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Our Staff

Jennifer Olmert
Executive Director

Before joining the Upstate Mediation Center as Executive Director, Jennifer Olmert worked as an attorney at Lawrence, Lonon & Rudasill in Spartanburg. Prior to that, Jennifer spent nearly three years as a law clerk to the Honorable John W. Kittredge, then an associate judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Immediately following law school, Jennifer worked as a Staff Attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wofford College. Jennifer is a certified family mediator and is responsible for the day-to day operations of the UMC.

ZOEY KLEIN
Mediation Coordinator

Zoey is a graduate from Clemson University with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. After graduation, she was able to grow her experience in non-profit organizations. She worked for Miracle Hill Ministries for 3 years and Greenville Humane Society for 1 year. Her love and passion for non-profit work is what led her to Upstate Mediation Center. She is responsible for client intake, volunteer placement, and case management.

ANDREA BERRY
Bookkeeper & Magistrate Coordinator

Andrea Berry joined the Upstate Mediation Center in 2017. Prior to UMC, Andrea spent three years at Elliott Davis providing outsourced controller services and preparing financial statement compilations. Before that time in public accounting, she worked nine years in nonprofit accounting. Andrea is a CPA and received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration from North Greenville University.

Our Board

Upstate Mediation Center is operated by a volunteer board of directors and is managed by an Executive Director and Mediation Coordinator. Our Board consists of the following individuals from different careers backgrounds and skills:

Robert Clark
Amos Workman
Maureen White
Jacob Mahaffey
Ted Sauvain
Rachel Mcconoghey
ivan bolds
kristine j. braswell-amin
marcello torricos
makarios tabor
chad powell youngblood
kenneth shabel
Kim Perry
maurice mcnab
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Our Mediators

Our team of volunteer mediators is an integral part of the UMC’s mission. The professionals who mediate for the UMC have received extensive training. All UMC mediators have completed 40-hour classroom training and have been mentored by experienced mediators. The majority of our mediators have advanced training or significant work experience in specialized areas such as family, real estate, business disputes and contract claims and most are certified by the South Carolina Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification. All of our mediators are encouraged to take continuing education classes which are provided by the UMC and other organizations. The mediators at the UMC come from a variety of backgrounds including business, government, education, health care, and many are lawyers. What they all have in common is a strong desire to assist others to effectively manage and resolve conflict. They are great listeners and communicators who are skilled at guiding people through the conflict resolution process with neutrality, confidentiality, sensitivity and fairness. UMC mediators do not make decisions or provide legal advice or advocate for either party. To insure the “affordable” aspect of our mission, all UMC mediators (both lay and attorney) are volunteers who donate their time and expertise as a community service and receive no compensation.

Emeritus Board Members

Mark Baker

Attorney
Nexon Pruet, LLC

Glen Halva-Neubauer

Dana Professor and Director
Furman University

Kirby Mitchell

Senior Litigation Attorney
South Carolina Legal Services

Carol Young Gallagher

Co-Excecutive Director
Writers Block Project

Mark Baker

Attorney
Wyche, PA