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 20 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. In 2007, she was honored with the FBI Director’s Community Award.

     

  • Michelle Jackson
    Michelle Jackson Mediator & Outreach Coordinator

    Michelle is working for CMS as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) through AmeriCorp.  Her year commitment of service focuses on capacity building through volunteer management, outreach and partnership building.  Michelle is a certified mediator.

  • Toni Williams
    Toni Williams Office Coordinator

    Toni has over 25 years of experience providing case management in the mental health field.  She is working for CMS through the AARP Foundation SCSEP Program.

Board of Directors

  • Jenna Kay
    Jenna Kay Board President

    Jenna is a land use planner for Clark county. She was initially introduced to mediation through work in the education and juvenile justice sectors and was immediately a fan of mediation’s collaborative and practical approach to resolving disputes. Jenna has also worked as a mediator in the policy and planning fields.

  • Steven Kang
    Steven Kang Board Vice President

    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.

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

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

  • Leslie Chapman
    Leslie Chapman Board Secretary

    Leslie is currently the Human Resource Manager at Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency.  Has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Washington State University. Alumni of Leadership Clark County 2017.  I am excited to be part of the Board for Community Mediation Services!

  • VICKY RIDGE-COONEY, PH.D.
    VICKY RIDGE-COONEY, PH.D. Board Former President

    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.

  • Rick Barrier
    Rick Barrier Board Member

    Rick Barrier has had the pleasure of mediating disputes for over 20 years, most of which has been in Alaska, and now in the Vancouver, Washington/Portland area. In Alaska he was instrumental in establishing a small claims mediation project at the Anchorage District Court, and active in victim/offender and parent/adolescent mediations. Rick has successfully mediated cases involving large construction contracts; labor/management; divorce and custody; general commercial issues. He is experienced in “interest-based” as well as “transformative” mediation processes. He has recently been active in mediating under the Washington State foreclosure act and the Postal Service EEO program. He welcomes every opportunity to mediate, and sincerely believes that most disputes can best be resolved through the mediation process. Rick has a B.S from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford University, and forty years experience in business and government management

  • Katy Myers
    Katy Myers Board Member

    Katy has been in Public Safety Communications for over 25 years working through the ranks as a call taker/dispatcher to 9-1-1 Operations Division manager for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA).  Currently serving as the Technical Services Division Manager, Katy is an Emergency Number Professional (ENP) and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Technology Business Management.  She serves on multiple state and national committees focused on 9-1-1 planning, interoperability and technical advancement.  Katy is the Chair of the state Next Generation 9-1-1 Sub- committee and was recently re-elected to the position of Secretary for the Washington State Chapter of APCO / NENA.  Katy graduated from Leadership Clark County in 2014, was selected as the class representative on the LCC Board and stayed on the board through 2018.   In addition to her professional roles Katy is a wife and mother of two 20-somethings, treat giver to 2 dogs, enjoys hiking, paper crafting and Sudoku.

  • Amanda Jordan-Brainard
    Amanda Jordan-Brainard Board Member
    Amanda comes to CMS with over 15 years of mediation experience.  She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Amanda left her mediation career as the Family Mediation Services Director of a non-profit mediation center in North Carolina. She is passionate about providing a process that empowers individuals to work through conflict and achieve a creative solution that meets their needs. Amanda also has a background in working with non-profits as a Grants Manager and served on numerous BODs. Amanda is now utilizing her communication skills as the owner of Backyard Bird Shops.

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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.