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Meet the staff and board of directors of Mediation Works!

Deltra FergusonDeltra Ferguson, Executive Director

Currently, Deltra is the Executive Director for Mediation Works Community Dispute Resolution Center. For eight years prior, Deltra served as Coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center of Southern Oregon University, and before that, as faculty with the Women’s Studies Program at Oregon State University, teaching and researching in the areas of theater and women’s studies. Upon moving to the Rogue Valley, Deltra helped rebuild Josephine County’s safe shelter and domestic and sexual assault program; the Women’s Crisis Support Team, as Executive Director. She and her partner of many years share a safe, warm Ashland Oregon home with their teenaged twins, Riley and Julia and cat, Charley.

Brian Graunke, Director of Mediation and Facilitation Services

Brian GraunkeBrian has been with Mediation Works since 2001 as a volunteer until July of 2009 when he was hired as the Director of Mediation Services. He has mediated hundreds of family, workplace, community, and court cases. As an accomplished mediator, facilitator, and trainer, he isknown for his easygoing style, affable presence, and humor, which helps puts people at ease in high conflict situations. In addition, to coordinating the delivery and outreach of dispute resolutions services in southern Oregon, Brian serves as Vice Chair for the Association of the Oregon Community Dispute Resolution Centers, and an active member of Oregon and Washington’s mediation associations.

Brian graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Paramedic Science from Central Washington University, has completed advanced training in Group Facilitation, Foreclosure Mediation, Court Connected Mediations and Domestic Relations mediation for parenting plans, and financial matters. When not working, Brian enjoys spending his time, cooking, traveling, skiing, and hiking with friends and family. 

Raphaelle (Raphi) Kunkel, Director of Education, Training and School Programs

Raphaelle (Raphi) Kunkel

Raphi joined the professional staff of Mediation Works in the summer of 2013 as the Director of Education, Training and School Programs having previously volunteered and worked as an intern with the center since 2011. In her work Raphi aims to further the development and delivery of Mediation Works’ conflict resolution education programs and services for schools, workplaces and the community.

Raphi graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with her B.A. in Human Communication, certificates in Conflict Resolution and the Management of Human Resources, and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from the high desert of Arizona, and more recently from the rainy Puget Sound of Washington, Raphi enjoys spending time outdoors, sipping delicious coffee in cozy cafes, cooking fun vegetarian dishes, and going on adventures with friends and family.

Cara Walsh, Director of Restorative Justice Programs and Services

Cara WalshAs the Director of Restorative Justice Programs, Cara has been working to support the development, implementation, and delivery of restorative justice principles and practices throughout Jackson and Josephine Counties since 2010. In addition to providing service delivery, dialogue facilitation, and community engagement on a local level, Cara is committed to the advancement of restorative justice principles throughout the region through her leadership with the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon and the Northwest Justice Forum. The root of her professional and educational experience is grounded in her passion for creating and facilitating integrative opportunities and experiences for community engagement, empowerment and transformation.  


Colleen O'Sullivan, Coordinator of School-Based Restorative Practices 

Colleen O’Sullivan hales from Eureka, California and is excited to be a part of the Mediation Works team. In her role as Coordinator of School Based Restorative Practices, Colleen will be working in partnership with Phoenix High School for a pilot project implementing restorative practices in southern Oregon schools. 

Recently completing her Masters of Art in Sociology focusing on restorative justice from Humboldt State University, as well as obtaining a Bachelor’s in Child Development from Humboldt State with a Business Minor Colleen is excited to get to work. Hopeful she will be able to pick up where she left off with her hobbies and interests here in the Rouge Valley, Colleen enjoys exploring the local area as a recent transplant, running, and being outdoors as much as possible. 

Our Board of Directors

Mediation Works is governed by an active Board of Directors. The Board is a dedicated panel of community members who, as part of their tenure have the following goals for the organization:

  • To model and teach effective conflict management skills in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

  • To reduce the number of juveniles involved in the Juvenile Justice System, and to reduce recidivism.

  • To create and improve relationships, among individuals, organizations, and communities.

  • To assist individuals in resolving disputes outside the adversarial model.

  • To save the courts time and taxpayers money through the use of alternative dispute resolution processes.

Jon Lange
Board Chair

John North

Doug Jantzi

Sally Wise
Vice Chair

Benjamin Bloom

Meagan Lauing DeNeui

Dan Converse

Don Gordon

Liz Shelby

Michael Belsky

Mike Mastroni

Christine Herbert