‘President’s Messages’

President’s Message – October 2016

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Message  from NHCRA President, Jessica Ecker

October 29, 2016

Your Board of Directors of NHCRA are looking forward to a very eventful year!

We are busy planning our annual Meet & Greet to be held at the Common Man in Concord on November 9th.  Judge Robert Foley will be guest speaker at this event, and will be speaking to us about ways we can reduce conflict in the Court and elsewhere.  Judge Foley presides over the new Complex Case Docket in New Hampshire and has been a Family Court Judge in Strafford County for years.  We are honored to have him speak at our event.

Immediately preceding the Meet & Greet at the same location, we are offering a half day CLE on the Intersection of Neuropsychology and Mediation, presented jointly by Ozgur Akbas, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Collaborative Coach, and Briana Coakley, Esq., CFM.  This Course will provide mediators and others with the basics of how the brain works and what people go through while they are going through mediation, along with practical tips about managing the stress of your clients or parties, as well as your own stress in mediation.  We will then discuss in small group settings a number of hypotheticals with our panel.

Our education committee is working hard on putting together a live “replay” of our popular CLE on Drafting Agreements presented by Keri Marshall in the spring – looking at March 24th tentatively in Manchester.  I attended this CLE the first time around, and found it really helpful.  The practical tips and materials were great for pointing out common mistakes and consequences when divorce decrees are poorly drafted.

Looking to our annual meeting in May or June, we hope to have a new Judge as our keynote speaker, and offer a half day of education about retirement plans with Linda Mayrand.  The other half day is in process.  Either way, it should be a terrific educational experience.

We also are working to keep our members apprised of any new relevant legislation which may affect the world of ADR.  We continue to work to determine ways to increase our membership and expand ADR awareness in the general population at large.

I would like to welcome our new directors this year—Ed Philpot, Anthony Matrumalo and Briana Coakley.  Their contributions have already been felt by our board and we truly appreciate their time serving.

Warm Regards,

Jessica L. Ecker, President, NHCRA

President’s Message – August 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Message  from NHCRA Co-Presidents, Marianne Rousseau and Joan Gross

As we all enjoy the last weeks of summer, we at NHCRA are looking forward to beginning an enriching new year with our members.

We are excited to begin this year as Co-Presidents, and are also pleased to welcome Meredith Richardson, the newest member to our Board of Directors. Meredith is a conflict management specialist and has worked as a Mediator, Facilitator, Trainer, Conflict Coach, Guardian ad Litem, Parenting Coordinator, and Collaborative Lawyer in Maine and New Hampshire. She brings a wealth of varied experience and knowledge to our Board. She is eager to be involved  with our membership, and we are happy to have her on the Board of Directors.

Last year was a productive year for NHCRA. In addition to continuing to offer quality workshops to our membership, we hosted our first “Meet and Greet” event in November at the Common Man in Concord, we instituted “Brown Bag Lunch” meetings at various courthouses and we launched our new website. We are pleased with the progress of our organization and with the additional services now available to our members.

Please check our calendar for upcoming workshops, Brown Bag Lunches and our next Meet and Greet.

We want to encourage all of you to contact any of the board members with your ideas for the upcoming year. The board welcomes your input as we make plans to expand our services to all our membership.

Marianne Rousseau and Joan Gross
Co-Presidents NHCRA

President’s Message – January 2013

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

The new year is a time for resolutions and goals. Here at NHCRA we begin the new year with the resolution to reach out in educating the public and offering access to all forms of alternative dispute resolution. As the court system in NH continues to struggle with budget cuts and scheduling, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution are becoming increasingly necessary to serve the people of NH.

The Board of NHCRA is excited to “roll out” our new website. The website offers a means to educate the public on various forms of dispute resolution and connect them with the professionals best able to serve those needs. Members of NHCRA are now able to list their practice and areas of expertise to assist the public.

One of our many goals for 2013 is to give our membership the tools to help meet the needs of this growing profession. The need and desire of our membership to connect with others in the profession was evident by the successful turnout at the “Meet and Greet” hosted by NHCRA in November. In 2013, NHCRA will begin hosting “brown bag” lunches at the various court houses. This will help us keep connected to the courts and each other in offering an alternative to the litigation process.

NHCRA continues to offer workshops, keeping our membership up to date with the changes in the profession and in perfecting our skills. Check our calendar for upcoming workshops, brown bag lunches and meetings. We appreciate your input and participation in offering new ideas for future workshops and programs.

We at NHCRA look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events and serving you in 2013. We hope one of your resolutions for the new year is to be involved in the growing and expanding field of dispute resolution.

May 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

President’s Message – May 2012

March 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

President’s Message – March 2012

President’s Message – February 2014

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

As we settle into the new year, we at NHCRA are working to help meet the continuing needs of our membership and our growing profession.

Our Legislative Committee is busy keeping our membership informed of legislative updates and changes in the court mediation programs through our website. Check our website regularly to stay informed.

“Brown bag” lunches hosted by the Communications Committee at various courthouses throughout the state are helping to keep our membership connected with court personnel and other mediators working in the court system. This is good time to bring up ideas and get answers to questions about changes and opportunities to better serve the public through dispute resolution.

Two much needed workshops on domestic violence and legal updates are scheduled for March 6, 2014. The Education Committee is currently working on plans for our Annual Meeting. Save the date on June 6, 2014 for a full day of workshops and a chance to connect and catch up with colleagues and friends at our annual luncheon.

All information on upcoming events are posted on our Calendar. Let us know of any other events being held. We post any event that may be of interest to those working in the field of dispute resolution.

The Board of NHCRA continues to add membership benefits. Members receive discounts at all NHCRA workshops and functions. All Members of NHCRA are able to promote their businesses through our website by posting personal profiles to assist the general public in not only determining the best means of dispute resolution for them, but also the mediator best suited to meet their needs.

As always, the Board of NHCRA is looking for ideas and suggestions to better serve our membership and promote dispute resolution throughout the state. Contact any of our Board members or Committee Chairs with your thoughts and concerns.

We at NHCRA look forward to continuing to serve our membership and the public in 2014.

February 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

President’s Message – February 2012

August 2011

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

President’s Message – August 2011