Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Hon. Charles H. Ervin (Sierra Superior Court) is the presiding judge in the second smallest county by population in the state. After being elected, he assumed office of Judge in January 2011. Judge Ervin received a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with honors, from Cornell University in 1974. He studied law at Syracuse University College of Law; McGeorge School of Law; Lincoln Law School of Sacramento; and City University of Los Angeles. As a law student, he was a legal intern for the White House under President Gerald Ford’s Presidential Clemency Board. He is the President of the California Association of Youth Courts. He also serves as: Liaison judge from the Collaborative Justice Court Advisory Committee (CJCAC) to the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee (TCPJAC); member of the CJCAC Juvenile Subcommittee; member of the Judical Outreach Committee of the California Judges Association; and member of the board of the Kids Managing Conflict organization. Judge Ervin served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He practiced law as a sole practitioner for 26 years before taking the bench.
Wendy Kramer has been a full-time commercial mediator since 2005. She is passionate about mentoring newly trained mediators and fostering peer mediation. In addition to serving as the 2013 President of the Southern California Mediation Association, she was the co-creator of the SCMA’s Mentorship Program. Ms. Kramer previously served as the ADR Chair for the Santa Monica Bar Association, as a mediator and arbitrator for the Los Angeles and Ventura Superior Courts’ ADR Programs, and on the Board of Governors for the International Academy of Mediation (IAM). Wendy currently chairs the IAM’s Mentorship Program.
Andrea M. Avila, M.Ed.
School Counselor, retired, with specialized training in the implementation of Peer Mediation and Bully Prevention Programs for both Middle Schools and High Schools. Recently, completed training in the use of Restorative Practices in K-12 setting.
Commercial and Litigated Mediator; Civil Court volunteer mediator with OC Human Relations, (DRPA) in Orange County Superior Courts.
Received a special recognition, Volunteer Service Award, with the United States Marine Corps Family Readiness Program, Regimental Combat Team (RCT-5), for selfless contributions to the service members and families stationed aboard Marine Corps Installations West- Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in April 2013.
As an educator for over 30 years, Emily worked tirelessly for the rights of children. Initially, as a middle school science teacher, Emily advocated for special needs children. As a co-administrator of a school site Emily facilitated special education meetings to protect the parent’s rights, As an advocate for foster children, Emily volunteered to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Recently, as a law school graduate Emiy worked as an Education Specialist for juvenile probation. Emily has worked on several boards holding board positions on the California Mathematics Council (CMC), California Science Implementation Network (CSIN), Council of Black Administrators (COBA), the National Benjamin Banneker Mathematics Association (BBA). Emily continues involvement with several community associations for the benefit of children such as Kids Managing Conflict. Emily believes “Children are our Future.”
Madeline Wall-Communications and Development Supervisor
Madeline Wall, the Communications and Development Supervisor for Kids Managing Conflict, earned a Master of Dispute Resolution from The University of Southern California and a B.A. in Communication Studies with a Minor in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach. Madeline is a DRPA Trained Mediator having resolved cases in Los Angeles & Orange County Civil Courts in addition to guiding new mediators to be productive communicators under DRPA training requirements. Madeline believes youth have more insight than adults give them credit for. Her passion for connection, harmony, and peaceful dialogue shines while she assists KMC in funding peer mediation programs.
PEER ADVISORY BOARD
Will Hoadley-Brill has always been a peace maker. When he was 10 years old he heard from a friend that he was being bullied and, as Will puts it, "he was filled with rage." He channeled that rage into a program that he started at school called the "Peace Team" which was an anti-bullying organization.
When Will entered middle school he joined the associated student body and his advisor asked him if he wanted to help people. Of course, Will said yes and they started a group called the "Upstanders". They focused on peer mediation and events for students to talk about intolerance, communication and acceptance.
Will has spent most of his young life advocating for his fellow students and being a peace maker. When he entered high school, he had this to say about starting a peer mediation program: "What I wanted to do at South Pasadena was to ensure that every single student knows they have a space that they can go, feel welcome, and talk about whatever they need to talk about. So for me these programs aren't just about learning conflict resolution . . . it's about developing and fostering a community where everyone can feel welcome an accepted and comfortable." Video Here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE5Xe2r80xw&t=7s
KMC is about promoting peaceful conflict resolution to students, so we wanted to hi-light a peer mediator who has had a positive effect on her school and community. That young lady is Sarai Benitez - Sarai first became involved with Peer Mediation her junior year of High School, after she had gone through traumatic bullying. In her first year, she mediated over 50 students with her fellow mediators, earning her new problem solving skills, and deepening her compassion. Wanting to help more, Sarai began to take on more referrals, including from people who felt they had a conflict with themselves. She found that students felt much more safe and comfortable speaking to a peer about their emotions instead of a staff member. By the time she graduated high school, Sarai felt Peer Mediation completely changed her life. Sarai is now pursuing a career in Music Therapy at California State University, Northridge this fall.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Pamela Kreiser
For over 30 years, Dr. Pamela Kreiser has trained individuals to become better interpersonal communicators. She teaches conflict resolution and mediation full-time in the Department of Communication Studies at CSU Long Beach and as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding (NCRP) M.A. Program at CSUDH. Professor Kreiser earned a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication with a specialization in Quantitative Methods from the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as a Senior Lead Mediator regularly in the California Superior Court system and previously served as a consultant in School Based Mediation.
Apul Bhalani is a Master of Dispute Resolution Candidate at The University of Southern California. Originally from Washington State with a B.A. in Management Information Systems and Management from Washington State University. He has been in the technology industry since graduating from college. After learning more about conflict resolution and the benefits for kids growing up in a new era of being able to solve their own disputes he wanted to get involved and be a part of that revolution. Kids Managing Conflict is a storied program that Apul feels will help him grow his knowledge and help spread training to more schools in the future through new online training programs that can reach more kids.