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.
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.
Board of Directors
Susan Krecke, Board President and Mediator
Susan Joined MCS in 2017. She has extensive volunteer experience with the Lourdes Foundation Board. She is a candidate for the Mitchell-Hamlin Conflict Resolution Certificate. Sue graduated with a BA in economics from the University of Michigan.
Kay Eberman, Board Secretary 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 and Mediator
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.
Allan Witz, Board Director and Mediator
Allan Witz is a member 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.
Sandy Silber, Board Director andd Mediator
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.
Amy Hamilton, Board Director and Mediator
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.
Andrea B. Niesen, Board Director and Mediator
Andrea is a civil litigation attorney with extensive experience in all areas of employment law, disability matters, professional licensing and contracts, workers' compensation, and construction defect claims. She has volunteered as a mediator with MCS since 2016. She is a board member for Family Service Rochester and Peoples Food Co-Op. For the past 15 years, Andrea served as a wish granter for Make A Wish. She received her bachelor degree in business management from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and her law degree from Marquette University Law School.
Gerard Goulet, Mediator Emeritus
Gerard Goulet has stepped down from his long-time role as Mediator or Co-Mediator -- after having been a Mediator for MCS and its predecessor organization since 1997. As Mediator Emeritus, he will continue to play a role in actively supporting MCS as an observer, a coach, a recruiter of new mediator talent and an advocate/speaker for MCS in the Community. Prior to his Emeritus status, he enjoyed careers as a civilian engineer doing Research & Development in Anti-Submarine Warfare for the Defense Department during the Cold War, as a Manager in Software Development for IBM Rochester, and as a Long-Term Care Specialist and Educator.
FUNDING PROVIDED BY
Minnesota Judicial Branch - State Court Administrators Office
Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services
Third District Bar Association
Contributions from community supporters and individual donors