- 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, 2018.
- 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, 2018.
- 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, 2018.
- Ballots cast after 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2018 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 2, 2018.
- In the unlikely event that a quorum has not been obtained on or before October 15, 2018, SCMA will send an email announcing that the election will be extended until 12:00 p.m. on October 25, 2018.
- There are four (4) open positions for the Board of Directors and one (1) 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 four (4) candidates for the open Director positions and one (1) for the President-Elect.
- Thank you for your vote and your support of SCMA!
After five years as a SCMA member I came onto the SCMA Board in December of 2017 to serve out the term of another board member. I currently serve as the chair of the Membership Committee, as the co-lead for the South Bay PDG, and I have been active in teaming on SCMA events throughout the year.
I retired in December of 2015 after thirty-six years in Human Resources for the Boeing Company. During my tenure I managed all aspects of the Human Resources function at the plant site level.
I currently provide pro bono mediation for Small Claims court, Unlawful Detainer court, and on employment matters with the EEOC. I also serve as a board member on my local homeowners association and participate on a softball team throughout the year.
I received my BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1977, Masters in Labor & Industrial Relations from Michigan State in 1979, and a post graduate certificate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from CS Dominguez Hills in 2015.
I have enjoyed my time gaining experience on the board this past year and would consider it an honor and a privilege to continue serving you as the President-Elect.
Board Of Director Candidates:
Terri Breer (Incumbent)
I have enjoyed the past 3 years as an SCMA Board Member. During my term I was able to participate on the Planning Committee for three annual Fall Conferences, had the privilege of chairing the inaugural Family Mediation Institute in Orange County as well as planning other Orange County SCMA programs, and I participated on the Communications and SCMA Programs Committees. During my first term as a Board Member there were some major administrative changes that occurred in the day to day operations of the SCMA. We updated and improved our website and our accounting practices. Our President, Jack White implemented Strategic Planning by contracting with a professional firm that specializes in helping non-profit organizations maximize their potential. We continued to see more growth in our Professional Development Groups and Mentorship programs. Because SCMA has such a wide variety of professional development opportunities and programs there is much to learn about SCMA. I have needed the previous three years to become an effective Board Member familiar with all the committees and administrative parts and pieces of the SCMA. I am running for a second Board term so that I can contribute more to SCMA as an experienced and informed Board Member. I want to continue to contribute my time and support to the growth of SCMA‘s Orange County outreach and membership. I also feel I will be able to contribute more to the strategic planning and administrative improvements that SCMA will continue to make in the future. I hope to promote the Voluntary Mediator Certification Initiative by continuing to support the Mediator Certification Consortium of California (MC3) headed by SCMA‘s current President, Jack Goetz and past-President Barbara Brown, and to fully support the SCMA Education Foundation “Kids Managing Conflict” headed by Sally Patchen. I also hope to provide my support to next year‘s President, Angela Reddock-Wright as she takes over for Jack next year. It would be an honor to continue to serve as an SCMA Board Member for a second term.
Susan Guthrie (Incumbent)
As a family law attorney and mediator for almost 30 years, I am very aware of the importance of a strong and supportive community when establishing and maintaining a professional mediation practice. When I relocated to Southern California a few years ago, SCMA provided me with the support and assistance that I needed to begin a new practice and I am passionate about helping SCMA helping to spread the word about our wonderful organization and to help SCMA present high-quality events and conferences for the benefit of our members. To that end, I am grateful to have had the chance to serve as the Chairman of SCMA‘s Communications Committee from last year to the present, as well as serving on the Planning Committee that presented the inaugural Family Mediation Institute this year. In addition to those roles, I am honored to have been given the opportunity to fill a vacated seat and serve on the Board of Directors of SCMA for the past several months. As SCMA moves forward and continues to be the leading organization for professional mediators, I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve and assist the membership as a member of the Board of Directors.
I am Peggy Barnes. My background is as a MSW Social Worker. I have also done considerable volunteer work in the field of human rights and with many programs addressing community problems. I have been recognized for contributions to the nation by two U.S. presidents.
I became a mediator in 2005. My main experience as a neutral has been as a mediator for the USPS and TSA doing EEO and employment mediations plus as a CalHFA hearing officer doing eviction hearings. I was one of the first 100 members of the International Mediation Institute.
My main volunteer activities as a mediator have been as mediator for LA County Consumer Affairs, mediator for Centinela Youth Services and facilitator for Days of Dialogue Community-Police facilitations for the Institute of Nonviolence in Los Angeles.
I have been a member of SCMA since 2005 and am a member of the Speakers Bureau. I believe I would bring a unique viewpoint to the Board and would be interested in working with the Speakers Bureau and/or Membership. I would be honored to receive your vote.
I believe my knowledge and experience would significantly benefit the SCMA Board. Having been a CEO, COO and CFO, I would bring a hands-on business perspective to fostering the sound growth of SCMA. My career started as an early adapter of large computer systems well before they became common place as today. Thereafter, I became a management consultant for a foremost accounting firm at which I earned a CPA. The senior management positions referred to followed. I have a BSEE from U of W and MBA from USC. The know how acquired from these roles has provided me an understanding of vital financial matters which would profit our organization.
Upon semi-retiring, our company attorneys urged me to consider mediation. Their advice was perceptive. Following training courses at AAA I was accepted as a mediator at the Mosk Unlawful Detainer Court where I have successfully resolved numerous cases. I am an active member of the SCMA Public Outreach Committee and have been a “lay” arbitrator on several fee dispute panels for LACBA.
I look forward to working with the officers and other board members to enhance our Association for the benefit of all members.
I am Joseph Jeong and I would like to run for the SCMA Board of Directors. My goals are to advocate the benefits of mediation and become an ambassador for SCMA to execute its mission to promote community awareness of the mediation process.
I bring with me over 16 years of experience in legal and finance. I currently work as a Senior Vice President at First Bank. My role requires developing business strategies to execute corporate strategic goals. Prior to this, I held advisory and risk management roles for Bank of America, Citibank, and City National Bank.
I am also the president of Gould Dispute Resolution Society at USC Law School where I received my certificate in ADR and will be achieving LLM in ADR this fall.
I completed my undergraduate studies at UCSD and obtained my law degree from Southwestern Law School in 2012.
My wife and I live in La Canada/Flintridge with our two children. I provide pro bono legal services to the local residents who are in need of legal services but are unable to afford them.
I greatly appreciate your time for reviewing my interest in running for the Board position.
I joined SCMA seven years ago as a young and inexperienced mediator. Since then, I have seen SCMA grow as a professional organization, and its resources and members have strengthened both my skills as a mediator and my practice. I consider myself privileged that I have reaped the benefits from this organization, and if elected to the Board, I would use my position to help others maximize the value of their membership. While I would certainly encourage all members to utilize the opportunities provided to donate their time and skills to volunteer programs, I would also like to help members find the best opportunities to be paid for their skills. I began practicing as a litigator 15 years ago, but I found that the most rewarding experience was working to resolve cases and find unique solutions. That is why I became a mediator. Since then, I have found the most satisfaction in seeing people with problems realize that someone is listening to them and working with them (and not against them). As a Board member, I want to be someone who listens to all members and molds SCMA into an organization that reflects all members‘ goals and concerns.
My name is Kelly Morford, I am the founder of Trust ME: Mediation & Estate Organizers, a practice focused on the needs of individuals and families navigating the often bumpy road of estate management.
I spent 24 years in acute hospital administration sales and contract negotiations before pursuing my long-time goal of offering non-litigated options for family estate disputes.
I have a B.S. in Education and a M.A .in Behavioral Science: Negotiations & Conflict Management. I am a professional organizer with a specialty in organizing ‘Life Transitions‘.
I am an active associate member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California, a member of the Association of Conflict Resolution and the National Association for Professional Organizers and Productivity Professionals.
I have served as a senior healthcare advocate, a member of the collegiate peer mediation group at CSDHU and recently completed SCMA‘s mentorship program. I am currently a member of SCMA‘s membership committee.
Since joining SCMA a year ago, I have gained comfort in witnessing first hand that SCMA is not about a pre-packaged description of mediation or those who practice it. As an organization, SCMA not only accepts the differences of mediators, but truly encourages and stands behind its position that not all mediators look alike.
I would consider it an honor to join the SCMA Board and continue to support and encourage the professional growth of all ‘out of the box‘ mediators.
I am an attorney and mediator specializing in employment law and international law and negotiations. I was Managing Partner of Spoors & Sienski, and served as General Counsel for several Southern California companies. After 28 years as a litigator, I have been transitioning into mediation. I am a mediator/conciliator for the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. I am the founder of the Institute for Mixed Method Mediation and author of the upcoming book Mixed Method Mediation: A Hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution. I have mediated conflicts involving: employment discrimination, wrongful termination, family law, consumer debt, landlord/tenant, and real estate. I also serve on the Public Outreach Committee for SCMA.
I received my B.S. in Business/Finance from CSU-Fresno; my J.D. and L.LM. from McGeorge School of Law, the latter in conjunction with the University of Salzburg, Austria; Mary Culbert‘s 40 – hour mediation training at Loyola Law School; Dan Simon‘s Transformative Mediation training; and Harvard Business School‘s Certificate in Negotiation Mastery.
I will provide SCMA with my time, energy, and over four decades of experience in the legal and conflict resolution community. I believe strongly in the unification of mediators from all professional backgrounds in reaching our common goals.