AAM Leadership

Board of Directors

President of the Board

SHANA ELLISON is Associate Director at the University of Texas Conflict Resolution Center, promoting collaboration through communication trainings, meeting facilitation and focus groups. Shana is a TMCA Credentialed Mediator, a member of Texas Association of Mediators and an active mediator with the Austin Dispute Resolution Center, and Travis County and Williamson County Juvenile Centers. Earning a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering and an BS in Psychology, Ms. Ellison has broad business experience in communication, entrepreneurship, technology, project management, education and human resources.


STACY ALEXANDER has 20 years of experience practicing Civil Appeals Law, in both Houston and Austin. She has handled briefing, research and writing for complex, multi-party appeals in the areas of Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Fraud and Breach of Contract, Insurance Defense. In Houston, she worked for the Law Offices of Russell H. McMains and Rothfelder & Falick, LLP. In Austin, she worked for Fulbright & Jaworski and Karen Burgess. She also has experience in litigation support in a variety of legal cases including Commercial Business, Construction and Trade Secrets. Her mediation practice is focused on family, elder, commercial, HOA, real estate, construction, and consumer issues. She is a volunteer at the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for both Civil Litigation Mediation and Community Based.

THEODORE DANIELS has forty three plus years working with churches and families national, international and cross-culturally in leadership training, capacity building, planning retreats, and other areas of church related organizations and committees. He is a bilingual mediator (English/Spanish) with over one hundred hours of mediation experiences including contract disputes, and juvenile court pre-release agreements. He is also a trained and certified ombudsman.

Membership Coordinator

BILL FORBES is a TMCA Credentialed Advanced Mediator. He has conducted pro-bono mediations at the Austin DRC, the Central Texas DRC, Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center and Williamson County Juvenile Detention Center and has served as a group facilitator for the City of Austin. Bill is retired from a career in Software Engineering. In addition to his Software background, he has experience in monitoring of industrial air emissions and in Environmental Justice. Prior to 1984 Bill worked as a research psychologist.


LINDA GIBSON has been helping people resolve conflict for more than four decades. She is a retired teacher and guidance counselor, and is also a licensed attorney. She limits her practice to mediation, rather than litigation, because she firmly believes people can find their own best solutions to their problems, rather than trusting judges and juries to decide for them. Linda is a TMCA Credentialed Advance Mediator and is a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators. She has been very active in the Texas Association of Mediators (TAM) for many years, currently serving on the TAM board as the Newsletter Editor.

Membership Coordinator

ELLY VAN LAAR is a coach. She specializes in helping mission-driven professionals bring their lives into balance. For 20+ years, Elly has helped individuals, couples and organizations deepen compassion and empathy skills, bridge differences, and find solutions that benefit all parties. Elly is a speaker and blogger on Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness,  and conflict resolution. Elly has a Masters in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has ten years of training with Nonviolent Communication teachers and eight years of teaching Nonviolent Communication. She belongs to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Blossom mindfulness community, volunteers at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center.

Board Member

PAM AUTREY received her B.A., M.L.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas. Dr. Autrey’s professional career has been focused on the areas of mediation, management strategy and information science. During the last 12 years, she has served as a volunteer mediator at the Austin Dispute Resolution Center and the Travis County Juvenile Court system.  Prior to this, she was a management consultant, taught strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Texas business school, and held positions in the Texas Governor’s Office and the University of Texas Library.  Past civic engagements include serving on the Advisory Committee of Project GRAD USA, serving as president and vice president of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin, participating in Leadership Texas, serving on the State of Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission and on the Executive Committee of the Austin Theatre Alliance.  She was also Chair of the Executive Board of the Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology. She is married and has two children and six grandchildren.

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