Jody Miller is the executive director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County, having worked closely with courts and the community to develop and provide mediation and conflict resolution training programs over her more than 20 years in the alternative dispute resolution field. During her tenure and in partnership with the domestic violence community, Jody and her team created the award winning Domestic Violence and Mediation Safety Project. She serves on the Dutchess County Aging Services Advisory Board, NYS Sen. Sue Serino’s Aging Advisory Council and is a member of the Hon. Deborah A. Kaplan’s Elder Justice Working Group.
Jody is an adjunct professor of mediation at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation. She is a certified trainer through the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs (ADR) and in July, 2013, earned Part 146 (court rule) approval for Initial mediation training. She is the author of the chapter, “Choosing to Change: Transitioning to the Transformative Model in a Community Mediation Center,” in the publication, Transformative Mediation: A Sourcebook: Resources for Conflict Intervention Practitioners and Programs, Association for Conflict Resolution/Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, 2010. In 2013, with the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, she created a video of a transformative commercial mediation that includes parties who are represented by their attorneys. She has been a presenter at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Italy and China. She wrote the article, “Mediating Commercial Cases: A Case for Transformative Mediation,” ACResolution, Winter, 2015. She is currently co-writing a mediation manual for the New York State Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs and creating a Surrogate’s Court Mediation Program in collaboration with Dutchess County Surrogate’s Court.