- 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 1, 2017.
- 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 1, 2017.
- 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 1, 2017.
- Ballots cast after 4:00 p.m. on October 1, 2017 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 October 20, 2017.
- In the unlikely event that a quorum has not been obtained on or before October 1, 2017, SCMA will send an email announcing that the election will be extended until 12:00 p.m. on October 10, 2017.
- 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!
Angela J. Reddock-Wright
I would count it an honor to serve as President-Elect of SCMA. I have been a member of SCMA for over five years and have been progressively involved each year. After participating in the SCMA Mentor program in 2015, with the blessing and support of the organization, I started the SCMA South Bay Professional Development group which has operated successfully since the Spring of 2016. I also was asked, and accepted the opportunity, to coordinate the SCMA Employment Law Institute in 2016 and 2017. I have served on the SCMA Board for one term and during this term, have chaired the SCMA Development Committee and have been a part of team helping to re-establish SCMA’s Court Mediation Program in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Courts. On the Development Committee, our chief goal has been to establish a long-term framework and infrastructure for raising funds for SCMA and the many great programs we do, including our Annual Conference.
SCMA has afforded me many great opportunities as a mediator. I see my work with SCMA as my opportunity to give back to our mediation community. I enjoy serving and welcome the opportunity to continue serving. As President-Elect, I would work with the SCMA President and leadership team to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of SCMA, and to continue building on the great legacy of the leaders that came before us.
Board Of Director Candidates:
My name is Pashtana Abedi and I’m writing to submit as a nominee to serve on the SCMA Board. Nourishing and facilitating seamless transmissions of information is of great value to me, and is reflected throughout my work. After earning my master’s degree from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, I started my own mediation practice, Abedi Dispute Resolution (ADR), which is a result of my enthusiasm for peaceful conflict management and resolution. Paying attention to detail with diligence and effecting proper communication measures is my passion.
I believe that my experiences coupled with my deep appreciation for conflict resolution makes me a qualified candidate for the position. I know how to share information with clarity, and how to encourage parties to allow for constructive, authentic exchanges. Being successful at such tasks require patience and a positive attitude. I’m eager to learn, to apply old and new knowledge, and to create understanding anywhere I can. It would be an honor to be immersed in an environment in which I can have a hand in furthering our common goal of making dispute resolution available on a grand scale. I’m optimistic that my dedication to the position will bear beneficial fruit.
Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
I am an accomplished educator, leader, and diversity & dispute resolution professional with 22+ years’ experience in the public and private sectors. My interest in mediation and dispute resolution began in 2008 with my studies. I quickly realized how I could leverage these skills to advise clients on cultural issues, diversity & inclusion strategies and cultural intelligence. I am interested in serving on the SCMA Board in order to make an impact in our community and give back. This position will give me an opportunity to share knowledge and to broaden my network. I would like to share my unique background and expertise to help enrich the skills and professional practices of our members. I am a Lecturer with University of North Texas and serve as CEO for CulturalCo focusing in areas of competitive intelligence, emotional and cultural intelligence, and conflict resolution. My undergrad is in Management and International Business, my masters degrees are in Legal Informatics (MLS), Strategic Management (MBA) and Dispute Resolution (MDR). At Pepperdine University, I completed my Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with my dissertation focusing on cultural intelligence in law firm libraries. I welcome the opportunity to serve you and work with you.
Mark A. Lemke
I am running for a seat on the SCMA Board because the SCMA has been instrumental in building my practice, and I want to give back to this group & its members. My aim is to ramp up our programming and networking events to meet the many and varied needs of our members, whether commercial mediators, community mediators, academics, budding businesspeople, and those looking to foster dialogue in our increasingly polarized times.
I have a foot in the Commercial field through my private mediation practice, the Community field through my service to the County, the Academic field as an Adjunct for Pepperdine’s Straus Institute, and the Government field through my service on panels for the EEOC, Central District, and Court of Appeal. I am also a member of the LA County Bar and Beverly Hills Bar Association panels. My service to SCMA includes the Speaker’s Bureau, Membership Committee, and Annual Conference Committee. I will also be presenting at the upcoming Annual Conference. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of you through the SCMA’s many events, and PDGs. And I’m a graduate of the SCMA Mentorship Program.
I look forward to bringing my ideas, drive, and commitment to representing each of you to the SCMA Board.
Dear Colleagues and Friends: I respectfully submit this statement in support of my nomination and candidacy to become a member of SCMA’s Board of Directors in 2018.
I have aspired to be a mediator for more than a decade, and I have been actively mediating for more than 5 years. With the support of my business Partner and the dedication of our team, I have been able to focus my practice on not only providing mediation services, but also representing both plaintiffs and insured defendants. Thus, I am very familiar with the interests that are in play for each “side,” allowing me to advance and develop both as an advocate and as a mediator. If elected to the SCMA Board of Directors, I will bring my diverse knowledge and experience to the decision-making table.
I am grateful to have had many mentors throughout my career who have provided me with sage advice and valuable guidance. I attribute much of my career to them. Having been mentored, and having also served as a mentor, I strongly value mentorship as a concept and as applied. Since earlier this year, I have had the privilege of Co-Chairing SCMA’s Mentorship Program. It has been a most rewarding experience to assist aspiring mediators to start their own mediation practices. My goal in participating in SCMA’s Mentorship Program has been to inspire and empower, provide access to information and experience, and to play a positive role in the advancement of others.
As an SCMA Board member, I want to continue my active involvement in the Mentorship Program, and I am motivated to also become involved in the Professional Development Groups, both as a participant and as part of the leadership team.
I continue to build my personal and professional lives based on positivity, diplomacy, peacemaking, and being of service to others. My participation and involvement as a Board member will be based on the same principles.
I hope that I can gain your vote, earn your trust, and serve our organization. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
I’m seeking election for a second term as a member of the Board of Directors of Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA). I have served as a board member since January 2015. Given the opportunity, my goal for the second term is to expand the presence of SCMA in San Diego County.
My journey in dispute resolution started in 1987 with the development of the civil arbitration program for the Sacramento Superior Court, which evolved to include mediation as a part of the ADR program. My transition from “litigator” to “neutral” commenced in 1999 and was complete by 2002, which coincided with my relocating to San Diego County. My membership in SCMA spans a decade. In 2009-10, I worked in collaboration with SCMA reduce the LA Sup. Ct. civil case back log by mediating civil cases.
I’ve written and lectured on negotiation techniques (e.g., The Art of Negotiation; Secrets of Successful Negotiation; Rethinking Negotiation Strategy) and served as a neutral in over eight hundred litigated cases. My dispute resolution skill-set was forged in the crucible of thirty five years as a litigator and burnished by over two hundred hours of mediator training.
I began my second career in 1999 when, following studies in arbitration and dispute review board, I found my way into mediation. I’ve provided service through L.A. Superior Courts (former ADR panel) CAMP, DRS, CYS/City of Hawthorne, ACMAS (L.A.County Bar) and private mediations in my areas of business expertise (design, architecture, construction and related).
Having joined SCMA 10 years ago, serving on the Board of Directors was farthest from my mind. With encouragement from within a “Study Group” (now PDG) I began what is today known as Public Outreach Committee, now headed into its fourth successful year. Through that entity we are hoping to, among many goals, create opportunities that expand beyond volunteer positions for mediators. Having had the opportunity this past year to serve on your Board as Secretary, I’m hoping to be able to continue and use my acquired knowledge of our organization to assist SCMA to grow and be more influential in communities, more effective for the membership through new and innovative programs, and encourage participation through the passion we all have for mediation.