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

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. He is currently certified to mediate cases at the General District, Juvenile & Domestic Relations, and Circuit Civil Court levels.

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 is certified to mediate cases at the Juvenile & Domestic Relations and Circuit Family Court Levels. 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 has also taught the Supreme Court of Virginia required mediation training programs to future mediators.  Ervin brings more than 35 years experience as a mediator, mentor, and trainer to the table to help families and business find viable solutions to their disputes. 

Dale Robinson, B.S., M.P.A. (pending): Dale comes to CMG with significant experience in mediation, conflict management coaching, and the provision of skills based conflict management training. His primary focus is on workplace settings.

Dale was instrumental in developing the workplace conflict resolution programs at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Virginia Tech where he led the conflict resolution program for faculty and staff which included mediation, coaching and training. Dale has experience in providing individual conflict management coaching and is licensed to administer the Conflict Dynamics Profile, a behavioral based assessment tool. Dale’s career includes significant experience in addressing workplace disputes and resolving equal opportunity and discriminatory harassment concerns. He played an integral role in developing the mediation program for the Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Earlier, he served as the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity at The College of William and Mary. Dale is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia and is on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Mediation Network, (VMN).

Beth Roper, B.A., M.S.W., LCSW:  Beth has been certified through Supreme Court of Virginia for over 15 years, providing services in mediation, parent education, mediator mentorship and training. As a mediator, Beth facilitates challenging conversations from the role of neutral, assisting parties in identifying needs, exploring creative alternatives, and developing consensus around workable solutions. Beth’s depth of education and experience in social work enhances her ability to manage a respectful conflict resolution process that is welcoming and safe for diverse problem-solving needs. Beth is passionate about peaceful alternatives with families. As a parent educator, Beth facilitates co-parent education seminars that empower parents, grandparents and other caregivers with tools in conflict management and communication for problem solving within challenging family dynamics.

 Beth provides support for new mediators in training through modeling and mentorship towards their certification.  With her colleagues, she develops and facilitates continuing education seminars to support professionals across disciplines seeking conflict resolutions skills. 
Beth serves on the Board of Directors of CMG Foundation and Virginia Mediation Network to ensure continued access for individuals and communities to assistance with peaceful and creative solutions to challenging problems.

Hilda Roundtree, BSN, M.Ed.:  Hilda is an experienced Supreme Court of Virginia certified mediator, trainer, mentor and community educator. In her role as a mediator, she provides an impartial environment in which disputants are able to resolve their issues and formulate mutually acceptable agreements.  Hilda has been a practicing mediator, trainer and educator for more than 18 years.   She provides a future-focused, respectful, safe forum for parties to express their perspectives and concerns, and assists the parties work through a facilitated dialog as a means toward resolving interpersonal conflict.

For a number of years, she was the primary mediator for the Chesterfield County General District Court where her experience included mediating cases regarding landlord-tenant issues, contract disputes, and family property disputes. She practices as a facilitative mediator; and she also takes into consideration that in some cases, the preservation of the relationship is a priority.  She recognizes the power of apologies as a viable resolution to a dispute.

John Settle, J.D., M.P.A., Certified Mediator, Approved Mentor, and Approved Trainer:  John Settle is certified as a Mediator and Mentor Mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  A member of the Virginia Bar, he was appointed by Virginia Governor Kaine to the State’s Interagency Dispute Resolution Advisory Council.  He is a long-time mediator for Virginia’s Department of Employment Dispute Resolution, and is a past President of the Virginia Mediation Network. 

John has mediated many workplace disputes for the U.S. EEOC, including EEOC offices in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and EEOC’s internal “Resolve” program.  Currently, he mediates for EEOC’s new WISE program for formal federal agency disputes.  John also is a coach and served as the Ombuds for the U.S. Architect of the Capitol.  He has provided workplace mediation and “facilitated conversations”  (and training) for many federal agencies (including HHS, NASA, TSA, and others).  John also trains widely on alternative dispute resolution, negotiation skills, and “best practices” in leadership and conflict management.  He is on the faculty of George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Administration.  

While a Federal executive (at HHS and EPA), he received the Presidential Award of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service.  He continues to provide mentoring and coaching services for the Federal Senior Executive Service.

 John also provides group facilitation services and conflict assessments to help form strategies for organization-wide improvement in dealing with conflict, and has done these on a large scale for EEOC and elsewhere. John was named “2018 Mediator of the Year” at the 2018 VMN annual Fall Training Conference for his significant contributions over the years to the field of mediation.  John is a Senior Mediator and Trainer for the CMG Foundation in Richmond, Virginia.

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. She is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate cases at the General District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court levels.

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 mediation provides a valuable way for families to resolve their own disputes and develop plans in the best interests of the children.