Mediation center announces new leadership team

Oakland Mediation Center (OMC), a non-profit organization that has served the community since 1989, has announced the selection of Charity Burke as its new incoming executive director.

Burke will assume the role on May 10 when retiring Executive Director Bonnie Hanes steps down.  Hanes will be moving into a consulting role to assist with special projects including the development of a long-term business growth and marketing plan.  The selection was made after a regional search and selection process, during which Burke served as general manager for the organization.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Thomas S. Nantais, COO Henry Ford Medical Group, and president of OMC’s Board of Trustees.  “Charity will bring leadership and creativity to OMC’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our mission.” 

Burke earned an undergraduate degree in psychology, with a concentration in industrial/organization, and a graduate degree in dispute resolution from Wayne State University, is an approved mediator trainer through the State Court Administrative Office, and has a professional background in mediation and business. 

“I have been fortunate to watch OMC transform and grow into something very special, as well as a remarkable and highly respected organization,” remarks Burke.  “My hope is that I can continue OMC’s legacy of excellence for many years to come.”

OMC’s new leadership team also includes Megan Dennis, Jon Fitzgerald, and Dayna Harper.

Megan Dennis is the special education program manager overseeing all aspects of the program and also oversees the Domestic Mediation Program. Dennis earned a bachelor of arts in English and sociology in 2006 from Oakland University and a master’s degree in dispute resolution from Wayne State University in 2010.

Jon Fitzgerald is the civil mediation program manager and is responsible for all cases at the various district courts along with the civil cases referred to the center.  In 2009 he began working for a local non-profit after more than 20 years of corporate management experience and has been involved with OMC since 2012.

Dayna Harper, education manager, is responsible for the OMC’s education and training programs. Harper earned a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Argosy University and a masters in administration science, specializing in human resources from Central Michigan University.

Rounding out OMC’s team and providing critical support are Mediation and Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Turner and Mediation, Education and Communications Coordinator Lindsay Gabbard.

“This is the next phase in the life of OMC,” said Hanes, “and a very exciting time to be on board!”