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Suzanne Schwartz

Program Director

Suzanne focuses on building collaboration and resolving disputes in the environmental and natural resources arena and in public policy development. She often works on projects where science and policy intersect. Suzanne has mediated a longstanding interregional conflict in the water planning process, and has facilitated stakeholder groups in matters such as river basin environmental flow recommendations, water quality implementation planning, standards for prioritizing regional water planning projects, design of environmental studies for the Texas Instream Flow Program, streamlining of federal and state water permitting processes, community involvement in highway design and neighborhood planning. Suzanne is a lecturer at The University of Texas School of Law, where she teaches environmental multiparty negotiation and public policy dispute resolution. She provides public training and education on consensus building, negotiation and collaboration. Suzanne is active in professional organizations, including the Environment and Public Policy Section of ACR and the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. Suzanne brings a understanding of state agencies and water to her collaborative work, having served as General Counsel for the Texas Water Development Board, and as an attorney in the water rights adjudication and permitting program of what is now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Suzanne received both her law degree and Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Vicki Read

Senior Program Coordinator

Vicki began working for the Center in October 2001. She has worked in various aspects of the Center’s services, with her primary focus on customized alternative dispute resolution (ADR) training programs for governmental entities, both state and local, and non-profit agencies. The Center also offers generalized ADR trainings for the public at large. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is trained in mediation, interest-based negotiation and public policy dispute resolution. Vicki is a certified facilitator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile®.

Prior to her work at the Center, Vicki served as the Director of Operations and Special Projects at the North Louisiana Area Health Education Center. She was active in designing and implementing trainings, workshops and rural preceptorships for medical students in twenty-one parishes of north Louisiana.

Vicki is the former Secretary of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable and is a member of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section. She received her B.A. in Mass Communications/Public Relations from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her M.A. in Counseling from St. Edward's University.