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October 31, 2000

Center for Dispute Resolution Expands

SACRAMENTO -- The California Center for Public Dispute Resolution, a joint program of California State University, Sacramento, and the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, has recently added three senior mediators/facilitators to its staff.

Joining the Center's senior mediation team are Marci DuPraw, who returns to California from the environmental dispute resolution firm RESOLVE in Washington, D.C.; Lisa Beutler, whose most recent post in California government was as Program Manager for the Governor's Office of Innovation in Government; and Scott Farris, who has served as director of policy in the Wyoming Governor's Office.

The Center, which specializes in mediating and facilitating complex public policy issues, has completed or is presently engaged in more than 30 stakeholder consensus projects, and is expanding in response to an ever-increasing demand for its services, Center Executive Director Susan Sherry said.

DuPraw, who has specialized in environmental and cross-cultural consensus building for 15 years, has held senior staff positions with the Conflict Clinic at George Mason University, the National Civic League's Program for Community Problem Solving, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution's Collaborative Communities Program and RESOLVE. Dupraw currently serves as lead facilitator for the Lower American River Task Force's "FISH" Working Group, which is developing a fisheries and habitat management and restoration plan for the Lower American River.

Beutler has 26 years of organizational development, law enforcement and environmental issues management experience in local and state government. Prior to her work in the Governor's Office, she served as the Acting Undersecretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, where she managed all day-to-day operations of the multi-billion-dollar agency. Beutler's other previous experience includes Executive Ombudsman for the Governor's Office of Criminal Justice, Chief Ranger in the California Department of Parks and Recreation and Legislative Director of the California Union of Safety Employees.

In addition to his work in the Wyoming Governor's Office, Farris served as director of government, community and media relations at the University of Wyoming, local bureau chief for United Press International, a political reporter and columnist, local diocesan director of communications and a congressional staffer.

DuPraw, Beutler and Farris join Sherry and Eugenia Laychak as full-time senior mediators/facilitators at the Center, which also has more than a dozen other associates statewide affiliated with the Sacramento-based Center. Sherry founded the Center in 1992 and was most recently lead mediator for the Sacramento Area Water Forum. Laychak joined the Center in 1995, has 25 years of experience in collaborative problem solving and public policy and is currently provides facilitation and strategic planning services for the CALFED Bay-Delta program.


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