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


September / October 2010

By January 9, 2010Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

A Bi-Monthly Publication
September/October 2010

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:  Sheri Center (614) 783-7281 E-mail:
Secretary:  Gina Weisshaar (614) 893-2881 E-mail:

Bi-Monthly and Annual Meeting Dates

Mark your Calendars for our exciting upcoming meetings!!

(Usually the first Friday of the even numbered months)

Oct. 1, 2010 Curtis P. Haugtvedt, Associate Professor of Marketing, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

The marketing of a concept (mediation, the use of mediation as an alternative to litigation) as opposed to marketing a product.  How best to excite people about a concept rather than a hard product one can see.   Market your practice!

Dec. 3, 2010  TBA

Feb. 4, 2011  TBA


More details to follow but we think you will really like the speaker who just committed!

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

Mediation Fundamentals

No matter how long I practice I’m always struck how often I find myself returning to the fundamentals of mediation.

Mediation is constant discovery process -it requires an openness to learn new ways to resolve a problem.

When I started practicing my plan was to be as reasonable and detached as possible. It was clear reason was in short supply and being detached would help me stay focused.   If these techniques didn’t work – there was no plan B. I resolved quite a few cases but there were a good number that eluded settlement.

I started to put more effort into these tougher cases and enrolled in several advanced mediation seminars.   I became an expert evaluating case outcomes, asking parties what they want to hear the other party say to show they got it and learned that non-compliant parties were my Achilles heel. Things improved and agreements were on the increase.

Just when I thought I reached the top of the mediation mountain more cases came along and challenged me. A judge referred a case once with accent on “we” i.e.  “you” need to find a way to settle this. Feeling the pressure I gave it my all. When we started it was clear no one in the room was going to help. All parties were angry and wounded. Desperate, I used every technique learned in the advanced trainings and nothing worked. At one point both attorneys turned on their clients and each other which required a mediation within a mediation. Ready for the towel, something shifted. I stopped caring about a resolution and just started listening – which I think was page two of my first mediation handbook. The fear subsided and an agreement began to form.

Looking back, mediation seems like a series of trials that often point us back to the profession’s fundamentals. I also realized that some cases can’t be resolved and that tough cases can remind us of what makes mediation work. Hope everyone is having great summer and see you next month.

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.  Currently, a review of the process and legislation submitted by those wanting midwifery to be certified is being held to determine if it can be of assistance in the process for mediators.  Anyone with an idea of what the minimum qualifications and the process for certification should send an e-mail to Shirley.  Others on the committee include Linda Norris and Chris Scott.  Meanwhile, the Association for Conflict Resolution has approved a draft of Model Standards for Certification Programs.  Information as to the progress of the committee will be reported in Mediate Ohio as it is published.

Update as to Unmarried Parents and the IRS from the program presented August 6, 2010:

For those in attendance at the program at the last OMA meeting the discussion of the divorcing parents’ requirement of filing a certain form with the IRS to claim the deduction for the child (even if the entry of divorce sets forth who will get to claim the child), raised the question of non-married parents and the deduction.  Our speaker, Susan Moussi, CPA, CFP, CDFA, CVA, was kind enough to provide the following information.  The memorandum provided from 1997 states “Although we conclude that section 152(e) does not apply to parents who have never married, a child of such parents may be a dependent of one of his parents under the general definition provided in section 152(a) or the provisions regarding multiple support agreements in section 152(c).”  In other words, the required paperwork for divorced parents is not required if the parents were not married, although there is the regular test provided as to whether or not the child can be claimed as a dependant by the parent paying child support regardless of whether or not the child is living at that parent’s home.  Thanks to Susan for going that extra mile for us.

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

2010 – 2011 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 :  Oakley Branch–Hamilton County Public Library
4033 Gilmore Avenue (corner of Madison & Gilmore, map available at

The library allows us to bring lunch to the meeting, with one stipulation: we must clean up after each meeting.

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

Please Note: The following schedule of presenters and topics may be subject to change.

October 8, 2010: Eric Barrett, Social Media Consultant, presents “Building a Social Media Strategy in the Midst of a Revolution”, exploring how mediators can benefit from the use of social media technology for marketing, education and networking.

November 12, 2010: Janet Moore, attorney at law, will discuss the efforts to create a community-based mediation program in Cincinnati, including the history of this project, the current plans to create such a program in the near future and the role local mediators may play in developing and supporting this community resource.

December, 2010:  no meeting

January 14, 2011: Alys McCalmont, President, McCalmont-Burtin, Professional Organizers LLC, presents “Old Fashioned Marketing of Your Business”.

February 11, 2011: Cathie Kuhl presents “Five Core Concerns: Another Approach to Handling Emotions in Mediation”. This presentation is based on the book Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro.

March 11, 2011: Sharon James and Marie Hill present “Getting beyond Impasse”. These two seasoned mediators share their experiences and give tips for successfully overcoming impasse in mediation.

April 8, 2011: Lou Ann Wood reviews and leads a discussion of the book Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight by Robert Mnookin.

May 13, 2011: 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 (née Baker) at 513-639-9132.

Association for Conflict Resolution – 2011 Call for Proposals

ACR is now accepting proposals for the 11th Annual Conference taking place September 15-18, 2011 in San Diego CA. The call for proposals closes on Sunday, October 31 at 11:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time).  Please click here to find more information and submit your proposal:

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.

Steven Abrams
Mediated Solutions
2720 Airport Drive
Columbus OH 43219 (614) 418-1874

James A. Abron, P.E., M.B.A.
Abron DAR
14141 Hubbard Street
Livonia MI 48154 (734) 613-8340
Fax: (734) 758-2291

Kathryn Stokes Anders
P.O. Box 587
New Albany OH 43054 (937) 231-2432

Antioch University McGregor
Dr. Richard McGuigan
Conflict Analysis & Engagement Dept.
900 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs OH 45387 (937) 769-1809
Fax: (937) 769-1807

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

Pam Argus
5517 Hazelwood Road
Columbus OH 43229 (614) 785-0469
Cell (614) 975-4354

Amy Armstrong
Parent Strong, LLC
1996 Chatfield Road
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 208-8383

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

H. Eugene Baker, C.E.O.
Baker H.R. Consulting
565 Waterbury Blvd.
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 582-5015
Fax (614) 472-3828

Thomas (Tom) Bailey,
Capital Mediation Associates, LLC
655 Metro Place South Ste 600
Dublin OH 43017 (614) 789-1733
Fax: (614) 890-1118

Suzanne Barker
69 Euclid Avenue
Columbus OH 43201 (614) 299-6843

Amy R. Bayliff
1626 Oakland Parkway
Lima OH 45805 (567) 204-6556

Daniel B. Bennington
Attorney at Law
87 Somerset Road
Delaware OH 43015 (614) 620-9539

Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio Richard Appleton
1169 Dublin Road
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 486-6531 x 150
Fax (614) 486-0031

Better Business Bureau of Dayton/Miami Valley, Inc.
c/o Steven Popp
15 W. Fourth Street, Ste 300
Dayton OH 45402 (937) 610-2263
Fax (937) 222-3338

Blue Mediation, LLC
Robert M. Blue
537 Rustic Trail
Beavercreek OH 45434 (937) 546-4825
Fax: (937) 320-0505

Michael Bollon
4824 Deis Hill Road NW
Dover OH 44622 (330) 364-2647

Richard C. Cahaan
60 W. Dominion Blvd.
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 268-4629

Dr. Phillip Dunfee
33 West Main St, Suite 108
Newark, Ohio  43055   (740) 405-4165

Stephen P. Calardo, JD
Calardo Mediation Service
5608 Harrison Avenue
Cincinnati OH 45248-2314 (513) 598-5000
Fax (513) 598-5500

Jack W. Carney-DeBord’s Law Office c/o Jack W. Carney-DeBord
305 S. Sandusky Street
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 369-7567
Fax: (740) 368-9747

Sheri Center
Finding Common Ground
156 E. Tulane Road
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 783-7281
Fax (614) 447-0262

Diane L. Chermely, JD
945 Windham Court Suite 3
Boardman OH 44512 (330) 629-8882
Fax (330) 726-5926

Meghan Clarke
MEClarke Consulting LLC
7765 Kennedy Lane
Cincinnati OH 45242 (513) 374-4689
Fax: (513) 972-9861 (call first)

Patricia A. Clary
621 E. Mehring Way #1607
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 827-9652
Fax: (513) 827-9652

Cincinnati Better Business Bureau
c/o Christine Baker
7 West 7th Street, Suite 1600
Cincinnati OH 45202 (513) 639-9132
Fax: (513) 744-6332

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

Resolutions c/o Bruce Coleman
P.O. Box 091102
Columbus OH 43209 (614) 531-0429

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

Ray A. Cox, Attorney at Law and Mediation
265 Regency Ridge Drive
Dayton OH 45459 (937) 291-3119
Fax: (937) 291-3229

David Voth
Crime Victim Services
116 W. North Street
Lima OH 45801-4311 (419) 222-8666
Fax: (419) 227-7478

Delaware County Juvenile Court c/o Dodie Davenport
88 North Sandusky
Delaware OH 43015 (740) 833-2610

Northwest Ohio Court Mediation Services
c/o Dick Altman, Christopher DelFavero & Denise McColley
660 North Perry St. Suite 403B
Napoleon OH 43545 (419) 592-5105
Fax: (419) 592-2759

Barbara V. Culp
Attorney at Law
P.O. Box 225
Minford OH 45653 (740) 981-2697

Edward E. Devlin
Devlin Group, Inc.
56 Milford Drive
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 342-5636
Fax: (330) 342-5637

Thomas S. Douglas Resolutions
4930 N. Holland Sylvania Road
Sylvania OH 43560 (419) 882-2400
Fax (419) 882-3839

Conflict Solutions Ohio, LLC
Dale Eilerman
3797 Willow Creek Drive
Dayton OH 45415 (937) 219-4996

Maara Fink University of Toledo College of Law
2801 Bancroft Street
Toledo OH 43606 (419) 530-4236
Fax: (419) 530-2605

Ernie Fischer
508 Stedway Court
Gahanna OH 43230 (614) 476-3779 (home)
Cell (614) 499-1037

Steven Friedman
Payne Mediation LLC
715 Latham Court
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 446-8221

Dr. Jan Marie Fritz
7300 Aracoma Forest Drive
Cincinnati OH 45237  (513) 731-7878
Fax: (513) 556-1274

Sandra Mendel Furman
1119 S. Cassingham Road
Columbus OH 43209 (614) 237-7266
Fax (614) 237-8992

Patricia Gamza
450 Kristina Avenue Apt. 16B
Bellefontaine OH 43311 (760) 521-4200

Terri B. Gregori, Esq.
1598 Blackstone Drive
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 264-0304

Adams, Scioto & Pike (ASAP) Mediation G.R. Hamm
602 7th Street, 4th Floor
Portsmouth OH 45662 (740) 355-8368

Daniel Gibson Harry
P.O. Box 45
Bethany WV 26032 (304) 829-4807

Clinton County Juvenile Court c/o Maggie Henry
46 S. South Street
Wilmington OH 45177 (937) 383-3286
Fax (937) 383-1245

Phillip J. Henry
7530 Lucerne Drive Ste. 200
Middleburg Heights OH 44130 (440) 243-2800
Fax: (440) 243-2852

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

Pamela N. Hultin
Smith & Hultin, LLC
100 N. Main Street, Suite 235
Chagrin Falls OH 44022 (440) 247-2620
Fax: (440) 247-2623

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

Kendall D. Isaac, Esq.
The Isaac Firm
341 South Third Street Ste 10
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 755-6540
Fax (614) 221-6740

Crystal L. Jones, J.D.
765 Stoner Street
Akron OH 44320 (330) 434-7988
Fax (330) 434-7988

Shawn Judge
United States District Court
85 Marconi Blvd., Room 169
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 719-3303

Francie Kaufman
c/o Columbus Medical Assn.
431 E. Broad Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 240-7410
Fax (614) 240-7415

Chestnut Hill Associates,
Susan Stanton Katz, Esq. Principal
P.O. Box 26
Hubbard OH 44425-0026 (917) 902-2768
Fax: (330) 568-7466

William J. Kepko
Kepko & Phillips, Co. L.P.A.
108 East Vine Street
Mount Vernon OH 43050 (740) 392-2900
Fax: (740) 392-2902

Frances V. King
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
One Constitution Avenue
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 213-4755
Fax (419) 213-4844

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

Lisa R. Kraemer, Atty. At Law
20133 Farnsleigh Road
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 991-6200
Fax (216) 991-6199

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

Mark Laughlin
7025 Brafferton Place
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 306-4031

Licking Co. DR Ct.
c/o Jay Patterson Mediation Coord.
75 East Main Street
Newark OH 43055 (740) 670-5409
Fax: (740) 670-5419

Lindsey N. Lilly
1190 Forest Run Drive
Batavia OH 45103 (513) 515-5756

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

Beverly Lowery
6775 Meadow Creek Dr. #207
Columbus OH 43235-7980 (614) 578-1584
Fax: (614) 792-7681

James P. Luton
Attorney at Law
131 S. Prospect Street
Marion OH 43302 (740) 382-6588
Fax: (740) 375-5372

Melanie J. McCort
568 S. 5th Street
Columbus OH 43206 (614) 224-5719

Cornelius McGrady III
8675 Kingsley Drive
Reynoldsburg OH 43068 (614) 270-8997

Mary McRury
147 Arden Road
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 256-9946

Miami Valley Mediation  Services, LLC
c/o William W. Biernoth Wright Brothers Station
P.O. Box 385
Dayton OH 45409-0385 (937) 609-0741

Margaret E. Honore Miller, J.D.
Mediation Services of South Central Ohio
15 N. Paint St., Suite 203
Chillicothe OH 45601 (740) 703-6088
Fax: (740) 775-2512

Janet Mitchell, Coordinator
Bluffton University Mediation
1 University Drive #185
Bluffton IN 45817 (419) 358-3068
Fax: (419) 358-3074

Cynthia Morgan
2968 Meadowbrook Blvd.
Cleveland Heights OH 44118 (216) 371-0607
Fax: (216) 397-5671

Mary Murphy, M.Ed., LPC, LLC
12200 Fairhill Road #437
Cleveland OH 44120 (216) 325-7715

David Noll, LLC
1617 Hendry Street #405
Fort Myers FL 33901 (239) 980-3482

Linda Norris Counter-Point Mediation Services
6665 Manring Court
Reynoldsburg OH 43068 (614) 863-9249

Leslie Nye O’Donnell
1120 Chester Avenue, Suite 470
Cleveland OH 44114 (216) 225-1412
Fax: (216) 249-4320

Belinda Ohlinger
Solution Builders Mediation Services
5900 Sawmill Road, Suite 110
Dublin OH 43017     (614) 761-2540
Fax: (614) 761-2988

Ohio State University College of Law
Professor Sarah Cole
55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus OH 43221 (614) 688-4918
F (614) 292-2035

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
Mahoning Co. Juvenile Court
300 E. Scott Street
Youngstown OH 44505 (330) 740-2244 ext. 6408
Fax: (330) 742-5899

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) 653-9396
Fax: (740) 652-9396

Erie County Family Court Mediation Chris Perrin
323 Columbus Avenue
Sandusky OH 44870 (419) 627-7782
Fax: (419) 627-6600

Toledo Municipal Court—Citizen’s Dispute
James Petas Senior Mediator
555 N. Erie Street
Toledo OH 43604 (419) 2936-2312
Fax: (419) 245-1802

Alison Pfeister, Esq.
Alison J. Pfeister Co., LPA
56 Milford Road Suite 308
Hudson OH 44236 (330) 328-5673
Fax: (330) 319-7329

William J. Pohlman
52 E. Gay St., P.O. Box 1008
Columbus OH 43216-1008 (614) 464-8349
Fax: (614) 719-4908

Donna Posluszny
106 Rockledge Drive
Perrysburg OH 43551 (419) 874-3776

Eileen Pruett
1227 W. 1st Avenue
Columbus OH 43212 (614) 645-8500
Fax: (614) 645-8465

Stephen Puderbaugh
9889 Whispering Pine Drive
Tipp City OH 45371 (937) 475-7467

Marie Rady
Domestic Relations Court
The Old Courthouse
1 Lakeside Avenue, Room 312
Cleveland OH 44113

Amanda Ralph
1972 Belgrave Drive
Columbus OH 43220 (614) 397-8179

Sandy Robitz
1871 Summerchase Road NE
Canton OH 44721 (330) 361-0226 (Cell)
(330) 497-2243 (Home& Fax)

Carolyn Streit Roehrig
10428 Lee’s Creek Road
Harrison OH 45030 (513) 246-0511
Fax: (513) 246-0525

Barbara K. Roman,
Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis
28601 Chagrin Blvd. #500
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 831-0042
Fax: (216) 831-0542

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

John Schmieding
276 Highland Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (740) 592-5983

Capital Mediation Associates LLC
c/o J. Christopher Scott
655 Metro Place S. Suite 600 Dublin OH 43017  (614) 789-1733
Fax: (614) 538-8056

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

Susan E. Shostak
248 Pearl Avenue North
Lancaster OH 43130 (740) 681-1031
Fax (740) 689-3631

Lisa Jill Singh
311 W. Dorothy Lane
Dayton OH 45429 (937) 660-3285

Donald R. Smith, Ph.D.
Doppler and Newton, Inc.
1047 Rudolph Court
Spring Hill FL 34609 (352) 683-8440
Fax: (352) 683-8411

Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court
c/o Cozette Snead P.O. Box 972,
301 W. Third Street, 2nd Floor
Dayton OH 45422-4248 (937) 225-4539
Fax (937) 496-7835

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

Leslie Swift, Ph.D.LLC
7654 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati OH 45236 (513) 791-8849
Fax (513) 791-8873

Diane Tedeschi, M.Ed., LPC, CDMS,
On Track Disability Management
5284 Lola Way
Columbus OH 43235 (614) 459-0826
Fax: (614) 459-4720

Judith Thomas
935 River Road, Suite C
Granville OH 43023 (740) 587-3367
Fax (740) 587-1612

Jacqueline Tolbert
1281 Oak Knoll Drive
Cincinnati OH 45224 (513) 521-7093

Belinda Torres, Ph.D.
9614 Old Johnnycake Ridge Rd.
Mentor OH 44091 (440) 358-1159
Fax: (440)

Nancy L. Trux, USW-S Crossroads
3620 North High Street Ste 107
Columbus OH 43214 (614) 263-8161
Fax: (614) 263-8268

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

Stephen D. Walters
3401 Enterprise Parkway Suite 340
Cleveland OH 44122 (216) 348-1400
Fax: (216) 687-4235

Watkins Global Network, LLC
c/o Mario W. Watkins
3556 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus OH 43204 (614) 351-7420
Fax: (614) 351-7430

W. Cephus Watts, Jr. J.D., Ph.D.
964 Kingsbridge Court
Akron OH 44313 (216) 470-5974
Fax: (330) 867-5108

Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler, LLP
c/o Terrence T. Wheeler
560 E. Town Street
Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-0944
Fax (614) 221-2340

Denton S. Whitney
5737 Sells Mills Drive
Dublin OH 43017 (614) 734-0415

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

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive
Columbus OH 43224 (614) 447-7050

Harmony Mediation/Consulting
c/o Stephen E. Williams
237 Maple Street
Brookville OH 45309-1710  (937) 307-1988

Douglass A. Wistendahl
18 North May Avenue
Athens OH 45701 (917) 209-4425

Robert N. Wistner, JD
Wistner Center for Collaborative Divorce Planning
5650 Blazer Parkway, Suite 100
Dublin OH 43017 (614) 734-8354
Fax: (614) 717-9586

Debora Witten aka Buckeye Mediation, Inc.
173 W. Market Street
Warren OH 44481 (330) 544-0424
Fax (330) 544-9218

Lou Ann Wood
AAL Mediation Services
6726 Main Street
Newtown OH 45244 (513) 271-2223
Fax (513) 0615

Union Co. Common Pleas Ct.
Kathryn L. Wollenburg, Esq.
Mediation Director
221 W. Fifth St., Ste. #310
Marysville OH 43040 (937) 645-4176
Fax: (937) 645-4174

Kent Valin
6119 Putney Court Avenue NW
Massillon OH 44646 (330) 880-5280

Barbara A. Venesy,
Law Offices of Barbara A. Venesy
2741 Foxwood Drive
Akron OH 44333-2751 (330) 864-6060
Fax (330) 864-6060

Jerome F. Weiss,
Mediation, Inc. 1600 Midland Building
101 Prospect Avenue W.
Cleveland OH 44115 (216) 589-9995
Fax: (216) 589-9723

Gina Weisshaar
41 E. Como Avenue
Columbus OH 43202 (614) 893-2881

William H. Wolff, Jr.,
Retired Trial and Appellate Judge
34322 Westbury Road
Kettering OH 45409 (937) 293-5295
Fax: (937) 938-6789

Hon. Steve Yarbrough, Retired
7818 Westcroft Drive
Sylvania OH 43560-1864 (419) 343-6222
Fax: (419) 824-8389

Dr. Gary Zoldesy
696 Pleasant Valley Drive
Akron OH 44319 (330) 245-1669
No e-mail

Zena D. Zumeta, J.D.
330 E. Liberty Suite 3A
Ann Arbor MI 48104 (734) 663-1155
Fax: (734) 663-0524



Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio: Friday, October 15 (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm) -AND-Saturday, October 16 (9:30 am – 5:30 pm):  “Adventures in Honesty: Living and Communicating Authentically” Indianola Presbyterian Church 1970 Waldeck Ave., Columbus, OH 43201   Join us for our premier training of this Fall with Jeff and a team of experienced NVC facilitators from the Central Ohio community.  This training will include conceptual clarity of how to live and communicate honestly, demonstrations and role play dialogues, and lots of experiential practice where you can test your learning and receive support and feedback from facilitators.   We hope you will join us and bring a friend, family member or coworker with you! (and in so doing, qualify for a multiple person discount of 10-20%).  Learn more or register online by Sept. 13 to receive the “earlybird” discount (you can combine this with the multiple person discount for even more savings!)

Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. Presents: The first annual Midwest collaborative divorce workshop TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL Presented by Pauline H. Tesler

Including: •Addressing Specific Challenges and Techniques in Skillful Collaborative Practice •Identifying Opportunities, Obstacles and Growth Points among Collaborative Professionals •Mobilizing and Using the Integrated Interdisciplinary Team •Differentiating Collaborative Practice Models: Content, Process, Potential November 5 & 6, 2010 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conference Center at North Pointe 9243 Columbus Pike (Rt 23, three miles north of 270) Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 Overnight accommodations may be made by calling (614) 880-4300 includes continental breakfast, lunch $450 Attorneys and Financial Planners $350 Mental Health  Professionals ($50 Discount will be applied for paid registration before October 1) Pauline Tesler is the co-founder of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and served as its first President. She is a pioneering collaborative family lawyer, trainer, speaker, writer, and consultant to collaborative divorce professionals and practice groups worldwide. Pauline Tesler’s complete curriculum vitae is posted on her law firm website, Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Inc. Heather Deskins, Treasurer 309 S. Fourth St. Suite 319 Columbus, Ohio 43215

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 1 & 2, 2010; Personal/Professional Conflict Resolution Training October 20, 2010; and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training 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 has announced trainings for the year.  Information about these trainings is available on the MANO website at:

8TH ANNUAL ADVANCED MEDIATION AND ADVOCACY SKILLS INSTITUTE November 11 – 12, 2010 Harbor Beach Marriott Fort Lauderdale, FL Join a distinguished faculty of expert mediators and mediation advocates, including in-house counsel and litigators, in the most advanced mediation skills program available. This two-day advanced curriculum features interaction with some of the leading mediators and mediation advocates in North America. Each stage of the mediation process will be covered, followed by small group discussions in which participants can receive detailed feedback and coaching. Enrollment for the Institute is strictly limited to maintain a high faculty-to-participant ratio.  Enhance your skill, knowledge, and understanding of the mediation process by attending this Institute.

Topics Covered Include: Preparing for Mediation, The Joint Opening Session in Mediation, Negotiating in the Caucus Stage of Mediation, Breaking Impasse in Mediation, Planned Early Negotiation, Common Ethical Issues Faced by Mediators and Advocates, Developing and Marketing a Mediation Practice. MCLE and Ethics Credit 14.0 hours of MCLE credit, including 1.75 hour of ethics credit, have been requested in most 60-minutes states.  16.8 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.0 hour of ethics credit, have been requested in most 50-minutes states. For more information on the CME requirement, visit Visit the Institute website Download the brochure (PDF) Register Online

In Cooperation With Alabama State Bar ADR Committee, Florida Academy of Professional Mediators,  Georgia Bar DR Section, Louisiana Bar ADR Section, Mississippi Bar ADR Section, Broward County Bar ADR Section, Inter-American Bar Association – International Arbitration Law Committee, Association of South Florida Mediators and Arbitrators  Check out the Section website for updates.

A World Class View of Dispute Resolution Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the Pepperdine University School of Law Presents East Coast Professional Skills Program Woodstock, Vermont October 14-16, 2010 and Mediating the Litigated Case Washington, D.C. November 2-4 and 17-19, 2010.  To register or for more information, visit or call Lori Rushford at 310.506.6342

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)