains the final part of my top six wishes for the mediation profession. The first three wishes (or, more accurately the last three, as required by the tradition of reverse chronological order for top # lists) were presented in my previous column. My final three wishes are:

3. We refrain from doing so much mediation for little or no fee. As this was discussed extensively in my June 2006 column entitled, Maybe There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch, I won’t go into great detail here. To summarize, I surely believe some no cost or low cost mediation has a definite place in our profession. However, from my perspective, mediators too often agree to provide services for little or no fee which, in turn, actively fosters societal perception that mediation itself has limited or no value. Given our capitalist economic system, we have a predisposed zeitgeist that acquisition of a product of value involves an exchange of another thing of value. Nothing wrong with that but I believe if a product is offered without someone paying reasonable compensation, it is likely that one would then conclude that the product has limited value, at most. I further believe when people perceive mediation as having limited value, this, in turn, limits the number of people willing to utilize it and thus limits the improved quality of life we know often occurs on those occasions when we can get parties to the table. I also believe we have actively enabled our profession to be taken advantage of to some extent by some mediation programs (and sometimes, individual clients) that could provide a living fee or wage to mediators if they were to make it a priority. We make it easy for some programs to refrain from making mediation a higher priority. As it stands, many programs need not even consider an even exchange of reasonable compensation in return for professional service. What possible incentive would a program have to provide a living fee/wage to a mediator if it could be gotten for little or no compensation? If mediators more often collectively declined to mediate unless a true, reasonable living wage was paid, I believe many programs would make funding for mediation a priority. If we really want to maximize the number of people with improved quality of life through quality mediation, I believe we need to have the courage of our own conviction about mediation’s value by more often providing services consistent with its true value. Until we as professionals begin to more often say words to the effect of, “I must respectfully decline to provide mediation services without a living wage”, we will continue to see the underutilization of mediation as a means to improve quality of life.

2: we act more collectively on a statewide basis on behalf of all mediators in ohio. Unfortunately, from my perspective, our field is not as organized in Ohio as it could be. For better or worse, leadership for the field in Ohio is somewhat fragmented into segments based on settings, regions or areas of interest. Don’t get me wrong; there is nothing bad about organizing based on narrower interests within the field. In fact, it’s a good thing. I’m simply setting forth the proposition that this is not a substitute for united, and cohesive action for the mediation field as a whole in Ohio. I firmly believe we will be more persuasive about mediation’s value, have more clout with policy makers and will achieve more as a field overall, if we act more often as a collective, united, holistic, statewide profession. As the only statewide professional mediation association whose mission is to advance the entire field of mediation in Ohio, OMA provides the organizational structure to carry the load for advancing the field as a collective whole. Particularly in the last few years, OMA has acted to benefit all of Ohio’s mediators in very significant ways often without some mediators even having knowledge of OMA’s contribution or how it benefited them. As just one example, OMA stood up for all mediators in Ohio and successfully argued against a proposed amendment of the Uniform Mediation Act that would have subjected mediators to forced testimony in court. Although OMA has made strides, it could do even more for Ohio’s mediators with more resources that stem directly from its membership. It is my hope that all mediators who are members of a mediation association with a narrower scope will also become members of OMA. If you’re reading this, I’m probably preaching to the choir, as you are likely to be member of OMA. As a fellow choir member, I hope you will sing the same song by actively conveying this message to non-OMA members.

1: We have an organized, honest, and frank, interest-based discussion within our field dedicated to the difficult and controversial topic of professional mediator standards with teeth. From time to time, the topic of certification, licensure or other such standards with teeth has been discussed (mostly informally) among mediators. To the extent we’ve had these discussions, we’ve often made all the same mistakes our clients have sometimes made before they come to us for assistance. We’ve seen avoidance of this topic out of fear of disagreement or dissention. We’ve had positional discussions. We’ve made assumptions about what the outcome would be if we were to discuss the topic. I’m anything but sure that a collective consensus could or would be reached on this controversial topic. However, the fact that the topic is controversial is, in my opinion, evidence that the discussion needs to actually occur and that it should be had in an organized, interest-based format. In my opinion, it would be a shame if we didn’t at least try to follow the very principals we all espouse to our clients by discussing this difficult topic, sooner rather than later, in an organized discussion that attempts to meet the most important interests of all parties.

As Always, I invite you to share your thoughts, in agreement or disagreement, or to add your own wishes for the field in a letter to the editor of this, your newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

A Farewell to the Board from Shirley A. Cochran
As of the Annual Meeting, I will no longer be the Immediate Past President of OMA and for once in a long time, not an officer and member of the Board. Although I will continue to handle membership and the newsletter, I am no longer required to attend the board meetings before the general meeting and the special meetings we hold one or two times a year to keep the organization running. In some respects, I will miss being on the board. After all, 2 years as Immediate Past President, 2 years as President, and 6 years as Treasurer (I think), adds up to 10 years of the 18 OMA has been in existence and seems like forever, but I would not change any of it. It is time to move on to another state-wide organization, the Ohio Federation of Business and Professional Women—I bet they can’t wait for me to be elected President-Elect in May! I leave the board knowing it is in great hands and I expect wonderful things from this organization in the years to come. Thank you for letting me serve OMA and for indulging me in my continued service to the best mediation association in the country.

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated. Please contact me with ideas as well. The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mcohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

OMA ELECTION RESULTS!

  • 23 OMA members voted
  • Maara Fink received 22 votes for president; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Phil Dunfee received 20 votes for vice president; 3 people didn’t vote
  • Denise Nixon Sparks received 22 votes for secretary; 1 person didn’t vote
  • Two individuals voted against the second amendment.  With that exception, all amendment changes received positive endorsement from the 23 voters.

Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution

3rd National Training Institute of Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 2 – 6, 2008 Capital University Law School Columbus, Ohio

This year’s Institute will offer 6 – 8 trainings from various ADR organizations (TBA). These trainings – ranging from 8 hours to 40 hours – will enhance your ADR skills, offer opportunities to be placed on ADR panels / rosters, and prepare you for advancement within the field. Visit www.law.capital.edu/ADR/ for information as it becomes available. For questions, contact us at adrconference@law.capital.edu. Capital University Law School 303 E. Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215 614-236-6500 www.law.capital.edu

 

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

2007-2008 Meeting Schedule

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

May 14, 2008 the group meets for its Annual Luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

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If you have questions or need information, contact Donna Dansker: 513/821-0767

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

 

Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) CALL FOR ARTICLE PROPOSALS ACResolution Magazine Fall 2008

ACR’s fall 2008 issue of ACResolution magazine will focus on the topic of Consumer Disputes. We are soliciting contributions that address this topic from the points of view of interveners, parties, and theorists from all practice areas. We seek proposals from people who would like to write articles on any aspect of consumer disputes. We seek diversity in authors and subject matter; authors do not have to be ACR members. If interested, please: write a half-page (150-300 word) description of your proposed article, include a title/headline for your article, include your name and contact information, include one to three lines of biographical information, and specify if you would like to write a major (2,700 words) or minor (1,300 words) feature. Send your proposals via e-mail to ACResolution at publications@ACRnet.org as soon as possible, but no later than June 2, 2008. An editorial advisory committee will review the proposals and choose 2 or 3 major features and 2 or 3 minor features. All authors will be notified by June 13. If selected, completed articles will be due to ACR by August 1, 2008. For more information about ACResolution, please visit http://www.ACRnet.org/publications/acresolution.htm.

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Christy Radigan for assistance.

New and renewing members as of April 19, 2008:

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1874 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 grhamm@sciotocounty.net
Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336 

Martha.antolik@wright.edu

W004mla@who.rr.com

Artz & Dewhirst, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944 

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 Fax: (614) 890-1118 (h) (614) 890-7014 tbailey@capitalmediators.com 

 

Suzanne Barker 

69 Euclid Avenue

Columbus OH 43201

(614) 299-6843 

barkersu@aol.com

Sharon Bell 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 

Cricket544@earthlink.net

Daniel B. Bennington 

Attorney at Law

87 Somerset Road

Delaware OH 43015

(614) 620-9539 

Dan.bennington@yahoo.com

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 364-2647 

mivid@tusco.net

Capital Mediation Associates LLC c/o J. Christopher Scott 

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 538-8056

cscott@capitalmediators.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road 

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 447-0262

findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45208
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

jlawson@cfrd.com

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

dlchermely@zoominternet.net

Meghan Clarke 

The ARIA Group

7765 Kennedy Lane
Cincinnati OH 45242

(513) 374-4689 

Fax: (513) 972-9861 (call first)

MClarke@ariagroup.com

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

c/o Darren Miller
270 E. Main Street
Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7126 

Fax (513) 732-7127

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Cleveland Municipal Court Magistrate’s Dept. Jennifer Watkins Johnson 12th Floor 

1200 Ontario

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 664-6670 

Fax: (216) 664-4949

No e-mail provided

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 744-6332

c.baker@cincinnati.bbb.org

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930
(614) 863-4775 

Fax (614) 863-4775

scochran@insight.rr.com

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

Crosspoint Mediation

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation 

265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459

(937) 291-3119 

Fax: (937) 291-3229

Ray.a.cox@sbcglobal.net

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801-4311
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@crimevictimservices.org

James J. Cullers Mediation and Arbitration Services 

224 Tamarack Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@embargmail.com

Barbara V. Culp 

Attorney at Law

P.O. Box 225

Minford OH 45653

(740) 981-2697 

bculp@falcon1.net

Donna Dansker
1319 Stonemill Court
Cincinnati OH 45215
(513) 821-0767 

Fax (513) 821-4089

eddansker@fuse.net

Sandra L. DeBlanc, LLC
9946 Ketch Road 

Plain City OH 43064

(614) 410-3370 

sdeblanc@capitalmediators.com

Delaware County Juvenile Court c/o Faith Walzak
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 83-2610 

Fax (740) 833-2599

fwalzak@co.delaware.oh.us

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435
(937) 775-2067/264-2336 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

Phillip Dunfee
1407 Morgan Bryan Drive
Newark OH 43055
(740) 366-3297 

phil@phildunfee.com

Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci 

111 High Street, N.E.

Warren OH 44481

(330) 675-6681 

Fax: (330) 675-7842

ssmassacci@11thappealohio.us

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

Irvin Foster 

Catalyst – IPF

P.O. Box 17609

Dayton, Ohio

Phone: (202) 615-9425 

Email: catipfohio@yahoo.com

Franklin Co. Municipal Court C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division 375 South High St., 16th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4520

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209
(614) 237-7266 

Fax (614) 237-8992

Smfurman205@msn.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388 

CKUHL@CMS.HAMILTON-CO.ORG

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710
(937) 307-1988 

CAHSYS@VERIZON.NET

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244-2917

(513) 378-8548 

marie@marie-hill.com

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson 

Lane, Alton & Horst

2 Miranova Place Suite 500

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

Knox Co. Common Pleas Court Mediation Services c/o Rochelle R. Fritz
111 East High Street, 2nd Fl.
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 393-6817 

Fax (740) 393-5096

rochellefritz@hotmail.com

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199 

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409 

Fax: (740) 670-5419

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Lifespan Counseling Assoc. c/o Dene Berman Ph.D. 

1195 Meadow Bridge Road P.O. Box 340398

Beavercreek OH 45434

(937) 426-2079 

Fax: (937) 426-0211

Dene.berman@wright.edu

http://lifespancounseling.org

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Pamela Washington
25 East Boardman Street, #330
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

mvdrs@yahoo.com

 

Sharon Maerten-Moore Fourth District Court of Appeals 

14 S. Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601

(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Mediation First 

c/o Karen Y. Preston

348 Kendall Place

Columbus OH 43205

(614) 206-8416 

KYPreston@Fireproof.com

Apreston@columbus.rr.com

Frederick Meister, Meister Law and Mediation Offices 

150 East Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429

(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-3515 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 703-6088 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4063 

Fax (937) 496-7835

Sneadc@mcohio.org

 

Vanita Nevis 

3113 Blue Ridge Road

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 337-9866 

vnevis@odod.state.oh.us

Linda Norris Counter-Point Mediation Services 

6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 863-9249 

lnorris@insight.rr.com

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley 

660 North Perry St. Suite 403B

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

chris.delfavero@henrycountyohio.com

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss 

77 S. High Street, 24th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-6108

Phone 614/752-9595 www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov 

ed.krauss@cdr.state.oh.us

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq. 

830 E. Johnstown Road, Suite B

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 414-0572 

Fax: (614) 414-0573

Bcok01@yahoo.com

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825 

jmpmediation@ameritech.net

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-9396 

Fax: (740) 652-9396

fairfieldmediation@earthlink.net

John Polanski, M. Ed., Trumbull County Family Court 

220 S. Main Ave., PO Box 1209

Warren OH 44482

(330) 675-7862 

Fax: (330) 675-2619

jcpolans@co.trumbull.oh.us

Positive Negotiations
Kenneth N. Wildman 

419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810

(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Eileen Pruett 

1227 W. 1st Avenue

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 486-7610 (614) 595-7127 

epruett@columbus.rr.com

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

Sandy Robitz 

1871 Summerchase Road NE

Canton OH 44721

(330) 361-0226 (Cell) 

(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

srobitz@neo.rr.com

Ralph Rutledge, Solutions Mediation Group 

Box 279

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 642-2122 

Fax (937) 642-7195

rrrutledge@rutledgelegal.com

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Angela Silva 

3829 Drexel

Toledo OH 43612

(419) 508-9291 

Fax: (419) 478-1775

cataniabreeze@aol.com

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

1047 Rudolph Court

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411

DOCVALHALL@HOTMAIL.COM

Doug Smith 

4324 Shelbourne Lane

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 451-5355 

Doug1Smith@yahoo.com

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS, On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

mediator@creative-resolutions.com

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

Kent Valin 

6119 Putney Court Avenue NW

Massillon OH 44646

(330) 880-5280 

kentandnora@sssnet.com

Kathleen A. Vavro Mediation and Consultation Services 

8714 Headlands Road

Mentor OH 44060

(440) 749-1757 

kvavro@oh.rr.com

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy 

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230
(513) 498-6384 

Fax (513) 624-6941

Mediationworks11@aol.com

Gina Weisshaar 

41 E. Como Avenue

Columbus OH 43202

(614) 893-2881 

gmweisshaar@yahoo.com

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts 

c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402

(419) 354-9684 

Fax: (419) 354-0331

mhyrne@co.wood.oh.us

Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired 

7818 Westcroft Drive

Sylvania OH 43560-1864

(419) 343-6222 

Fax: (419) 824-8389

SAYarbama1@msn.com

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 11 & 12, or September 10 & 11, 2008 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 1, 2, 6, 7, & 8, or October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

Hofstra Law School and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. present THE TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE INSTITUTE SUMMER 2008, at Hofstra Law School THREE IMPORTANT AND INNOVATIVE COURSES, FIVE TOP INSTRUCTORS RETHINKING CONFLICT A Master Class on Popular Culture and the Relational Orientation to Life May 21-22, 2008 Taught by Joseph Folger and Baruch Bush BASIC AND DIVORCE MEDIATION TRAINING The Transformative Approach: Basic Skills and Divorce Mediation May 19-20 (Basic) and May 21-23, 2008 (Divorce) Taught by Baruch Bush and Elayne Greenberg RELATIONAL FACILITATION The Purpose and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively May 19-20, 2008 Taught by Scott Sears and Judith Saul Limited enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis To register: call Dawn Marzella at 516-463-6889 or email lawdmm@hofstra.edu (If interested in CLE credits, please inquire at time of registration) Visit us on the web:  http://conflictresolution.und.edu Supporting Difficult Conversations.  People Talk. People Listen. Things Change. Helping Families, Businesses, Communities around the Globe. *Offering Training, Workshops, Coaching, Mediation, Group Facilitation, Dialogue*

Embracing Diversity in Conflict Facilitation Gill Emslie and Christy Cumberland Walker Monday 14th July, 2008 (In Scotland). This training is designed to develop the skills to facilitate and transform conflict in diverse cultures. We examine our own personal relationship to conflict, and practice facilitation and mediation. We also explore how to be an ally to those in conflict, observing our tendencies and bias, recognizing and combating institutionalized racism, seeing the influence of rank, power and privilege, naming taboos and unspoken tensions, and being in the moment. We will work creatively, drawing from various disciplines including meditation, facilitation, Process Work, and archetypal awareness. Findhorn Consultancy Service is an organization whose purpose is to support the transformation of consciousness in businesses, organizations and communities. Cost: £455 if your income is low £515 if your income is medium £605 if your income is high £895 if paid by your organization includes 5 nights accommodation and all meals Gill’s training and experience in transpersonal psychology and organizational development provide the framework for her work as a coach and trainer in the areas of organizational development, leadership, personal and professional development, staff training, Process Work, supervision, conflict facilitation, specific skills for women in leadership, confidence building and a holistic approach to intentional design, monitoring and evaluation (Outcome Mapping). Christy has enjoyed a private practice in alternative dispute resolution since 1998. She has had contracts with various local, state, and national clients. she is a meditation trainer, arbitrator and facilitator and has developed and presented trainings in the areas of dispute resolution, cultural recognition and respect, family mediation, and domestic violence. To book: https://www.findhorn.info/bookevent_plus.php?&name=Embracing%20Diversity%20in%20Conflict%20Facilitation&price1=455&price2=515&price3=605&date=140708&days=4&intro=&price_date=0

SAVE THE DATE for our next International Conference Aug. 25-26, 2008, in Santa Barbara, California “New Waves of Transformative Practice: New Voices, New Frontiers, New Challenges” Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at  www.transformativemediation.org Fulfilling the Promise of Mediation…

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohi Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 

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May / June 2007

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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication
May/June 2007

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.comMark your Calendars for our exciting 2007 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

June 1, 2007 Mediation and Education: What is new? Sarah Wallis, Director

Education Programs Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.

August 3, 2007 TBA

October 5, 2007 Mediating with Schools to Meet Needs of Children. Steve

Polovick, Mediator Ohio Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children

December 7, 2007 Probate and Guardianship Mediation. Ann L. Snyder,

Magistrate Summit County Probate Court

 

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page.)

Don’t forget—after each OMA bi-monthly meeting, the Case Study Group gets together to discuss a case presented by an OMA member. If you are interested in a lively discussion of different types of cases, this is the group for you. For questions or to volunteer to present a case, please contact Susan Shostak (740) 681-1031, or shostak@ohiohills.com

 

Ohio Loses a Champion of Mediation with Passing of Bill Clark of Columbus
In January the Dispute Resolution field lost a giant with the passing of Bill Clark. Bill was an original member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Committee on Dispute Resolution and a Commissioner for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. He also was active in the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations’ Committees on Dispute Resolution. Bill had been a trial lawyer who left that practice to devote himself entirely to dispute resolution and he will be greatly missed. Our sympathies go out to Bill’s family.

Ohio’s Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) Survives Its First Attack?
What Happens in Mediation Stays in Mediation.
By Shirley A. Cochran (Originally published in the Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly Spring 2007, Page 31.)

It started when the Corporation contacted the Mediation Center to mediate between two employees, but before that could occur, one was terminated. Then the Corporation asked the Mediation Center to help resolve conflict in the department of the former employee about avoiding problems like were created in the future. The Mediation Center’s Director sent out confidential questionnaires to the department’s employees asking for issues to be discussed, met with groups of employees, facilitated the discussion of problem areas and assisted in their resolution of the disagreements and the employees submitted to the Board a plan of action to avoid the issues raised by the situation with the former employee. Meanwhile, litigation filed in Common Pleas Court pitted Plaintiff employee against the Corporation. Counsel for Plaintiff issued a subpoena duces tecum for the Mediation Center records and testimony by the Director of the contact with Defendant Corporation. That is when I got the e-mail in response to the request made when the Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) training took place in 2005, to have anyone subpoenaed contact us to track such incidents and offer help to quash subpoenas if the mediation privilege was attacked.

The Uniform Mediation Act (UMA) was enacted by Ohio’s legislature as Chapter 2710 of the Ohio Revised Code and became effective October 29, 2005. It repealed Ohio’s former mediation privilege statute, replacing it with a very broad protection of the confidentiality of the mediation process that is a cornerstone of why mediation works. In a mediation if people know what goes on in the session will stay there, they are more likely to open up the discussion to what is really behind the dispute and be more willing to brainstorm solutions that may end the problem. To protect that confidentiality and keep the parties, mediator and nonparty participants from having to testify the UMA provides a privilege personal to each person’s position in the mediation with the mediator being able to refuse to testify about anything that happened at the mediation, with certain exceptions, and to keep others from testifying about what the mediator said during the process. Specifically, it provides: O.R.C. Section 2710.01 (A) “Mediation” means any process in which a mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between parties to assist them in reaching a voluntary agreement regarding their dispute.

2710.02 (A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) or (C) of this section, sections 2710.01 to 2710.10 of the Revised Code apply to a mediation under any of the following circumstances: *** (3) The mediation parties use as a mediator an individual who holds himself or herself out as a mediator, or the mediation is provided by a person that holds itself out as providing mediation.

2710.03 (A) Except as otherwise provided in section 2710.05 of the Revised Code, a mediation communication is privileged as provided in division (B) of this section and is not subject to discovery or admissible in evidence in a proceeding unless waived or precluded as provided in section 2710.04 of the Revised Code. *** (B) In a proceeding, the following privileges apply: *** (2) A mediator may refuse to disclose a mediation communication. A mediator may prevent any other person from disclosing a mediation communication of the mediator.

In other words, if a person facilitates communication and negotiation between parties in dispute, assisting them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute and holds themselves out to be a mediator, the privilege is theirs to assert to keep them from having to testify in discovery or in a proceeding.

It appeared fairly obvious that although there were two different instances involved, the Mediation Center staff attempted to facilitate the communication and negotiation between parties in dispute (originally Plaintiff employee and a member of Defendant’s staff; secondly between members of Defendant’s staff in the department), assisted them in reaching voluntary agreement about the dispute (no agreement in the first instance as the session was never held; voluntary agreement in the second instance); the Mediation Center staff held themselves out as mediators, and the Mediation Center staff believed confidentiality is very important to the mediation process.

Plaintiff’s counsel did not see it that way. He asserted the Director acted as a consultant and although he never explained what that meant, he felt if this privilege was permitted to stand all sorts of consultants could go into businesses and by using “magic words” keep from having to testify about anything that went on. A copy of testimony in a deposition of one of Defendant Corporation’s employees was provided as proof that there was no mediation when the meetings with the departmental staff took place, but it was not clear why he thought that it was proof there was no mediation. A heated telephone conversation took place after the filing of the motion for a protection order where he made accusations of perverting the true meaning of the UMA, but in the end, Plaintiff’s counsel withdrew the subpoena in a formal court filing making the motion moot while reiterating his accusation of frivolousness and perversion of the UMA. It was not a pretty win; but a win nonetheless.

Should anyone be aware of any other subpoenas issued for anyone to testify about a mediation communication, please contact me or Maria Mone Executive Director Ohio Commission on Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution so we can be consistent in responses to attacks on Ohio’s mediation privilege statute.

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Shirley A. Cochran is an attorney and mediator in Columbus. She is Immediate Past President of the Ohio Mediation Association and former chair of both the Columbus Bar and Ohio State Bar Associations’ committee on Dispute Resolution. She was involved in creation of the original privilege statute and the passage of the UMA in Ohio, serving as one of the trainers of mediators through funding from the Supreme Court of Ohio as well as the Commission on Dispute Resolution.

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated. Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you

 

OMA Conference 2007 “Being a Better Mediator” Big Hit

As the conclusion to Ohio’s Conflict Management Week, the Ohio Mediation Association’s Annual Conference “Being a Better Mediator” was held on Friday, May 11, 2007. One hundred people came to hear Nina Meierding present on questioning and impasse resolution at the Riffe Center in Columbus. Participants were the first to receive the new OMA pen and a drawing was for books by Bernie Meyer. Winners were Barbara Dixon, Judith Thomas, Laura Tonsic, Patti Smith, Terry Wheeler, Joe Palmer, Marcie Vendetti, Joe Natalie, Kristine Hayes, Bonnie Edwards, and Kendal Isaac. According to the evaluations, the presentation was more than most anticipated and was very well received. The Better World Award was presented as set out in the following article and the officers gave their reports at the business meeting at lunch. A good and educational time was had by all.

Better World Award 2007 Recipient Marya Cody Kolman
Nominated by Sheri Center

Marya Cody Kolman has been the Director of Mediation Services for the Franklin County Domestic Relations Court and Juvenile Branch since 1999. Through Marya’s vision, energy and persistence, she expanded the programs provided by the department and offered services for never married parents, post divorce parenting time disputes, juvenile domestic violence, and truancy, along with continuing to maintain the already established mediation programs.

Marya has nurtured and continues to offer an apprenticeship program for mediators pursing the Supreme Court of Ohio requirements to mediate divorce. Along with support from staff and volunteers, Marya offers basic mediation training classes at no charge for the participants and throughout the year she speaks, trains and teaches in many different venues to many people from many different walks of life, including teaching at The Ohio State University Law School as an adjunct Professor. Marya is very active with the Association for Conflict Resolution and has been dynamic on the Conference Committee for several years, as well as part of the Family Section. She has recently received recognition for her invaluable contributions from ACR, and from the Capital University Conference for Minority Professionals to whom she contributes significantly each year.

Marya Kolman’s generosity of spirit with her staff, the programs she has brought to the court’s mediation department, the mediation opportunities she has made a available for volunteers and contract mediators, her love of mediation and devotion to promoting opportunities that allow for both the access to mediation for the citizens of this community and the persons interesting in pursing mediation as an avocation is absolutely extraordinary and awe-inspiring and has contributed to making this a better world.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2007. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at Mediate.com: http://www.mediate.com/jobs/

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI
The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137

Association for Conflict Resolution News
Mark your calendar to join colleagues and friends at the Association for Conflict Resolution Seventh Annual Conference “Rethinking the Table: People, Places and Practices” October 24-27, 2007 Held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Phoenix Hotel in beautiful downtown Phoenix, Arizona Program, hotel and travel information will be posted at www.ACRnet.org as details become available.

Conflict Resolution Day Facts at a Glance:

  • 2007 will mark the third annual celebration of Conflict Resolution Day
  • In 2006, there were at least 22 official proclamations from states, counties and cities recognizing Conflict Resolution Day
  • The conflict resolution day logo of a tree was designed to match the intention for Conflict Resolution Day to grow organically from the “grassroots.”
  • Conflict Resolution Day 2006 was celebrated in North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe

Conflict Resolution Day 2007 is October 18. How will you celebrate? For great ideas and listings of past events, visit www.ACRnet.org/crday.

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 9-11, 2007 ABA Annual Meeting San Francisco California

April 2-5, 2008 Tenth Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton Seattle, Washington

August 7-9, 2008 ABA Annual Meeting New York

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, Illinois

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Christy Radigan for assistance.

Steven Abrams 

Mediated Solutions

2720 Airport Drive

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

SAbrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation c/o Sharon Bell 

602 7th Street, 4th Floor

Portsmouth OH 45662

(740) 355-8368 Fax: (740) 355-8230 sbell@sciotocounty.net grhamm@sciotocounty.net
George Albu Commissioner Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service 

1682 Schrock Road

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 794-9047 

Fax: (614) 794-5998

galbu@fmcs.gov

Artz & Dewhirst, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944 

Fax (614) 221-2340

twheeler@adllp.com

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. 

Capital Mediation Associates

445 Hutchinson Ave. Suite 800

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 410-3370 

Fax: (614) 890-1118 tbailey@capitalmediators.com

 

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc. 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Barton A. Bixenstine, Esq. 

Ulmer & Berne, LLP

1660 W. 2nd St., Suite 1100
Cleveland OH 44113-1448

(216) 583-7032 

Fax: (216) 583-7033

bbixenstine@ulmer.com

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
P.O. Box 13786
Columbus OH 43209-1866
(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 231-1855

findingcommonground@yahoo.com sheriweed@columbus.rr.com

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

cfrd@cfrd.com

Catholic Charities 

c/o Donna Posluszng

1933 Spielbusch Avenue

Toledo OH 43604-5360

(419) 244-6711 ext. 410 

Fax: (419) 244-4860

pozes@sbcglobal.net

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau c/o Christine Baker 

7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 639-9132 

Fax: (513) 621-0907

c.baker@cinbbb.org

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Dr. Christopher Cottrell 

953 Sapphire Flame Drive

Delaware OH 43015

(740) 990-9589 

crosspointmediation@yahoo.com

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801-4311
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

John J. Cruze Hamilton Co. Common Pleas ADR 

1000 Main St. Room 450
Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 946-5477

jcruze@cms.hamilton-co.org

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax: (740) 392-0391

jcullers@columbus.rr.com

Phillip Dunfee
1407 Morgan Bryan Drive
Newark OH 43055
(740) 366-3297 

phil@phildunfee.com

Brenda English #C8 

5415 Yorkshire Terrace Drive

Columbus OH 43232

Work (614) 461-0256 Fax (614) 461-1256 Home (614) 861-9236 englishb@sconet.state.oh.us
Mark Farmer 

401 E. Schrock Road

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 519-8703 

Mfarmer7@columbus.rr.com

Maara Fink
University of Toledo College of Law 2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606
(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Ernie Fischer 

508 Stedway Court

Gahanna OH 43230

(614) 476-3779 (home) 

Cell (614) 499-1037

Efisc77@aol.com

Sandra Mendel Furman
One Easton Oval, Suite 500
Columbus OH 43219
(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Martha Green Athens County Court of Common Pleas 

1 S. Court Street, 4th Floor

Athens OH 45701

(740) 592-3220 

athensmeigsmediate@yahoo.com

Jessica M. Harmon 

Harmon ADR Services

98 Kelly Marie Drive

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 403-3590 

harmonmediation@earthlink.net

Wendy S. Hawbaker Ashtabula County Joint Court Mediation Project 25 West Jefferson St. 

Jefferson OH 44047

(440) 576-3239 

Fax: (440) 576-4639

WSHawbaker@co.ashtabula.oh.us

Kristine L. Hayes, Attorney at Law Easton Town Center 

4200 Regent St., Suite 200

Columbus OH 43219-6140

(614) 944-5170 

Fax: (614) 453-5389

Kristine.hayes@gmail.com

www.kristinehayes.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548 

mmhill@fuse.net

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Jeff Hutson
Two Miranova Place Suite 500 

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

jhutson@lanealton.com

The Isaac Firm 

c/o Kendall Isaac

5300 E. Main St. Ste. 103

Columbus OH 43213

(614) 755-6540 

Fax: (614) 755-6542

Kendall@theisaacfirm.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

fayelist@hotmail.com

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

loraincountyadr@windstream.net

Sharon Maerten-Moore
14 South Paint Street, Suite 38
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 779-6662 

Fax: (740) 779-6665

smaerten@hotmail.com

Michael E. Masterson Hamilton Co. Domestic Relations Court 

800 Broadway, 2nd Floor

Cincinnati OH 45202

(513) 946-9138 

Fax: (513) 946-9142

MMasterson@cms.hamilton-co.org

Frederick Meister
150 E. Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429
(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

FM@MeisterLaw.net

Miami County Juvenile Court Tom Bomhard 

201 West Main Street

Troy OH 45373

(937) 440-5970 

Fax: (937) 440-5971

tbomhard@co.miami.oh.us

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

mediation@mail2world.com

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court c/o Sandra Frederick P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 225-5017

fredricks@mcohio.org

 

Joseph E. Natalie
452 W. Lawndale Place
Zanesville OH 43701-3950
(740) 454-0811 

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County
5616 Hensel Woods Road
Gahanna OH 43230-1811
(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Ohio State University College of Law Professor Sarah Cole 

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

(614) 688-4918 

F (614) 292-2035

Cole.228@osu.edu

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jennifer A. Patterson Center for Public Mgt. & Regional Affairs
Miami Univ. 2 Harrison Hall 

Oxford OH 45056

(513) 529-6923 

Fax: (513) 529-6939

patterja@muohio.edu

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court 

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown OH 44505

(330) 740-2244 ext. 6408 

Fax: (330) 742-5899

mpatzak@mahoningcountyoh.gov

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

dwp@bpbslaw.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

cradigan@insight.rr.com

John Randle, Sr. 

3822 Hickory Rock Drive

Powell OH 43065

(740) 917-9445 

Jrandle_6@hotmail.com

Carolyn Streit Roehrig 

10428 Lee’s Creek Road

Harrison OH 45030

(513) 246-0511 

Fax: (513) 246-0525

Carolyn.Roehrig@emcbc.doe.gov

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124
(216) 464-4060 

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597 

Fax (614) 491-3404

Russellviv@aol.com

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

confidentialjustice@yahoo.com

John C. Spille
3200 N. Whitetree Circle
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 794-1137 

johnspille@fuse.net

Summit County DR Court
c/o Edward Schneider
205 South High Street
Akron OH 44308
(330) 643-5456 

eschneider@drcourt.org

Jerry Sutton 

1405 Glen View Road

Yellow Springs OH 45387

(937) 243-8501 

Sutton-law@woh.rr.com

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

radischco@fuse.net

Diane Tedeschi On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

tedeschi@columbus.rr.com

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 

Fax (614) 466-3074

eturner@serb.state.oh.us

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy 

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Jerome F. Weiss, Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building 

101 Prospect Avenue W.

Cleveland OH 44115

(216) 589-9995 

Fax: (216) 589-9723

mediator@mediationresolve.com

Shelley Whalen Community Mediation Serv. of Central Ohio
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Wayne Wisniewski MA Greene Co. Family & Children First 

158 E. Main Street

Xenia OH 45385

(937) 562-5600 

Fax: (937) 562-5601

wwisniewski@co.greene.oh.us

Robert N. Wistner, JD 

5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100

Dublin OH 43017

(614) 734-8354 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

rwistner@columbus.rr.com

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct. Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq. Mediation Director 

221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #337

Marysville OH 43040

(937) 645-4176 

Fax: (937) 645-4174

kwollenburg@co.union.oh.us

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Free UMA training with CLE credits—June 19, 2007 from 12:30-5:00 PM in Waverly Ohio. Call (740) 355-8368 for reservations and speak with either Sharon Bell or GR Hamm.

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training June 13 & 14, or September 12 & 13, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 3, 4, 9, 10, & 11, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Presents:  20th Annual Professional Skills Program, June 21-23, 2007, Malibu, California Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine Law School present an annual three day program featuring twelve courses addressing distinct dispute resolution processes.  Course offerings range from basic to advanced courses, as well as specialized areas of mediation.  For program content, faculty bios, and cost, please visit our website at: straus.pepperdine.edu and click on “Mediation Training and Conferences” or call (310) 506-6342.

Family Mediation Series Presented by the Northern Virginia Mediation Service June 11-16 and June 18-21 This intensive family series will cover the topics needed to practice family mediation in a variety of contexts, including mediating issues in divorce as well as disputes within intact family units.  This series builds upon the learning from the basic Mediation Skills and Process workshop and prepares participants to begin the co-mediations needed for Virginia Certification.  Please note that additional workshops are needed to complete the NVMS Certificate in Family Mediation. For more information on additional requirements visit our web page http://www.nvms.us or call us at (703) 993-3724.

Pepperdine University School of Law presents A World Class View of Dispute Resolution, the 20th Annual Professional Skills Program with seventeen courses, thirty-seven faculty, over 300 participants from around the world, two and a half days of interactive dialogue and in cooperation with Mediate.com. Woodstock, Vermont co-sponsored by Vermont Law School, October 4-6, 2007. To register or for more information, visit straus.pepperdine.edu or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342.

 

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

by admin

June 2006

12:00 AM in Newsletter by admin

MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication June 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Immediate Past President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail: phil@phildunfee.com
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail: cardigan@insight.rr.com
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

August 4, 2006 Writing and journalizing agreements—what to do after the parties have reached agreement? A panel discussion and question-answering session on this area which borders on the unauthorized practice of law.

October 6, 2006 Settlement Hearings Christine Magee, JD, Chief Magistrate Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. Beth Leger, Mediator with Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court and

Sandra Fredrick, LSW Mediator with Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court.

December 1, 2006 Keystone (Peter Adler and others) called an invitation only conference to discuss the current and future state of the mediation profession. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen accepted the invitation and “had” to spend a weekend in October in a beautiful lodge in Denver. Come hear what the 70 or so who were part of this historic conference had to say from one of the attendees.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice. (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
Maybe There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch
By Jay M. Patterson, President

Most of us have heard the phrase, “there are no free lunches”. I’ve been thinking of this phrase lately in connection with the mediation profession and I think the authors of that cliché (whoever they are) are wrong, at least when it comes to mediation.

In keeping with my plan to provoke mediators to think about one’s own role in advancing the field of professional mediation, this column asks you to think about the possibility that we mediators might actively be enabling the devaluing of professional mediation services. Mediators are often asked to provide mediation services for free or virtually free; and we often willingly agree to this request. What message are we sending to the marketplace when we continually accept mediations without requiring a realistic living wage or fee?

Before I go further, let me say clearly I believe there is certainly a place in our profession for pro bono/volunteer mediation services. Why should our profession be any different from other professions that feel a sense of obligation to the less fortunate? One of the best places (but not the only place) to provide volunteer mediation services is your local community mediation center. These centers not only often provide mediation services to people who might not otherwise have access to mediation, they are often an invaluable training ground for inexperienced mediators to learn their craft. So I’m not saying mediators should not do their part to help provide access to mediation to the less fortunate. I’m simply setting forth the proposition that maybe, in some ways, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to advancing the use of mediation services as a way to improve quality of life.

I think I understand why we do this. First, most mediators I know are truly and deeply committed to improving people’s quality of life in a way that is not achieved through other means (even though those other means were almost always attempted first). Second, we all simply love the work itself and we are desperate to continue to do it. But this thinking only undercuts our own goal of providing mediation to the maximum number of people. It creates a sort of chicken or egg dilemma. One could argue that we can increase the use of mediation by simply providing it even if it means not getting paid much, if at all. There is a certain logic to this. No cost or virtually no cost mediation may in some cases (I would say a minority of cases) cause people to be encouraged to pay for mediation for their next dispute. But come on, we’ve been giving it away for a very, very, very long time. Can you honestly say this approach has been a wildly successful business strategy? For the most part, I think it has simply conditioned people to think, “If it can be gotten for free, why should I pay for it?” Likewise, I think there is a good chance that fewer people consider even exploring mediation, for fee or otherwise, simply because they wonder, “How valuable is this service if it is not being paid for by someone? Do I want to spend my energy on something that is of so little value that even the mediator does not deem it worthy of a fee?”

The request for mediation services for little or no fee is, to me, particularly (but not exclusively) troubling when it comes from organizational entities with either existing programs or looking to start a mediation program. While those entities may not be filthy rich, they often do have the means to set up a quality program with quality mediators and pay them accordingly if they were willing to make it a priority. However, on more than one occasion, I for one, have been in the unenviable position of feeling like I would be doing myself, my profession, and perhaps society at large a disservice if I didn’t decline an offer to provide service for free or virtually free. I declined this work knowing full well that I’m not always in a position that the time would otherwise be filled with paid work. Like many mediators, I’m not so busy that all my professional time is completely filled with paid work. I could be doing more mediation, if I had the clients. I just don’t think, in the long run, I, other mediators, or other mediation programs will maximize the potential to get those clients unless I/we begin to require a real living fee.

Perhaps it’s time to try a different approach. Perhaps greater numbers of people will utilize mediation if we don’t actively devalue what we have to offer. If we really want to have a more substantial impact on improving the quality of life of the maximum number of people, if we really want to maximize the potential for society to be a more peaceful place, perhaps (to invoke another cliché) we should not lose sight of the forest for the trees. Perhaps we should consider giving up short-term gratification in exchange for long-term gratification. Perhaps, in the long run, the greater good will be achieved by doing no mediation at all rather than sending a message that mediation has no merit.

From my perspective this vicious cycle, consisting of mediators desperate to conduct mediation and prospective clients or programs expecting professional services without incurring costs, will end only when mediators collectively have the courage of our own conviction to say to those asking for us to supply lunch, “I must respectfully decline to provide services without a living wage.” Of course, this approach only works if we don’t have ten mediators behind us fighting to do the same mediation for little or no fee.

I think it’s possible we have more control over our destiny than we think. I’m convinced our destiny will come only through collective action, not individual action. Nonetheless, that collective action starts with one mediator at a time. Shall we make a pact, or shall we continue to operate as soup kitchens? Lets decide together.

As always, I encourage you to express you view, in agreement or disagreement, to me personally or in a letter to the editor of this newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA
by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated. Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

 

The Meeting in a Minute—a Report on the Program at OMA’s Last Meeting
By Shirley Cochran, Editor

A small but opinionated group of OMA members and guests got together on June 2, 2006, to discuss a case and share what they would do in the situation. Ed Krauss’ From Your Perspective case published in Mediate Ohio for the last two issues was the starting point and the group spent an hour dissecting the scenario and responses to it.

Discussion such as this are the cornerstone of the Case Study Group OMA is starting to put together for members in response to the comments on the membership survey. Keep an eye out for further developments as they occur.

 

Community Mediation Center of Stark County Earns Canton Repository Article

In early March, the Community Mediation Center of Stark County was the focus of an article entitled “Mediation Center Gets Big Praise, Little Cash” by Shane Hoover, Repository Staff Writer. In addition to quoting Teresa P. Cusma, the Executive Director, Shirley Cochran, President of the Ohio Mediation Association, was referred to saying that overall funding for programs is down although the need is still there for these services.

It is nice to see such a positive article on a mediation center; just bad to know that the article said that without additional funding the center would close in June.

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is July 20, 2005. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Conference 2006
by Shirley CochranFor those of you who could not make the conference on May 12, 2006, you missed an interesting time—of course any time Robert Benjamin is involved, it is an interesting time to say the least. I know, people either really love or really hate Robert and there is no in between. He discussed guerrilla mediation, using the question “why” to get to the real problem and how skiing and mediation are very similar.

The officers of the OMA had a real decision on their hands this year for the Better World Award, having received four nominations. See the article below as to the actual award recipient but rest assured, the other nominees will be considered in the future as we want to continue to recognize those who make our mediation world a better place.

Robert “Columbo” Benjamin

 

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President.

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution &

Conflict Management Seeks Director of Education Programs

Date Posted: June 19, 2006

Job Description: The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management, a state agency located in downtown Columbus, seeks a Director of Education Programs. The Director of Education Programs is responsible for dispute resolution and conflict management program development and service delivery related to Ohio schools and universities. The Director provides leadership to initiate and sustain innovative school and university-based conflict management and dispute resolution programs and to deliver quality services to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of these programs. The Director also assists in the development of resource materials and training, plans statewide special events, provides technical assistance, conducts presentations and workshops, and responds to a wide variety of information requests. This position is an exempt, full-time, permanent position offering excellent state benefits. The salary range for this position is $40,000 – $46,000, commensurate with experience and salary history.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have experience with project management and program development in the private or public sectors and will have completed an undergraduate degree. Applicants should be familiar with dispute resolution and conflict management programming and service delivery, school-based programming and professional development, school violence prevention or a closely related field. Knowledge of state and local government is desirable. Qualified applicants will have excellent interpersonal skills, writing and oral communication skills, will be able to successfully manage multiple tasks and to leverage resources by partnering with a broad range of agencies and not-for-profit organizations. He or she must also be comfortable working as a team with other staff members to integrate program areas and to develop linkages among related projects.

About the Commission: The Commission is a state agency that provides dispute resolution and conflict management resources, training, and direct services to state and local government, courts, communities, schools, colleges, and universities. Cutting across political, economic, and social boundaries, the Commission has pioneered problem-solving methods and initiated programs that provide alternatives to fighting, impasse, and litigation. Through its accomplishments, the Commission has gained recognition as the most comprehensive state dispute resolution program in the country. Created by legislation in 1989, the Commission consists of 12 volunteer members appointed by all three branches of state government The Commission has a staff of six. For more information regarding the Commission please visit www.disptueresolution.ohio.gov.

Application process: Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest demonstrating job qualifications, resume, and three professional references to Maria Mone, Executive Director, The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, The Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, 24th Fl., Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108,

E-mail: mmone@cdr.state.oh.us. Resume review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

 

Association for Conflict Resolution News

The ACR Family Section Conference, “Making Waves – Breaking Barriers,” will be held July 13 – 16, 2006 at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort and Conference Center in beautiful Old Silver Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, scene of the AFM conference in 1997. See http://acrnet.org/sections/family_section_conference_2006.htm

Come and participate in ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference will host a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field.  The conference itself is set up in collaboration with ACR’s overall mission, “to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.”  The conference is open to anyone interested in educating, learning, and participating in conflict resolution skills and techniques. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share conflict resolution theories and practices. We guarantee this is a wonderful experience for your overall professional development, not to mention a one-of-a-kind chance to network with the best professionals in the field! ACR thanks you for your valuable contribution to the conflict resolution field.  See http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/ac06-homepage.htm Editorial Comment: Ohio’s mediation community is well represented at this conference as for example, this year’s ACR President is our own Terry Wheeler, Myra Kolman is conference educational co-chair or whatever her official title is, and OMA Immediate Past President Shirley Cochran will be presenting so come to Philly and join with all the Ohioans who will be there soaking up the history of the area.

 

Better World Award 2006

C. Eileen Pruett nominated by Shirley A. Cochran

Eileen has been in mediation for over 25 years when she joined the Columbus City Attorney’s Night Prosecutor’s mediation program while in law school. After law school she continued working with that program, became part of the group founding Community Mediation Service of Central Ohio and a member of the Supreme Court’s Committee on Dispute Resolution where she supervised the program known as the Circuit Rider, creating mediation programs for the smaller and more rural Municipal Courts. Eileen became the first to head the Office of Dispute Resolution Services for the Supreme Court of Ohio when the office was created in 1992; not stepping to a program manager position until over a decade had passed. Currently in charge of the Small Claims Mediation Program at the Franklin County Municipal Court, Eileen has been the trainer and mentor for many mediators and continues to offer her assistance to the field whenever it is needed.

 

C. Eileen Pruett with the Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award for 2006

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list): New and renewing members may send applications to Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068. Contact Shirley for membership applications. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website www.mediateohio.org If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Sharon Travis Bell, MA
2460 Wintersteen Run Road
Blue Creek OH 45616-9601
(937) 544-4141 

cricket544@earthlink.net or SBELL@sciotocounty.net

Better Business Bureau 

c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402

(937) 222-1534 x 2263
Fax (937) 222-3338 

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Nancy L. Bucci, RN, BSN
4505 River Road
Toledo OH 43614
(419) 380-9777 

Fax: (419) 380-9778

Nbucci1216@aol.com

Stephen P. Calardo, JD 

Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314

(513) 598-5000 

Fax (513) 598-5500

scalardo@fuse.net

Conflict Solutions Ohio
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415
(937) 219-4996 

dale@conflictsolutionsohio.com

Randy L. Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172
(614) 459-2896 

Fax: (614) 246-7185

Randyfisher@wideopenwest.com

Sandra Mendel Furman
One Easton Oval, Suite 500
Columbus OH 43219
(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Annette Ciavarella Haut
5656 Gray Fox Drive NW
Canton OH 44718
(330) 494-6115 

annettehaut@yahoo.com

HR-Protecting Your Business
c/o Cathy L. Saunders
1150 Morse Road, Suite 230
Columbus OH 43229
(614) 437-2042 

Fax: (614) 352-2881

CSaunders@hrprotectingyourbusiness.com

Kathy Janoski Attache, Inc.
4400 N. High Street, Suite 101
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 652-2734 ext 18 

Fax (614) 652-2744

Kathy@attachesource.com

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
23230 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 740
Cleveland OH 44122
(216) 464-2777
Fax (216) 464-7990 

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Desiree Lyonette, Esq. 

PO Box 5558
Toledo OH 43613

(419) 480-1969 

Fax: (419) 474-8229

DesireeLaw73@aol.com

Jeffrey J. Mondville The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Mondville
709 Madison Ave., Suite 218
Toledo OH 43624
(419) 243-5080 

Fax (419) 22-7085

Mondvillelaw@bex.net

Harold Paddock Suite 112 

2600 Corporate Exchange Drive

Columbus OH 43131

(614) 839-0400 

Fax: (614) 839-0821

Harold@settlementweek.com

Deborah L. Parker 

Attorney at Law and Mediator

6 South Second St., Suite 520

Hamilton OH 45011

(513) 894-0300 

Fax: (513) 863-1503

dlparkerlaw@aol.com

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124
(216) 464-4060 

Fax: (216) 595-5274

SGRuben@aol.com

Elizabeth Winner, LPCC, LIC2E
1248 Nilles, #8
Fairfield OH 45014
(513) 249-0015 

Fax: (513) 829-2830

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. The schedule of meetings for the coming year will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

Mark Your Calendars for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s

ABA Annual Meeting August 3-8, 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 5th Annual

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 19-20, 2006

Sheraton City Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Join some of North America's leading mediators and mediation advocates in a two-day interactive course on advanced mediation and advocacy skills. From preparation for mediation to impasse-breaking tips, participants will learn successful strategies and techniques used by experienced mediators and advocates. This lively cross-border program offers you an unparalleled opportunity-engaging presentations, short, to-the-point plenary sessions, and interactive small-group discussions exploring each stage of the mediation process. In addition to presentations by experienced mediators, to add an advocate's perspective to all topics, the plenary sessions include in-house counsel, and plaintiff's and defense attorneys, all with extensive experience in mediation.

Featuring Small Group Sessions to Encourage Full Participation , High Faculty-to-Participant Ratio to Maximize Skills , Limited Attendance , Practice Development Tips and Strategies , Cocktail Reception with the Faculty For more information visit:

http://www.abanet.org/dispute/documents/toronto_%20flyer_2006.pdf To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 13 & 14, 2006 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2006. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at Jennifer.Batton@cdr.state.oh.us.

 

Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// transformativemediation.org to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 http://twincitiesmediation.com Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediateohio.org
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 
Ohio Mediation Association   -   PO Box 473   -   Columbus, OH 43216   -   614/321-7922