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Mediators at MediationWorksSM

MediationWorksSM uses a team of two co-mediators in many cases. This approach enables the process to be gender-balanced, where necessary, and maximizes the mediators' ability to deal with complex issues and multiple parties. Co-mediation gives the parties the benefit of additional experience and expertise, at no additional fee.

MediationWorksSM principals and associates are certified by the Virginia Supreme Court, having met training and apprenticeship requirements.

PRINCIPALS

Regina Olchowski is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. She is a highly experienced mediator and conflict resolution trainer, and has advanced training in mediating business, family and employment conflicts, and disputes involving disability issues. She has career experience in counseling, education, real estate and business. She has served as co-director of the General District Court Mediation Program in Arlington, Virginia, and was involved in the establishment of the program. She is on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, and has served as Acting Executive Director of that organization. Ms. Olchowski is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, and the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She has an undergraduate degree in Pyschology from Wellesley College, a Master's in Educatoin from Boston University, a Master's in Business Administration from George Mason University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (counselor education) from Boston University.

Jeannette Twomey is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the Virginia Bar. She is certified as a trainer for court-appointed mediators in the Virginia court system. Ms. Twomey is President of the Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Mediation Service, a non-profit community mediation center. She has a background in law, government, and community affairs. Ms. Twomey has extensive mediation experience in business, family, employment, housing, and disability cases. She is a frequent presenter before local and statewide groups on the topics of mediation and conflict resolution and she has advanced training in business, employment, disability and family mediation. In 1997, she participated in the EEOC's pilot program for the mediation of Equal Opportunity Employment Disputes. Ms. Twomey designed and served as co-director of the General District Court Mediation Program in Arlington, Virginia in 1992. She is active in the Virginia Mediation Network and the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution.  She has served as an aide to a U.S. Senator and a USDA Assistant Secretary. Her undergraduate degree is from Hollins College and her law degree, from the American University.

ASSOCIATES

Fern Feil is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. She mediates family and other disputes for the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Program, and has considerable experience mediating workplace disputes and in designing conflict management systems. Ms.Feil is an experienced group facilitator, and is particularly adept at working with labor/management groups. She helped develop and administer the premier national program for sharing mediators in public sector employment disputes. She has substantial experience in teaching interest-based problem-solving and mediation. Ms. Feil has a B.S. in Consumer Economics with a concentration in Psychology from Cornell University and a law degree from Duke University.

Neil Kaufman is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the Virginia Bar. He has considerable mediation experience by virtue of his affiliation with the District of Columbia Mediation Services, the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Program and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Mr.Kaufman has mediated interpersonal, small claims, domestic relations, personal injury, contract, grant, and employment discrimination cases. He also conducts state-certified training in mediation and other ADR subjects. He also has extensive experience mediating federal employment disputes, and he is on the adjunct faculty of the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute, teaching negotiation and mediation. Mr. Kaufman has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from William and Mary College.

William Mitchell is an experienced mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia. He coordinated the mediation programs of the Arlingtan and Falls Church, Virginia, General District Courts for three years, and currently mediates in each on a regular basis. Mr. Mitchell specializes in commercial, family and community mediation, arbitration for the National Association of Securities ealers, and large group facilitation. He has authored several internationally known books on organization management which reflect his work as liason between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and over 3600 local chambers. He has also taught organization development on major university campuses and the development of high-performing teams in institutions. Mr. Mitchell serves as a consultant to the U.S. Chamber and the Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He is a mediator with the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, a community non-profit, and he is a member of the Virginia Mediation Network, the Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the Academy of Family Mediators and the International Executive Service Corps. Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of Duke University, the Institute for Organization Management at the University of North Carolina and the Institute for Advanced Management at the University of Georgia.

James Q. Pope is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the Virginia Bar. Mr. Pope has been engaged in the practice of law in Northern Virginia since 1984. He has served as a Falls Church City Attorney, handling Juvenile and Domestic Relations matters for the city. In addition to maintaining an active practice of law, Mr. Pope serves as the Appeals Hearing Officer for Fairfax County Child Protective Services, and also is a child and adolescent clinical therapist for Fairfax County. He is a highly experienced mediator and a member of the Boards of Directors of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service and of the District of Columbia Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. Mr. Pope has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a master's in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a law degree from George Washington University.

Norval John Settle is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and a member of the Virginia Bar. He has extensive experience in mediating interpersonal, workplace, domestic relations and court-referred disputes. He speaks widely on subjects related to mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and condeucts state-certified training in mediation and other ADR subjects. Mr. Settle has a considerable experience as a senior manager and administrative judge, and has recieved a Presidential award for excellence in public-sector management. He is on the adjunct faculty of the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Mediation Service. Mr. Settle is a Certified Arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau. He is active in leadership positions in the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Richmond, and M.P.A. from the University of Southern California, a Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the American University, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.


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