Our Team

NVMS Staff

Ariel Gordon, MA
Executive Director
Office hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7260, agordon@nvms.us

Ariel Gordon joined NVMS Conflict Resolution Center as Executive Director in February, 2018. Before coming to Northern Virginia, she designed conflict resolution strategies around the globe. She worked with government officials and civil society to build consensus about how to address gender in national security policies of Canada, Indonesia, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. She is a seasoned advocate and has delivered programs for multilateral organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, United Nations, and Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe. She brings a systems approach to resolving conflict, creating opportunities for individuals to speak face-to-face about disagreements, reaching their own best outcomes and more long-lasting solutions.

Ariel serves on the Board of Resolution Virginia, a coalition of community conflict resolution centers across the state. She holds a BS in Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Training in Mediation and Negotiation from Tulane Law School and Humboldt University.  

Izabela Solosi, MEd., CPLP
Training Program Manager
Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7261, isolosi@nvms.us

Izabela Solosi is a trainer, facilitator and certified mediator. She works with a roster of over 30 experienced conflict resolution practitioners to provide clients with training and facilitation services. She has presented for a variety of audiences including professionals, adults with disabilities, foreign visitors, and is a recurring speaker at conferences such as the Federal Dispute Resolution (FDR) Conference, the Training Officers Consortium, Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), and the Department of Defense Alternative Dispute Resolution Day. Izabela is a certified Help Increase the Peace Program (HIPP) facilitator, a Total SDI trainer, and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). She is a past VMN board member and leader of the Instructional Design Community of Practice, DC Chapter of the Association of Talent Development. Izabela holds a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and an MEd. Curriculum and Instruction, both at George Mason University.

Megan Borishansky, MA
Family Programs Manager
Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7263, mborishansky@nvms.us

Megan Borishansky, our bilingual Family Programs Manager, is experienced in facilitation, project management, and community outreach.  She previously served as head of the Charlottesville Area Association of Volunteers, in addition to coordinating large scale volunteer events involving over 2,000 volunteers with the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area in Charlottesville, VA. Megan also provided Spanish/English Interpretation services extensively in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee, in Charlottesville’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, school systems and clinics. She holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia, and an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. 

Dylan Bates
Community Programs Manager
Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7262, dbates@nvms.us

Dylan M. Bates manages the civil court mediation and mentorship, community dispute resolution, and restorative justice programs. In addition to his VA Supreme court mediator certification for civil cases, he has dispute resolution experience in community and neighbor conflicts. He has facilitated dialogues around issues of organizational culture, identity, and group trauma. He has delivered workshops and presentations focusing on topics of entrenched conflicts, the power of symbols in everyday life, and workplace psychology. Dylan holds a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University with a concentration in International Affairs and Latin American Studies. Previous areas of research include security analysis of developing nations, civil planning, and infrastructure improvement in conflict areas, and risk assessments for investments to the frontier and emerging markets.

Michele Beier
Office hours: 9am-1pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Michele Beier is an experienced accountant, having worked as an auditor in one of the top accountancy firms, a controller in a high-tech company and treasurer of a co-operative preschool and of a PTA Board. She is responsible for all bookkeeping and accounting functions of the organization.  She works closely with other staff members to ensure the timely processing of receipts and disbursements.  She holds a BBA in accounting from the College of William and Mary and MBA in finance from Virginia Tech.

Emily Davis
Family Programs Assistant
Office hours: 10:30am-3:30pm, Monday – Thursday
703.865.7262, edavis@nvms.us

Emily Davis, Family Programs Assistant has earned a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her focus is on Interpersonal Dynamics and has completed a minor in Psychology. She hopes to use her education to work closely with individuals and help them achieve their goals. Emily has previously interned with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) as a Dialogue and Difference Intern where she organized and trained facilitators to lead topic-centered group discussions. She has also served as a Training Development Intern and Family Programs Assistant for the Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) community. The opportunities earned through working with NVMS have helped her further her interest in facilitation, mediation, coaching, and other areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Emily is in the process of earning her Virginia State Mediator’s Certificate with the hopes of mediating within the Virginia General District Court (GDC). She looks forward to seeing how her experiences, skills, and education may help her achieve her professional goals.