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Portland, OR 97240
Phone: 503-872-9775

OMA Committees

Many of OMA’s activities are carried out by committees.  Committees address the many goals and needs of the organization.  As an OMA member, you are invited to participate in one or more committees. A Convener coordinates committee communications, with committee members sharing a variety of tasks.

Committees set their own meeting schedules based on the needs of their members. Phone participation is common and provides a viable option for OMA members living or working outside the Portland metropolitan area. Current active committees include:

 

Advocacy

Gail McEwen, (503) 362-2983, mceweng@outlook.com

This committee advocates the use of mediation in Oregon by influencing public policy. This may include work in the legislative arena as well as with state government agencies. Contact the OMA office at director@omediate.org for information.

 

Conference

Carley Berkey, cberkey@beavertonoregon.gov

Laura Swartz, lauratswartz@gmail.com

This committee designs, plans and implements OMA's Annual Fall Conference.  Because of the many tasks to be done to put on the Conference, this committee is OMA's largest in terms of active participants.  It meets monthly from January through October. Another high-energy committee, this fun and focused group produces an amazing Fall Conference year after year! 

 

Education

Louise Neilson, (503) 658-2391, louise@squarewater.com

This is a new committee for OMA.  Its mission is to support, sponsor, and promote educational programs, trainings, and workshops for mediators and those interested in mediation.  One critical aspect of the committee's charter is to help the Conference Committee in the development and implementation of the many trainings and workshops held during the two-day event.  Come join this committee and have a voice in the future of mediation. 

 

Marketing and Communications

       Carrie Bennett (interim), carriewbennet@gmail.com 

This committee's focus is to ensure that the OMA message goes beyond the membership of OMA.  The OMA mission is in part to support the citizenry of Oregon, and in order to do so it must first make sure that Oregon residence know about OMA, its mission, its members, how mediation works within their geographic location, where to go to obtain mediation, and so on.  Marketing and Communications also is in charge of such things as the look and feel of the OMA logo, the design and usability of its website, how to project the OMA brand throughout the northwest and beyond, and our social media presence.

 

Member Services

CONVENER AND MEMBERS DESPERATELY NEEDED!

This committee builds awareness and understanding of OMA members' needs and goals, focuses on statewide member engagement, and tracks membership trends.  Member Services coordinates ongoing events and activities, including networking and educational gatherings. In an effort to raise engagement and networking opportunities for members, our 2015 goal is to revitalize OMA's Interest Groups, Listening Calls, and Salons. This committee is known for sponsoring FUN!

 

Newsletter

Jennifer Tenorio, jennifer.s.tenorio@gmail.com

This creative committee sits within the Marketing and Communications committee, and has for years produced and edited OMA's highly acclaimed newsletter. The Committee's mission is to inform the membership through in-depth articles written by OMA members and other CR persons within the State and beyond.  The committee will be expanding both the depth and frequency of their work beginning in 2015, and they welcome volunteers who wish to help "get the word out" in print and through the use of social media.  The Newsletter is the voice of OMA.  Come help us tell the OMA story! 

 

Spring Training

Chip Coker, (541) 344-5366, chip@communitymediationservices.com

Brian Graunke, (541) 770-2468 ext. 304, briang@mediation-works.org

It has been a very successful tradition that OMA sponsors a Spring Training. The appropriately named Spring Training committee is responsible for the identification of topics of interest to a wide conflict resolution audience that goes beyond the traditional OMA membership, such as lawyers, educators, HR professionals, psychologists, social workers and more.  Continuing education credits are made available to many of these audiences.  The committee identifies potential speakers who are well known in their field and typically have a national or international reputation.  The committee helps support the trainings in multiple locations in the state, providing logistical planning details, venue acquisition, and joint marketing efforts.  Because the co-conveners are spread throughout the state, most of this committee's work is done via email and phone.  

 

Standards and Practices

Harry Auerbach, Harry.Auerbach@PortlandOregon.gov

Cynthia Moore, cmmenden@gmail.com

This committee develops, reviews, and implements OMA's "Core Standards of Mediation Practice," "Voluntary Mediation Process for Resolving Disputes with OMA Mediators," "Model Guidelines for Private Practice Mediator Education, Training, and Experience," "Model Guidelines for Training Programs and Trainers," and OMA's Mediator Certification Program. The Committee educates OMA members about these core policies through Fall Conference workshops and other speaking and training opportunities, through ethics and confidentiality quizzes on the OMA website, and through "Ask OMAr" columns and other OMA Newsletter articles. It also considers other issues that impact the practice of mediation in Oregon and/or the ethical standards of OMA member mediators.

 

Technology

Brian B. Egan, (541) 740-0540, Brian@MediationClarity.com

The Technology committee is responsible for the platform side of OMA's web presence, the membership management system, and other infrastructure.

 

Please contact the committee conveners or the OMA Office if you are interested in learning more or joining any of the above committees!

  

Other committees that exist for the orderly functioning and governance of OMA, and which report to the OMA Board, include:   

 

Executive Committee

Brian B. Egan, (541) 740-0540, Brian@MediationClarity.com

This committee includes OMA's Board Officers. The committee oversees the operations of the Board and helps to bring to the strategic, long-range development of the organization.  (If OMA employs an Executive Director, she or he reports to this committee and through it to the Board the monthly progress that has been made in support of the business and operational goals set forth by the Board.)  

 

Finance Committee

Gail McEwen, Convener: (503) 362-2983, mceweng@outlook.com

This committee assists the OMA Board of Directors in its oversight responsibilities relating to fiscal management. It reviews and recommends approval of an annual operating budget, reviews financial results, ensures the maintenance of an appropriate financial management structure and oversees the management of organization-wide financial assets.  

 

Nominating Committee

Convened by the OMA Board of Directors 

This committee coordinates the process for recruiting new members to the OMA Board of Directors.  

 

Certification (discontinued)

The Certification Sub-Committee has been merged into the multi-organization Oregon Certification Advisory Group. For more information, contact Larry Coady at ltcoady@msn.com.

 

 





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