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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 is a dynamic conflict resolution professional. She served as a Child Advocate Manager with Florida’s Statewide Guardian ad Litem program. Using her conflict resolution skills of coaching, mediation, and facilitation she advocates for the best interest of children in the foster care system. In this role, Tracy resolved conflicts that arise over case issues and advocacy decisions between community partners, staff, and volunteers.  Prior to joining the Guardian ad Litem program, Tracy served as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Resources Coordinator for the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). As the ADR Resources Coordinator, Tracy’s responsibilities include advancing ADR through public awareness campaigns, professional mediator development, outreach events, and collaborative initiatives. Prior to joining MACRO, Tracy was the ADR Program Specialist for the District Court of Maryland’s ADR Office. As an ADR Program Specialist, Tracy served as the point of contact for Maryland citizens seeking ADR services within and outside of the courts, while managing an ADR volunteer database throughout the state.  As a CINERGY® Certified Conflict Management Coach, Tracy works with people one-on-one to discuss their goals that relate to resolving, preventing, or managing conflicts more effectively. Tracy also serves as a guest host for the Texas Conflict Coach, a Blog Talk Radio program providing listeners with tools to manage conflicts in their everyday lives. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Interpersonal and Organization Communication from the University of Central Florida, and a Master’s of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Management from the University of Baltimore.



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 address productively and efficiently conflicts both at work and at home. Abigail works as a Compliance Associate at a Mortgage Company and recently she began training to become a Community Mediator with the Conflict Resolution Center of Baltimore County. Abigail launched her blog called, Pearls of Prudence for girlfriends, brides, and wives; she discusses organization, communication, and conflict issues that arise when dating, planning a wedding, and marriage afterward. Abigail worked with The Texas Conflict Coach® as an intern, apprentice, guest blogger, and a guest host. Currently, she resides in Baltimore City with her husband Bernard and dog, Alvin.


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.

“I have truly enjoyed my experience as a guest host!  It’s been a privilege to interview so many fascinating people and to work with Pattie and the other guest hosts. I look forward to dropping in from time to time and to listening with the audience each week.”


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