Officers

Kristina Taylor (President)

Kristina has a background in psychology and conflict resolution and currently works as a professor, counselor, and conflict coach. She is interested in using neuropsychology principles to enhance ADR practices. She received her Ph.D in conflict resolution from Nova Southeastern University

Rick Ruffing (Treasurer)

Mr. Ruffing graduated from Loyola University Chicago with his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of  Science in Accountancy.  Mr. Ruffing is a Manager at Stout.  He focuses on financial analysis, forensic accounting, economic damages determination, and financial investigations.

Larissa Hachinski (Secretary)

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Board Members

Robert W. Berliner

Robert W. Berliner, Jr., is a practicing mediator and an accomplished attorney, and has been a principal in many real estate and other business ventures. As an attorney, he has represented businesses of all types and sizes, including manufacturers, distribution companies, real estate developers and investors, contractors, financial institutions, and retailers. With more than 30 years of legal and business experience, he brings an exceptional array of skills and insights to the mediation process, his law clients and the real estate marketplace. His areas of particular mediation expertise are business, real estate, construction, estates and bankruptcy.

Ian Bucciarelli

Ian Bucciarelli has taught Negotiation and Mediation courses at The John Marshall Law School and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He has also instructed American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution competition teams at John Marshall and Chicago Kent Law School to national recognition. He works is in the animal advocacy nonprofit sector. He has experience in litigation, finance, and automobile sales.  He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and B.S. in Human Resource Management and Finance from Loyola University (Chicago).

Shafiq Hemani


Shafiq is a pro bono mediator and afilliated with the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board (CAB).  He served as a Board Member of CAB for the Midwest United States from 2009–2015.  Currently, Shafiq continues to support CAB’s work mediating commercial and matrimonial disputes involving members of the Ismaili Muslim community.  Professionally, Shafiq is a Technology professional for the Bank of Montreal.  He holds an MBA from DePaul University and BBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Irv Levinson

Corinne “Cookie” Levitz, J.D.

Cookie has been involved in the mediation field since 1978.  She is employed as a supervisor and family mediator of parenting disputes for the Circuit Court of Cook County. Cookie has been an adjunct faculty member at several area law schools since 1987, including Chicago-Kent and Loyola where she teaches Mediation and Child & Family Law Mediation. Cookie has had an on-going involvement with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago since 1978 where she serves as a mediation and conflict resolution trainer, and volunteer mediator and facilitator.

Mark Mayer (Past President)

Mark Mayer works in dispute resolution as a litigator, mediator and arbitrator. As a litigator, he handles a wide variety of matters in personal injury, commercial and other areas. Having trained and certified as a mediator at Northwestern University and the Center for Conflict Resolution, he mediates with private parties and at the Center for Conflict Resolution. He is on the roster for the Cook County Law Division Court-Annexed Civil Mediation program, Resolute Systems and VirtualCourthouse.com. He serves on Cook County Mandatory Arbitration panels and arbitrates for insurance companies and private parties. He received his J.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law and B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) from Loyola University Chicago.

Robert Olian