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


September / October 2008

By January 9, 2008Newsletter

Ohio Mediation Association

President: Maara Fink (419) 530-4236
Immediate Past President: Jay M. Patterson (614) 403-3825 E-mail:
Vice President: Phillip Dunfee(740) 366-3297
Treasurer: Sheri Center (614) 783-7281
Secretary: Denise Nixon Sparks (614) 944-5764

Mark your Calendars for our exciting 2008 meetings!! (First Friday of the even numbered months except our conference or April meeting since it is at a facility for conferences.)

October 3, 2008 A representative from Richard Cordray, State Treasurer’s

Office “The 10 most frequently asked questions about foreclosure”

Discussion on “Save our Homes Task Force” and how the mediators will play a role in foreclosures.

December 5, 2008 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
by Maara Fink

The President’s Column is on break this edition as our OMA President, Maara Fink and her family welcomed a new member to their ranks and she is on maternity leave.

Better World Award 2008
The Ohio Mediation Association Better World Award was presented to past OMA President John Polanski M.Ed. at the OMA Annual Meeting and Conference. Nominated by Eileen Pruett, Ed Krauss, and Wendy Hawbaker, John was the Executive Committee’s choice for this year’s award.

John’s career in mediation, mediation program design and implementation spans more than 20 years. He has developed, managed and provided a variety of mediation services for courts in Mahoning County and Ashtabula County. In his current position he has designed and implemented an array of mediation services for the Trumbull County Family Court.

John is an active member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Mediation Association of Northeast Ohio. In the past he has served as president of the Ohio Mediation Association and a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee on Dispute Resolution.

In addition to John’s commitment to peaceful resolution of all variety of disputes and his work for the protection of the earth in every aspect, his professional skills as a program designer, mediator and trainer qualify him as an ideal recipient of this award. His absolute support of mediators and the mediation process, his good cheer, thoughtful counsel and his constant moral support have benefited many members of Ohio’s dispute resolution community. His energy and enthusiasm have provided many meetings and training sessions with the “spark” that makes them worthwhile for every participant. In short, John has integrity, wisdom and knowledge that he is always willing to share.

New OMA Board Members
In addition to Susan Shostak as a continuing Board Member of the Ohio Mediation Association Jim Petas and Sandra Mendel Furman have joined. In case you are not familiar with the new board members they provided the following information about themselves:

James S. Petas—Jim received his graduate and undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo and has been mediating for 12 years. He is the Senior Mediator for the Toledo Municipal Court, Dispute Settlement Program and is currently finishing his term as co-chair of the Toledo Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Jim is also an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and has a private practice specializing in couple and family therapy.

Sandra Mendel Furman—Sandra received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her law degree from Capital University Law School. She is a mediator and arbitrator in private practice in Columbus as well as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. Her areas of practice are varied and she is also a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations as well as the Association for Conflict Resolution.

UMA Update
by Shirley A. Cochran, J.D.

Although subpoenaed, a family court mediator was not required to testify when the Judge granted the motion to quash filed by the prosecutor’s office in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Division.

If you personally are subpoenaed or know of a mediator who has received a subpoena, contact Shirley Cochran to discuss assistance with a motion to quash and for addition to our list of cases concerning this issue.

OMA Donors
Did you know there are actually some people who check the donation section on the OMA Membership Application? Over the years different members have felt moved to contribute more than just their membership to assist OMA in meeting its objectives of being the only state-wide representative of all mediators regardless of subject matter or employer. Thank you for the generous donations:  Thomas Bailey, Jr. , Daniel B. Bennington, Michael Bollon, Jay M. Patterson, John Polanski, Diane Tedeschi, Edward Turner, Stephen D. Walters, Watkins Global Network, LLC c/o Mario W. Watkins, Lou Ann Wood, Judge Steve Yarbrough, Retired. The Board of OMA invites you to likewise thank your peers for their generosity.

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 fredricks@mcohio.orgI look forward to hearing from you.

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, 2008. My address is 2897 Liberty Bell Lane, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 Phone/fax: (614) 863-4775 E-mail:

Upcoming ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Sponsored Events:

April 15-18, 2009 Eleventh Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Conference Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers New York

July 30-August 1, 2009 ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, IllinoisRenewing, 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 Denise Nixon Sparks for assistance.

New or renewed memberships since the last newsletter:

Martha Boyce

3950 Fenwick Road

Columbus OH 43220

(614) 459-1783

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

Fax: (513) 556-1274

Jennifer A. Patterson

244 Carmen Avenue

Hamilton OH 45013

(513) 226-3446

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

555 N. Erie Street

Toledo OH 43604

(419) 2936-2312

Fax: (419) 245-1802

Susan Grody Ruben
30799 Pinetree Road, #226
Cleveland OH 44124
(216) 464-4060

Fax: (216) 595-5274

Tom Strasburg

431 Potawatomi Drive

Westerville OH 43081

(614) 774-8383

Stephen D. Walters

55 Public Square, Suite 1010

Cleveland OH 44113

(216) 348-1400

Fax: (216) 687-4235

Linda Wilkins
Attorney at Law
2680 Southridge Drive

Columbus OH 43224

(614) 447-7050

HIRING FOR NEW ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION: APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) is relocating its Administrative Office to Hofstra Law School, in Hempstead, NY (45 minutes east of Manhattan, on Long Island).  In connection with this move, we are seeking to hire an Administrative Director for the Institute, who would also work on other administrative tasks in the Law School Dean’s office. This is a FULL TIME position, including benefits, with half time devoted to ISCT administration and half time to other duties, as spelled out in the formal job description pasted below. We encourage applications from interested members of the ADR/mediation community. If you have questions after reading the job posting below, please contact Baruch Bush, at However, applications should be sent to the email address in the job posting. For information about the Institute and its work, see our website:

Official Job Posting: Hofstra Law School Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research Hofstra University School of Law seeks a Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research to provide administrative services related to the Institute of the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) activities, including running the day-to-day operations of ISCT.  ISCT sponsors and organizes training events, lectures, and symposia, conducts research, and produces scholarly and practice-oriented print and video resources for the conflict resolution field.  These services will include: first-line response to all inquiries about ISCT programs and resources; assistance in program marketing and event coordination for ISCT-sponsored programs; ISCT database and website maintenance; ISCT Board meeting coordination; maintenance of ISCT records and files, including mediator certification records.  The Administrator will work with an off-site ISCT Coordinator who will oversee the administrative work and provide liaison to the ISCT Board. The Coordinator of ISCT and Development Research will also work within our Office of Institutional Advancement, providing prospect research and other kinds of support for our development and alumni relations efforts, including data base maintenance.  The Coordinator will assist with data entry and information management for donors and prospects, and coordinate, design, and maintain policies/procedures, fundraiser prospect management, reporting, and statistical analysis. Bachelors degree required. Hofstra University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, administrative staff and student body, and encourages applications from the entire spectrum of a diverse community.  For further information, please visit Please direct your confidential letter of inquiry, with resume, to Miriam Albert, Vice Dean for Administration, 121 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549, (516) 463-6091 (fax) or

The Small Claims Division and Dispute Resolution Program seeks the services of up to fourteen (14) mediators to provide mediation services for cases referred to mediation by Judges and Magistrates of the Franklin County Municipal Court. Mediations will typically be scheduled and conducted Monday through Friday, during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although an occasional evening mediation may be scheduled at 6:00 p.m. Required services include conducting the mediations and preparing the mediation agreements.

The services will be awarded by contract to up to fourteen (14) mediators, for a period of sixteen (16) months, commencing November 1, 2008 and ending February 28, 2010. The contract will not exceed $6,000 per mediator. Rate of pay is $75.00 per mediated case and $25.00 for cases where the mediator comes to court but the mediation was not conducted.

Respondents are requested to reply via email (preferred method) or hardcopy directly to

Patricia Benchia, manager
Dispute Resolution Program
375 South High Street, 16th Floor
, Ohio 43215-4520

Call for PapersJames Madison University and The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Present Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference James Madison University School of Communication Studies Harrisonburg, Virginia April 15 and 16, 2009 Contact: Dorothy J. Della Noce ( The School of Communication Studies at James Madison University invites college and university undergraduate students to present their research on conflict transformation at the 2009 International Undergraduate Research Conference on Conflict Transformation. Conflict Transformation: The International Undergraduate Research Conference is an initiative to stimulate undergraduate research on the topic of conflict transformation. The goal is to bring together students (and their professors and mentors) from around the world, who are interested in examining and advancing the concept of conflict transformation, to engage in dialogue about the concept and to share their work. International and interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. The Conference will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 and 16, 2009, at James Madison University. Professor Joseph P. Folger of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will kick off the conference at a luncheon on Wednesday with his Keynote Address: The Disciplinary Roots of Conflict Intervention: How Should Theory Shape Our Practice? Deadline for Submission. Papers and poster proposals must be received no later than Monday, December 1, 2008. Authors will be notified of acceptance via e-mail. Awards: The Top Student Paper will be published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly. An award of $100.00 (USD) each will be presented for the top three (3) papers. These cash awards are sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. Kristine Paranica Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation 314 Cambridge Street Stop 8009 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND  58202-8009 email: phone:  (701) 777-2022 fax:  (701) 777-6184 Contact us for the most up-to-date training in Transformative Mediation and Conflict Intervention! Visit us at


Compassionate Communication—Central Ohio “Mediation and Conflict Resolution” with Ike Lasater, J.D . Beginner’s workshop followed by an Intermediate Workshop. Sponsored by Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the elimination of violence in Central Ohio and beyond. Beginner’s Workshop October 10th 7-9 PM and October 11th 10 AM-5 PM ($135 until 9/29/08 then $155), Intermediate Workshop October 12th 1-6 PM ($65 if by 9/29/08 then $80) Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road Columbus OH 43229 Call (614) 558-1141; website; e-mail

Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio and the Columbus Bar Association Basic Mediation Training December 3 & 4, 2008 or February 18 & 19, or April 15 & 16, 2009 and 40 Hour Domestic Mediation Training October 15, 16, 21, 22, & 23, 2008 or May 6, 7, 12, 13, & 14, 2009. 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 www.communitymediation.comFax: (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 CenterUnited 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 .

The 2008 Professional Skills Programs in Dispute Resolution: Vermont October 23-25, 2008 Mediation Workshops: STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies, Advanced Mediation Skills and Techniques, Advanced Collaborative Family Law, Specialized Mediation Handling Challenging Employment, Professional Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Settlement Skills, The Impact of Culture and Gender on Mediation and Negotiation. To register or for more information visit www.straus.pepperdine.eduor 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)


Schrock & Westerville Roads, Westerville Phone: (614) 818-1700

All meetings begin at 11:00 AM with the program immediately following

From Western Ohi 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