VOLUME 1 NO. 2 | Winter 2015
Quarterly E-Newsletter

DRS Thanks Board President John Cosby!
Welcomes Judi Ketchum!
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Welcome!!
One of the best aspects of the Executive Director position has been getting to know the 200+ men and women who donate their time and considerable talents as volunteer mediators.
In fact, just looking at the individuals who mediated cases at DRS North Texas during fiscal years'14 and '15 (October 2013 - September 2015) you see a wonderfully diverse, highly educated, and very skilled group of people.

DRS North Texas and the community we serve are blessed to be able to depend on each of these volunteer mediators.

A closer look at the numbers reveals:

205 Individual volunteers mediated cases in FY'14 & FY'15:
  • 176 volunteer mediators have Bachelor level degrees, of those:
  • 84 have at least 1 doctoral degree, including 73 Juris Doctor degrees
  • 48 have Masters level degrees
  • 34 mediators have 3 or more degrees
The total number of degrees awarded to these 205 volunteers is 345. 
Those without degrees are equally successful as mediator and in their chosen careers in military service, aviation, and as business professionals, paralegals, contractors, etc.

A group of volunteers this talented and dedicated deserves special attention. Therefore, beginning in mid-October you may have noticed a new addition to the DRS Staff-Linda Bass.
Some of you may already know Linda as a co-mediator, and we are excited that she has accepted the newly created Volunteer/Training Coordinator position. Linda is here to serve our volunteers by encouraging, developing, connecting, and cultivating our current volunteers as well as those who join us in the future.

And speaking of the future... Next month we welcome Judith Ketchum as the next DRS North Texas Board President. John Cosby, the current Board President, completes his term in December 2015. Words cannot express what a tremendous job John has done as Board President for the past year and a half.
Our December newsletter would not be complete without expressing our sincere appreciation of and gratitude to John for all of the work he has done not only as Board President, but also as a long-time volunteer mediator. John's executive leadership experience as co-founder of Calloway's Nursey, has been a blessing to DRS North Texas, without question. Thank you, John!
We hope you enjoy this issue and will share our news with your constituents, colleagues and friends.

For more, visit drsnorthtexas.org.

Jacquelyn A. Flynt, JD
Executive Director
Who's? Who?
BOARD PRESIDENT ELECT, 
JUDITH KETCHUM 

In January, we welcome Judi Ketchum as president of our board of directors for 2016.
For many years, Judi has been a valued volunteer mediator for DRS North Texas. In her new leadership position, she anticipates combining these skills and her varied and extensive career experience to help guide the organization as we enter our 34th year.
“Mediation is an ideal way both to support the court system and to provide a mechanism for people to resolve issues themselves,” she said. “It’s a civilized process that not only solves problems but helps the participants grow and evolve.”
In her 15-year professional role as Director of the Resource Connection of Tarrant County – a first-of-its kind public/private partnership for health, education, employment and human services, she also works as a facilitator for the Enterprise Fund of Tarrant County Government. Judi interacts among County and agencies co-located at the Resource Connection campus. 
While developing collaborative associations in her work life, she has also managed to volunteer for or serve on the boards of Back to School Roundup, Meals on Wheels, UNT Health Science Center’s College of Public Health and Public Health Policy, Main Street Arts Festival, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Women’s Policy Forum, Stage West, the Life Gift Organ Donor Program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
A native Californian, Judi moved to Fort Worth shortly after graduating from college in Sacramento. In addition to her work for the County, her career has included positions with the Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tarrant County, former State Senator Mike Moncrief’s campaign (and serving as his district manager), and in community and volunteer coordination for HCA Medical Plaza Hospital.  She was honored to receive the Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award from HCA, the equivalent to HCA’s Employee of the Year.

Her vision for DRS North Texas includes supporting her fellow board members and advising DRS on ways to bring an even higher level of engagement for the organization as it focuses on the future, hopefully expanding into broader dispute and conflict resolution opportunities for individuals, companies, groups, neighborhoods and communities.

“If during my service we are able to reconfirm that DRS North Texas is the premier provider of conflict management training and services, it will be very gratifying.”
Events

December
Birthdays

Administrative Assistant Fran Lines will be celebrating her birthday on December 14th.
Shortly after on December 17th, Case Specialist & Truancy Prevention Coordinator Tonyel Amie celebrates her birthday.
We wish them both a 
If you are celebrating a birthday in December write news@drsnorthtexas.org to let us know the day in December that you were born.
The first Christmas Open House was held December 2007. Since four out of six staff were newly hired, it was suggested that DRS North Texas host a holiday gathering in order to become better acquainted with the public, volunteers, and court officials.Thus, the tradition of hosting an Open House began.

Please join us on December 8th from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm in the office of DRS North Texas for an evening filled with joy, laughter, and friendship as we celebrate the Holiday Season. 
2015 RECAP
In fulfilling the mission:

To serve our community by providing, promoting, and teaching dispute and conflict resolution

Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas conducted 6 mediation courses in 2015: Mediation training was provided to 116 individuals in 2015.

DRS North Texas hopes to have another successful year of mediation training in 2016.
SPRING 2016
UPCOMING TRAINING


40-Hour Basic Mediation Training
February 25 - 27, 2016 & March 10 - 12, 2016

30-Hour Family Mediation Training
April 1 - 2 & 15 - 16, 2016


The courses are taught over two weekends with a week break between training weekends. For more information contact Training Coordinator Linda Bass at training@drsnorthtexas.org.

SAVE
THE
DATE!!!

The Annual Volunteer Banquet
February 19, 2016 

Fort Worth Club
306 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76102


* Invitation to follow.
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