October 04, 2011

National Institutes of Health Profiles Three New Ombuds

A recent article in the NIH employee newsletter introduces three new members of the Office of the Ombudsman/Center for Cooperative Resolution, David Michael, Linda Myers and Lisa Witzler. They report to Director Howard Gadlin and join Associate Ombuds Linda M. Brothers, Kathleen Moore and Samantha Levine-Finley.

David Michael, deputy ombudsman, brings many years of experience in conflict practice (mediation, group facilitation, coaching and consensus-building), as well as training, program design, strategic planning and performance management. Most recently, while at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, he provided facilitation, mediation, coaching and training for federal agencies. Earlier he led court-based and non-profit alternative dispute resolution (ADR) organizations.
Linda Myers, associate ombudsman, has an extensive mediation background, including work in equal employment opportunity cases, prohibited personnel practices complaints (including whistleblower reprisal), labor-management disputes and organizational conflict resolution. Prior to joining the office, she served as deputy director of the U.S. Army ADR Program in the Office of the Army General Counsel.
Lisa Witzler, associate ombudsman, received a master’s degree in dispute resolution from the University of Massachusetts and is working toward her Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution at Nova Southeastern University.  Before joining the office, she worked at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is a trained mediator and facilitator interested in group dynamics, communication, dispute resolution design and conflict coaching.

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