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


Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication May 2006

President: Jay Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail:
Immediate Past President/Newscaster 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.)

June 2, 2006 Case Study Kickoff. As a result of the survey of members, OMA is starting a case study group. Bring a case to discuss where you wish you had a co-mediator or to get someone else’s reaction to what occurred, or one in which something worked you did not think would, or just come to listen and learn from other mediators.

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
Ask Not What the Mediation Profession Can Do For You…

If you are satisfied with the state of mediation in our society, you need not read another line of this column. If you think mediation has achieved it full potential, you can skip any column I ever write. If, however, you believe as I do that we have not even begun to scratch the surface of the potential of mediation to improve the quality of life of countless people, then my comments are aimed at you.

As I begin my term as President of OMA, I intend to use this column to share my thoughts, provoke you to think about your personal role in advancing the field of mediation, and challenge you to action. You need not agree with me, but I submit to you that maintaining the status quo in our profession is simply not acceptable. Therefore, I believe it is the responsibility of all mediators to take action beyond just the good work we do when we have clients in front of us.

So I ask you, when is the last time you took a specific concrete action to advance the field of mediation as a whole beyond simply providing services to your clients or marketing your own services? If you can’t think of a recent action step you took to make the mediation pie bigger rather than simply getting your slice of it, then, with all due respect, you are part of the problem of the under- utilization of mediation.

Over the years, I have had countless conversations with mediators ruing the reality that mediation is extremely difficult to perform as a vocation. There are lots of good reasons mediation has not fulfilled its potential; far too many to recite in this single column. However, I posit that at the core of many of those reasons is a failure on our part as professionals to act in an organized, cohesive, and unified way to change the cultural paradigm of how society deals with conflict.

One of the most important elements to advancing the field of mediation is a strong, active, articulate, and enthusiastic voice for the profession. Although OMA has done some of this work in the past, I would like OMA to become even better and more active. However, this will not happen just because we want it to happen. It will only occur if you, as a serious professional engaged in the practice of mediation, put you talents, energy and ideas to use.

OMA has endeavored to form several committees we think are crucial to becoming that true voice for the profession. Those committees are: 1. Funding (to increase OMA’s financial resources to advance mediation), 2. Membership (to maintain and increase the pool of professionals actively engaged as professional mediators, 3. Speakers/Topics (for our bi-monthly meetings), 4. Annual Conference (to plan and implement our annual conference), and 5. Case Study (to organize periodic review of cases to increase our skills). In addition, we would like to have two ad hoc committees: 1. Technology (regarding our web site to serve our members) and 2. Public Policy (regarding issues or legislation with regard to mediation). We need you to take the step to help OMA play a role in controlling our own destiny as a profession. We need you to become a member of a committee. Please contact me or another Officer of OMA to show your commitment to advancing the profession by becoming a member of the committee of your choice.

I invite you to share your thoughts about the mediation field with me personally, or better yet, in a letter to the editor of our newsletter, Mediate Ohio.

Thank you.

As my terms as President wind down I must take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of the assistance provided to me over the years. From our Vice President Jay Patterson who took every opportunity to learn about the ways things are done to copy or improve upon them; to Dan DeStephen who as our Treasurer looked after our money and invested it for the first time; to Sheri Center who was a great friend as well as wonderful Secretary; and Martha Antolik as our Past President providing another voice in the discussions and of course our web guru who tried to teach me how to put pages onto the web, unsuccessfully and how to send bulk e-mail successfully—almost to the point I think people were getting tired of getting them from me! Our new board members were also invaluable. Susan Shostak worked on membership, Ramona Inskeep on fundraising and Joe Palmer being the latest addition all providing their own perspective on the direction of OMA as well as hours of work to help meet those goals.

Most of all I want to thank our members who by renewing their memberships or joining have given me the idea that we may be doing something right to try to move our profession forward. Thank you—all of you, Shirley Cochran


Ohio Mediation Association Membership Survey

In January 2006, the Ohio Mediation Association requested feedback from current members in the form of an online survey. The OMA Board has reviewed the results of the survey and have taken actions in a number of areas based on the results. Approximately 34% of OMA’s membership responded to the survey.

The survey generated a umber of possible topics for Robert Benjamin’s presentation on May 12th at the OMA State Conference. Based on the responses, the OMA has asked Robert to speak on how to address combative parties and how to assist parties overcome impasses.

The responses to the survey on the day, time, and location of the OMA meetings reveal high levels of satisfaction with the day (91% preferring to keep the meeting on Friday) and the time (82% preferring to keep the 11:30 to 2:30 pm time). While the survey found a general preference for keeping the meeting in Columbus (68%), there is some interest in holding a meeting outside of Columbus. The OMA Board will therefore make every effort to hold one of the association’s meetings at a location outside of Columbus. The survey also generated a list of potential topics of interest to OMA members for the meetings. This list will be forwarded to the program chair.

The survey reported there is strong interest in an ongoing case-study group–74% of those responding to the survey indicated an interest. The Board has asked Susan Shostak to contact those expressing an interest in participating in such a group. OMA will send an announcement on a day, time, and location for the first meeting to all members.

A variety of members indicated a willingness to participate on a number of potential OMA Committees (Membership, Annual Conference, Fundraising, and Newsletter). The OMA Board will create a description of what each committee’s charge and contact those expressing an interest to serve on one of these committees. OMA will also send a second announcement to all members soliciting additional volunteers for these committees.

A number of individuals expressed an interest in either running for an office in OMA or serving as an appointed Board member. Jay Paterson, president-elect, has those wishing to run for an office with information on the steps necessary to appear on the ballot. The new OMA Board will meet in early April to discuss the question of how many appointed positions will be available for the OMA Board. The goal is to have a full Board in place by the May annual meeting.

The survey generated a list of functions/services members wanted from OMA. This list will be used as the foundation for planning/prioritizing the work of the OMA Board over the next year. The Board will keep the membership informed on actions coming out of this discussion via the newsletter and email. One item that did emerge from the survey question on how to find the resources for improving the quality of services provided to members by the OMA was membership dues. OMA has never increased membership dues since the creation of the organization. The Board has decided to increase dues to $50/year to enable serve members.

A sizable majority of members (80%) feel that OMA should conduct a state-wide public education program about mediation. A variety of ways were also suggested for how such a campaign could be funded. The Board will continue to explore ways to increase the public’s awareness of mediation.

Most members (56%) report satisfaction with the state of the Ohio mediation field in terms of the quality of services. About an equal number (59%), however, were not satisfied with how frequently mediation is used in Ohio. Over two-third’s (69%) of the respondents believe that some type of certification or licensure would be helpful to advance the field of mediation in Ohio. On each of these questions, members provided the Board with written comments to explain their feelings. In the case of certification/licensure, the comments also included what the certification/licensure process would look like.

The OMA Board has agreed to continue to discuss the question of mediator certification. At this time, however, the Board has not made a decision on the desirability of OMA becoming a certifying body for mediation within Ohio. The Board has agreed to continue discussing this topic in search of a consensus among Board members.

The Board wishes to thank all the OMA members who participated in the survey. Questions concerning the results of the survey can be directed to Dan DeStephen at


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.


Editor’s Column
By Shirley Cochran

“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.” Jane Goodall

We have been up to a lot here at OMA since January. We elected new officers, appointed new non-voting members of the Board, had our annual conference and meeting as well as given out our Better World Award. We have cleaned up our directory for membership through membership year 2004-2005 and are working on 2005-2006, figured out how to put pdf files on the website, (well Martha has anyway), and have sent out bulk e-mails about jobs we are aware of and other information we believe our members want to know. We want this newsletter to be as helpful to our members as possible so let me know if there is anything we need to work on as months go by. Thanks.


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, 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:

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.


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 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 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.


Tracy Anderson 

431 Columbian Avenue
Columbus OH 43223

(614) 279-1867

Sandusky & Seneca Co. Co. Pleas Court Barbara J. Ansted
201 N. Park Avenue 

Fremont OH 43420

(419) 334-7436 

Fax (419) 334-8866

Martha L. Antolik
1424 Cole Court
Vandalia OH 45377
(937) 264-2336

TALK WORKS! Mediation Services c/o Marie U. Bader
P.O. Box 176206
Covington KY 41017-6206
(859) 380-2137

Julia Benkert
2220 Deerfield Crossing
Piqua OH 45356
(937) 778-1618 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

Vi Berlin Accent Mediation
864 Wallwood Drive
Copley OH 44321
(330) 668-9710 

Fax (330) 665-9182

Tina M. Bickert
8894 Kingsley Drive 

Reynoldsburg OH 43068

(614) 866-6682

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW 

Dover OH 44622

(330) 243-5431

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
P.O. Box 13786
Columbus OH 43209-1866
(614) 783-7281 

Fax (614) 231-1855

Center for Resolution Of Disputes, Inc. c/o Jerry H. Lawson President
8 West Ninth Street
Cincinnati OH 45202-2036
(513) 721-4466 

Fax (513) 721-3383

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


Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Colleen K.E. Fear
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177
(937) 383-3286 

Fax (937) 383-1245

Shirley A. Cochran
2897 Liberty Bell Lane
Reynoldsburg OH 43068-3930
(614) 863-4775 

Fax (614) 863-4775

Ray A. Cox, Esq.
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459
(937) 291-3119 

Fax: (937) 291-3229

John J. Cruze
Cruze Mediation Services
6470 A Glenway Ave. #270
Cincinnati OH 45211
(513) 256-6642 

Fax: (513) 598-6800

James J. Cullers
920 Club Drive
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 392-0391 

Fax (740) 392-0391

Paula Daniel
1635 Cambridge Blvd.
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 487-1036 

Fax: (614) 487-1396

Donna Dansker
1319 Stonemill Court
Cincinnati OH 45215
(513) 821-0767 

Fax (513) 821-4089

Dan DeStephen, Center for Teaching and Learning Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton OH 45435
(937) 775-2067/264-2336 

Fax (937) 775-3152

1424 Cole Court

Vandalia OH 45377

Delaware County Juvenile Court c/o Faith Walzak
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 83-2610 

Fax (740) 833-2599

Phillip Dunfee
1407 Morgan Bryan Drive
Newark OH 43055
(740) 366-3297

Gregory L. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 506-3782 (cell)

Maxine R. Edmonds
5036 Buffalo Run
Westerville OH 43081
(614) 895-0025

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870
(419) 627-7782 

Fax: (419) 627-6600

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

375 South High St., 16th Floor

Columbus OH 43215

(614) 645-8500 

Fax: (614) 645-8465

Guernsey Co. Common Pleas Ct. c/o Mag. 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

Rhonda D. Hixon 

Fayette Co. Juvenile Court
110 E. Court Street
Washington C.H. OH 43160

(740) 335-0640 

Fax: (740) 333-3598

Kathleen P. Hoenie Family Matters Mediation Services
2227 Buckley Road
Columbus OH 43220-4613
(614) 457-3177 

Fax (614) 457-3177

Jeff Hutson
175 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 233-4747 

Fax (614) 228-0146

Joint Off. of Citizen Complaints 

c/o Diane D. Welborn
15 E. Fourth St., Suite 208

Dayton OH 45402

(937) 223-4613 

Fax: (937) 228-1183

Louie R. Kindell
PO Box 1454 419 N. Wayne St.
Piqua, OH 45356
(937) 773-8047 

Fax: (937) 773-5858

Knox County Court of Common Pleas Mediation Services c/o Rochelle R. Fritz
111 East High Street, 2nd Floor
Mount Vernon OH 43050
(740) 393-6817 

Fax (740) 393-5096

Edward M. Krauss
Dispute Resolution, Inc.
783 South Sixth Street
Columbus OH 43206-2130
(614) 444-5872

Cathie Kuhl, Director, Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Private Complaint Mediation Service
230 E. Ninth Street, Suite 1150
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 946-3400
Fax: (513) 946-3388

Pamela Lemaster
244 Isaac Tharp Street 

Pataskala OH 43062

(614) 306-3402

Licking Co. DR Ct. c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055
(740) 670-5409 

Fax: (740) 670-5419

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980
(614) 792-7681

Cheryl Lowry, Ph.D.
Conflict Management Services
1500 W. 3rd Ave., Suite 126
Columbus OH 43212
(614) 488-4540 

Fax (614) 488-4530

Lucas Co. DR Court
c/o Denise Logan
429 N. Michigan St., Ste. A
Toledo OH 43624-1692
(419) 213-6800 

Fax: (419) 213-6808

Mahoning Valley Dispute Resolution Service c/o Dorothy Kane, Director
25 East Boardman Street
Youngstown OH 44503
(330) 744-4244 

Fax: (330) 744-4480


Frederick Meister
150 E. Mound St., Suite 200
Columbus OH 43215-5429
(614) 221-1644 

Fax: (614) 221-1696

Margaret E. Honore Miller
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601
(740) 775-0333 x 115 

Fax: (740) 775-2512

Robert H. Monnaville
163 N. Sandusky St., # 103
Delaware OH 43015
(740) 363-7182 

Fax: (740) 363-7153

Vickie Moreland 

Butler County DR Court

315 High Street, 3rd Floor

Hamilton OH 45011

(513) 785-5805 

Fax: (513) 785-5372

Patrick J. Murphy
526 Superior Ave., Suite 1400
Cleveland OH 44114
(216) 875-2067 

Fax: (216) 875-1570

Joseph E. Natalie
452 W. Lawndale Place
Zanesville OH 43701-3950
(740) 454-0811

Nancy R. Nickey, Mediation Services of Franklin County
5616 Hensel Woods Road
Gahanna OH 43230-1811
(614) 855-5233 

Fax (614) 855-5233

Linda Norris
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068
(614) 863-9249

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services c/o Christopher DelFavero 

PO Box 70

Napoleon OH 43545

(419) 592-5105 

Fax: (419) 592-2759

Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management c/o Ed Krauss 

77 S. High Street, 24th Floor

Columbus OH 43215-6108

Phone 614/752-9595 

Fax 614/752-9682

Ohio State University c/o Carole Hinchcliff, Moritz College of Law Library
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210
(614) 292-2962 

F (614) 292-9438

Brenda Ohlinger
4875 Chevy Chase Avenue
Columbus OH 43220
(614) 459-2323 

Fax: (614) 761-2988

Joseph R. Palmer, Ph.D.
Mediation Services of Ohio
536 S. Third Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-5515 

Fax (614) 461-0066

Jay Patterson
372 Oakland Park Avenue
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 403-3825

Marcie Patzak-Vendetti
101 Wildwood Drive
Boardman OH 44512
(330) 965-3694 (home) (330) 740-2278 Mahoning Co. Juvenile Ct.

David Wade Peck
Barron, Peck Bennie, & Schlemmer Co. L.P.A.
3074 Madison Road
Cincinnati OH 45209
(513) 533-2002 

Fax (513) 721-2401

Ronald E. Pedge
PO Box 423
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 653-2200

Michelle Quinn
3563 Mountshannon Road 

Columbus OH 43221

(614) 921-8779

Christy K. Radigan 

7058 Dean Farm Road
New Albany OH 43054

(614) 855-6926 (home) 

Fax (614) 855-2798

Robert E. Rosenberg
Stephens & Rosenberg, Attorneys at Law
206 South Meridian St. # A
Ravenna OH 44266
(330) 296-3434 

Fax: (330) 296-3435

Vivian T. Russell
1504 Venice Drive
Columbus OH 43207
(614) 491-5597 

Fax (614) 491-3404

Nancy J. Savage
9301 Huntshire Ave. NW
North Canton OH 44720-8258
(330) 499-3069 

Fax (330) 499-0905


Julie A. Schafer, Esq.
755 White Pond Dr., Suite 403
Akron OH 44320
(330) 864-2003 

Fax (330) 864-7155

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130
(740) 681-1031 

Fax (740) 689-3631

Mary L. Shumard, LSW, CCDCI Tylersville Crossing
5750 Gateway Blvd. #103
Mason OH 45040-1497
(513) 779-7400 

Fax: (513) 779-7624

Carol Siekierka, Montgomery Co. Domestic Relations Court
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248
(937) 496-7228 

Fax (937) 496-7443


Harrold W. Spicknall, Ph.D.
2608 Ashton Road 

Cleveland Heights OH 44118

(216) 321-1025
Fax: (216) 321-8909

John C. Spille
3200 N. Whitetree Circle
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 794-1137

Summit County DR Court
c/o Edward Schneider
205 South High Street
Akron OH 44308
(330) 643-5456

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236
(513) 791-8849 

Fax (513) 791-8873

Diane Tedeschi On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235
(614) 459-0826 

Fax: (614) 459-4720

Judith Thomas
136 E. Broadway
Granville OH 43023
(740) 587-3367 

Fax (740) 587-1612

Fredric P. Tilton
4007 Bach-Buxton Road
Amelia OH 45102
(513) 752-3051 

Fax: (513) 752-8267

Edward E. Turner
65 E. State Street, 12th Floor 

Columbus OH 43215-4213

(614) 644-8716 876-0089 

Fax (614) 466-3074

Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court 

c/o Andrea L. Fischer-Immke
125 East High Ave. Room 225
New Philadelphia OH 44663

(330) 365-3269 

Fax (330) 365-3398

VN Consulting Inc. c/o Lucretia K. Van Niel, MSW, LISW
4265 Waterside Place
Grove City OH 43123
(614) 871-1815 

Fax (614) 871-1820

Barbara A. Venesy, Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy 

2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751

(330) 864-6060 

Fax (330) 864-6060

James A. Veri
6310 Fay Road
Concord OH 44077
(440) 477-5259 

Fax (440) 354-9580

Wakefield Mediation Services c/o Anne Wakefield
PO Box 30186
Cincinnati OH 45230
(513) 498-6384 

Fax (513) 624-6941

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio c/o Shelley Whalen
67 Jefferson Avenue, 2nd Floor
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 228-7191 

Fax (614) 228-7213


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

Artz & Dewhirst, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215
(614) 221-0944 

Fax (614) 221-2340

Kenneth N. Wildman
Positive Negotiations
419 N. Johnson Street
Ada OH 45810
(410) 230-2563


Robert N. Wistner, JD
140 Marion Street
Dublin OH 43017
(614) 889-9756 

Fax: (614) 717-9586

Wood County Common Pleas Court M. Hyrne
Bowling Green OH 43402
Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244
(513) 271-2223 

Fax (513) 0615


Newscaster Material: Please send material for the Newscaster by the 20th of the month 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: Thanks, Shirley Cochran, Editor


Job Announcements: There are 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.

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: Or contact: Floyd Weatherspoon, Professor of Law and Director of Minority ADR Initiatives, at (614) 236-6531, or via e-mail at


Antioch University McGregor is launching two new certificate programs in Conflict Resolution and a Concentration Option to compliment the Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution.


The Professional Certificate (2 quarters), Graduate Certificate (4 quarters) and Master’s Concentration Option will debut in Fall 2006 as part of Antioch University McGregor’s Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution program in the School of Liberal Arts. Please see 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 Certificate Programs are designed to offer an entry or mid-level option for professionals in other fields (including those who already hold a Master’s or terminal degree) to gain practical skills in conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation for use within their own organizations and professional disciplines. The Certificate also provides an option for those individuals not ready to commit to a Master’s program while maintaining the flexibility to transfer all the credits earned through the certificate, should their plans change, as the certificates are fully integrated with the degree program.

The Concentration Option enables those students pursuing the Master’s to align their degree to one specific area of interest or one specific sector of practice within the field of Conflict Resolution. 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 e-mail me at or call at (937) 769-1816 with any questions or for more information.

Best Regards, Rob McLaughlin, M.A. Antioch University McGregor Conflict Resolution Graduate Program 800 Livermore St. Yellow Springs, OH 45387


Best Practices in Americans with Disability Mediation


Please go to to see a call for submissions for the next collection on the ADA Mediation Page: “Best Practices in ADA Conflict Management.”  (Previous collections include “Mediation Capacity” and “ADA Workplace Mediation.”) Please send in your ideas, and pass this on to others in your networks who might want to contribute. While you’re on the ADA Mediation page, please take a moment to browse through the extensive list of articles on ADA mediation.  Thank you for your contributions to ADA mediation. Judy Cohen Editor, ADA Mediation page

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

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

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

Check or call 202-662-1680 for more information.


Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training. 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 .


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 June dates not confirmed, Franklin (Columbus) in conjunction with Minority Training Institute Contact Crevon Tarrance, Supreme Court of Ohio


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

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

Annual Conference Registration to Open in Late May ACR’s Sixth Annual Conference October 25-28, 2006 Philadelphia, PA Be sure to join us in Philly this fall for an exciting three days of informative sessions, meetings and networking opportunities! OMA’s own Terry Wheeler is ACR President so come join Terry in Philly! Registration will be open by the end of May, so keep checking the Annual Conference website for the most up-to-date information. As an added bonus, ACR members save up to $80 on Annual Conference registration fees! The Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center at 17th and Race Streets. To reserve your room at the Annual Conference rate of $155/night, call the Sheraton at 215-448-2000 and mention the Association for Conflict Resolution.

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