At our Appreciation Luncheon in May of each year, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) has the opportunity to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions of their time and energy for the advancement of NCM and the mediation process during the previous year. Recipients of the awards for 2016 are listed below.

  • Veteran Mediator of the Year: Lou Diaz & Susan Hannah
  • Advocate of the Year: Wendy Viles
  • Rookie Mediator of the Year: Rob & Ruthie Brown
  • Leah Award: The Honorable Frederick Mulhauser

Awards for 2017 will be announced at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, which will be held at noon at City Park Grill in Petoskey, Michigan.

Veteran Mediator of the Year

The Veteran Mediator of the Year Award is presented to an established mediator who goes above and beyond. This is a person who does things such as re-arranging his/her schedule so that a last minute mediation can be scheduled. Past recipients of this award are:

  • Connie Saltonstall (2006)
  • Robert Harkness (2007)
  • Ron Moore (2008)
  • Polly Cheney (2009)
  • Jeff Higgs (2010)
  • Kendal Taylor (2011)
  • Karen Cole (2012)
  • Carolyn Belknap (2013)
  • Hugh Conklin (2014)
  • Mary Horan (2015)
  • Lou Diaz & Susan Hannah (2016)

NCM Advocate of the Year

To be supportive of NCM, it is not necessary to be a mediator or board member. Many members of the community are advocates of mediation and the Center. Consequently, NCM created the NCM Advocate of the Year Award. Past recipients include:

  • Steve Tresidder (2006)
  • The Honorable Richard Pajtas (2007)
  • The honorable Fred Mulhauser (2008)
  • Susan Capaldi (2009)
  • Marge Parish (2010)
  • Tom Schraw (2011)
  • Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association (2012)
  • The Honorable James Erhart (2013)
  • Ray (posthumously) & Mary Jane Kiogima (2014)
  • John Marshall (2015)
  • Wendy Viles (2016)

Rookie Mediator of the Year

The Rookie Mediator of the Year Award goes to a mediator who has completed the Forty-Hour Training or has come to Northern Community Mediation from another Citizen Dispute Resolution Center within the past two years. Past recipients include:

  • Karen Cole (2006)
  • Gary Barfknecht (2007)
  • Deb Eklund (2008)
  • Wayne Tri (2009)
  • Kendal Taylor (2010)
  • Lisa Hicklen (2011)
  • Tom North (2012)
  • Herb Carlson (2013)
  • Kristyn Balog (2014)
  • John Hoffman (2015)

The Leah Award

In 2005, NCM established the Leah Award. The first recipient of this award was Leah Green. Professionally, Leah was an educator. As a member of the community, she volunteered as a mediator for NCM. She drew upon her knowledge of mediation and her expertise as an educator to become a trainer of mediators for NCM. In recognition of her twelve years of devoted service to NCM, Leah was awarded with the first Leah Award at the annual meeting. Leah died three months after receiving this award.

Since 2005, the Leah Award has been presented to an individual who holds the same degree of dedication to and advocacy of NCM and the mediation process. This award represents an individual who has been devoted to NCM over the years. It is not necessarily awarded every year. The recipients of the Leah Award are as follows:

  • Leah Green (2005)
  • Kathy Lame (2006)
  • Richard Hendrian (2007)
  • Bruce Herbert (2008)
  • The Honorable Richard May (2011)
  • The Honorable Richard Pajtas (2013)
  • The Honorable Fred Mulhauser (2016)

Prior to 2006

Prior to 2006, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) presented the Mediator of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting. Past recipients of this award are:

  • Bill Shumaker (1997)
  • Murray Kilgour (1998)
  • Leah Green (1999)
  • Lou Fantini (2000)
  • Kathleen Lame (2001)
  • Richard Hendrian (2002)
  • Richard Hendrian (2003)
  • Bruce Herbert (2004)
  • Richard Hendrian (2005)