Dr. Anan Ameri is an activist, scholar, author, and founder of the Arab American National Museum, and the Palestine Aid Society of America. For over four decades, Anan has advocated for social justice and for immigrants rightful place in the US. She holds a Ph.D in sociology and the author of many books and articles including her recent memoir “The Sent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus.” Anan is the recipient of many local and national awards. In 2016, she was inducted to Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
Michael Fried has been a mediator with the Dispute Resolution Center since 2002, primarily mediating divorce and special education cases, and considers volunteering at the Center as part of his effort of tikkun olam. Michael Fried retired from the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorneys Office in 2001 where he was Chief of Administration. He served on the State of Michigan Criminal Justice Information System Policy Council; and founded and led the Wayne County Justice Information System.
Judy joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and she serves as the Secretary. She is an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant with Michigan Medicine and specializes in change management. Judy believes in empowering others to have constructive and healing conversations and supports the Dispute Resolution Center in its mission and values.
Muffy is a mediator, facilitator, peacemaker and small business owner who has been a volunteer with the Dispute Resolution Center since 2002. A member of the Michigan Bar Association, Muffy's specializations include: MCR3.216 Domestic Relations Mediation Training & Domestic Violence Screening Training, Peacemaking Court and Tribal Peacemaking Skills, Advanced Mediator Training, Great Meetings Great Results Facilitator Skills, Mediation Training for LGBT Community, Truancy Prevention and School Attendance, Michigan Special Education Mediation and Facilitation, and General Civil Mediation. She is proud to be part of the Dispute Resolution Center because she believes it is a beacon in our community for peaceful solutions in a very adversarial society. It is a place where people can come settle disputes in a collaborative way and take part in designing their own solutions with the guidance of our talented volunteer mediators, as well as a place to learn what can be life-altering skills to listen and be listened to.
Susie Paisley is vice president & controller at Amplifinity, an Ann Arbor software company. She joined the Dispute Resolution Center because of her belief that it provides a valuable service to our entire community. It not only helps peacefully resolve existing conflicts, but prevents potential disputes by teaching life-long social and coping skills to our residents.
Laura O’Connor is a senior associate with Burness, a social change communications firm. She develops and supports strategic communications plans for national public health foundations and nonprofit organizations that address children's health issues. She leads campaigns and storytelling projects to help expand afterschool progams in all 50 states and create policy changes that address health equity. She joined the Board because of her beliefs in the positive power of community building and kids’ advocacy and voices.
Jessica Sprovtsoff is a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in Ann Arbor and a member of the firm’s litigation group. Jessica has been proud to support the Dispute Resolution Center’s efforts to equip our community with the conflict resolution skills necessary to resolve disputes, since joining the Board of Directors in 2013.
Laurie White, a native of Flint, MI who moved to Ann Arbor in the mid-1980s, is a documentary film maker, family therapist and Dialogue facilitator, as well as a certified mediator. She has been connected with the Dispute Resolution Center in various capacities for almost 10 years, and loves connecting with others who share her passionate belief that it is possible and necessary to find solutions to conflict.
Sally Brush has been coordinating the Dispute Resolution Center’s Small Claims Mediation Program in Washtenaw County since September 2006. She also supervises the monthly Brown Bag Lunches for the DRC’s mediators. Sally has spent significant time in African American, Appalachian and Jewish communities. For most of her career, Sally worked with families of divorce and remarriage. Recognizing the damage done to children by the economic and psychological stresses of poorly handled divorces, she started a program to help parents and children navigate divorce without devastating their children. The program included mediation and extensive training of professionals, as well as education and support groups for parents and children, eventually reaching over 20,000 children and 7,000 parents in small groups. Sally can be reached at email@example.com.
Belinda Dulin began her employment with The Dispute Resolution Center 2003 as the Mediation Services Coordinator and assisted in launching the Small Claims Mediation Program and the Domestic Relations Motion Day Program. In 2006, she became the director of mediation services and was responsible for the development and administration of various civil and family mediation programs as well as facilitating workshops to community organizations. In 2007, Belinda accepted the position of Executive Director and continues to expand the DRC’s services. Under her leadership, she has expanded the small claims mediation program, where mediation is the first step for problem solving in the 14A, 14B and 15th District Courts; and, developed and implemented school-based conflict programs serving students, families and school staff in identifying and resolving barriers and issues that affect students. Specific services include attendance mediation to identify the barriers consistent school attendance and create solutions that break the pattern of poor attendance, support the family structure and, academic improvement. Also, the DRC implemented the restorative practices services to address student-student and student-teacher conflict in a non-punitive, supportive manner that allows relationships to be restored, problems to be resolved and support services to be identified to support positive behavior and academic improvement. In 2013, also under Belinda’s leadership, the DRC partnered with the Peacemaking Court, providing restorative justice model to families in the child protection and delinquency systems The Dispute Resolution Center serves Washtenaw and Livingston Counties.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution, both from Wayne State University. Prior to becoming involved in community mediation, she worked in the corporate setting assisting with employment disputes -- preserving the working relationships between co-workers and employees and management. Belinda can be reached at The Dispute Resolution Center at 734-794-2125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miles MacDonald is the Dispute Resolution Center’s coordinator for small claims, general civil, community, and special education mediations. Miles’ experience with the DRC began while he was earning his degree from Eastern Michigan University, where he studied psychology and communications. During his senior year, he joined as volunteer intern, assisting with small claims and mediating, and then, while earning his Masters in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State, he became part-time mediation coordinator. Miles attended Eastern Michigan on a swimming scholarship and now coaches swimming. Miles can be reached at email@example.com.
Since February 2004, Carmelita has been employed part-time as Family Mediation Services Coordinator at the Dispute Resolution Center, overseeing domestic relations and probate cases. She has an extensive background in both social work and family mediation, and is a retiree of the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court (1970-2002), where she was employed more than 30 years as an evaluator/mediator. Carmelita is a 1966 graduate of Howard University, Washington, DC. She has been an activist in the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor community for almost 50 years, addressing such issues as racial/cultural differences/injustices, DNA racial profiling, police/community relations, diversity, housing, voter education, women’s rights, and school-to-prison pipeline. She has been affiliated with several organizations, and has received numerous awards and recognition for her professional, humanitarian, and community service. She describes her employment at the DRC as her “post-retirement job,” from which she receives unmeasurable satisfaction, in the DRC’s pursuit of establishing “peaceable communities.” Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germaine joined the Dispute Resolution Center in April 2018 as the administrative assistant. She has already learned so much from her colleagues, volunteers, and grateful for the breadth of expertise and experiences she is surrounded by. Prior joining the DRC team, Germaine has been deeply involved in non-profit mission driven work originating at Growing Hope and immersed herself in programmatic development around food sovereignty and healthy food access. In that time, she developed her skills in policy advocacy and campaign development work in sustainable agriculture through the Washtenaw County Food Policy Council, Bee Safe Neighborhoods, Bee City Ann Arbor, and the Agricultural Land Area Preservation Advisory Committee of Washtenaw County. She transferred these skills to another local non-profit, the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, helping to build and strengthen capacity for the organization. There she gained a lot of experience in organizational development, particularly in fundraising and donor cultivation strategies and approaches, outreach and social media planning and coordination, event planning, and trained in non-violent communication practices. In her spare time, Germaine has a small beekeeping and lavender business, New Bee Apiaries and Pollinator Sanctuary, and is working toward her Master's in Ecojustice Education at Eastern Michigan University. Germaine can be reached at email@example.com.