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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.

HELEN FORTSON

Mediation Coordinator

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.

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 of Directors 

RODNEY BROWN

LAWSON WETLI

ROBERT CLARK

JIM SARRAT

PATRICK FANT

MAUREEN WHITE

RENEE MIDDLETON

JILLIAN DILL

Jacob Mahaffey

JACOB MAHAFFEY

TRIP ATKINS

JOHN SULAU

Kelly Wessel

KELLY WESSEL

zac mueller

ZACHARY MUELLER

RICHARD KAHN

KEVIN DEHLINGER

CHAD YOUNGBLOOD

MEGAN BURKE


ABOUT

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 Bakker 

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-Executive Director

Writers Block Project

Amos Workman

Attorney

Wyche, PA