The most important thing I bring to the process of conflict resolution is IMAGINATION.
Since 1999 I have worked in the field of conflict resolution as a mediator, teacher, writer and theorist. For three years I served in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Los Angeles County Court. It is the largest such program in the country, with 14,000 mediation cases a year. For two of my three years I won the Outstanding Case of the Year Award.
During that time I also mentored students from the Masters Program in Dispute Resolution at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School. The US World News and Report has named the Strauss Institute the #1 dispute resolution school in the country.
I received my training in conflict resolution and my certification from a unique two-year program, designed by Plowshares Institute for twenty Los Angeles pastors and church leaders. Plowshares Institute focuses on providing training in peace and justice issues. Archbishop Desmond Tutu is on the board.
The two primary instructors for our training were Dr. Randy Lowery and Dr. Peter Robinson, the first two Executive Directors of the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School.
Our two-year training program culminated in an intensive two-week study trip to South Africa, where we met with, and interviewed, members of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
In an earlier career I was a comedy writer, and was a staff writer for “The Monkees” TV show, the year it won the Emmy Award for Best Comedy. I also wrote 19 scripts for “Love American Style,” and wrote the premiere episode for “The Bill Cosby Show.”
In addition I wrote, “THE GOOD BOOK… of Bible Cartoons,” a best seller.
I also wrote the book, “Does GOD Ever Speak through CATS?”
For the last year I have been Ombudsman at My Life Foundation,Inc.
From 2005 to 2013 I served as a mediator and parenting instructor for Major Family Services. I worked with divorced and divorcing people, who were in need of parenting and relationship guidance.