Holly’s family life, business experience, educational endeavors, and dedication to the community have shaped Holly into the mediator she is today:
Holly is empathetic toward all when it comes to family life. She has seen family life from many perspectives including divorce; both as a child and as an adult. As the mother of six children she understands the worry and concern that a parent has for a child, and the frustration of when parents don’t agree on the same child rearing philosophies. As the caregiver of her ailing grandmother she understands the emotional, physical, and financial demands of elder care, power of attorney, and guardianship. She recognizes that family life brings everyone moments of struggle during times of conflict. While this can cause people to not be their best selves Holly can guide and support people through the process of searching for an amicable and manageable resolution to their conflict.
Holly has over 30 years of business experience that includes management, human resources, supervision, safety compliance, and accounting responsibilities. She has worked across numerous industries be they private, public, small or large businesses. She recognizes the importance of internal and external business relationships and the different dynamics those relationships play within performance, innovation, and production. She has experience in the different life cycles of a business having opened and closed businesses; and influenced the necessary change management to keep a business going during difficult times. She has a special admiration for small business owners as she appreciates the passion and courage they possess, and the many hats they wear to be successful. Holly has worked in her grandmother’s restaurant, her husband’s construction business, and owns her own businesses as well. She understands that family members as employees can add another layer of complexity to a business conflict. She knows that when conflict is viewed as opportunity, no matter the size of the business, people accept it as normal and work with it instead of against it; resulting in a higher functioning organization and healthier business relationships.
Holly’s Master’s Degree in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College has well prepared her for the mediation table. The graduate program consisted of classwork where theory was learned, numerous residencies where theory was applied, and over 140 hours of fieldwork where principles turned into practice. Additionally, Holly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and two professional certifications from Champlain College: Human Resource Management and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. She also holds a professional human resources credential from the HR Certification Institute (PHR), and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP). Holly continues her education with numerous conferences, webinars, and recently acquired a certificate in Childhood Development Utrecht University.
Dedication to Community
Holly’s dedication to the community comes from a place of gratitude and empathy. She is grateful to all the people that have helped her in life and wants to give back. She is empathetic because she knows what it’s like to feel vulnerable and need help. She knows that while we live in separate houses our lives are not separate. She believes in inclusiveness since we live together in the same community; same time in history; on the same planet; and sharing the same uncertainties, concerns, and problems.
- Restorative Panel – Holly serves on the Waterbury Restorative Panel through the Montpelier Community Justice Center to help members of the community who have made a bad decision understand the harm that decision created, make amends to the people who need it, create a positive connection with the community, and make it less likely to happen again so that they can be restored to the community. She believes in restorative justice because the numbers show that it works: decline in violence, recidivism, and therefore, cost.
- Guardian ad Litem – Holly serves as a volunteer for the Guardian ad Litem Program. A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a judge appointed volunteer who advocates for a child’s best interest involved in a court case.
- Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
- Vermont Family Mediators (VFaM)
- Vermont Bar Association (VBA)
- Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)