Ann McBroom is the director of the King County Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ann has been a conflict resolution professional in Washington State since 1989. After serving as program manager for the King County Dispute Resolution Center for seven years, she was hired by the City of Bellevue to establish a full service mediation program serving citizens of Bellevue. As program manager for these two programs, Ann has mediated and facilitated hundreds of complex, multi-party conflicts, specializing in public interest and employment disputes.
Ann has also trained and mentored hundreds of mediators, including many of the area's current leaders in the mediation field. After spending several years with Sound Options Group as a trainer, mediator, facilitator, and consultant in both the public and private sector, Ann joined King County as an assistant manager and mediator in ADR in 2003.
Polly Davis is a mediator, negotiator, and trainer. During her more than 20 years as a mediator, she has worked with the Northwest Institute for Restorative Justice; the King, Snohomish and Pierce County Dispute Resolution Centers; Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute (CRI); and the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Office.
Polly is a specialist in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict with more than 15 years of experience working with community, non-governmental organizations, environmental, and governmental sectors addressing areas including matters of human rights. She is also a developer and trainer of culturally pertinent and topically applicable training curricula and coach.
Doug Nathan provides advanced conflict engagement and leadership development services through the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution. For more than 20 years, he has worked with both public and private sector organizations helping leaders, managers, and groups improve their results during times of conflict and change.
Doug has a master's degree in Organization Systems Renewal and uses systems perspectives to enhance team dynamics and support healthy work environments. He has also worked as a journalist, creative writing teacher, management development consultant, and mediator. Doug's conflict resolution background includes mediating employment and labor disputes, facilitating large-scale multi-party disputes, and designing collaborative processes to renew productive workplaces.
Kathleen Nichols coordinates mediations for King County and other public sector employees in the Puget Sound area, oversees more than 100 mediators in the ADR program's cadre, manages the training of mediators in the practicum, and maintains the files and statistics for the office.
Kathleen has more than 20 years experience mediating in both the private and public sector. In addition to her private practice, which focuses primarily on family mediation, she has mediated employment disputes for various organizations including the Inter-Local Conflict Resolution Group (ILCRG), the Federal Executive Board ADR Consortium, the U.S. Postal Service and the City of Seattle. Kathleen has served as mediator in a wide variety of cases, including workplace EEO, union grievances, disputes between employees and between employee and supervisor, as well as a variety of neighborhood and business disputes.
She is certified by the Washington Mediation Association (WMA), and served on the WMA board, including a term as president. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a MBA in management from the University of Colorado.