Officers and Board of Directors

Officers

President
Dr. Jack Goetz, Esq.

As the founder and President of MC3, Jack Goetz has been the principal architect and advocate for an industry effort to set a standard for mediation training, practical experience, continuing education, accountability and public protection that will elevate and professionalize the field. His 2014 article on serving the public by professionalizing mediation, co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Kalfsbeek, proposed the professional model that serves as the basis for MC3 certification standards.

A longtime lecturer and educator, Dr. Goetz currently serves on the faculty at both the USC Gould School of Law and the business department at Moorpark College. He taught mediation for 7 years at the California State University campuses in Northridge and Dominguez Hills and he received international acclaim for creating the first nationally accredited online law school, Concord Law School, now a part of the Purdue University Global system. Dr. Goetz also serves as a Commissioner for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, overseeing the accreditation compliance of nationally accredited online educational institutions.

The 2018 President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA), Dr. Goetz has been a member of the SCMA board since 2016. As a neutral, he serves the public privately and, additionally, serves on numerous public panels, including his work as vice-chair for the LA County Bar Association Attorney-Client Mediation and Arbitration Services. Dr. Goetz also served as a temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court (2012-2017) and as a member of the California State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution (2014-2017).

Secretary

Victoria Gray is a conflict coach, facilitator and a trainer with with an extensive background in labor advocacy, collective bargaining negotiations and mediation. In the last ten years her mediation experience includes cases while serving as a federal mediator, a Los Angeles County Superior Court Panel member, a mediator for Southern California Family Mediation (SCFM)  for the Los Angeles County Dependency Court, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement conference panel mediator.  She served as a Board Member for the Southern California Mediation Association and is a Board member for Mediators Beyond Boarders (MBBI) and a team member for the MBBI-Kenya Initiative. She has a BA in Anthropology from California State University at Northridge, a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute at Pepperdine University, Masters in Conflict Resolution from Dominican University where she has served several years as an Adjunct Professor.

Treasurer
Joseph Jeong
Currently employed at First Bank as a Senior Vice President, Business Banking Group Manager, Mr. Jeong has also held senior executive positions at City National Bank, HSBC, Citibank and Bank of America.  His experience at these financial institutions included Regional Sales Advisor, Senior Credit Officer, and Portfolio Officer. He brings some substantial mediation experience to MC3, as well.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and is a Panel Mediator with the American Arbitration Association, the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California and also with the Center for Conflict Resolution. Joseph’s educational background includes an LL.M in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the USC Gould Law School, a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UC San Diego.

Board Members

Jason Harper

Jason Harper is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) consultant, conflict management coach, adjunct professor, and trainer. Mr. Harper serves on the faculty at both the USC Gould School of Law and the Pacific Coast University School of Law. Jason’s mediation trainings in the areas of family law, special education, and cross-cultural dispute resolution have been recognized by the California State Senate and the United States Congress. As a sociologist, Jason is committed to equity and diversity in the field of mediation, and his passion has led him to spearhead development of qualifications for MC3’s mediator certification. Jason is a past president (2017) of the Southern California Mediation Association.

Interim Executive Director
Lynn Johnson

Lynn Johnson’s mediation experience includes several years of volunteer mediation for volunteer mediation organizations in California and Oregon. During those five years, he has mediated hundreds of cases and taken over 150 hours of mediation training. Lynn left  a career in statistics, research, computer technology and consulting looking for an application of softer science skills. His mediation study and practice has ranged from basic mediation, through court-connected and community, to parent/teen and restorative justice environments.

John Mitchell, Esq.

John K. Mitchell is a business executive and a lawyer who has spent over 20 years as a real estate attorney and real estate broker. He also served as a VP for the Bank of America overseeing Regulatory Change Strategies. Mr. Mitchell has had extensive experience in the field of mediation, serving as the Chief Legal Officer for the Restraining Order Clinic of Los Angeles and having served as judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Mitchell mediates in both federal and state court and has settled over 500 cases as of 2018. He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California, and the State of California, all in good standing. Mr. Mitchell is a lecturer at the USC Gould School of Law.

Adam Ravitch, Esq.

Adam Ravitch brings his legal background and experience to the MC3 Board. This experience has had a great impact on the development of MC3’s legal policies and procedures. Mr. Ravitch received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from the University of Southern California. He received his initial mediation training while an undergraduate at BYU. At USC, he participated in the inaugural class of the USC Mediation Clinic. Mr. Ravitch clerked for two years at a federal district court before entering private law practice. He is a member of the California and Utah Bars and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has volunteered as a day-of-court mediator with Utah Dispute Resolution, the California Academy of Mediation Professionals, and the Center for Conflict Resolution.

Andy Reimer

Andy Reimer has had a 30+ year career as an executive in the entertainment industry and has held senior management positions at companies including HBO, Viacom, Lionsgate, BET and Warner Bros. Mr. Reimer’s work has involved general management, strategic planning, project/team supervision and numerous other arenas. In particular, he has had extensive experience in deal structuring and negotiation as well as financial analyses in a creative environment. Mr. Reimer received the Humanitas Prize for his work as an Executive Producer on the Academy Award® winning film, “Crash”. Mr. Reimer’s mediation practice has a particular focus on the Film and Television industry. He has, in addition, been a mediator in numerous courtrooms at the LA Superior Court and is an approved arbitrator with FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Kathy Shimizu

Kathy Shimizu has been passionate about improving processes for conflict resolution for over 19 years.  In addition to participating in many mediation-specific trainings, Ms. Shimizu received her Masters Degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building from California State University, Dominquez Hills in 2007 and has also been trained in the areas of domestic violence, child advocacy, and relationship enhancement. Ms. Shimizu has extensive experience conducting  mediation cases in a variety of settings and especially enjoys helping parties overcome relational dynamics that have prevented them from working together to resolve their dispute.  A credentialed teacher prior to becoming a mediator, she has utilized her teaching expertise to train hundreds of mediators in the fields of child advocacy and mediation. Ms. Shimizu is most proud of her work to develop an extensive court-based practicum that provides mediators with real-life opportunities to refine their mediation skills in a structured, mentored setting.

Chris Welch

Chris Welch received his Master of Dispute Resolution degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2005. He worked at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) since 2004, Director of since 2008 and Executive Director since summer 2013. His work at CCR involved oversight of over 500 volunteers/students and over 18,000 mediations. Working with volunteers, universities, courts and the community motivates him daily. In 2017 he was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations John Anson Ford Award for his work on the Hindenburg Park Sign Project. Mr. Welch previously served as Treasurer of MC3, and is dedicated to working to raise the standards for all mediators throughout California.

Consultants

Ethics Consultant

Professor A. Marco Turk

The mediation practice and the conflict resolution consulting activities of A. Marco Turk demonstrate an extraordinary body of work that incorporates activity and accomplishment in virtually every aspect of the world of peacebuilding and alternative dispute resolution.

Prof. Turk has spent the past three decades as one of the most experienced and prominent educators, authors, lecturers and practitioners in the field of mediation. He has served on the faculties of numerous educational institutions including California State University Dominguez Hills, Straus Institution for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Loyola Law School, and the University of California Irvine.  He co-designed/developed the first University of California system online distance-learning graduate program to offer a Master of Advanced Study in Criminology, Law and Society.  Prof. Turk was a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Professor) in Conflict Resolution for the Cyprus Fulbright Commission where he spent 23 months on Cyprus to train the island’s divided population in methods to resolve historical conflicts there, which work continues to this day.

Prof. Turk brings a wealth of experience and interest in the area of mediation ethics, a subject he has taught, presented and written about.  He was invited as one of a five-member special California Judicial Council - Mediator Ethics Experts Panel that designed an innovative distance learning course on the Rules of Conduct for Mediators in Court-Connected Mediation Programs, a course that MC3 has incorporated among the qualifications for all MC3-Certified Mediators.

Prof. Turk has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards that have recognized his contributions to the fields of Mediation, Peacebuilding, and Education. He is a member of the Editorial Board for Conflict Resolution Quarterly and has written dozens of articles on issues pertaining to ADR in publications that include the Villanova Journal for Peace & Justice Studies, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Los Angeles Lawyer, and others.

Licensed in California as an attorney since 1961, Prof. Turk has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts.  He has been a court-qualified mediator with LA County Bar Assn. and the Ventura Superior Court, and he serves on the panel of mediators for the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, among other panels.

Space does not permit a full recitation of Prof. Turk’s many contributions to the field of ethics, peacebuilding and alternative dispute resolution. We are honored to have someone with his varied and extensive experience shape and inform MC3’s Mediation Certification standards.