RI Mediators Association

RIMA Newsletter November 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:47 PM | Anonymous






RIMA NEWSLETTER  #2                          NOVEMBER 2014


Judge Bedrosian receives National Adoption Recognition Award 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 
R. I. Family Court Chief Judge receives national adoption recognition award Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Haiganush R. Bedrosian was one of 140 people from across the United States recognized by a congressional group for outstanding advocacy in adoption or foster care issues.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute honored Chief Judge Bedrosian and the others at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2012 as part of its “Angels in Adoption” program. The program provides members of Congress the opportunity to honor individuals, couples organizations from their districts who have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of children in need of homes.?
Chief Judge Bedrosian is the first woman to lead the Rhode Island Family Court...(READ MORE) 
RI Family Court Announces
 National Adoption Day
 Saturday, November 22, 2014
Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Bedrosian and the Rhode Island Judiciary will be sponsoring a special event to celebrate the 11th  National Adoption Day on November 22,  2014. Our event will coincide with events being planned across the United States on this day to draw attention to the adoption process and the large number of children available for adoption.  The Court will be finalizing twenty-one (21) adoptions with sixteen (16) different families.   Many sponsors and community agencies have joined in the Celebration.
 The Celebration will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the 5th Floor of The Garrahy Judicial Complex. Many community sponsors are involved:...(READ MORE) 

Welcome to your newsletter.



The Rhode Island Mediators Association has been in existence for 6 years.  During that time, we have held numerous trainings, provided several opportunities to network and had a number of social events, namely, the highly successful yearly Celebrate Mediation RI event in May and the September Kickoff.  



We will keep you updated via emails of trainings being offered by RIMA and others.  


Building relationships is an ongoing focus at RI Mediators Association, and we will continue to work on "Advancing Mediation in Rhode Island."


Welcome to a new program year at RI Mediators Association.  Your support and participation are important to the success of the organization, and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year.

                                                                           Warm Regards, 


Frank P. Geremia




Two New Directors were elected to the expanded Board at RIMA's General Membership Meeting at the 1149 Restaurant on September 16th. The two were nominated by the existing Board and ratified by the membership at that meeting.


We welcome Erica Janton and Andy Wunsch to the Board.



Newly Elected Officers


Officers and Board
  • President: Bruce I. Kogan
  • Vice President and President-Elect: Jeremy W. Howe
  • Secretary: Michele Gousie Geremia
  • Treasurer: Frank P. Geremia
Board Member: Madeleine B. Bass
Board Member: Bryna B. Bettigole
Board Member: Margie Caranci
Board Member: Erica Janton
Board Member: Andy Wunsch 
Executive Director
Frank P. Geremia


Prof. Bruce I. Kogan Receives Distinguished Service Award from RWU Law School 

Tuesday, June 03, 2014
The "Distinguished Service Award" was presented to Professor Bruce Kogan at the 2014 Roger Williams University  Law School graduation ceremony.  The award was presented by Law School Dean David Logan and recognizes Professor Kogan for his 21 years of contribution to the training and mentoring of new lawyers and to Roger Williams University and it's Law School. 
Professor Kogan is a founding member of Roger Williams Law faculty, and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean...(READ MORE)



Annual September Kickoff Event 2014


The Annual Kickoff Event was held on Thursday, September 16, 2014.  We had thirty-four attendees at the Eleven Forty Nine Bar and Grill in Seekonk, MA.  The highly successful evening included: 


  • Annual General Membership Meeting
  • Approval of Slate of Officers and Board Members  
  • Announce  RIMA Training & Workshops for 2014-15
  • Keynote Speaker:  Ben Johnson, Ph.D.


Thank you to everyone who attended for making the evening and the event such a success.


Is your membership due?  Does it seem like it has been a long time since you renewed your membership?  Our new membership management system reaches out up to 3 times to let  you know that your membership is due.  As time goes on, however, we may not have your current contact information.  If you want update your membership, you can do so online, or by mailing your membership dues ad informatin to RI Mediators Association at the address listed below.  If you are not sure if your membership is due, contact us at exec@rimediators.org. We are happy to assist.

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