Mediation provides a neutral, safe, inexpensive space with an impartial third party who is experienced in facilitating agreement with those who are in conflict/litigation. Participants communicate in order to explore, identify, and build ways in which to resolve issues as an opportunity for long term resolution.
I am currently serving as President for Montana Mediation Association (MtMA). I have been a board member since 2016, and stepped up to fill the vacated Presidency shortly thereafter. I began my passion for mediation while acquiring my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University (FSU) in North Carolina. I was fortunate to be accepted as an intern with the Cumberland County Dispute Resolution Center (CCDRC) under the leadership of Tina Estle. My exposure to mediation, and the restorative practices employed through that Center, changed my life and positively redirected my journey.
I was able to acquire training in many areas of mediation, train the trainer certifications, as well as, an opportunity to teach. I directed my attention toward learning all that was offered through FSU and CCLC. I was especially interested in participating in diverse types of mediation while becoming proficient in various mediator styles. I was afforded the opportunity to participate in a number of National Criminal Justice Conferences as a speaker and panel member focused upon mediation and restorative justice.
I relocated to Montana over 5 years ago and began volunteering at the Cascade County Law Clinic (CCLC), providing administrative support, and pro bono mediations for low-income applicants. I eventually took on the job of Executive Director of Cascade County Law Clinic, providing leadership and movement toward community collaboration, as well as, greater access to justice through referral, educational opportunity, advocacy, technology, and attention to applicant care and service. My passion is to create pathways of collaboration, connection, education, training and understanding of restorative justice practices and mediation, and to continue to strengthen the Montana Mediation Association and support its members.