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Board of Trustees


Utah Dispute Resolution is governed by a Board of Trustees that sets policies for the organization in keeping with the mission statement and establishes a vision for the organization's growth and direction. The board also functions to establish legal and fiscal controls, raise funds, guarantee sound management, and advocate for the organization.

Utah Dispute Resolution's Board of Trustees in comprised of the following individuals:

William W. Downes, Jr., President
Mediator and Attorney in private practice
Former Executive Director, Utah Dispute Resolution

Michele Mattsson, Vice-President
Chief Appellate Mediator with the Utah Court of Appeals
President, University of Utah Alumni Association

Palmer DePaulis, Secretary-Treasurer
Recently retired Executive Director of the Utah Department of Human Services; former Chair of the Utah State ADR Council.

Julie Schleck, Trustee
Professional background as an experienced banking executive; currently provides banking consulting services.

Adam Mow, Trustee
Attorney and mediator at the law firm of Jones Waldo

David Leta, Trustee
Partner at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer specializing in bankruptcy, business reorganizations, and creditor rights. 

Stephen Kelson, Trustee
Attorney with the law firm of Christensen & Jensen, specializing in commercial litigation. Steve has served as a long-term volunteer mediator with UDR.

Karen Okabe, Trustee
Private consultants; formerly held executive positions in human resource management in the public and private sectors.

Kate Kopischke, Trustee
Independent mediator and dialogue facilitator specializing in private and public sector collaborative engagement for environmental and social conflict resolution.

Hardin A Whitney, Trustee Emeritus
Former attorney and managing Partner, Moyle and Draper;
Former Chairman, Utah Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Diane Hamilton, Trustee Emeritus
Mediator and Facilitator
Former Director, Court Annexed Alternative Dispute Resolution, State of Utah


Northern Utah Advisory Committee

Utah Dispute Resolution (UDR) is assisted by an advisory committee of individuals who reside in northern Utah. This committee helps identify areas of need and sources of funding to support programs for low-income residents in northern Utah communities. Committee members serve as ambassadors for UDR's programs in the community. UDR's Advisory Committee is comprise of the following individuals:

Pamela Parkinson, Member

Involved in community projects, including the Christmas Box House in Ogden

Marty Mayo, Member

Retired social worker in private practice; community volunteer

Judy Kasten Bell, Member

Executive Director, Boys and Girls Clubs of Ogden
Gary Anderson, Member

Managing Attorney, Utah Legal Services Ogden Office

Main Office:
Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Northern Utah Office:
YCC Center
2261 Adams Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401

Phone: 801 532-4841
Fax: 801-531-0660
Toll Free Phone: (877) 697-7175
Email: info@utahdisputeresolution.org