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Ohio Mediation Association 

A Bi-Monthly Publication

Nov./Dec. 2011

President: James Petas (419) 936-2312 E-mail:

Immediate Past President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236 E-mail:

Vice President: Ed Krauss (614) 619-0017 E-mail:

Treasurer:  Suzanne Barker (614) 299-6843 E-mail:

Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail:

Mark your Calendars for our exciting meetings!! (Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months.)

December 2, 2011 Private Mediator Tom Douglas

February 3, 2012 TBA


Ed Krauss is now planning our programs so if you have any ideas of what you would like to hear about or a speaker you can suggest please let him know at


President’s Column

James Petas

Moving Mediation from the Court Room to the Public

There is no doubt that mediators are generally contacted towards the end of a conflict and our services usually result in a confidential resolution.  I often wonder what the field would look like if we were involved near the beginning of a conflict and if the process occurred in more a public arena. Newspapers and media are society’s vehicle for learning about these issues. However those venues don’t have the mediation characteristics of not having an ax to grind, interpreting conflicts in a alternate light, removing issues that cloud discussion and not being swayed by agendas; all of which allows resolution to happen. One thing that is certain is that our profession has the ability to clarify issues and remove toxicity that seems to be prevalent in these times of fevered opinions & high octane partisanship.

So if we took our trade to the public stage what that would that look like? Would we show up on an editorial page, be interviewed on radio program or have a 30 second spot after an infomercial. Where do we fit in?

In a brief experiment I applied some mediation summarizing & re-framing  techniques to a discussion of the economic recession…

Economic Recession: Cause and Cure

Cause1) It’s the Federal Government – whereby the government  in early to mid 2000’s deregulated the financial, mortgage and loan industry causing a housing and investment bubble which lead to an  economic crash that undermined the U.S. currency.

Cause 2) It’s Wall Street – despite poor regulations, the financial firms took part in making profit by executing unstable investments and loans and forgoing sound financial principles for short term gain.

Cure 3) Solution from the Government: needs to be continue federal stimulus to save the economy – per the lessons for the great depression.  This artificial growth will stop a domino effect and give time for market to correct.

Cure 4) Solution from Private Business: Recovery needs to come from the private sector – a pro business model such as fewer regulations, tax incentives and accessible loans would create an authentic economic stimulus and recovery.

Mediation Resolution 5) The last camp is the mediation perspective which focuses the conversation from problem to problem solving asking: what direction are we going, what  have we done in the last 4 years to create jobs and  what’s  worked and what hasn’t.  These questions reflect mediations axiom of moving forward and being about today and the future.

The mediation process no doubt helps people make informed decisions, and whether I was a mediator or not, I would find our perspective valuable.

I do think there is a need to get involved at the public level when things are happening and that our profession has something to contribute.

One day I would mind hearing “After the commercial we’ll hear from the “Blank” Mediation Association ”… maybe one day.

Please join us on December 2nd when we have Thomas Douglas, private mediator from Lucas County.  Tom will discuss his career as a mediator and to lead our discussion on the challenges and rewards of private practice.

OMA Committee to Explore Certification of Ohio Mediators

As a result of the discussion at the OMA Annual Conference, a committee has been formed to explore suggestions for certification of Ohio Mediators.  Shirley Cochran has been appointed as Chair of the committee and is gathering those who are willing to assist in the project.  Another meeting was held in August 2011 with assignments made and goals set forth.  Our main goal was to contact other states, entities who certify mediators and see what they did—why reinvent the wheel?  Our assignments include writing our lists of reasons why some sort of qualification of mediators is important and the pros and cons of licensure versus certification.  Anyone with an idea of what the minimum qualifications and the process for certification/licensure should be, please send an e-mail to Shirley.  Others on the committee include Linda Norris, Chris Scott, Susan Shostak, David Cohen, Mark Laughlin and Kathryn Wollenberg with Terry Wheeler, Past President of ACR assisting.  Information as to the progress of the committee will be reported in Mediate Ohio as it is published.



2011 – 2012 Meeting Schedule

Please join us on the second Friday of the month; members and non-members are welcome!

Meeting Time:  11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. NEW Location :  The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation does not allow food to be brought in to its facility.

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.   To join the Mediation Council or to renew membership (annual dues are $15),  contact Anne Wakefield at

November 18, 2011 (third Friday due to 11/11 holiday): Charlie McGinnis, Esq. & Chief Instructor, Aikido of Cincinnati presents, “Applying the Practice of Aikido to Mediation:  Getting to Yes or Getting to No with Understanding and Compassion”. Learn how the Japanese martial art of Aikido applies to mediation.

December, 2011:  no meeting

January 13, 2012: Chris Hall, Beech Acres Marketing Director, presents, “How to Start a Blog”. Learn how to create a blog and how blogs are used to share information–then decide if blogging is right for you.

February 10, 2012: Jacqueline Hagerott, Esq., Ohio Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Section Manager presents, “Parenting Coordination:  the Newest Dispute Resolution Tool for High Conflict Families”. Learn what mediators need to know about the latest dispute resolution process to be used in family courts.

March 9, 2012: Meghan Clarke, ME Clarke Consulting, presents, “Peace for Peacemakers: A Dialogue on Self-care” and will provide ideas about how to take care of yourself when you are experiencing stress or “mediator burnout”.

April 13, 2012: Martha Camp, Mediator, presents, “Educing Information and Cooperation:  What Mediators Can Learn from Interrogators”, which will examine the parallels and divergences in purpose, technique and strategy between military interrogators and mediators, referencing Matthew Alexander’s book “Kill or Capture” about interrogating Iraqi citizens in search of terrorists.

May 11, 2012: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Hayley at 513-639-9132.

Mediate Ohio Material:  Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the even numbered months to permit publication in the newsletter.  The next deadline is December 20, 2011.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone:  (614) 863-2922 E-mail:  HYPERLINK “”  Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

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 Immediate Past President, Shirley Cochran at 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg OH 43068.  Contact Shirley for membership applications.  A membership application can be sent electronically for your convenience or you can download it from the OMA website  HYPERLINK “”    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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

James A. Abron, P.E., M.B.A.
Abron DAR
14141 Hubbard Street
Livonia MI 48154(734) 613-8340
Fax: (734) 758-2291
Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387(937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807
Debora T. Brown
491 Maple Street
Coshocton OH 43812(740) 622-2778
Martha Camp
Meigs County Court of Common Pleas 
100 E. 2nd St. Box 302
Pomeroy, OH 45769 (740) 992-6439
David Coleman
Coleman Professional Services
5982 Rhodes Road
Kent, OH 44240 (330) 673-1347 
Shelly Whalen
Fax (614) 228-7213Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215(614) 228-7191
Christopher Dumford
5821 Lathrop Place
Cincinnati OH 45224(513) 383-1920
Randy Fisher
2271 Teardrop Avenue
Columbus OH 43235-7172 (614) 459-2896
Mary Goebel-Komala 
Sophos Wellness Center
500 N. Main 
Findlay, OH 45840 (419) 424-3292
Cheryl Hager
627 Yaronia Drive N.
Columbus OH 43214(614) 325-8679
Ann Harp
11827 Shadybrook Court
Pickerington OH 43147
Bobbie Corley O’Keefe, Esq.
830 E. Johnstown Road Suite B
Gahanna, OH 43230 (614) 414-0572
Jeff Hutson
Lane, Alton & Horst
2 Miranova Place Suite 500
Columbus OH 43215(614) 233-4747
Fax (614) 228-0146
Wood & Hancock County Common Pleas Courts
c/o Michael E. Hyrne
One Courthouse Square, 1st Fl. Bowling Green OH 43402(419) 354-9684
Fax: (419) 354-0331
Jacqueline B. Joiner Comprehensive Case Management Solutions, Inc.
1937 Fairfax Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45207(513) 221-5599
Fax: (513) 221-6881
Mediation Service Franklin Co. DR & Juvenile Court c/o Marya Kolman
373 S. High St. 3rd Floor
Columbus OH 43215(614) 462-5872
Fax: (614) 462-3748
Andrew L. Mahler
2302 Cheshire Woods Road
Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 350-0335
Linda McGraw
514 Woodland Court
Chagrin Falls OH 44022
Medvec Reed Resolution Services, LLC. c/o Jessica L. Medvec
P.O. Box 903
Chardon OH 44024(440) 413-1958
Renee Roberts
P.O. Box 234
Pickerington OH 43147(614) 446-7823
Fax: (614) 834-1835
Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604(419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802
Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258(330) 499-3069
Eleventh District Ct. of Appeals c/o Shibani Sheth-Massacci
111 High Street, N.E.
Warren OH 44481(330) 675-6681
Fax: (330) 675-7842
Suzanne L. Slowey
Attorney at Law #200
470 Old Worthington Road
Columbus OH 43082(740) 815-2480
Fax: (740) 657-8741
Donald R. Smith, Ph.D.
Doppler and Newton, Inc.
1047 Rudolph Court
Spring Hill FL 34609(352) 683-8440
Fax: (352) 683-8411
The Supreme Court of Ohio c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott
65 South Front Street 6th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-3431 (614) 387-9420
Fax: (614) 387-9359
Thomas A. Thompson
1210 Wet High Street
Bryan OH 43506(419) 636-5666
Fax: (419) 636-3919
Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor
Columbus OH 43215-4213(614) 644-8716
Fax (614) 466-3074
Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230(513) 498-6384
Fax (513) 624-6941
Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701(917) 209-4425
Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
173 W. Market Street
Warren OH 44481(330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training December 1, 2011 plus March 14 and June 6, 2012; Basic Mediation Training February 22 & 23 and May 9 & 10, 2012; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training April 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19, 2012.  Presenter Shelley Whalen, Executive Director of CMS and a past president of OMA.  Training site 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus OH, the Thurber Center CLE and CEU’s Contact CMS (614) 228-7191 or  HYPERLINK “”  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 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 .

North Coast Conflict Solutions and Cleveland Mediation Center has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at:

Creating Workplaces Where People Thrive

Foundations training in needs-basedcommunication and dynamic governance Join us for this training with a world renowned expert in applying Compassionate Communication to workplace environments, Gregg Kendrick.   This three-day workshop on December 8-10 provides an introduction to Needs-Based Communication and to Dynamic Governance, as well as a conceptual overview to how these processes begin to transform organizations to be places where people thrive while the organization’s purpose is robustly fulfilled.  INCLUDE Gregg will provide foundational skills in Needs-Based Communication and  Dynamic Governance for people who are considering, or are involved in, transforming their workplace or organizational culture.  Everyone is welcome at this training! It will be of particular interest to Business owners and executives, Consultants and trainers, HR managers and EAP providers, Practitioners of Compassionate Communication who want to see how needs-based communication works in a business setting, Entrepreneurs and visionary leaders who want to “do business” in a new and transformative way, Managers and supervisors who want to inspire their staff rather than continually oversee and motivate them.   Learn more about Gregg Kendrick and his first-hand experience with transforming organizational and business cultures.

Jeff Brown, Executive Director , Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio Phone:  614-558-1141 Web:

2012 Canadian School of Peacebuilding June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012

Come this summer to learn with peacebuilders – local and international, young and old, students, practitioners, and those new to peacebuilding – at the fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding.  We invite you to participate in your choice of five-day courses for personal inspiration, professional development, or academic credit.  You can apply now at

The fourth annual Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), a program of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), will be held in Winnipeg, MB, June 18-22 and 25-29, 2012.  Two 5-day sessions, each with three courses running concurrently, will be offered for training or for academic credit.  The CSOP is designed to be an environment characterized by (a) education for peace and justice, (b) learning through thinking and doing, (c) generous hospitality and radical dialogue, and (d) the modeling of invitational community.  The Canadian School of Peacebuilding is for people from all faiths, countries and identity groups.

We are delighted to again be able to offer courses taught by expert and engaging instructors who are committed to peace work.  You are invited to join us this international gathering for one or more of the following courses:

Session I – June 18-22, 2012

Great Leaders of Peace: Stories of Aboriginal, Canadian and International Leaders

Instructor: Ovide Mercredi

Peace Skills Practice

Instructor: Karen Ridd

Speaking Out…and Being Heard – Citizen Advocacy

Instructors: Stuart Clark & Sophia Murphy

Session II – June 25-29, 2012

Participant Driven Processes: Cultivating Change, Respecting Difference

Instructor: Barry Stuart

Faith, Music & Inter-Ethnic Reconciliation

Instructor: Ivo Marković

Women & Peacebuilding

Instructors: Ouyporn Khuankaew & Anna Snyder

Registration is now available at or by e-mailing  Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Web Sites of Interest: 

Ohio Mediation Association:

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management:   

Ohio Community Mediation Association:

Ohio State Bar Association:

Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO)