Board of Directors

​Sally Patchen


Mediator in private practice specializing in small business disputes, educator and trainer, and recipient of the William C. Hobbs Award for the Outstanding Adult Volunteer Los Angeles County Bar Association Civic Mediation Program for 2016. 

Jason Harper Vice President

Mediator in private practice specializing in conflict resolution training for students and faculty at the middle school and high school levels; ADR consultant, professor, and trainer; ADR Consultant for the Los Angeles County Office of Education; 2017 President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA).

Shaune Gatlin


Mediation trainer specializing in working with students, especially in Peer Mediation; formerly Youth Program Coordinator with the Civic Mediation Project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association; named Mediator of the Year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Culver Palms YMCA.

Ariella Morrison


Volunteer mediator with Centinela Youth Services; Senior Staff Attorney with OneJustice focusing on mobilization of pro bono attorneys for detained and non-detained immigrants in Los Angeles County; volunteer attorney with Michigan Immigrant Rights Center. 



Michael R. Powell

Michael Powell heads up the AAA® Los Angeles Regional Office, focusing on the AAA’s Construction Division. In this role, he interacts with the AAA’s clients who file construction, real estate and environmental cases and the panelists how serve as arbitrators and mediators in those cases. His district includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Washington, with oversight of 300+ arbitrators and mediators.

Maria Simpson, Ph.D.

Past Board Chair since joining in 2013. Executive coach and organizational conflict consultant; mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court; educator and trainer; former member and secretary of the SCMA Board of Directors; recipient of the 2012 President's Award from the SCMA.

Joan Goldsmith

Joan Goldsmith, M.A., Doctor of Humane Letters, has been an educator, facilitator, coach, mediator and organizational consultant with public and private sector organizations for over forty years, specializing in leadership, board development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation and conflict resolution.

Ken Cloke

Kenneth Cloke is Director of the Center of Dispute Resolution, and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant, and trainer, specializing in resolving multiparty conflicts and designing dispute resolution system for organizations for almost 40 years. 

Anne Sawyer

Is an experienced Mediator, Facilitator and Conflict Resolution Consultant with over 10 years in the dispute resolution field.  Anne has served as the Executive Director of the Southern California Mediation Association for the past 6 years.  In that capacity, Anne has passionately promoted the practice of mediation and alternative dispute resolution with a dedicated commitment to expand the field and draw awareness to the process.  In addition, Anne is committed to supporting the practice, teaching and promotion of dispute resolution professionals.  Prior to becoming a Mediator, Anne was a law firm administrator with over 30 years in the legal field.   Anne has raised 5 children and lives in Huntington Beach, California.

Rebecca Akumbu

Recently graduated from the University of Southern California with an LLM in  Alternative Disputes Resolution. Prior to this, she has a masters in International law from the University of Yaounde II in  Cameroon. She went to law school at the University of Buea where she graduated with a bachelors degree in law. She was an Administrative Assistant to Plant Aseed Africa. In addition to that she is a legal assistant for the Los Angeles County Bar, Immigration Project. She has been volunteering Volunteering for KMC for  almost a year.

Marvin Whistler

Mediator in private practice specializing in mediation services for divorcing couples; mediator, conciliator, facilitator, and trainer for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Dispute Resolution Program and other organizations.

Our Mission

To support and promote programs in K-12 schools that teach students conflict management skills and enrich their lives into adulthood.


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Torrance, CA 90505

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