2020 VMN Conference

VMN Spring Conference Webinar 

to be held March 4, 2020!

Featuring David J. Smith of David J. Smith Consulting, LLC.

David Smith

Registration is now open! Approved for 1.5 hours Non Ethics CMEs!

Click here to register online now!


This session 1.5 hour session will examine approaches that will enable today’s conflict resolution professional to better serve populations that are increasingly changing as a result of demographic and cultural forces.

Those coming from a mediation orientation will be asked to consider new “means” to peaceable “ends” when traditional mediation approaches are insufficient. Topics considered will include dialogic processes, Appreciative Inquiry, coaching, and other forms of intervention that can be assistive in responding to client needs.

The session will include:

1. Overview of demographic/cultural changes in Virginia and nationally
2. Review of the range of innovative approaches
3. Resources and training
4. Question and answer


The presenter will be David J. Smith, JD, MS. David is an adjunct professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU where he teaches facilitation, reflective practice, and the career intensive course. He is the author Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). He started his career as a divorce lawyer, then moved to domestic mediation, community mediation, was a Fulbright Scholar teaching ADR overseas, then ended up at the U.S. Institute of Peace. His MS is in conflict analysis and resolution from GMU. He still engages in community mediation in his local community mediation center in Rockville, MD.



 30 years

VMN Sponsorship Opportunities Fall Conference 2020

30th Anniversary Dinner Sponsor $2000

  • Recognition as Presenting Sponsor for Dinner Event
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Full page ad in conference program
  • Dinner Table with (8) event tickets
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Gold Sponsor $1000

  • Recognition as Gold Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Half page ad in conference program
  • Saturday lunch sponsor signage
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Silver Sponsor $750

  • Recognition as Silver Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Saturday breakfast sponsor signage
  • Exhibitor table at conference

Bronze Sponsor $500

  • Recognition as Bronze Sponsor during welcome remarks
  • Recognition on VMN website and all event electronic invites
  • Break sponsor signage

For more information on Sponsorship opportunities contact Jeanne Mann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 804-316-5271.


2019 VMN Annual Fall Conference

Empowering Ourselves for the Future

September 28-29, 2019

University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center


16.5 Non Ethics CMEs Approved

2.0 Ethics CMEs Approved



Program Agenda

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Registration & Light Breakfast: 7:30AM - 8:15AM


Keynote Speaker: 8:30AM-9:00AM                                                                                    

          Toward More Inclusive Practices in Conflict Resolution

          Jacquie Johnson, Professional Development Coordinator, VCIC                                 


Session One: 9:15AM - 10:45AM

 A-1     Managing Forgiveness Issues in Mediation While Respecting Self Determination     

          David T. Deal, J.D., Mediator, Trainer

A-2     Mediating Safely When Domestic Violence is an Issue                                         

          Hilda Roundtree, Mediator, Trainer, CMG Foundation

Session Two: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

B-1     Running a Successful Mediation Practice                                                                                                         

            Virginia Colin, Ph.D., Colin Family Mediation Group, LLC

B-2     A Review of ACE Study: Learning How Early Trauma Impacts Later Behavior 

            Andrea Palmisano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Tidewater Community College


LUNCH/ VMN Annual Business Meeting: 12:30PM-1:30PM                                                                    


Session Three: 1:45PM - 3:15PM

 C-1     Mediate to Learn                                                                                                                 

            Sarah P. “Sally” Campbell, J.D., Manager - DRS, Mediator, Trainer

            Mandy R. Sarkissian, ADR Analyst - DRS, Mediator, Trainer


C-2    The Alternatives in Alternative Dispute Resolution                                                 

          Brenda Waugh, J.D., Mediator, Trainer            


Session Four: 3:30PM - 5:00PM

D-1     Peer Mediator Consultation                                                                                              

            Karen Richards, Mediator, Trainer

D-2     Power Tools for the Mediation Process or Powerful Mediation                                                          

          Mitzi Hartwell, Mediator, The Resolve Center, LLC

          Bettina Altizer, J.D., Altizer Law, P.C.


Networking and Cocktail Hour 5:00PM - 6:00PM


Program Agenda

Sunday, September 29, 2019

 Breakfast: 7:30AM                                                                                                                            

BookZone: 8:00AM - 9:00AM                                                                                                       

            Influence by Robert Cialdini

            Jeannette Twomey, J.D., President, Mediate Virginia, LLC


Session Four: 9:15AM - 10:45AM

E-1      Rainbow Connections: LGBTQ Populations—Increasing Awareness and                   

            Understanding for More Inclusive Mediation Practices

            Beth Roper, MSW, LCSW, Mediator CMG Foundation

            Shannon McKay, Director, He She Ze and We                                                                            


E-2      Having Fun in the Kitchen with Mediation                                                             

            Lyla Zeidan, J.D., Zeidan & Zeidan, LLC

            Waheba Zeidan, J.D., Zeidan & Zeidan, LLC


Ethics: 11:00AM - 1:00PM                                                                                        

            It All Comes Back to Quality                                                                               

            Sarah P. “Sally” Campbell, J.D., Manager - DRS, Mediator, Trainer

            Mandy R. Sarkissian, ADR Analyst - DRS, Mediator, Trainer