North Star Group - A collaboration of experienced professionals delivering
creative interdisciplinary conflict management.
Cindy Cook

Cindy Cook

Cindy Cook is a national leader in the field of environmental dispute resolution, public policy development and public engagement. She serves as Co-Chair of the Association for Conflict Resolution's Environment and Public Policy Section, and is a Fellow of the Land Use Institute of Vermont Law School, where she teaches courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She recently published an article on The Future of ADR in the Vermont Law School alumni magazine. She is the founder and principal of Adamant Accord, Inc. Ms. Cook has designed and facilitated a number of public dialogue processes on complex policy issues in Vermont. She brings warmth, intelligence and humor to her work.

Cindy Cook
Adamant Accord, Inc.
Adjunct Professor and Fellow
Land Use Institute
Vermont Law School
PO Box 2
Adamant, VT 05640

Office: 802-223-1330
Cell: 802-272-2829
Fax: 802-229-836

Arthur O'Dea

Arthur O’Dea

Judge O'Dea is a Graduate of Holy Cross College and Georgetown Univ. Law Center. He Practiced Law in New Jersey from 1962 to 1969 and in Vermont from 1970 to 1983. He was a Vermont Superior Court Judge from 1983 to 1993 and he has been a Mediator and Arbitrator with over 2500 Mediations performed throughout Vermont and other States since 1993. Judge O’Dea received his formal Mediation training at Ohio State University Law School and has participated in and conducted many Education and Training programs in Mediation. He appears in the recent publication by Lawdragon- a snapshot of the 500 leading Judges in America.

Arthur O'Dea
1013 Old Depot Road
Arlington, VT 05250

Office: 802-375-0037

Tad Powers

Donald R. (Tad) Powers

Donald R. (Tad ) Powers, is an attorney, mediator and facilitator focused on problem-solving approaches to business, environmental, family and organizational conflict. Mr. Powers uses a variety of mediation techniques and styles, approaches each case with a thoughtful assessment of stakeholder needs, and helps parties choose a process designed to meet their goals. He is a frequent presenter on alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the Vermont Mediator's Association, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the New Hampshire Association for Conflict Resolution, and the Section of Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association. Representative clients include insurance companies, municipalities, school districts, state agencies, health care providers, businesses, families and individuals.

Donald R. (Tad ) Powers
Powers & Byers LLP
Powers Mediation & Arbitration
48 Court Street
Middlebury, Vermont 05753

Office: 802-388-2211
Fax: 802-388-1113

Neal Rodar

Neal Rodar

Neal Rodar has been mediating for 12 years and was Director of the Woodbury Dispute Resolution Center for ten years. Board and Committee memberships include; The Professional Responsibility Board (Vt. Supreme Court), Oversight Committee of the Vermont Family Court Mediation Program, Vermont Environmental Court Mediation Program. He is contracted to mediate with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, Vermont’s Dept of Education, and the
Vermont Family Court Mediation Program. Mr. Rodar has worked extensively with State Government developing mediations programs and, for the last four years has worked closely with Vermont’s Probate Judges and The Center for Social Gerontology to develop a mediation program dealing with Elder Care and Adult Guardianship issues.

Neal Rodar
Mediator in Residence,
   Woodbury College
67 Terrace Street #2
Montpelier, VT 05602

Office: 802-223-0690

Susan Terry

Susanne Terry

Susanne Terry is a nationally recognized mediator, facilitator, and consultant working in complex issues in the public and private sector. She teaches in the Masters in Mediation Program of Woodbury College and is adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School. She is known for the excellence of her training with groups. Ms. Terry is also a contract mediator with a number of state agencies and has worked closely with these agencies and other organizations in developing their dispute resolution systems. She has worked throughout the United States, Great Britain, Europe, and Africa and is recognized for her thoughtful and creative approach to problem solving.

Susanne Terry
Susanne Terry Associates
Faculty member, Woodbury College
Adjunct faculty Vermont Law School
2847 Tampico Road
Danville, VT 05828

Office: 802-748-3512
Fax: 802-748-5877

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