A Taste of Mediation

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Midlands Mediation Center

4801 Colonial Drive (College Place United Methodist Church), Columbia, SC   29203

Come and learn more about mediation and the center’s services.  Get your questions answered by board and staff.  Refreshments will be served.

RSVP by calling 803-714-1176

Everyone’s welcome.

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The Midlands Mediation Center  announces the selection of Diane Frea as our new executive director, effective April 1.  The appointment was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Frea served as the interim executive director for the organization.

“We are very pleased with the continuity and stability provided by Diane’s appointment as the executive director,” said Board Chair Sandra Francis.  “She brings a wealth of practical organizational experience and a solid understanding of the center’s mission, which is fulfilled largely through volunteers’ commitment of time and talent.”

Frea has been associated with the Midlands Mediation Center since 2010, when she completed the Introduction to Mediation training course for recertification credit as a human resources professional.  She has served as a volunteer mediator, trainer and a member of the Board of Directors, and completed the SC Bar’s Family Court Mediation training program in November.

Previously, Frea was vice president of human resources for The State Media Company.  She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in organizational change and leadership from Columbia College, where she is an adjunct instructor in the same graduate program.

Frea has served in volunteer leadership roles with the Columbia chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and with the United Way of the Midlands and its affinity group Women in Philanthropy.

“The Midlands Mediation Center does important work in our community, providing alternative dispute resolution services, especially for those with low and moderate incomes, and training people to apply those same skills and practices themselves,” Frea said. “I’m honored to serve in a staff leadership role as we approach 20 years of championing dialogue that leads to peaceful resolution of conflict.”

For more information, please contact MMC at (803) 714-1176


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MMC at a Glance


Incorporated as the Community Mediation Center in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MMC provides a safe, non-adversarial process for people to resolve their disputes confidentially and inexpensively. Our trained mediators help resolve disputes between friends, neighbors, groups, family members and between employees and employers.

MMC values diversity and its programs are intended to be a reflection of our communities, including the multitude of traditions, customs, and values. We honor, embrace, and encourage diversity in all aspects of our work and seek diversity in our volunteers, staff and board of directors.

MMC is supported by donations, grants, contracts, and fee-for-service income from training and other services that are provided on a sliding fee scale based on disputants’ ability to pay.


  • Impact in courts – reduced backlog of cases since 2007, increased efficiency, cut trial costs and saved money
  • Impact in families – provide low-cost mediation to families in divorce or other family conflict.  This program shows steady growth and is now at capacity
  • Impact in communities – train citizens in the workplace and in communities in productive communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Impact in schools – we have the capability to provide truancy mediation and peer mediation programming in schools
  • Potential to expand all services described above and to increase the impact


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MG THankss

May 3-4, 2016

Thank you for your participation in our MidlandsGives campaign.  Your donations will help us continue our sliding-fee scale for mediation services.  We also appreciate that you may have been challenged by the technical issues we experienced with the giving site.  It may take a couple of weeks before we will know the final totals and be able to personally acknowledge all our donors.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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