Leslie Ann Grove – Executive Director
After a BA in Music Education, graduate study in both education and philosophy, and law school at Gonzaga University, Leslie began practicing law in 1985 and mediating in 1987. Her very first mediation training was from Community Boards of Spokane, the predecessor to what has evolved into Northwest Mediation Center. She is certified as a mediator through Washington Mediation Association. Leslie is passionate about the crucial role of alternative dispute resolution and restorative practices in the 21st century. She is excited to work with Northwest Mediation Center, whose board is committed to providing affordable mediation and conflict management education to the community with integrity and creative energy. Leslie’s other passion is music, singing and playing trumpet professionally. “It’s all about harmony” in music and in peaceful problem solving.
Deb Nielsen – Administrative Assistant and Intake Specialist
The mother of six grown children, Deb recently completed her BA in sociology from Gonzaga University. She is a volunteer at the Women's Hearth. Outside of her administrative duties at NMC, she is studying conflict resolution and pursuing certification as a mediator. All of these activities have grown out of her passion for social justice and making the world a better place for everybody.
Devin F.P. Biviano – Program Producer/Outreach Coordinator
Devin has been with NMC since June 2018. As a Rotary Peace Fellow, Devin completed a master's of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Further experience in social media, marketing, outreach and non-profit management supports him in his mission to spread the word about NMC's various peaceful problem-solving services throughout the community. He is passionate about the potential of mediation to make the world a better place, and enjoys yoga, camping, performing arts and spending time with his large extended family. He is also undertaking mediator certification through NMC's comprehensive practicum program.
Monica Bertucci – Finance Manager
Monica joined NMC in late 2018 to provide bookkeeping and financial support services. She has an undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. She has a diverse professional history, including in retail and business ownership, and currently serves as the Executive Director of Blueprints for Learning. Having used mediation services herself in both business and family matters, Monica is a firm believer in mediation as an essential resource for people working through any type of negotiation, and is very happy to be part of the NMC team.