Midlands Mediation Center welcomes new Board Members Maurice Campbell and Jessica Robertson to three year terms beginning July 1, 2016.
Returning to the Board of Directors for Fiscal Year 2017:
- Sandra Francis, Chair
- Kay Hightower, Vice Chair
- Pat Forbis, Treasurer
- Shawn Reeves, Secretary
- Gladys Coles
- Bill Drake
- Gina Jones
New Executive Director Announcement
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.”
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MMC at a Glance
MEETING A COMMUNITY NEED
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.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
- 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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Registration is limited to the first 20 people who register.
If you are interested in becoming a MMC small claims magistrate court mediator, you will need to complete this course and fulfill an additional 20 hours of “lab” observation and co-mediation.
Registration Fee: $250
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