Stephen has dedicated his professional career to the practice and study of conflict resolution. His first exposure to conflict resolution began as a high school peer mediator over twenty years ago and his interest in the theory and practice of conflict resolution continues to this day. Now, Stephen’s professional experience spans state and federal government agencies and two premier conflict resolution membership associations. Furthermore, he has become a national expert on how you can improve your performance by better managing the stress of conflict situations. Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance truly is his passion and profession.
In 2006, Stephen earned a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In 1997, he graduated from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, with a degree in history and minors in peace and conflict studies and international studies. From 1995 to 1996, Stephen studied at the University of Ulster, Magee campus, in Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland.
In 1998, Stephen began training in the Japanese martial art of Aikido with Dr. Paul Linden of Aikido of Columbus. After four years of training with Dr.Linden, he relocated to Washington D.C. and continued his Aikido training with Clyde Takeguchi Sensei of Capital Aikikai. In 2006, Stephen earned his Shodan (black belt) from Takeguchi Sensei. He currently holds the rank of blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has trained in Kempo Karate and CrossFit.
In March 2010, Stephen was awarded Level One certification in Being In Movement® Embodied Peacemaking by Dr. Paul Linden, the program’s creator. Being In Movement (BIM) teaches people to develop an integrated mindbody state that embodies grace, power and radiant awareness to help improve performance. Informed by the Japanese martial art of Aikido, BIM approaches the body as both an objective process that is governed by rules of physics and biology and a subjective process of lived consciousness that is governed by rules of awareness, emotion and energy.
Stephen is one of only two individuals who have worked for both of the country’s two largest ADR membership organizations – the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has also worked for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist. He is also adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Arlington, Virginia.
In conjunction with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Stephen conducted trainings in alternative dispute resolution to government and private sector lawyers at the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Qatar Foundation and Qatar University in the State of Qatar and the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department in the United Arab Emirates. In 2010, Stephen taught mediation, negotiation and somatic skills at the 12th Annual Intercultural Negotiation and Mediation Institute in Berlin, Germany, which was jointly sponsored by Tulane University and Humboldt University law schools.
Currently, he is a conflict resolution consultant based in Washington D.C., providing mediation, negotiation, facilitation, training, conflict coaching and somatic education to private and government clients such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Social Security Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Navy, the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Defense Health Agency (TRICARE) D.C. Office of Human Rights, Northern Virginia Mediation Service, the Physician Leadership Institute, Adventure Associates, taig, Civil Court for New York City, New York County Lawyers’ Association, Safe Horizon Mediation Center and the United Parcel Service.