Dr. Pamela K. Struss, President

(Petersburg)

Pamela K. Struss, PhD, is a scholar practitioner with expertise in development (housing, poverty & growth), judicial mediation, community engagement, local governance, and religious organizations. She has an MS from the Institute of Conflict Anaylsis and Resolution (predecessor of the Carter School at GMU) and received her Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale FL. She practices domestically and internationally, and has worked with the Ecuadorian and Suriname governments, and Prince William, Lancaster, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties in Virginia. Her mediation certifications include MC3 Mediation Certification, Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince William Association of Realtors, the Virginia Supreme Court.  She is the liaison to Prince William County General District Court’s mediation program.

Pam enjoys a full academic life, teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate practice-based courses.  She teaches the basics of conflict resolution from a religious perspective and has conducted trainings with Ecuadorian and Suriname government leaders, and the leadership of development NGOs. She conducts research on mediation’s success in the judicial setting and presents her findings through a variety of mediums, including domestic and international conferences.

Her professional associations and positions include the American Bar Association-Dispute Resolution; Joint Civilian Military Institute Member; International Association of Conflict Management; Society of International Development; Mediators Beyond Borders; Virginia Mediation Network President and board member and the MC3 Mediation Certification board.

Pam lives with her husband Rick of 41 years in Petersburg, VA. They have two daughters, Nicolle and Adrienne, and one granddaughter, Nourah. They have four fur children- three dogs and one cat (2 were inherited). They enjoy boating, cooking in their outdoor kitchen and connecting with family in Florida and Texas. Pam is an avid quilter and needlework enthusiast and enjoys relaxing in her garden during her infrequent spare time.

Pam has served on the VMN board since 2018, and she is currently in her second one-year term as President, the first being from 2020-2021.  She chairs the Nominating Committee. 

Andrew Pizzi, President-Elect

(Alexandria)

Andy Pizzi is a co-partner with I & I Resolutions who has had a varied career in conflict management. He has many years of experience dealing with workplace issues as a union official, management advisor, mediator, facilitator, and coach.  

Prior to his retirement in 2011, Andy was a federal employee for over 32 years.   As a conflict resolution practitioner, he has mediated many hundreds of workplace disputes, facilitated meetings, and provided conflict resolution training to various conferences, federal agencies, and employee unions.  He has also developed and managed several alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs and helped organizations design ADR programs and labor-management collaboration initiatives.   

Andy earned his BA from University of Massachusetts-Boston in Political Science and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University.  He is a Certified Mediator through the Supreme Court of Virginia and a Certified Coach through Life Coach Institute, which is International Coaching Federation approved.  

Andy has been a member of VMN for many years and has been a VMN Board Member since May 2021.  He became President-Elect in October 2021.  He chairs the Communications Committee. 

Kim Graham, Treasurer

(Newport News)

Kim Graham brings over 12 years of experience and insight as a Mediator and a Conflict Communication trainer to numerous Non-Profit Organizations and businesses throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a graduate of Saint Leo University and co-owner and operator of Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services, LLC, Kim is in a unique position to guide a wide range of individuals through the dispute resolution process with outcomes that benefit all involved. Over the years as a Mediator, certified by the Virginia Supreme Court, Kim has mediated for both civil and family cases. Being a Certified Mediator has helped her develop strong skills in leadership, communication, negotiation, and the ability to come up with creative solutions.  

Kim worked at the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center in Norfolk, VA, for three years before the center closed in 2012.  After the center closed, she and her co-worker, started Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services and have been serving their clients for the past 9 years. 

Kim served on the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) board in 1996 as both the Newsletter Editor and Treasurer.  She has served on the VMN Board of Directors since 2020, and as Treasurer since 2021.  She chairs the Finance & Budget Committee. 

Sara McAllister, Secretary

(Newport News)

Sara has been a certified General and Family Mediator since 2000. She has mentored prospective mediators in General and Family mediation for over 20 years. She enjoys the opportunity to work with new mediators as a mentor as well as in trainings that she facilitates. Yearly, she co-facilitates the required Virginia Judicial Systems training as well as Mentoring Others in Mediation. She has also presented classes for recertification credit in the Hampton Roads area as well as at the Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference.

She worked at the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center, a community mediation center, for 12 years. When the center closed, she and her co-worker, Kim Graham, also on the VMN board, started Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services. They have been providing mediation services on the Peninsula (in Hampton Roads) for over eight years. They serve several JDR courts as well as private clients in the community.

Sara joined the VMN Board in 2020 and has served as Secretary since May of that same year. 

Demetrice Davis

(Chesterfield)

Demetrice A. Davis is currently with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in the Consumer Protection Section of the Civil Litigation Division. She started as a dispute resolution specialist in December 2012 and became the Unit Manager in September 2016. In August of 2017 Demetrice took on the additional role of managing the Counseling, Intake and Referral Unit.  She has twenty years of experience in various roles of the private and public sector providing alternative dispute resolution options. Demetrice has been certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to provide general mediation services and is a registered mediator with the Virginia Department of Human Resources Management’s Office of Employee Dispute Resolution. She has been a member of VMN since 2015.

Demetrice joined the VMN board in 2020.  She serves on the Membership Committee. 

Kristen Kalina

(Leesburg)

Kristen is a Partner at the law firm of Schwartz Kalina, PLLC in Leesburg, Virginia, as well as owner and principal at KMK Mediation Group, LLC, also located in Leesburg. In addition to a thriving law practice, Kristen has built a mediation practice where she does private family cases, as well as court-appointed family mediations in Clarke and Frederick counties and Winchester city.

Kristen has a Bachelors degree from The Ohio State University in Political Science ('89) and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School ('92), where she was a member of the Law Review.  Kristen has done in excess of 200 mediations, public and private combined and is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to mediate Circuit Court Family cases, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court cases and General District Court cases.  Kristen is also Supreme Court certified Mediator Mentor.   

Kristen serves as Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Elections, appointed by the 20th Judicial Circuit Court for 3 consecutive terms.  Kristen is married with 2 daughters, 3 dogs and 2 horses and lives in Hamilton, Virginia.

Kristen is in her second term on the VMN Board where she has served since 2019.  She is Chairman of the Bylaws & Legislative Committee.  She also serves on the Conference Planning Committee. 

Brenda Lowry

(Chesterfield)

Brenda is the past Executive Director of the CMG Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, and a Certified Mediator. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of CMG, Brenda was a consultant to CMG Foundation providing strategic advice regarding organizational design, process analytics, and board development to set the stage for future growth. She is very interested in developing collaborative partnerships and relationships that can further enhance the visibility and good works of mediation.

Brenda has experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, working for over thirty years in the financial services industry with Fortune 500 companies. She served as a manager and internal consultant to senior executives in the securities industry where her counsel centered around two key areas—maximize existing operations and, secondly, to help develop the roadmap for future growth. She also has strong experience in the development and execution of strategic initiatives. Brenda has been active in the nonprofit sector, receiving the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, and has served on the Board of Directors of Offender Aid & Restoration of Richmond since 2011.

Brenda has served on the VMN Board since 2017, and she is on the Membership and Bylaws & Legislative Committees. 

Christine Poulson

(Staunton)

Christine Poulson is the Executive Director of Resolution Virginia where she advocates for the expanded use of community-based dispute resolution and coordinates the Virginia Trust Network.  

Christine earned a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University to prepare herself to more adequately assist with issue affecting communities at home and abroad.  While earning that degree she worked with the Mountain Institute in Franklin, WV on a project linking people in mountain communities worldwide.

After serving as a private mediator in Blacksburg, VA, Christine became the Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center in Roanoke.  There she mediated for all levels of court, for the United States Postal Service, and for the Department of Forestry.  She trained hundreds of people in conflict resolution skills, including incarcerated women at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women, and taught leadership and conflict resolution at Virginia Tech.  Her favorite work involves bringing groups of people together to discuss difficult issues. 

Christine currently resides in and runs the statewide association of not-for-profit dispute resolution centers, Resolution Virginia, from the beautiful city of Staunton, VA.  She has two children who attend Staunton City Schools and was elected to the school board where she has the opportunity to use her dispute resolution skills to assist with controversial issues.  Christine also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County.

Christine joined the VMN Board in 2020, and she chairs the Membership Committee. 

Amy G. Pruett

(Charlottesville)

Amy Pruett is a partner at Williams Mullen in Charlottesville, Virginia. She counsels companies and individuals in global industries on protecting, maintaining and enforcing their rights in brands, names, marks, copyrights, and other intellectual property assets. Amy helps parties navigate through complex and challenging conflicts to identify interest-based solutions, through mediation, collaborative negotiation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Amy is a Virginia certified mediator at the civil circuit court level, and she works with the Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she conducts co-mediations, training, coaching, group facilitation and discussion of complex business disputes and civil circuit cases.  She is interested in developing more mindfulness and transformative programming for mediators and conflict professionals as well as ADR in entertainment and IP cases. Amy earned her JD in 2005 and LL.M in 2021, both from Pepperdine University School of Law and Straus Institute. 

As an accomplished musician and 500YTT certified yoga instructor, Amy devotes significant attention to the practice of entertainment & music law as well as health and wellness. Amy also teaches a course on Music Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, School of Law, and speaks and writes frequently on transforming conflict with wellbeing and work-life balance practices.

Amy joined the VMN Board in 2021, and she co-chairs the Webinars Committee with Ray Schmidt.

Raymond E. Schmidt

(Round Hill)

Raymond Schmidt is a Virginia General District and Circuit Court certified mediator, mentor and trainer with over 22 years of experience in mediation and ADR. Ray became a mediator in 1999 and has mediated many court-referred and private civil cases. Recently retired, Ray has over 39 years of senior level Human Resources experience in both union and non-union manufacturing and health care workplaces. As the company spokesperson during collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations, he has acquired extensive experience in dealing with a myriad of employee and management conflicts and issues including a rare successful union decertification election in a heavily unionized industry.

Ray received his BBA from Temple University, Philadelphia. He also received the Senior Professional Human Resources certification (SPHR) from the Human Resources Institute and the SCP certification from the Society of Human Resources Management, SHRM. Ray has also received certification as a Management Coach and Employee Relations Specialist. Throughout his career he has been an “internal adjunct educator” providing positive employment training for all levels of leadership. In the last 3 years of employment he was the lead for transitioning his previous employer on a journey of formal recognition of being an Employer of Choice; by Fortune 500’s Top 500 employers.  He practices in Northern Virginia, primarily in the City of Winchester, Frederick County, Warren County, and Shenandoah.  He previously practiced in the Hampton Roads area.

Ray joined the VMN Board in 2021, and he co-chairs the Webinars Committee with Amy Pruett.

C. Michael Schnurman, Jr.

(Henrico)

C. Michael (Mike) Schnurman, Jr. is the Legislative Liaison for the County of Henrico in central Virginia. He develops and coordinates Henrico's annual legislative program and represents its interests at both the state and federal level. A decorated United States Marine Corps veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Mike has previously served as Legislative Assistant to the Virginia Senate Majority Leader and as Special Assistant to the Director for Government Relations at the National White Collar Crime Center.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree from the University of Richmond and received a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, and a 2012 graduate of the International Business Certificate Program at VCU.

Mike is certified as a family mediator by the Virginia Supreme Court. He also assists the mediation community with government relations. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center and is a member of the Resolution Virginia Advisory Council. 

Mike has served on the VMN Board since 2018.  

Douglas Spoors

(Williamsburg)

Douglas Spoors is an attorney, mediator, author and trainer. He currently serves as the EEO Education/ADR Manager for the Navy Exchange Service Command in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Previously, he served two years on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Mediation Association, and three years on SCMA’s Outreach Committee.  During his tenure with SCMA, he was the Chair of the Outreach Committee’s Public Outreach Video Project, producing a promotional video for the SCMA Speaker’s Bureau.  He currently serves on the Climate Change Project for Mediators Beyond Borders, and is the Chair of the CCP’s Outreach Subcommittee.

Prior to relocating to Virginia, he served as mediator/conciliator for the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, a community mediation service sponsored by the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.  He is the founder of the Institute for Mixed Method Mediation and author of the book Mixed Method Mediation: A Hybrid Approach to Conflict Resolution.

Doug joined the VMN Board in 2021, and he chairs the Outreach Committee. 

Henry Yampolsky

(Salem)

Henry Yampolsky is a mediator, educator, author, and TEDx speaker. Henry’s critically acclaimed book, Dis-Solving Conflict from Within: an Inner Path for Conflict Transformation explores how mindfulness can transform even the most challenging interactions into opportunities for growth, connection, and dialogue. Henry serves as the Assistant Director for Education, Outreach, and Conflict Resolution at Virginia Tech’s Office for Equity and Accessibility and teaches Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Building as part of Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention. Henry has taught and lectured around the world, including at: Columbia University School of Law, the New York Peace Institute, Bellevue Mediation (Zurich, Switzerland), the National Museum of American Jewish History, Bharathiar University (Coimbatore, India) and the International Gandhi Center and Museum in New Delhi. Before embarking on a path in peacebuilding, Henry was a trial lawyer in Philadelphia. He holds a JD from Temple University and a BS from the University of Scranton. Henry is also a Master-level instructor of Sattva Yoga, trained in Rishikesh, India. He is often on his motorcycle in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.

Henry joined the VMN Board in 2021. 


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