Whether it is mediating a separating couple or assisting an organization in transition, Sara's work relies on four basic principles.
Self-Determination: People need to be in charge of decisions that impact their lives. When people create their own solutions, they are tailored to their needs and ultimately more durable.
Communication: it's is the life-blood of a healthy system. Some people communicate well until conflict presents itself. The trick is to expect the conflicts and to build in structures for handling them when they arise.
Accountability: People are most accountable to themselves and the people directly around them. Top-down rules and mandates suck the life out of everyone.
Transparency: The best decisions come from a full understanding of various perspectives. This requires transparency, honesty, and casting a wide net when seeking input.
Sara has been helping people work through conflicts for over 20 years. In 1991, after receiving her MA in Organization Development, she began assisting organizations develop more effective communication systems and strategies for growth. Over time, her practice focused increasingly on utilizing conflict resolution to transform stuck organizations, relationships and individuals. In 2007, determined to dig deeper into this opportunity for growth, she turned her attention to mediation and became certified by the state to mediate Superior Court Settlement Conferences and then attained certification as a Family and Divorce Mediator. She served as Director of Mediation Services at the Mediation Center in Asheville, NC from 2007-2010 and became an Advanced Practitioner in Family Mediation in 2009. In 2012, recognizing the needs of high-conflict parents, she trained for and was approved as a Parenting Coordinator in North Carolina. She currently serves as a Guardian ad Litem for the Administrative Office of the Courts in NC.
Child Custody and Visitation Mediator for NC Courts
Advanced Practitioner in Family Mediation with the Association for Conflict Resolution
Certified by the North Carolina Courts to conduct Permanency Mediations
Approved Parenting Coordinator for 28th Judicial District
Organization Development Consultant for Western North Carolina Nonprofit Pathways
Guardian ad Litem for the Administrative Office of the Courts of NC