MEET THE BOARD
RHODE ISLAND MEDIATORS ASSOCIATION BOARD
The RI Mediators Association Board is currently comprised of four members: Members are elected to the Board for overlapping terms of up to three years. Officers are elected for two year terms. All Board Members are unpaid volunteers.
OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
Frank is an Advanced RI Mediator and Executive Consultant. Co-mediating with his wife Michele, his mediation practice focuses on helping Divorcing Couples work peacefully through the process and additionally extends into Workplace Mediation. Over the last 30 years, he has coached and mentored Managers, Executives, Professionals and Technicians. With a background as a Civil Engineer and Professional Planner, he has served as a Policy Advisor to Executives, Legislators, and Government Officials and has facilitated agreements on a wide range of issues including environmental and public policy. He is qualified as a trained mediator in Rhode Island (RIGL 9-19-44) and Massachusetts (MGL 233 Sec 23C) and has mediated Divorce and Family Cases in Boston Family and Probate Court and serves on the Mediation Panel for Mediation Works Inc. Frank has served on the Boards of Directors of the Fort Adams Trust, Senior Citizens Transportation Inc. and is a member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (NE-ACR), the Human Resource Management Association of Rhode Island (HRM-RI), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).
Michele is an Advanced RI Mediator and Human Resources Consultant. She has a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Rhode Island with a specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution, and a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She received her mediation training at Mediation Works Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. She formerly served as a mediator in small claims courts. Her Human Resource and Management experience of over 20 years includes coaching and training on a wide range of workplace issues, including employee morale, team building skills and employee/management relations. She has experience in a range of environments, including financial, manufacturing and health care and government. Michele holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and she is a member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution (NE-ACR), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).
Andrea L. Trottier, MSW, LICSW
Andrea is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked with children, youth and parents for 25 years in education, government, and non-profit environments.
Director of Training & Education
Professor Kogan serves as one of the co-founders of the Rhode Island Mediators Association and an Advanced RI Mediator. He is the Director of Roger Williams University’s Mediation Clinic, a law professor, and an instructor of Dispute Resolution. He also serves as an advisory board member at the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island and is active with the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Professor Kogan served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and then practiced law for almost ten years in Pennsylvania with the law firm Kogan & Smigel. His practice concentrated on taxation, business and estate planning, for-profit and non-profit corporations, and real estate. He is a founding member of Roger Williams Law faculty, and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean. In addition to Dispute Resolution, Professor Kogan teaches Negotiation, Property and Trusts and Estates.
Jeremy W. Howe, Esq. (2009-2018) (Past-President)
Bryna B. Bettigole, LICSW 2009-2018
Margie Caranci Director 2012-2018
Erica Janton, Esq. 2014-2018
Andy Wunsch 2014-2018
Madeleine Butterfield Bass, Esq. 2012-2015
Steven J. Hirsch, Esq., 2011-2012
Stephen M. Brusini, Esq., 2008-2011
Abigail Jones-Herriott, Esq., 2008-2011
The Rhode Island Mediators Association has adopted the "Standards of Conduct for Mediators"
These standards were also adopted and promulgated by the
AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION
Since mediation is used to resolve a broad range of conflicts within a
variety of settings, these Standards are designed to serve as fundamental
ethical guidelines for persons mediating in all practice contexts.
and, as such, are intended to be adhered to in all contexts, by all mediators, unless superseded by Statute.