I have been a professional Mediator and Arbitrator for a combination of 10 years. I started a mediation practice shortly after graduating law school. In this capacity, I have worked as an ADR professional facilitator in several school districts and facilitated IEP meetings, collaborative conferences, and Manifestation Determination meetings. I have also served as a conflict coach as well as provided trainings to districts on the topics of Communication, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, and Racial Equity. I also train other ADR facilitators to do this work.
I think what sets me apart is that not only have I worked as a professional mediator in various areas of the law, but I have been working specifically in the field of Education for almost 5 years. I understand the CDE complaint process and when the IEP process mandates a neutral facilitator because I have facilitated several of these types of IEP meetings. I believe that my ability to remain neutral throughout the entire process, while still able to help facilitate resolution of the conflict also sets me apart. The fact that I am very familiar with the Education Code, particularly the Special Education provisions, is also a benefit to the districts with whom I work.
Lastly, my ability to work with diverse families and model empathy is also a factor that has proven effective when working an ADR facilitator. Families and District professionals feel comfortable talking with me and also trust that I will remain neutral throughout the process.
Areas of Expertise
- ADR Best Practices
- Changing the School Culture for ADR
- COVID-19 Related Issues
- Communication & Collaboration
- Conflict Resolution
- Creating Systems (e.g., ADR Continuum)
- Creative Problem-Solving
- Cultural Responsiveness
- Distance Learning
- Due Process
- Facilitated IEPs
- Negotiation & Conflict Resolution
- Parental Relationships & Advocacy
- Professional Development
- Resolving Complaints (e.g., Resolution Sessions)
- Strategic Planning Processes
- Training Parents for ADR Processes
- Virtual ADR Meetings