Convener: John Inglish, email@example.com
The Advocacy Committee is comprised of members who help track legislation and other public policies that affect the practice of mediation. Committee members develop information to share with OMA members, develop responses for the Board to consider making to specific legislation, and, when needed, attend hearings to either hear testimony or make statements about proposed rules and regulations. Ideally, committee members have experience and knowledge of public processes and/or the ability to research and track laws, rules, and regulations.
Convener: Emily Mikhaeil, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Communications Committee is in the process of forming a new team to help keep members and others informed and engaged across a variety of platforms. We are looking to fill roles that range from Social Media Manager to Blog and Flash Editors to Content Provider. Whether you are interested in helping build out and manage a platform or occasionally provide content, we have a role for you. Contact the co-conveners for more information.
Co-Conveners: Tera Cleland, email@example.com, and John Inglish, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Co-Conveners: Louise Neilson, email@example.com, and Jennifer Tenorio, firstname.lastname@example.org
This committee works to support, sponsor, and promote educational programs, trainings, and workshops for mediators and those interested in mediation. This includes supporting the fall conference, spring training, and more. Core to OMA certification is ongoing training designed to increase mediation quality throughout the State. The committee will be working closely with Oregon Centers for Conflict Resolution, as well as institutes of higher education and private trainers throughout the State.
Convener: Ramy Barhouche, email@example.com
The Membership Committee is all about helping members connect to OMA, and each other. We also work to increase the value of OMA membership. The committee helps plan and host networking and social events, represent the interests of members by finding innovative ways to enhance membership benefits, and acknowledge members for achievements and contributions to OMA.
Contact Amy Chase Herman, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the OMA office at OMA@ORmediation.org
Standards and Practices
Convener: Lisa Amato, email@example.com
This committee considers other issues that impact the practice of mediation in Oregon and/or the ethical standards of OMA member mediators. In doing so, this team develops, reviews, and implements a wide variety of guidelines for the development and practice of mediation in Oregon. These include:
- Core Standards of Mediation Practice
- Voluntary Mediation Process for Resolving Disputes with OMA Mediators,
- Model Guidelines for Private Practice Mediator Education, Training, and Experience
- OMA’s Mediator Certification Program
The Committee writes the newsletter’s “Ask OMAr” columns and other OMA Newsletter articles.
Convener: Brian B. Egan, Brian@MediationClarity.com
The Technology committee is not only responsible for reviewing and updating all of the OMA technology, including phones, computers, media and sound systems, but it is in charge of the development and implementation of OMA’s web presence. This committee also makes recommendations for how to update our current systems with regards to efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
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:
Convener: Tera Cleland, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. When OMA has paid staff, the Executive Director 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.
Convener: Jennifer Tenorio, email@example.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.
Convener: the OMA Board of Directors
This committee coordinates the process for recruiting new members to the OMA Board of Directors.