Photograph by Jeff Crespi
The release of the doves of peace at the Community Mediation Center's Grand Opening,
October 19, 2006 at the Phillips House in Prince Frederick, Maryland
Vicki Rhoades, Chair of the Advisory Board. Experienced mediator. Helped establish the Community Mediations Centers of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties.
John Roberts, Ph. D., Treasurer. Experienced professional and volunteer mediator. Experienced trainer. Founder of the Community Mediation Center of Southern Maryland, catalyst for CMC in Calvert, retired businessman, President of the Solomons’ Landing Homeowners Association, and musician.
Diana Waring, Secretary. Mediator and community advocate. Also volunteers for the Calvert Marine Museum.
Ernestine Brooks, Mediator and a long time advocate for grassroots involvement in family; community; and local issues.
Clinical Supervisor/Family Support Worker for Prince Georges' County Healthy Family program, specializing in Early Childhood Education. Alberta is also a mediator for the Center.
Jay Goldsmith , Calvert County Sheriff’s Office.Nominated by the Sheriff for his background, training and focus on the community. Jay is also a mediator.
Patricia Pease, Advocate for prevention of family violence through anger management training, anti-bullying initiatives, sexual assault prevention. Initiator of the Women’s Center of Calvert.
Certified professional in human resources (PHR) and is the director of payroll and human resources for the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Maryland, College Park. LaShanna is also an experienced mediator.
Trained volunteers reflect many segments of our community. Volunteer mediators complete 40 hours of formal training, followed by supervised internship, continuing skills-building and ongoing quality review.
CMCC mediators follow the Maryland Standards of Conduct for Mediators. Click here to read the Ethical Standards for Mediators.
"Some may think that mediators are problem-solvers and suggest solutions to conflicts, but that's not what we do. Mediators at the Community Mediation Center work under the premise that people are capable of finding their own solutions. Our role as mediators is to help people listen to one another so they can clarify their issues, express their needs and identify what is really important to them. When this happens, people in conflict begin to work together and find solutions that will work for them. It's awe-inspiring to see people go from anger to peace building in a mediation. Mediation Works!"
~ V. Rhoades, Mediator and Chair of theBoard of Directors .