Our Team

NVMS Staff Members

Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, MPA, She/Her/Hers
Executive Director
Office hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7260, aborysiewicz@nvms.us

Arleen has 25+ years of nonprofit experience, with expertise in management, fundraising, external affairs, community relations, board development, and branding and marketing. Her prior work includes serving as director of development and communications at United Community, a direct service agency supporting low-income families in Alexandria, Virginia. Before that, she was the primary fundraising officer at Ayuda, a Washington, D.C.- based legal immigration services nonprofit, and the vice president for external affairs at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, also based in Washington, D.C. Arleen earned her Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University. She holds professional certifications in nonprofit management from Georgetown University, and in association management and diversity and leadership from the American Society of Association Executives. Arleen serves on the Board of Directors of Resolution Virginia. She is also a member of the Ayuda Advisory Council.

Abigail Blatt, Esq., She/Her/Hers
Manager of Mediation Services
Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7262, ablatt@nvms.us

Abigail is Manager of Mediation Services. Abigail is a conflict resolution practitioner, mediator, and attorney who has completed over 150 hours of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training. Before joining NVMS Conflict Resolution Center, Abigail served as a Guardian ad Litem in Greensboro, NC. Abigail completed mediation and ADR internships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, where she mediated Workplace and EEO Complaints for the federal government; Resolution Systems Institute in Chicago, where she helped create a Pilot Family and Divorce online dispute resolution program; and with the Peace Factory in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she wrote for its international peacebuilding publication. Abigail completed her B.A. in Mass Communication at Principia College and her Law degree at Elon University School of Law. Abigail is a licensed attorney in the state of Kentucky.

Wind, They/Them/Theirs
Training Program Coordinator
Office hours: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
703.865.7261, wind@nvms.us

Wind (They/Them/Theirs) is the Training Program Coordinator at NVMS Conflict Resolution Center. They provide critical assistance in scheduling our conflict resolution trainings, stewarding our dedicated trainers, and supporting our training participants. Wind is a certified General District Cout (GDC) mediator in Virginia. As a GDC certified mediator, their practice involves mediating landlord-tenant and small claims cases. They are also trained as a restorative justice facilitator and are excited about strengthening restorative practice approaches and enhancing access to justice initiatives. Wind is also trained as an ombudsperson through the Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Ombuds Program, which focuses on just treatment in elder care at assisted living facilities. Wind has a B.A. in conflict analysis and resolution from The Carter School at George Mason University. In their spare time Wind creates collages, enjoys nature, and is learning the guitar solo to Stairway to Heaven.

NVMS Contractors

Melanie Macatangay, She/Her/Hers
CEO & Founder of 365BooksPro – Accounting Firm
Office hours: Accounting Contractor
mdaccounting@365bookspro.com

NVMS CRC has partnered with 365BooksPro to manage our accounting operations. The CEO & Founder, Melanie Macatangay, has 9+ years of experience helping small to medium size businesses with their accounting and bookkeeping. In addition to having her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, she is a Certified Professional Bookkeeper, QuickBooks Specialist from Universal Accounting, and a Professional Tax Preparer. She is devoted to providing the best quality financial services to our clients and enjoys helping businesses succeed along the way. She is a true profit and growth expert at heart.

Nicole Sams, She/Her/Hers
Training Programs Assistant

nsams@nvms.us

Nicole Sams is a digital communications and social science consultant for seven years in Northern Virginia. They assist in virtual conflict-resolution trainings at NVMS. Their multifaceted experience includes marketing research and community facilitation.