Cathleen Neelan

Cathleen Neelan

Cathleen Neelan

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Position or Title Senior Mediator

Professional Biography Style is Mediation & Facilitation that produce results. Experienced at numerous levels; local, state, regional, national and international. Professional strength in conflict resolution for: enviro. regulations, public policy, natural resource mngt., wildlife, agriculture, population growth impacts and community consensus.  Understanding of enviro. regulations based on 20 years experience working in enviro. & natural resource mngt. as federal employee &/or coal mine employee. Possess an understanding of both sides of an issue from years of work and association with environ. groups. Many disputes successfully resolved have been emotionally charged or politically sensitive. Educated in science & communication which assists in understanding technical jargon; Bachelor, Masters & post grad.  Regarded as a lifelong learner with strong teaching skills that encourage education and understanding of process (for self) and others.  Serve as a Mediation "Coach & Trainer." Personal traits include; good sense of humor, commitment to strong set of moral values, honest, great integrity & willing to help others.Knight Armour, Inc. is a SBA 8A, HUD Zone certified firm which, has a 5 year contract to provide Mediation Services for EPA - Region 8. I serve as the Senior Mediator/Program Manager.

Address Line 1 Denver (East slope Metro area) & Steamboat Springs (Western Slope)

City Steamboat Springs & Denver

State Colorado

Zip 80211 & 80477

Phone 303.870.0531

Small Business Yes

GSA Schedule Provider No

Federal Employee No

Native Dispute Resolution Network No

Total Cases Last 10 Years 20

ECR Services Provided

Strategic Planning for Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortStategic Planning for USFS Enterprise Teams2013
Process DesignConflict Coaching for Natural Resource disputes2012
Regulatory NegotiationsOil & Gas Drilling - Best Mangt. Plans2011
Facilitation of Collaboration or Conflict Resolution EffortConservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Joint Fact Finding/Neutral Evaluationcost allocation for Superfund Site2002
Mediation/Assisted NegotiationConservation Plan for (T&E species) Endangered Species
Conflict/Situation AssessmentAgriculture Mediation
Public Engagement/Public InputTravel Management on Public Lands
Policy DialoguesForest Health

Case Experience by Subject Matter

Cross-cultural IssuesWorkplace dispute mediation(s)2014
Environmental Enforcement and PermittingOil & Gas Drilling - Best Mangt. Plans2011
Agricultural issuesAgriculture Mediation2006
Allocation of Liability for Damagescost allocation for Superfund Site2002
Environmental Justicecost allocation for Superfund Site2002
Energy Issues (Including Transmission, u00a0Development and Conservation Issues)Right of Way for Transportation Needs2000
Parks and Refuge IssuesTravel Management on Public Lands1998
NEPABiological Diversity1995
Wildlife IssuesConservation Plan for (T&E species) Endangered Species
Forest and Timber IssuesForest Health
Ecosystem ManagementForest Health

Type of Public Decision

License and permit issuanceOil & Gas Drilling - Best Mangt. Plans2011
Implementation/monitoring agreementsAgriculture Mediation2006
Compliance and enforcement actioncost allocation for Superfund Site2002
RulemakingRight of Way for Transportation Needs2000
PlanningBiological Diversity
Siting and ConstructionTravel Management on Public Lands
Policy developmentTravel Management on Public Lands

Case Size

Cases involving more than 3 but less than 15 participantsAgriculture Mediation2006
Cases involving 15 to 60 participantsCommunity Consensus for Affordable Housing2002
Cases involving more than 60 participantsRegional Conservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Cases involving u00a03 or fewer participantsTravel Management on Public Lands1998

Case Jurisdiction/Scale

InteragencyStategic Planning for USFS Enterprise Teams2013
StateConservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Local/communityCommunity Consensus for Affordable Housing2002
IntergovernmentalRegional Conservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
National or regionally significant casesRegional Conservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Multi-jurisdictionalRight of Way for Transportation Needs2000
InternationalEnvironmental Tourism & Sustainability2000
Large landscape scaleBiological Diversity1995

Process Support Services

Meeting Support
Support ServiceCaseYear
Experience in a team of multiple ECR ProfessionalsOil & Gas Drilling - Best Mangt. Plans2011
Logistical and administrative support (organizing logistics for meetings, notetaking, etc.)Agriculture Mediation2006
Engagement of technical experts/third party science advisorsConservation Plan for (T&E species) Endangered Species
Collaborative Technologies
Collaborative TechnologyCaseYear
Mobile Tools (messaging, mobile apps, etc.)Workplace dispute mediation(s)2014
Evaluation and Monitoring Tools (e.g., electronic survey tools, dashboards)Stategic Planning for USFS Enterprise Teams2013
Decision Analysis/Decision Support/Modeling (e.g., spatial analysis, multi-criteria discussion support, scenario planning, charettes)Oil & Gas Drilling - Best Mangt. Plans2011
Visualization Tools (e.g., electronic maps, flyover video simulations, geographic information systems, digital storytelling)Agriculture Mediation2006
Implementation Tools (e.g., content management tools, project management tools)Conservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Engagement/Communication Tools (e.g., polling tools, social media, collaborative document production, video conferencing, webinars, ideation tools)Conservation Plan for Endangered Species2002
Project Websites (static, interactive, portals, etc.)Conservation Plan for (T&E species) Endangered Species

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