I am a trained and certified Equity-informed Mediator. I offer mediation services for families, teens, elders, businesses, and community members. My background spans across a wide range of grassroots experience, all of which has laid a foundation of solid and open-minded professionalism in the field of alternative dispute resolution. My style is forthright and sincere; I create a balance between forward movement and equanimity. Of utmost importance to me is respectful listening, positive intent, and helpful communication, qualities I personally practice and encourage in my clients.
I have successfully mediated numerous difficult situations; successfully means that I have entered into profoundly challenging disputes and afforded the parties a chance to be heard, validated, and negotiated with. I do not push for results but rather assist parties in making their way to their own individual, mutually-agreeable resolution. Some cases I have recently worked successfully on pertain to workplace conflict, Trust fund contract negotiations, sibling disputes, and small-large family disputes.
This work is incredibly inspiring, and yet, so few seem to know about or fully understand the scope of mediation. I truly aspire to lend a hand to the momentum guiding alternative dispute resolution through my continued dedication to mediation, my award-winning writing, my volunteer efforts in local dispute centers, and my commitment to continued training/education.
I have received over 140 hrs of mediation training and have led workshops for the Oregon Mediation Association’s annual conference. In addition to mediation, I have worked with children and their families for many years as a Family Support Specialist and a trainer of conflict resolution within Special Education meetings. I am an award-winning children’s book author, and have experience as a K-8 private school teacher and co-counselor in a bereavement program for adults and kids. I have a BA from the University of NH, and have had over ten years of intensive study and training in Tibetan meditation. I’ve been teaching meditation since 2012 and have fostered a profoundly neutral and understanding life-view. All of my professional background has afforded me the ability to face conflicts without fear with an enthusiasm for creative problem solving.
My approach to dispute resolution lies in my ability to recognize and bring balance to power differentials as a way to work toward equity. I have a strong belief that no one is wholly right or wrong, but when working within power imbalances, it is important to bring attention and reparations to harm done. It is crucial to center the conversation on the impact of (intentional or unintentional) harm done before moving on to the intent behind the harm. I believe that there is validity to each person’s perspective, primarily because their view stems from an experience of the conflict unique to them. I do not presume to know what any of my clients have experienced. Approaching mediation from that understanding allows my clients to feel heard and respected, and ready to move forward with willingness to resolving their issues outside of court.
BA- University of NH
$108.00 per hour, including case development and administrative hours
$35.00 per hour for travel time