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Mediators Beyond Borders



Mary Zinn

Mary Zinn has more than twenty-five years in the Dispute Resolution field as a practitioner, trainer, administrator and curriculum designer.

Ms. Zinn provides trainings to neighborhood groups, families, congregations, schools, agencies, non profit boards and businesses. She offers expertise in conflict and anger management, collaborative models, mediation, restorative justice and facilitation. She has taught hundreds of hours.

Since 2005, Ms. Zinn has been a leader of the annual October Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado campaign. She has served as President of Zinn Mediation Associates for 10 years. She co-produces a quarterly call-in radio program on Conflict Resolution Issues at KGNU, Boulder, Colorado.

Ms. Zinn envisioned and created Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement. This unique photo and story exhibit illustrates stories of Coloradans working together to solve challenging problems. The exhibit, which opened October 1, 2012, at the Colorado State Capitol, tells the stories of people and communities who made choices to solve their conflicts constructively and collaboratively, employing various dispute resolution methods. The exhibit continually travels to various locations throughout Colorado.

Professional organization memberships include: Association for Conflict Resolution, Colorado Mediation Association and Mediators Beyond Borders.

“Conflicts present opportunities for courage, creativity and collaboration. Each of us is positioned to improve conditions and relationships in our community.”

E-mail: mzinn@zinnmediation.com


William Murphy

William Murphy experienced the corporate world for more than thirty years in a mid and upper level management capacity. It is here, dealing with day to day conflicts that he learned the power of mediation and self-directed conflict resolution.

He attained his Mediation Certification from University College, University of Denver in 1998 and has been actively mediating since; focusing on neighborhood concerns such as zoning, property disputes and nuisance issues. Mr. Murphy also owns his own state and local tax consulting business and is a proven negotiator.

He believes deeply in being a contributing member to the community and is a past President of the Board of Directors for The Conflict Center, an organization devoted to teaching conflict resolution skills. He is also serving as a senior trainer and guide for Foresight Ski guides, an organization which provides challenge recreation to the blind and visually impaired.

“There is so much conflict around us. I know that if we can constructively and respectfully take care of the individual conflicts close at hand we give our children a model they can see and use.”

E-mail: murph1503@aol.com


Madame Solutions

Madame Solutions has been raising the laughter bar for over ten years. She offers life enhancing wisdom and conflict management tips to each person she encounters, whether in a small group or with a larger audience. Teaching people how to approach problems with new ideas, she is entertaining and often slightly outrageous. You won't forget time spent with Madame Solutions!

E-mail: Mme.Solutions@zinnmediation.com






Our teacher, mentor, colleague and visionary Elizabeth Loescher passed away Sunday, September 13, 2015. While we understand that she can not be "replaced" in our community of peacemaking and conflict management education, we are deeply grateful for her huge life of gift and guidance. I believe we will continue to hear her voice and feel her presence as we challenge ourselves to continue our work and celebrate our successes.

You can visit her Facebook page and caringbridge.org/visit/lizloescher for details about her background. How blessed we are to have known Liz and share the learning.

Elizabeth Loescher

Elizabeth Loescher was known nationally as the founder of The Conflict Center in Denver, CO and author of Peacemaking Made Practical. In the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, she was known as visionary, author, mentor, practitioner, conference trainer and acclaimed keynote speaker. Her work was always on the cutting edge, whether as an extraordinary leader in the field thirty years ago or advocating for nonviolence in the twenty-first century.

Ms. Loescher designed, implemented and evaluated numerous violence prevention curricula and programs. She taught hundreds of conflict management workshops and series to all levels - preschool through university. Literally thousands of teachers, parents, children, executives, organization, religious and community leaders had their lives changed through mentoring and training by Elizabeth Loescher. Training others how to deal with difficult people was one of her great strengths.

In the arena of congregations and Non-profit organizations, Ms. Loescher was an expert, having helped organizations develop systems for managing conflict. She trained staff and administrators in Organizational and Board Development, Fund raising, and Job Clarity.

Ms. Loescher was a dynamic and exceptionally effective mediator and negotiator. After the Columbine High School Tragedy, she facilitated thirty-five stake holders including school board, law enforcement, parents, schools, politicians, civic leaders and more. Ms. Loescher was a straight forward neutral in conflicted situations. She facilitated agreements in even the most apparently intractable situations.

She loved to have fun with and educate her grandchildren and enjoyed her three grown children and their spouses.

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