President’s Message

Dear MAC members and esteemed colleagues,

I am delighted and honored to be nominated as the MAC President. I look forward to getting to know the members and organization so as to better serve you all. I would not be in this position without the incredible efforts and work that has been completed before, and all of the MAC members continued commitment to our organization. Thank you all.

I want to thank Michele Clark for her diligent and hard work in the years prior – in leading the MAC’s engagement with our membership to create and foster a diverse, welcoming and supportive community for professional mediators and for those who want to become professional mediators. I also want to thank our tenured Board Members: Vice President, Toni Ozeroff; Chair of the Legislative Committee, Mike Maday; Membership Chair, Miguel Martinez; and Carolena Steen. I also want to thank Lori Dieckman for her continued support of the MAC.

For those that don’t know me, I am a native Coloradan, and also a mother, attorney, mediator and entrepreneur. Most of all, I am an ardent mediation proponent. I believe that the process of mediation should be more prolific and easy to access for all. I hope that in my time as president I can help increase awareness of our incredible profession, add new members from across demographics and geographies, and perhaps most importantly, expand member benefits. I look forward to working on these goals, and sharing some exciting new benefits soon. Please do not hesitate to reach out. My zoom is open! 

Welcome New Board Members!  We are pleased to introduce Kip Kolkmeier and Chuck Woodward who joined us in early 2022, and Jean Stewart and William Mangrun who joined us earlier this year. We are all excited to be on the board and are already hard at work on some exciting MAC projects. 

Chuck was nominated to be our Treasurer of the Board, and we feel honored to have his business expertise. He is also leading the charge in building a MAC mentorship program. Kip is Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee and his experience and knowledge of the legislative session helped guide us in an exciting and active 2022/23 legislative session. We look forward to working with William on connecting us to the mediation community in southwest Colorado.

A bit more about our newer board members:

Chuck’s background is primarily in the business world, where he dealt with inter-company disagreements, numerous negotiations with US and European labor unions, international commercial issues, as well as both local and national political matters. His mediation practice is focused on non-family disputes, with a special interest in mediating contract cases involving diverse nationalities.
Kip is a retired attorney who dedicates the majority of his time to volunteering as a mediator in the 1st Judicial District and for the City of Lakewood. His legal career was primarily focused on legislative research, drafting, negotiation, and advocacy. In addition to mediation, Kip is an appointed public board member for both Jefferson County and the City of Lakewood.

Jean brings to her mediations decades of experience as a practicing attorney, trial judge, teacher/mentor and leader at the local and national level. She generally focuses her neutral practice on resolving disputes around wealth transfer and fiduciary liability, frequently involving families in transitions caused by death or disability.

William has practiced mediation in a family business, as a pastor, a professor, and as an independent professional. He has trained with Mennonites, Lawyers, Conflict Professionals, Academics, and Zen Priests. He is trained in Family Systems Mediation, Evaluative Mediation, Interest-Based Mediation, and Transformative Mediation.

I look forward to getting to know the amazing mediation community of Colorado and serving this organization. 

Morgan Tregenza
President, theMAC