EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SHARON TRACY–Sharon A. Tracy is executive director and co-founder of Quabbin Mediation. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Legal Studies. Sharon has founded and run several organizations that linked legal resources with community efforts. As a journalist, she wrote and edited several specialty publications and was a development consultant for individuals and organizations. She has been a mediator since 1990 and a mediation and conflict resolution trainer since 1994, teaching adults and young people from kindergarten through college. Sharon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRAINING DIRECTOR SUSAN WALLACE–Susan has been training children and adults in conflict resolution and mediation skills since 1991. Her experience has also included work in the social services field as well as in education. Her education focused on justice studies at Hampshire College and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Conflict resolution and mediation are a synthesis of my work experience, education, and personal experience. The training we do at Quabbin Mediation supports and frames each individual’s innate abilities to problem solve and empathize.” As the training director, Susan develops, organizes, and provides training and support for conflict resolution and mediation programs in 14 schools and five school districts. Susan can be reached at email@example.com.
MEDIATION DIRECTOR JESSE BURCH–Jesse Burch coordinates our mediation services, program outreach, and mediator support. He has been training people in conflict resolution and communication skills since 2003. Jesse has been a mediator since 2009. He graduated from Beloit College with a degree in History. He received his JD from the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover in 2009. Jesse practices criminal and family law in the North Quabbin region. Jesse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COURT COORDINATOR, INTAKE COORDINATOR BOB SEKULA–Bob worked in mental health counseling/case managing/outreach for lots of years before training in mediation and starting work with Quabbin Mediation in early 2014. Since then he has relished doing court and community mediation, case coordinating, TAB training etc. for Quabbin. He also moves about in various ways, loves nature with his doggie, plays music, babysits and has been seen reading books. Bob can be reached at email@example.com
BUSINESS MANAGER NAN RIEBSCHLAEGER–Nan graduated from Nichols College with a B.A. in Business Administration and is working on a combined Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership also from Nichols College. She has served as a town accountant and chief procurement officer. Nan joined the Quabbin Mediation staff in January, 2017. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDIATORS–In addition to the organization’s professional staff, dozens of experienced volunteers help mediate disputes and implement programs. They are a diverse group that includes attorneys, professionals, young people (several of whom began as peer mediators in the schools), and blue and white collar workers. Trained volunteers mediate small claims and landlord-tenant matters at the district courts plus family and youth disputes that are self-referred or referred by attorneys, police, schools, social service agencies, or the courts.
Mediators help people clarify issues, identify common interests, and seek their own solutions while creating agreements that satisfy the needs of everyone involved. The mediation process is flexible, informal, and promotes creative thinking.
Board of Directors
Deb Habib Ed.D., Board President
Founder and Director
Seeds of Solidarity Education Center
Don Stone Ph.D., Board Treasurer
Business Consultant and Professor Emeritus at UMass School of Management
Trudy Berkovitz MSW, Board Clerk
Therapist and retired Middle School Adjustment Counselor
New Salem, Mass.
Athol Police Department
Information and Communications Coordinator
MA Department of Health, Office of Rural Health
Workers Credit Union