I’m a Mediator … Now What? Our featured consultants

Brian S. Beck

Brian S. Beck, a recognized leader in conflict resolution, brings a unique ability to help clients understand the root causes of disagreements along with the coaching skills to help them find the most appropriate solutions.

Brian is owner and co-founder of The Solutions Group, LLC, a conflict-resolution consulting firm, and has led workshops and trainings on understanding conflict and problem solving. He served as director of business communications for a rural health center in Limon, Colo., in 2007, and has worked with various organizations to improve internal cultures and work environments. His master’s thesis examined the conflicts that occur during organizational change initiatives.

Brian served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Council of Mediators (CCMO) from 2005 to 2007, including serving as president in 2006. He currently is on staff and does volunteer work as a mediator for Jefferson County Mediation Services, and was the founder of the University of Denver’s Society for Conflict Resolution (SCORE).

Brian completed a master’s in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver in March 2010, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from University of Denver’s University College.

Cynthia Gleason

Cynthia Gleason is a marketing/communications professional with consistent achievements in providing innovative solutions for businesses and professional services.

As president and chief executive officer of Kostka Gleason Communications, Inc., she has worked with clients including GE Capital, Ford Motor Company, Kodak, Sunset Magazine, Lockheed Martin, RTD and Collegeinvest.

She has worked globally with The WorldCom Public Relations Group, the largest global organization of 100 independent public relations firms, and served on the Americas Group Board and international committees addressing industry problems in worldwide markets. Cynthia also has been a presenter at international conferences and host of an international conference in Denver.

She led a team that received the Silver Anvil Award, the highest national award presented by the Public Relations Society of America and was named national Public Relations Person of the Year by The Southland Corporation.  She received her master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America.

Jennifer Kostka

Jennifer Kostka has more than eight years in public relations experience that ranges from nonprofit branding and marketing to media relations and training. She is currently the citizen involvement coordinator at Jefferson County. Before joining Jefferson County, Jennifer was associate director of communications for Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit affordable housing organization. She helped to lead the start of a rebranding initiative and coached executive staff for media interviews in crisis situations. She also created consistent messaging and marketing and public relations materials for the organization’s seven regional business centers.

At Jefferson County, she is responsible for creating and implementing public relations campaigns for a variety of initiatives, including the 2010 Census, and public relations policy, such as the county’s first social media policy for county department use. Recently, she has been active in supporting the Conflict Resolution and Mediation communities through Jefferson County Mediation Services. She is knowledgeable about the challenges mediators and other conflict resolution professionals face as they enter the workforce and recently presented to students from the University of Denver’s Conflict Resolution Program on how to brand themselves as they enter the workforce.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, School for Journalism and Mass Communication, with an emphasis in News/Editorial, and served as a freelance writer for newspapers across the Front Range and a staff writer at The Durango Herald in Durango, Colo.

Georgine Kryda

Georgine Kryda is an attorney, mediator and professor based in Golden, Colo.  She is a solo practitioner – Georgine M. Kryda, Ph.D., Esq., LLC – specializing in estate planning and mediation of cross-cultural and financial disputes.

Georgine earned her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and is admitted to practice in Colorado and in the District of Columbia.  She is currently working on her Master of Laws in Taxation at the University of Denver’s School of Law and was recognized by the Colorado State Supreme Court for her pro bono work with Metro Volunteer Lawyers in 2009.

Georgine received cross-cultural dispute resolution training at the University of Humboldt Law School in Berlin, Germany, and completed additional mediation training in Colorado. She is a volunteer mediator with Jefferson County Mediation Services.  Georgine also holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Management at Metropolitan State College of Denver where she teaches Strategic Management and International Business.

Angie Lee

In January 1990, Angie Lee founded Grindstone Graphics—a traditional graphic design studio located in uptown Denver. Angie’s innovative work earned the studio awards from the Art Directors’ Club of Denver, Print magazine and Communication Arts.

Check back for more info about Angie. In the meantime, visit the Grindstone Graphics website.


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