Trainers and Facilitators

Timothy J. Ruebke

Tim’s facilitation experience includes local government, university, and neighborhood relations; nonprofit and for-profit strategic planning; workplace conflict resolution; one-day or two-day retreats; large group dialogues, debates, and forums; team-building; and more.  Tim is currently the Executive Director at the Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg, VA.  Currently certified to mentor-mediate civil and family circuit court cases, Tim has worked at Fairfield since 1992 and has completed 1400 cases in general, family, criminal, and complex organizational /multi-party issues.  He is also a certified trainer and has taught ADR courses for James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University as an adjunct faculty member.  He is an advanced practitioner member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and a previous board member of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN) and of the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia (RJAV). Tim has a BS in Social Work and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.

Kai Degner

Kai has been on the steering committee for the National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation, is founder of The OrangeBand Initiative, served as mayor of Harrisonburg and is currently on the Harrisonburg City Council.  He has coordinated over 300 community dialogues and forums, including one on C-SPAN.  He is skilled in applying a combination of innovative meeting and conference techniques designed to allow for rich participation, creative exploration, and effective decision-making.  These include Open Space, World Cafe, Dynamic Facilitation, and more.  He has an undergraduate degree in Integrated Science and Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Shannon Sneary

Shannon is a trainer and mediator at the Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg, VA.  She is certified by the Virginina Supreme Court in Juvenile and Domestic Relations and Circuit Family Court cases.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Eastern Mennonite University.

Richard Wettstone

Richard’s areas of expertise are group dynamics, small business consultations, working with parent groups on dealing with adolescents, athletic teams/sports psychology, and family systems.  He has a doctorate in counseling from Indiana U., Bloomington, Indiana and has extensive experience with group counseling and process observation, including divorce mediation training and domestic violence training for the Fairfield Center.

Gary Boettcher

Gary Boettcher has a Masters degree in Dispute Resolution/Conflict Management and currently teaches undergraduate negotiation courses for the Dispute Resolution Department of Sullivan University. Gary has more than 2500 hours of formal dispute resolution training and has been practicing in the field since 2001.  Aside from mediating J&DR and Circuit Family court cases in Virginia, Gary has an ongoing dispute resolution practice, Conflict Management Strategies, Inc., where he helps clients turn destructive conflict into creative opportunities that find value in undiscovered opportunities. He also is a labor arbitrator, meeting facilitator, settlement negotiator, and a Myers Briggs® Master Practitioner. Gary is an associate member of the American Bar Association, Association of Conflict Resolution, Association for Psychological Type International, International Association of Facilitators, Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network, National Facilitators’ Database and serves on a variety of their working committees.

More Biographies coming soon.

Shirley Trobaugh

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John Birch

Kathe Scripture