Who We Are

ACR-Hawai‘i 2017 Officers and Directors

lisa-nakaoPresident (automatically elected): Lisa Nakao is the Director of Operations at Hawai‘i’s Better Business Bureau. She oversees all public services of the organization, including dispute resolution (conciliation, mediation and arbitration) for marketplace related issues, business / charity reviews and accreditation, advertising review, marketplace investigation, database management and consumer education. After graduating from high school in Japan, she obtained Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from University of Hawai‘i.

amitraPresident-Elect: Amrita Mallik currently serves as a Program Officer within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH, where she helps the University address workplace conflict. She was a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

 tom-digraziaVice President: Tom DiGrazia is a Peacemaker, Lawyer and Director of Mediation Center-Windward Oahu. He holds a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Law School at UH, and the author of Peacemaker: A Sicilian American Memoir (2013) and Light on Peacemaking – A Guide to Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mediating Family Conflict.

lynn-murisonSecretary: Lynn P. Murison is Professional Standards Administrator for the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. She is responsible for the administration of Ethics Complaints, Arbitration, Mediation and Ombudsman Programs. Over the years she has facilitated hundreds of mediations and ombudsman calls (mediation by phone) for the Board. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from San Francisco State University.

Richard MosherTreasurer: Richard C. Mosher is of counsel at the law firm of Anderson Kill. He is a neutral for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international branch of the American Arbitration Association, and is experienced in mediating and arbitrating international and domestic commercial, civil and other disputes. He holds a J. D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a B. A. from Augustana College.

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 lisa jacobsImmediate Past President: Lisa Jacobs is a Mediator, Collaborative Attorney, Facilitator, Speaker, and Trainer, and owner of the firm, Better Way Divorce, also known as Pono Divorce, where she devotes 100% percent of her practice in helping families avoid court battles and create their own solutions. Lisa is also Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association and a Mediator and Trainer at the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Lisa holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. from Santa Clara University. Lisa practices Nonviolent, Compassionate Communication whenever possible.

Directors – Two-Year Terms will expire at end of 2018

cecelia-changCecelia Chang is Director of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Hawai‘i State Judiciary. She received her law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Cecelia is a collaborator who welcomes input and is excited to be working together with the ADR Ohana to make alternative dispute resolution processes broadly available. Cecelia has trained at the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

tom-digraziaTom DiGrazia is a Peacemaker, Lawyer and Director of Mediation Center-Windward Oahu. He holds a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Law School at UH, and the author of Peacemaker: A Sicilian American Memoir (2013) and Light on Peacemaking – A Guide to Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mediating Family Conflict.

amitraAmrita Mallik currently serves as a Program Officer within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UH, where she helps the University address workplace conflict. She was a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Tricia MorrisTricia Morris is a full time mediator with a background in finance. She is also a financial consultant for parties using collaborative law to resolve disputes, helping them to clarify complex financial and difficult problems. She cares deeply about empowering her clients to work together to move beyond conflict and bring things back into balance. She is a volunteer mediator for Maui Mediation Services.


lisa-nakaoLisa Nakao
 is the Director of Operations at Hawai‘i’s Better Business Bureau.  She oversees all public services of the organization, including dispute resolution (conciliation, mediation and arbitration) for marketplace related issues, business / charity reviews and accreditation, advertising review, marketplace investigation, database management and consumer education. After graduating from high school in Japan, she obtained Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from University of Hawai‘i.

katie-ranneyKatie Ranney is a freelance facilitator and communication consultant as well as Project Assistant for the ACCORD3.0 Network.  She is a co-founder of the Hawai‘i Facilitators Network, which hosts expert speakers and conducts workshops monthly at UH Manoa.  She was born and raised on Oahu, graduated summa cum laude at Santa Clara University, and earned a Masters Degree in Communication and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from UH Manoa.

jenna-saitoJenna Saito is an ADR professional currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution at UH Manoa. She has received Advanced Mediation Training at the Mediation Center of the Pacific and is looking forward to getting more involved with the ADR community.

 

Anne SmokeAnne Marie SmokeAppellate Mediation Program Administrator, came to the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at UH Manoa, where she managed the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, and the Interdisciplinary Studies’ B.A. degree emphasis. She is an active mediator, facilitator, and trainer in conflict resolution.

owenOwen Tamamoto recently retired from his position as Manager of the Office of Child Support Hearings, Department of the Attorney General, State of Hawai‘i. He has given numerous presentations on peace building, leadership, and conflict resolution for government and non-government organizations. He finds meaning and purpose in helping people to resolve conflict and serves as a volunteer mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

 Continuing Directors  (Terms will expire at end of 2017)


lisa jacobsLisa Jacobs
 is a Mediator, Collaborative Attorney, Facilitator, Speaker, and Trainer, and owner of the firm, Better Way Divorce, also known as Pono Divorce, where she devotes 100% percent of her practice in helping families avoid court battles and create their own solutions. Lisa is also Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association and a Mediator and Trainer at the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Lisa holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. from Santa Clara University. Lisa practices Nonviolent, Compassionate Communication whenever possible.

Richard MosherRichard C. Mosher is of counsel at the law firm of Anderson Kill.  He is a neutral for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international branch of the American Arbitration Association, and is experienced in mediating and arbitrating international and domestic commercial, civil and other disputes. He holds a J. D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a B. A. from Augustana College.

Frances_MossmanFrances I. Mossman, JD, AICP, Sustainable Systems Dynamics, is a planner, mediator and ADR practitioner in Hawaii.  She is a former member of the ACR National Board of Directors and former Chair of the Commercial Section.  She is a former President of the ACR Hawai‘i Chapter.

 

lynn-murisonLynn P. Murison is Professional Standards Administrator for the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. She is responsible for the administration of Ethics Complaints, Arbitration, Mediation and Ombudsman Programs. Over the years she has facilitated hundreds of mediations and ombudsman calls (mediation by phone) for the Board. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from San Francisco State University.

ACR HAWAI‘I 2016 OFFICERS

President

lisa jacobsLisa Jacobs is a Collaborative Attorney and Mediator and owner of the firm, Better Way Divorce, also known as Pono Divorce, where she devotes 100% percent of her practice in helping families resolve their issues consensually rather than adversarially. Lisa has a B.A. in Communication, Print Emphasis, from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

President-Elect

Lisa_NakaoLisa Nakao is the Director of Operations at Hawai‘i’s Better Business Bureau. She oversees all public services of the organization, including dispute resolution (conciliation, mediation and arbitration) for marketplace related issues, business / charity reviews and accreditation, advertising review, marketplace investigation, database management and consumer education. After graduating from high school in Japan, she obtained Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from University of Hawai‘i.

Immediate Past President

Anne SmokeAnne Marie Smoke Matsuda is the Administrator of the CADR Appellate Mediation Program and dispute resolution trainer for the State and City and County of Honolulu.  She has a BA in Journalism from Central Michigan University, and an MS in Travel Industry Management and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from UH Manoa.  She is the former manager of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution at UH Manoa where she managed the Institute’s undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, and the Interdisciplinary Studies’ B.A. degree emphasis.  She also developed and supervised outreach activities for the Institute including noncredit programs, workshops, and guest speakers, and provided conflict resolution services within the UH system.  She has been an active facilitator, trainer, and mediator for nearly a decade, and has served on the board of ACR-Hawai`i for seven years, including two terms as president

Vice President

Lynn MurisonLynn P. Murison is Professional Standards Administrator for the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. She is responsible for the administration of Ethics Complaints, Arbitration, Mediation and Ombudsman Programs. Over the years she has facilitated hundreds of mediations and ombudsman calls (mediation by phone) for the Board. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from San Francisco State University.

Secretary

Karen_KrossKaren Cross is Assistant Director for Family Hui and Director for Lead4Tomorrow, mobilizing violence prevention leadership through cross-sector training, programs, and initiatives to reduce violence, creating safer, healthier families and communities in Hawai‘i and internationally. She provides process design, facilitation, public policy deliberative dialogues, and conflict resolution training to organizations.

Treasurer

dick_mosherRichard C. Mosher is of counsel at the law firm of Anderson Kill, and divides his time between California and Honolulu. He is a neutral for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international branch of the American Arbitration Association, and is experienced in mediating and arbitrating international and domestic commercial, civil and other disputes. He holds a J. D. from Northwestern University School of Law, a B. A. from Augustana College.

ACR HAWAII DIRECTORS

Tom_DiGraziaTom DiGrazia is a Peacemaker, Lawyer and Director of Mediation Center-Windward Oahu. He holds a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and a MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. He is an Adjunct Professor at Hawaivi Pacific University, and the author of Peacemaker: A Sicilian American Memoir (2013) and Light On Peacemaking–A Guide To Appropriate Dispute Resolution and Mediating Family Conflict

amitraAmitra Mallik is a mediator, attorney and conflict resolution professional. Drawing on her previous experience as a Senior Trial Attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Amrita currently focuses her practice on the resolution of workplace conflicts, including EEO claims and labor/management disputes. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Bruce McEwanBruce McEwan is an active mediator, arbitrator and facilitator. He retired as Vice President – Administration and Risk Manager for Hawaiian Tug & Barge and Young Brothers, Ltd., where he created an ombuds function. Bruce holds degrees from Beloit College (B.A.-International Relations), Western New England College (M.B.A.), and Walden University (Ph.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences). He is President of the Mediation Center of the Pacific

tricia_morrisTricia Morris is a full time mediator with a background in finance. She is also a financial consultant for parties using collaborative law to resolve disputes, helping them to clarify complex financial and difficult problems. She cares deeply about empowering her clients to work together to move beyond conflict and bring things back into balance. She is a volunteer mediator for Maui Mediation Services.

Frances_Mossman

Frances I. Mossman is the President of Hawai‘i International Dispute Resolution Group LLC, which helps organizations from different countries work together using multicultural dispute prevention and resolution strategies and designs collaborative systems. Ms. Mossman is a facilitator, mediator and urban and land use planner. Ms. Mossman is a director of ACR national and a co-chair of ACR’s Commercial Section.

jessicaJessica C. Stabile has served as the Deputy Director of the Mediation Center of the Pacific since 2011, having previously held other positions within the organization. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Matsunaga Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law. She also holds LL.M., M.A. and B.S. degrees.

owenOwen Tamamoto recently retired from his position as Manager of the Office of Child Support Hearings, Department of the Attorney General, State of Hawai‘i. He has given numerous presentations on peace building, leadership, and conflict resolution for government and non-government organizations. He finds meaning and purpose in helping people to resolve conflict and serves as a volunteer mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific.

ACR HAWAII CHAPTER BY-LAWS
View/print the ACR Hawai‘i Chapter By-Laws adopted on December 18, 2007