Michelle Zaremba, MPA, DirectorMichelle has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 1999. She is a “Certified Transformative Mediator” © and a Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. In addition to 19 years of professional and academic conflict management experience, Michelle earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography at Wright State University, Fairborn, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University, Kent, OH.
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Cheryl Alderman joined the Center in 2011 as a volunteer mediator. Since 2014, she has been a Mediation Specialist contractor and specializes case management, mediation, community outreach, and training. Prior to joining the center as staff, Cheryl spent more than 30 years in the multi-family housing industry. She brings a wealth of business and landlord-tenant expertise to the Center’s work.
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Jessica Best, BS
Jessica has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2012 as an undergraduate intern and is currently a Mediation Specialist Contractor. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Wright State University, Fairborn, OH.
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Jongha Ryu has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2015 as an Intern. He was selected to become the recipient of the Korean Government Fellowship for Overseas Job Training program. Jongha will be with the Center through 2017 to conduct research on the Center’s cases to community mediation as well as their collaboration with local government to provide conflict management services to citizens. During his internship, Jongha will also take part in the Center’s volunteer program and become a Volunteer Mediator. Jongha has worked for the Ombudsman of Korea, now known as the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), since 2008. The ACRC was established under the Prime Minister’s Office in order to handle people’s complaints and grievances and improve unreasonable administrative systems. Jongha is from Seoul, Korea.
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Cherise D. Hairston
Cherise D. Hairston, MA
Cherise has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 1999 and is a Mediation Specialist II, the Volunteer Coordinator, a Team Building consultant, conflict coach, and a “Certified Transformative Mediator” © with Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. In addition to 20 years of professional and academic conflict management experience, Cherise completed doctoral level studies (all but dissertation) at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, earning honors as an Advanced Practitioner in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from the Department of Conflict Resolution at Antioch University McGregor, Yellow Springs, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She has been an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH) in the graduate departments of Conflict Analysis and Engagement and Management and Leading Change, Wright State University, and Miami University (Middletown).
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Janet Mueller, MS
Janet has been a mediator and trainer for the Dayton Mediation Center since 1995. She is a Certified Transformative Mediator © and a Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. In addition to 21 years of professional conflict engagement experience, Janet earned a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University, Kent, OH.
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Aaron Primm, BA
Aaron began his career with the Center in 2013 as a Mediation Specialist I. Prior to joining the staff, he served as a Volunteer Mediator. In addition to his experience as a mediation case manager, mediator and conflict management trainer, Aaron has expertise in supporting landlords and tenants reduce the need for the eviction court process and has mediated more than 500 landlord-tenant conflicts. Additionally, he has 12 years of professional experience in math education at the elementary, high school, and college level. Aaron earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fisk University, Nashville, TN.
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Trisha Werts, BA
Trisha has been a mediator and trainer for the Dayton Mediation Center since 2001. She is a trained “Master Mediator”© with the Dayton Mediation Center and a professionally trained “Certified Transformative Mediator” © with Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. In addition to 14 years of professional conflict engagement experience, Trisha earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Indiana University East, Richmond, IN.
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The Dayton Mediation Center’s volunteers form an integral part of providing conflict management services to the community. Our volunteers come from various walks of life and reflect the diversity of our community. Our volunteers are mediators, facilitators, and liaisons for the Center. Our Center volunteers are the embodiment of peacemakers in the community and they have and make a positive impact in our community.
In 2013, the Center, along with 80 active volunteer mediators, mediated over 700 cases and saved our community an estimated $500,000. With the critical support of our volunteers, Center volunteers and staff have mediated more than 13,000 cases and saved our community millions of dollars in savings of vital community resources such as reduced police and court intervention as a result of citizens using mediation.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
~ Margaret Mead ~