Christopher Welch, Executive Director
1. Chris Welch received his Master of Dispute Resolution degree from Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in 2005. Prior to obtaining his Master's Degree, he graduated from Pepperdine University, Seaver College with his B.A. in Political Science. Chris has worked at CCR since 2004 and has been the Director of CCR since Summer 2008 and the Executive Director since Summer 2013. Currently, CCR mediates close to 3,000 cases/ per year in the Los Angeles Superior Court system. From 2004-2013 CCR averaged close to 1,000 cases/per year. The increase in case load and capicity of the organization on a reduced budget has been overseen by the work of Mr. Welch and his extremely competent staff and board.
Tim Pownall, Fmr. Executive Director and Board President
Matthew 5:9-Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called Children of God.
A recognized expert in negotiation and collaborative problem solving, William Timothy (Tim) Pownall has mediated hundreds of complex civil, employment/workplace (EEO/ADA/Title VII/WC), insurance, personal injury, business and commercial cases. Mr. Pownall is known for being a particularly adept mediator in managing those interventions involving high emotion that have resulted in protracted cases or impasse. Mr. Pownall is known for his hard work and tenacity in bringing mediations to resolution in a timely manner.
Mr. Pownall brings knowledge, skill, experience, humor and compassion to not only his mediation casework, but to his impressive faculty/trainer appointments. He consults and conducts management and staff trainings, courses and workshops in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Management skills. In this capacity, Mr. Pownall has trained nearly ten thousand professionals nationally and internationally in recent years, in various industries, according to their academic or corporate performance, HR and organizational training requirements.
Mr. Pownall was the Executive Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution. The Center is a thirty year old enterprise with roots in the Christian Legal Society that provides legal and organizational mediation and facilitation services to the Los Angeles County Superior Court and through CCR's Community Mediation program to the San Fernando Valley.
Currently, the Assistant Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California, recognized as the nation’s foremost academic ADR program by U.S. News, Mr. Pownall serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at the Straus Institute teaching courses and workshops in basic and advanced Negotiation, Mediation and Collaborative Dispute Resolution nationally and internationally. He is currently the Director of the Pacis Project in Faith Based Diplomacy, sending him throughout the Middle East, helping to resolve conflict.
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