Association for Conflict Resolution Hawaii Chapter – 2014 Officers and Directors



lynn murisonLynn P. Murison is Professional Standards Administrator for the Honolulu Board of REALTORS®. She is responsible for the administration of Ethics Complaints, Arbitration, Mediation and Ombudsman Programs. Over the years she has facilitated hundreds of mediations and ombudsman calls (mediation by phone) for the Board. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from San Francisco State University.


anne smokeAnne Smoke is the Program Manager, Education Specialist for the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at University of Hawai`i at Manoa. She coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution and conflict resolution services within the university and in the community. She is an active mediator, facilitator, and trainer in conflict resolution. She serves on numerous boards and supports the arts community with her public relations skills, time, and energy.

Vice President

craig robinsonCraig Robinson is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has been in full-time private practice in Honolulu since 1975. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaii, 1974. His practice involves teaching clients a variety of strategies to increase their problem solving skills. Emphasis is on short-term approaches to help individuals, couples, and families learn to have more enjoyable, satisfying, and productive lives. He is also very involved in conflict resolution techniques, especially mediation of divorce and family issues.


lisa nakaoLisa Nakao is Director of Operations at Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau. She oversees all operational aspects of the organization, including conciliation for consumer complaints and administering arbitration sessions for automobile warranty and other marketplace related issues. Having completed her education in Japan through high school before obtaining Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and International Business from University of Hawaii, she brings language capability and sound understanding of Japanese culture.


bruce mcewanBruce McEwan is the recently retired Vice President –Administration and Risk Manager for Hawaiian Tug & Barge and Young Brothers, Ltd., where he worked since 1983. His responsibilities included corporate communications and organizational development and he created an ombuds function in 2003. Bruce holds degrees from Beloit College (B.A.-International Relations), Western New England College (M.B.A.), and Walden University (Ph.D. in Applied Management & Decision Sciences). Bruce has been an active mediator since 1981 and is also an arbitrator and facilitator. He volunteers regularly at The Mediation Center of the Pacific, where he is also a board member. He also chairs the Mediation Centers of Hawaii. Bruce is a past Secretary and President of ACR Hawaii.


ned buschNed Busch has been here in Hawaii for 7 years, after 25 years in telecommunications management. He is actively involved with the Mediation Center of the Pacific, and was awarded Mediator of the Year for 2006. In addition, he is a Senior Mediator for the firm Mediation Hawaii, and Director of Business Development for Hawaii International Dispute Resolution Group. His goal as a member of the Board of ACR – Hawaii is to assist in expanding the public awareness of alternative conflict resolution, and increasing the professional services available to the mediation practitioners in Hawaii.

lou changLou Chang has been a mediator since 1984 (commercial, construction and civil disputes in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific) and an Arbitrator since 1978 (business, construction & labor matters). On the panels of the Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc., American Arbitration Association (Mediation, Construction, Commercial, Large Complex Case Panel, Labor), Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, The Accord Group, Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Bankruptcy Court Mediation Panel (Hawaii) and other local, national and international organizations.

karen crossKaren Cross is Assistant Director for Family Hui and Director for Lead4Tomorrow, mobilizing violence prevention leadership through cross-sector training, programs, and initiatives to reduce violence, creating safer, healthier families and communities in Hawaii and internationally. She was Program Manager for the University of Hawai‘i Program on Conflict Resolution and Spark M. Matsunaga Institute for Peace from 1987 to 2010. She then served as co-director of the Center for Global Nonkilling. She provides process design, facilitation, public policy deliberative dialogues, and conflict resolution training to organizations.

chuck hurd“Chuck” Hurd was a trial lawyer for complex cases, closing his litigation practice in January 2006, in order to concentrate on mediation, arbitration and consulting. His mediation practice, dba “Legacy Mediations”, emphasizes resolving family disputes about inheritance, guardianship, divorce and health care of elderly persons and related estate planning, commercial, contract and insurance conflicts. In 2008, Chuck was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald Moon to the Appellate Mediation Program. He recently presented before the Elder Mediation International Network’s annual symposium in Chicago, on “Elder Abuse Warning Flags for the Mediator”, based in part on his experience for the last seven years as a contract hearing officer with DHS, for elder abuse cases.

lisa jacobsLisa Jacobs is a Collaborative Attorney and Mediator and owner of the firm, Better Way Divorce, also known as Pono Divorce, where she devotes 100% percent of her practice in helping families resolve their issues consensually rather than adversarially. Lisa has a B.A. in Communication, Print Emphasis, from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She is a Mediator with the Mediation Center of the Pacific in domestic cases and actively supports the Virtual Mediation Lab by participating in online mediation simulations and testing online and mobile videoconferencing software. She serves on numerous boards and is passionate about the peaceful resolution of conflicts, compassionate, non-violent communication, and holistic health and wellness.

giuseppe leoneGiuseppe Leone is a mediator with 17-year experience teaching and practicing mediation – face-to-face and online – for resolving business, family and workplace disputes. He mediates workplace harassment and discrimination cases for the United States Postal Service. He also mediates small claims, regular claims, and TRO cases for the Mediation Center of the Pacific. In November 2011, he launched Virtual Mediation Lab, an online mediation project sponsored by ACR Hawaii to show how mediators around their world can practice and improve their mediation skills, and learn how to integrate face-to-face, online and mobile mediation.

frances mossmanFrances I. Mossman is the President of Hawaii International Dispute Resolution Group LLC, which helps organizations from different countries work together using multicultural dispute prevention and resolution strategies and designs collaborative systems. Ms. Mossman is a facilitator, mediator and urban and land use planner. Ms. Mossman is a director of ACR national and a co-chair of ACR’s Commercial Section.

kerrie urosevichKerrie Urosevich, Ph.D. is currently the Action Strategy Coordinator for the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) in Governor Abercrombie’s Office. She facilitates public/private partnerships to help EOEL achieve its mission of creating a comprehensive early childhood system for the state of Hawai‘i. Previously, Kerrie served as Family Hui’s Executive Director, Co-founder of Lead4Tomorrow, Community Mediator and Facilitator with Can U Summit Consulting and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Kerrie’s leadership experiences include developing Ceeds of Peace workshops with Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng and serving as a Board member for Our Public School, MPANZI in Kenya, Montessori Community School and the Association for Conflict Resolution Hawai‘i.

diana warringtonDiana L. Warrington is a retired Family Court Judge and mediator. Her tenure on the bench made her an avid supporter of the benefits of mindful and amicable approaches to peaceful resolution of conflicts. She received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Oregon, JD from Boston College Law School, and Advanced Family Mediation Skills Training from the Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Prior to her appointment to the bench she served as Supervising Staff Attorney for the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau, and as law clerk for Associate Justice Frank D. Padgett in the Hawaii Supreme Court. She is a member of the Hawaii State Bar Association ADR & Family Law Sections, member of ACR National, Past President of ACR Hawaii Chapter, Advisory Board Member of Family Hui, and also serves as a mediator for the Judiciary’s Appellate Court Mediation Program.