Experience, Training and Skills
I am a Certified Transformative Mediator®, as recognized by the Center for the Study of Conflict Transformation. That means I am trained to deal with relationships as well as to help you work on problems.
I mediate employer-employee workplace disputes for the Transportation Safety Administration.
I mediate federal court cases filed in the Western District Court of Pennsylvania.
In addition to mediating, I facilitate Victim-Offender Dialogues. These face-face meetings are a form of restorative justice where victim and offender can avoid the impersonal experience of adjudicating a juvenile's case through court.
I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, since 1993. Much of my work relates to Real Estate and Land Use.
I have a Master's degree in Environmental Law, from Vermont Law School, 1993.
I have an undergraduate degree in Meteorology, so I have a good understanding of math, physics and thermodynamics, should that be useful in understanding your situation.
I have work experience as a classroom teacher, and radio and TV staff worker.
In addition to mediation work, I also am a facilitator for groups and individuals in outdoor settings, on what is called a "ropes" course or adventure course. These experiential activities offer direct opportunities to learn about intra-personal and inter-personal behaviors. I can design and facilitate such experiences for groups and individuals who want to improve the way they do things. These experiential activities often establish a foundation for improved relationships now - so that people avoid problems later.
I am currently continuing semi-annual group facilitator training through the Hero's Journey Foundation.
(click on "Summary" to read about my approach to mediation, and What Mediation Can Do).