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2017 Mediator Appreciation & Graduation Picnic


On May 22, 2017 the Mediation Center of Dutchess County brought its valued Mediators

both past and present together for a night of celebration, camaraderie, food & drink.


Distinguished dignitaries in attendance at Bowdoin Park were Hon. Frank M. Mora and Linda Murray,

Court Attorney to Judge Mora from the City of Poughkeepsie Court. Judge Mora and Ms. Murray

gave heartfelt thanks to our Mediators, explaining that they serve as an important function to the

Court by lightening the heavy case load and helping to move cases through to quick resolutions.


The Center celebrated the graduation and addition of 8 new mediators to it's roster, a lively group

full of eagerness to learn and serve. The 2017 Mediator Apprenticeship Participants are Concetta

Chiarolanza, Josanna Berkow, Diane Culpepper, Meri Giewat, Fatri Ibrahimi, Briar McNutt, William Reuter

and Michael Wise.



Pictured above is Mediator Graduate Diane Culpepper and Hon. Frank M. Mora


Our hats off to the new Mediators and we wish them much success in the future!


The Center also celebrated numerous Mediator anniversaries, including Carol Sullivan with 10 years as a

Volunteer, Staff Member and Consultant, Keith Jordan with 5 years as a volunteer and Valerie Wiggins

with 5 years as a volunteer.


A new notable group this year were those Mediators with the milestone of the "600 Cases Club".

Those honored included William Paskey with 34 years as a volunteer mediator, Bill Harrell with 34

years and Robert Grossman with 34 years.


A special recognition was given to Board President Nevill Smythe for his continuous dedication to

the Center, generosity and going above and beyond again and again.


To all of those recognized and celebrated, the Mediation Center of Dutchess County THANKS YOU!





Stand Up! 6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon Hands Against Bullying Held


The Mediation Center of Dutchess County held its 6th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon - Hands Against Bullying Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson Saturday, April 22 to increase community education and action on bullying - an issue that affects people right here in the Hudson Valley.

THANK YOU to all of the sponsors and participants who all made this event a success! A special thank you to Senator Sue Serino for attending and sharing her story as well.

Children frequently involved in bullying are at a significant risk of withdrawing from school activities, poor school performance, as well as suffering from various health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, suicide attempts and in some cases, even suicide completion.

Attention participants: Upload your photos of the event and be sure to tag #mediationcenterofdutchesscounty and #handsagainstbullying on Facebook and Twitter!

Ongoing donations can be made to the Mediation Center of Dutchess County's Anti-Bullying Initiative HERE

Proceeds support all aspects of the Center's Anti-Bullying Initiative that includes expanding prevention and response resources to effectively address bullying right here in the Hudson Valley. Together We Can End Bullying! Event Contact: Honey Minkowitz (845) 471-7213 ext. 211  or email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

94.3/97.3 Hudson Valley Country's Beth Christy interview: In Touch: Mediation Center of Dutchess County






Bank of Millbrook

Central Hudson 

Dailey Diesel, Inc.

Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian "Butch" Anderson

Family Services

Joan A. Pagones

Mental Health America of Dutchess County 

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Royal Carting Service Company





Dutchess Mediation Center secures almost $10K in grants

Mediation Center of Dutchess County secured nearly $10,000 in grant money to fund training sessions.

The two grants obtained from Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley add up to $9,375. The money will go toward Restorative Justice training sessions, according to a press release.

"With this grant from the Community Foundations, we can train in a new modality, known as Restorative Justice, which looks to identify and address harms, needs and obligations in order to not only resolve, but also heal situations," said Jane Cottrell, executive director of Mediation Center of Dutchess County. "By investing in this training for staff and volunteers, Restorative Justice can also be taught and applied in our communities and schools."

The training sessions will start in spring 2017, and Restorative Justice techniques will be implemented into the organization within a year.

, Poughkeepsie Journal 3:54 p.m. EST December 19, 2016


7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Ageism

The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County held its 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 12, 2015 at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge. This year’s theme was Older Adults Deserve Dignity…ageism is no joke.  Keynote speaker, Ashton Applewhite, focused on the role of ageism in elder abuse.  Ashton also writes a blog, This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is This Ageist?  


More than 165 people, including Dutchess county residents of all ages, state and county elected officials, and vendors attended.  

The Champion for Elder Rights & Safety Award was presented to Robert Allers, who



Dutchess Mediation Center hosts event on Walkway

 Anti-bullying Walk raises $12,000


More than 300 people from throughout the Hudson Valley spoke out against bullying Saturday on the Walkway Over the Hudson. The fourth annual Anti-bullying Walkathon, hosted by the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, raised more than $12,000 for the agency’s anti-bullying programs.  “We get (reports about bullying incidents) every month from school officials, from young people and their parents,” said Jody Miller, executive director of the Mediation Center. “Bullying is preventable, but it takes the whole community. Holding this event enables us to develop multiple strategies to combat bullying in conjunction with our community partners.”


Red Hook High School graduate William Wasik

Anti-bullying walkathon participants on the Walkway