Executive Program Directors

Mediator L Randy Drew

Holding an MBA in Assisted Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, Randy's undergraduate studies include Philosophy, Mathematics, Communication, Economics, Chemistry, and Cellular & Molecular Biology.  

A SoCal Co-Founder, Randy has mediated over 400 family, business, and consumer conflicts.  His background includes Aerospace, Project Management, Construction & Real Estate.  His published articles can be found on mediate.com

Mediator Stacey Lisk

Co-Founder of Southern California Family Mediation, a family mediator and patient advocate with over 15 years’ experience working with families, couples, and youths. She specializes in divorce, parent/teen conflicts, and elder care. 

Stacey assists individuals and families to resolve differences and create a cooperative atmosphere that can lead to more productive conversations, an evaluation of the options, and the creation of a successful plan to ensure consensus.

Supervising Mediators

Mediator Marvin Whistler

 Holding an M.A. in Negotiation and Conflict Management, Marvin is a private divorce mediator, and has experience mediating family, landlord-tenant, medical, real estate, and construction, with CAMP, LACBA, L. A. City Attorney Dispute Resolution Program and Neighborhood Justice Program, and L. A. & Ventura County Superior Courts. 

Mediator Leyla Balakhane

Holding an MA in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding, and a B.A. in Physchology, Leyla specializes in high conflict divorce and family law, Leyla is also a member of the LACBA Arbitration panel and SCMA. She focuses on win-win solutions that allow parents to collaboratively reconcile their issues with consideration for the best interests of their children. 

Mediator Alik Segal

 Attorney, mediator, MA Clinical Psychology, and Supervising Mediator for Southern California Family Mediation, Alik has developed many of the most unique and effective techniques used in child dependency mediation. www.divorcewithoutrevenge.com


Mediator Maria Brinson-Sampson

 Maria Brinson-Sampson, JD, St. Mary’s University, has her own mediation firm, Downtown Mediators, and her non-profit, The Marrying Kind Inc.  Her book, The Marrying Kind, was the catalyst for her non-profit.  

As an Air Force wife, Maria has worked with diverse communities in leadership positions. www.dtmediators.com

Volunteer Mediators

Mediator Lynette Kim

As a collaborative family law attorney, Lynette helps litigants  arrive at timely, cost-effective resolutions for clients.  Ms. Kim has served clients in L. A. & Orange Counties since 1995, and is a recipient of LACBA’s Justice Benjamin Aranda award for outstanding public service. www.attorneylynettekim.com 

Mediator Ted Andrews

An attorney with twenty years of resolving disputes within major companies, Ted mediaion trining also includes Pepperdine, Los Angeles County DCBA, and Centinela Youth Services. He is a mediator with Intrepid Dispute Resolution. www.intrepiddisputeresolution.com 

Mediator Pamela Perry

 Holding an M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Pam is also a mediator with PRIME Mediation, an alternative to traditional litigation services for resolving conflict using the most cost and time-efficient techniques, "Preserving Relationships through Mediation Excellence!" 

Mediator Leslie Kushner

Educated at UCLA and a mediator  since 2001, Leslie has served on the L.A. Superior Court ADR Panel and CAMP.  She is a 2018 member of the Board of Directors of SCMA (Southern California Mediation.  Much of Leslie’s efforts are focused on working to educate the public and business communities about how mediation works, its effectiveness, and its many applications. www.kushnermediation.com 

Mediator Candace Jones

As an attorney that assists families with Dependency, Guardianship, Adoption, and Family Law, Candace has handled over 500 dependency cases.  She knows first hand that litigation is a last resort as a solution for strained family relations.  www.jonesesquire.com

Mediator Aaron Larks Stanford

 A mediator and labor attorney from Catholic University's School of Law, Aaron was admitted to the California Bar in 2000. Aaron has mediated with CAMP Mediation, the LACBA, the Superior Courts of LA County, CCR Mediation, and the DCBA.  He is a case manager with AAMS and CLA. www.cultivatingconsensus.com 

Mediator Nellie Tillman

As a mediator, Nellie has worked with the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the L.A. City Attorney’s Office.  She is a retired Project Manager, Trainer, and Quality Analyst.  Nellie has also worked with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  

Mediator Essie Martsinkovsky

Holding an MFA from the New York Tisch School, Essie is currently a Peperdine MDR student.  She has also worked as a mediator and trainer for MIT, Metropolitan Mediation Services, USC Law, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, and INVLA. 

Mediator Sarah English

Holding a JD from UCLA, Sarah is a mediator for individuals, couples, families, and attorneys.  She mediates with the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, and CAMP.  

She clerked with the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. 

Mediator Jean Kling

Holding a Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, Jean is a mediator and organizational consultant.  She is on the Board of MBB, and has mediated with the L.A. Superior Court, CYS, Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, Institute for Nonviolence LA, and Occidental College.  jean is a Producer of the documentary film, 

"The Window in the Wall".

Mediator Milan Slama

Milan has mediated more than 600 cases, and is the recipient of multiple awards from the L. A. Superior Court and the State of California. He is a panelist & co-founder of Valley Bar Mediation Center. 

He has advanced degrees in mathematics and philosophy.  His work is widely published.  www.valleybarmediationcenter.com

Honorary Advisory Board Members

Marilyn M. Mordetzky

Commissioner Mordetzky

Commissioner Mordetzky, with over 10 years Dependency Court experience, is the L.A. County Children's Court Mediation Program founder.

Ken Cloke

International Peacemaker and author of several books including Mediating Dangerously, Crossroads of Conflict, and The Dance of Opposites. 

Lisa Klerman

University of Southern California, School of Law, Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Clinic Director.

Dr. Jack Goetz

 Dr. Goetz is the Associate Director, Judge Judith O. Hollinger Alternative Dispute Resolution, Lecturer at USC Gould School of Law, and 2018 President of Southern California Mediation Association.

Victoria Gray

National Mediation Board, 

Washington, District of Columbia USA, Professor, and Mediators beyond Boarders 2018 Board of Directors. 

Jarling Ho

Former Executive Director of Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, Nine years experience as a trainer, coach, and mentor, and 12 years experience mediating disputes,