OUR STAFF Charity Burke, Executive Director Charity Burke is OMC’s Executive Director. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Industrial/Organization, and a graduate degree in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University, is an approved mediator trainer through the State Court Administrative Office and has a professional background in mediation and business. Charity’s goal is to grow OMC’s programming and reach deeper into our community to create awareness and provide services to everyone. She takes pride in OMC as a non-profit organization providing the critical services so that everyone in the community has access to a path of resolution. Communication and Branding Shelby Paye, Brand and Communications Team Lead Shelby is the Brand and Communications Team Lead at Oakland Mediation Center. She graduated in April of 2017 from Oakland University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Psychology. She has experience in marketing and promotions and hopes to use skills from previous employment to share OMC’s services with the community. In addition to being on staff at OMC she also works for the Detroit Pistons. Both the mediation process and working for a nonprofit origination are new to Shelby and exciting aspects of being a part of the OMC team. Education Services Megan McCoy, Education, Special Education, and Volunteer Services Manager Megan McCoy is the Education, Special Education, and Volunteer Services Manager at Oakland Mediation Center. Megan earned a BA in English & Sociology from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University in 2010. Megan’s goal is to reach more people in our communities; to educate & bring awareness about mediation as an option for resolving disputes, with open communication and participant empowerment. Through her time spent working in juvenile corrections and volunteering at OMC and Wayne Mediation Center Megan fell in love with non-profit organizations. Legal Services Ashley Turner, Director of Legal Services Ashley Turner is the Director of Legal Services at Oakland Mediation Center and has been with OMC since 2016. Ashley has an undergraduate degree from Oakland University in History and Public Relations and a Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Ashley has also received training and certification in many areas of mediation and facilitation. Ashley’s legal practice has been exclusive to providing services and access to justice in areas of the community that have been consistently unrepresented. Maria Hyde, Legal Assistant Maria is a Legal Assistant at OMC. She joined the team in 2021 and is looking forward to helping grow the Legal Services Department. Maria earned an associate degree in Science from Schoolcraft College and is currently continuing her education in Criminal Justice, with hopes of attending Law School in the future. Jessica Notarberardino, Staff Attorney Jessica Notarberardino is a staff attorney in OMC’s legal department. She has been a practicing attorney since 2019 and joined our team in 2022. Jessica has BA from Michigan State University in Criminal Justice with a minor in Italian and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. Her goal is to assist the legal department in growing and reaching more members of the community. Mohamed Slim, Student Attorney Mohamed Slim is a Student Attorney at OMC and has joined the team in 2022. Mohamed earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and is currently completing his Juris Doctor at the University of Toledo College of Law and is anticipated to graduate in May 2022. Mohamed’s goal is to assist in all legal matters that our clients might face, and he is looking forward to help grow the Legal Services Department as well as serve his community. Mediation Services Joe Considine, Mediation Services Team Lead (Specialty Mediation) Joe Considine is a Mediation Services Team Lead at the Oakland Mediation Center. He has over 30 years of experience with sales, and sales team management in the for-profit sector, as well as experience with development and fundraising in the non-profit sector. Joe is fascinated by the effectiveness of the mediation process and believes in the process. His goal is to raise awareness of the services offered by OMC and ensure future growth for the organization by broadening the audience that we serve. Jon Fitzgerald, Mediation Services Team Lead (Civil Mediation) Jon Fitzgerald is a Mediation Services Team Lead at the Oakland Mediation Center. He completed the General Civil Mediation Training in 2013 and became a volunteer for the organization shortly after. Jon first joined the staff in June, 2015 and became part of the team. Since then he has completed the Domestic Mediation Training along with the Special Education Mediation Training. Jon graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts and though he has over 20 years of corporate management experience he began working for non-profit organizations in 2009 because he believes it is critical to give back to your community. Amro Altaweel, Mediation Specialist Amro Altaweel is a Mediation Specialist assisting with General Civil, Small Claims and Landlord Tenant mediation cases in six District Courts throughout Oakland County. Amro holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with a minor in history and graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in September 2019. He completed the 40-Hour General Civil Mediation program through Oakland Mediation Center and Cooley Law School. He believes strongly in the Alternative Dispute Resolution process and mediation, and that it truly has a positive outcome for individuals and their conflicts. Erica Crawford, Administrative Assistant Erica Crawford is an administrative assistant, assisting with General Civil, Small Claims and Landlord Tenant cases. She joined the Oakland Mediation Center in March 2022. Erica has an Associates Degree in Business Management and is working towards receiving her 40-Hour General Civil Mediation program certification. Erica comes to OMC with 19 years’ experience in the corporate legal field, of which 11 of those years were in management. Erica discovered that her passion was to do what she can to help the community at large and while working for a non-profit organization is new to her, she has several years of community, mission experience under her belt. She looks forward to this new opportunity in hopes that she is doing her best to give back! Geraldine Sanders, Mediation Specialist Edith Walker, Mediation Specialist Edith Walker is a Mediation Specialist, servicing the local district courts of Oakland County with small claims, general civil, landlord tenant, and domestic dispute mediations. She holds a degree in Applied Science and joined our team as a volunteer in 2014 after she finished her training in conflict resolution. Since then, she has completed training in Domestic Relations, General Civil, and Special Education. Her love for the mediation program awarded her with the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2017. Edith joined our staff in April of 2021. Michigan Behavioral Health Mediation Statewide Program Mary Wallace, Behavioral Health Mediation Services Manager Mary Wallace is a Mediation Specialist assisting with the General Civil, Small Claims, and Landlord Tenant mediations in six various district courts within Oakland County. Mary holds a BA in Communications from Oakland University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University. She has been a volunteer with the organization for the past five years after completing training for General Civil, Domestic Relations, and Special Education mediations. Mary enjoys serving as a board member for the Viola Liuzzo Park Association, as well as other volunteer roles within her community.