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Principal: James H. Keil, ACI,arb, info@adaptiveconsulting.org

Mr. Keil has a B.S. in secondary education, is a former professional football player, and commissioned naval officer who served honorably during the Vietnam era. He is a widely published author and lecturer.

He was a corporate sales and marketing manager for three Fortune 500 Companies in a number of regions of the United States. He served as a major policy-making official in Maine State government, directing a 260 person bureau with a $35,000,000 operational budget. He was responsible for the state's annual procurement of over $400,000,000 in goods and services, including design and contruction contracts for all public improvements, negotiation of, and management of all real property leases, management of the state's Risk Fund, and was responsible for over 16,000,000 square feet of facilities, and development of the state's maintenance budget.

He is currently on American Arbitration Association's commercial mediation and arbitration panels, is a member of AAA's New England Construction Advisory Council, and a member of the Building Futures Council. He is a board member of the New England Chapter of SPIDR, and an honored member of Strathmore's 1998-99 Who's Who in Business. A sampling of clients includes American Arbitration Association, Siemens Transit, Kiewit Construction, Tren Urbano (San Juan, P.R.), ICA (Mexico), Entrecanales (Spain), CEGELEC (Paris, France), Bechtel, Parsons/Brinkerhoff, Massachusetts Highway Department, DPIC Companies, New York City Transit Authority, Cianbro Corporation, Maine Turnpike Authority, Bardon Trimount, law firms, insurance companies, and governmental entities. He facilitated a negotiated rulemaking process for Maine's Pesticide Control Board's development of Pesticide Control Standards, and convened an EPA XL Project on Paper Mill Effluent in Jay, ME. He was the partnering facilitator selected for one of the most complicated Brownfield Redevelopment Plans in 1997 at a former Superfund Site in Woburn, MA.. This particular site was the inspiration for the book and movie "A Civil Action." He is also a US Postal Service Redress Program Mediator, and a Marasco-Newton EPA Mediator.

He is a repeat guest speaker at MIT graduate Civil Engineering Program, and participated as an arbitrator in the 1998 Wilhelm C. Vis Moot Court in Viena, April 1998. He presented papers on Alternative Contract Delivery Systems in 1998 at the Conference on International Law in Salzburg, Austria, the Latin American Conference of the International Bar Association in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the WTS Annual Conference, San Diego, and the American Society of Civil Engineers Annual Conference, Boston. He is an experienced mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, and Dispute Review Board Panelist, and has worked on projects as large as 350 million dollars.

Associate: R. Bruce Cuthbertson info@adaptiveconsulting.org

R. Bruce Cuthbertson brings more than 30 years of successful management and consulting experience in business in Latin America and the US, with particular experience in construction management and utility consulting. Extensive computer experience. Held executive positions with the largest general contractor in Latin America. Consultant to Boston-based energy developer on acquisition of privatization assets in Central America. Participated in negotiation of joint venture between the company, major Central American business group and Canadian utility to participate in planned privatization bid of electrical distribution system. Consultant to World bank on major water project in Mexico, consultant to ENEE, the electric utility for Honduras, to improve commercial operations. Experienced arbitrator, mediator, and partnering facilitator. Fluent in English and Spanish.


MBA Harvard Business School


Associate: Kathryn Shane McCarty  info@adaptiveconsulting.org

Professional Biography

Kathryn Shane McCarty is a nationally recognized facilitator, trainer, and mediator on workplace and civil rights issues. As co-founder and co-president of ADR Vantage, Inc., Ms. McCarty brought her background in public policy, her human resources experience in applying Federal civil rights laws, and twenty years of professional training expertise to formulate a successful consulting and training practice.

Ms. McCarty is a certified mediator who regularly conducts training and mediates on workplace topics. She receives mediation referrals from the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other governmental agencies, and private businesses.

Prior to joining ADR Vantage full-time, Ms. McCarty worked for more than twenty years serving local governments. She was the Assistant Staff Director of Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law at the American Bar Association and the Director of Training and Information Services for the National League of Cities (NLC). Ms. McCarty has worked in human resources management for the cities of Alexandria, Virginia and Kirkland, WA and King County, WA. In the late 1970s, Ms. McCarty directed a model management project to assist the cities of New Orleans and Hartford, CT in complying with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the first federal statute prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or service receiving federal financial assistance. Program assessment, staff training, and negotiations with disability advocates were key aspects of this model project.

Ms. McCarty regularly conducts training for the Northern Virginia Mediation Service, the USDA Graduate School, and the University of Maryland's School of Business Management (Executive Programs). She has been a speaker on the topic of ADR at annual conferences of the National League of Cities, American Public Transit Association, and the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

Ms. McCarty is an active member of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and the National Association for Community Mediation. She is also a member of the National Association of Community Mediators and the National Dispute Resolution Coalition for Aging and Disability, created by the American Association of Retired Persons and American Bar Association to work on promoting the use of ADR in disability and aging-related disputes.

Ms. McCarty currently serves on the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission as a citizen volunteer, and she chaired the Commission in 1996 and 1997. She is active parent and mediator mentor in Key Elementary School's Spanish Immersion Program.

Ms. McCarty received her B.A. degree from Denison University and her M.P.A. degree from the University of Washington with an emphasis in land use planning. In addition, she has been trained by Interaction Associates in facilitation techniques and mediation/ dispute resolution by the Center for Dispute Settlement and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service.

Associate: Dianne Chasen Lipsey Email: info@adaptiveconsulting.org

Phone: 202-296-2328

Ms. Lipsey is a well-known facilitator, mediator, and trainer. She is very well-versed in ADR techniques and skills as both a practitioner and trainer. She regularly mediates workplace and public policy disputes. She is a skilled facilitator who uses interactive management technology applications to facilitate decision-making. She recently facilitated a community task force created to improve race relations in the City of Alexandria, Virginia. She is an approved facilitator for the City of Rockville, Maryland and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Lipsey is a certified mediator and trainer for the Supreme Court of Virginia and conducts disability-related training for practicing mediators, government officials, and human resources directors. She regularly receives mediation referrals from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of justice, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other government and private agencies.

In addition to serving as mediator and facilitator. Ms. Lipsey conducts ADR skills training for federal agencies on a regular basis. She also teaches at Northern Virginia Mediation Service, an affiliate of George Mason University, and through the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Maryland.

Ms. Lipsey currently currently serves as the Vice Chair of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR). In addition to serving as the Vice President of the DC Chapter of SPIDR, she is a member of SPIDR International, the National Association of Community Mediators. and the National Dispute Resolution Coalition on Aging and Disability. She also serves on several mediation panels, including the Employment Mediation panel for the DC Superior Court and the National Employment Mediation Service.

Ms. Lipsey holds an MA. degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Science from Auburn University. She has conducted post graduate work In Deaf and hearing impairments at the University of Tennessee. Ms. Lipsey has been trained in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation, negotiation, and facilitation by the Center for Dispute Settlement and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service.



Associate: Dana R. Morton, P. E., S. E. danam@drmorton.com  

Co-founder, President, Senior Engineer SMRT INC. Portland, ME - Architectural/Engineering Firm.

Co-founder, Principal, SMRT HUNTINGTON DREHER INC. Sarasota, FL - Architectural/Engineering Firm.

Founder, President, Senior Engineer.MORTON AND ROSE ASSOCIATES , Limerick, ME - Engineering and surveying firm.

Project manager ALLIED ENGINEERING INC. Gorham, ME - Engineering and architectural firm.

Office of Research and Development. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, Washington, D.C.

Site Searches and Evaluations: Confidential searches for land suitable for site development. Projects include assessment of physical and regulatory aspects and development costs. Clients include State and County Governments, Municipal Governments, School Districts, Colleges, Medical Facilities, Private Developers & Industry.

Planning Projects: Municipal, Indian Nation, State and Federal commissions include preparation of the State of Maine Database for Comprehensive Land Use Planning, preparation of updated zoning maps for the unorganized territory, and service as an ongoing technical resource to various state agencies and towns.

Institutional Master Planning: Recent commissions include Bates College, Portland Elementary Facilities Task Force, Woodfords Congregational Church and Town of Lisbon Schools.

Public School Projects (Maine) Include: Hiram, Shapleigh, Madison, Maplewood, South Berwick, Waterboro, Eliot, Lyman, Rockwood, Yarmouth, Trenton, Gray, Belfast, Sebago, Bridgton, Windham, Camden, Lincoln, Cape Elizabeth, Rangeley, Lisbon, Limerick, Hebron, Edgecomb and Standish.

Other Public Projects: Municipal offices, fire and police buildings, community centers, public libraries and public works (streets, storm systems, sewer and water systems).

Medical and Related Projects: Hospitals, doctors' offices, hospital outpatient facilities, nursing homes, veterans' homes, congregate care, elderly housing and assisted living facilities including Alzheimer's projects.

Correctional Facilities: Site selection, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical design of projects in Washington, Knox, Hancock, Aroostook and Cumberland Counties (Maine) and Strafford County (New Hampshire).

Recreational Facilities: Development planning and engineering design for campgrounds, golf resorts, athletic facilities, ski resorts, hospitality and youth summer camp projects.

Industrial/Commercial: New plants, plant additions and renovations. Industrial parks, shopping centers, fast foods, supply and warehouses, and parking decks.

Residential Projects: Commissions have included residential subdivisions, multi-family housing projects and condominium developments.


Associate: Joseph Grynbaum info@adaptiveconsulting.org

Mediator/engineer providing dispute resolution services primarily for construction industry disputes. Experienced in mediation and construction claims consulting, expert technical witness, and experienced in providing advisory services. Undertakes design of dispute avoidance procurement processes such as partnering and project alliance facilitation. Particular specialization in power industry.

Professional engineer in CT, MA and VT. Professional engineer in Australia (APESMA) 30 plus years experience primarily in design and construction of power plants

2 years providing mediation services in construction industry Training completed for Westchester Court (NY)ADR in Commercial Division

Facilitative mediator with empirical knowledge of construction industry practices and culture

Extensive international experience, fluent in French


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