Mediator, ODR Coordinator
Ava began her mediation career with CCR as a volunteer mediator in 2014, serving the Van Nuys and Alhambra Small Claims Courts, and officially joined the staff in 2015. She has worked extensively in the area of case management, mediation, and disputant/clientele interfacing. She is the first point of contact when a party or a mediator initiates communication with CCR. Ava assists parties directly, guiding them through next steps, de-escalation, and movement towards creative solutions in their disputes. Her ability to use her mediation and people skills in an often brief amount of time is tantamount to the organization’s ability to handle such an abundance of cases. She provides exceptional feedback to CCR’s mediators allowing them to become better mediators both professionally and for CCR.
Prior to CCR, Ava was a stay-at-home mother for 11 years taking care of the needs of her children and was consistently involved with daily church ministry. During her time as a law student, Ava worked as a law clerk for 2 years for retired (now deceased) California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian. While completing her bachelor’s degree, Ava continued to work alongside an attorney throughout those 4 years as an interpreter, assistant, and receptionist.
Ava holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Juris Doctorate degree. She is an MC3 Certified Mediator and a member of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA). She spends her free time serving different ministries within her local church, discovering new hiking trails, and capturing the beauty in nature that is all around with her photography.
Her motto: Miracles are bound to happen when you come to the table for a dialogue, especially with individuals you disagree with.
Her favorite quote: “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.