Staff

Fairfield Center prides itself in the professionalism, experience, and dedication exhibited across the entire organization.
Aaron Hagmaier, Director of Mediation Services
Contact:  aaron@FairfieldCenter.org
Aaron Hagmaier oversees the Fairfield Center’s mediation services, including case management, dispute mediation, scheduling, and training and supervision of interns.
Lorie Merrow, Director of Development
Contact: lorie@FairfieldCenter.org
Lorie is responsible for management of fundraising and marketing. She joined Fairfield Center in September 2012, coming most recently from work in intercultural project management and grant-writing at JMU. She wants you to know all about the Fairfield Center, in particular the reasons why Fairfield is important for you to support. She has a BS in Education and an MA in History from the University of North Dakota.
Sue Praill, Director of Restorative Justice Initiatives
Contact:  rji@FairfieldCenter.org
Sue develops and implements both new and ongoing Restorative Justice programs. She is a trained restorative justice facilitator, family mediator and Circle keeper. She joined Fairfield Center in 2010. As a lifelong educator on several continents she is a skilled teacher/trainer of all ages, with excellent communication and creative planning skills. Sue has an MA in Conflict Transformation with a concentration in Restorative Justice from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and undergraduate degrees in Education from Brighton University in England and Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Timothy J. Ruebke, Executive Director
Contact: tim@FairfieldCenter.org
Tim works to enhance listening and effective planning. He is responsible for long-range planning, financial oversight, staff supervision and the everyday demands of Fairfield Center. He regularly facilitates public and private forums in the community. He has more than twenty years of experience mediating and facilitating a wide variety of circumstances (1,600+) involving family, business/organization, government, and community-wide situations. He is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisor with FEMA, a mediator for the USPS REDRESS Program, and is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mentor mediator and trainer. He has taught ADR courses for James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Tim earned his master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from EMU and is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Shannon Sneary, Director of Training
Contact: training@FairfieldCenter.org
ShannShannonWeb2.5on develops curricula, presents training courses, coordinates mentorships, recruits trainers, and schedules and markets training courses. He is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Advisor with FEMA, a mediator for the USPS REDRESS Program, and is certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia as a mentor mediator and trainer. He has taught ADR courses for James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). Tim earned his master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from EMU and is an Advanced Practitioner Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Sylvia Whitney Beitzel, Events Coordinator
Contact: events@fairfieldcenter.org
Sylvia manages events including Valley Plane Pull and Harvest Celebration.