- Before marking your ballot, please review each of the Candidate’s Statements below and consider your vote carefully. The election of the President-Elect is an independent election, separate and apart from the election of the Directors at Large. Please be sure to complete all sections of the ballot.
- You may cast your vote in any of the following four 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, 2016.
- 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, 2016.
- 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, 2016.
- Ballots cast after 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2016 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 Annual Conference Kick-Off Dinner Reception on November 4, 2016.
- In the unlikely event that a quorum has not been obtained on or before October 15, 2016, SCMA will send an email announcing that the election will be extended until 12:00 p.m. on October 31, 2016.
- There are five (5) open positions for the Board of Directors and one for President-Elect.
- To vote, please click either “Yes,” No” or “Abstain” underneath each candidate’s name. You may vote “Yes” for a maximum of five candidates for the open Director positions and one for the President-Elect.
- Thank you for your vote and your support of SCMA!
I am committed to the SCMA community and look forward to serving the membership further by assisting Jason Harper in his role as President for 2017. As the Secretary to the Board, Chair of the SCMA Business Committee on Voluntary Mediator Certification, and Co-chair of the SCMA Membership Committee during the past year, I have assisted in expanding programs for membership and increasing SCMA’s sphere of influence in mediation. Despite our success, there is continued work to be done. 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 current role as Associate Director for ADR Programs at USC Gould School of Law. Additionally, I continue to serve 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 Superior Court. As your Vice-President, I will continue to try to educate the community on matters important to SCMA membership and work to ensure that SCMA’s voice on matters concerning mediation statewide will be heard.
Board Of Director Candidates:
JAMES K. CAMERON
Greetings, esteemed fellow SCMA Members – I am Jim Cameron in Encino, and I am asking for your support so that I can serve on the Board of Directors of our fine organization. I have had the privilege and pleasure of serving this year as the Leader of the San Fernando Valley Professional Development Group, as well as of attending many of our MCLE programs and other events over the past several years. I even had the honor of making my made-for-television debut (albeit a very short one) in SCMA’s public service announcement, filmed earlier this year by the Outreach Committee. Through all of these activities, I have come to appreciate the high personal and professional quality of our members. I would like to repay what our organization and its members have given me by serving on its Board.
I would bring to this job nearly four decades of experience in the legal community, as well as considerable experience on numerous Bar Association and non-profit boards, both in Southern California and in the Bay Area. I understand the spirit of generous volunteerism which must accompany service on any board of directors, and happily would commit to serving here with that energy and dedication if elected. I have a particular passion for education, training and public information, and would hope to lend my talents and energies to the Board’s activities in some or all of those areas. I believe that my colleagues on other boards would tell you that I am a strong collaborator and problem solver who nonetheless is not afraid to speak his mind if he perceives things are going in the wrong direction. I thank you for this opportunity to ask for your vote when ballots arrive in your inbox.
There are several reasons why I am running for a position on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Mediation Association. First and foremost, I am a very strong supporter and promoter of mediation, as many already know from the Professional Development Groups. As an experienced Commercial Mediator, I take great pride in the accomplishments of our profession and also acknowledge the need to expand awareness of what we do.
Through various non-profits I have made great strides in promoting our profession, however, it’s organizations like the SCMA that have the momentum and wherewithal to expand awareness of mediation and help mediators grow and improve their practices. I plan to reach out further to the public, attorneys, and other organizations, about the benefits of mediation and organizations such as the SCMA. I wish to continue working on those goals through the SCMA and its Board of Directors, which is why I ask for your support. The past and current leaders of the SCMA have laid the foundation and paved a wonderful path for others to follow. I plan on honoring those accomplishments by not only continuing their work, but also by expanding on what they have created. As a Board Member of the SCMA I can be even more effective in representing and supporting our mediation community. Thank you.
MARK A. LEMKE
I am writing to apply to the SCMA Board. I joined the SCMA as a student, since attended many excellent events, including the SFV PDG, and recently completed the SCMA Mentorship program. Now, I am eager to give back.
I bring a significant diversity of experience, completing my LL.M. with the Straus Institute. I work in both the Community sphere (through DRPA-provider LA County Department of Consumer & Business Affairs), and the Commercial sphere (with my own practice). I serve as a panel mediator for the LA County Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Court of Appeals, and Central District Court. I help train the next generation of mediators as Adjunct Mediation Clinic Supervisor for Straus, and through my work with USC’s fine students. In my spare time, I serve as a Temporary Judge.
I bring diversity of background as a first-generation Mexican American, and open member of the LGBT community. I bring nearly 20 years of Board experience for the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. I also served as Chair of the Multi-Cultural Bar Association (an umbrella organization consisting of 19 women and minority bar associations in greater Los Angeles). From these, I’ve learned a bit about good governance, the value of listening, and the power of consensus.
I am a big booster for the SCMA, to co-workers, students, and prospective mentees. I hope to build upon my work for the SCMA as a member of the Board.
ANGELA J. REDDOCK-WRIGHT
I would count it an honor to serve on the SCMA Board. I have been a member of SCMA since 2012 and within the last year, have completed the SCMA Mentoring program and participated in the SCMA public service video. I also helped organize and facilitated the 2016 SCMA Annual Employment Mediation Institute and started the SCMA South Bay Professional Development Group.
I am a 20 year practicing employment and labor law attorney, mediator and arbitrator, with my own law firm in downtown Los Angeles. I also am an Instructor in the UCLA Extension Human Resources Certification program, and an independent, third-party investigator, focusing on workplace and Title IX investigations.
I am a member of the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel, the American Arbitration Association of Mediators and Arbitrators, and the United States District Court Mediation Panel. I also have served as a volunteer with the courts. I also am a member of the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and am active in the Association of Workplace Investigators.
Among other honors, in 2010, I was named by the Daily Journal as a “Top California Employment Lawyer” and have consistently been named a Southern California Super Lawyer since 2011.
In addition to the practice of law, I am active in the greater Los Angeles community and have served on numerous public sector and non-profit boards focused on access and opportunities for small businesses, women, individuals with disabilities, and people of diverse backgrounds.
Thank you for considering my candidacy for the SCMA Board. I hope to have the opportunity to serve the members of this great organization.
I am a lawyer and an ADR practitioner and educator based in San Diego. Since 2012, I have been an active SCMA member and a strong supporter of the organization given the important role I believe it plays in bringing together like-minded ADR professionals and advancing our profession.
For the past few months, I have had the honor of serving as an interim SCMA Board member. I have enjoyed assisting the Board with the design and implementation of quality educational, professional and networking opportunities that meet the interests of our membership. With the opportunity to continue serving as your Board member, I would like to build Professional Development Group participation, run innovative SCMA programs, grow membership and expand the SCMA presence in San Diego.
To my Board seat I bring not only my passion for conflict resolution and desire to further SCMA’s mission, but a broad range of professional experience that I believe can be an asset to the SCMA community. I am an ADR panelist with the San Diego Superior Court and the West Coast Resolution Group and a trainer in mediation and conflict resolution with the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC). Additionally, I serve as the legislative liaison for the San Diego County Bar Association to the California Law Revision Commission (CLRC) on issues related to mediation.
I am looking forward to continuing my work as an SCMA Board member and invite your support in this election. Together, we can grow SCMA’s influence and reputation as an industry leading organization committed to its members, the broader community and the promotion of mediation
I have spent over 20 years in banking, real estate and entertainment as a finance planner, market analyst, accountant, and adviser for merger/acquisitions, and distribution contracts. I became a mediator in 2012.
Since then, I have actively participated in our community’s movement toward self-definition, professionalization, and professional recognition:
- I organized an SCMA convention panel featuring real estate developers, public and non-profit officials to identify dispute resolution needs for developers, and opportunities for mediators.
- I presented at the World Mediation Summit on the local challenges and opportunities mediators face in the Southern California marketplace.
- I participated in the SCMA mentorship program.
These experiences have helped shape my intentions for participation on the SCMA board. These are:
- Internship opportunities. Building on the SCMA mentorship program, internships allow SCMA to provide further career development support, while creating an additional draw to the organization.
- Professional certification. I will actively support our professional certification initiative, which will in turn expand recognition, and create opportunities for mediators.
I believe we are at a moment of opportunity for SCMA and for mediation. We come from diverse backgrounds, but tend to share a level of consistency in our commitments. I would like to contribute to our collective development.