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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 aVolunteer, Staff Member and Consultant, Keith Jordan with 5 years

as a volunteer and Valerie Wigginswith 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 tothe Center, generosity and going above and beyond again and again.


To all of those recognized and celebrated,

the Mediation Center of Dutchess County