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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