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President

Mary Lou Frank

Dr. Mary Lou Frank is a licensed psychologist and mediator. Her Ph.D. and M.S. in Psychology as well as her M.Ed. in Counseling and B.A. in Speech Communication are from Colorado State University.  Completing training in Advanced Negotiations for Executives at Harvard University, she received mediation training at Brenau University and Georgia State University. She served as a mediator for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. A state approved neutral for the courts in Georgia, she has been a board member for the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, and is co-founder of the consulting group, Transforming Mediation. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia and continues to teach at Brenau and Middle Georgia State Universities. She has served as a professor, department chair, dean, associate vice president, and interim vice president and continues to consult and train nationally and internationally on mediation, civility, diversity, ethics, and leadership. She has published in journals and textbooks in psychology and counseling for over twenty years. Her current book project is, “The Mind of a Peacemaker: The Psychology of Mediation.” She received the Distinguished Provider Award in Counseling and has been the recipient of grants and awards in leadership, teaching, diversity, and community service. Dr. Frank served as the president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education and currently is chair of the board for Possible Woman Foundation International, scholarship chair for Circle of Friends Celebrating Life, board member of the International Women’s Think Tank, in addition to her position with INADR.

President Elect

Dennis Favaro

Dennis R. Favaro is a principal of Favaro & Gorman, Ltd.. Mr. Favaro received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to the Illinois Bar and the Federal Bar for the Northern District of Illinois (including the Trial Bar), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Favaro is a faculty member of William Rainey Harper College where he teaches employment law courses. He has certifications in trial advocacy from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association and has been frequently recognized as a Leading American Attorney in Employment Law and as a Super Lawyer.

Mr. Favaro founded the Employment Law Committees for the Northwest Suburban Bar and McHenry County Bar Associations. He frequently served as Chair for those Committees. Although a certified Mediator, Mr. Favaro utilizes the mediation process as an advocate for his clients.

He is a frequent speaker on employment law topics. He is a Past President of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association and its Foundation. In addition to his current practice, Mr. Favaro holds leadership positions in various charitable organizations and in his Church.

Secretary

Susan Sloane

Susan Sloane graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1972. She worked first for Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, then moved to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division and then Chief of the Division of Public Charities. After the birth of her two children she began her own practice in family law. Susan took a 40-hour mediation training and began practicing mediation in the early 1990’s. After seeing first-hand that mediation could resolve many differences more successfully and with less stress and expense than litigation could, she decided to forsake litigation and she has now limited her practice to mediation.

Susan also taught Legal Research and Writing for many years, first at Boston University School of Law and then at Northeastern University School of Law where she became Director of Legal Research and Writing and Co-Director of the Social Skills in Legal Context Program. Susan has co-coached Mock Mediation Teams from Boston University and Northeastern University School of Law for many years. She is also a member of the Mediator’s Panel at the Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she volunteers to mediate disputes for low-income residents.

Treasurer

Frank Dusek

Frank Dusek has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1999. He has worked on numerous disputes including ones involving complex commercial claims, accountants’ legal liability, securities, construction, and contractual disputes.

Mr. Dusek is a principal shareholder with the accounting firm of Weiss, Sugar, Dvorak & Dusek, Ltd. in downtown Chicago and has been with the firm for over twenty years. His past experience includes seven years with large CPA and consulting firms, seven years as a CFO of a national specialty construction firm and the U.S. Army. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Dusek is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Mr. Dusek holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago a Masters of Business Administration from Roosevelt University and a mediation certificate from DePaul University Law School. Mr. Dusek is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Arbitration Association, FINRA Dispute Resolution and a member of the CPA panel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. For more information on Frank Dusek, go to www.wsdd.com.

Vice President, USA

Teresa Frisbie

Teresa is the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where also teaches mediation advocacy and negotiation skills. Formerly a partner at the law firm of Foran & Schultz, Of Counsel to Davis McGrath and DeGrand & Wolfe, she has been a mediator for more than 20 years and is experienced in disputes involving employment matters, partnership and business disputes, real estate, trusts/estates, personal injury, wrongful death and other emotionally – charged matters. She also consults with businesses and nonprofits in workplace conflict management. Based on peer reviews, Leading Lawyershas named Teresa a Top Ten Illinois Women Neutral and an Illinois Leading Lawyerin ADR in the categories of international, employment and commercial litigation. A frequent speaker and writer on ADR, and columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, she has trained law students, lawyers, executives, physician leaders and judges in mediation and international arbitration in the United States and Europe. Teresa is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and is on the panel of neutrals at ADR Systems of America and National Arbitration and Mediation. She is also a certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Law, Chancery and Probate Division mediation programs, and a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators. She was named a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1997, and has served as executive director and a panel member for the Chicago International Dispute Resolution Association (CIDRA).

Vice President, International

Elena Koltsaki

Elena is a lawyer-mediator, a lead mediation trainer at the Athens Mediators’ Training Institute, a former member of the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee and a Member of the Preparatory Legislative Committee for the Reform of Mediation at the Greek Ministry of Justice.

She is the co-owner of Greek Mediation Institute, one of the leading Greek organizations for the promotion of mediation and works as a mediation expert on several international projects with ADR Center – Member of JAMS International (Italy).

Elena holds a PhD in Law, has long experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation and is an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament for many years. She is an accredited Civil/Commercial, Family and Workplace Mediator (UK, USA, Greece) with extensive advanced training in mediation and negotiations (UK & USA – Harvard Negotiation Institute).

She teaches law subjects in Greece and Cyprus, acts as a lecturer in national and international trainings and has trained over 1000 mediators internationally.  She sits as a Vice President, International of the Executive Committee of International Academy of Dispute Resolution (Chicago) and has an active role as a judge and coach in international student competitions.

Elena works in English/French and has a good understanding of German/Spanish.

VP of Education, USA

Ken Frank

Kenneth Frank holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. He is the director of the undergraduate degree program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Studies at Brenau University and received the Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Award. He is chair of the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament Board and has been a trainer/consultant for organizations as diverse as the Atlanta History Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the United Methodist Church.He is a registered neutral with the State of Georgia as well as a co-founder of Transforming Mediation LLC.

VP of Education, International

Agnieszka Majka Góra

Agnieszka Gora is a mediator, a negotiation and mediation university lecturer and a practicing lawyer in Poland.

She is a summa cum laude graduate from the Faculty of Law at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. During the course of her education, Agnieszka has completed the American Law Program co-organized by the Columbus School of Law, CUA in Washington, USA, as well as the European Law Program at HU Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In the field of mediation, she has been trained in Poland and abroad including UK, Austria, USA, and India. Additionally, Agnieszka took part in ICC Arbitration and the ADR Training Program, yet still continues to develop her knowledge and skills in ADR. Through her participation in premier mediation international events and competitions in Europe, America and Asia, she has gained extensive expertise in mediation. In these events, Agnieszka fulfilled the roles of an organizer, a judge, and also a participant. This keen interest in ADRs resulted in Agnieszka and her team winning 17 awards. Since then, she has continued her involvement in mediation through organizing mediation and negotiation training programs in Poland and abroad, as well as by coaching a negotiation and mediation student team at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. She is a co-founder of SOLVO- Mediation and Negotiation Advisory, and a member of mediation NGOs and various projects that include the International Dispute Resolution and Leadership Council ‘Teen peer mediation in schools’.

In her spare time, Agnieszka enjoys skiing, watching good movies and practicing competitive Latin ballroom dance.