I was first trained as a family mediator in 1984, through a new national mediation group that came to the Omaha area. I took the basic, family and federal training when it was first offered through the State Office of Dispute Resolution in the early 1990's. I was Chair of the Omaha Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and I was involved in the planning of the original referral programs in Douglas County. I have done hundreds of parenting mediations. I find the work rewarding because I feel it helps the children experience less pain in divorce situations. I also believe it helps keep the process less expensive and less traumatic for the parties involved.