Our Center

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed in 1993. The center provides mediation, facilitation and conflict resolution services to the citizens of Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties.

The E.U.P. CDRC is one of 17 centers in Michigan funded in part by the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) of the Michigan Supreme Court. SCAO funds centers to ensure the availability of low-cost mediation throughout the entire geographical area of the State of Michigan. SCAO administers the Community Dispute Resolution Program (CDRP) created in 1988 by the Michigan Legislature.

Local volunteers who successfully complete a 40-hour training program approved by SCAO provide the mediation services for these centers. Most centers, including the E.U.P. CDRC, usually offer this training at least once annually.

Services include mediation, facilitation of meetings, and conflict resolution workshops. Click here to see fee schedule. Individual circumstances may warrant a reduction or waiver of fees. Please contact the Center for more information.

Our Mediators

All Mediators for the E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center are volunteers. They come from all walks of life and experiences, but share the same desire to serve their community and to help people resolve conflict in a peaceful and respectful manner.

Volunteer Mediators complete 40 hours of mediation training approved by the State Court Administrative Office and 10 hours of internship/observation of mediation.

As the E.U.P. CDRC usually schedules two Mediators for each mediation, new mediators co-mediate with experienced mediators. The new Mediator training is provided for a donation for participants in exchange to committing to 10 hours of observation and mediating an average of two cases per month for a minimum of three years.

Several volunteer Mediators have received additional mediation training and experience in specialized areas such as Domestic Relations, Parenting Time, Special Education, Child Protection, Adult Guardianship, Victim/Offender, and Independent Facilitation.

The E.U.P. CDRC held its first mediation in 1994. In 2005, there were 163 mediations, 71 conciliations, and 44 facilitations. Since then, over 200 cases per year have been resolved via the mediation process. In 2012, the CDRC had over 50 mediators. Currently, we have 20 mediators and are recruiting volunteers to become Mediators. Please click volunteer opportunities for more information on becoming a Mediator.

Board Members

  • Brent Kallstrom, President (2021)

  • Francene Barbro-Meiners, Vice-President (2021)

  • Dennis McShane, Treasurer (2021)

  • Geraldine Stelmaszek, Secretary (2023)

  • Ivan Darling, Trustee (2022)

  • Ruth Ann Darling, Trustee (2021)

  • Christin McKerchie, Trustee (2022)

  • Phil Becker, Trustee (2022)

  • Deborah (Debbie) Jones, Trustee (2022)

  • Craig Krouth, Trustee (2023)


  • Nikki Dowd-McKechnie, Executive Director

  • Annemarie Askwith, Administrative Assistant

  • Lissa Kipka, Case Manager