Pamela K. Struss, PhD, is a scholar practitioner with expertise in development (housing, poverty & growth), judicial mediation, community engagement, local governance, and religious organizations. She has an MS from the Institute of Conflict Anaylsis and Resolution (predecessor of the Carter School at GMU) and received her Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale FL. She practices domestically and internationally, and has worked with the Ecuadorian and Suriname governments, and Prince William, Lancaster, Northumberland, and Westmoreland Counties in Virginia. Her mediation certifications include MC3 Mediation Certification, Virginia Association of Realtors, Prince William Association of Realtors, the Virginia Supreme Court. She is the liaison to Prince William County General District Court’s mediation program.
Pam enjoys a full academic life, teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate practice-based courses. She teaches the basics of conflict resolution from a religious perspective and has conducted trainings with Ecuadorian and Suriname government leaders, and the leadership of development NGOs. She conducts research on mediation’s success in the judicial setting and presents her findings through a variety of mediums, including domestic and international conferences.
Her professional associations and positions include the American Bar Association-Dispute Resolution; Joint Civilian Military Institute Member; International Association of Conflict Management; Society of International Development; Mediators Beyond Borders; Virginia Mediation Network President and board member and the MC3 Mediation Certification board.
Pam lives with her husband Rick of 41 years in Petersburg, VA. They have two daughters, Nicolle and Adrienne, and one granddaughter, Nourah. They have four fur children- three dogs and one cat (2 were inherited). They enjoy boating, cooking in their outdoor kitchen and connecting with family in Florida and Texas. Pam is an avid quilter and needlework enthusiast and enjoys relaxing in her garden during her infrequent spare time.
Pam has served on the VMN board since 2018, and she is currently in her second one-year term as President, the first being from 2020-2021. She chairs the Nominating Committee.
Andy Pizzi is a co-partner with I & I Resolutions who has had a varied career in conflict management. He has many years of experience dealing with workplace issues as a union official, management advisor, mediator, facilitator, and coach.
Prior to his retirement in 2011, Andy was a federal employee for over 32 years. As a conflict resolution practitioner, he has mediated many hundreds of workplace disputes, facilitated meetings, and provided conflict resolution training to various conferences, federal agencies, and employee unions. He has also developed and managed several alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs and helped organizations design ADR programs and labor-management collaboration initiatives.
Andy earned his BA from University of Massachusetts-Boston in Political Science and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. He is a Certified Mediator through the Supreme Court of Virginia and a Certified Coach through Life Coach Institute, which is International Coaching Federation approved.
Andy has been a member of VMN for many years and has been a VMN Board Member since May 2021. He became President-Elect in October 2021. He chairs the Communications Committee.
Kim Graham brings over 12 years of experience and insight as a Mediator and a Conflict Communication trainer to numerous Non-Profit Organizations and businesses throughout the Hampton Roads area. As a graduate of Saint Leo University and co-owner and operator of Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services, LLC, Kim is in a unique position to guide a wide range of individuals through the dispute resolution process with outcomes that benefit all involved. Over the years as a Mediator, certified by the Virginia Supreme Court, Kim has mediated for both civil and family cases. Being a Certified Mediator has helped her develop strong skills in leadership, communication, negotiation, and the ability to come up with creative solutions.
Kim worked at the Virginia Conflict Resolution Center in Norfolk, VA, for three years before the center closed in 2012. After the center closed, she and her co-worker, started Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services and have been serving their clients for the past 9 years.
Kim served on the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals) board in 1996 as both the Newsletter Editor and Treasurer. She has served on the VMN Board of Directors since 2020, and as Treasurer since 2021. She chairs the Finance & Budget Committee.