About Us

Our History

Mediation services were initiated by the city of Vancouver, Washington in 1992. In 1995 Clark County opened the Dispute Resolution Center serving all of Clark County. In 1997 the two programs merged and Community Mediation Services (CMS) was born.

In 2010, the recession forced budget cuts and the city of Vancouver made the difficult decision to cut the program. However, due to the determination of local volunteers, CMS was restructured as a non-profit and has grown into a thriving dispute resolution center serving residents, organizations, schools, and businesses county-wide.

Our Services

  • reduce the burden on the courts
  • save taxpayers money
  • support peaceful communities
  • increase access to justice for underserved populations

Our Staff

  • Savenia Falquist
    Savenia Falquist Executive Director

    Savenia has over 18 years of dedicated service to addressing and preventing violence in both urban and rural communities. Her expertise is in working for organizations to provide healthy work environments that support high standard services to communities. She has been honored with numerous awards for her community leadership and innovative program development and implementation. In 2007, she was honored with the FBI Director’s Community Award.

  • Victoria Clevenger
    Victoria Clevenger Mediation Program Manager

    360-334-5862, ext. 102 – Email

    Victoria Clevenger, MPH, is a Mediation Program Manager for CMS. She has taught communication and conflict resolution classes for over 20 years in corporate, government and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her work with CMS, she also teaches classes in the adult degree program at Warner Pacific College in conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, and ethics. Victoria has a B.S. in chemistry from Tulane University and an MPH in public health education from UC Berkeley. She believes that effective conflict management begins within, and that kind laughter helps in almost every situation.

  • Lauren Gross
    Lauren Gross Facilitator & Trainer

    Lauren works as a facilitator and trainer for Community Mediation Services. She is trained as a facilitator, mediator, and instructional designer. She enjoys creating spaces where people can connect with each other, learn more about themselves. Lauren comes from an experiential facilitation background and for the past 5 years, has been facilitating individual and group development programs for adults and young people. Her work has included working with non-profit boards, government agencies, at risk teens, health care professionals, business managers, college students, and many other diverse populations. Lauren is excited to be a part of the team at CMS that facilitates group processes, and offers training that helps groups and individuals develop their communication skills.

  • Erin Moreland
    Erin Moreland Part Time Case Manager

    Erin has been mediating since 2009, when she was drawn to the healing potential of this practice. Her background in Asian medicine fuels her interest in helping people address their differences responsibly and in a way that fosters understanding, in turn contributing to a sense of wellness in community. She has been a regular volunteer for Resolutions Northwest and Multnomah County Small Claims Court in Portland, with additional professional experience mediating workplace conflicts. Along the way she has continued to train with veteran mediators, including completion of Marylhurst University’s Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. Erin looks forward to continuing to serve community as part of the CMS team.


Board of Directors


    Vicky Ridge-Cooney, Ph.D. facilitates collaborative decision making in public policy development, natural resources management, environmental protection, foreclosure, and neighborhood, work place, and family relationships. She has taught at graduate, undergraduate, secondary, and informal education organizations and trained agency and non-profit employees. Many of the trainings provided by Vicky have been in communication, team processes, conflict resolution, and decision making. Vicky focuses on the needs of the participants, building on their knowledge and skills and provides many opportunities for their participation. Vicky is a mediator, facilitator, and trainer for Community Mediation Services.

  • Enrico Tadeo, J.D.
    Enrico Tadeo, J.D. Treasurer

    Enrico is a mediator and a general practice attorney. He works with immigration cases, wills, trusts and probate and small business concerns. Enrico is a certified mediator and mentor with CMS.

  • Steven Kang
    Steven Kang Director

    Steven owns and operates a small business consulting company that serves Clark County.  He has been a volunteer mediator for over 10 years with Community Mediation Services.

  • Jenna Kay
    Jenna Kay Director

    Environmental Planner & Mediator.

  • Rick Barrier
    Rick Barrier Director

    Professional Mediator for 20 years and long time volunteer for Community Mediation Services.

  • David Jones
    David Jones Director

    Retired CEO of Utilities Company. Dave is currently participating in the mediation certification process. On leave of absence.

Interested in becoming a board member?

Our Mission

Empowering people to find positive solutions to conflict.

Our Vision

We envision a thriving community that uses mediation and civil dialogue to resolve disputes.