BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Jay Wilgus - President
Jay Wilgus is a lawyer, mediator, educator, consultant, and facilitator who serves as Principal of Klancy Street, LLC – a specialized law, consulting, and dispute resolution practice focused on helping parties find common ground. Prior to forming Klancy Street, he served as Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution at the University of Michigan and Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Utah. His written work has addressed, among other things, the utility of facilitated dialogue in addressing campus conflict, the application of restorative justice practices to student sexual misconduct cases, and the use of specialized risk assessment and treatment interventions for college students found responsible for sexual misconduct. He is now regularly called upon to assist postsecondary institutions, federal agencies, academics, and others seeking to improve institutional responses to student conduct, student conflict, and sexual misconduct. He holds an Honors B.S. from the University of Utah, a Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University, and a J.D. from the University of Utah where he served as a member of the Utah Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Utah.
Terri DeCoster - Vice President
Terri is a mediator and parent educator and co-parenting consultant with a private practice in Falmouth, ME. Terri has a Master of Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University and BA from Syracuse University. She has been involved with the Kids First Center in Portland, ME for over 20 years; as a founding member, past Board President, and current program facilitator. She is an experienced facilitator of psycho-educational groups for children, adults going through separation and divorce, and parents with new partners and stepparents. In May of 2018, Terri was honored with the Kids First Center Outstanding Service Award. She was also active in The Opportunity Alliance Mediation Services Program. Currently, Terri serves on the court roster for family matters in Portland and Biddeford, ME. She specializes in supporting families and individuals in transition through education, effective communication, parenting, and compassion giving special consideration to the experience of the child.
Lucy Wess - Treasurer
Lucy Wess, Esq. is a mediator, facilitator, and educator and the owner of Mindful Mediation, LLC in Wilton, Maine. She was introduced to the world of dispute resolution while studying Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and soon after became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Over the last decade, she has been involved in academics, athletics, and support services in domestic and international higher education settings. Since January 2019, Lucy has applied her varied skills and experiences as a CADRES Family Matters mediator, private mediator and facilitator in a variety of settings, and an Adjunct Instructor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Peace & Reconciliation Programs at the University of Maine. She also is interested in promoting peace, reconciliation, and restorative justice through cross-cultural mediation and facilitation. She serves as a volunteer facilitator with the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine (RJIM) and is pursuing a Master of Art of Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) in Peace and Reconciliation at UMaine. Lucy enjoys yoga, swimming, gardening, building, and going on outdoor adventures with her family.
Nelson Larkins - Secretary
Nelson is a partner at Preti Flaherty in Portland, Maine. He has over thirty years of experience as a litigator with an emphasis on workers’ compensation, longshore, general litigation, and family law. He was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State College of Law Dispute Resolution Journal and has been involved in mediation since 1984. He is the immediate Past President of the Maine Association of Mediators.
John is a Portland native and a graduate of Cheverus High School, College of the Holy Cross and Boston College Law School. He has been practicing law in Maine since 1980. After starting out as a community organizer and attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, he spent 11 years, primarily as Chief Legal Counsel, with the Maine State Employees Association in Augusta. To be more available to raise his sons, he managed his own law office based in Readfield for several years. After practicing with respected firms in Gardiner and Westbrook, Attorney Lemieux decided to open his office in the Woodfords Corner area of Portland in 2011. During his years in private practice, John was engaged in civil litigation of a variety of disputes including employment, business, probate, real estate and family law cases. Since acquiring his Mediation Certificate from USM in 2012, John has focused upon expanding his mediation practice. He currently serves on the CADRES Family Law panel and the Department of Education panel.
A graduate of Smith College and the University of Maine School of Law, Pam represented the State of Maine as an Assistant Attorney General primarily in employment and tax matters for over 30 years. A skilled negotiator, she trained to become a mediator and now mediates privately; serves on the court rosters for family matters and foreclosure cases; and also is on the roster as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Maine Department of Education. Pam believes strongly in party self determination and the importance of trying to resolve disputes by agreement as an alternative to engaging in lengthy and expensive litigation.
Erin CloughErin is a mediator, attorney, and guardian ad litem. Erin is a graduate of Emory University and the Boston College Law School. For close to 15 years, Erin practiced law in Massachusetts in the areas of estate planning, probate, charitable giving, real estate, land use planning, and family law. Since her relocation to Maine in 2017, Erin has focused on alternative dispute resolution through her private mediation practice and work on the court rosters for family matters, foreclosure, and small claims. Erin is the Mediation Coordinator at Family & Community Mediation (FCM) where she assists families and community members in peacefully resolving conflict outside of the court system. In addition, through FCM’s partnership with the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program, Erin provides mediation for agricultural producers on issues that impact Maine’s agricultural and rural communities.
Karen, Director of Family and Community Mediation (FCM), formerly with the Opportunity Alliance, has worked closely with mediators, families, communities and organizations for over 18 years specializing in complex family matters and multi-party disputes in over 3500 mediations. As an experienced Transformative practitioner, trainer and conflict coach, Karen combines research from neuroscience, trauma-informed care, and relational practice to assist families as they navigate the many life transitions often exacerbated by other crises in physical or mental health, and the experience of loss or grief. In 2018, FCM expanded statewide servicing Maine’s Agricultural Mediation Program in partnership with University of Maine Cooperative Extension addressing issues impacting Maine’s agriculture and rural communities including farm succession planning. Karen also provides private and court-related services since 2002.
Sarah came to alternative dispute resolution work with hopes of empowering community members, organizations and institutions to address conflict through holistic dialogue. Sarah currently focuses on training and organizational culture change at RJP Maine. She came to Maine having provided mediation and restorative justice training and direct services to New York City based institutions and communities, such as the New York State Unified Court System, Community Dispute Resolution Centers, and the Department of Education. She continues to work towards partnering with any institution, organization, or school interested in building up their restorative culture and conflict resolution skills. Sarah began conflict resolution work at Smith College, and went onto Fordham Law School to advocate for international children's rights. Her passion for helping communities to establish a culture of belonging and safety for all of its young people drives her work. When Sarah is not thinking about mediation or restorative practices, she is either cooking while dancing or swimming.
Rebekah Smith - Ombudsperson
Rebekah has provided exclusively neutral legal services since 2005, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, independent investigator, and administrative hearing officer. She has mediated hundreds of disputes to successful resolution in a variety of settings from family inheritance disagreements to human rights violations. In addition to providing mediation services for private parties, Rebekah serves as a neutral for several state agencies, including the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Labor Relations Board Fact Finding Panel, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.