3rd Annual Midwest Mediation Conference was another huge success with Zena Zumeta!

picture of Zena Zumeta

Based on attendance and comments received, the 3rd Annual Midwest Mediation Conference, which was held on November 1 - 2, 2013, was a huge success! Zena's teaching style was particularly well suited to the participants who attended, who made the following comments:

  • Zena was fantastic! I would certainly attend again if she was presenting!
  • Thank you - very worthwhile!
  • Exceeded my expectations - thanks!
  • Zena's teaching method is superior to any other I've seen.
  • The role plays are excellent - very engaging!
  • This was my first conference. I really enjoyed the subject, the speaker and my fellow participants - a very engaging bunch!
  • This was a terrific seminar. I'd like to do it again next time.
  • Everything was great!
  • Best ever!!

If you couldn't make it this year, plan on coming to the 4th Annual Midwest Mediation Conference in the fall of 2014! Details will appear on this page as soon as they are available.

2014 Officers and Directors

At the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which was held on October 8, 2013, the Association had the pleasure of hearing from Tim Nation, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Peace Learning Center in Indianapolis, who spoke on the topic "Facilitation - Creating New Avenues for Mediation". Following his presentation, the following officers and directors were elected for 2014: Dustin Matern - President; Ann Thrasher - Vice President; Lea Shelemey - Secretary; and Rick Wacker - Treasurer. All of the officers serve as Directors of the Association. Kim Van Valer, as Past President, serves on the Executive Committee and as a director. Other directors elected at the meeting include: Andrea Ciobanu (Indianapolis), Sarah Dicks (Crawfordsville), Paula Dranger (Valparaiso), Mark Fairchild (Avon), Marla Hylton (Carmel), Eileen Maguire (Noblesville), June Shrieves (Greenwood), and Megan Wells (Indianapolis).

Task Force Established to Consider Changes to Indiana's ADR Rules

Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson has appointed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Task Force, chaired by Judge David Avery to consider and propose changes to the current Indiana Rules of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Subcommittees have also been established to review the ADR Rules in four areas: (1) domestic relations mediation; (2) civil mediation; (3) arbitration; and (4) mini-trials, summary jury trials, and private judges. The IAM is well represented in this process by Past President Kim Van Valer, Vice President Ann Thrasher, and director Andrea Ciobanu.

IAM Continues to Investigate Community Mediation Centers

The Board continues to investigate Community Mediation Centers. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, please contact Mary Hoeller. If enough information becomes available, a separate page will be added to this website in the future.