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Online or email ballots must be completed and received no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Ballots sent in by regular mail must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2019.
Ballots cast after 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 2019 will not be counted if the total ballots cast by that time are sufficient in number to constitute a quorum. In the unlikely event that a quorum has not been obtained on or before October 15, 2019, SCMA will send an email announcing the election will be extended until 12:00 p.m. on October 25, 2019.
If a quorum is obtained, the names of the new board members will be announced at the Annual Conference Kick-Off Dinner Reception on Friday, November 1, 2019.
- The President-Elect and the SCMA Board of Directors are separate voting categories.
- Although the SCMA Board of Directors has four (4) openings, we only have three (3) candidates running for these positions.
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I am running for President-Elect so that I can better serve SCMA’s members and advocate on behalf of our profession. I bring experience as a commercial mediator (AAA panelist, & Lemke Mediation), community mediator (Dept. of Consumer & Business Affairs, & Center for Conflict Resolution), and academic (as an Adjunct Professor or speaker at Pepperdine, USC, Loyola, Chapman, & Whittier). I also serve on many court and government mediation panels.
I give back to SCMA as Chair of the Employment Mediation Institute, co-founder of the Downtown LA PDG, and Board member. I’ve assisted with Annual Conferences, and presented the last two years. I have also presented to many PDGs (West LA, South Bay, Pasadena, & Long Beach), and via a marketing webinar.
As a graduate of SCMA’s Mentorship Program, I’ve been fortunate to launch a successful mediation practice. I enjoy speaking with newer mediators about building their own profitable practices.
I have a broad view of our profession, our members, and all the SCMA has to offer. I enjoy leveraging my network to help others. If selected, I will continue to help SCMA members, fly the SCMA flag to other Bar and community groups, and build the connections that make mediation such a rewarding profession for us all.
Board Of Director Candidates:
I joined SCMA eight years ago, with a training certificate and virtually no mediation experience. 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 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 compensated, financially or otherwise, for putting their mediation skills to use. I began practicing as a litigator more than 16 years ago, but I found that the most rewarding professional experience was working to resolve disputes and finding solutions to unique problems. That is why I became a mediator. Since then, I have found the most satisfaction in showing people 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.
I am an attorney/mediator. I have served as mediator/conciliator for the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, a community mediation service. I am the founder of the Institute for Mixed Method Mediation and author of the book Mixed Method Mediation: A Hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution. I have mediated employment discrimination, wrongful termination, family law, consumer debt, landlord/tenant, and real estate. I serve on the SCMA Outreach Committee. I was the Lead for the SCMA Outreach Video Subcommittee, in charge of producing an Outreach promotional video and Co-Chair for the SCMA 2019 Summer Soiree.
I received my B.S. in Business/Finance from California State University-Fresno. I received my J.D. and L.LM. from McGeorge School of Law, the latter in conjunction with the University of Salzburg, Austria.
I received my facilitative mediation training from Loyola Law School, a Certificate in Transformative Mediation from Dan Simon Mediation, and a Certificate in Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School. In March, 2019, I received the Ambassador for Peace in Conflict Resolution Award.
I will provide SCMA with my time, energy, and three decades of experience in the legal/mediation community. I believe strongly in the unification of mediators from all professional backgrounds in reaching our common goals.
As a member of the general mediation community since 1991, I humbly submit my name for nomination to the list of candidates for the election of directors.
I appreciate the benefits of being an active member of SCMA, as Co-Leader of South Bay PDG and as a member of the Outreach Committee. I would like the opportunity to help ensure the continuing and evolving success of Southern California Mediation Association.
There is no particular project for my focus. My efforts would be to use my experience working with and on the boards of various organizations such as Kids Managing Conflict, SCMA Education Foundation, to enhance the benefits of SCMA Membership.
My personal mission as a member of the SCMA Board of Directors would be to continue to promote mediation, excellence in the practice of mediation, and community awareness of the mediation process through education, dialogue, and outreach.