Staff Bios

Carley Adams

Carley started with the CMD in 2012 where she coaches and trains volunteer mediators and facilitators, collaborates with community partners, and teaches conflict resolution skills and restorative justice practices to residents and volunteers.

Close up photo of Carley Adams. Carley began in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution at the age of 11 as a peer mediator in her middle school. She then mediated peer conflicts through high school before pursuing a BA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Hawaii and then an MA in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. As a lifelong peacemaker, Carley believes mediation is an empowering way for individuals to build empathy and see new perspectives when resolving conflicts. Before working with the CMD she taught Conflict Resolution, Art, and English to students in Colorado, Hawaii and Oregon. In between working and studying she has backpacked and volunteered in 28 countries.

Tsipora Dimant

Close up photo of Tsipora Dimant. Tsipora is a Program Coordinator at Center for Mediation and Dialogue She has a BA degree in Organizational Communication from Marylhurst University. Tsipora has been mediating workplace, families, neighborhood, tenant/landlord and business disputes for over 20 years. In addition to teaching basic and advanced mediation, and conflict management, she mentors new mediators and facilitates cases. She is a talented facilitator, and provides trainings and workshops to both public and private audiences. Tsipora says “after 20 years of working with conflict, mediation is the way to go. Mediation allows parties to listen to each other rather than judge. The mediation approach asks people to take responsibility for the part in the conflict and gives them the tools to engage in collaborative negotiation that leads to a win-win result.” She enjoys working in the Beaverton community, because she likes seeing so many people in the community eager to learn new tools to deal with conflict. She also enjoys working with dedicated volunteers who are interested in helping the program and volunteer their time to help others. In her free time, Tsipora enjoys long hikes, bike rides, and the beautiful landscape of Oregon. She also enjoys indoor activities such as reading, knitting or creating mosaics.

 Amy Watts-Padilla

Photo of Amy Watts-Padilla. Amy joined the Center for Mediation and Dialogue team in 2018 as a Program Coordinator where she supports the restorative dialogue and community mediation programs. Amy loves guiding processes and teaching tools that help individuals and groups address conflicts or respond to harm in new ways. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MA in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I in Spain. Before joining the CMD, her previous work experience included a blend of peacebuilding, community organizing, program management, mediation, and facilitation work in the U.S. and abroad. In her free time, Amy enjoys jogging, hiking, thrifting, searching out a perfect cup of coffee with a friend, and dreaming about the next vacation so she can travel somewhere new.

Lisa Fitzgerald

Close up photo of Lisa Fitzgerald. Lisa joined the City of Beaverton, Center for Mediation and Dialogue as a Program Coordinator in the Spring of 2020. She holds a JD from Harvard Law school where she represented low income clients through the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and served as President of the Harvard Mediation Program. When she moved to Portland in 2017, she piloted the New Avenues Legal Clinic where she served homeless youth. She is passionate about the opportunities that arise when we take a relational approach to addressing conflict and harm. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys songwriting and performing around town.