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Meet Our Team

Mediation Center Staff

Michelle Zaremba

Michelle Zaremba, MPA, Director

Michelle has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 1999 and is the Director of the Center, a Team Building consultant, and is a professionally trained “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 engagement 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.

Contact Michelle: michelle.zaremba@daytonohio.gov

 

Cheryl Alderman

Cheryl Alderman

Cheryl Alderman has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2014 as the Administrator for  The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. Cheryl has also been with the Center since 2011 as a Volunteer Mediator.

Contact Cheryl: cheryl.alderman@daytonohio.gov

Jessica Best

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.

Contact Jessica: jessica.best@daytonohio.gov 

 

Lisa Boydston

Lisa Boydston, MA

Lisa began as a Volunteer Mediator in 2007 and is currently a Mediation Specialist Contractor for the Dayton Mediation Center.  Lisa earned a Master of Art in Conflict Engagement and Management from Antioch University Midwest and a Bachelor of Art in Organizational Communication from Wright State University.

Contact Lisa: lisa.boydston@daytonohio.gov

Sanggeun Choi

Sanggeun Choi

Sangguen has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2013 as an Intern. He was selected to become the recipient of the Korean Government Fellowship for Overseas Job Training program. Sanggeun will be with the Center through 2015 to conduct research on the Center’s approach to community mediation as well as their collaboration with local government to provide conflict management services to citizens. During his internship Sanggeun will also take part in the Center’s volunteer program and become a Volunteer Mediator. Sanggeun has worked for the Ombudsman of Korea, now known as the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), since 2006. The ACRC was established under the Prime Minister’s Office in order to handle people’s complaints and grievances and improve unreasonable administrative systems. Sanggeun is from Seoul, Korea.

Contact Sanggeun: sanggeun.choi@daytonohio.gov

Cherise D. Hairston

Cherise D. Hairston, MA

Cherise has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 1999 and is a Mediation Specialist, the Volunteer Coordinator, and Team Building consultant,  and a professionally trained “Certified Transformative Mediator” © with Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. In addition to 19 years of professional and academic conflict engagement 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 is an adjunct faculty member at Antioch University Midwest (Yellow Springs, OH) in the graduate departments of Conflict Analysis and Engagement and Management and Leading Change.

Contact Cherise: cherise.hairston@daytonohio.gov

 

Jarling Ho

Jarling Ho, JD

Jarling has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2004 as a Volunteer Mediator and is currently a Mediation Specialist.  In addition to 10 years of professional and volunteer conflict engagement experience, Jarling earned a Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, OR, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.  She is an adjunct professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and a licensed attorney in Ohio and Illinois.

Contact Jarling: jarling.ho@daytonohio.gov

Janet Mueller

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 19 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.

Contact Janet: janet.mueller@daytonohio.gov

Aaron Primm

Aaron Primm, BA

Aaron has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 2013 as a Volunteer Mediator and is currently a Mediation Specialist Contractor.  Aaron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Contact Aaron: aaron.primm@daytonohio.gov

Lisa Singh

Lisa Singh, BS

Lisa has been with the Dayton Mediation Center since 1996 as a Volunteer Mediator and is currently a Mediation Specialist Contractor and a professionally trained “Master Mediator”© with the Dayton Mediation Center.  In addition to 20 years of professional and volunteer conflict engagement experience, Lisa has been trained by the National Institute of Corrections and the Balanced and Restorative Justice Program as a Trainer of Restorative Justice.  Lisa studied for her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at University of Illinois and took continuing education through Antioch University McGregor’s Intercultural Communication program. 

Contact Lisa: lisa.singh@daytonohio.gov

 

Trisha Werts

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.  In addition to 13 years of professional conflict engagement experience, Trisha earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Indiana University East, Richmond, IN.

Contact Trisha: trisha.werts@daytonohio.gov 

Volunteers

Volunteers

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 ~