Peace is the foundation for all philanthropy. It is time to support peace.
Peace is the foundation for all philanthropy. It is time to support peace.
Executive Director Randy Drew earned an MBA in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. He co-founded the mediation program at the Los Angeles County Children's Courthouse, in 2014.
"Until we learn to manage our conflicts more successfully, they will continue to wreck lives, families, and communities. Mediation is the only form of Assisted Dispute Resolution where people decide for themselves. Co-parents need a plan.
It's an honor to serve. The commitment and skill of the mediators inspire me."
Maria Brinson-Sampson, JD, St. Mary’s University, has her own mediation firm, Downtown Mediators, and her non-profit, The Marrying Kind Inc. Her book, The Marrying Kind, was the catalyst for her non-profit.
As an Air Force wife, Maria has worked with diverse communities in leadership positions. www.dtmediators.com
Holding an M.A. in Negotiation and Conflict Management, Marvin is a private divorce mediator, and has experience mediating family, landlord-tenant, medical, real estate, and construction, with CAMP, LACBA, L. A. City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program and Neighborhood Justice Program, and L. A. & Ventura County Superior Courts.
Leyla is a distinguished and experienced mediator, facilitator, coach, and trainer specializing in highly-charged divorce and family mediations. She' is drawn to helping others & advocating for children.
Leyla is a member of the L.A. County Bar Association Arbitration Panel and APFM.
Her extensive experience as a mediator has also prepared her to provide training in mediation at universities and professional organizations. Her approach is effective, compassionate & economical.
National Mediation Board,
Washington, District of Columbia USA, Professor, and Mediators Beyond Boarders International, Board of Directors.
As an attorney, Anita Chien worked as a litigator and estate planner. Then she discovered mediation, and has been pursuing her passion to help couples work through conflict to bring healing and peace to the couple and their children. Anita has helped mediate hundreds of small claim and civil harassment cases. For her contributions, the Superior Court of Orange County granted her the Sherpa Award in 2019.
Dr. Patricia Williams is retired from the American Postal Workers’ Union as a National Officer, and is the APWU National Convention Western Region Retiree Delegate. She received her Doctorate Degree in Psychology, Mediation/Conflict Resolution. Pat has served as an arbitration and mediation advocate for the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. She has also mediated for Centinela Youth Services.
Marie is a mediator, arbitrator and financial services consultant. She has been mediating and facilitating with Center for Conflict Resolution (LA Superior Court small claims), California Lawyers for the Arts, and INVLA as a peer mediation coach and facilitator since 2014, and has a JD from Boston University School of Law and an MFA from USC Cinematic Arts.
Dr. Weissman received his Doctor of Pharmacy from USC, and his law degree from Loyola Law School. He was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the U.S.C. School of Pharmacy. He also teaches Medical Controversies and The Law. He has authored two text books. Dr. Weissman has been honored by his students by being chosen one of the outstanding teachers of the year four times during the last 17 years. Dr. Weissman was certified as a mediator by Loyola Law School.
With a JD from Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Maureen has many years of experience in mediation. She has mediated with the LA City Attorney’s Office. Maureen also taught peer mediation at Alexander Science Center School for the Institute for Non Violence in Los Angeles, and has served as a facilitator for INVLA’s Days of Dialogue.
As a collaborative family law attorney, Lynette helps litigants arrive at timely, cost-effective resolutions for clients. Ms. Kim has served clients in L. A. & Orange Counties since 1995, and is a recipient of LACBA’s Justice Benjamin Aranda award for outstanding public service. www.attorneylynettekim.com
An attorney with twenty years of resolving disputes within major companies, Ted mediaion trining also includes Pepperdine, Los Angeles County DCBA, and Centinela Youth Services. He is a mediator with Intrepid Dispute Resolution. www.intrepiddisputeresolution.com
With Master's degree in Community & Agency Counseling from the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 years experience, Roseanne has directed military family support programs, both foreign and domestic. She was a program Manager and Network Trainer for three of the largest EAPs, and founder of InHerVision, a mediation and conflict resolution company.
Educated at UCLA and a mediator since 2001, Leslie has served on the L.A. Superior Court ADR Panel and CAMP. She is a 2018 member of the Board of Directors of SCMA (Southern California Mediation. Much of Leslie’s efforts are focused on working to educate the public and business communities about how mediation works, its effectiveness, and its many applications. www.kushnermediation.com
Kristen earned her J.D. from Whittier Law School, and her LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Southern California. She has served at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Norwalk Superior Court. Her passion is softball and she has been playing since she was 3. "I have a 5 years old son who is my world."
A native Angeleno, a California-licensed labor lawyer since 2000, and a mediator since early 2016, Aaron has mediated hundreds of cases with the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the LA City Attorney’s office, the Center for Conflict Resolution, CAMP, and the LA County Bar Association. He’s also a mediator and the mediation case coordinator with the LA office of California Lawyers for the Arts.
As a mediator, Nellie has worked with the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the L.A. City Attorney’s Office. She is a retired Project Manager, Trainer, and Quality Analyst. Nellie has also worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
Holding an MFA from the New York Tisch School, Essie is currently a Peperdine MDR student. She has also worked as a mediator and trainer for MIT, Metropolitan Mediation Services, USC Law, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, and INVLA.
Sandy is a bilingual mediator with 17 years’ experience in family violence prevention working with offenders and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Ms. Villeda began her career in restorative justice in 2014 with the City Attorney’s office where she obtained her training. Sandy also studied mediation at Loyola Law School, Western Justice Center, and Institute of Non-Violence Los Angeles.
Holding a Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, Jean is a mediator and organizational consultant. She is a past Board of Mediators Beyond Boarders International, and has mediated with the L.A. Superior Court, Centinela Youth Services, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, and a variety of organizations and private clients. jean is a Producer of the documentary film,
"The Window in the Wall".
Milan has mediated more than 600 cases, and is the recipient of multiple awards from the L. A. Superior Court and the State of California. He is a panelist & co-founder of Valley Bar Mediation Center.
He has advanced degrees in mathematics and philosophy. His work is widely published. www.valleybarmediationcenter.com
J.D. and Principal at Koenig Mediation, LLC, I specialize in Family Mediation in the areas of prenuptial arrangements, divorce, co-parenting plans, and family business related matters. My main focus is to assist families in conflict to develop creative ways to solve problems, knowledge building and personal empowerment. I am Fluent in Spanish & English.
Received her master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace-building from Cal State Dominguez Hills University. She has mediated a variety of cases including family, civil, community and cross-cultural disputes. She is very known for her natural ability to connect and relate to people which allow her to achieve effective, long lasting and mutually satisfying resolutions.
Susan North has been working with children and their families since 1971. Her diverse background includes Head Start, preschools and day cares, along with LA Unified's Parent Education Division. Susie opened her mediation practice in 2007 and now divides her time between conflict resolution, parent education, parent coaching, blogging, and teaching school-age kids to be peer mediators.
After acquiring a JD from UCLA Law School, Leigh practiced in the field of Family Law for several years.
She is a certified mediator with Centinela Youth Services (CYS) where she mediates in English and Spanish for both victim offender and family conflict mediation.
Leigh was named CYS volunteer mediator of the year in 2019 and received the William C. Hobbs award for outstanding adult volunteer from the County of Los Angeles.
Founder and owner of ‘The Interpreter,’ a mediation, facilitation and grant writing firm, Ingrid Lenz earned her MPA, Summa Cum Laude, a BA in Political Science, is a National Conflict Resolution Center Certified Mediator and is a Certified Paralegal. As a former government analyst, she expertly alchemizes intellectual rigor and heart-centered interpersonal skills. Ingrid is a member of SCMA and MBB International.
Sid is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (B.Ed.), the University of Southern California (J.D.) and the Pepperdine, Harvard, and Dan Simon mediation and negotiation programs. Over the course of 40 years, Sid has seen the mediation process from all sides as an initiating and responding advocate, as a principal/client, and as a mediator and is still learning about and amazed by the power of listening with an open mind and open heart.
Rachel is a LMFT in Los Angeles, CA. She has been working in community based organizations for over 20 years. Professionally trained Mental Health and Infant/Toddler Specialist with expertise in early intervention, early childhood education, mental and behavioral health, and family services. Passionate and focused on meeting the needs of children and families within the community.
Savannah Jensen is a law student at USC Gould School of Law. She became interested in mediation during her first year of law school and joined USC’s Mediation Clinic. After conducting mediations in Small Claims Court, she joined the Family Law Mediation Clinic. As a member of USC’s Advanced Mediation Clinic, Savannah mediates both employment discrimination cases and works with SCFM. She plans to continue her relationship with SCFM and mediation.
Elizabeth is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. With more than a quarter of a century experience in handling child-centered disputes in private practice, Elizabeth is a compassionate and caring full time mediator. She also serves on the Riverside Superior Court’s Family Law Voluntary Settlement Conference panel of mediators.
Michyl-Shannon comes to SCFM after a lengthy career in film production in Los Angeles and working with her union local. She holds a Master's degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Michyl-Shannon is the step mother to an amazing 24 year old son who she has successfully, and peacefully, co-parented - along with his mom and dad.
Johanna practiced discrimination and personnel law, served as a municipal
commissioner, and is the author of Use Protection: An Employee’s Guide to
Advancement in the Workplace. Johanna has served on the boards of seven
nonprofits. She has special interests in organizational structure and the
effect of trauma on children.
Holding a Master’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Sepideh is doing LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution at USC. She has practiced law for several years and obtained her first LLM in Public International Law before she follows her passion for mediation in the U.S. She settled many family law and business law cases during her practice. Her goal was to help parties to get their interest-based deal through their mutual agreement. She found mediation the best solution to resolve disputes amicably.
Shirley holds a Master's degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. She is a trilingual mediator with a deep understanding of the many dimensions of intercultural disputes.
International Peacemaker and author of several books including Mediating Dangerously, Crossroads of Conflict, and The Dance of Opposites.
University of Southern California, School of Law, Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Clinic Director.
Dr. Goetz is the Associate Director, Judge Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution, Lecturer at USC Gould School of Law, and 2018 President of Southern California Mediation Association.