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


March / April 2010

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Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication
March/April 2010

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236
Immediate Past President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail:
Vice President:  Phil Dunfee (740) 366-3297 E-mail:
Treasurer:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 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 except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences the Friday of Ohio’s Conflict Management Week in May.)

May 7, 2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE—note different date than first Friday of even numbered months—Conflict Management Week finale.

To be held at the Riffe Center in downtown Columbus.  See flyer attached concerning the Panel Discussion on the State of Mediation in Ohio.  Panelists include: Judith Wayne Thomas, Wendy S. Hawbaker, Richard McGriogan, Susan Grody Ruben, Sarah Cole, Teresa Cusma, Jay Patterson, and Maria Mone; Moderators Maara Fink and Terry Wheeler.

June 4, 2010 TBA

Aug. 7, 2010  TBA

Oct. 2, 2010 TBA

Dec. 4, 2010 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
by Maara Fink

Allow me to set the scene – your devoted OMA board gathered ‘round the table with pencils in hand and pensive looks on faces.  What were we doing, you might ask?  Diligently attempting to generate innovative ideas for an amazing annual conference designed to thrill and delight our members. No short order you realize.  In truth, we, just like the rest of you, want to attend a conference that we actually find interesting, informative, enlightening, and useful.

We proceeded to review “big” names in the field; discuss the benefits of “toolbox” trainings; and emphasize the importance of meeting the needs of our members.  The pensive looks became bored looks and soon a few barely-stifled yawns crept across the faces around the table.  Then someone then uttered these words, “…what are we really interested in?”  We quickly became engaged in a very lively conversation.  Finally, some enthusiasm around the table!

It was through this conversation that realized it was time to try something new.  As much as we love our “big” names and our “toolbox” trainings (and we really do love them), the time had come to bring together experts in the field for a REAL discussion of the issues facing mediators and field of mediation. We know this may be risky.  We know this may cause some feelings of discomfort for a few of you.  But, if we don’t have these very important conversations with each other, we will continue to struggle to establish ourselves as legitimate professionals in a legitimate field of practice.  IT IS WORTH IT!

Therefore, I hope you will plan to join us on May 7, 2010 at the Riffe Center for our 2010 Annual Conference. The program is designed to be interactive and we want to hear from YOU.  Please visit our website for conference and membership registration and information.  For your convenience, please note that you can pay online with PayPal.

I’ll see you in May!

Member News: David Voth, Executive Director Crime Victim Services in Lima has published a book: Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide.  It includes core crime victim needs and logic models for victim services and victim offender mediation.  It is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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 April 20, 2010.  My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax:  (614) 863-4775 E-mail: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor

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 lunch time on the second Friday of every other 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.  The meeting time is 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; the meeting location is the Hyde Park Hyde Park Branch of the Hamilton County Public Library, 2747 Erie Avenue.  Attendees may bring lunch to the meetings.

The schedule of meeting topics is below. With the exception of the September meeting, the schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change. Join the Mediation Council for regular meeting reminders with updated information.  If you have questions or need information, contact Chris Baker at 513-639-9132.

May 14, 2010:  The group meets for its annual luncheon gathering at a restaurant to be named later.

Save the Date: ACR 10th Annual Conference September 1-4, 2010, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, ACR’s 10th Annual Conference will be the major event of the year for conflict resolution practitioners!  Over 1000 professionals will attend and participate in over 100 thought provoking workshops. There will be ample networking opportunities held throughout the conference. Bring your families and discover the magic that is Chicago!  This year’s conference theme is, “Many Paths: One Destination.”  Come celebrate the oneness, unity and the common goal we share in reaching our destination, peaceful conflict resolution.  Information on conference registration, exhibiting, advertising and sponsorship will be posted on the ACR website ( in early March. For more information contact Beth Murray at

American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution 11th Annual Spring Conference April 15-18, 2010 Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, New York.  ADR: Building Bridges to a Better Society. Early Bird Registration ends March 10, 2009.  Conference website

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 Gina Weisshaar, OMA Secretary for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

L. Anna Firestone, JD
Bowen, Keck & Firestone
338 S. High Street
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 255-2015
Fax: (614) 453-8121

Tom McGuire
23520 Brister Road
Coolville OH 45723 (740) 591-0733
Fax: (740) 667-0435


Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training April 14 & 15; or June 9 & 10; or September 15 & 16; or December 1 & 2, 2010; Basic Mediation Refresher Course March 10, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training April 22 or October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training May 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14, or November 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2010.  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 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 have announced trainings for 2009.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at:

The Association of Attorney-Mediators announces its Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual Meeting, March 26 and 27, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri MARK YOUR CALENDAR and plan to be with your colleagues for this outstanding Advanced Mediator Training.  We return with our member requested, two partial-day format, filled with refreshing speakers and invigorating topics. The training will begin at noon on the 26th, followed by an early evening meal and unusual activities for participants and guests, and adjourn on Saturday the 27tharound noon, allowing the afternoon for sightseeing or early travel home. The venue for the training will be the Renaissance St. Louis Grand & Suites Hotel, on popular Washington Avenue, at the discounted rate of $109 (plus tax) per night. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the AAM website at

Pepperdine University School of Law A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.  Malibu California June 10-12, 2010 and Vermont Law School Woodstock Vermont October 14-16, 2010.  For more information visit or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342. Mediation & other dispute resolution workshops at each.

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio is offering several opportunities in 2010 to experience Compassionate Communication from several presenters including:  Friday-Saturday, April 16-17: “Embodying Compassion,” with Dian Killian, Ph.D. (from Brooklyn, NY); Friday-Sunday, August 27-29: “Embodied Spirituality of Nonviolent Communication,” with Robert Gonzales, Ph.D. (Prescott, AZ). We hope to see you at one of more of these events — click here for more information or to register.

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)

For the 2010 OMA Conference Flyer, Please go here