OUR TEAM

Our dedicated staff is here to serve you.

Learn more about their areas of expertise below.

Michelle Zaremba, MPA, Director

In 1999, Michelle became a member of the Dayton Mediation Center team as a Mediation Specialist. Following 10 years of developing her professional conflict intervention skills, Michelle became the organization’s Director. She is an experienced conflict intervention expert with more than 20 years as a practitioner, trainer, and consultant. Michelle is a Certified Transformative Mediator ™ and Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc.

 

Michelle earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography at Wright State University, Fairborn, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Cheryl Alderman

Cheryl began her career with the Center as a Volunteer Mediator in 2011 and joined the staff as a Mediation Specialist Contractor in 2014. Cheryl is a conflict intervention practitioner with more than 7 years of professional conflict intervention experience including conflict intervention case management, mediation and facilitation, as well as coach- trainer for volunteers. Cheryl’s 30 years of experience in the property management industry positions her as a specialist with landlord – tenant conflicts.

Jessica Best, BS

Jessica began as an intern at the Center in 2012, and started her career as a Mediation Specialist Contractor later that year. Currently she is a conflict intervention practitioner, lead trainer and program manager for Center’s pilot project: the Prison Peer Mediation Program with the Dayton Correctional Institute. Jessica also co-manages the Center’s Volunteer program in which she schedules and tracks day-to-day volunteer activity, manages the Volunteer Training, assists in skills building trainings and helps in coordinating the Volunteer Dinner. In addition, Jessica manages the Center’s Juvenile Court – Diversion and Community Impact Panel programs and assists in training for the Reentry trainings with the Reentry Career Alliance Academy (RCAA), conducted by the Montgomery County Office of Reentry.  

Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Wright State University, Fairborn, OH in 2012.

Arch Grieve, MA

Arch's career at the Mediation Center began as a volunteer in 2017, and he became a full-time Mediation Specialist in 2018. Arch's background is in education. He taught social studies for a total of six years and served as the community outreach director for a local school for two additional years. Arch is a Certified Transformative Mediator™ with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc., and he currently mediates, leads trainings, and helps with event planning, communications, and outreach efforts for the Center. He also serves as Chair of the Dayton Sister City Committee and Vice President of the Dayton Council on World Affairs.

Arch earned his undergraduate degree from Wright State University in Social Science Education in 2008 and completed the University of Dayton's teacher licensure program in 2010. Arch earned his Master of Arts in International and Comparative Politics from Wright State University in 2015 after successfully defending his thesis, which studied the impact of nonviolent movements.

Cherise D. Hairston, MA/ABD

Cherise began her career with the Center in 1996 as an intern and in 1999 joined the staff as a Mediation Specialist. With more than 23 years of professional and academic expertise, Cherise provides a range of conflict intervention services specializing in workplace and team building intervention, conflict coaching for individuals, and training. Cherise is the Center’s Volunteer Coordinator and also provides mediation and dialogue process facilitation.

Cherise is a Certified Transformative Mediator™ and Fellow with Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community Mediation and the Dayton International Peace Museum. She completed doctoral level studies at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, earning honors as an Advanced Practitioner in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She also earned a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution from the Department of Conflict Resolution at Antioch University McGregor, Yellow Springs, OH, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Janet Mueller, MS

Janet’s career at the Dayton Mediation Center was launched in 1995 when she joined the Center as an intern. She was hired in 1997 to manage the Police Mediation Project, which she continues to do today. As one of the lead trainers for the Center, she has played a key role in developing innovative training programs, including our Responding Effectively to Conflict Training.  In addition to this, Janet works as the Administrative Coordinator for the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation Inc, an international think tank organization that supports the growth and development of the transformative approach around the world.

​Janet is a Certified Transformative Mediator™ and Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc., She earned a Masters degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Conflict Management from Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Aaron Primm, BA

Aaron began his career with the Center in 2013 as a Volunteer Mediator and joined the staff as Mediation Specialist I in 2014. He is a Certified Transformative Mediator™ with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. He serves in multiple capacities within the Mediation Center and has expertise in eviction/landlord-tenant mediation, small claims mediation, and group facilitation. Aaron is one of the Center trainers for new volunteer mediators and facilitates ongoing Responding Effectively to Conflict classes for incarcerated people at the Montgomery County Jail. Aaron brings 12 years of professional teaching expertise at the elementary, high school, and college levels.

 

Aaron attended Fisk University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Dick Todd, M. Div

Dick became a volunteer at the Center early in 2017. He has participated in over 100 mediations in the year since completing his training. His willingness to help the Center through creating role-play scenarios, upgrading the Center’s recording equipment, and arranging to give volunteers the opportunity to record role play experiences have combined to earn the title of “Special Projects Volunteer.” Dick has also earned the title of “Master Mediator” through the Dayton Mediation Center's certification process.

Before retirement, Dick worked primarily as a Presbyterian Pastor, including a stint as a Presbytery Executive, at which time Dick was introduced to mediation as a way to help resolve conflict in churches. Dick received his Bachelor of Arts at The University of Cincinnati and his M.Div degree at McCormick Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Lydia Vanderkaay, MA

Lydia VanderKaay began as a volunteer mediator at the Center in 2017, and started as a Mediation Specialist Contractor later that year. She currently helps manage the Adult Victim/Offender program. In addition to this, Lydia works as the Assistant Coordinator at the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, whose offices are located within the Center.  As a lifelong Dayton resident, she is happy to serve the community through her work at the Center.

Lydia earned her undergraduate degree from Antioch University McGregor in Humanities, and an Individualized Master of Arts, also from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Trisha Werts, BA

In 2001, Trisha became a member of the Center as a Volunteer Mediator. Her professional career started in 2003 when she began developing expertise as a conflict intervention practitioner. Trisha has been training volunteer mediators for the past 11 years, including the initial trainings as well as skills building and continuing education sessions. She also serves on the volunteer team, where she helps figure out and apply best practices to engage and retain our volunteer mediators.

 

Trisha also manages the parenting time program, helping unmarried parents figure out how to parent while no longer together. In addition to the Mediation Center's program, she also heads up the parenting time project with Montgomery County's Child Support Enforcement Agency, which enables parents to have access to mediations on the spot while they are visiting CSEA for their child support hearings. In addition to training and programming, Trisha also helps with team-building projects by helping organizations learn how to communicate better.

Trisha is a Certified Transformative Mediator™ with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Indiana University East, Richmond, IN.

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"The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) has benefited by the leadership provided by the Dayton Mediation Center both through their individual service on the NAFCM Board and committees, as well as their presence in the greater Dayton community since the creation of NAFCM in 1994."

D.G. Mawn, M.A., J.D.
President
National Association For Community Mediation

Institue for the Study of Conflict Transformation
NAFCM
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