CRC Board Members
Meet the members of the board for the Conflict Resolution Center – St. Louis City.
After a career with a Fortune 500 company, Jane was looking for ways to contribute to our community. She found out about a volunteer mediation training class in the city of St. Louis. She learned how to facilitate and manage the mediation process and has had numerous opportunities to use her skills with neighbor issues and citizen-police mediations. She finds it rewarding to see individuals begin to listen to each other, become calmer, learn something about each other they didn’t know before, and often work out agreements for going forward.
Mary Wheeler is the Vice-Chair of CRC and a trained mediator. She has been a lifelong resident of North St. Louis City and a longstanding leader and advocate for equitable change in her 21st ward neighborhood and throughout the region. She recalls that as she was growing up, the homes were beautifully maintained and there was a sense of neighborhood pride. As a result, Mary’s focus has always been on neighborhood revitalization and sustainability. In addition to the CRC Board, Mary serves as a board member of both the Wesley House Association–a nonprofit over 100-years old–and the O’Fallon YMCA Recreation Center Complex in the 21st ward.
Mary worked for the City of St. Louis for 25 years and retired in early 2018. From 2005 to 2018 she served as the Democratic Director of the Board of Election Commissioners and developed community outreach programs to help St. Louis City residents increase their familiarity with voting procedures. Through these efforts, Mary emerged as a national leader in the Board of Elections community.
Dr. Donald Morgan came to Saint Louis in 2014 after twenty years of teaching and as the director of the Clinic at Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. In addition to his work as a faculty member at Rutgers, he maintained a private practice in clinical psychology for 35 years, specializing in working with couples and with people dealing with medical illnesses. He is very happy to be able to contribute to the training of volunteer mediators and to the organization and administration of the Conflict Resolution Center. Don is also Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Benton Park Neighborhood Association and lives with his wife in the Benton Park neighborhood of Saint Louis city.
JoAnn Williams has lived her entire life in St. Louis city, mostly residing in the Penrose neighborhood. A mother of two, JoAnn has always been engaged in her community and in city issues. She recently retired as the Business Representative with the Carpenters’ Union, having represented city and county employees in that capacity for more than 35 years.
JoAnn was appointed by Mayor Harmon to chair the St. Louis City Housing Authority, culminating in the preservation of the $46 million HOPE VI, as well as the demolition of outdated high-rise housing that made way for new mixed income neighborhoods. JoAnn was appointed Trustee to City of St. Louis Employee Retirement System, governing a $950 million public employee pension system, and was also the Executive Assistant to the President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. In the past, she has also served as Chair of the Carpenters’ Union Sisters, where she mentored and trained women of the construction industry in leadership and organizing skills. She has served on the St. Louis City Community Jobs Board, the Carpenters’ Credit Union Board, the Board of Wesley House Association, and has been a UMSL Neighborhood Leadership Fellow.
George Nikolajevich practiced architecture in St. Louis for over three decades. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Washington University and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. Among his national and local projects is the award winning transformation of the St. Louis Public Library, downtown Central Branch. Born in the former Yugoslavia, George became a US citizen in 1982. He is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and proficient in German. George lives with his wife in the city of St. Louis.
After serving for four years as an officer in the US Navy, Bill worked for the federal government and then the city of Saint Louis. Between 1978 and 2004 he served as the Director of Personnel for the city of Saint Louis, and since 2005 he has been a human resource consultant to various public jurisdictions around the country. Bill brings his many years of experience dealing with employer/employee issues, labor relations and diversity to the CRC’s efforts to mediate conflicts.
Denyse is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation at the law firm of Husch Blackwell. She represents land owners and real estate developers in land use, construction, title and property tax matters. Her appreciation of peaceful dispute resolution led her to community mediation and the Center for Conflict Resolution. She is a St. Louis native and is committed to working to improve her community. She serves on the board of the Diversity Awareness Partnership and is a volunteer attorney with Election Protection. She is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative and a current participant of Leadership St. Louis.
Jamala is a long-time community organizer and human rights activist. She has focused much of her work on addressing structural racism and economic disparities. She has held, and currently holds, leadership positions in several organizations that share her vision for a more just and peaceful world. Jamala is a featured columnist for the award-winning St. Louis American newspaper, and is the author of two books, The Best of the Way I See It and Ferguson is American: Roots of Rebellion. Jamala has received numerous awards for her years of community service.
RETIRED CRC FOUNDER
Dr. John Doggette has been involved in providing conflict resolution services and training volunteer mediators for over 20 years. In 1997 he became the first full-time director of the Community Mediation Center of Knoxville, Tennessee. During his seven year tenure in Knoxville, John helped make mediation an integral and valued component of conflict resolution for the community. Under his leadership, the Community Mediation Center of Knoxville grew to over 100 volunteer mediators, allowing it to support referrals from Civil, Criminal, and Juvenile Courts. John was one of eight mediators for the State of Tennessee, Division of Special Education, who was certified to provide mediation and conflict resolution between schools and families. While serving as director of the Community Mediation Center, John also hosted Knox Neighbors, a weekly program on public access television.