I have been facilitating difficult situations in various settings for many years. Early on in my career as a teacher of hearing impaired children, I worked with children and their families who were facing a host of challenges, providing them a myriad of possibilities to strategically deal with the many conflicts they faced. I left teaching to work in healthcare administration where I managed a large department in a major teaching hospital. My work at the hospital included, to a large extent, identifying causes of conflict, negotiating with the parties involved, and helping the parties generate agreements and plans they could implement to resolve the conflict. Most recently, I have worked as a paralegal at a family law firm. There I am very involved with the clients as they deal with the many challenges they face going through the process of divorce in the Probate and Family Court. In my spare time, I have served for the past six years on the Executive Board of the Parents Association at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, functioning as a liaison between the University and parents on a variety of issues.
I received my BS in Communication Disorders from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO, and my MS in Communication Disorders from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. I received my certification in Health Care Management from Boston University, and, as well, my Paralegal Certification from Boston University.
I was trained in basic mediation skills at the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, MA, and I completed the training in Family Law Mediation in conformity with Rule 8 and the confidentiality statute at MCLE in Boston, MA. I am currently a member of the Massachusetts Council of Family Mediation (MCFM).
At home, I enjoy long daily meditative walks. Also, when home, I enjoy the company of my totally lovable kitty.Office directions | Contact our mediators | Gail P. Otis | Susan Camenker