Center graduates 11th class of mediators


Oakland Mediation Center (OMC) conducted a graduation ceremony for its eleventh class of mediators from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, Auburn Hills Campus, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the OMC offices in Bloomfield Hills. 

Speaking at the event were OMC Executive Director Bonnie Hanes (far left) and retired Judge Edward Sosnick (back row, center). 

Also on hand to support the graduates was OMC Education Manager Kenzi Bisbing (seated, center). 

The graduates at the ceremony included (seated left to right) Shannon DeWall, Natalie Ziegler, Aleasha Hester, and Katie Szymanski; along with (standing, left to right) Paul Omekanda, Kelly Schalte, Nadine Koppin, Krystal Yalldo, Brandon Brown, Jodie Cassidy, Amanda McBride, Theodore Wallace, Michelle Easter, Daniel Dysart, Samantha Montgomery, Robert Smith, and Aaron Sohaski. 

The students participated in this program as a result of a partnership between OMC and WMU Cooley. The program was developed in an effort to increase the number of mediators available to resolve conflicts in Oakland County without the need for court intervention. Students were given the opportunity to learn and to practice mediation skills. 

“The program creates a win-win for OMC and WMU Cooley by providing experiential training and practical experience to Cooley students while developing highly-trained mediators” Hanes said.

(Photo by John Meiu)