Serving Ohio’s Mediators and those in need of Mediation services


July / August 2006

By January 7, 2006Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

A Monthly(?) Publication July/August 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail:
Immediate Past President/Mediate Ohio Editor: Shirley Cochran (614) 863-4775 E-mail:
Vice President: Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail:
Treasurer: Dan DeStephen (913) 775-2067 E-mail:
Secretary: Christy Radigan (614) 855-6926 E-mail:
Web Guru: Martha Antolik (937) 264-2336 E-mail:

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.)

October 6, 2006 Settlement Hearings: Christine Magee, JD, Chief Magistrate Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court with Beth Leger, Sue Tucker, and Sandra Fredrick, LSW Mediator and Judge Carol

J. Dezso of the Summit County Court.

December 1, 2006 Keystone (Peter Adler and others) called an invitation only conference to discuss the current and future state of the mediation profession. Our Treasurer, Dan DeStephen accepted the invitation and “had” to spend a weekend in October in a beautiful lodge in Denver. Come hear what the 70 or so who were part of this historic conference had to say from one of the attendees.

February 2, 2007 Debbie Taylor, Victim Offender Mediation in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

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
Is Anybody Out There?
By Jay M. Patterson

My first column as president in the May 2006 OMA Newsletter, Mediate Ohio asked you to consider your personal role in advancing the field of mediation. In that column I stated my belief that a strong professional association is one of the essential elements necessary to advance the field of mediation.

I also stated that OMA hoped to establish several committees in order to foster the advancement of mediation. The column further asked members to play their part in advancing the field by volunteering to serve on a committee. Since that time the silence has been deafening.

Although we do have one committee under way (i.e. the Case Study committee), I’m not aware of a single member stepping up to participate on any other committee. If you are waiting for another mediator to do the job for you, this column is to put you on notice that it is not occurring. The other committees OMA had hoped to establish are, Membership, Speakers/Topics (for bi-monthly meetings), Annual Conference; and two ad hoc committees, Web site/ Technology and Public Policy. These committees will almost certainly not be established unless members step up and do their part.

As I said, if you are satisfied with the state of the field of mediation, then perhaps you don’t see the need to actively participate in OMA to work on advancing the field. If, on the other hand, you think more could and should be done through a professional association then, in my opinion, you lose your right to complain about the lack of the fulfillment of mediation’s potential if you don’t do your part to advance the field as a whole.

Break the silence. Your profession needs you. OMA needs you. Please contact me personally or another Board Member to either volunteer or obtain more information before you commit.

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 I look forward to hearing from you.

Mediate Ohio Material: Please send material for Mediate Ohio by the 20th of the month to permit publication in the newsletter. The next deadline is September 20, 2005. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

Job Announcements: There are some announcements that become available for the meetings. Be sure to attend the meeting and check Mediate Ohio 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. In addition, watch for e-mails from the OMA President. An additional website to check is at


Association for Conflict Resolution News

Come and participate in ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Past, Shaping The Future,” in Philadelphia, PA, October 25-28th.  The conference will host a variety of workshops, lectures, panels and intimate roundtable discussions on the issues of conflict resolution with some of the most experienced professionals in the field.  The conference itself is set up in collaboration with ACR’s overall mission, “to enhance the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.”  The conference is open to anyone interested in educating, learning, and participating in conflict resolution skills and techniques. You will not want to miss this opportunity to share conflict resolution theories and practices. We guarantee this is a wonderful experience for your overall professional development, not to mention a one-of-a-kind chance to network with the best professionals in the field! ACR thanks you for your valuable contribution to the conflict resolution field.  See Editorial Comment: Ohio’s mediation community is well represented at this conference as for example, this year’s ACR President is our own Terry Wheeler, Myra Kolman is conference educational co-chair or whatever her official title is, and OMA Immediate Past President Shirley Cochran will be presenting so come to Philly and join with all the Ohioans who will be there soaking up the history of the area.

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 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.


ABC Resolution c/o Tina Neyer
8212 Indian Trail Drive
Cincinnati OH 45243
(513) 256-2408 

Fax: (513) 354-3698

Martha Boyce 

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783

Crime Victim Services c/o David Voth
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801
(419) 222-8666 

Fax: (419) 227-7478

Walter N. Harrop 

203 Freer Court

Ashland OH 44805

(419) 289-8344

Lynn Hensler—Contractor 

3823 Foxtail Lane
Cincinnati OH 45248

(513) 941-1881

Marie Hill 

2004 Forestcrest Way
Cincinnati OH 45244

(513) 378-8548

Counseling Services of Marietta. LLC c/o Megan Krivchenia, M.Ed. L.P.C.C. 

115 2nd Street

Marietta OH 45750

(740) 373-7792 

Fax: (740) 374-3551

Faye Sutton List
42857 N. Ridge Road 

Elyeria OH 44035

(440) 324-9619 

Fax: (440) 324-9001

Lorain County Court Civil Mediation Office 

c/o Gail Ignatz-Hoover

225 Court Street, Room 301

Elyria OH 44035

(440) 328-2250 

Fax: (440) 328-2252

Smart Choices Mediation Services c/o Leslie Powell Martin, Unit B
1989 Unionville Crt. 

Helena Montana 59601

(406) 449-1310

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D. 

Doppler and Newton, Inc.

531 Cressida Circle

Spring Hill FL 34609

(352) 683-8440 

Fax: (352) 683-8411


Patti Smith
3478 Run Around Road 

Junction City OH 43748

(740) 987-7466 

Fax: (740) 987-7466

Dr. John Spiesman 

P. O. Box 042
Thompson OH 44086-0042

(440) 992-1144 x 26 

Fax: (440) 998-1996

Supreme Court of Ohio Dispute Resolution Section 

c/o Jacqueline C. Hagerott

65 S. Front Street, 6th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-3431

(614) 387-9420 

Fax: (614) 387-9409

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute James Petas Senior Mediator 

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 245-1951 

Fax: (419) 245-1802

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive 

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050


2006-2007 Meeting Schedule

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. Members as well as non-members are welcome to attend the meetings; annual membership fees are $15.00. Meeting Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Location : The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati* Rookwood Tower (5th Floor) 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500 *Health Foundation will not allow food to be brought in to its facility. Please Note: with the exception of the September meeting, the following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for monthly meeting reminders with updated information.

September 13, 2006: Jack Spille facilitates a discussion of the results of the recent survey sent to members regarding the mission, organizational structure and future direction of the Mediation Council.

October 11, 2006: Jay Patterson, Ohio Mediation Association (OMA) President, addresses the group about the OMA and leads an informal and interactive discussion about ways in which the OMA and the Mediation Council could work together.

November 8, 2006: Marie Hill presents on the topic of “Collaborative Practice”. Learn about this relatively new form of ADR in which a variety of professionals, who are trained in the principles of Collaborate Practice, come together to resolve divorce conflicts.

December, 2006: No Meeting

January 10, 2007: “Do Men and Women Communicate Differently When in Conflict?” Cynthia Berryman-Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati discusses whether and how communication differs between the sexes when in conflict.

February 14, 2007: “Mediating Wrongful Death Cases: One Mediator’s Experience” Roz Florez, Mediator, Hamilton County Common Pleas ADR, shares her experiences and thoughts on mediating these types of cases.

March 14, 2007: Cathie Kuhl reviews and leads the group in a discussion about the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

April 11, 2007: “Mediation Case Studies” Marie Bader presents two cases and leads the group in a discussion of those cases.

May 9, 2007: The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

If you have questions or need information, contact Marie Bader at 859-380-2137


Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Announces the 5th Annual

Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training October 19-20, 2006

Sheraton City Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada Join some of North America's leading mediators and mediation advocates in a two-day interactive course on advanced mediation and advocacy skills. From preparation for mediation to impasse-breaking tips, participants will learn successful strategies and techniques used by experienced mediators and advocates. This lively cross-border program offers you an unparalleled opportunity-engaging presentations, short, to-the-point plenary sessions, and interactive small-group discussions exploring each stage of the mediation process. In addition to presentations by experienced mediators, to add an advocate's perspective to all topics, the plenary sessions include in-house counsel, and plaintiff's and defense attorneys, all with extensive experience in mediation.

Featuring Small Group Sessions to Encourage Full Participation , High Faculty-to-Participant Ratio to Maximize Skills , Limited Attendance , Practice Development Tips and Strategies , Cocktail Reception with the Faculty For more information visit: To register fax the completed registration form to 202-662-1683.



Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training September 13 & 14, or November 29 & 30, 2006 or February 21 & 22 or April 18 & 19, 2007 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 4, 5, 10, 11, & 12, 2006 or May 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2007. Presenter Shelley Whalen, LSW, 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 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 .


Basic Mediation Training for Residence Life Staff, Students, and Higher Education Faculty Sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 , 9AM to 5PM Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

· Do you often deal with conflict?

· Are you looking for new and more effective ways to address conflict at your university?

· Would you like to improve your own conflict resolution skills?

· Would you like to use new mediation concepts and skills to manage conflict in your university environment?

You are invited to attend a basic mediation skills training sponsored by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. The training will focus specifically on mediation in residence life settings in higher education.

Who should attend: Priority in attendance will be given to teams (at least 2 individuals from an Ohio college or university) including University/College Resident Assistants, Residence Hall Directors, Area Coordinators, and students from Residence Life.

When: September 15th, 16th and 17th, 2006 from 9AM to 5PM, with one free hour for lunch.

Where: Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

Cost: Training fees will be covered by the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution, however, each attendee will need to pay $25 to cover the cost of the training manual. Lunch will not be provided.

Training Topics include:

· Conflict 101 · Definition, Characteristics, and Standards of Mediation
· Mediation Stages · Active listening skills
· Mediation Skills · Ethical issues and confidentiality

Attendance at all three days is required. A complete information packet including location, parking, agenda, and a request for sample case studies will be mailed to applicants upon receipt of their registration form.  A certificate will be issued upon completion of the three day training.

The training will be conducted by Kenzi Bisbing from Townhall II in Kent, Ohio, and Teresa Cusma from the Community Mediation Center Stark County in Canton, Ohio.

Registration Deadline September 1st, 2006. Space is limited to 30 participants and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Teams of Ohio college and university faculty/staff and students from residence life will receive priority.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Batton, Director of Education Programs, Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at 614-644-9275 or via email at


Beech Acres Mediation Training September 28-29, 2006 Join us from 9am—4:30 pm to learn conflict resolution skills. 12–Hour Basic Class This program will present the basic process of mediation. The style is interactive using video and role-play. Class is offered for attorneys, court personnel, EAP staff, educators, mental health professionals, clergy and those who wish to learn the skills of mediation. Goal: Introduces basic concepts of mediation & role play to work out family and workplace conflict scenarios. Objectives: • Participant will understand the difference between mediation & counseling. • Participant will understand the different models of mediation. • Course will cover different ethical issues & how professionals using mediation can address those issues. • Participants will practice mediation techniques & writing agreements. Continuing Education Credits: 12 CEU clock hours are available for social workers and counselors licensed in Ohio. CLE credits are available for Ohio attorneys. 6881 Beechmont Avenue Cincinnati, OH Register by 9/5/06 to receive a special rate of only $225. Bring a friend and receive an additional $50 off your registration. Location: Beech Acres Administration Building Cost: $250 VISA and Master Card are accepted. Training manual is included. Full payment is required at time of registration. Checks should be payable to Beech Acres. Continental breakfast each day. Snacks are served in the afternoon. Lunch on your own. Cancellation: Deposit is refundable (less $25.00 service fee) up to 1 week prior to the training. For Questions: Call 513-231-6630 or


Register early for Purpose Drives Practice: An International Conference on Transformative Mediation St. Paul, MN  / September 17th & 18th, 2006.

    • Join Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger, Winners of the 2006 Andrew Thomas PeaceBuilder Award, along with Andrew Thomas, visionary leader in community mediation for over 25 years, and other highly regarded speakers.
    • Presented by The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, with Platinum Co-sponsors, The Conflict Resolution Center of the University of North Dakota, The Conflict Studies Programs and the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University, Hofstra University School of Law, and Twin Cities Mediation.

Go to http:// to see the full list of workshops and to register now. Dan Simon 612-824-8988 Twin Cities Mediation 1716 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN  55408 Sign up by July 28th to receive the early-bird discount! In addition to transformative mediation’s creators, developers, trainers, practitioners, and biggest clients, our conference will feature leaders from other fields, including:

      • Michael Herman, a pioneer in the practice of Open Space Technology.
      • Mary Rose OReilly, teacher, contemplative thinker and author of Radical Presence:  Teaching as Contemplative Practice, The Peaceable Classroom, and The Barn at the End of the World.
      • Kay Pranis, influential teacher and practitioner in the Restorative Justice movement.
      • Stu Webb, creator of collaborative law.

Please join all of us for an exploration of how our underlying values affect our work. Registration and full conference brochure at Register early to guarantee your place in St. Paul!

ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEY-MEDIATORS Presents “Advanced Mediator Training:  Tricks of the Trade” Friday, November 10, 2006 Houston, Texas Houston Marriott West Loop, 1750 West Loop South, By the Galleria 1-800-613-3982 Room Block Code by phone:  Association of Attorney-Mediators $129.00 Per Night Rate (Internet Reservation Group Code: AAM_AAMA) Training begins at approximately 8:30 am and adjourns at 5:30 pm. Agenda and registration information will “appear” on the website soon. Save the Date. . . Association of Attorney-Mediators P. O. Box 741955 Dallas, Texas  75374-1955 1-800-280-1368 email:


Web Sites of Interest:

Ohio Mediation Association:
Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management:
Ohio State Bar Association:
Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio (MANO)



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