Washington Mediation Association Newsletter

President’s Message
WMA’s annual meeting and lunch, held on March 30, was a great success. We had nearly 50 people attend to hear about WMA’s activities, welcome the 2013-2014 Board, honor this year’s award recipients, and enjoy lunch and socializing with fellow mediators.  Thank you to all who were able to attend.  Welcome to the 2013-2014 Board members, who will begin their terms on June 1, particularly those Board members who are new to the Board: Lora Brawley, Caroline Davenport, Jackie Kirn, Kathryn Maly, Susan Skantze, Darcia Tudor and Ryan Vancil. Finally, congratulations to this year’s award recipients for outstanding contributions to the field of mediation, Bill Lincoln (Lifetime Service Award), Polly Davis (Excellence in Mediation Award), Maria Victoria (Diversity Development Award) and MJ Redman (President’s Award). 

WMA Annual Meeting and Lunch
The WMA annual meeting and lunch was held on March 30, 2013, at the UW Law School, immediately following the Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference.  The nearly 50 attendees heard reports on the activities of the Board Committees.  The Board secretary announced the approval of amendments to the WMA Bylaws and the results of the election of Board members for 2013-2014.  The recipients of the WMA Annual Awards were honored.  Attendees socialized with fellow mediators over a delicious catered lunch.  Thank you to all who were able to attend!
WMA wishes to thank the sponsors of its annual meeting and lunch for making the event possible and UW Law School for providing the meeting space.  Annual lunch sponsors are:
360 Connections International LLC
Sarah Armstrong
C. Kevin Coonrod
Dispute Options
Kathryn Maly
McCullough Hill Leary PS
M.J. Redman

2013 WMA Annual Awards
Congratulations to recipients of the 2013 WMA Annual Awards! 
Lifetime Service – Bill Lincoln
WMA recognizes Bill Lincoln for his lifetime service.  Bill has been recognized as a pioneer in mediation and negotiation theory and practice.  He was a federal commissioner who helped found the United States Institute of Peace, has extensive experience working in hot spots – Wounded Knee, Walpole Prison, with the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the URNG in Guatemala in preparation for the UN sanctioned peace talks and recently with warlords in Afghanistan.  Bill is a co-founder of the Russian-American Programs for Peace which started the first graduate program in conflict resolution in Russia, and began the conflict resolution center in St Petersburg.  Many practitioners in our region have been trained by Bill whether as members of his early mediation training programs at Antioch, through the State of Washington Career Executive Programs or through the Pierce County Dispute Resolution Center of which he was a founder.  Bill continues his work in Tacoma and is currently involved in training negotiators involved with the United Nations food safety program.
Excellence in Mediation – Polly Davis
WMA recognizes Polly Davis for excellence in mediation.  In her more than 20 years in the field, Polly has worked with the Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice, the King, Snohomish and Pierce County DRCs, the Lincoln Institute and the King County Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group.  She has extensive international experience, working in Russia, Cuba, Poland, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Sudan and Afghanistan.  She is a teacher and mentor, developing and providing trainings on a wide range of mediation topics.  She also conducts facilitations and mediations in workplace, public policy and other areas.  She is widely recognized by training participants and colleagues for her thoughtfulness and insight.
Diversity Development – Maria Victoria
WMA recognizes Maria Victoria for diversity development.  Born and raised in Veracruz, México, Maria is an attorney and a professionally trained mediator, deeply committed to help her clients resolve conflict without having to litigate.  Maria has been in practice since 1992.  She was the interim director at the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Washington Law School where she taught family and dependency law.  In addition to serving the Latino community with legal services and bilingual mediations as a bilingual/bicultural attorney, Maria has conducted numerous trainings in bilingual mediation and cultural considerations.  She also organized a meeting with the Mexican Consulate and 15 community based organizations serving the Latino community to present and discuss how mediation can enhance their services.
President’s Award – MJ Redman
WMA recognizes MJ Redman with the President’s Award.  MJ has served on the Board of Directors of WMA since 2005.  During her tenure, she chaired the Qualifications Committee, which handles all aspects of the WMA certification process, and served as Secretary.  MJ is the institutional memory of the Board.  She is the “go to” person for any questions about the organization and the functioning of the Board.  Her devotion of time and attention to detail have been invaluable.  The rest of the Board is thankful for all the years of service she has given to WMA and will miss her greatly.

2013-2014 WMA Board
Welcome to the Board of Directors for 2013-2014. The 2013-2014 Board term begins June 1, 2013.  The Board includes the following returning members:
Jim Pearman (President)
Courtney Kaylor (Past President)
Patricia Shelby (Treasurer)
Sarah Armstrong (Secretary)
Kevin Coonrod (Qualifications Committee)
David Docter (Public Relations Committee)
Samuel Gerszonowicz (Qualifications Committee)
Suzy Martinez (Public Relations Committee)                
Gayle Murdock (Qualifications Committee)
Warren Olson (Public Relations Committee)
Lynsee Swisher (Newsletter and Public Relations Committees)
Linda Waters (Qualifications Committee)
WMA also welcomes its new Board members, who bring a wealth of diverse experience and enthusiasm to the Board:
Lora Brawley.  Lora is a communications trainer, mediation student, positive discipline parent educator and nanny care expert.  She comes to the WMA Board with mediation and business experience.
Caroline Davenport.  Caroline began volunteering with the King County DRC in 2008 and has filled many roles at that organization since that time.  Her previous experience includes 15 years in multiple marketing disciplines for profit and nonfprofit organizations. 

Jackie Kirn.  Jackie is trained in mediation and experienced with negotiation and facilitation of land use and environmental issues.  She brings extensive policy and management experience to the WMA Board.
Kathryn Maly.  Kathryn is an educator, mediator and community organizer.  She taught in public schools for 11 years and now has a private practice collaborating and consulting with educators, their students and families.  

Karen Skantze.  Karen is a practicing attorney with an emphasis on family law matters.  She is in the King County DRC practicum and emphasizes alternative dispute resolution in her practice.
Darcia Tudor.  Darcia is a licensed attorney and mental health professional.  Her practice emphasizes conflict resolution and helping families heal from unexpected or undesired life transitions.
Ryan Vancil.  Ryan provides legal assistance in land use and real property matters to citizens groups, individuals, organizations and local governments.  He is in the King County DRC practicum and participates in numerous organizations and activities relating to land use law and mediation.

Volunteer Mediator Survey
Advancing Dispute Resolution is performing a nationwide survey of volunteer mediators.  That organization invites WMA members who are volunteer mediators to participate.  The survey is at  Please indicate your WMA membership when completing the survey.  This survey is designed to capture volunteer mediators’ expectations and experiences, and to inform the future creation of more responsive and rewarding volunteer opportunities. This 10 minute survey is open to all mediators who have served in a volunteer capacity at least once within the past 12 months. Aggregated, anonymized survey results will be widely shared with entities which provide volunteer opportunities. Those who complete the survey may also request an Executive Summary of its analysis.

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New and Renewing Members and Certifications

Welcome to our new and renewing members: Michael Alder, Richard Caroll, Kevin Cornwell, DRC of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Joyce Ebbert, Samuel Gerszonowicz, Donna Hallock, Helen Jones, PhD, Gary Nacht, Warren Olsen, Lloyd Robinson, Teresa Sisk, Darcia Turdor, Christopher Soelling, David Stewart, Wayt Watterson.
New Certifications: Kathryn Maly
Renewed Certifications: Geniece S. Brown

Upcoming Trainings and Events


The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Washington State Bar Association presents the following event:

       ADR and Policy: Where Alternative Dispute Resolution and Politics Intersect

  • When:  Thursday, May 9, 2013 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Red Lion Downtown Seattle, 1415 5th Ave., Seattle
  • The WSBA ADR Membership Committee presents “ADR and Policy,” the third event in our 2013 series of panel presentation/networking events.
  • Hear about the Fairness Foreclosure Act, Uniform Collaborative Law Act, Uniform Mediation Act, Uniform Arbitration Act, and child parenting mediation, among other legislative topics.
  • Stay and join us for a networking reception immediately following the presentation.
  • Our panelist include: Representative Roger Goodman of the 45th Legislative District  Washington State House of Representative; Commissioner Dennis Cooper Washington Uniform Law Commission; Kathryn Leathers WSBA Legislative Affairs Liaison; Paul McVicker Seattle Law and Mediation, P.S. ADR Section Legislative Committee Chair, Executive Committee Member; Jeff Bean The Bean Law Firm, pllc and Beyond the Courthouse Network ADR Section Past Chair Bruce Neas Columbia Legal Services
  • Cost:  Free
  • Format: one-hour presentation with questions followed by a one-hour networking event with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments (one free wine/beer for ADR Section members).
  • RSVP through the online event page or email Helen Ling at


CADRE presents the following webinar:

  • Meeting Name: A CADRE Webinar – The Mediator’s Mind: Insights from Psychology and   Neuroscience
  • About the Presenter: Professor Richard Birke has taught dispute resolution for more than 15 years, starting his career at Stanford University and coming to Willamette University College of Law in 1993 to teach and direct the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR). He is an award-winning author in the field of dispute resolution, and he has been deeply involved in the practice of ADR.
  • Date: 5/1/13, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM Pacific Time (2:30 PM – 3:45 PM EST)
  • How to join: Please register for the webinar here:
  • After registering you will be sent additional details about how to access the webinar online and via telephone.


Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County Resolution is offering the following training:

  • 40-Hour Professional Mediation Training
  • October 17-19 and October 24-26
  • ·      Each class runs two consecutive weeks: Thursdays, 5 pm to 9 pm and both Friday and Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm.
  • Tuition: Early Bird – $645 check with DRC for date
    Regular Tuition – $695 check with DRC for closing date
  • This 40-hour mediation course is designed to acquaint participants with the philosophy, concepts, process model and specific behavioral skills needed for a working role as a beginning mediator. Master a collaborative, interest-based mediation model that will assist parties in conflict to find mutually agreeable solutions.
  • ·      This is the foundation course for all DRC volunteer mediators. This class is also applicable for legal, mental health, and other professionals to satisfy the Standards for Collaborative Practice by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. CLE and ethics credits available.
  • register online! 40-Hour Mediation Training Spring 2013 | DRC Web Forums 
  • Or, you can call the DRC at 360.698.0968 to register by phone


The Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County  is offering:

  • 40-hour Professional Mediation Training
  • Date: June 17-21, 2013
  • Time: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location: Downtown  Olympia.
  • Registration Fee: The training fee is $625.  Pre-registration is required.
  • Approved for CLE Credit through the Washington State Bar Association (37.5 total credits, including 5.25 ethics credits).
  • Contact: For more information or to register, call 956-1155 or email or visit our website at

Peninsula DRC offers the following:

  • 40-hour Basic Mediation Training.
  • Dates: May 2,3,4 and 5,6,and 7 2013
  • Contact: Karen Brown telephone: 800-452-8024 or e-mail

Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution is offering the following training:

  • Basic Mediation Training
  • July 15-19, 2013  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.
  • Training focuses on teaching the process of mediation, communication skills and conflict dynamics to promote peaceful and constructive approaches to conflict and it’s resolution
  • Registration fee $700 or $650 Early Bird, check web site below for date   
  • Group discounts available
  • 37.75 CLE credits, 37.5 Clock hour credits
  • Location: 738 Broadway, Suite 400, Tacoma WA 98402
  • For more information, visit our website: or call 253-572-3657

Seattle Federal Executive Board Mediation/ADR Consortium presents 12th Annual Training Conference “Workplace Mediation”

  • Date: April 30, 2013 (8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.)
  • WhereNOAA Facility, Bldg 9 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
  • Cost: $100
  • Who: Mediators, Managers, Anyone Interested in Dispute Resolution

        Please join us for training and discussion on the following topics:

  • Workplace Mediation (Where are we now?), Stephanie Bell, Asst. Director Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • Co-Mediation and Group Mediation, Karen Civitate, ADR Specialist, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA
  • Trust in the Workplace – How to Build it, Maintain it, and Repair it when it is Broken, Kim Axelrod, Training & Workplace Coordinator, DRC Snohomish & Island Counties
  • Workplace Mediation Panel- Interactive w/audience, Moderator: Gayle Murdoch. Panel: LaDessa Croucher, Gary Hattal, Dane Keehn, Ann McBroom, Tom Melancon
  • Coaching toward Self-Determination, Betsy BeMiller, Principal, Workplace Resolutions LLC


Whatcom County DRC is offering the following training:

  • Professional Mediation Training: This intensive 40-hour course is designed for professionals and others who are interested in developing mediation and conflict resolution skills. Participants will learn the eight-stage mediation model, conflict theory and styles, mediator communication skills, and principles of conflict resolution. Combining theory and practice, students will also participate in mock mediations and receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Continuing Education and CLE Credits may also be available.
  • Six sessions:  Fall of 2013, October 17-19 & 24-26.
  • Times: Wednesdays 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Thursdays/Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Class fee: $595
  • Location:  Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, 13 Prospect Street, Suite 201 Bellingham, WA 98225
  • Contact: to be added to an email list for updates. Download this flier for more info. (link).
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