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Introducing our Conference Manager, Courtney Breese

I wanted to take a moment to introduce the amazing young woman who’s serving as our Conference Manager this year for the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle:  Courtney Breese.

Courtney is program manager at the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC), an institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. MOPC builds capacity in conflict resolution, collaboration and consensus-building within public entities and across sectors state-wide and serves as a neutral forum and state-level resource in these fields.

At MOPC, Courtney runs the Massachusetts Agricultural Mediation Program, which provides mediation services for the Commonwealth’s agricultural community. She has extensive experience as a deliberative dialogue moderator and has taught dialogue courses and trainings at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In her role at MOPC, she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of conflict resolution and collaborative governance projects and has served on the office’s facilitation and training teams.

Courtney was first exposed to dialogue and deliberation as an undergraduate student at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. She worked with NCDD member Joni Doherty and the New England Center for Civic Life during her time as a student and for a while thereafter, where she engaged students in dialogue on national and college-related topics and assisted with projects in the local community and across the state of New Hampshire.

Courtney has been an NCDD member since 2009 and did an extraordinary job serving co-team leader for the 2010 NCDD regional event at UMass Boston. After seeing her in action for that event, we acknowledged her value to the organization and her role as an emerging leader in the field by asking her to serve on the NCDD Board of Directors.

Courtney says she enjoys working with members in planning NCDD events and values the wealth of knowledge and the diversity of approaches amongst members. I’ve enjoyed working with her closely on this conference, as she is consistently positive, calm, and extremely dedicated. And I know many of you will enjoy meeting her and working with her at the conference next month!

Courtney can be reached at courtney.breese [at] umb [dot] edu if you need to get ahold of her.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Marla Crockett says:

    Thanks for recognizing Courtney’s hard work, Sandy. You two have made a terrific team! Those of us who serve with Courtney on NCDD’s board know how smart and competent she is, but I didn’t realize she was Super Woman until all this conference planning started. Courtney’s kept a million details in her head– or on spreadsheets– and has made sure our planning team is organized and on task. Those of you coming to Seattle will benefit from all those late nights she’s put into the conference, so we’ll see you there. And if you happen to run into Courtney and Sandy, please take a moment to thank them for everything they’ve done to ensure that your three day stay there is worthwhile.
    Marla Crockett
    NCDD Board Chair

  2. Barbara Simonetti says:

    This is my second time working with Courtney on a conference planning team. We worked together on the Boston conference a few years ago. . I never cease to be amazed at her boundless energy, her attention to detail, her easy going manner under all kinds of stress, and her amazing people smarts.I have worked on meeting all over the world with many partners. She is simply the best.

  3. Loraine Della Porta says:

    As someone who has the pleasure of working with Courtney on a daily basis…I can sum her up with just one word…phenom!

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