Following my nomination by the Governor and approval of the New Hampshire Executive Council, I was recently appointed as a Member of the State of New Hampshire Family Mediator Certification Board.
The Family Mediator Certification Board oversees the appointment and discipline of Professional Mediators, and is responsible to assure the integrity of Mediation practice within the State, in the interest of the Public. The Board is made up of 11 members including mental health professionals, representatives from other State agencies involved with Family Assistance programs, Lawyers, certified Mediators and a presiding Justice of the New Hampshire Court.
As a result of questions I have received regarding my appointment, I felt that I should explain what my new appointment will entail.
First, it does not represent a new job that I am taking. I am not leaving my ongoing Mediation practice both with the Court and by Private engagement.
Board meetings are conducted once a month in Concord, and my future responsibilities on the Board will not in any way interfere with, nor limit, my work with parties in Mediation.
I consider the appointment to be an honor, and really a natural progression in the evolution of my own Mediation practice. In 1993 I was first appointed to serve as a Mediator in connection with Civil actions before our Superior Court, and followiing specialized training I was certified as a Family Mediator in 2009.
During this period I have participated in continuing and advanced Mediation training through both our State and Federal Courts, as well as, advanced Courses sponsored by the Pepperdine School of Law, and other National and State certified programs.
Since my initial appointment by the Superior Court I have conducted more than 400 Mediation sessions to date. In connection with this work I have developed the Pathways Mediation site with a special focus on the Mediation process as a Resource for parties .