Board of Directors

Geoff Drucker is currently President of the NVMS Board of Directors.  He serves as the Senior Director of the American Health Lawyers Association’s Dispute Resolution Service and teaches mediation at the George Washington University School of Law.  Geoff presided over the transition to a new name and new Executive Director. He has also helped shape a new fundraising strategy geared toward community foundations.

Guillermo Birmingham is currently acting Treasurer of the NVMS Board of Directors. He has over 35 years of experience in financial, administration and operational leadership positions, with a background in developing policies and programs to manage billion-dollar and multimillion-dollar functions. He applies excellent analytical skills to financial, business and technology operations with a track record of success in achieving multimillion-dollar cost savings and the development of ground breaking operational programs. He is also a retired US Air Force colonel, having served 26 years across the world before his retirement in 2008. Birmingham is an advocate for those who need social, legal or financial assistance. He has been appointed to many boards, commissions, and committees throughout his career. In May 2020, he was appointed to serve a second two-year term on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Eric Newton is currently Secretary of the NVMS Board of Directors. He has 7 years’ experience as a mediator and 5 years’ experience as a coach and trainer for mediators in Chicago, Illinois at the Center for Conflict Resolution. Mr. Newton is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to mediate cases at the General District level across the state. He is also a mediator at Multi Door Dispute Resolution Division in the District of Columbia in small claims court. Eric supports the Marge Bleiweis Community Education Initiative at NVMS doing outreach and co-facilitation for conflict resolution workshops. He represented the NVMS Board of Directors in getting the Initiative off the ground in April 2018. Eric is also a Restorative Justice Facilitator.

Edmond Ebeid is a software engineer and a senior data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has over 20 years as a technology leader developing web-based training curriculum, and building web applications. He has packaged and deployed training curriculum to myriad learning management systems, while integrating custom training into many learning environments. He has leveraged both custom and existing products to integrate into a company process and has developed countless products that are both 508 and SCORM compliant for federal clients. Ebeid also has over 10 years of owning and managing a software and web development firm, Blue Echo Studios, with expertise in business analysis, project management, web applications, website development, and mobile development.

Amelia Frenkel joined the Board of NVMS Conflict Resolution Center in July 2019. She is currently an associate at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, where she has represented clients in complex criminal and civil litigation, including pro bono litigation. Before attending law school, Amelia was a speechwriter and political communications professional; she has worked and volunteered for national, state, and local candidates and organizations, including in northern Virginia.Amelia has also served on the Board of the Arlington Montessori House. Amelia primarily assists the NMVS Conflict Resolution Center with communications and outreach support.

Linda W. Hall is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator.  Her company, L.HallAndCo., LLC, provides Alternative Dispute Resolution services, including mediation, arbitration, and conflict resolution and diversity training.  In addition to NVMS, she is a lead mediator in the Federal Shared Neutrals Program and a mediator for the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of the District of Columbia Superior Court.  Ms. Hall is a retired member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network. She is an Associate member of the American Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Section. Ms. Hall received special training in EEO matters and is Safe Zone Trained. In her role as a member of the NVMS Board of Directors, Ms. Hall advises the Restorative Justice and Community Mediation Programs.

Steve Kramer joined the Board of the NVMS Conflict Resolution Center in September, 2019. Steve offers more than 30 years of communications and program development experience in corporate, association, and non-profit sectors in Washington, DC. Most recently a communications executive serving the restaurant sector, Steve developed programming partnerships and garnered widespread awareness for priorities and initiatives of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, serving as the organization’s Vice President, Communications and External Affairs. Previously, he directed a business unit for the Home Builders Institute, developing training, standards, and certifications for the residential construction sector. Steve advises the NVMS Conflict Resolution Center on communications outreach and mediation and facilitation service expansion. 

Abe Pollack is founder and principal of Pollack Badawi Group, a nationwide attorney search firm based in Washington, D.C. He has counseled hundreds of attorneys on their job searches and fostered relationships with managing partners, general counsels, and recruiting managers. Pollack was the associate dean for professional development and career strategy at the George Washington University Law School and a director at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Office of Career Services. He has worked closely with the hiring leaders at the nation’s top legal employers. In addition, Abe was an attorney at two AmLaw 100 law firms in Washington, DC.

Renee Reynolds is a licensed attorney in DC since 1993 and specializes in family law cases. She served as an attorney for the National District Attorney’s Association in Alexandria, Virginia and The Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington, DC. In 1997, she founded Dinner at 8, a dinner dating service in DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas and was the owner-operator for 10 years. In 2011, Renee served as the Family Intake Specialist at NVMS Conflict Resolution Center and was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator in General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. She has experience as a mediator in family, workplace, small claims and elder care cases. Currently, she is a mediator for the Colin Family Mediation Group, NVMS Conflict Resolution Center, Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center, Fairfax County Court Juvenile and Domestic Relation Court and the Family Division at the MultiDoor Dispute Resolution Office. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University – Antonin Scalia Law School. As a recent NVMS Board member Renee has contributed to the Family Mediation Program and the Court-Ordered Juvenile and Domestic Relations Mediation Program.

Dr. Regine Talleyrand is an Associate Professor for the Counseling and Development M.ED and Ph.D. Programs in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Dr. Talleyrand’s professional, research and service interests are in studying mental and physical health disparities in Women of Color and developing culturally relevant counseling interventions for communities that have been underrepresented and underserved. She has published and presented extensively in the areas of eating disorders in African American women, multicultural social justice counseling, career counseling, advising and mentoring relationships. Her newest research and community service area has focused on exploring mental health concerns of recently immigrated undocumented youth—a population that has grown in the Northern VA area. Dr. Talleyrand also served from 2005 to 2016 as an advisor and consultant to the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, a private, non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services for homeless individuals living in the Northern Virginia area.  As a member of the NVMS Board of Directors, Regine serves as an advisor for the Bleiweis Community Education Initiative and Family Mediation.

For more information about volunteer board service, contact Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, Executive Director, at aborysiewicz@nvms.us. NVMS is developing a pipeline for new board prospects who can support the organization’s strategic redirection amid the virtual world that demands change.