Our Mission Statement
By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.
By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.
By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.
By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.
Marti Kantola Dane – Founding Director, Advisor
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Tubman
Launching, leading and now leaving Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center has all been a dream come true. The coalescing of the right people have made this transition not only possible but invigorating for all. Six Rivers has an engaged and energized board of Directors, strong and diverse programs and the most capable and uniquely qualified staff I could imagine. So, after two amazing decades, it is with anticipation and an intrepid spirit that I once again reach for a new dream amongst the stars.
I’ve been humbled, honored and indeed privileged to learn and grow in this extremely supportive community. In 2001, mediation was broadly described as sitting in a comfortable position, silently contemplating existence. In 2021, Mediation is recognized as an essential dialogue. I’d like to think I had something to do with that transformation, it was my life’s mission to provide a healthy way for people to address conflict. But, Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center simply needed to exist and I was the one to build it. I’m grateful for the hundreds of mediators we’ve trained, the supporters throughout the Pacific Northwest, and indeed across the country, the generosity of grantors who invest in this promise of peace and the brave souls who step up to work things out together. As an independent non-profit, Six Rivers enters its 20th year supported by small communities, individual donors and Federal grants.
Personally, this has been a journey of self-discovery and I’ve been the recipient of a humbling generosity of trust. I’ve been welcomed into Executive Board Meetings and private homes, led national conferences and startup strategy sessions, bolstered confidence and held space for tears. Having listened to countless stories, provided space for thousands of mediated discussions and mentored hundreds of new peacemakers. It’s been a fabulous journey that I am proud to have embarked upon. I am grateful to all of you. For trusting the dream. For respecting the mission. For courageously communicating the substantial challenges that must be addressed.
It has been an active year for Six Rivers in the abundance of conflict and the ever-growing need for human kindness. Our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors have never shined so bright! I am looking forward to focusing on my family, spending time with loved ones, mountain biking, skiing and perhaps pottery. I’ll still be in the gorge, listening and looking for the next path on this exciting journey. Trust respectful communication and go forth with the courage to truly listen.
Marti Kantola Dane
Lori Loranger – Services Coordinator
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Lori recently joined the Six Rivers teams in March 2021! We will update her bio very soon!
Debra Pennington-Davis – Program Assistant
Debra recently joined the Six Rivers teams in March 2021! We will update her bio very soon!
Nicolia Mehrling – Programs Manager
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Nicolia Mehrling (they/them, she/her) came to Six Rivers Dispute Resolution Center from a background in cooperative management and sustainable agriculture. Nicolia brings expertise in group facilitation and professional trainings, as well as a gift for honing in on the key issues of a conflict. Their previous work in the small business, local government, and nonprofit sectors provides a foundation for the application of conflict resolution skills in diverse environments. Her seven years of facilitation and five years of mediation experience lead Nicolia to firmly believe in the power of conversation to resolve wicked problems. Outside of Six Rivers DRC, Nicolia studies traditional Jewish practices, plays with dogs, and practices drawing.
Andrea Pacheco – Executive Director
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Andrea (she/her) is a certified mediator with advanced training in Restorative Justice Practices, Family Mediation, Conflict Coaching, Agricultural Mediation, and Tribal Engagement. She is a certified Conflict Dynamic Profile assessment practitioner. She thrives collaborating with teams, operationalizing concepts that challenge systemic thinking to grow with sustainable, restorative process. She brings an effective business drive and relational strategy to her work, drawing from her experience as a licensed geologist (RG/PG). She is Co-President of Resolution Washington, the member association of 21 Dispute Resolution Centers across Washington state. When not working, she’s likely learning life lessons on a surfboard or investing in friendships.