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MEDIATE OHIO
Ohio Mediation Association
www.mediateohio.org

A Bi-Monthly Publication July/September/November 2005/January 2006

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran Phone/Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2006 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

ANNUAL MEETING 2006—Note change of date and location—May 12, 2006 Riffe Center, 77 S. High Street, Columbus. Join the OMA and the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in welcoming Robert Benjamin back to Ohio for an advanced toolbox presentation. Our Conference is the final event scheduled so far in Conflict Management Week 2006—Celebrating a Decade!

June 2, 2006 TBA

August 4, 2006 TBA

October 6, 2006 TBA

December 1, 2006 TBA

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes” (Lyrics from a song?)

Well, lots of changes for the OMA. I must apologize for the lack of the July and September and November editions of this newsletter. All I can say is that the Board has been busy with long range planning and added to that was a near-loss of my father from complications from a simple medical procedure, throw in the holidays, a bad reaction to some medication I was taking, and here we are. Hopefully if we get the assistance to the Board we are planning, this sort of delay will not happen in the future.

Now as to the changes, first, notice our new name for the newsletter. We felt Mediate Ohio was a better name to brand our organization as the one representing all in the professional group of mediators and those interested in promoting mediation in Ohio. The officers have figured out a way to send a bulk e-mail with a link to the website in on a private page so only members can get the current edition of Mediate Ohio so we will be activating that with this edition. Because we can do all this ourselves with anticipated help—see below, we are going to make Mediate Ohio a monthly newsletter. Now you won’t have to wait to get the most recent news and information on what is happening in Ohio’s mediation community and beyond. We have returned to the use of our old website domain name to continue the branding so you bookmark www.mediateohio.org as our home page.

We started a membership drive headed up by Vice President Jay Patterson in August. He has prepared a template of a letter to those who you might know as mediators who are not members of OMA for your use and only asks you send it to those people to see if we can increase our membership. More members means OMA represents more of the mediation community and can tap those resources to make mediation more visible in the great state of Ohio. Check out the website for the form letter to use.

Your officers and some new blood considering becoming part of the OMA Executive Board have had three meetings for planning for OMA’s future. The first meeting on June 24th was the five officers. We decided to seek out an intern to assist us with the “grunt work” of this all-volunteer organization. (More information set out below.) We also decided to move our annual meeting from the Fawcett Center to the Riffe Tower with the assistance of the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. Although we thank the Fawcett Center for all the assistance and wonderful food in the past, we are trying to become fiscally responsible for the OMA to continue to be able to grow and provide quality programming at the annual meeting. We also decided to use the By-Laws to our advantage and seek out other members who might want to serve on the Board and assist in some of these projects in the future so we invited additional persons to the meeting held July 21st. Susan Shostak and Ramona Inskeep joined the officers for another productive session bringing great ideas and enthusiasm to what OMA can become. We had the last meeting on November 11th. Before the end of the year, Joe Palmer also joined the Board. Look for future announcements as they become available on our plans.

Better World Award nominations are due to my attention by February 28, 2006. Please nominate a person who has been in the trenches providing services or who has assisted the Ohio mediation community in spreading the word about the concept. We have been giving the Award at our Annual Meeting for about 12 years now and former recipients vary from the Chief Justice to Martha Green to the Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to last year’s recipient, Marie Hill. The Board will vote on the person or entity to receive the award this year and it will be presented at the Annual Meeting as part of our Annual Conference on May 12, 2006.

By virtue of the By-law revisions over the years, we have found ourselves in the position of having vacancies in the positions of President, Vice President and Secretary. We need nominations or expressions of interest by the end of February to me or any other officer. It would be great to have contested elections, and already, Christy Radigan has come forward to express interest in the office of Secretary. Anyone interested or wanting to know more about the office, should contact the officers as soon as possible to decide whether or not to throw their hat into the ring to help lead OMA in the next two years.

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated. Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

 

FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE
By Ed Krauss

Following is a scenario and then questions about the scenario. You are invited to respond, and responses (some or all, depending on volume) will appear in a future edition. We hope this will spark interest and responses, and if so there will be future scenarios for your consideration.

You are a mediator who recently retired from social work. Your background includes clinical counseling and school social work, and you have spent tens of thousands of hours talking to teachers, parents, and students in your career.

A man and woman come to you to mediate a parenting agreement for their pending divorce. They have four children. As you work through the arraignments for taking children to school, for sharing time with each parent, for holidays, you are confronted with both parents agreeing to what appears to be, from your perspective, a complicated package. They are both highly positional, and the way they are resolving their concerns is by structuring a schedule which calls for lots of transportation, lots of moving of children, with little room for realities such as car troubles or bad weather.

You have tried all the good techniques you learned; asking “Please help me understand how that will work well for your children” and “This is your agreement, you need to design what is best for you and your children, but it does seem to me that this agreement will place some time and travel burdens on all concerned” and other probing questions. The parents continue to move towards accepting an agreement that sets off lots of alarm bells in your head.

Two questions:

[1] Specific to this scenario: What should the mediator do?

[2] Second, general question: Is it ever acceptable for the mediator, who speaks from a legitimate, strong knowledge base (which could be small business, medical, environmental, etc.), to speak to the flaws in an potential agreement? If yes, please give an example, and how it should be done. If not, why not.

 

THE MEDIATION COUNCIL OF GREATER CINCINNATI

2005-2006 Meeting Schedule

Provided by: Cathleen Kuhl ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

The Mediation Council of Greater Cincinnati, which has been in existence since the mid-1980’s, is a networking organization of mediators who live or practice in the greater Cincinnati area. The group meets at noon on the second Wednesday of each month from September – May to learn about matters of interest and share information. The schedule of meetings for the coming year is as follows:

2/8/06: Jenny Taamneh presents “Recognizing & Handling Conflicts between Caregiver, Family, and Residents of Nursing Care Facilities”

3/8/06: John Cruze moderates a panel of private practitioners who will provide information and answer questions about starting, building and maintaining a mediation practice.

4/12/06: Bea Larsen presents “The Valuation of a Business in a Divorce or Dissolution Mediation”

5/10/06: The group meets for it annual luncheon gathering

Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137.

 

Reprinted with permission.  Sherman’s Executive Communicator. Subscribe for free at www.ShermanLeadership.com. Negotiating Tip: It’s a Simple Negotiation Principle that is Often Ignored -ACKNOWLEDGE THE POSITION OF OTHERS!

*As you know from reading this column, national and local news provide you with many negotiation examples that serve as fertile ground for gaining learning experience. In fact, as you scan the headlines, you are apt to discover fundamental negotiating errors that arguably lead to unnecessary negotiation conflicts. Take, for instance, these two examples:

*Late last year, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the top House Democrat on military spending called for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. Commentators said that Murtha’s comments “surprised” and “stunned colleagues” – including the Bush Administration – due to his prior “Hawkish” position and the fact that he is a decorated Vietnam War veteran, well respected on both sides of the aisle.

*There is an important negotiation lesson that the Murtha incident teaches us; but it lies in the events that occurred before he made his public announcement.

*According to published reports, Congressman Murtha had continuously made attempts to contact the Bush Administration prior to his public statement, offering comments and suggestions regarding the progress of the war. These sources indicate that the Congressman’s entries were either ignored or met with indifference by the White House.

*Those close to the Congressman stated that Murtha would not have made his public comments if the Administration had made reasonable efforts to respond to his concerns. A meeting or phone call would have prevented any public statement.

*The Murtha example demonstrates one of most fundamental principles of negotiation . . . the importance of acknowledging the position of the other side. It is arguable that the Bush Administration could have mollified Murtha by simply listening to him and acknowledging his position. The President did not have to agree with Murtha . . . only acknowledge his concerns.

*The President isn’t alone in refusing to acknowledge others even if such a course might avoid an embarrassing conflict. Think of your own stressful situations where you make a decision without attempting to acknowledge the other side. Consider a volatile employment situation where a supervisor might make a decision without acknowledging the position of the employee. This leads to my second example:

*The Ohio State University is currently embroiled in a legal case with Jim O’Brien, its former Men’s Basketball Coach, regarding a payment made by O’Brien to the mother of a basketball recruit who was in dire need. O’Brien was terminated as Coach for his actions.

*During testimony O’Brien was extremely upset with the Athletic Director, who was also a close friend, for failing to meet with him to hear his side of the story prior to dismissal. Reporters commenting on the testimony found it amazing that the Athletic Director refused to take the time to listen to O’Brien’s account. Several wondered aloud if this failed meeting was a major cause of the rancor that prevented a settlement of this case.

*Could a meeting with O’Brien have resolved this incident without a lawsuit? Could a simple Presidential phone call to Congressman Murtha have prevented a public comment?

*Perhaps the more intriguing question is . . . why would intelligent people make decisions that seem to lead to conflict when a simple acknowledgement of a position might lessen or avoid the conflict? Perhaps that’s the same question that we need to ask ourselves when we fail to acknowledge the positions of others. It’s a question that might lead us to resolving conflict rather than escalating it.

 

Ohio State Bar Association Directory Web Site Revisions Make It Easier to Use.

The Ohio State Bar Association has just completed its Web Site renovations at www.ohiobar.org. If you visit the site, click on Public, Legal Services, ADR, and Search the Database of Neutrals, you should be able to find your information if you are already on the site. There is also a place to click for neutrals to amend their information or contact the person in charge to provide information to be listed after the ADR link under This Is For Providers Of ADR Services. Hopefully, you are in the directory and appropriately listed. Contact Shirley Cochran if there is a problem.

 

Renewing, New Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list):

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website mediate.com/Ohio. If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know but only you can correct the directory on the website. If you have misplaced your membership number and password, please contact Martha Antolik for assistance.

Corrections/Additions:

Debbie Heimberger’s phone should be (614) 284-7965

 

Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue

Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Martha L. Antolik 

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

(937) 264-2336 

Fax (937) 264-0722

W004mla@who.rr.com

Suzanne Barker, Esq. 

69 Euclid Avenue

Columbus OH 43201

 

barkesu@aol.com

 

Better Business Bureau c/o Steven Popp 

15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300

Dayton OH 45402

(937) 222-1534 x 2263 

Fax (937) 222-3338

SPOPP@DAYTON.BBB.ORG

Tina M. Bickert 

8894 Kingsley Drive

Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 975-5114 

tbickert@wideopenwest.com

Bridge Consulting, LLC 

c/o Ramona Inskeep

 

Bridge_mediation@ameritech.net
Tonya Charles, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7745 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

charlest@mcohio.org

Diane L. Chermely, JD 

945 Windham Court Suite 3

Boardman OH 44512

(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Jeffrey L. Chernin 

35104 Euclid Ave., Suite 110

Willoughby OH 44094

(440) 951-9669 

Fax (440) 951-8117

JLChernin@aol.com

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office 

c/o Darren Miller

270 E. Main Street

Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Gina M. Crawford, PH.D. 

23818 Cliff Drive

Bay Village, Ohio 44140

440 570-9653 

Fax (440) 617-0199

 

Crime Victim Services 

David Voth, Exe. Director

116 W. North Street

Lima OH 45801

(419) 222-8666 

fax: (419) 227-7478

victim@wcoil.com

James J. Cullers 

920 Club Drive

Mount Vernon OH 43050

(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

jcullers@ecr.net

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University 

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

Dayton OH 45435

(937) 775-2067 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

Barbara Dixon 

Franklin County DR Court

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215-4598

(614) 462-4462 

F (614) 462-3748 Barbara_Dixon@fccourts.org

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin 

323 Columbus Avenue

Sandusky OH 44870

(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Kathy Field 

1073 Wilson Avenue

Marion OH 43302

(740) 387-4370 

Kfield@rrohio.com

Findlay Municipal Court Mediation Coordinator 

318 Dorney Plaza PO Box 826

Findlay OH 45840

Nancy Bachynski ? 

(419) 424-7143

Fax (419) 424-7803

Sandra Fredrick, LSW 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 496-7443

fredricks@mcohio.org

Vicky Fulkerson 

641 Grove Avenue

Zanesville OH 43701

(740) 454-3269 (W) 

(740) 452-4669 (H)

Fax: (W) (740) 455-0739

Vickyfulkerson@hotmail.com

Sandra Mendel Furman 

One Easton Oval, Suite 500

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. 

c/o Magistrate Marcia Hollins

801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E

Cambridge OH 43725

(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams 

237 Maple Street

Brookville OH 45309-1710

(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Health With Heart Consulting Linda Marshall Owner 

3363 Woodlake Court

Loveland OH 45140

(513) 677-9585 

Fax (513) 672-5168

marshl@one.net

Annette Ciavarella Haut 

5656 Gray Fox Drive NW

Canton OH 44718

(330) 494-6155 

fax (330) 494-1705

annettehaut@yahoo.com

Debbie Heimberger 

6401 Stonebridge Street

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 397-4498 

ThreeCDeb@aol.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 474-1564 

brhill@voyager.net

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services 

2227 Buckley Road

Columbus OH 43220-4613

(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

khoenie@cs.com

Judith A. Houts, Ph.D. 

79 Prince Road

Pataskala OH 43062

(740) 964-2103 

Judithhouts@msn.com

HR-Protecting Your Business 

c/o Cathy L. Saunders

1150 Morse Road, Suite 230

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 437-2042 

Fax: (614) 437-2042

Csaunders4424@hotmail.com

Richard Johnston 

8152 Foxdale Court

West Chester OH 45069

(513) 779-8173 

RAJOHNSTON43@Hotmail.com

Verna M. Jones, JD 

VM Jones Enterprises LLC

PO Box 12073

Columbus OH 43212

(614) 488-0685 

Fax (614) 488-0685

v.jones@sbcglobal.net

Francie Kaufman 

c/o Columbus Medical Assn.

431 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Martha Boyce Kington 

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus, Ohio 43220

(614) 459-1783 

MEBK2001@hotmail.com

Marya C. Kolman 

Franklin County DR Court

373 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 462-5872 

F (614) 462-3748

Marya_Kolman@fccourts.org

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. at Law 

Three Commerce Park Square 23230 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 740

Cleveland OH 44122

(216) 464-2777 

Fax (216) 464-7990

lisarkraemer@yahoo.com

Edward M. Krauss 

Dispute Resolution, Inc.

783 South Sixth Street

Columbus OH 43206-2130

(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service 

230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

(513) 

Fax: (513)

ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

Beth Leger Montgomery Co. CP Ct. Domestic Relations Division 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-5412 

Fax (937) 496-7334

legerb@mcohio.org

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Mediation Coordinator Jay Patterson 

75 East Main Street

Newark OH 43055

(740) 670-5409 

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery 

6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207

Columbus OH 43235-7980

(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

James P. Luton 

Attorney at Law

131 South Prospect St. Ste 104

Marion OH 43302-3743

(740) 382-6588 

Fax (740) 375-5372

LUTONLAW@BRIGHTDSL.NET

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Janice Bailey, Director 

25 East Boardman Street

Youngstown OH 44503

(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

Anna Marks 

1123 City Park Avenue

Columbus OH 43206

(614) 804-6542 

annamarks.law@gmail.com

Hon. Denise Herman McColley 

Henry Co. Family Court

660 N. Perry St., Suite 401

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 599-5951 

Fax (419) 599-0179

Denise.mccolley@henrycountyohio.com

Rob McLoughlin 

PO Box 1052

Lebanon OH 45036

(513) 850-1189 

robm@your-net.com

Terry McMenamin, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7766 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

mcmenamint@mcohio.org

Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

2720 Airport Drive, Suite 100

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

Fax (614) 418-1701

sabrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell 

Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 4215

(614) 236-6517 

Fax: (614) 236-6970

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

Joseph E. Natalie 

452 W. Lawndale Place

Zanesville OH 43701-3950

(740) 454-0811 

nataliefamily@yahoo.com

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County 

5616 Hensel Woods Road

Gahanna OH 43230-1811

(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

lnickey@insight.rr.com

Denise L. Nixon 

2429 Hannaway Lane

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 426-3004 

 

Nixon_denise@yahoo.com

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz Law Library 

55 West 12th Ave. Room 274A

Columbus OH 43210

(614) 292-7722 

F (614) 292-3202

Hincliff1@osu.edu

Nola J. Olinger 

Mont. Co. DR Court

301 W. Third St, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4093 

Fax (937) 496-7443

Olinger.n@mcohio.org

Cris Olmstead, PCC, LSW 

301 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-6809 

Fax (937) 496-7443

OlmsteadC@mcohio.org

Mediation Services of Ohio 

Joseph R. Palmer

536 S. Third Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

mediatemso@cs.com

Jeffrey J. Mondville The Law Office of Jeffrey J. Mondville 

709 Madison Avenue., Suite 218

Toledo OH 43624

(419) 243-5080 

Fax (419) 22-7085

mondville@sbcglobal.net

Leticia G. Patino 

159 S. Washington Street

Tiffin 44883

(419) 455-9508 

Fax (419) 455-9509

OMA@Patino.biz

C. Eileen Pruett, Manager Small Claims Division Franklin Co. Municipal Court 

375 South High Street, 16th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 645-7381 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

pruette@fcmcclerk.com

Michelle Quinn 

3563 Mountshannon Road

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road

New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-6927

cradigan@insight.rr.com

 

Richards & Associates 

Gregg Richards

1189 Yorkshire Drive

Marion OH 43302

(740) 396-0093 

Fax by arrangement

GNDKR@Adelphia.net

David E. Rose 

BPR Mediation Group, LLC

3010 Hayden Road

Columbus OH 43235

(614) 582-2469 

Fax (614) 798-1935

drose@forcemail.com

Robert E. Rosenberg 

206 South Meridian Street Suite A

Ravenna OH 44266

(330) 296-3435 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

Nancy J. Savage 

9301 Huntshire Ave. NW

North Canton OH 44720-8258

(330) 499-3069 

Fax (330) 499-0905

N.J.SAVAGE@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Julie A. Schafer 

755 White Pond Drive, Suite 403

Akron OH 44320

(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7157

JASchafer@schafercarrlaw.com

Susan E. Shostak 

248 Pearl Avenue North

Lancaster OH 43130

(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

shostak@ohiohills.com

Dr. John Spiesman 

PO Box 042

Thompson OH 44086-0042

(440) 474-9726 

Fax: (440) 474-9727

Jspiesman@aol.com

John C. Spille 

3200 N. Whitetree Circle

Cincinnati OH 45236

(513) 794-1137 

johnspille@fuse.net

Leslie Swift, Ph.D. 

7654 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati OH 45236

(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

LBSwift@fuse.net

University of Toledo College of Law c/o Maara Fink 

2801 W. Bancroft Street

Toledo OH 43606

(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

James A. Veri 

6310 Fay Road

Concord OH 44077

(440) 477-5259 

Fax (440) 354-9580

VeriKJ@earthlink.net

Barbara A. Venesy 

Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy

2741 Foxwood Drive

Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Wot560@aol.com

Community Mediation Service of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen 

67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213

SWHALEN@COMMUNITYMEDIATION.COM

Capitol Mediation 

c/o Robert J. Wheaton

6969 Read Bank Rd. PO Box 128

Galena OH 43021-0128

Fax (614) 523-1155 

Cell (614) 620-1155

capmediation@sbcglobal.net

Kenneth N. Wildman 

Positive Negotiations

419 N. Johnson Street

Ada OH 45810

(410) 230-2563 

k-wildman@onu.edu

 

Linda Wilkins, Esq. 

2680 Southridge Drive

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050 

lindawbesq@aol.com

Elizabeth A. Winner, LPCC, CCDCIII E 

1248 Nilles #8

Fairfield OH 45014

(513) 249-0015 

Fax (513) 829-2830

 

Lou Ann Wood 

AAL Mediation Services

6726 Main Street

Newtown OH 45244

(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is February 20, 2005. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Job Announcements: There are also some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor.

Construction Mediators and Arbitrators Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC Job Description:

We are looking for individuals who are experienced construction-related mediators and/or arbitrators located anywhere in the United States to join our panel of Independent Dispute Resolution Professionals to provide mediation, arbitration and expert witness services to the construction industry within the United States. Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC is a professional dispute resolution firm that specializes in both residential and commercial construction disputes and is available to conduct mediations and/or arbitrations anywhere in the United States. Our professional experts, many of whom are active builders and/or remodelers, architects, home inspectors, attorneys, consultants, etc. can provide a construction-related expertise in all areas of construction, development and legal issues related to the construction industry. For further information: contact Peter G. Merrill, CDRS President and CEO at 505-466-7011, log on to the CDRS website at www.constructiondisputes-cdrs.com or e-mail to cdrsnm@comcast.net. Deadline: None Position Location: United States

Capital University law School 2nd National Training Institute for Minority Professionals in Alternative Dispute Resolution June 5-9, 2006, Columbus Ohio (Please note, we have had to move the date for Capital University Law School’s 2006 Minority ADR Training Institute from June 12-16, 2006.)

Tentative Trainings: Domestic Abuse Issues (2 days), Basic Mediation (2 days), Faith-based Mediation (2-3 days), Family Mediation (5 days), Labor & Employment Mediation/Arbitration (5 days), Afrocentric Conflict Resolution (3 days), Healthcare Dispute Resolution (2 days). These trainings will enhance your skills as a minority ADR professional and provide invaluable networking and mentoring opportunities. For more information as it becomes available visit: www.law.capital.edu/adr/ Or contact: Floyd Weatherspoon, Professor of Law and Director of Minority ADR Initiatives, at (614) 236-6531, or via e-mail at adrconference@law.capital.edu.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati serving Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana has been mediating cases since 1999. It has grown from 11 mediations that year to 35 cases in 2004. They have mediated 108 workplace disputes over the last six years, amounting to 325 hours of service by their small pool of 9 mediators. Volunteer mediators must have previously completed mediator training, have experience mediating cases on various issues, and be willing to volunteer their time. Individuals interested in mediating cases for the BBB should send their resume, including information about their mediator training and number of types of cases previously mediated to Christine Bake, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Better Business Bureau, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH 45202.

 

National Conflict Resolution Day: ACR designated October 20, 2005 as “Conflict Resolution Day!” This day was to increase public awareness about mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict. As part of this effort, ACR reached out to local, state and international groups to build interest in holding Conflict Resolution Day events across the country and around the world. As Ohio holds a Conflict Resolution Week in May, there were no additional programs planned for the initial ACR event.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

Mark Your Calendars for the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s

Eighth Annual Spring Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, April 5-8, 2006

ABA Annual Meeting 3-8, 2006 in Honolulu, Hawaii

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

“Mediators: Views from the Eye of the Storm” is a new 2 hour DVD developed by Mediate.com that features 31 of the best known and most experienced mediators around.  This DVD is part of a larger Mediate.com interview project with leaders in the field.  Complete interviews will be posted online and a searchable data base of video clips is also being developed.  It is anticipated that approximately 80 leaders in the field will be interviewed.  A 14 minute preview of this DVD is available at www.mediate.com/Views For additional information, see www.mediate.com/products or contact admin@mediate.com

Mediator Certification Study Results

As part of a study on mediator certification, the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association conducted an online survey of attitudes on issues relating to certification. The responses of over 3100 individuals have been summarized and are now available for review at http://www.ACRnet.org/about/taskforces/certification.htm. Both organizations wish to thank all of those individuals who participated in the survey.

LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) School of Law.  Below is information about our exciting and innovative program designed for practitioners and scholars.  I would appreciate your passing this along to anyone you think might be interested. The MU Law School is recognized internationally as a leader in dispute resolution. Our faculty features one of the largest groups of dispute resolution experts of any law school, including founders of our field. Now in its seventh year, the LL.M. program has 19 students from diverse backgrounds. Students have come 18 countries outside the U.S.  Most of our students have substantial legal experience. We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from minorities, women, and others contributing to the diversity of our program. Our program features small classes. As a result, students and faculty develop a close feeling of community. The core courses are generally limited to LL.M. students only. Elective courses are either part of the J.D. curriculum or other graduate-level courses at the University. LL.M. graduates work across the U.S. and abroad in a variety of positions.  Many are in practice as advocates and/or neutrals.  Some have distinctive positions.  For example, CYNTHIA ALKON is the head of Rule of Law Unit for the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization and Security and Cooperation in Europe. JAVIER CARAVEDO co-founded a Peruvian organization called PRODIALOG which provides conflict resolution counseling, training and mediation services specially related to social, political, organizational and environmental issues and advises public institutions on designing and implementing consensus-building mechanisms to strengthen democracy. ART HINSHAW is the director of the Lodestar Dispute Resolution Program at Arizona State University College of Law. PABLO IPINA runs the Centre of Mediation and Arbitration which is supported by the Interamerican Development Bank in La Paz, Bolivia. SALVADOR PANGA, JR. is a fellow at Hamline Law School’s Dispute Resolution Institute and has served as the secretary-general of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center. CHRISTINE HARRIS TAYLOR is the assistant director of the graduate program at the Center for Dispute Resolution Education at Marquette University. Students may enroll full-time or part-time. Full-time students can complete the program in one academic year. Part-time students typically complete the program in two years and we work hard to accommodate their needs. Applicants submitting complete files by January 1 receive decisions in February. Applicants submitting complete files by March 1 receive decisions in April. All applicants must have completed the first degree in law (LL.B. or equivalent) required for law practice or law teaching in the country in which law studies were pursued. For more information about the admissions requirements and link to the online application, see http://law.missouri.edu/llm/admissions.html. Financial aid is available, including the Rankin M. Gibson LL.M. Scholarship and LL.M. fellowships.  See http://law.missouri.edu/llm/pdf/financial-form.pdf.  LL.M. students can get dual degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Missouri’s famous Journalism School. For information about these programs, please contact PROF. RICHARD REUBEN at reubenr@missouri.edu or (573) 884-5204. In addition, many LL.M. students take courses at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs. Full information about the LL.M. Program is on the web at http://law.missouri.edu/llm/.  If you or others have questions, feel free to contact me at (573) 882-3914, landej@missouri.edu, or KAREN NEYLON, the program coordinator, at (573) 882-2020, umclawcdr@missouri.edu. The newsletter of our Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution is hot off the press and you can download a copy at http://law.missouri.edu/csdr/pdf/Fall2005.pdf. I hope you all have a good year. Best, John Lande Associate Professor and Director, LL.M. Program in Dispute Resolution University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law Columbia, MO 65211Tel: 573-882-3914 Fax: 573-882-3343 Email: landej@missouri.edu LL.M. Web: http://law.missouri.edu/llm/ Personal Web: http://www.law.missouri.edu/lande/

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

 

Divorce and Family Mediation Training with John McElwee, JD and Marie Hill, LPCC. March 29-30-31, April 3-4.  40 hours.  Cincinnati.  Call Marie at 513-378-8548 or e-mail mmhill@fuse.net.

 

Conflict Management Services’ 40-hour course on Divorce Mediation, March 22-24 and 30-31; 1500 W. Third Avenue, Suite 126, Columbus, OH; trainers are Cheryl Lowry, Ph.D. and Robert Wistner, J.D.; cost is $625. Contact Cheryl at 614-488-4540 or cms@iwaynet.net

 

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training February 22 & 23 or April 11 & 12, 2006; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2006. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA. Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

 

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

TRAINING SCHEDULE THROUGH JUNE 30, 2006 for Domestic Abuse Issues: Training for Mediators and Other Professionals Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section March 2-3 Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), target area April 6-7 Lucas (Toledo) tentative May 4-5 Hamilton (Cincinnati) target area June dates not confirmed, Franklin (Columbus) in conjunction with Minority Training Institute Contact Crevon Tarrance, Supreme Court of Ohio TarrancC@sconet.state.oh.us.

 

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with On-Tasc, Inc., and the Ohio Resource Network present a: School Conflict Management Training for Teachers A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool.  Where: Quality Inn and Suites, 4363 State Rte. 43, Kent, Ohio 44240.  Hotel Phone: 330-678-0101 When: Thursday, February 16th, 2006 and Friday, February 17th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenters: Penny Senyak, Executive Director of On-Tasc, and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services of Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from  Ashland University, $181. (payable on-site) Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the register form and return it with your payment by Friday, January, 27th, 2006, to the On-Tasc office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/ ON TASC, Inc. 5500 Market St., Suite 80 Youngstown, Ohio 44512 Phone: 330-783-5800, Toll Free: 888-267-44512, Fax: 330-783-1223

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with the Center for Peace Education (CPE), and the Ohio Resource Network present a: School Conflict Management Training for Teachers A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool.  Where: Cincinnati, Ohio (Exact Location TBA) When: Friday, February 24th, 2006 and Saturday, February 25th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenters: Deborah Jordan, School Conflict Management Project Coordinator, The Alcohol and Chemical Abuse Council of Butler County, and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services, Inc., Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from  $181. Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the attached register form and return it with your payment by Friday, February 10th, 2006, to the CPE office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at:  www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in partnership with Cleveland State University, the Ohio Resource Network, and Conflict Resolution Center of the West Shore, Inc. (CRC) present a: School Conflict Management Training for Educators A school conflict management program helps create a school environment that fosters prevention and de-escalation of conflicts and that establishes procedures for the effective, nonviolent resolution of conflicts that occur in school settings.  To be effective, a comprehensive program must address more than just student conduct.  Conflict management attitudes and skills must also be an integral part of school curriculum and instruction, as well as the total school culture.  This workshop will help participants to look at the many and varied components of an effective program and help them develop a plan to begin using the skills in their own school setting with a heavy focus on curriculum integration and conflict management as a classroom management tool. Where: Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio (Exact Location TBA) When: Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, March 11th, 2006  (must attend both sessions) Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Presenter: Carole Close, Retired Executive Director of the Winning Against Violent Environment’s Program, Cleveland Municipal School District and John Barnes, School Based Program Manager, Family and Community Services of Portage County Cost: $35.00, includes a 500+ page Curriculum Guide on CD-ROM and a boxed lunch both days. Optional – Graduate Credit, 1 hour from Cleveland State University $135. Prevention RCHs and Social Work CPEs will also be available through the Ohio Resource Network. Funding for this is provided by the OHIO COMMISSION ON DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT. This is a great opportunity to receive graduate credit.  Continuing Education Credits are available.  Space is limited to 30 participants.  Participants who are accepted for training will receive a letter of confirmation and directions to the training. Please complete the register form and return it with your payment by Friday, February 10th, 2006, to CRC’s office. For more information on creating a conflict management program in your school, please visit the Commission’s Web site at:  www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.com/Ohio

 

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/

 

Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org

 

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

May 2005

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NEWSCASTER
Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2005

President/Newscaster Editor: Shirley Cochran Phone/Fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com
Immediate Past President: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail: w004mla@woh.rr.com
Vice President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail: jmpmediation@ameritech.net
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 Fax (937) 775-6152 E-mail: dandestephen@wright.edu
Secretary: Sheri Center (614) 231-1855 Fax (614) 231-1855 E-mail: findingcommonground@yahoo.com

 

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2004 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at Fawcett Center.)

June 3, 2005 Special 2-hour presentation on Real Estate Disputes and the Role of the Mediator. Presenters Melissa A. Marcin of Marcin & Marcin and Joseph Pitstick, of Cuni, Ferguson & LeVay. Don’t miss this presentation to be put on the list for Condo and Home Owner Associations for mediators who wish to be able to mediate for such groups.

August 5, 2005 C. Eileen Pruett on what the UMA means to Ohio mediators now that it will become effective in October.

All meetings, except the Annual Conference, to be held at 11:30 AM at the MCL Cafeteria at Westerville and Schrock Roads in Westerville until further notice (Directions on last page)

 

President’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The Ohio Mediation Association year starts May 1st and runs through April 30th so we are at the start of our new year. The first thing I would like to do is thank our members and especially our officers for all the hard work this past year in bringing OMA to where it is today. We had 118 dues paying members, presented informative and enjoyable programs at our bi-monthly meetings, completed a fantastic annual meeting in April with a well-received program by Bernie Mayer attended by 70 people, participated in the final passage of the Uniform Mediation Act in the Ohio Legislature, were part of the Conflict Management Week 2005 planning group, amended our by-laws to return to two-year term of office for the President and eliminated the office of President-Elect, participated in a group preparing training materials for the impact the UMA will have on Ohio mediators in October, presented a workshop on credentialing at the Minorities in Dispute Resolution Conference, and were instrumental in creating the Summit Group of mediation organizations to further the use of mediation in the State of Ohio. Makes me tired just to read about it!

Another major change this year was the use of the Mediate.com web site directory. Each dues paying member should have received a message by e-mail with a member number and password to have complete control over their directory listing. You can add to your listing and change information at your convenience and when you need to do so. I know I went in and changed my listing when I left my position at the court at the end of January so people can find me at my home office again and it was very easy. We will continue to list the renewals and new members in the Newscaster along with any changes or corrections (like this month we added a member’s correct e-mail address), but at any time you can go to www.mediate.com/ohio and see the entire directory or search by name. To be able to search by county, the member has to have put the counties in the directory listing so be sure you go in and make your listing all it can be.

For those who missed the annual meeting, OMA purchased a number of copies of Bernie Mayer’s most recent book, Beyond Neutrality, to sell to members and non-members alike at a discount. In addition to personalizing the books purchased that day for those individuals, Bernie was kind enough to sign each of the remaining books, which will be sold at our meetings. Members pay $32 and non-members $36 for a book that retails for $38 plus shipping and handling. Bring your checkbook to the next meeting and take away an interesting challenge to mediators concerning the crisis Bernie believes we are facing in conflict resolution.

As mandated by the by-laws, the OMA officers gave reports at the annual meeting as well as asking for members to get more involved in the actual running of the organization. I was re-elected to serve the second year of the President’s term as set forth in the by-laws again and Jay Patterson was re-elected Vice President. My favorite part of the annual meeting was the awarding of the Better World Award to Marie Hill of Cincinnati (see the article below for specifics). We had great food and wonderful thought-provoking discussions. The Supreme Court of Ohio assisted in providing Bernie as our speaker and Antioch University McGregor provided materials as well as a booth staffed with OMA member Rob McLaughlin to answer questions concerning the Masters program there. Mark your calendars for April 7, 2006 for the next opportunity to come together to celebrate OMA’s year of accomplishments.

Better World Award 2005

Marie Hill nominated by Lou Ann Wood

Marie Hill has trained, mentored, and influenced hundreds of individuals in the career of mediation, and if not the career, at least in their thinking in the whole area of peace making. She has been training both basic and advanced mediation for many years, has presented at national conferences, was a founding member of the Cincinnati Mediation Council, past Vice President of the Ohio Mediation Association, and member of the Governor’s Task Force on Family Law and Children. As Coordinator of the Mediation Program for Beech Acres Mediation Center Marie Hill offers an opportunity for beginning mediators to co-mediate at the Center to develop their skills and gain confidence. She is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association of Conflict Resolution. Marie Hill’s influence on the field of mediation in this state and others is hereby honored.

Conflict Management Week 2005 Winning Through Working Together

May 8th -14th was Conflict Management Week 2005 in the state of Ohio. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Winning through Working Together” — a theme developed to encourage the public to consider using conflict management and dispute resolution methods to enhance their daily lives. During this annual series of events, schools, courts, communities, and government organizations spread the word about effective approaches to preventing and resolving conflicts. Ohioans also recognized their state’s leadership in the field of conflict management and the growth of mediation as a method for settling disputes. Educational information and resources to help promote the Week were available under the heading of Learn How You Can Get Involved at http://www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/cmweek05.htm

 

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release May 11, 2005. Yellow Springs, Ohio – Antioch University McGregor is launching a new certificate program in Intercultural Conflict Management (ICM) to mark Ohio’s Conflict Management Week, May 8-14, 2005. The Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program will debut this fall as part of Antioch University McGregor’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program in the School of Management. Please see http://www.mcgregor.edu/cr/icmc.html. Conflict resolution is no longer a stand-alone professional field of specialization.  It is now a critical skill for effective leadership in a wide range of careers including: government agencies, schools, hospitals, corporations, universities and communities. The Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program is designed to provide practical skills training in intercultural conflict management that prepares individuals to be proactive, positive agents of change. The skill sets learned and practiced within the program are aimed at providing participants with the fundamental tools, understanding and confidence to deal effectively with intercultural conflicts wherever they occur, be it in interpersonal relationships, communities or the workplace. Governor of Ohio, Bob Taft, recently designated May 8 ­ 14, 2005 Conflict Management Week with the theme, “Winning through Working Together”, to encourage the public to consider using conflict management and dispute resolution methods to enhance their daily lives. Ohio leads the nation with more than 1,700 school-based conflict management programs in existence. To raise awareness of the newly established Intercultural Conflict Management Certificate Program and in celebration of Ohio Conflict Management Week, Dr. Getinet Belay, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution at Antioch University McGregor, will host an online chat on “Identity, Culture and Conflict.” The chat will be held Thursday, May 12 from 11 a.m.  to 1 p.m. The chat can be accessed through the McGregor web site at http://www.mcgregor.edu/chat Antioch University McGregor contributes to the betterment of the individual and the community by fostering academic excellence and providing socially responsive, flexible and innovative education programs for adult learners. McGregor features a wide array of bachelor’s degree completion programs, master’s programs in conflict resolution, management and education and also individualized liberal and professional studies programs. Please do not hesitate to email me at robmclaughlin@mcgregor.edu or call

at (937) 769-1816 with any questions or for more information. Best Regards, Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch University McGregor 800 Livermore St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387 “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity” Horace Mann

 

THIRD SUMMIT MEETING OF MEDIATION ORGANIZATIONS HELD on April 25, 2005. The meeting was attended by the following organizations: Ohio Mediation Association (OMA), Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Services, Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO), Mediation Association of Northwest Ohio (MANWO), and the Ohio State Bar Dispute Resolution Committee (OSBA DR Committee). The issue of data collection was discussed and Bruce Heckman is preparing a RFP for a comparison of mediation and non-mediated settlements in court cases. Areas to be discussed are speed/timing, cost, satisfaction of parties and durability of the resolution. The slogan or tag line for mediation has been reduced to the top ten slogans that are to be sent out to the different organization’s members for ranking of their top three. A decision about the final slogan choice will be made at the next meeting. Conflict Management week should probably be on the agenda for the summit group since it is a statewide effort to get the word out about conflict management. A review of this year’s events will be made at the next meeting and planning for the following year begun. Discussion about a possible symposium or multiple day conference was begun. Organizations are being asked to discuss this internally and decide what, if anything, they might be able to commit to doing for something in November of 2006 at the earliest. The next meeting will be hosted by the Supreme Court in July on a date to be determined.

 

From the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management

Second Annual Conference on Conflict Resolution Education What Works! Innovations in Conflict Resolution Education:  Early Childhood to Higher Education September 28th – October 1st, 2005, Columbus, Ohio USA On September 28-October 1, 2005, the second annual What Works! Conference will bring together college and university faculty, K-12 teachers and counselors, high school and college students, Conflict Resolution practitioners, parents, and community leaders.  Under the guidance of experts in the field of Conflict Resolution Education, these educators, youth and community leaders will explore effective models for Conflict Resolution and learn proven techniques to reduce and manage conflict in the classroom, in peer groups, families, and community settings.   What Works! will provide participants with the skills, techniques and resources needed to create safe and healthy learning environments in their educational setting and community.  RCH, CEU, CHES, social work, and graduate credit will be offered. Ohio’s national reputation as a leader in conflict resolution education is built on years of collaboration among state and local agencies, schools and universities, community organizations, trainers and independent consultants.  The list of sponsors and planning committee members for this year’s conference reflects this collaboration.  Sponsors include: the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, the Interfaith Center for Peace, the Office of the Attorney General of Ohio, the Ohio Resource Network (Safe School Center), the University of Cincinnati, Miami University’s Office of Student Activities, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, the Ohio Supreme Court Interpreter Services Program, the U.S. Department of Education, and the European Centre for Conflict Prevention. September 28th -29th Two Day Intensive Training What Works! will begin at the Marriott Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio, on September 28th and 29th with two days of intensive training. For additional details and registration information, please check the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution’s Web site at www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov in early March or contact the Commission at 614-752-9595.

 

In My Opinion By Shirley Cochran, JD

We have a responsibility to comment upon articles we find in the newspaper or in magazines that are either erroneous or could use clarification concerning mediation. For instance, in the Columbus Dispatch recently, the Dear Prudence column headline was “Mediator might convince woman of her bad driving” The letter was from a husband who was complaining about his wife’s driving to the point of calling her a menace behind the wheel and was wanting to ban his wife from driving with their child in the car now that their first child was being born. In Prudence’s response to Married to Hell on Wheels, she stated the following: “If she gives you static and is in denial (after suggesting giving her a choice between anger management classes and taking a bus or cab), find a neutral mediator. The body-shop bills, the insurance increases and speeding tickets should be quite convincing to an outsider.” In response, I sent an e-mail to Margo Howard (apparently Prudence does not exist) explaining that a mediator does not “convince” a party of anything nor does whether or not she believes the information the husband can provide will convince the mediator of the bad driving of the wife have anything to do with what occurs in a mediation. I requested she correct the erroneous impression she left with the general public about mediation and mediators but have yet to hear if that will be done.

 

In another instance, CEO Magazine had in its April edition an article about homeowners suing or being sued by their homeowner associations for things such as the wrong color paint on a house. I mentioned that we as the Ohio Mediation Association are trying to work with these groups to suggest mediation rather than litigation to resolve these issues as the homeowners are probably not going to move. In fact the case mentioned settled before the court decided the matter. The letter to the editor was printed in the June issue and it is yet to be determined if anyone else but me read it, but at least it is there.

 

If we do not work to bring mediation to the public eye and correct erroneous information about mediation and mediators, who will?

 

Ohio State Bar Association Directory Web Site Revisions Make It Easier to Use.

The Ohio State Bar Association has just completed its Web Site renovations at www.ohiobar.org. If you visit the site, click on Public, Legal Services, ADR, and Search the Database of Neutrals, you should be able to find your information if you are already on the site. There is also a place to click for neutrals to amend their information or contact the person in charge to provide information to be listed after the ADR link under This Is For Providers Of ADR Services. Hopefully, you are in the directory and appropriately listed. Contact Shirley Cochran if there is a problem.

 

Monthly Presenters for OMA by Sandra Fredrick

I wanted to let the members of the Ohio Mediation Association aware that I will be coordinating the monthly presenters for our organization. I am very interested in any appealing presenters and if you feel you have a new program or approach that you would want to share with your peers it would be appreciated. Please contact me with ideas as well The following are ways to contact me: Sandra Fredrick, (937) 225-4099 or I can be reached by e-mail at fredricks@mc.ohio.org I look forward to hearing from you.

 

New and Renewing Members and Additions/Corrections to the Directory (not the entire list of members—see the directory at our web site for that list):

New and renewing members may send applications to OMA’s President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068 Contact Shirley for membership applications or to provide updated addresses, phone numbers, etc, for OMA’s mailing lists and directory. A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website mediate.com/Ohio. If there is a correction or an addition, please let Shirley know.

Corrections/Additions:

Name/Address Phone and/or e-mail
Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue

Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867 

Reedyreedboy@aol.com

Martha L. Antolik 

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

(937) 264-2336 

Fax (937) 264-0722

W004mla@who.rr.com

Bridge Consulting, LLC 

c/o Ramona Inskeep

11713 Julie Drive

Baltimore OH 43105

(614) 561-8630 

Bridge_mediation@ameritech.net

Tonya Charles, Montgomery Co. DR Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7745 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

charlest@mcohio.org

Diane L. Chermely, JD 

945 Windham Court Suite 3

Boardman OH 44512

(330) 629-8882 

Fax (330) 726-5926

 

Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediation Office c/o Darren Miller 

270 E. Main Street

Batavia OH 45103

(513) 732-7397 

Fax (513) 732-7390

dmiller@co.clermont.oh.us

 

Gina M. Crawford, PH.D. 

23818 Cliff Drive

Bay Village, Ohio 44140

440 570-9653 

Fax (440) 617-0199

 

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University 

3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.

Dayton OH 45435

(937) 775-2067 

Fax (937) 775-3152

Dan.destephen@wright.edu

Erie Co. Family Ct. Mediation Chris Perrin 

323 Columbus Avenue

Sandusky OH 44870

(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

cperrin@erie-county-ohio.net

Kathy Field 

1073 Wilson Avenue

Marion OH 43302

(740) 387-4370 

Kfield@rrohio.com

Findlay Municipal Court Mediation Coordinator 

318 Dorney Plaza PO Box 826

Findlay OH 45840

Nancy Bachynski ? 

(419) 424-7143

Fax (419) 424-7803

Sandra Fredrick, LSW 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4099 

Fax (937) 496-7443

fredricks@mcohio.org

Vicky Fulkerson 

641 Grove Avenue

Zanesville OH 43701

(740) 454-3269 (W) (740) 452-4669 (H) 

Fax: (W) (740) 455-0739

Vickyfulkerson@hotmail.com

Sandra Mendel Furman 

One Easton Oval, Suite 500

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 416-5611 

Fax (614) 416-5770

Smfurman205@msn.com

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. 

c/o Magistrate Marcia Hollins

801 Wheeling Ave. , Room E

Cambridge OH 43725

(740) 432-9252 

Fax: (740) 432-9289

Harmony Mediation/Consulting c/o Stephen E. Williams 

237 Maple Street

Brookville OH 45309-1710

(937) 833-6588 

Fax (937) 833-6588

Mediate@woh.rr.com

Debbie Heimberger 

6401 Stonebridge Street

Columbus OH 43229

(614) 397-4498 

ThreeCDeb@aol.com

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way

Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 474-1564 

brhill@voyager.net

Judith A. Houts, Ph.D. 

79 Prince Road

Pataskala OH 43062

(740) 964-2103 

Judithhouts@msn.com

Francie Kaufman 

c/o Columbus Medical Assn.

431 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 240-7410 

Fax (614) 240-7415

Fkaufman@goodhealthcolumbus.org

Edward M. Krauss 

Dispute Resolution, Inc.

783 South Sixth Street

Columbus OH 43206-2130

(614) 444-5872 

ekek783@sbcglobal.net

Cathleen Kuhl 

CMS Hamilton County

 

Cincinnati OH

(513) 

Fax: (513)

ckuhl@cms.hamilton-co.org

Beth Leger Montgomery Co. CP Ct. Domestic Relations Division 

301 W. Third St., 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-5412 

Fax (937) 496-7334

legerb@mcohio.org

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Mediation Coordinator Jay Patterson 

75 East Main Street

Newark OH 43055

(740) 670-5409 

jpatterson@lcounty.com

Beverly Lowery 

6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207

Columbus OH 43235-7980

(614) 792-7681 

loweryb5@aol.com

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Janice Bailey, Director 

25 East Boardman Street

Youngstown OH 44503

(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480

Rob McLaughlin 

PO Box 1052

Lebanon OH 45036

(513) 850-1189 

robm@your-net.com

Terry McMenamin, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court 

301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-7766 

Fax: (937) 496-7443

mcmenamint@mcohio.org

Mediated Solutions c/o Steven D. Abrams 

2720 Airport Drive, Suite 100

Columbus OH 43219

(614) 418-1784 

Fax (614) 418-1701

sabrams@mediatedsolutionsohio.com

Professor Roberta S. Mitchell 

Capital University Law School

303 E. Broad Street

Columbus OH 4215

(614) 236-6517 

Fax: (614) 236-6970

rmitchell@law.capital.edu

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz Law Library 

55 West 12th Ave. Room 274A

Columbus OH 43210

(614) 292-7722 

F (614) 292-3202

Hincliff1@osu.edu

Nola J. Olinger Mont. Co. DR Court 

301 W. Third St, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 225-4093 

Fax (937) 496-7443

Olinger.n@mcohio.org

Cris Olmstead, PCC, LSW 

301 W. 3rd Street, 2nd Floor

Dayton OH 45422-4246

(937) 496-6809 

Fax (937) 496-7443

OlmsteadC@mcohio.org

Michelle Quinn 

3563 Mountshannon Road

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779 

michelledquinn@msn.com

Robert E. Rosenberg 

206 South Meridian Street Suite A

Ravenna OH 44266

(330) 296-3435 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

RobertERosenberg@aol.com

Fredric P. Tilton 

4007 Bach-Buxton Road

Amelia OH 45102

(513) 752-3051 

Fax: (513) 752-8267

ftilton@fure.net

Jim Toy 

8495 Charleston Valley Drive

Mason OH 45040

(513) 314-2010 

jamestoy@gmail.com

Tuscarawas Co. Common Pleas Ct. c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke 

125 East High Ave. Room 225

New Philadelphia OH 44663

(330) 365-3269 

Fax (330) 365-3398 fisher@co.tuscarawas.oh.us

University of Toledo College of Law c/o Maara Fink 

2801 W. Bancroft Street

Toledo OH 43606

(419) 530-4236 

Fax: (419) 530-2605

Maara.Fink@utoledo.edu

Barbara A. Venesy 

Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy

2741 Foxwood Drive

Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

bavenesy@att.net

Odella T. Welch 

560 Woodlake Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 523-3022 

Fax (614) 523-3022

Wot560@aol.com

Lou Ann Wood 

AAL Mediation Services

6726 Main Street

Newtown OH 45244

(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615

woodcandl@aol.com

 

Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is June 20, 2005. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: scochran@insight.rr.com Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

 

Job Announcements: There are also some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check the Newscaster for openings we might receive notice of and if you have a position you would like to have listed, provide it by the deadline to the Editor.

 

Volunteer Opportunity: the Better Business Bureau of Cincinnati serving Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana has been mediating cases since 1999. It has grown from 11 mediations that year to 35 cases in 2004. They have mediated 108 workplace disputes over the last six years, amounting to 325 hours of service by their small pool of 9 mediators. Volunteer mediators must have previously completed mediator training, have experience mediating cases on various issues, and be willing to volunteer their time. Individuals interested in mediating cases for the BBB should send their resume, including information about their mediator training and number of types of cases previously mediated to Christine Bake, Dispute Resolution Specialist, Better Business Bureau, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati OH 45202.

 

National Conflict Resolution Day: ACR is working to create a national day of recognition for conflict resolution, in order to increase public awareness about conflict resolution and its many benefits. Our goal is to gain a Congressional proclamation designating a National Conflict Resolution Day in 2005. ACR is coordinating its efforts with other national conflict resolution organizations, and is reaching out to local, state and international groups to build interest in holding local celebrations in conjunction with this celebration, planned for November 2005.

 

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

August 4-9, 2005 ~ The American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Hotel, Chicago, IL

Check www.abanet.org/dispute or call 202-662-1680 for more information.

 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS:

 

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association present Basic Mediation Training June 7 & 8, September 14 & 15, or December 7 & 8, 2005; 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, or October 27, 28, November 2, 3, & 4, 2005. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA. Schedule 8:30 AM-6:00 PM, Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or www.communitymediation.com Fax: (614) 228-7213 Mailing address: 67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.

 

Capital University Law School Center for Dispute Resolution

Center for Dispute Resolution, Capital Law School, 303 E Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215-3200, Phone (614) 236-6430/ Fax (614) 236-6956 CDR Directors include Roberta S Mitchell and Scot E Dewhirst, Co-Directors of the Center, and Terrence T Wheeler, Executive Director of the Center. Please visit our website at www.law.capital.edu/disputeresolution to gain more detailed information on our trainings or to register on-line.

 

Conflict Management Services

Presenters Cheryl M Lowry, Ph D, Robert N Wistner, JD, Leslie Martin, BA, and Kenneth T Davis, BA Contact Cheryl (614) 488-4540, Suite 126, 1500 W Third Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212 E-mail: cms@iwaynetnet Website: www.conflictmgmt.com

 

Cleveland Mediation Center United Office Building, Suite 906 2012 West 25th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44113 2005 Basic Mediation Training: May: 16 (9-5), 18 (9-5), 20 (9-1); July: (9-5), 13 (9-5), 15 (9-1) ; September: 12 (9-5), 14 (9-5), 16 (9-1); November: 7 (9-5), 9 (9-5), 11 (9-1). 2005 Divorce Mediation Training- 40 hour training; pre-requisite: basic mediation training. Fall: October 14 (evening),15, 16, 28 (evening), 29, 30 Presenters include Dan Joyce and Wendy Hawbaker For further information on all training contact: Bob Curtis, Training Co-coordinator Phone: (216) 621-1919, extension 500 Fax: (216) 621-3202 E-Mail training@clevelandmediation.org .

 

Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) 5 -day, 40-Hour Performance-based Mediation Skills Training 2005 Schedule June 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 2005 August 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2005 October 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 2005 December 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 2005 Location: Chicago, IL Cost: $1,195.00 for registration received 28 days before the first day of training. The cost after this deadline is $1,250.00. The core of CCR’s training is the simulated mediations and individualized coaching each trainee receives. Experienced mediator-trainers are present for the entirety of each simulation and serve as coaches, providing concrete feedback in the moment and methods to reach the trainees highest potential. Training class size is limited to ensure a 3-to-1 trainee to trainer ratio. Training focuses on the mediation process, effective communication skills and various problem-solving techniques For more information, visit us online at www.ccrchicago.org or contact CCR’s Director of Training Services, Alyson Carrel, at (312) 922-6464 ext. 12 or email acarrel@ccrchicago.org

Information provided by the ABA Dispute Resolution Section e-mail Service:

June 16-18, 2005 Pepperdine’s Professional Skills Program in Dispute Resolution The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California

http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/summer05/

July 29-30, 2005 The Masters Forum The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law Malibu, California http://law.pepperdine.edu/straus/conferences/masters.jsp )

Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association: www.mediate.com/Ohio
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management: www.disputeresolution.ohio.gov/
Ohio State Bar Association: www.ohiobar.org
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO) www.manomediate.org

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO OMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING LOCATION—MCL CAFETERIA

Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

 

From Western Ohio: Take I-70 East to I-270 North Two exits past I-71 is Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 

From Southwestern Ohio: Take I-71 North through town to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 

From Northern Ohio: Take I-71 South to I-270 East two exits to Westerville Road Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center

 

From Eastern Ohio: Take I-70 West to I-270 North to the Westerville Road exit Take the part of the exit that will take you north on Westerville Road Either turn right at Schrock Road, left at the light at Otterbein Road, and left into the shopping center (first driveway on left) or cross Schrock Road to next light, turn right into shopping center and follow driveway to far end of the center