Announces Task Force Executive Committee and Advisory Board to Support Online Mediation Announces Task Force to Support Online Mediation

Jim Melamed, Board Chair of, has announced the establishment of a blue-ribbon Online Mediation Task Force, to be headed by Forrest R. (Woody) Mosten, to make recommendations on best practices and possibilities for both generally training mediators online and training to perform online mediation. This Online Mediation Task Force will work with leading mediation organizations, professional mediators, academics and researchers in formulating findings and recommendations. is convening the Online Mediation Task Force and is providing technical support, information distribution and publicity.

Forrest (Woody) Mosten ( has agreed to serve as Task Force Chair.  In addition to his own long-standing mediation practice and trainings, Woody has previously served as Chair of the Academy of Family Mediators (AFM) Consultation Institute and as Convener for the 1999 Symposium on Training Mediators for the 21st Century (as well as as Editor of the related Family Court Review Special Issue – January 2000).  The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (IACP) has also recently embarked on a joint venture with Woody to provide ongoing training to Collaborative Professional trainers in 2021. We are thrilled that Woody is taking on a leadership role with the Task Force!

In order to formulate the Task Force’s Agenda, the following online mediation experts have agreed to serve on the Task Force Executive Committee:

  • Clare Fowler, Task Force Reporter
  • Susan Guthrie
  • Marvin Johnson 
  • Melissa Kucinski
  • Michael Lang
  • Tara Ollapally
  • Colin Rule
  • Donna Silverberg
  • Angelia Tolbert

In consultation with the Task Force Executive Committee, an Online Mediation Training Advisory Board has been formed.  Confirmed Advisory Board Members include:

  • Michael Aurit
  • Ken Cloke
  • Bruce Edwards
  • Alberto Elisavetsky
  • Sherrill Ellsworth
  • Douglas Frenkel
  • Brian Galbraith
  • D.A. Graham
  • Tim Hedeen
  • Sam Imperati
  • Chris LaHatte
  • D.G. Mawn
  • Ken Neumann
  • Cinnie Noble
  • Morenike Obi-Farinde
  • Kendra Ogunshina
  • DeAnn Pladson
  • Julian Portilla
  • Pattie Porter
  • Angela Reddock-Wright
  • Jonathan Rodrigues
  • Elizabeth Potter Scully
  • Peter Salem
  • Manon Schoenewille
  • Linda Seely
  • Sukhsimran Singh
  • Amy Skogerson 
  • Sharon Sturgess
  • John Sturrock
  • Lara Traum
  • Winter Wheeler
  • Leah Wing

Among the issues that the Task Force may consider are:

  • Training new online technical capacities
  • New facilitative issues of the online environment
  • Assuring diversity and inclusion in our online future
  • Online role play exercises
  • Sufficiency of recorded trainings
  • Synergy between online and in-person trainings
  • Use of recorded trainee video for feedback
  • Online mediation ethics
  • Online co-mediation
  • Use of interdisciplinary consultants and evaluators
  • Online case consultation
  • Online practice building and career mentoring
  • Online innovation and staying current
  • Online mediation research
  • Training for online trainers
  • Other issues as determined by the Task Force will post regular updates on Task Force events and progress.


Forrest (Woody) Mosten

Forrest (Woody) Mosten Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private practice as a mediator since 1979 and currently is practicing mediation and collaborative law 100% online serving clients throughout the world. Woody is a founding partner of the Mosten-Guthrie Online Training Academy for Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. He is Adjunct Professor… MORE >


James Melamed, J.D.

Jim Melamed co-founded in 1996 along with John Helie and served as CEO of through June 2020 (25 years).  Jim is currently Board Chair and General Counsel for Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. (RIS), home to,, and other leading dispute resolution sites. During Jim's 25-year tenure,… MORE >

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