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Our Organization

Our goal is to help our community resolve disputes peacefully through mediation.  We do this by providing affordable mediation services, teaching communication skills to our community, and educating future mediators.  We regularly speak to our community on the topic of mediation to create awareness and encourage mediation as a way of handling conflict.  We work with local courts to coordinate mediation programs and provide mediation services to improve access to justice.  In 2017, we mediated over 1,200 cases referred from area courts. We taught strategies for parenting across two separate homes to 200+ parents. We introduced parties in 2,500 court-referred cases to the mediation process.  Over 100 trainees joined us in our mediation certification and advancement courses throughout the year.  We also provided affordable private mediation services to help solve family and civil disputes. The CMG Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. 

CMG Foundation Founder and Board President

Morna Ellis, Esq., J.D. M.Ed. (Adult Education):  Morna is a member of the Board of CMG Foundation.  She has more than 20 years experience as a mediator, teacher, and designer of dispute resolution programs.  She is a certified as a mediator, trainer, and mentor by the Supreme Court of Virginia. She previously ran her own private mediation company for 16 years before becoming a founding member of CMG Foundation.  She has been a frequent speaker on dispute resolution and has taught at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.  She meets the requirements and has been approved as a Parent Education educator under the guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Her expertise is in family conflict and her passion lies in reducing the potential harmful effect of conflict within families.

CMG Foundation Executive Director

Brenda Booth Lowry was appointed Executive Director in January 2016.  She  served as a consultant to CMG  in 2015 providing strategic advice regarding organizational design, process analytics, and board development to set the stage for future growth, and her work continues as the Executive Director.  Brenda is a certified mediator who has business experience in both the private and nonprofit sectors, working for over thirty years in the financial services industry with Fortune 500 companies.  She served as a manager and internal consultant to senior executives in the securities industry where her counsel centered around two key areas--maximizing existing operations, and, secondly, to help develop and execute the road map for future growth.    Brenda has been active in the nonprofit sector, receiving the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009, and has been on the Board of Directors of Offender Aid & Restoration of Richmond since 2011.  Brenda can be reached at 804.254.2664 or blowry@cmg-foundation.org.

CMG Foundation Mediators and Trainers

CMG Foundation mediators and trainers are certified with the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Meet our mediators >

 


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