Chris specializes in Workplace and Employment Mediation, Team Conflict Resolution, Conflict Coaching and EEO Mediation and Investigation.
Chris has worked in Seattle workplace conflict resolution and has been a professional mediator since 1996. During that time, she has conducted more than 500 mediations.
She received both Basic and Specialty certifications in Workplace and EEO Mediation in Washington State. She was named Mediator of the Year for Washington State in 2010 by the Washington Mediation Association. She is currently one of only sixteen contract mediators selected to mediate for the the State of Washington.
Chris administered the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s nationally-recognized and awarded Alternate Dispute Resolution Program serving
147 Public Sector and Federal Government agencies and 26,000 employees in the Pacific NW. Management of the Mediation program also entailed mentoring of the 90 mediators providing conflict resolution services. The depth of and broad exposure to workplace dispute resolution is unmatched.
With a background as a Workplace and Domestic Violence and EAP Program Manager for a 2,500 person federal agency, Chris co-chaired a Crisis Response Team, responsible for the emotional impact of crises on managers and employees. Prior to that, she was the Equal Opportunity Program Manager for one of the largest federal agencies in the Pacific NW and an Employee Relations Specialist. As a result of this experience, Chris works seamlessly with HR, LR & EEO. She has received multiple national awards for her work.
Chris served as President of the statewide Washington Mediation Association, and served multiple terms as a Board and Executive Staff member.
She has received extensive advanced mediation training, including training in non-violent communication, interest-based bargaining and negotiation, EEOC Mediation, and ADA Titles I and VII Employment Provisions. She is trained and experienced in mediating age, race and gender discrimination; employment; hostile environment; sexual harassment; community; parent-teen and workplace conflict cases.
Chris is also a contract EEO Investigator with a Secret Security Clearance.
She regularly serves as a mediation coach at the University of Washington Law School; Seattle U Law School; Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program; Snohomish County Dispute Resolution Center and, for many years, Peace Council, a culturally-diverse parent-teen mediation program in the International District. She has conducted numerous court-ordered mediations in Seattle with violent and at-risk youth.
A full list of Conflict Resolution Training attended is available upon request.
Depending on the specific needs of the client, specialists in appropriate fields may be brought onto the team, after consultation with the client, in order to provide the best possible range of services.