Professional Details

Karen L. Vermillion
Senior MediatorSenior MediatorSenior Mediator

Vermillion Mediation and Facilitation Services

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N5827 Old Lake Road
Shawano, WI 54166


Description of Practice

Karen is a mediator with multiple sources of experience transforming complex disputes into mutually beneficial outcomes. Karen is available for mediations, meeting and workshop facilitation, and conversation coaching. Her subject-matter expertise includes environmental, and the cultural and technical intersections of fee and tribal trust land. This includes extensive inter-governmental relations work at the boundary of tribal, state, and community.

Professional Background

Karen focuses her time and energy working with clients, helping them address their concerns and meet their interests. Her most recent employer was the University of Wisconsin Extension where she worked for nearly seven years as a Community and Natural Resources Development Outreach Specialist. In this position, she designed, developed, and delivered educational programs and technical projects, primarily within the Menominee County/Nation - strengthening diverse networks of individuals, organizations, and communities using targeted outreach and organizational development strategies and approaches. Specifically, Karen has extensive experience facilitating trans-cultural communication and collaborative efforts between tribal and non-tribal entities. She has worked extensively with Wisconsin tribes, and tribes throughout the Great Lakes Basin, to include individual tribal members, governmental agencies, departments and non-governmental organizations. In her position as aquatic biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Karen gained extensive assessment and monitoring experience, designing and implementing water resources research and monitoring plans, and collection activities. As Environmental Section Leader for Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Karen technically assisted tribes with environmental issues of concern in ceded territory, reported to tribes on the status of issues affecting treaty resources, and developed contaminant temporal and spatial monitoring programs for inland lakes and Lake Superior fisheries.


Karen's expertise includes conversation coaching, facilitation, and mediation. Karen also has decades of experience in trans-cultural (tribal/non-tribal) relations. She is a "Partner Member on the Native Dispute Resolution Network of the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, US EPA Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution."


Masters of Science, Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies, Woodbury Institute, Champlain College; Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin - Madison; Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction License (1987-2013)


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2007    Woodbury College    Masters in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies
2007    Marshall Rosenberg    NonViolent Communication
2008    WAM    Annual Conference
2009    ACR    Annual Conference
2008-2014    UW Extension    Numerous trainings


Karen practices an interest-based approach to her work, seamlessly employing transformative, facilitative, evaluative, and restorative approaches throughout mediation, invisibly guiding the parties through their conversation so as to be heard and understood.


Provided upon request.

Areas of Practice

  • Cross Cultural
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • General
  • Government
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Native American
  • Natural Resources
  • Organizational

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator