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Carter Announces Her Planned Retirement;

NYSDRA Board Commences National Executive Director Search


ALBANY, NEW YORK, May 4, 2017 – After she was promoted by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) Board of Directors five years ago, Charlotte Carter today publicly announced her planned retirement from her role as NYSDRA Executive Director. Carter notified the NYSDRA Board of Directors of her desire to retire in late 2016 to ensure that the Board had enough planning time to commence the search for a new Executive Director, as well as to develop and implement a smooth transition plan in placing a new Executive Director.

"My years with NYSDRA arc over a quarter of a century, and have sustained and challenged me,” Carter said. “First as a community volunteer I was eager for the first-class training NYSDRA hosted in victim/offender, divorce mediation, and consensus-building in environmental and other public controversies.  In 2004 I became a program manager for a ground-breaking restorative justice program for victims of clergy sexual abuse; then I moved on to a different ground-breaking initiative with the agricultural mediation program. In 2012 I was invited to become NYSDRA’s Executive Director.” 

“My work in the dispute resolution field has been intensely fulfilling. I am most grateful for the people I've had the honor to work with in public practice in the statewide network of community mediation centers, private practitioners, advocacy teams, our emerging champions in the Unified Court System; the NYS Legislature, the Governor’s Office, the NYSDRA Board, and, most especially, my current and former colleagues here at NYSDRA.”

“My post-retirement plans include becoming an active community mediator and NYSDRA member again, incorporating and expanding the mission of my local Food Pantry, more travel (preferably to exotic places with my children), and more gardening, weaving and berry growing. I look forward to seeing many of my friends and colleagues at the NYSDRA Conference this fall in Saratoga.”

NYSDRA Board of Directors President Ron Vero acknowledged Carter’s long-time contribution to NYSDRA. “Speaking on behalf of the entire NYSDRA Board and membership, we are incredibly grateful for the hard work and commitment that Charlotte has contributed to NYSDRA through the years.  Charlotte has been a positive force for the dispute resolution community in New York.  We look forward to her continued contributions as an active community mediator and NYSDRA member. This will in turn position the organization to best support the success of our next Executive Director.”

Vero indicated that the NYSDRA Board of Directors and Search Committee, chaired by Vero, hope to hire a new Executive Director by mid-to-late summer of this year.



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