Officers and Directors

ACR-Hawai‘i 2018 Officers and Directors

amitraPresident: 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.

owenPresident-Elect: Owen 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.

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Vice-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 Hawaii State Bar Association and a Mediator, Facilitator, and Trainer at the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Lisa also regularly trains law students at the University of Hawaii to help enhance their mediation skills.  Lisa has been a Hawaii-licensed attorney since 1994.

Secretary: Katie Ranney is a freelance facilitator and communication consultant as well as Project Assistant for the ACCORD3.0 Network.  Katie is also the Special Programs Coordinator of The Mediation Center of the Pacific, managing outreach and training for the Kupuna Pono and Early Access Mediation Programs. She is a co-founder of the Hawaii Facilitators Network. 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.

Richard MosherTreasurer: Richard C. Mosher is an attorney at the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. 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-nakaoImmediate Past President: Lisa Nakao is the Director of Operations at Hawaii’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 Hawaii.

Directors – Two-Year Terms will expire at end of 2019

José Barzola is involved at the University of Hawaii Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (MIPCR) in the academic programs and services that the Institute provides on the local to the international level.  José holds a BA in Anthropology, Spanish, and Latino Studies and a MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut. He also holds an MBA with a dual focus on International Business and Marketing from Mercy College. José has furthered his education with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from MIPCR.

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, Facilitator, and Trainer at the Mediation Center of the Pacific. Lisa also regularly trains law students at the University of Hawaii to help enhance their mediation skills.  Lisa has been a Hawaii-licensed attorney since 1994.

 Robert Lillis is the current President of IAM & AW LL in Honolulu.  He is also Vice Chair Labor Education Advisory Council University of Hawaii-West Oahu. Robert works as a Marine Machinery Mechanic at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.  He is a 6-year veteran of the US Navy qualified Nuclear Power, Submarine Service. He is certified Department of Navy Mediator with over 70 completed Mediations and has been representing federal employees for over 25 years.

Richard MosherRichard C. Mosher is an attorney at the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. 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.

 Continuing Directors  (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.  Katie is also the Special Programs Coordinator of The Mediation Center of the Pacific, managing outreach and training for the Kupuna Pono and Early Access Mediation Programs. She is a co-founder of the Hawaii Facilitators Network.  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.

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