WHO WE ARE
GET TO KNOW US
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.
Helen Fortson joined the Upstate Mediation Center in 2015. Helen has a long history working in the Greenville Real Estate industry before moving to the nonprofit arena. Helen is an integral part of the UMC team. She is responsible for client intake, volunteer placement, and case management.
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.
Board of Directors
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
Nexon Pruet, LLC
Dana Professor and Director
Senior Litigation Attorney
South Carolina Legal Services
Carol Young Gallagher
Writers Block Project