All mediators for the EUP Community Dispute Resolution Center are volunteers. They come from all walks of life and experiences, but share the desires to serve their community and to help people resolve conflict in peaceful and respectful manners.
Volunteer mediators complete 40 hours of mediation training approved by the State Court Administrative Office and 10 hours of observation of mediations. As the EUP CDRC usually schedules two mediators for each mediation, new mediators co-mediate with experienced mediators. The new mediator training is free for participants committing to 10 hours of observation and 25 hours of mediation within two years following training.
Several volunteer mediators have received additional mediation training and experience in specialized areas such as Public Administration, Domestic Relations, Parenting Time, Special Education, Child Protection, Adult Guardianship, Victim/Offender, and Independent Facilitation.
The EUP CDRC held its first mediation in 1995. In 1995 there were two conciliations and one mediation. In 2005, there were 163 mediations, 71 conciliations, and 44 facilitations. Since then over 200 cases per year have been resolved via the mediation process. The cadre of volunteer mediators has grown from a handful in 1995 to over 50 in 2012.
2008 Mediator Class in Newberry
Janine LaCroix, Gary Calven, Susan Jewell, Brian Smith, and instructors Jim Robinson and Charles Ludwick Shelley White-Thomas, Jane Robertson -staff, Rose Magyar, Carol Waltman, Kim Brenner, and staff Annemarie Askwith and Ashley Krajewski