- Mark your Ballot after reading the candidate statements below and considering your vote carefully. Please note that the election of the President Elect is an independent election apart from the election of the Directors at Large. Please complete all sections of the ballot.
- You may cast your vote in one of four different ways:
- By using the online ballot located below.
- By printing the ballot and faxing back to the SCMA Office at (866) 441-1810. The ballot must be received [as confirmed by the fax receipt] by 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2015.
- By printing the ballot, scanning and attaching to an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ballot must be received [as confirmed by reply email] by no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2015.
- By printing the ballot and mailing back to the SCMA Office at PO Box 3205, Huntington Beach, CA 92605. The ballot must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2015.
- Ballots cast after 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2015 will NOT be counted if the total ballots cast by that time are sufficient in number to constitute a quorum. If a quorum is obtained, the names of the new board members will be announced at the opening session of the annual conference.
- In the unlikely event that a quorum has not been met on or before October 15, 2015, as described above, SCMA will announce electronically that the election will be extended until 12:00 p.m. on November 1, 2015. The names of the new board members will then be announced in the closing session of the annual conference.
- A total of 34 (10%) of all valid ballots [those that have been timely and completed in compliance with the above instructions] are needed to constitute a quorum of the 340 members of record as of Tuesday, September 15, 2015 to elect the Board of Directors and President Elect.
- There are four (4) positions open for Board of Directors and one for President-Elect. You may vote for up to four candidates for the open Director spots and one for the President-Elect. Thank you for your vote and support of your association!
2015 Board Elections Ballot
I have been a member of both the SCMA Board of Directors and the SCMA Education Foundation Board of Directors since 2013. Prior to joining the Board, I served on both the SCMA Communications and Programs Committees.
In addition to mediation, I am an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) consultant and trainer. Most notably, I’m the ADR Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, providing mediation and conflict resolution services to 12 school districts and 22 charter schools. I have also provided mediation and conflict resolution trainings for the Western Justice Center and the International Visitors Council, training adults from over twenty different countries.
I earned a Masters degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills and completed mediation training at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
My mediation practice represents a bit of the diversity in our mediation community and it would be an honor to assist in providing educational offerings as well as professional and social networking opportunities to this great community we have in SCMA.
Board Of Director Candidates:
For the last few years, I have regularly volunteered to mediate eviction, small claims court, and community mediations. Along the way, I have presented mediation training programs for the Center for Civic Mediation and the Center for Conflict Resolution. On May 15, I was privileged to receive the Honorable Benjamin Aranda Outstanding Public Service Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association for service to the Center for Civic Mediation.
This record shows my strong belief in community mediations and in court mediations where one or both sides of a case are unrepresented, even though I was a litigation attorney for more than 25 years before I became a mediator (and mostly mediate litigated cases).
I believe the focus of SCMA should be on providing opportunities for mediators to polish their skills through training and mentoring; on connecting mediators with their colleagues for educational, networking, and social opportunities; and on helping mediators to find ways to practice what they love professionally.
As a member of the SCMA Board, I want to advocate for our members’ interests, innovate to make the Association’s programs even more effective, and grow its size and influence.
I would be honored to join the SCMA Board and further SCMA’s mission of promoting mediation as the preferred process for dispute resolution. As a Board Member and immediate past chair of the OCBA-ADR Section I would work to generate a greater SCMA membership base in Orange County. I also hope to continue to pursue my passion for dispute resolution and benefit from the wisdom of my peers, and the experience afforded me as an SCMA Board Member. I have been practicing law and mediation in Orange County for thirty years. I have mediated hundreds of family law disputes, including divorce, custody, property division, pre-marital agreements, domestic partnerships and more recently I provide elder mediation services. My focus has always been to assist families keeping their legal disputes out of court, reduce the conflict in relationships and to create positive change in the midst of conflict
I would welcome an opportunity to serve on the Board. To SCMA, I would bring my extensive experience in both Mediation and Non-Profit Management. Certainly I’m an experienced Mediator. I’ve been on the AAA Panel since 1992. I was DRPA Certified a few years later. Regularly I am asked to work with ADR students at CalWestern, USC, and Chapman. At UCI, I helped the Law and Business Schools and the National Mock Trial Programs. Most recently, I helped an International ADR Program.. But, I have also been on the Board of Directors of several Non-Profit organizations. I currently serve on the Board of the California Dispute Resolution Council. Other Non-Profit Organizations where I have served on the Board of Directors include: OneOC (Points of Light Foundation), California Avocado Commission, UCI Alumni Association and the Irvine Incubation Center. If offered an opportunity to serve, I believe that I would be able to work with the other members of the Board to identify practical opportunities to advance the cause of Mediation. I would hope that, based on my experience, others would place their trust in my candidacy. I want to thank you for your consideration.
I have been a SCMA member for the last decade, and am committed to the SCMA community. Previously I served on the Board of the SCMA Education Foundation and have been co-chair of the SCMA Committee on Voluntary Mediator Certification. I believe in creating more opportunity for mediators by elevating the education and training standards so that we more closely resemble other respected fields. I aspire to help create a world where the public is as likely to call a mediator when disputes erupt as they are a lawyer. Most of you know me as an educator, developing the skills of hundreds of mediators through programs on the Cal State campuses, CAMP-CCR, and in my new consultant role at USC Gould School of Law. Additionally, I have served the public in my role as a member of the State Bar ADR Committee, as Vice-Chair for the Attorney Client Mediation and Arbitration Services for LACBA, and as a mediator for the Ventura and Los Angeles Superior Court, earning the last ADR Volunteer of the Year award for the latter in 2012. As a Board member, I will work to ensure that SCMA’s voice on matters concerning mediation statewide will be heard.
It’s been a privilege serving on the SCMA Board of Directors this past year. I’ve enjoyed contributing to the Board’s agenda by leading the Westside Professional Development Group, helping to drive the activities of the Business Outreach Subcommittee, and supporting the SCMA’s strategic planning and implementation. The growing Westside Professional Development Group, in particular, has been a source of pride as participants benefit from roundtable discussions on Open Forum nights, and enjoy inspirational Guest Speaker events, such as the popular Special Evening with Ken Cloke: Perspectives on Cuba.
Looking forward, I’m excited for what the SCMA will accomplish and my role in that success. With the Board’s leadership and forward thinking, the SCMA will continue to serve its membership and the broader community with excellence by expanding the depth and breadth of its offerings.
But like any organization, leadership is only part of the equation. The SCMA’s success has been, and always will be, a leading association because of its entire membership body. We’re a powerful group of thought leaders and passionate practitioners dedicated to advancing ourselves and the field of dispute resolution. I’m grateful to associate with peers who share the vision of a more peaceful tomorrow.