Our Team

NVMS Staff, Board of Directors and Conflict Resolution Practitioners have extensive experience providing effective training and conflict resolution solutions that meet client needs.

STAFF


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

Ariel Gordon is an experienced trainer and facilitator, having worked with governments around the globe to design national security strategies that require community engagement and balanced gender representation. She worked with government officials and civil society representatives to reach consensus about strategy content in Canada, Indonesia, Kenya, Moldova, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom. She has facilitated workshops with survivors of domestic violence to raise awareness about survivor rights and build skills for economic independence. She is a seasoned advocate and program manager, bringing experience partnering with multilateral organizations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and United Nations. Ariel serves on the Board of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution. 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, 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 workplace conflict resolution solutions such as assessments, facilitation, coaching, and mediation. Izabela delivers training workshops and presentations on mediation, communication skills, negotiation, team performance, and conflict resolution skills to a variety of audiences including professionals, adults with disabilities, foreign visitors, and students. She is a recurring speaker at conferences such as the Federal Dispute Resolution (FDR) Conference, the Training Officers Consortium, Virginia Mediation Network, the Fairfax County Public Schools Peace Summit, 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 Virginia Mediation Network board member, and a current Instructional Design Community of Practice leader for the DC Chapter of the Association of Talent Development. She completed a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is currently pursuing a MEd. in Instructional Design and Technology with a focus on adult learning, both at George Mason University.

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

Megan Borishansky, our bilingual Family Programs Manager, joins NVMS with a strong background in community outreach, facilitation, and project management.  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, with her Capstone Project dedicated to evaluating reconciliation efforts in Rwanda. Megan is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science degree with George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Geoffrey Drucker – President
Randy Jones Toll – Vice President
Eric Newton – Secretary
Daniel Rainey – Treasurer
Mara Schoeny
Linda Hall
Ronald Williams
Regine Talleyrand
Yasmina Mrabet

OUR PRACTITIONERS


NVMS Practitioners are certified Virginia Court mediators with extensive experience providing local, state, and federal government agencies, courts, non-profit organizations, and small and large businesses with the following services:

  • Facilitate discussion and build consensus around organizational action planning, strategic implementation, and process evaluation
  • Support individuals and teams through coaching and career development
  • Mediate interpersonal and organizational disputes between employees, teams, and management and among organizations
  • Train in conflict management, prevention, and resolution skills
  • Help employees, teams, and organizations move forward and maintain productive working relationships
  • Facilitate creative problem-solving toward sustainable solutions
  • Empower individuals and build confidence through teaching them skills they can use in any area of their lives
  • Develop capacity and appropriate processes for managing conflict
  • Promote a healthy work environment

Practitioner Bios