Elena is a lawyer-mediator, a lead mediation trainer at the Athens Mediators’ Training Institute, a former member of the Mediators’ Accreditation Committee and a Member of the Preparatory Legislative Committee for the Reform of Mediation at the Greek Ministry of Justice. She is the co-owner of Greek Mediation Institute, one of the leading Greek organizations for the promotion of mediation and works as a mediation expert on several international projects with ADR Center – Member of JAMS International (Italy). Elena holds a PhD in Law, has long experience in counseling, negotiations and litigation and is an Expert Advisor to the Hellenic Parliament for many years. She is an accredited Civil/Commercial, Family and Workplace Mediator (UK, USA, Greece) with extensive advanced training in mediation and negotiations (UK & USA – Harvard Negotiation Institute). She teaches law subjects in Greece and Cyprus, acts as a lecturer in national and international trainings and has trained over 1000 mediators internationally. She sits as a Vice President, International of the Executive Committee of International Academy of Dispute Resolution (Chicago) and has an active role as a judge and coach in international student competitions. Elena works in English/French and has a good understanding of German/Spanish.
Kenneth Frank holds a J.D. from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Columbia College.
Susan Sloane graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1972. She worked first for Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, then moved to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
Anthony J. Baldassano has extensive experience in tax services, business coaching, and financial consulting, including business and estate planning, business evaluation, and management services. His experience includes a broad range of industries, including: real estate, wholesale distributors, trucking companies, retailers, contractors, education, chemical companies, contract manufacturers, farming, restaurants, and business services. Mr. Baldassano has provided extensive tax and accounting services for estates and trusts.
Anthony graduated cum laude in May 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University. After several years as a Financial Analyst for a Fortune 500 company, he graduated from DePaul University with a Master of Science degree in Accounting. Before going into practice for himself, Mr. Baldassano worked for a Big Six accounting firm, managed a tax department for a privately held chemical company, and was an operations manager for a business start-up.
Anthony J. Baldassano holds a Certified Public Accounting certificate from the State of Illinois and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
To broaden his financial background, Mr. Baldassano has passed the Investment Advisor licensing exam and holds the Professional Financial Specialist (PFS) credential, issued only to Certified Public Accountants.
Anthony is also a Small Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Harper College. At the SBDC, Mr. Baldassano counsels entrepreneurs and leads financial workshops to help businesses start, grow and prosper.
His interests include community and professional events, church ministries, and enjoying time with his wife and three young children.
Vice President, USA
Teresa is the Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where also teaches mediation advocacy and negotiation skills.
Vice President International Education
Ana Khurtsidze is lawyer, trainer and mediator based in Georgia. She is the Dean of the Law School at The University of Georgia.
DEREK P. AUCHIE
Professor Derek P Auchie is a qualified Scots lawyer, an academic and a tribunal judge. He holds a Chair in Dispute Process Law at the University of Aberdeen (AU) in Scotland. He teaches the law of evidence as well as mediation, arbitration theory and practice and negotiation and is Programme Director of AU’s LLM Dispute Resolution. He has been appointed as a mediator and arbitrator in a number of disputes. Derek has chaired hundreds of hearings, and so has extensive adjudication experience. He has coached student teams in international mooting (legal case presentation) competitions, as well as having experience of hosting such competitions. He has participated as a judge in these competitions too. Derek has extensive experience of delivering judicial training. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a Senior Fellow with JAMS. Derek has published books, chapters and articles in the areas of evidence and judicial and non-judicial process. Derek sits as a legal member on two Scottish tribunals, and acts as in-house adviser (on policy, training and case management) for one of those tribunals. He is a managing editor of the Journal of Enforcement of Arbitration Awards. In his former career as a lawyer, Derek represented clients in a wide range of Scottish civil and criminal courts and tribunals.
Agnieszka Majka Góra
VP of Education, International
Agnieszka Gora is a mediator, a negotiation and mediation university lecturer and a practicing lawyer in Poland.