Leadership Team

L Randy Drew, Co-Executive Director

Holding an MBA in ADR from Pepperdine, Randy's undergraduate studies included Philosophy, Mathematics, Communication, Economics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology.  His background includes Aerospace, I.T., Construction & Real Estate.  While Randy has mediated with over 1,000 parents, and also for a wide range of NGO, business & community conflicts, and invented broadly applicable techniques, his specialty is engaging with diverse, damaged, and even toxic personalities effectively and equitably.  https://drewmediation.com

Stacey Lisk, Co-Executive Director

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 Mediator Team

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

Team of Elite 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 native Angeleno, a California-licensed labor lawyer since 2000, and a mediator since early 2016, Aaron has mediated hundreds of cases with the LA County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, the LA City Attorney’s office, the Center for Conflict Resolution, CAMP, and the LA County Bar Association. He’s also a mediator and the mediation case coordinator with the LA office of California Lawyers for the Arts.  

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

Mediator Enrique G. Koenig

J.D. and Principal at Koenig Mediation, LLC, I specialize in Family Mediation in the areas of prenuptial arrangements, divorce, co-parenting plans, and family business related matters. My main focus is to assist families in conflict to develop creative ways to solve problems, knowledge building and personal empowerment. I am Fluent in Spanish & English.

Mediator Bouchra Azizi

Received her master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace-building from Cal State Dominguez Hills University. She has mediated a variety of cases including family, civil, community and cross-cultural disputes. She is very known for her natural ability to connect and relate to people which allow her to achieve effective, long lasting and mutually satisfying resolutions. 

Mediator Susan North

 Susan North has been working with children and their families since 1971. Her diverse background includes Head Start, preschools and day cares, along with LA Unified's Parent Education Division. Susie opened her mediation practice in 2007 and now divides her time between conflict resolution, parent education, parent coaching, blogging, and teaching school-age kids to be peer mediators. 

Mediator Leigh (Ligia) Strauss

 After acquiring a JD from UCLA Law School, Leigh practiced in the field of Family Law for several years. She has received extensive training from several well known mediators in Los Angeles. Leigh is a certified mediator with Centinela Youth Services (CYS) where she mediates in English and Spanish for both victim-offender mediation and family conflict mediation.  

Mediator Ingrid Lenz

 Founder and owner of ‘The Interpreter,’ a mediation, facilitation and grant writing firm, Ingrid Lenz earned her MPA, Summa Cum Laude, a BA in Political Science, is a National Conflict Resolution Center Certified Mediator and is a Certified Paralegal.  As a former government analyst, she expertly alchemizes intellectual rigor and heart-centered interpersonal skills.  Ingrid is a member of SCMA and MBB International.  

Mediator Sid Kanazawa

Sid is a graduate of the University of Hawaii (B.Ed.), the University of Southern California (J.D.) and the Pepperdine, Harvard, and Dan Simon  mediation and negotiation programs. Over the course of 40 years, Sid has seen the mediation process from all sides as an initiating and responding advocate, as a principal/client, and as a mediator and is still learning about and amazed by the power of listening with an open mind and open heart.  

Mediator Rachel Delgadillo

Rachel is a LMFT in Los Angeles, CA. She has been working in community based organizations for over 20 years. Professionally trained Mental Health and Infant/Toddler Specialist with expertise in early intervention, early childhood education, mental and behavioral health, and family services. Passionate and focused on meeting the needs of children and families within the community.  

Mediator Christine Vahramian

Christine Vahramian, J.D. has experience in civil and small claims mediation through the Ventura Superior Court. She has been a mediator since 2012 when she completed her requisite training with the Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement. Christine is a member of the Southern California Mediation Association and currently serves on Ventura Superior Court’s pro-bono mediation panel.

Mediator Maureen Smith

 With a JD from Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Massachusetts, Maureen has many years of experience in mediation. She has mediated with the LA City Attorney’s Office. Maureen also taught peer mediation at Alexander Science Center School for the Institute for Non Violence in Los Angeles, and has served as a facilitator for INVLA’s Days of Dialogue. 

Mediator Ola Oniyaomebi

Olatunji Oniyaomebi (Ola), has an M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. He is an experienced mediator, with a lifetime devotion to peacemaking.

I have adopted the quote, "Tomorrow belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." 

Mediator Sandy Villada

 Sandy is a bilingual mediator with 17 years’ experience in family violence prevention working with offenders and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Ms. Villeda began her career in restorative justice in 2014 with the City Attorney’s office where she obtained her training. Sandy also studied mediation at Loyola Law School, Western Justice Center, and Institute of Non-Violence Los Angeles. 

Mediator Karin Alm

 Karin Alm is a licensed attorney currently working as the Program Manager for a Domestic Violence Program that provides free legal services, licensed therapy and case management to CalWorks recipients.  Karin has served as a mediator at the Queens Civil and Small Claims Court, and assisted in mediating employment discrimination cases at The New York Division of Human Rights. 

Mediator Marcie Kraft

Attorney Marcie Kraft has mediated over one thousand Parenting Plans.  She has an M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education, an M.S. Degree in Counseling, and 20-years as a Special Education teacher. She is a graduate of Southwestern University and worked for fourteen years as a Child Custody Mediator with the Ventura County Superior Court. Parenting Plan Peace www.ParentingPlanPeace.com specializes in Child Custody Mediations, Parenting Plan Coordination, and Co-Parent Communications. 

Mediator Roseanne Hubbard

With  Master's degree in Community & Agency Counseling from the University of Wisconsin and more than 30 years experience, Roseanne has directed military family support programs, both foreign and domestic.  She was a program Manager and Network Trainer for three of the largest EAPs, and founder of InHerVision, a mediation and conflict resolution company.

Mediator Kristen Douglas

Kristen earned her J.D. from Whittier Law School, and her LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Southern California.  She has served at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Norwalk Superior Court.  Her passion is softball and she has been playing since she was 3. "I have a 5 years old son who is my world."

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,