July 18, 2016

Georgia State University Expands Ombuds Office With Two New Hires

The GSU Office of the Ombudsperson has appointed Birthe Reimers and Chris Vermillion as Assistant Ombudspersons, joining Director and University Ombudsperson Kelley Alexander after a national search.  The new hires dramatically expand the ability of the office to provide Ombuds services to over 40,000 faculty, staff, and students.   (GSU Ombuds.)

Reimers has been the Director of Community Peacebuilding at TRENDS Global in AtlantaShe has worked as a community and family mediator, and provided training in school-site conflict resolution and victim offender restitution processes for the past 10 years with Mediators Beyond Borders and local non-profit organizations in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Reimers graduated with a BA and MA from UCLA and earned a PhD program at Kennesaw State University.  (Welcoming America.)

Vermillion has been working as Training Director for the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Washington.  He has mediated disputes in universities, courts, public schools, community mediation centers, and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also worked as a research assistant for the Ombudsman at the United Nations. Vermillion graduated from Brigham Young University, a JD from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University. (LinkedIn.)

Related posts: Conflict Resolution Symposium 2011 at Georgia State University;  Georgia State University Ombuds Office Announces (2102) Annual Symposium Details;  Georgia State University Ombuds Sponsors Storytelling Contest for Conflict Resolution Day 2014Georgia State University Ombuds 2015 Symposium to Focus on Forgiveness; Job Posting (Associate Director); Job Posting (Assistant Ombuds).

1 comment:

  1. Very glad to see Chris hired for this role.
    As a graduate of Columbia's Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program Chris was a great addition to the Ombuds Class.

    Best of luck Chris.

    John W. Zinsser
    Principal and Co-Founder, Pacifica Human Communications, LLC.
    Lecturer, Columbia University, School of Professional Studies, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program.