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Kris Donley, M.Ed.
Kris came to the DRC twenty three years ago as Executive Director. Within that role, she has mediated a variety of civil disputes, victim/offender issues and facilitated large group public policy endeavors, taught professionals and students interested in topics of conflict resolution, consulted in a variety of work and civic settings on related field topics and assisted groups with strategic planning endeavors. Kris also participated in the St. Edwards University’s launch of the Graduate Studies in Conflict Resolution by serving on the initial Advisory Board and teaching related undergraduate and graduate courses. Providing statewide leadership, she served as a past Chair of the Texas DRC Directors’ Council for four years and has now served as Treasurer of the Council for the past fourteen years. Additional professional service duty includes serving as a past public member representative of the State Bar Of Texas ADR Council (1996-1999) and (2007-2010), an appointed Regional Trainer for the National Association of Community Mediation, Washington DC 1996-1999, a founding board member for the Companion Flag, a peace promoting non-profit based in Seattle, WA and a 1996 Fellow at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas Austin Law School. She currently resides in Southwest Travis County and is an active supporter of the performance arts and live music scene of Austin.
Lisa joined the staff in 1989 and has served the DRC in a variety of roles: including Case Manager, Program Director, Office Administrator, a coach in the Basic (40 Hour) Mediation Training, and a mediator. She has served as Finance Director since 2000. Lisa received her BS in education from Texas State University.
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Director of Case Management & Volunteer Services
David was born in Taiwan and raised in Panama. He received his BA in business from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He has been with the DRC since August, 1995. In addition to his duties as Mediation Coordinator, he serves as a mediator and a coach for training. David is bilingual and enjoys music, Latin dancing, and traveling.
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Susan taught students in special education for 19 years, and then became a grants manager for Service Learning Texas for nine years, traveling across Texas to encourage students to serve their community and learn while doing it. In the process, she received two masters degrees, one in Education and one in Human Services, majoring in Conflict Resolution. She has volunteered as a mediator at the DRC for 12 years. She loves dogs, cats, humans and travel. She is a Case Manager at the DRC.
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Rita joined the DRC as Office Administrator in June, 2005. She is originally from Ohio, where she attended Kent State University and Cleveland State University as a psychology major. She moved to Austin in 1979 and has raised two daughters here. Rita’s interests include comedy (especially improv), reading, alternative health, and metaphysics.
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Annita is a semi-retired administrative assistant with 35 years experience. She worked five of those years with the Austin DRC and the balance as an executive assistant in the convenience store industry and various entrepreneurial ventures of Susser Holdings in Corpus Christi, Texas. Annita has two grown children and one grandson (whom she adores). Her interests include computers, music, movies, reading and traveling plus shopping adventures with her sister.
Case Manager Assistant
Mindy began her service at DRC in 1992 as Receptionist and had transitioned to Office Administrator by the time of her departure in 1998. After raising a family and managing a land surveying office, she is happy to be back at DRC as Case Management Assistant. Mindy will be assisting Case Managers in handling inquiry and intake, mediation space setup and a variety of evaluative and statistical reporting for quality assurance to our public.
Bill Forbes is a TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediator, having conducted mediations at the Austin DRC, the Central Texas DRC, Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, Williamson County, Juvenile Detention Center and the Central Texas Better Business Bureau. He helped to organize the DRC’s Juvenile Court Mediators’ Roundtable. He is the Membership Coordinator and a member of the Board of the Austin Association of Mediators and has served as a group facilitator for the City of Austin. Bill grew up in Houston and is an alumnus of Austin College, the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Austin. Bill and his wife, Joan, have lived in Austin since 1994. In 2013, he retired from a career in Software Engineering, in the course of which he travelled the globe. Prior to 1984, Bill worked as a research psychologist.