Missy was named Executive Director by Dispute Resolution Institute’s Board of Directors on October 1, 2016. She has been employed by DRI since its doors opened in August 2009 serving as Program Administrator and Program Coordinator to several grant funded mediation programs. These programs include: the First Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Family Mediation Program, the Illinois Agricultural Mediation Program, the Jackson County and Williamson County Small Claims Mediation Programs, the St. Clair County Foreclosure Mediation Program and the First Judicial Circuit Foreclosure Mediation Program.
Missy had an integral role in the development and incubation of the St. Clair County and First Judicial Circuit’s Foreclosure Mediation Programs. Notably, she authored the First Judicial Circuit Foreclosure Mediation Rule approved by the Illinois Supreme Court on January 28, 2016, and adopted by the First Judicial Circuit on April 1, 2016.
As a licensed attorney and mediator, Missy assists in planning and providing mediation trainings, provides pro bono mediations on behalf of DRI, and is on the pro bono attorney roster for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance. Additionally, from 2011 – 2013 she assisted Southern Illinois University School of Law with BAR Prep for graduates preparing for the BAR exam.
Missy received her Juris Doctorate in 2008 from Southern Illinois University School of Law and licensed in November 2008. She has completed a 40-Hour Basic Skills and Family Mediation course and numerous advanced mediation trainings. Additionally, Missy has completed a 10-hour Guardian ad Litem course. In 2003, Missy received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Prior to attending law school, she was employed by the St. Louis City Children’s Division as a Foster Care Case Manager and Specialized Foster Home Licensing Worker.
Missy is very active in various organizations. She previously served on the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Committee on Mediation. In addition, Missy is a member of the following: Illinois State Bar Association – serving on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council and the Agricultural Law Section Council; American Bar Association – Section Membership in Dispute Resolution, Environment, Energy and Resources, Family Law, Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, Young Lawyers Division Dispute Resolution Committee; Jackson County Bar Association – past President, CLE Committee Member and past Social Committee Chair; Williamson County Bar Association; Association for Conflict Resolution; Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; National Association for Community Mediation; and American Agricultural Law Association.