So­lu­tion Cen­ter cuts rib­bon

The Star Democrat - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD POLK rpolk@ches­pub.com

The So­lu­tion Cen­ter, a con­flict res­o­lu­tion ser­vices on North Wash­ing­ton Street, held a grand open­ing cer­e­mony Thurs­day. The aim of the cen­ter is to help groups re­solve con­flicts in a safe space that is neu­tral and con­fi­den­tial. The cen­ter’s trained me­di­a­tors have years of ex­pe­ri­ence and work with in­volved par­ties to form an ac­tion plan.

EAS­TON — The So­lu­tion Cen­ter, a con­flict res­o­lu­tion ser­vices on North Wash­ing­ton Street, held a grand open­ing cer­e­mony Thurs­day.

The aim of the cen­ter is to help groups re­solve con­flicts in a safe space that is neu­tral and con­fi­den­tial.

The cen­ter’s trained me­di­a­tors have years of ex­pe­ri­ence and work with in­volved par­ties to form an ac­tion plan.

Such plans are more likely to be be kept and hon­ored than de­ci­sions dic­tated by courts and other third par­ties.

A prime goal of the ser­vice is to re­solve con­flict in pri­vate rather than in open court. This ap­proach en­ables par­tic­i­pants to pre­serve pre­serve re­la­tions and not de­stroy them.

When in­di­vid­u­als or groups try to re­solve con­flicts them­selves, they can find them­selves in a stale­mate and not be able to move past the con­flict. That is where the So­lu­tion Cen­ter can help. The skilled me­di­a­tors and fa­cil­i­ta­tors are ex­pe­ri­enced as non-judg­men­tal neu­tral third par­ties who em­ploy a wide va­ri­ety of tech­niques to help par­tic­i­pants en­gage, ex­press their ideas and con­cerns to come to a res­o­lu­tion.

The ser­vices can cover a broad range of is­sues from di­vorce, to child cus­tody, to land­lord ten­ant to elder guardian­ship to par­ent/teen con­flicts.

The ser­vice can also han­dle griev­ance hear­ings and work­place is­sues.

The team has four mem­bers. Owen Lyons and Walter Brangen­burg Jr. are co-founders. They have been joined by Janet Schilling and Re­becca Cl­izbe.

Lyons has a pas­sion for prob­lem solv­ing with­out lit­i­ga­tion. He holds an ad­vanced ne­go­ti­a­tion cer­tifi­cate from Har­vard Law School and a masters of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from the John­son School at Cor­nell Univer­sity. He has served as a me­di­a­tor since 2007. He is a courtrostered me­di­a­tor for Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties.

Brangen­burg was a ca­reer fire­fighter. He has a gift for mak­ing peo­ple com­fort­able. As a fire­fighter, he got the tag as “Mother Mur­phy” for his com­pas­sion and care of oth­ers. He also has served as a courtrostered me­di­a­tor for Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties.

He is adept at “cre­at­ing space for clients to work though life’s prob­lem solv­ing ad­ven­tures.”

Schilling brings to the group a knowl­edge of le­gal mat­ters. She re­ceived her Ju­ris Doc­tor or law de­gree from the Univer­sity of Santa Clara. Her Cal­i­for­nia law prac­tice han­dled all types of civil lit­i­ga­tion mat­ters. She served as a vol­un­teer judge pro tem over­see­ing some fam­ily law set­tle­ment pro­ceed­ings and small claims court me­di­a­tions. She moved to the East­ern Shore in 1993. Schilling has served on the St. Michaels Board of Ap­peals.

Cl­izbe is a clin­i­cal so­cial worker. She worked for 35 years with cou­ples and fam­i­lies, re­tired and then re­trained as a me­di­a­tor. She has now worked in the me­di­a­tion field for 10 years. She has spe­cial­ized in sep­a­ra­tion or di­vorce and child cus­tody is­sues. She has also worked with par­ent-teen con­flicts.

Cl­izbe is also on the ros­ter of court-ap­proved me­di­a­tors for Caro­line, Dorch­ester and Tal­bot coun­ties.

The cen­ter’s me­di­a­tors and fa­cil­i­ta­tors may be reached at 410-6908803.

PHOTO BY RICHARD POLK

The rib­bon is cut Thurs­day af­ter­noon of­fi­cially open­ing the So­lu­tion Cen­ter, con­flict res­o­lu­tion ser­vices on North Wash­ing­ton Street across from the Tal­bot County Court­house. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cer­e­mony are Owen Lyons, Walter Brangen­burg Jr., Janet Schilling and Re­becca Cl­izbe of the cen­ter. Also present were mem­bers of the Tal­bot County Cham­ber of Com­merce and lo­cal leg­is­la­tors headed by Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Tal­bot.

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