Solution Center cuts ribbon
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.
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.