NKU's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (ADR), located in Highland Heights, Kentucky, can provide you with a peaceful way to resolve conflicts and disputes through our mediation and arbitration services.
NKU's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center makes dispute resolution:
Mediation is a preferred method of resolving disputes and negotiation impasses between employer and employee, businesses, families and communities. Mediation is often very successful because the parties themselves develop a settlement with the help of a neutral third-party - the mediator. The mediator does not offer proposals or have any authority force either party to accept any proposal.
If mediation fails, the dispute may be taken to arbitration. In arbitration, all parties sign a contract agreeing that they will work with a neutral third party, an arbitrator, to resolve the dispute. At the end of the process the arbitrator renders a decision, made with the cooperation of the parties involved, that is final and binding.
Kathleen is a full-time faculty member in the Business Law and Accounting Department teaching Business Law since 2011, and since 2016 the Director of the Haile/US
Bank's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. In that role, Kathleen also co-chairs the annual Labor/Management Conference held each year at NKU and directs the mediations and arbitrations facilitated by the ADR Center.
Prior to joining NKU, Kathleen practiced law for 12 years in various capacities. Kathleen remains Of Counsel at Dinsmore and Shohl where her practice primarily includes labor and employment law in defense of employers. Kathleen specializes in advising Companies regarding compliance with Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other state and federal employment statutes and regulations. Kathleen also worked as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board, where she investigated and prosecuted unfair labor practices and as the Director of Personnel for a large state agency/cabinet where she oversaw all aspects of human resources.
Kathleen graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science from the University of Louisville and her JD from the University of Cincinnati where she was an executive member of the Moot Court Board.
Dr. Carrell is a former Dean of the College of Business at Northern Kentucky University. He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky, and MBA and B.A. in Economics from the University of Louisville. Most of his professional career has been in the Louisville area and has included positions as a personnel director and labor negotiator.
Louis J. Manchise has been a mediator in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area for the past 33 years. Most recently before joining the faculty at NKU, he served as Director of Mediation Services, Federal Mediation Service (FMCS) in Cincinnati. He is very well known in the conflict management community as a dedicated, hard working, fair and creative problem solver.
Dr. Lambert South is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in family communication from the University of Denver, her M.A. in interpersonal communication from Texas Tech University, and her B.A. in communication and psychology from the University of Kansas. Her areas of expertise include divorce, stepfamilies, co-parenting, family favoritism, adolescent residential treatment centers, and conversations surrounding death. She also has general expertise in communication strategies, interpersonal communication, and business communication. Professor Lambert South is widely involved in the NKU community both on- and off-campus. In addition to serving as a Mediator for the Northern Kentucky Alternative Dispute Resolution Center for the last twelve years, she is the interim Chair of the NKU IRB, and is the Communication Studies and Health Communication program director. Dr. Lambert South has served as the Chair of the Family Communication and Master’s Education divisions for the National Communication Association. She has also served as the Chair of the Interpersonal and Small Group Interest Group for the Central States Communication Association. She is active on numerous review boards and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Family Communication, Women and Language, and the Journal of Communication Pedagogy.Dr. Lambert's research program examining divorce, favoritism, death, and adolescent treatment has yielded over 50 competitively selected papers at international, national, and regional conferences. She has published in journals such as the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, Communication Research Reports, Behavioral Sciences, and Qualitative Research Reports.
John is an adjunct faculty member in the Business Law and Accounting Department teaching Business Law since 2016. John also serves as Vice President of the Northern Kentucky University Foundation and Chairperson of the Corporate Governance Committee.
For 28 years until his retirement in 2016, John served in numerous positions at Ameritas Life Insurance Corp., formally known as The Union Central Life Insurance. During his career, he served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In addition, he was in charge of claims litigation and participated in numerous mediations in the settlement of law suits on a national basis. At this time he is redirecting his career to mediation and is available to mediate cases involving insurance and business
matters. John is also recognized as an “Approved Mediator" in the Kentucky court system involving civil matters John graduated with BA in Political Science from Northern Kentucky University and received a Master Degree from Xavier University. He received his JD from Chase College of Law.
Judge Karen A. Thomas serves on the Campbell County (Kentucky) District Court, and is Chief Regional District Judge for the Northern Region. She was president of the Kentucky District Judges Association for consecutive terms, in 2007 and 2009. She holds a Juris Doctor from Chase College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University.
37th Annual Labor-Management Conference
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Bringing labor relations professionals together to help advance their field for more than three decades.