Adriana Sirb, WAMS Accounts Manager, spent a six week sabbatical in Honolulu, Hawaii donating her time to the Meals-On-Wheels organization. Adriana, along with her husband and four children, participated by delivering meals three days a week to approximately 25 senior citizens. Since they were often on the same route, they were able to get to know the people they were helping which made the experience even more enjoyable. The time spent in Hawaii was amazing, but even more so was the invaluable lesson of compassion and humanity they all shared. This was an opportunity that Adriana will always be thankful to have been a part of. For more information about the Meals-On-Wheels organization, you can visit them on the web at http://www.mowaa.org.
In other news, Tamara Roberts, WAMS Mediation Director, welcomed a healthy baby girl, Keira Dawn, on February 14, 2011 (5 lbs. 7 oz.). Congratulations!
WAMS House Counsel, Diane McGaha, recently attended an ADR conference in Perth, Australia, where she participated in a round-table discussion of marketing for new mediators. ADR in Australia is still a relatively new concept in some ways, but in the area of mediator certification, Australia is at the forefront of the industry. Legislation is pending that would establish national certification standards for mediators to ensure a minimum level of competency for anyone practicing as a mediator. Two of the most interesting growth areas for mediation in Australia involve disputes about aboriginal rights and business transition planning for family-owned wineries.
In other news, we are pleased to announce the addition of Melody Malloy to our Seattle staff. Melody joined us in March 2008 as a hearings assistant. She gave birth to a baby girl, Saige Christine (8 lbs. 9 oz.), on May 11, 2008.
Tamara Roberts, case administrator, gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Aaron Lee (6 lbs. 15 oz.) on November 21, 2007. Congratulations!