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“I have had the pleasure of knowing Pattie since 2003, firstly, as a student and then, as a colleague and friend. Pattie’s generosity of spirit is present in everything she does – as a compassionate and engaging coach, as a talented and creative trainer, and as a thoughtful and caring friend.”

           Cinnie Noble, President CINERGY® Coaching

Thank you for visiting our global radio blog site, The Texas Conflict Coach®. Our program provides community education and tools to build self-awareness, skills and resources to manage conflict effectively in our everyday lives.  Join me, my guest hosts and guest experts live every Tuesday for a 30 minute program.

Our program aims to “Coach you through conflict constructively” to
•   Become more self-aware
•   Build your conflict competency skills
•   Learn to negotiate effectively
•   Manage and cool your hot buttons
•   Learn resources and tools for effective conflict management

You will hear about all kinds of situations and strategies to deal with those stressful conflict tensions that show up in our everyday lives whether it be at work, in our relationships with family or neighbors, in our communities and church, in your business partnerships, or just simply the conflict we deal within ourselves.


Your Host:


Pattie8Pattie Porter,  LCSW, AAP is the President of Conflict Connections®, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. Pattie has worked extensively in the dispute resolution field for nearly 20 years providing mediation, team facilitation, negotiation training, and conflict management and abrasive leader coaching services to executives, businesses, government agencies and higher education institutions.

Pattie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and holds the Advanced Practitioner-Workplace Mediator (AAP) designation from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Credentialed Distinguished Mediator from the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, and the CINERGY® certified advanced conflict coach and coach-mentor as recognized by the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is an accredited abrasive leader coach from The Boss Whispering Institute® and is an adjunct faculty member in the graduate dispute resolution program at Southern Methodist University in Plano, Texas.

Pattie trains extensively throughout the U.S. on topics related to dispute resolution, with emphasis on cooperative problem-solving and conflict management coaching. She serves as a senior trainer as well as leads and mentors Navy mediators and training teams in organizational conflict resolution programs.

Serving in numerous leadership positions, Pattie is the Immediate Past President for the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM). She also serves on the Advisory Board of Arbitration Resolution Services (ARS) in Florida which provides the every day person easy access to mediation through an online dispute resolution platform. She is also an Ambassador for Brav, an educational organization, leadership training and anti-bullying initiative operating world wide through the use of their online conflict resolution platforms, instant messaging and virtual games.

To learn more about Pattie’s Story tune into this inaugural radio program in April 2009. Pattie Porter connects with the audience by sharing her story of growing up in a high conflict family, and how this led eventually to her work as a conflict management expert.

Listen to the Inaugural Program – My Story & Why I Got Started

Advisory Board Members are:

Cinnie Noble, CINERGY

Zena Zumeta, Stephen Kotev,

Tracy Culbreath King, Shawn Tebbetts,

Abigail R.C. McManus

My Special Guest Hosts are:


zena ZumetaZena Zumeta, internationally known as both a mediator and trainer of mediators.  She is president of the  Mediation Training & Consultation Institute, Zena Zumeta Mediation Services, and The Collaborative Workplace in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Zena is a lawyer and a former president of the Academy of Family Mediators.  She is the recipient of the Michigan Lifetime Achievement in Mediation Award; the National Education Association/Saturn Corporation Award for Union-Management Collaboration; the John Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award; and the Kumba Award from the National Conference on Minorities in ADR.






Stephen Kotev

Stephen Kotev is a Washington D.C. based conflict resolution consultant offering mediation, negotiation and facilitation services, conflict coaching, training and somatic education to private and government clients. Helping people resolve problems and improve their performance is his passion and profession.

Stephen has dedicated his professional career to the practice and study of conflict resolution. His first exposure to conflict resolution began as a high school peer mediator over twenty years ago and his interest in the theory and practice of conflict resolution continues to this day. He holds a Master of Science degree from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is certified in conflict coaching by Conflict Coaching Matters LLC.

Stephen is a black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and has become a nationally recognized expert on how to maintain your performance under pressure. Since 2006, he has taught graduate and undergraduate students these somatic skills as an Adjunct Professor for George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Stephen is one of only two individuals to have been employed by both of the nation’s two largest Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) membership organizations – the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has also worked for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management and the District of Columbia Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency as an ADR Specialist.

Stephen has conducted trainings to international and national audiences in, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Germany, Northern Ireland and across the United States.



Tracy CulbreathTracy Culbreath King has a passion for conflict resolution that began after pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Central Florida in Interpersonal Organizational Communication. After observing the consequences of poor communication on a personal and professional level, she realized she needed additional skills to address the conflicts that often resulted from communication breakdowns. In 2014 Tracy graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Master’s of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Management.

Tracy is an Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator at the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). Tracy also serves as a conflict coach, mediator, and promotes conflict resolution processes through trainings, outreach initiatives, and continuing education for conflict resolution practitioners.



clark.photo.Abigail R.C. McManus is a graduate of the University of Baltimore obtaining her master’s degree in negotiation and conflict management. Abigail earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Stevenson University. Abigail is passionate about analyzing, managing, resolving, and transforming conflict in everyday life. She uses her education and understanding to resolve productively and efficiently conflicts both at work and at home. Abigail recently took a position as a compliance associate at a mortgage company. Abigail got married in September of 2015. Abigail works with The Texas Conflict Coach® as an Apprentice doing guest research and blog writing. Currently, she resides in Baltimore City with her husband and new bull terrier puppy, Alvin and spends her free time researching passion projects and writing.


DSC_0842 (2)Shawn Tebbetts graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery in Business Administrations.  She was a franchise owner for 11 years with Patty-Cakes®, Inc.   She also has held several positions as office manager and administrative assistant.  Her main focus throughout her career has always been to be full time wife and mother and now grandmother.  With this focus remaining, she started her career as a Virtual Executive Assistant in 2012.  The flexibility and versatility of this position, is not only enjoyable but also very educational.  A favorite quote: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” by C.S. Lewis.

Shawn has been Executive Assistant for Pattie Porter, since 2012.  When Shawn is not helping others with their business needs, she enjoys walking and spending time with her family.  She married her best friend, Ken, in 1982.  They have two children, and four grandchildren.  She lives in San Antonio, Texas.


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