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Mark Sholander

Mark was named President of Conflict to Peace, formerly Conflict Resolution & Conciliation Services, a non-profit peacemaking organization, in March of 2012. He brings with him twenty-two years of dispute resolution experience from a management career with the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Mark began his career as a case administrator in the AAA’s Michigan Regional Office and quickly rose through the ranks to become Supervisor of the Commercial/Construction Tribunal and, eventually, Assistant Regional Director. He was then promoted to Regional Vice President and transferred to the Mid-Atlantic Office, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. As its first full-time Vice President, Mark managed the Association’s varied services (education, training and administration) in both Carolinas and Southern Virginia. Upon the opening of a new office to service Central and North Florida, Mark assumed that Vice Presidency and relocated to Orlando to do so.

Over his career, his responsibilities included the promotion of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to professional societies, associations, firms, individuals and community organizations. He also recruited neutrals with specific knowledge in the topics at issue and supplemented this expertise with training in ADR skills. He conducted hundreds of pre-hearing conferences to better prepare parties and to explore settlement opportunities prior to convening arbitration panels.

Trained in mediation in the early 1980’s, Mark’s transition to Florida coincided with that state’s adoption of court ordered mediation of civil and family disputes. In concert with the AAA’s Miami Office, Mark was responsible for training over 1,000 mediators. He was instrumental in the formation of custom mediation programs to handle the thousands of property claims arising out of Hurricane Andrew and other natural disasters in the state.

The caseloads that Mark has managed and supervised have included labor/management disputes arising out of collective bargaining agreements, insurance, construction, securities, commercial and international claims. He has served on the faculty of the U.S. EPA Superfund Academy for negotiation training and was formerly certified by the American Society of Association Executives.

In 1997, Mark left the Association to pursue theological studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Having earned a Masters of Divinity Degree, he was ordained in 2000. Mark is an Anglican priest and has served as an assistant and senior pastor of churches in Florida and Virginia. He also assists churches in transition in a tent-making capacity (Acts 18:1-4).

In addition to his M.Div degree, Mark has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Michigan. Mark is certified by the Judicial Council of Virginia as a Circuit Court level court-referred family mediator and is trained in Christian conciliation through Peacemaker Ministries.

He and his wife, Cindi, are the parents of three children and the grandparents of 5!

Ronald C. Zabel, Esq.
Founder and Mediator