NVMS Conflict Resolution Center Elects Two New Board Members


Fairfax, VA (January 25, 2021) — Joining the Board of Directors are Sonia Aranza and Laurina Spolidoro. “We are delighted to have Sonia and Laurina serve on the Board of the NVMS Conflict Resolution Center. Their respective expertise in diversity, equity, inclusion, and community engagement will help NVMS expand the reach and breadth of its services in the months and years ahead,” says Geoff Drucker, president of the Board.

Sonia Aranza is an accomplished global diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist with 25 years of experience serving top organizations including the Central Intelligence Agency, NASA, U.S. Department of Labor, Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds Corporation, and Oshkosh Corporation. She mentors emerging leaders worldwide and is a past chairperson of the Diversity Professionals Expert Group of the National Speakers Association. The Society of Human Resource Management selected Sonia as a featured diversity and inclusion expert in HR Magazine in 2019. She was named on the 100 Most Influential Filipina-Americans in the United States. She authored “Transformational Leaders Begins Within,” featured in the book Disrupt 2.0, first published in 2016. Prior to establishing her consulting practice, Sonia served as director of constituent relations for former Congressman Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii where she advocated for underserved communities on complex legislative issues such as immigration. She recently joined the faculty of Howard University’s Executive Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program, which will be launched in April 2021.

Laurina Spolidoro is an accomplished attorney with remarkable careers in the judicial branch and the U.S. Coast Guard. She is currently assistant general counsel at the Office of General Counsel at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts where she is counsel to the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on Financial Disclosure. She is a former special assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and North Carolina, where she advised on criminal investigations, analyzed the law and evidence, and assisted in prosecutions. As an appellate judge on three-judge panels for the Coast Guard of Criminal Appeals from 2015-2017, she assessed the legal sufficiency of court-martial convictions. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with honors and went on to serve as desk watch officer for the USGGC Morgenthau, and later as an executive officer for the USCGC ADAK. Laurina is a current volunteer as court liaison/roster mediator with NVMS Conflict Resolution Center and mediates cases pro bono in the General District Court.

“Our newest Board members bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we strategically set sights on building partnerships and strengthening our community engagement,” says Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, executive director.

They join the following Board members at NVMS: Geoffrey Drucker, President; Steve Kramer, Vice President; Guillermo Birmingham, Treasurer; Board Members Edmond Ebeid, Amelia Frenkel, Abe Pollack, Renee Reynolds, Regine Talleyrand, and Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz (ex officio).

About NVMS Conflict Resolution Center (NVMC CRC)

NVMS Conflict Resolution Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the leading mediation service serving Northern Virginia. It provides individuals, organizations, and communities with the broadest array of conflict management and resolution offerings. It offers specialized referral-based programs, customized services, and conflict/mediation skills training and certification. NVMS CRC has been transforming conflict into successful outcomes since 1990.

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