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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 by the Supreme Court as 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 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

CMG Foundation Virginia Certified Mediators and Approved Trainers

Francis Clarke, B.A.:  Francis came to the mediation field after more than 20 years diversified professional experience in human resources, administrative operations management and long-term care administration in consulting, service and both union and non-union manufacturing.  Francis is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mediator, mentor and is an approved parent education trainer.  Francis has more than 10 years experience mediating both family and civil matters.

Jim Cullen, B.S., M.S.A.:  Leveraging complementary skills and experience from a 35 year + career in business and the field of Human Resources, Jim helps organizations and individuals deal with the challenging aspects of major transitions and as well as those seeking a path for resolving conflict and disputes through mediation.  He holds a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Le Moyne College and a M.S.A. in Business & Organizational Behavior from Western Connecticut State University.  Jim has been a Virginia Supreme Court Certified practicing mediator and trainer since 2013 specializing in family, workplace/employment and commercial/business dispute resolution.

Antionette Irving:  Antionette is a retired Major from the Office of the Sheriff in Henrico County, Virginia.  She applied her considerable experience and skill set to mediation in 2015 after completing the coursework and mentoring components with CMG.  Antionette's life work is about empowering youth to make positive changes and solid decisions in their lives.  She started the Antionette V Irving Foundation in 2004, promoting HOPE to make a meaningful difference in the lives of youth in inner city communities.  Antionette in also a Virginia-Approved Parent Education Trainer and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Center for Restorative Justice, in addition to other numerous community organizations.

Donita King, Esq. J.D.:  Donita came to the field of dispute resolution after 20 years as corporate in-house counsel.  Donita is an experienced Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator, trainer and mentor.  She has been mediating and providing training for more than 10 years, handling both family and civil cases.  She is an approved FINRA mediator and arbitrator, mediator for attorney fee disputes in Virginia, and has experience in handling international family cases including under the Hague Convention.  She currently serves as Chair of the VBS/VSB Joint ADR Council.  Donita is bi-lingual in English and Spanish, helping our growing Spanish-speaking population in Richmond better access justice.

Ervin Mast, L.C.S.W.:  Ervin is an experienced Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator, trainer and mentor.  He meets the requirements and has been approved as a Parent Education educator under the guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and has designed and taught the Parenting Education program.  He also teaches the Supreme Court of Virginia required mediation training programs to future mediators.  Ervin brings more than 20 years experience as a mediator and trainer to the table to help families and business find viable solutions to their disputes. 

Beth Roper, B.A., M.S.W.:  Beth is an experienced Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator and mentor.  She meets the requirements and has been approved as a Parent Education educator under the guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  She offers more than a decade of experience both as an educator and mediator.  Through her social work perspective, Beth brings a depth of knowledge on families, and the multiple dynamics impacting them.

Hilda Roundtree, R.N., M.Ed.:  Hilda is an experienced Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator, trainer and mentor.  She meets the requirements and has been approved as a Parent Education educator under the guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  She teaches mediators the Supreme Court of Virginia required program on ‘Screening for and Dealing with Domestic Violence in Mediation.’  Hilda has been a practicing mediator, trainer and educator for more than ten years.  Her primary focus is in working with families in transition and specializes in domestic violence issues.

John Settle, J.D., M.P.A., Certified Mediator, Approved Mentor, and Approved Trainer:  John trains widely on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation skills, and "best practices" in conflict management and leadership.  In addition, he has mediated many workplace disputes for the U.S. E.E.O.C. in Virginia , Maryland, and Washington D.C., currently mediating the new WISE program for formal federal agency disputes.  A member of the Virginia Bar, he was appointed by Virginia Governor Kaine to the State's Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council, and is a long-time mediator for Virginia's Employment Dispute Resolution.  John is a past President of the Virginia Mediation Network.  He also received the Presidential Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service and continues to provide mentoring and coaching services.

Emily Sattie, B.A., M.A., Emily has been certified to mediate civil and family cases since 2011.  She has experience in teaching peer mediation, anger management, and other conflict resolution skills classes.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology concentrating in Peace Studies, and a Master of Arts in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding.  In addition to mediating, Emily is also involved in Victim Advocacy in the post-sentencing phase of the criminal justice system.

Brent Thomas, Ph.D., Brent served two decades in Public Education, first as an English Teacher and later as a school administrator.  Prior to that he served as a Lutheran Pastor, and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Brent believes that mediaton provides a valuable way for families to resolve their own disputes and develop plans in the best interests of the children.