Thomas F. Gibbons

Thomas F. Gibbons

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Thomas F. Gibbons is the Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, and a Senior Lecturer with Northwestern’s School of Law. Tom, a labor and employment attorney who practiced law in Chicago, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of dispute resolution. He is a mediator with extensive experience doing employment and business mediations, as well as serving as a neutral for clergy-abuse personal injury litigation over the past dozen years. Tom is also a seasoned labor and employment arbitrator, and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He serves on panels for the American Arbitration Association, the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the Illinois Labor Department, and many permanent employment panels. Tom has taught ADR to undergraduate, graduate and law students, and has won three Northwestern University teaching awards. He is the past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution, Chicago Chapter, and the past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is also the past president of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association, and is the 2014–15 Innovation Fellow for the Washington, D.C.-based professional association. Tom earned his undergraduate degree at Fordham University, a master’s from Drew University, and holds law degrees from Yale Law School and DePaul’s College of Law.


Susana Guzmán-Domínguez

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Currently teaching:
Mediation Skills Training

Susana Guzmán-Domínguez joined the Family Mediation Services (FMS) department in 2014 after serving as a mediator for Child Protection Mediation at Juvenile Court for 9 years. Susana serves mostly Spanish-speaking families and teaches the Spanish Focus on Children Class. She joined the organization's management team in September 2021 and now serves as a supervisor for Family Mediation Services.

Prior to becoming a mediator, Susana worked for the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils (IFVCC), a grant under the Administrative Offices of the Illinois Courts (AOIC). She did extensive research and created workshops for the court personnel and its citizens of the south suburbs on best practices when facing family violence.

Susana has also performed extensive volunteer work with the South Suburban Family Shelter in Homewood, Illinois for ten years. Susana received her B.A. from DePaul University and a Masters of Jurisprudence from Loyola University School of Law.
She successfully completed a Domestic Violence 40 hour certification course from the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. Additionally, Susana is a visiting adjunct professor at Dominican University in the Masters in Conflict Resolution Program. She teaches Family Dispute Resolution and the 40hr Divorce Mediation courses.

She joins the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies as a trainer for the 40hr Mediation Skills Course.


Gururaj Kumar

Gururaj Kumar

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Gururaj Kumar has provided workplace conflict coaching, listening and problem solving, mediation, conciliation, group facilitation, and group participation processes to multiple public and private organizations for the past 20+ years. He specializes in coaching leaders and teams, delivering leadership and management development programs, managing workplace conflict, conducting organizational assessments, diversity and inclusion (D&I), and facilitating large and small group retreats and consensus building processes. Currently, he is an Organizational Resilience Advisor with the KonTerra Group; providing conflict management, organizational effectiveness, and leadership development at the USAID Staff Care Program. From 2018 – 2021, Gururaj was a Communication & Solutions Specialist (CSS) with TSA’s Communication & Solutions Program (CSP) where he conducted over 60 multi-party facilitations, 400+ hours of listening and conflict coaching/coaching sessions, and 20+ Leadership Retreats and facilitated team sessions. He has also provided conflict management services as a Disaster ADR Advisor with FEMA at Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Harvey. In 2013, Gururaj was one of 20 people from around the world awarded a three-month mid-career professional development fellowship conducted by Rotary International in International Peace and Development in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a BA in History and Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and a graduate certificate in Organizational Change Management from American University in Washington DC.


Connie Meyer

Connie Meyer

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Connie Meyer is a facilitator, mediator, and coach with over 15 years of experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution. After earning an M.A. in intercultural conflict management from Lesley University, Connie went on to work for two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project – first on the non-profit, international-conflict side, and then for many years as an instructor and coach for corporate managers and executives. Her corporate work has spanned multiple industries and focused on skills for effective negotiation, communication, and influence. Currently, Connie works to advance cooperation across lines of religious difference as a curriculum development consultant at Interfaith Youth Core. She is twice-certified as a mediator and underwent advanced negotiation and mediation training at Harvard Law School. She logged hundreds of hours as a mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR) in Chicago and has frequently served as a coach for mediators-in-training. Connie earned her B.A. in international studies and history from Northwestern.


Mac Steele

Mac Steele

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Currently teaching:
Mediation Skills Training

Mac Steele is a People & Culture Partner with Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois, and an alternative dispute resolution trainer, facilitator, and practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in the field. He assists people involved in small claims, family, school, and business disputes. His background encompasses a variety of conflict resolution methods, including mediation (facilitative, transformative, and evaluative), large-group facilitation, coaching, and restorative justice. Steele has worked for and trained through New York City’s Safe Horizon Mediation Program (now the New York Peace Institute) and Chicago’s Center for Conflict Resolution. He earned a BA in arts administration at Western Michigan University and a master of public administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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