Our comprehensive professional mediation and conflict resolution training program is taught by experienced conflict resolution professionals and it provides training to many organizations, both governmental and private, and thousands of individuals. Our instructors have a wealth of experience from fields of conflict and peace building, mediation, law, education, human resources, management, and organizational development. They are recognized as subject matter and process experts based upon their advanced academic study and extensive practice as consultants, trainers, facilitators, and mediators.
Alma Jadallah, PhD
Dr. Abdul Hadi Jadallah is President and Managing Director of Kommon Denominator, Inc. She advised and worked on strategic projects related to conflict prevention and mitigation, training and education, and capacity building on the national and international levels. She designs and delivers highly successful small and large-scale interventions in corporate, community and international settings. She is a skilled facilitator and is a Virginia Court Certified mediator. She participates in numerous global conferences on Conflict Resolution and International Women’s Leadership Development and has been a speaker and participant at various forums including: U.S. Institute of Peace, Harvard University, U.S. State Department, Association for Conflict Resolution, and Jordan’s Securities Exchange Commission. Dr. Abdul-Hadi Jadallah earned her Ph.D. from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She is currently part-time faculty at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, affiliate faculty at the Women’s Center at George Mason University, and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Peace at American University.
Cynthia Mazur, JD, PhD
Cynthia Mazur is the Director for Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She is a mentor/mediator in the Federal Shared Neutrals Program. At the D.C. Superior Court she mediates domestic cases and child abuse and neglect cases. She arbitrates legal malpractice and fee dispute cases for the D.C. Bar and mediates these cases, as well. The D.C. Bar gave her a Special Merit Award in 2005. Ms. Mazur has been with FEMA since 1991. She most recently was the Associate General Counsel for Program Law. FEMA OCC awarded Cindy the Shirley Levy Award in 2007. Before coming to FEMA, Ms. Mazur was awarded a Teaching Fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center. She taught in the Appellate Clinic for two years, handling prisoner civil rights and criminal defense cases. She earned her L.L.M. in Appellate Advocacy. Prior to that, she was an Associate, practicing employment law at the D.C. firm of Akin, Gump, Straus, Hauer & Feld. She came to D.C. from a Judicial Clerkship in the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, working on prisoner civil rights cases. Ms. Mazur received a scholarship to attend the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France in 1991. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University in 1986 and was a member of the Justinian Honorary Law Society. She earned an M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and served a bi-racial church on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota as an ordained minister. This created an interest in Indian law. She graduated cum laude with her B.A. in English/Education from Hartwick College in New York. Ms. Mazur is licensed to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York.
Daniel Rainey is the Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADRS) for the National Mediation Board (NMB), and he is the agency’s Ombudsman. He directs the NMB’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program, which includes: 1) an ongoing training program offering courses in Facilitated Problem Solving and Grievance Mediation; 2) specialized training in topics such as teambuilding and System Boards of Adjustment; 3) third party work in grievance mediation, interest-based contract negotiation, and group facilitation; and, 4) Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). The ODR program includes the use of technology for contract negotiations, grievance mediation, arbitration hearings, and other work with parties in the airline and railroad industries. He is a member of InternetBar.org, an online dispute resolution organization addressing issues of justice involving cyber-law and cyber-transactions, he is a member of the planning committee for the United Nations Fifth ODR Conference (2007), and he is a Fellow at the Center for Information Technology and Dispute Resolution (CITDR) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Southern Methodist University.
James Q. Pope, MSW, JD
Jim Pope is an attorney, Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator, and consultant in conflict management and other subjects related to workplace conflict, employee relations, civil disputes, child support and divorce, and special education. Pope is currently an Adjunct Professor of Mediation and Arbitration at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Mediation at George Mason University School of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at George Washington University School of Law, Georgetown University School of Law, and Howard University School of Law. Pope conducted US Department of State sponsored mediation trainings for the governments of Israel and Palestine and mediated and conducted conflict management, mediation, and negotiation trainings for numerous public and private agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Postal Service, the USDA., the Department of the Navy, NOAA, NASA, NEA, FAA, US Air Force, US Forest Service, the World Bank, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Arkansas Supreme Court, IRS, United States Postal Service, DEA, National Archives, Virginia Supreme Court, Virginia Mediation Network, and Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Pope currently serves as an administrative hearing officer for the Virginia Supreme Court, in which capacity Pope reviews and rules upon state employee grievances related to terminations and disciplinary actions. Pope is a former member of the Executive Board of the District of Columbia chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (formerly the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution – DC SPIDR). Pope holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence (JD) from George Washington University Law School, a Master Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia.
James R. Meditz, MA
Jim Meditz is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mentor mediator. He also provides services as a facilitator, instructor/trainer, consultant, and conflict management coach for diverse clients, including cases before Virginia courts; parties in employment and EEO disputes; and commercial and community entities. He is a current member and past president of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), and an Associate Member of the American Bar Association and Dispute Resolution Section. In addition to the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, he is on the rosters of colleagues’ organizations and federal agencies. Mr. Meditz has a Master of Arts in International Relations, Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of the National War College, (National Defense University, Washington, DC) and the Federal Executive Institute (Charlottesville, VA). He received special training in Problem Solving in Organizations, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and EEO matters, family business issues, conflict coaching, and in management and other subjects during his federal career.
Jeannette P. Twomey, JD
Jeannette Twomey, J.D., is an experienced mediator, consultant, facilitator, and trainer in the field of conflict management and resolution. She has provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services since 1992, focusing on workplace, family, and elder issues. Ms. Twomey has provided training and facilitation to private organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of the Air Force, the U.S. Department of the Navy, the U.S. Department of Interior, etc. She has been a leader in the dispute resolution field, serving on governing boards of both local and state ADR organizations. She is a Mentor Mediator for the Virginia’s Mediator Certification Program and an appointed member of the Advisory Council for the Virginia Supreme Court’s Division of Dispute Resolution Services. She was instrumental in designing the mediation program for Arlington County’s General District Court. Ms. Twomey served as President of Northern Virginia Mediation Service from 1996-1999 and was named the organization’s “Mediator of the Year” in 1994. She is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Virginia Bar. She is an adjunct professor, teaching negotiation and mediation, at the American University’s Washington College of Law.
John Settle, MPA, JD
John Settle has over twenty years experience as a mediator and trainer. He is certified as a mediator and Mentor Mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and he holds Advanced Workplace Mediator status from the Association for Conflict Resolution. He heads his own mediation and consulting firm (SETTLEment Associates, LLC) and is among the cadre of consultants for several national firms providing ADR services. He has been a trainer and mediator with the Northern Virginia Mediation Service since 1998. He is a contract mediator for three offices of EEOC (including EEOC’s internal “Resolve” program) and has mediated and trained for many federal agencies. He served as the contract Ombudsman for the U.S. Architect of the Capitol. Mr. Settle is on the faculty of George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Administration, teaching conflict management and negotiation skills, and has taught negotiation skills at GWU Law School. He is a retired member of the Virginia Bar. Mr. Settle formerly held senior federal management positions, and he received the Presidential Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.
Julia Morelli, MA
Julia Morelli has over fifteen years of experience as a mediator, facilitator, manager and consultant. She is the Director of Operations for the George Mason University (GMU) Instructional Foundation and President of Holistic Solutions, Inc. Her practice includes mediation and facilitation, organizational assessment and development, strategic planning; and training related to conflict management, the use of technology in dispute resolution, diversity and cultural issues, and communication. Julia provides the GMU community with conflict management training, workplace coaching and group facilitation; and serves as mediator for individual and group mediations for state agencies through the Virginia Department of Employment Dispute Resolution. Her private practice includes work with government, private and non-profit organizations. She received an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Organizational Conflict and Diversity Management. She has also received a Professional Certificate in Human Resource Management.
Kathey J. Foskett, MS, CPCC
Kathey J. Foskett is an internationally recognized mediator, trainer of mediators, facilitator, and consultant in conflict management and other subjects related to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and other workplace conflict and employee relations. Foskett is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court with an Advanced Certificate and holds Advanced Practitioner status with the Association for Conflict Resolution. Foskett is a certified CTI trained Co-Active Coach and is a certified user of the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP) and the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI). Foskett is a highly experienced professional who serves as a senior trainer for Virginia Supreme Court certified basic and advanced mediation programs. Foskett also provides mentoring, supervision, and consultation to mediators preparing for initial Supreme Court certification as well as for established mediators. In addition, Foskett has provided hundreds of hours of training for numerous federal government and private sector agencies and professionals in the areas of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Mediation, Conflict Prevention, Conflict Management and Resolution, Interest-based Negotiation and Communication Skills for Managers, Supervisors and Non-Supervisors. Foskett clients include NASA, CIA, US Navy, US Air Force, US Army, Department of the Interior, Transportation Security Administration, Supreme Court of Arkansas, Environmental Protection Agency, US Census Bureau, Maryland Judiciary, National Mediation Board, International Trade Commission, Public Administration Forum, Suffolk New York EEOC, George Mason University, Johns Hopkins University, Head Start, Virginia Mediation Network, and Leadership Fairfax among others. Foskett has twenty years of experience mediating EEO and other workplace disputes for federal and state agencies, general and circuit court cases, landlord tenant, neighborhood, community, family/divorce and other types of conflicts. Foskett served on many mediation and conflict related committees and planning groups including the Northern Virginia Mediation Service Board of Directors and the Virginia Mediation Network where she served as a past President of the Board.
Mary Elizabeth Lynch, JD
Mary Elizabeth Lynch, J.D., is a conflict transformation specialist and adjunct faculty member at George Mason University’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation where her academic courses include “Intuitive Reasoning for the Law and Peacebuilding” and “Personal Transformation: Identity and Conflict.” She is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, after which she practiced law and mediated family and employment disputes for over 10 years. She is currently president of the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute (see www.transformationANDcourage.org).
Michael West, MS
Michael West has over twenty years of mediation and training experience and a unique blend of upper level management, coaching, conflict resolution, and academic credentials. Michael is an executive leadership coach for senior-level leaders within the federal government. Michael specializes in trainings and coaching for senior executives, managers, supervisors, and employees of all levels in dispute management and resolution, leadership, management skills, team-building, communication, and relationship awareness skills. Michael presents at state and national conferences and has been a guest speaker on conflict resolution, basic and advanced training, for federal agencies, the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins George Washington University, federal and private sector managers and employees, attorneys, therapists, and other professionals. In less than one year, Michael trained over 300 managers and supervisors within a single federal agency. Michael received a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a graduate of Scotland Yard Inspectors’ Course (London, England), and is qualified to administer the Strength Deployment Inventory, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Emotional Intelligence (EQi) and the Conflict Dynamics Instrument. Michael is a certified coach with the International Coaching Federation and a holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. He is currently teaching at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University.
Nathalie Thompson, MA
Nathalie Thompson is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mentor mediator and professional facilitator specializing in mediation, conflict resolution leadership development, meeting facilitation and coaching. Nathalie is member of the Restorative Justice (RJ) leadership team for Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) working to implement RJ in the Fairfax County, VA school and juvenile justice systems. Her expertise includes conflict prevention and resolution, mediation, conflict coaching; restorative justice practices; building and restoring working relationships; building teams and enhancing teamwork; leadership and management development; career coaching.
Stephen Kotev is a conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis, facilitation training and somatic education to private and government clients. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) and a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is a former employee of the Association for Conflict Resolution, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution and the D.C. Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist. He is also adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s S-CAR program where he teaches a course based on somatic skills. Stephen has presented to conflict resolvers from Kennesaw State University, the Transportation Security Agency, Mediation Northern Ireland, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative, the Virginia Mediation Network, the Maryland Program on Mediator Excellence, the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and numerous community mediation centers.
Tracey Cairnie, MS, PCC
Tracey Pilkerton Cairnie is a certified mediator/mentor, facilitator, coach, trainer, and public participation specialist. Tracey has over twenty years experience in developing and implementing a variety of communication and alternative dispute resolution programs, workshops and seminars. She provides services and training to a variety of government agencies (federal, state and local), businesses (profit and non-profit), universities, communities, families, and individuals.Tracey is also an adjunct-professor at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution teaching mediation, collaborative communication, and negotiation skills. She holds a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Executive Leadership Coaching Program.