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Two Cherished NCDD Members in Critical Condition

We thought the community should know that two long-time NCDD members were struck by a bus in London this past weekend and remain in critical condition in separate London hospitals. As of yesterday, Terry Amsler and Lisa Bingham remain in critical but stable condition in medically induced comas and are on respirators.

It goes without saying that this is a horrible situation and a blow to our field.  Terry and Lisa are a wonderful couple — two of the kindest and most accomplished people in our field.  NCDD may not actually exist if if weren’t for Terry; he was directing the Conflict Resolution program at the Hewlett Foundation when a group of us were planning the first conference back in 2002.  He made sure we got grant funds to support the conference and then helped us secure Hewlett support for NCDD for several years after that.

I just saw this update on Lisa this morning, which seems to provide some hope for Terry as well:

Lisa has multiple bruises to her head and a fractured skull but minimal swelling.  Doctors will do more tests and then may begin preparing to take her off the ventilator.  Terry’s condition is similar although appears less serious.

I’ll share what I’ve seen below, and I’ll use the comments field of this post to share updates on Terry and Lisa’s condition as I see them.  Updates are being shared on the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Facebook page here (primarily on Lisa, as she’s a faculty member there), and the ABA Dispute Resolution section has created a space here to allow people to share wishes and notes for Lisa and Terry.  You can also of course share your wishes via the comments here if you’d like.  I’ll make sure they get to others who are in touch with Terry and Lisa’s family.

Lisa is active in the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and here is the message section director David Moora shared on the section listserv yesterday:

Our Section staff learned that earlier this week long-time Section member Lisa Bingham and her partner Terry Amsler, both beloved members of the ADR community, were critically injured in an accident in London. I’m sure many of you know Lisa and Terry well.  Lisa is a past council member of the Section, has chaired a number of Section committees and projects, and of course her research and writings are very well known.  Terry works for the Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement Program. Terry formerly worked for San Francisco’s Community Board Program and as a program officer and program director for the Hewlett Foundation. Terry is also the author of the lead article for the Winter issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine on the theme of Community Dispute Resolution.

Lisa is a professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Education. The IU-SPEA facebook page (www.facebook.com/iuspea) is posting updates on her and Terry’s recovery.

The Section has created a web page where we can all post our good thoughts for Lisa and Terry.  We have created a posting board here: https://americanbar.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_56JsoXZ5Bolctox

We will pass these thoughts along to Terry, Lisa, and their families.

And please be assured that if we have any word from IU-SPEA or the families on anything Lisa and Terry’s worldwide network can do to help, we will pass it along.

And here’s the text from an article published Monday on the Herald Times Online about the accident…

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Long-time Indiana University professor and a colleague were hit by a bus this past weekend in London and are in serious condition, according to faculty with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Associate Dean David Reingold sent a letter Sunday night to faculty and staff saying Professor Lisa Bingham, the Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service, was in “critical but stable” condition in a London-area hospital. Bingham, who was speaking at conferences overseas when the accident occurred, is in a separate hospital from her colleague, Terry Amsler. It is believed that neither has been conscious since the accident, Reingold said.

“There’s pain, because this is someone you care for who is in a bad way, but you can’t drive down the street and help them,” he said Monday.

Reingold said Bingham’s prognosis is “fuzzy,” because he has been collecting information from relatives of Bingham, relayed through the United Kingdom’s U.S. Embassy. Bingham has brain swelling, according to what Reingold has heard, and is in a medically induced coma. Her children have joined her in London.

The professor had left Bloomington Friday and was in London on her way to attend the Economic and Social Research Council’s Thursday seminar on “Mediation and alternative dispute resolution” at Swansea University. Days earlier, Bingham had been quoted by multiple news agencies, including The Herald-Times, about the United State Postal Service’s plans to cut Saturday service.

Amsler is program director for the Collaborative Governance Initiative at the Institute For Local Government in Sacramento, Calif.

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  1. Dear Terry and Lisa,
    We are all wishing you a speedy recovery. Love from Priscilla Prutzman and all of us at CRC.

  2. Nancy Thomas says:

    Lisa and Terry are the heart and soul of what we do. Thank you, Sandy, for letting us know so we can keep them in our thoughts.

  3. Dear Lisa and Terry,

    While we don’t know each other, I want to wish you both a speedy and complete recovery and let you know you are in my thoughts. You both sound like extraordinary people and I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in the future.

    Mallory Stevens
    (Volunteer mediator with the New York Peace Institute and member ACR-GNY)

  4. Harry Manasewich says:

    Sending you both warmth and good wishes for a speed recovery.

  5. Harry Manasewich says:

    Like the others I am so shocked by this! Sending you warmth and hopes for a speedy recovery.

  6. Marcia Greenbaum says:

    Dear Terry and Lisa

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of your accident.
    It seems like we just talked. I send hope and prayers
    for a speedy and complete recovery. You shall be in my
    thoughts everyday until you recover and return. All good wishes and
    blessings, Marcia Greenbaum

  7. Tom Quinn says:

    Terry – hopefully all the good karma you have stored up will get you through this and help you recover fully. Give a call if you get to Denver.
    Tom Quinn

  8. Here’s an update on Terry and Lisa that was just posted a few minutes ago on Lisa’s department’s facebook page…

    An update on SPEA’s Lisa Blomgren Bingham as she recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in London. She was there to deliver a presentation on her academic research and was accompanied by her friend, Terry Amsler. Lisa’s doctors are seeing signs of stabilization and healing. The full extent of Terry’s injuries is still being determined. Both Lisa’s and Terry’s doctors strongly emphasize that recovery from these injuries is typically very gradual. They say progress appears to be tracking with expectations.

  9. Marc Tognotti says:

    Terry and Lisa –
    I’m so sorry to hear of this terrible accident. Sending warm wishes for a fast and complete recovery to both of you.

  10. Here’s an update from yesterday via Matt Leighninger (Deliberative Democracy Consortium) and David Reingold (Bloomington School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University)…

    The news today on Lisa is status quo. The doctors stopped giving her sedatives about 48 hours ago and they expect it to take up to five days for her to wake up. Terry is at a similar point in the process. We are told they are receiving outstanding medical care and Lisa has her own dedicated nurse around the clock. We will continue to send updates as they become available.

  11. Fran Maybaum says:

    Lisa is my cousin, Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.

    • Thank you so much for posting here, Fran. I can only imagine what your family must be going through.

      Do you know if Lisa and Terry have family members at the hospital with them? And why are they in separate hospitals? Terry and Lisa are both very dear to us. We’re all pulling for them and hoping for their full recoveries.

  12. Today’s update from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) facebook page:

    There was no major change over the weekend in the condition of SPEA faculty member Lisa Bingham as she recovers from injuries suffered in an accident in London. She remains in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a London hospital. We’re hoping for a more detailed report sometime today but her medical team cautions that the extent of her injuries makes this a very slow process while noting that her recovery is tracking with their expectations. The condition of her companion, Terry Amsler, is also largely unchanged although doctors are seeing signs that he is slowly regaining consciousness.

  13. Connie Crockett says:

    What terrible news! Wishing a good recovery and the comforts of home in the near future.

  14. Greg Keidan says:

    Thank you for the updates Sandy. I am so worried about them. Terry and Lisa are wonderful people and hugely important to this movement. Please keep us informed if there is anything we can do to help.

  15. Here’s the latest I’ve seen about Terry and Lisa… “We have updates on SPEA faculty member Lisa Bingham and her friend Terry Amsler. Lisa and Terry suffered serious injuries in an accident in London about a month ago. Lisa looked at a few pictures yesterday and in small ways interacted with visitors to her room. She is still unable to speak but appears to be attempting to take the first steps toward communicating. Terry is said by his nurses to be starting to respond to commands. Family and friends, including some of our SPEA colleagues, continue to be with Lisa and Terry as much as possible. As their recoveries progress, they will certainly know they are loved. We’ll have another update when we get new information.”

  16. Here’s an update from March 19th from the IU SPEA Facebook page:

    SPEA Executive Associate Dean David Reingold offered this update on the condition of Prof. Lisa Bingham:
    As we return from the break there is much good news to share about the progress SPEA faculty member Lisa Bingham and her friend Terry Amsler are making in London as they recover from serious injuries suffered in an accident. Foremost, there is a good chance Lisa could return to Indiana later this week to continue her rehabilitation at a facility in Indianapolis. Terry isn’t ready yet for that step but his recovery is on pace, as well. Lisa is now able to sit up and speak and is nearing the time when she can breathe entirely without assistance. She is smiling, listening, processing information and asking cogent questions. We should have a better idea about the timeline for Lisa’s return to Indiana in the next day or so and will share that information with you.

  17. I shared this on the NCDD Discussion list on March 21st…

    Hi, everyone! I received some good news today about dear Terry Amsler. Along with an update on Terry’s recovery, there is a request from his colleagues at the Institute for Local Government to help keep the momentum he built through his hard work at ILG going strong.

    I’ll be tweeting, sharing, posting, and so on via NCDD’s website and social media, and I encourage all of you to support Terry and ILG by doing so as well. Specific suggestions are below. One easy place to find some of the great resources Terry created at ILG is the NCDD Resource Center (just search for ILG, or go here for the search result: https://ncdd.org/rc/?s=ilg). The home base for Terry’s Public Engagement Program at ILG is http://www.ca-ilg.org/public-engagement.

    Sandy Heierbacher
    Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
    sandy@ncdd.orghttps://www.ncdd.org • @ncdd & @heierbacher


    Begin forwarded message:

    From: “JoAnne Speers (Institute for Local Government)”
    Subject: ILG Public Engagement Efforts/Terry Amsler
    Date: March 21, 2013 5:32:11 PM EDT
    To: undisclosed-recipients:;

    Dear Friends of the Institute for Local Government’s Public Engagement Program:

    As you may have heard, our friend and colleague Terry Amsler, was in a serious accident as a pedestrian while in London. After initial worrisome reports, we are pleased to share that his daughter Kyle reports that Terry is now awake, communicating, sitting in a chair for periods and smiling.

    We aren’t sure at this point how much time Terry will need to attend to his recovery, but we want him to have all the time he needs. We also know that Terry would be quite disappointed in us if we let the momentum he worked so hard to achieve in his program lag.

    Accordingly, we wanted to let you know (we at the Institute try to walk our transparency talk) that we have secured the services of Susan Stuart Clark of Common Knowledge to assist with the Institute’s public engagement program while Terry is recovering. We are also blessed to have Christal Love Lazard as our public engagement program coordinator, with Mahvash Hassan, Katelyn Downey and Carmen Pereira rounding out the team.

    A number of people have asked what they can do to help us bridge the gap while Terry is out and express their support for Terry. The following are a few ideas:

    – Spread the Word. Emails, social media posts or mentions at a meeting to colleagues of your favorite ILG public engagement resource(s) would be immensely valuable. An example: “Have you checked out the new “basics of public engagement” section on the Institute for Local Government’s website? The link is http://www.ca-ilg.org/basics-public-engagement. ” ILG also welcomes links to our resources from others’ websites as well.

    – Eyes and Ears in the Field. Keeping up with all the good public engagement work happening in California’s local agencies is a big task. What innovative efforts we should be aware of? Has ILG public engagement information influenced your or a colleague’s work? Please let us know (just drop Christal a line at clovelazard@ca-ilg.org).

    We would love to report to Terry that even more people are taking advantage of the materials he has been devoting so much time and thought to!

    We will keep you posted on Terry’s recovery.

    JoAnne Speers | Executive Director
    1400 K Street, Suite 205
    Sacramento, CA 95814

  18. TERRY IS BACK IN CALIFORNIA! Here’s an update from Cory Amsler from Terry’s CaringBridge site, which you can join at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/terryamsler

    Terry’s Arrival in California

    Written Apr 3, 2013 9:51pm

    Terry was admitted to the Sutter Roseville Medical Center outside of Sacramento late last night (Tuesday). He arrived at the ER close to midnight, and went through a series of tests in the ER. I got a call that he was there and being evaluated from the ER doctor about 3:00 a.m. (EST). By the time I called back about 7:30 a.m. he had been moved to a room and was resting. In terms of contact information, he is in Room 154 at SRMC, 1 Medical Plaza Drive, Roseville, CA 95661. The phone number on his floor (nurse’s station) is 916-781-1780. There is a phone in his room but at this point they prefer no one calls the room directly.

    Kyle and Greg spent a lot of time with their dad this afternoon and they had quite a bit of information to share. I think I’ll just excerpt Kyle’s e-mail to me with her notes on the visit. She writes, “He seems to be doing pretty well! He asked me all about finishing Peace Corps, Scout [Kyle’s dog], the cats, Greg’s coaching, etc., so he seems to remember a lot…He is a bit confused about the details of the accident and where he is; he does know he got hit by a bus in London, but was surprised to learn that Lisa was also involved. He asked me to tell him all about everything that has happened, and seemed satisfied with my answers. I think as he gets more rest things might become more clear to him….The doctor said he had two coworkers(?) visit him this morning, but he didn’t recognize them…He did recognize almost all the names of colleagues on the cards I read him though, and asked about Greg and my friends by name…Dad was making lots of jokes and seemed really happy to see us and speak with us. He was able to carry on conversation well for almost two hours, and only got confused a couple of times. He even spoke to me in Spanish. He will be watching the Giants game tonight with the nurses. He also wants to trim his beard and fingernails, so we’ll see if he will let me do that for him tomorrow.”

    One continuing issue is Terry’s missing eyeglasses, which were apparently lost at the accident scene. No one seems to know for certain if Terry had a prescription, or if they were just reading glasses. Kyle mentioned that “he really, really wants and asks for his glasses, as he is having a hard time seeing.” If any of Terry’s friends or colleagues can share any knowledge of where he might have gotten his glasses, or if he might have another pair (at work?) that would be hugely helpful.

    Visitors are welcome between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., but the doctors don’t want too many people coming at once. Might be good to call first. The doctor also said that visitors should talk to him about familiar things and things he likes, and not focus too much on the accident. According to Kyle, her dad was surprised that people would want to visit him. I suspect he has no idea how many folks out there are following his progress and will very much want to visit him!

    Greg and Kyle will be back to visit their dad tomorrow, and Kyle indicated that she’s planning on bringing her computer to see if Terry is up to Skype with Lisa. (BTW, I understand from Kyle that Lisa expects to be discharged and will be headed home on Friday! Yay, Lisa!).

    Thanks to all for your support, concern and good wishes.

    – Cory Amsler

    • FYI – I heard from Cory this afternoon that they are trying to move Terry to a facility in San Francisco, possibly early this week. So hold onto any cards for a few more days!!

  19. Here’s an update from Monday (April 8th) from Terry’s brother Cory…

    Dear Friends and Family:

    Some developments today which I want to pass along to the network. First, though, thanks to all those who have been visiting Terry at Roseville since his return to the States. I certainly appreciate hearing everyone’s reports, and Terry is enjoying the visits immensely. I just spoke to Kyle, who said that she’s been sharing with her dad all of the various website postings and well wishes, and that he is very grateful for everyone’s concern. He is also enjoying the CD player and bluegrass CDs that were kindly brought to him by co-workers. Others who know of Terry’s musical interests have been asking, and I’m certain that he would love some additional CDs should anyone wish to bring some when visiting.

    The BIG news is that Terry will be transferred tomorrow to the California Pacific Medical Center to begin acute inpatient rehab. We do not know at this point how long this phase of his recovery will take, but certainly several weeks. CPMC is an excellent rehab facility, and we’re very grateful that Terry’s doctors and case workers have pushed to get him admitted there as soon as possible. I do not have a room number at present, but he will be at the Davies Campus of CPMC, located at Castro and Duboce Streets in San Francisco. He wil be in the North Tower, 2nd Floor. Phone number for the unit is 415-565-6380. I expect to hear tomorrow from his new case manager who can provide more specific information. Kyle and Greg are expecting to accompany their dad on the trip to his new digs.

    Here is a link to information about the Davies Campus of CPMC: http://www.cpmc.org/visiting/directions/directions-dav.html

    Speaking of Kyle and Greg, both are arranging to stay with friends closer to the city during the period when their dad is at CPMC. Greg seems to have a place or places already lined up, though Kyle asks that if anyone in the SF, Oakland or Marin areas can put her up for a few days she would be grateful. She has some offers at present but is trying not to impose for too long on friends.

    Once the acute rehab phase is completed (which might be anywhere from 4-6 weeks), it is expected that Terry will be discharged back to his home in Woodland. He will continue to receive outpatient therapy in some form. After going home he will also require some degree of care on a 24/7 basis for the foreseeable future. Kyle and Greg will be taking on much of this, but they will be extremely grateful for the support and assistance of others in the Sacramento and Bay Areas who may be able to help some with meals, shopping, transport and other tasks. When the time comes they can let everyone know the types of help they can best use. Many of you have already offered, and it is a huge comfort knowing the support network that is out there.

    That’s all for now. Another update in the next day or so.

    Cory Amsler

  20. On May 1st, Lisa updated us on Terry…

    Terry in rehab at the following location:


    The general phone number for the hospital is 415-600-6000 and they can transfer you or the direct dial to his room number is 415-600-9691. He is in rehab most of the day until 4 pm Pacific. I have cross-examined him about what I can send, and so far he has only agreed to See’s Chocolates, which he promptly used to feed to (and begin to charm) the nurses….

    He is walking, climbing stairs, proving to therapists that he has a working memory and cognition, talking to me daily, and enjoying visitors very much. The prognosis is very good, and given that he actually ended up UNDER the bus, this is pretty amazing. As it was under the middle of the bus, he had no injuries but the skull fracture. If you are in the area and have time, he would be glad to see you. As I am still in outpatient rehab, I won’t be able to see him and be in California until some time in June.

    Warmest regards to you all, Lisa

    Lisa Blomgren Bingham
    Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service
    School of Public and Environmental Affairs
    Indiana University
    1315 E. 10th Street
    Bloomington, IN 47405

  21. Here’s an awesome note from Lisa Bingham written a little before May 1st…
    (sorry for the delay — I was traveling when this came in)

    To all my wonderful colleagues, students, and friends, thank you for your caring and support over the past several months. This has been a strange experience, but I know that one reason Terry and I are making it through this is all of you. I have been truly overwhelmed by the visits, cards, Facebook or ABA blog comments, calls, flowers, and food from so many people around the country. I have often found myself in tears just because I am amazed, grateful, and lost in wonder over the good wishes and affection.

    In the course of many conversations, I have learned that people want to know more about what exactly happened. Briefly, all I remember is flying to London for a conference with Terry, getting the Heathrow Express Train to Paddington Station, and getting off that train. I have no memory from that point to March 15, although both Terry and I remember everything before Feb. 9. According to the police, we checked into our hotel, went out for dinner, and were walking back. According to cameras, we reached an intersection with a crosswalk but no traffic markings on the sidewalk, looked in the direction of three lanes of traffic and found all clear. There was a double decker bus stopped around a corner going the opposite direction that we did not see. We stepped into the crosswalk and the bus accelerated around the corner and hit us both. The police say the accident was no one’s fault.

    We both ended up with fractured skulls and in induced comas for a month, but miraculously, no other injuries. I was at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. I got to Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis on 3/23, and after inpatient therapy was discharged home to outpatient therapy on 4/5. Terry got back from the Royal Hospital to California about two weeks ago and is now at California Pacific Regional Rehabilitation Center Davies Campus in San Francisco. I am well on my way to a complete recovery. I am home, walking, talking, climbing stairs, and making daily progress. I hope to be done with rehab and writing again by June 1. I am looking forward to teaching again in the fall and consider it a gift that I am able to. Once again, thank you all for caring and showing it – I could never have imagined how much it would mean.

    Best, Lisa

  22. Here’s a new message from Terry’s brother Cory from May 20th…

    I have been visiting Terry at the Cal Pacific Medical Center over the past week, staying with Kyle and Greg at the house in Woodland. Terry continues to improve, physically and cognitively, and is approaching a discharge date. He makes several excursions outside with therapists each week, re-learning how to navigate terrain and the wider world. His reconstructive surgery on his skull is now scheduled for the 24th, after which he is hoping (following a couple of days of recovery) to go home. Kyle and Greg have been receiving training from the therapists, and will be looking after Terry when he goes home. Lisa, who has made huge strides in her recovery (including outracing her physical therapist and passing her driving exam), will be coming out to CA in early June and will be helping Terry out as well, staying for the summer. Another update soon! Thanks to all who have posted their well wishes – I have been sharing many of them with Terry today!

    – Cory Amsler

  23. Martin Carcasson says:

    Great to hear both of you are doing so much better. You will continue to be in my and my family’s prayers. Look forward to learning more from both of you soon.

  24. Hi Terry and Lisa,

    Glad to hear that you are both getting healthier and stronger.
    My sincerest and kindest thoughts are with you.

    Fyi, I went to SUC @ New Paltz with Terry many long days ago,
    where I benefited from his liaison work way back then.
    Scott Gassman

  25. Harry Manasewich says:

    Thanks for the updates. Please keep them coming!

  26. GREAT news to hear of remarkable recovery and continued development for both Lisa and Terry! Prayers continue to surround you both and especially Terry this week for Friday’s surgery. Take care, godspeed, and God bless! Kim and Frank Spillers, Atlantic, Iowa

  27. Carolyn Penny says:

    Dear Lisa and Terry,

    My heart is warmed by the news of your amazing healing and recovery. This community continues to be enriched immeasurably by your presence.

    I send you special healing thoughts for your surgery Friday, Terry. I will be thinking California “good vibe” thoughts for you.
    Carolyn Penny
    Davis, California

    Dear Cory, Kyle, Greg, and Lisa,

    My husband and I live just a few minutes south of Woodland and would like to be of help however we can – meals, visits, groceries, errands, etc. My email is clpenny@ucdavis.edu. Give me a holler and let me know the best way to be in touch.
    Very best wishes,

  28. Manju Bazzell says:

    Hi Dearest Lisa and Terry, So much love and good healing energy has been flowing to you from this community. So good to know that Lisa is stepping into her passions again. A blessing for the world. And we will all be beaming you our very best prayers and wishes, Terry, during this Friday’s surgery. Manju Bazzell, Ashland, OR

  29. Peg Carlson-Bowen says:

    Holding you in our thoughts and wishing a speedy recovery.

  30. Carolin Hagelskamp says:

    Dear Terry and Lisa,
    It is good to know you are both recovering well. All my best wishes for the upcoming surgery!
    Talk to you soon,
    Carolin (Public Agenda)

  31. Linda Baron says:

    Have been following your progress and am so happy to know you’re both healing so well. Best wishes for your upcoming surgery and for speedy and complete recovery.

  32. Linda Blong says:

    So good to know that you are recovering well. Your strength and courage are an inspiration. The NCDD community is cheering you on!

  33. Diane Bock says:

    Sending best, BEST wishes for continued recuperation —

  34. Thank you, everyone, for these wonderful wishes. There is good news! Terry’s surgery on Friday was a success and he was released from the hospital today and is back home in Woodland. His address there is 1974 Cook Court, Woodland, CA 95776. He sounds great in our phone calls, and I will be able to travel there next Tuesday. Warmest regards to you all, Lisa

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