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Our Team

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Anna Bellarosa

Mandatory Co-Parenting Seminar Coordinator, Training Administrator, & Data Management

Certified Mediator

Anna has been with the DRC since 2018. She took to mediation naturally and has assisted with dozens of DRC mediations and specialty mediation trainings. She enjoys putting her skills to use in our training programs.

Her areas of interest include Restorative Practices . Anna is a closet computer programmer and in her spare time enjoys reading, spending time with her teens playing board games and doing puzzles. (Pronouns: she/her)

Sandy Byrne

Bookkeeping

Certified Mediator

Sandy is one of the founding volunteer mediators of the DRC, and currently works part-time for the DRC as the Accountant and administrator of contract funds for Statewide DRC services. She is also involved in providing group facilitation, small claims and community mediation services for DRC clients, which includes giving trainings in Group Facilitation methods. 

Her work and Doctoral studies involved leading and researching group behavior and programs within major organizations.  She is a Kitsap County native and enjoys giving back to her community in a variety of volunteer efforts.

Kia Cooper

Technical Support

Kia joined the DRC in early 2022 as our lead technical support for online mediations. We are so grateful to have her on board! She is eager to try something new and gain experience with a technology that will likely serve her well in the future.

In her free time, Kia enjoys drawing and hanging out with family and friends.

Racheal Gager

Community Mediation Intake

Racheal joined the DRC staff in early 2022 as a Community Mediation Intake Specialist. Racheal comes to us with a background working with children, and as a CNA. Having two daughters herself, she is passionate about helping others, and intends to continue her education to become a family and youth counselor.

In her spare time Racheal enjoys baseball (Go Red Sox!), being outdoors, and enjoying marine wildlife that the Kitsap Peninsula has to offer, particularly whales!

Tori Gehl

Eviction Resolution Specialist

Tori joined the staff in early 2022. Tori is eager to apply her desire to give back to her community and help people through hard times.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her boyfriend and dogs, and trying new restaurants.

Mary Hancock

Executive Director

Certified Mediator

Mary began working in the field of community mediation in 2003 and joined the staff of the Kitsap DRC in 2010.  As a mediator, Mary specialized in parenting plans mediations.

Mary assisted with the development and implementation of the Foreclosure Mediation Program as an active member of the Legislative Committee for Resolution Washington, the Statewide coalition of Community Mediation Centers. 

Mary remains active in the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).  A former insurance industry professional, Mary has a BA in Organizational Leadership and an MA in Conflict Analysis and Engagement.       

Cliff Higashi

Community Outreach

Cliff has been a staff member with the DRC since 2015. Previously, Cliff spent 26 years with United Airlines, then shifted his focus to software sales and tech support.

Branching out to business banking, Cliff has worked with US Bank, Key Bank, and American Marine Bank. Cliff is recently retired from being a reserve Police Officer for the City of Port Orchard after fourteen years.

Kimberley Jacobson

Eviction Program Accounting

Kimberley joined the DRC in early 2021. She comes from a lengthy background in bookkeeping stretching back to 1988, working with a variety of organizations with an emphasis in assisted living homes and law firms.

In 2016, Kimberley moved from downtown Puyallup after 25 years to rural Key Peninsula, planning to slow the pace and do more adventuring! In her spare time, she enjoys her pets, nature, and hiking.

Monica Lansangan

Community Mediation Intake Specialist

Monica joined the DRC mid 2022 as a Community Mediation Intake Specialist. Monica is passionate about helping others and is eager to learn and develop skills to become a knowledgeable resource for those in need.
In her free time Monica enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, and baking.

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Danielle Miercort

Volunteer Coordinator

Certified Mediator

Originally from Colorado, Danielle currently works at the Kitsap DRC as Volunteer Coordinator. Danielle has been a volunteer mediator since 1997, specializing in family, victim-offender, parent/youth, peer, and foreclosure mediation, as well as group facilitation.

Danielle has assisted with DRC trainings since 1998, including the 40-hour and Parent/Youth trainings. She is also a Board member of the Washington Mediation Association. She has three grown children and one granddaughter.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, downhill skiing, scuba diving, horseback riding, travel, and watching college basketball. Danielle currently resides in Edmonds, WA.

Sue Miglino

Multiparty Mediation & Restorative Practices

Certified Mediator

Sue Ann began at DRC as a volunteer in 2007 and as an employee in 2008. Over time she has worked in different departments, always mediating, and with a focus on developing the Restorative Practices Dept.

Sue’s Restorative training began thirteen years ago with Eric Gilman’s Victim-Offender Training, then in Chicago at the Community Justice for Youth Institute and continued with the four-day International Institute of Restorative Practices Training.

Sue’s current specialties include facilitating Restorative Justice Circles, Re-entry Circles, Community Healing Circles and High Conflict Multi-Party cases.

Russy Minder

Youth Services & Community Mediation Intake

Intern Mediator

Russy joined the staff of the DRC in June of 2021 as a case manager for the Community Mediation Intake Department.

When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and especially enjoys time spent with her granddaughter!

Vivian Suarez Morey

Behavioral Health OMBUDS & Youth Services

Certified Mediator

Vivian is currently the Mental Health Ombuds with the DRC. As a graduate of our Peer Mediation program in Kitsap she has been mediating since 2004 and she has a passion for family mediations and working with youth.

Vivian served as a mediator in the North Carolina court system for a couple years before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2013. She currently lives in Kingston with her husband 2 children and pet dogs and parrots.

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Sophie Morse

Training Coordinator

Certified Mediator

Sophie has been the Training Coordinator at the DRC since 2012. As trainer and mentor mediator Sophie specializes in presenting on conflict resolution, conflict theory, and communication skills to a broad array of audiences.

Sophie comes from a prior career in outdoor education, is an ordained minister, and is active in the local community to promote equity in policy and practice.

In her spare time, Sophie can be found visiting her family in New England, participating in her local church, playing guitar, and spending time in the great outdoors.

Dania “Danni” Nezbeth

Eviction Resolution Specialist

Dania joined the DRC in early 2022. Dania has BA in Business Administration and a 19-year history in Accounting.

She left accounting to pursue her deeper passion for helping others and plans to stay with the DRC until Bruno Mars whisks her off to the south of France to live on a multi-million-dollar yacht.

She is a proud mother of a boy (9), a girl (16), and a fur baby (2) named Bailii Marii Beagle. In her free time, she enjoys salmon fishing, camping, spending time on the beach, and learning Arabic.

Becca Pelzl

Becca Pelzl

Program Administrative Manager

Coming to us from sunny San Diego, Becca has been with the DRC since mid-2022. She has a degree in Biology and has previously pursued careers in both human and veterinary medicine. She decided to switch fields and join DRC to further her passion of helping her community in new and creative ways.  

In her free time Becca can be found running agility and nose-work with her dog Lily; or reading a good book on a sunny beach.

Julie Pyatt

Eviction Resolution Supervisor

Julie joined the ERPP staff in late 2021. She brings her passion for community service, and experience in education, community collaboration, policy, legislation, population health improvement, and program management.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys cooking, kayaking, painting, traveling, and capers with friends and family.

Taylor Rocco

Eviction Resolution Specialist

Taylor joined the DRC in early 2022 as an eviction resolution specialist. Taylor has a degree in Criminal Justice and has a passion for serving her community.

In her free time, Taylor enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling.

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Bobbie Sue Wooden

Mediation Supervisor & Foreclosure Mediation Case Management 

Certified Mediator

Bobbie Sue has worked as staff at the DRC since 2013. She began as case manager for the Community Mediation Intake Department, and now supervises, assists, and trains staff for all mediation departments.

Gifted in her organizational and technical skills, Bobbie Sue has taken on additional roles and special projects with the organization over the years. Bobbie Sue has a master’s degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution.

When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.