Supported by: Greater Douglas United Way, City of Bandon, City of Coquille, Coquille Tribal Community Fund, and individuals.

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Common Ground Mediation is a section 501(c)(3) Charity in the State of Oregon
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Staff

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Board of Directors

Executive Director
Douglas Program Manager
Larry Safley
541-530-2578
larry@commongroundmediation.org
Coos County
Community Coordinator
Karlee Cottrell
541-751-9666
programcoordinator@commongroundmediation.org
Janeal Kohler
Board President

Janeal was raised in Alaska and moved to Oregon at the age of 18. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors in Science. Janeal settled in Douglas County in 2001 where she began her employment with HADCO. She was the Public Housing Director for several years while assisting with many various administrative responsibilities. In 2009 she requested a new challenge and moved back into the accounting department to hone her accounting skills. In 2011 she was privileged to become the Finance Director and in July 2013 was again privileged to become the Executive Director. Janeal is married with an 11-year old son and enjoys outdoor activities with her family.

Kate Frame
Vice-President

Kate Frame has had a 10+ year career in nonprofit management and systems change leadership roles, addressing some of the most complex population health problems of our time. Most recently, Kate has worked with Advanced Health Coordinated Care Organization to curb the local opioid and other drug crisis by building the capacity of county leadership teams in Coos and Curry Counties to respond to harms in sustainable, aligned, and culturally sensitive ways. She has shared the results of her work at various statewide and international conferences. Kate is passionate about data-driven decision making, sustainability, and implementing best practices in challenging rural settings. She serves on the City of Coos Bay Homeless work group and the OHSU South Coast Community Research Coalition and volunteers her time with nonprofits and other community initiatives advising change management processes. Kate has spent two years as a Master Trainer with South Coast Together, a volunteer collective that provides community education on the effects of toxic stress during childhood and the science of resilience. Kate holds a B.S. in Integrative Studies from Eastern Oregon University, minoring in anthropology and communications. She lives in Coos Bay with her two school-aged children and they spend their days reading, enjoying the lovely backdrop of the Oregon coast, improving their baking and art skills, and taking in as much live music as possible.

Dr. John Bacon
Treasurer

Dr. Bacon earned his Doctor of Business Administration from George Fox University and spent over a decade as a professor teaching marketing, management, and business skills to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, he has over two decades of experience in Fortune 500 organizations, large regional, private companies, and small start-up organizations. John also has been involved in nonprofit leadership as a board member, board president, and as an executive director for several organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Southwestern Oregon Community College Small Business Development Center and is dedicated to helping educate and develop the entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and supervisors of Oregon’s South Coast.

Dan McKinney

Dan has been a litigation attorney for 36 years, and is AV Rated. Dan was a managing partner of a large litigation firm in California for 20 years before moving to Oregon where he is now an owner of Douglas County Law. He has been president of the Riverside County California Bar Association as well as the Douglas County Oregon Bar Association. He has been actively involved in many legal organizations such as Mock Trial, Inns of Court, ABOTA, OTLA, American Bar Association and has been a lecturer for Universities and the State Bar. Dan has studied mediation, was on the formation committee and was President of the Dispute Resolution Service, a mediation and arbitration service in Riverside, California to provide low-cost mediation and arbitration services to that community. In his work with mediation, he oversaw training of the mediators and created a joint program to assist the courts in providing trained mediators to alleviate court backlog. Dan was also trained and participated in the Court of Appeals mediation program and acted as mediator in that program for a decade. After moving to Oakland, Oregon with his wife and 7 children, Dan became involved in encouraging mediation and settlement of disputes and helped create the mediation panel for the Douglas County Circuit Court to encourage mediation as an alternative to arbitration. Dan has been a Judge Pro Tempore with the Circuit Court since 2011 and is involved in his church and Boy Scouts.

Harold Andreas

Harold Andreas was born in Oklahoma and moved to Oregon in 2015 after retiring from Halliburton Energy Services with 36 years of service. Harold graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree of BSEET. Harold met Tom Singer, who was the current Director of Coos Douglas Neighbor to Neighbor in January 2016. He started mediating in Douglas County circuit court after Basic Mediation Training. Harold also serves as a volunteer Bailiff in the circuit court. He has been married for 34 years with 2 sons and a granddaughter.