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Lin Kovack, PhD
Lin Kovack, PhD

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Lin Kovack, PhD

For Peace of Mind During Troubled Times:

30+ years as consummate human relationship expert focusing on appropriate alternative dispute resolution strategies for individuals, families, communities, organizations, government agencies, and the public/private sectors. Extensive experience in conflict analysis and resolution to address the human side of interpersonal disputes. Peer-reviewed journal author and co-author on the ombudsman as one of the most influential and informed individuals within any institution. Expertise in multiple disciplines including automotive manufacturing, aerospace, construction, judicial system, healthcare, retail, wholesale, not-for-profit, consulting, higher education, and entrepreneurial ventures. Professional speaker, collegiate faculty member, corporate trainer, facilitator, mediator, arbitrator, and conflict coach.  Prolific in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodology gap assessment. Academic background in English, business, ethics and IRB reviews, organization development, industrial psychology, executive leadership, training and development, ethics, conflict analysis in organizations, schools, state and federal agencies, healthcare, and higher education institutions.  Ombudsman office/program setup, Ombudsman program assessment, report generation, and effectiveness evaluation for return on investment (ROI). Numerous publications on Scholar.Google.  Medical University of South Carolina certified (CTRE) in human subject research ethics. Supreme Court of South Carolina Bar Association Family Law Mediation trained.

ADR Experience

20+ years of delivering appropriate alternative dispute analysis and resolution trainings, workshops, webinars, corporate trainings. Proficient in personal disputes (divorce, separation, parenting, elder issues), workplace (complaint investigations for sexual harassment, supervisor/subordinate evaluations, promotion & tenure issues, etc.), facilitation for small and large groups, Tavistock facilitator for ineffective groups, supervisory techniques, human resource issues, commercial disagreements (builder-homebuyer, HOA disputes, landlord/tenant), restorative justice discussions, divorce and healing presentations.


Collaborative approach to facilitate highly-emotional and confrontational disputes.


The Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC, 2022-2024. Post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Translational Human Subject Research Ethics.

Nova Southeastern University – Davie, FL, 2021. Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Organizations, Schools, and Healthcare. Dual concentration in Conflict and Crisis Management.

Nova Southeastern University – Davie, FL, 2016. Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with dual concentration in Conflict and Crisis Management.

Kent State University – Kent, OH, 2006. Doctor of Philosophy (abd due to health issue) in Organization Development and Executive Leadership.

Villanova University – Villanova, PA, 2004. Certificate in Project Management.

The Supreme Court of Ohio – Columbus, OH, 2004-2015. Certifications in mediation, child abuse and neglect, guardian ad litem, emotional intelligence, divorce mediation, parenting issues, foreclosure.

Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH. Master of Education in Higher Education Administration (Training and Development).

Kent State University – Kent, OH. Bachelor of Science in English and Business.




Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Automotive
  • Bioethics
  • Bullying
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Civil Union Dissolution
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Evictions
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • HOA
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Non Profits
  • Online Civil
  • Online Family/Divorce
  • Online Mediation
  • Online Workplace
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Prenuptial
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • School/Education
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Small Claims
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Conflict Coach
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Ombuds
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Staff Developer
  • Strategic Planning

Fees and Provisos

Initial 1-hour consultation is at no charge.

No billable hours but mediations are pre-paid at $300 per hour for 2 disputants scheduled as a partial day (3 hours) or a full day (8 hours).

First responder discount is 25%.

Veteran discounts are substantial at 50% of normal charge per party with proof of active military status, or a veteran DD214 discharge document.

Corporate and institutional consultations based on estimated timeframe and deliverables.

Corporate and community FUTURE SEARCH trainer.

Tavistock ineffective group facilitator.


Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • Nova Southeastern University master's coursework (dual concentration in Conflict Analysis and Crisis Management)
  • Nova Southeastern University doctoral coursework (dual concentration in Conflict Analysis and Resolution plus Conflict and Crisis Management
  • Supreme Court of South Carolina Bar Association Family Law Mediation Training


  • Delta Epsilon Iota Lifetime Membership

Professional Associations

  • Brunswick County (NC) Leadership
  • Brunswick County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
  • North Myrtle Beach (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  • Conway (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  • Little River (SC) Chamber of Commerce
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • North Myrtle Beach Women's Club
  • Little River StrongLead

Publications & Presentations

  • Author. “Making the Case for the Organizational Ombuds. A Compelling Argument.” Submission in progress.
  • ProQuest Dissertation: “Navigating the Human Side of Workplace Conflict: A Comparative Study of Organizational Ombuds’ Similarities and Differences” (Nova Southeastern University, 2021, The “8” Global Focus Study)
  • Co-author, dual publications, Journal of the International Ombudsman Association and The Journal of the California Caucus of Collegiate and University Ombuds, “Ombuds and Conflict Resolution Specialists: Navigating Workplace Challenges in Higher Education,” (The “11” study, 2018).
  • Author, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, “ACT as Potential for De-Radicalizing, Disengaging, and Reintegrating U.S. Youth,” (2017).
  • Co-author, Journal of Conflict Management, “Higher Education’s Current State of Alternative Dispute Resolution,” (2016).
  • Presenter, Association for Conflict Resolution Conference (2018, 2019)
  • Presenter, International Association of Conflict Management Columbia University, NYC Conference (2016)


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