WVDRC is a place for people in our community to come together and participate in a voluntary, confidential, transformative model of mediation through which clients are empowered to define their issues, negotiate to satisfy their own needs, and create their own mutually satisfactory agreement, rather than going to court or arbitration where a third party makes decisions for them. The mediator's role is to guide and guard the confidential 6-step process to ensure the clients every opportunity to be heard, to hear each other, and explore together possible proposed solutions to their dispute in a safe and private setting. Pro bono (Volunteer) mediators provide mediation services and client fees are charged on a sliding fee scale based on each client's income.
For more information about our office team, please see Our Staff.
For more information about our goals and philosophy, please see Our Mission and Vision.
For more information about our evolution, please see Our History.
History of Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center (WVDRC)
Dispute Resolution Centers have been operating in Washington State since 1984 There are currently 20 centers in operation throughout the state. The Wenatchee Valley was the last major population area of the state without a dispute resolution center in 2004. Beginning in June 2004, through the volunteer efforts of Lynn Yialelis and the interest and mentoring of members of the Equal Justice Advisory Council, the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center began to take shape. The DRC board was formed, met, elected officers, and named the center during their first official meeting on January 17, 2005. Recruitment and training of individuals interested in becoming certified mediators for the center began in October 2005. The DRC was formed under, and in accordance with, Washington State Statute RCW 7.75, and on February 20, 2006 Chelan County Commissioners passed Resolution No. 2006-26 authorizing the creation and operation of the Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center.
A small administrative office in the Chelan County City of Wenatchee Housing authority was obtained along with conference and board room space at various locations around the valley to conduct mediations.
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a member of Resolution Washington, the association of dispute resolution centers of WA State, and Washington Mediation Association (WMA), the association of attorney and non-attorney mediators in WA State. WVDRC is a WMA Practicum Approved site for training and certifying mediators in WA State.
The Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center provides mediation services, trainings, and programs to assist people in the peaceful resolution of disputes while complimenting the judicial system.
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center offers a team of certified mediators with training and experience in a wide variety of cases. Our mediators come from various professional backgrounds and walks of life and offer their time and services to WVDRC pro-bono (without charge) so that we can offer affordable quality services to anyone who needs it.
Lynn Yialelis, M.Ed, B.A., is the founder and Executive Director of WVDRC. She is a Washington Mediation Association (WMA) Certified Mediator, WMA Practicum Approved Supervisor, and certified by WMA in Mediation as a Specialist in the areas of Domestic (Family Law), Employment, Education, Organizational, and Labor Relations. (complete bio)
Ruth Hartmann, B.S., is the Intake Specialist and Case Manager for WVDRC. In that capacity, she responds to mediation and conciliation inquiries, helps parties determine if mediation is an appropriate option for their specific situation, coordinates the scheduling of mediation sessions, and guides each case through to completion. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Management, with a minor in Spanish and is fluent in both Spanish and English. ¡Se habla Español! Ruth is enthusiastic about mediation having witnessed firsthand the power of collaboration in resolving disputes quickly and affordably while minimizing emotional pain and trauma. She is actively pursuing an internship to become a certified mediator and looks forward to serving you either in Spanish or English should the need arise. (complete bio)
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center is a non-profit 501(C)(3). We currently have a 9 member Policy Board of Directors. This board meets once a month in the capacity of governance. They establish policy as well as develop vision and set direction for WVDRC. They involve themselves in actively promoting our agency within the community, help organize and participate in any fund raising events, and assist in trainings.
WVDRC Policy Board of Directors:
Jim Huffman - Board Chair
Jody Campbell - Director
Windermere Real Estate
Judith Lurie - Director
Northwest Justice Project
Erin McCool - Director
Ogden Murphy Wallace
Melissa Wear-Grimm - Director
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center also has a 12 member Advisory Council made up of community leaders. The purpose of the Advisory Council is to assist the WVDRC in communicating its mediation services to the greater Wenatchee area and help improve the effectiveness of the services it provides. The board meets to learn about current WVDRC activities and recommend how the services can be improved and extended to better serve the greater Wenatchee area.
WVDRC Advisory Council Members
Aging and Adult Care
The Honorable Nancy Harmon
Chelan County District Court Judge
Vice President Patient Care Services
Central WA Hospital
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
Realtor, Windermere Real Estate
Past President NCW Assn. Of Realtors
Chief of Police
City of Wenatchee
Family Law Facilitator
Port of Douglas County
The Honorable Ken Stanton
Douglas County Commissioner
Rev. Andrew Thompson
Columbia Grove Covenant Church
Wenatchee Valley Literacy Council