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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 mediation 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 the local courts to coordinate their mediation programs and provide mediation services to improve access to justice.  Last year, we mediated over 1500 cases referred from the courts, where approximately seventy percent reached agreements.  We taught over fifty parents tips and strategies for parenting across two separate homes, and explained the mediation process to over three thousand referrals.  We had over a hundred trainees in our mediation trainings throughout the year.  We also provided affordable private mediation services to help solve family, civil and school disputes.  Get involved >

Our structure

CMG Foundation Founder and President, Morna Ellis, is responsible for the daily management of CMG Foundation.  Mediation and training services are provided by a group of dedicated and experienced mediators, educators and volunteers. Our Board of Directors oversees the administration of the organization, and ensures that the Foundation’s mission and objectives are met in an efficient and effective manner. We thank University of Richmond School of Law for providing their students with the opportunity to serve a clinical placement with us. 

CMG Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  

Our founder and president

Morna Ellis, Esq., J.D. M.Ed. (Adult Education):  Morna is President of the Board and fully active in the operation of CMG Foundation.  She is a practicing mediator, and a teacher and designer of dispute resolution programs with over 20 years’ experience.  She is a certified by the Supreme Court as mediator, trainer and mentor by the Supreme Court of Virginia, and is a licensed attorney. She previously ran her own private mediation company for 16 years before becoming the founding director of CMG Foundation. She is a member of the VA State Bar, VA Bar Association, American Bar Association [Co-Chair, Taskforce on International Family Mediation], Collaborative Professionals of Richmond.  She is a frequent speaker on dispute resolution and teaches 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 effects of conflict within families.

Our people

Rachel Ingle Ellis, B.A. Political Science & Communications: Rachel serves as Secretary on our Board of Directors. Rachel has recently joined Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rachel served as Director of Development for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina. She started her career at the University of Richmond where she served as Assistant Director of Annual Giving prior to moving to Emory University as Assistant Director of Development. Rachel brings her experience in fundraising and volunteer direction to CMG Foundation. 

Suzanne Ellis, B.S. Business Management & Economics, M.I.B., S.A.P.M.: Suzanne serves on our Board of Directors. Suzanne is a project manager with international experience in marketing and communications. She became passionate about dispute resolution during an internship at the Supreme Court of Virginia Center for Dispute Resolution, and has since been involved in the field. She is interested in combating violence against women, and promoting more peaceful solutions to high-conflict situations. Suzanne brings her project management, strategy experience and marketing skills.

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.

Shireen Kerr: M.D. J.D. M.H.S.A.:  After practicing as a physician in South Africa for more than 20 years, Shireen made a career change upon moving permanently to Richmond with her family. She attended law school at the University of Richmond, graduating in 2011, with the goal of pursuing her interest in mediation and dispute resolution. She has been affiliated with CMG Foundation since law school as a family mediator and has a strong interest in education.  She is a Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator. Her primary focus is in working with families in transition and with disputes within the healthcare field.

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.: 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.

We are happy to answer any questions related to mediation, our trainings or our parent workshops. Please contact us if you would like full bios of any of our staff.

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