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I joined SCMA nine years ago with a training certificate and virtually no mediation experience. Since then, I have seen SCMA grow as a professional organization, with its resources and members strengthening my skills as a mediator that has allowed my private mediation practice to grow.
I joined the SCMA board in 2019 with the desire to help all members maximize their benefits from this organization, and to help them utilize the opportunities provided to donate their time and skills for volunteer program.
At the same time, I strive to find the best opportunities for our mediators to be compensated (financially and otherwise) for putting their skills and talents to use. One way of achieving that objective is by working with members of the Attorney Outreach Committee, which engages members of the legal profession (not just mediators) to explain the benefits of mediation and how to get the most out of mediation.
I began practicing as a litigation attorney nearly twenty years ago, but I found that the most rewarding professional experience was working to resolve disputes and finding unique solutions to unique problems. That is why I became a mediator.
Since then, I have found that the most satisfaction can be found in showing people that someone is listening to them and working with them (and not against them). As a member of the board of SCMA, I am always willing to listen to the concerns and ambitions of any SCMA member to make sure this organization reflects everyone’s goals.