Board of Directors


The New England chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution is governed by a board of directors. The chapter seeks directors who reflect the diversity of the region's practitioners, show a strong commitment to the field of conflict resolution and are familiar with NEACR's mission. The current board of directors are a qualified and energetic group who strive to build upon the work of their many accomplished predecessors.




Jessica Hynes

President

through April 2017

Jessica Hynes is a mediator and trainer and an assistant professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She received a B.S. degree in human development and family studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. Jessica practiced law at a large Connecticut law firm, clerked for the chief judge of the Connecticut Appellate Court, and spent eight years as a professor at two law schools before joining the Legal Studies faculty at Quinnipiac, where she teaches a variety of legal and conflict resolution classes. Jessica has completed training in basic mediation, divorce mediation, marital mediation, and USDA Agriculture mediation; has worked with community mediation organizations in Rhode Island and Connecticut; and has trained college students and adults in the mediation process. A board member of NE-ACR for the last year, she is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Connecticut Council for Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice, and the Connecticut Mediation Network.




 

James Kerwin

President Elect

through October 2018


James Kerwin is Assistant Director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (PON), a position he has held since December 2001.   While at PON James trained as a mediator at the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), and has been a certified mediator since 2002, having briefly served as a court liaison to the Quincy and Malden courts.  From 2009-2011 he co-taught a series of mediation courses in Bulgaria as part of a USAID project to train judges with the District Court of Sofia as they embarked on setting up a court referral program.  He has served as a volunteer facilitator with the former AmericaSpeaks in community dialogues in Boston and Cambridge, MA as well as Biddeford, ME, Akron, OH and Landover, MD.   In 2009 he initiated and hosted 3 community dialogues in Waltham, MA where he resides.    Prior to joining PON James was Operations Director at Givenation.com, an online portal for nonprofits to accept credit card donations online.   James earned a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University where he spent his junior year studying Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University in Cairo. 




Anita Aherne

Treasurer

through April 2017


Anita is a mediator, trainer and licensed clinical social worker who began her career as a high school teacher and worked for more than 20 years as a psychotherapist in private practice, primarily with couples and families, and for 15 years as a mental health trainer. She is now a training consultant who presents to businesses, organizations, and schools in areas related to mental and physical health, covering topics such as effective communication, conflict resolution, and stress management. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, she has a master’s in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and recently received her graduate certificate in conflict resolution and mediation from UMass/Boston. Anita, who also works as Court Programs Coordinator at Metropolitan Mediation Services, has been trained in marital and divorce mediation and currently mediates court, family, and consumer conflicts. She has served on the board of the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention, a program affiliated with the Boston public schools, and is active in Habitat for Humanity. 





Kylie Millbern

Secretary

through October 2018

Kylie Millbern is a Master’s degree candidate in the Conflict Resolution Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her final project took place in Israel with Ultimate Peace, which uses the sport of Ultimate Frisbee to build a bridge of understanding between youth in the Middle East. The experience has driven her attention towards the world of program evaluation and the role of sports in development and conflict resolution. Most recently, she worked with the Chill Foundation, which uses snowboarding to teach life skills to underserved Boston youth. While at UMass she worked as a faculty research assistant, interned at the Community Dispute Resolution Center in Cambridge, and volunteered as a mediator in Small Claims Court. Currently, she is finishing her final project and working at The Mediation Group in Brookline.



                                                                                                         



Richard Barbieri

Member

through October 2018



Richard has spent four decades in education, mostly at the K-12 level, and is now beginning a second career in the field of conflict resolution. He has been a college and high school teacher, director of the Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program, executive director of the Association of Independent Schools in New England, and interim head of eight schools from Maine to New Mexico, including schools in Newton and Cambridge, MA; Portland, ME, and Branford, CT. He has studied mediation and negotiation at the Harvard Project on Negotiation and at the McCormack Graduate School at UMass. He has written for such publications as Educational Leadership, Independent School, Trusteeship, the Providence Journal, the Maine Times, America, and the Boston Business Journal.





Paul Criswell

Member

through October 2018

Paul Criswell is an Independent General Counsel, providing on-call counsel services to technology companies and other businesses. He has thirty-five years of experience in representing technology companies through all stages of growth, from formation to public trading. In 2015 he expanded his practice to include mediation, conciliation and arbitration services. Mr. Criswell mediates with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), where he is the Court Coordinator for the Chelsea District Court Summary Process Session. Mr. Criswell has mediated numerous matters involving landlord-tenant disputes, employment disputes, consumer complaints and civilian complaints against police officers. He has also taught mediation as part of the HMP Training Corp. Mr. Criswell is a founding principal of ART – Alternative Resolutions for Technology -- an ADR organization providing services to the technology industry. ART has been selected by the Massachusetts Trial Courts, Superior Court Division as a Program to which it will refer matters for mediation. Mr. Criswell is also Editor-in-Chief of the Communications Committee for the International Technology Law Association. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts School of Law and an instructor for the Northeastern University Metropolitan Campus.




Sara del Nido Budish

Member 

through October 2018


Sara del Nido Budish is a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor in the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP). She supervises student teams who work with client organizations, and teaches Harvard Law School’s Negotiation Workshop, an interdisciplinary course that focuses on conflict management theory and practice. She has also served as a member of the teaching team in the executive education courses offered by the Harvard Negotiation Institute. She previously served as the Clinical Fellow at HNMCP, during which time she supervised student groups including the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, worked on special projects in HNMCP such as a negotiation-themed podcast, and helped develop coursework on facilitation and multiparty negotiation. Prior to joining HNMCP, Sara served as a Research Associate in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. Her writing has been published by the Journal of Dispute Resolution, WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog, Harvard Business School Publishing, and Harvard Law School Case Studies. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.                              



Eileen DeVries

Member 

through October 2018



Eileen DeVries lives in Hamden, Connecticut, and practices law with the Intellectual Property firm of Lackenbach Siegel. She is a co-author of “Protecting Designs by Trademarks, Copyrights, and Design Patents,” in the treatise, Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation. A graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. DeVries holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School and an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. During law school, she was a law clerk for the late Chief Judge Howard G. Munson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.


Eron Hackshaw

Member 

through October 2018


Eron Hackshaw is a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP), volunteering primarily in the Roxbury Municipal Court along with the Chelsea District Court. Eron graduated from Howard University School of Law (HUSL) in 2009. During his final year at Howard, Mr. Hackshaw participated in the HUSL Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic and completed a yearlong placement at the Washington DC Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC WFO) where he served as student observer and co-mediator in a number of employment discrimination disputes. Eron also served as the President of the Association of Caribbean Law Students and was an active member of the HUSL law student community. He is an at large Director of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and serves as the chair of the Marketing and Technology Committee.


Merriann Panarella

Member 

through October 2018


Merriann Panarella is an arbitrator, mediator and consultant in conflict resolution. A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Merriann began her conflict resolution career as a practicing attorney. Her work and interest in the quick and effective resolution of disputes and conflicts led her to pursue both mediation and arbitration opportunities with the American Arbitration Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the World Intellectual Property Association, as well as a host of other ADR institutions and organizations. With ample Board of Director experience, Merriann hopes to contribute and coordinate conflict-resolution focused events in programs throughout New England.


Shiona Somerville

Member 

through October 2018


Shiona Somerville manages a selection of PON’s Executive Education offerings: The Harvard Negotiation Institute Program, the Advanced Negotiation Master Class for experienced negotiators, and two semester-length seminars. Prior to her role at PON, Shiona managed client outreach, oversaw training programs, and supervised mediators in District Courts for the Harvard Mediation Program (HMP) at the Harvard Law School. Shiona is an accomplished mediator and certified urban planner who cut her teeth facilitating multi-party processes and multi-day design workshops, and she maintains a passionate interest in processes to resolve land use and environmental disputes and the application of mediation and negotiation skills for land use practitioners. Shiona is a graduate of McMaster and Guelph Universities, Canada, and holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Environmental Management from Harvard.



Are you interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors for NEACR? 

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