Staff and Board of Directors

Our agency consists of a board of directors, a small professional staff, and a corps of trained, volunteer mediators recruited from the community.

Board of Directors

Anita Giovanna Gherardi – President
The Honorable Elizabeth A. Strance – Secretary
Dawn Henry, Esq.
Zaheva S. Knowles, Esq.
Joyce Muktarian
Ruth Smith
Katherine Werner
Michael Zola, Esq.

Officers

Margarita Scheffel – Treasurer

Professional Staff

Amanda Blount – Interim Executive Director

Amanda joined West Hawaii Mediation Center as an Interim Executive Director in August 2017. Prior to moving to Hawai’i, Amanda served as the Director of Development and Communications for Trinity Counseling Service, a nonprofit mental health agency in New Jersey. Amanda holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. Her 12+ years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector spans across social justice initiatives, international and local community development, corporate philanthropy, and private foundations. Amanda is honored to help lead the WHMC in the upcoming months and is looking forward to being a part of the community of West Hawai’i.

Gina Tumasone – Case Manager

Being a young member of the Waimea community, Gina quickly found a home at the West Hawai’i Mediation Center (WHMC) in 2014. With a background in the judicial system, WHMC seemed like the right fit. As Case Manager, Gina is responsible for conducting intakes for all parties requesting mediation, coordinating mediation dates, assigning mediators and coordinating mediation locations.  Gina also provides assistance to the Executive Director, performing tasks such as preparing reports, Special Projects, marketing and outreach, website design, social media campaigns, coordinating trainings and other gatherings.

Robyn Skudlarek – Youth Programs Coordinator

Robyn has lived on Hawai’i Island for almost 20 years. She is a certified teacher with the State Department of Education and holds a Master’s degree in Human Development. Robyn has served as a K-8 classroom teacher both in the United States and abroad. She taught in Hawai’i Community College’s Early Childhood Education department and helped to bring college credit courses into under-served communities on the Big Island. Robyn also has a passion for non-profit work, having worked for Recycle Hawai’i and North Kohala Community Resource Center, and – since 2012 – West Hawai’i Mediation Center. Robyn coordinates youth programming for the Center and developed the pilot, middle and high school peer mediation program that is currently in thirteen schools in West Hawai’i. Robyn has a passion for education and believes that learning cannot take place when youth are affected by unresolved conflict.

Jennifer Halley – Bookkeeper

Jennifer Halley has worked in various areas related to financial reporting and bookkeeping since 1985. Prior to moving to Hawai’i Island in 2005 Jennifer had many years of experience in corporate America including a successful career for a leading members-only warehouse corporation in roles that included Executive Assistant to the President, Financial Analyst, Auditor and Corporate Trainer. She has been focusing on bookkeeping since the year 2000 with the last 12 years assisting businesses on the Big Island.