The Mediation Center ( elected to new board members at their annual meeting held in June. They are excited for Robert Sanford and Blake Simpson to help the organization grow and thrive.

Robert is an Attorney and currently serves as the Administrative Director of Title IX, Institutional Compliance and Labor Relations for Southeast Community College. Robert has more than 20 years of experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence. He has been trained in Basic Mediation, Family Mediation and Specialized Alternative Dispute Resolution. Robert was one of many voices involved in the development of the Nebraska Parenting Act and worked with The Mediation Center, Office of Dispute Resolution, Nebraska Mediation Association and other mediation centers to provide training on issues related to assisting families that have a history of violence. Robert has many interests outside of work but be warned that he can talk for hours about photography if given the opportunity.

Blake Simpson currently serves as Director of Employee Relations, Benefits and Personnel for Lincoln Public Schools where he oversees classified staff, serves as chief negotiator for the district and provides in-house legal support for the district. He also served as an Adjunct Professor of Legal Analysis, Writing and Research at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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