About Us

OUR MISSION

To provide affordable and accessible alternative dispute resolution services.

Mediation & Conflict Solutions (MCS) is a certified Community Dispute Resolution Program under Minnesota law, as implemented by the State Court Administrator.  We operate as a nonprofit program under the umbrella of Olmsted Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Residents of Rochester and southeast Minnesota are welcome to contact the office for mediation and other dispute resolution issues.

Join Us!

To become a volunteer community mediator, download our application.

Staff

Wendy Moore, Executive Director

Wendy Moore is the Executive Director of Mediation & Conflict Solutions, an attorney and a qualified neutral.  Prior to this position, she was a Mediation & Conflict Solutions volunteer and she volunteered extensively with the Rochester Public Schools.  She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from Hamline School of Law.

Amy Hamilton, Youth Mediation Coordinator

Amy joined MCS in 2017 after retiring from a career as a prison psychologist.  She coordinates teams of MCS volunteer qualified neutrals for mediations referred by schools.  Amy has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University.

Board of Directors

Allan Witz, Board President

Allan Witz is the President of the MCS Board of Directors and has been a volunteer with the organization since 2010. He is a practicing attorney and has held numerous volunteer positions in the community. He holds a Minnesota Real Estate license and is an Early Neutral Evaluator. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws in Commercial Law from Universities in South Africa. He holds a Masters of Laws for International Lawyers, Certificate of Dispute Resolution and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University. He is a member of the Minnesota, Michigan and Florida State Bars.

 

Kay Eberman, Board Member and Mediator

Kay has been active with MCS for 4 years as a mediator and qualified neutral. She has a background in counseling/therapy and was a licensed psychologist. She worked in the addictions field at the Mayo Clinic for 38 years. She has a bachelors degree from U of W and Master's degree in counseling, from Winona State University. Currently she also volunteers as an Extension Master Gardener, as well as the public library, community food response and Family Promise. 
 

Mary Jane McHardy, Board Treasurer

Mary Jane McHardy has been a volunteer mediator in Rochester for over 20 years. She is retired after 37 years of working as a mental health professional for Mayo Clinic. She also volunteers as a Minnesota Extension Master Gardener and works on social justice projects supported by her church. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and an MS from Mankato State University. 

John (Wally) Walbruch, Board Director

John Walbruch is a member of the MCS Board of Directors and has been a volunteer mediator and circle keeper for over 15 years. He is a retired school teacher and has done extensive volunteer work with the Rochester public schools. John holds degrees from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Winona State and University of Minnesota, Mankato.

 

Sandy Silber, Board Director 

Sandy Silber is a member of the MCS Board of Directors and has been a volunteer with the organization since 2014. She has extensive volunteer experience with the Rochester Public Schools as well as with other local non-profit organizations. She holds a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

 

Wendy Francis, Board Director 

A member of the MCS Board of Directors, Wendy Francis is a qualified neutral trained in civil, family and elder mediation. Wendy is a board member and committee co-chair for Christmas Anonymous, an active volunteer for Christ United Methodist Church and the Rochester Public Schools, and is a member of the Rochester P.E.O., chapter CK. Wendy attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Amy Hamilton, Board Director

Amy joined MCS in 2017 after retiring from a career as a prison psychologist.  She coordinates teams of MCS volunteer qualified neutrals for mediations referred by schools.  Amy has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University.

FUNDING PROVIDED BY
  • Olmsted County Human Rights Commission

  • Minnesota Judicial Branch - State Court Administrators Office

  • Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services

  • Third District Bar Association

  • Contributions from community supporters and individual donors

If you have conflict, we have solutions.

Mediation & Conflict Solutions 

1700 North Broadway Suite 124 

PO Box 6541 

Rochester, MN 55903-6541

 

Phone: 507-285-8400 

Email: info@mediationconflictsolutions.org

Youth/Student Mediation

Email: mcs.rochester@gmail.com

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