MACRO Staff

Cynthia M. Jurrius, Esquire - Program Director

Cynthia Jurrius is the Program Director of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). MACRO’s mission is to collaborate with stakeholders statewide to promote the availability, use and quality of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) throughout Maryland. MACRO works to develop, evaluate, and consistently improve high quality and innovative dispute resolution programs, to expand awareness of the benefits and uses of ADR, and to increase the use of ADR to respond to changing community needs.

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Alecia A. Parker - Grants and Strategic Initiatives Director

Alecia is responsible for managing MACRO’s grant programs, including reviewing grant applications and reports, providing advice and technical assistance to community mediation grantees, managing the post-award process and all grant payments.  In addition to grants, Alecia is also responsible for managing MACRO’s budget and expenditures.  She develops MACRO’s annual operating budget request.  She also advises the Director on budgetary issues.  Alecia is also involved in judiciary-wide activities, participating on committees and workgroups.  She staffs the Grants Advisory Workgroup of the Judicial Council Operations Committee, and co-staffs the Research and Grants Subcommittee of the Judicial Council ADR Committee. 

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Nick White, Ph.D. - Research & Evaluation Director

Nick works collaboratively with dispute resolution program managers in the courts as well as in community-based programs, schools, criminal and juvenile justice programs, and state and local government agencies to help develop assessment tools and procedures to evaluate conflict resolution initiatives.  Nick is managing a conflict resolution change project that is drawing on research and change models to foster positive conflict resolution decision making in Maryland.  Additionally, he is leading a team to finalize and implement the Alternative Dispute Resolution Evaluation Support System (ADRESS) which provides courts with real time data for informed decision making.

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Heather V. Fogg - Quality Assistance Director

Heather serves as MACRO’s main point of contact and resource in the area of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process quality assistance.  In this capacity, Heather works in direct collaboration with members of Maryland’s diverse ADR community and other ADR quality assurance stakeholders, including ADR practitioners and practitioner membership organizations, court personnel, attorneys, community members, school and university administrators, and government officials.  As MACRO’s Quality Assistance Director, Heather is the steward of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME).  The MPME is a collaboratively designed statewide program which brings a comprehensive approach to quality assistance by providing mediators with high quality continuing education programs to develop and maintain high quality mediation skills.  The broad range of programs include critical areas such as mediator assessment and evaluation, skill development, mediation standards and definitions, diversity and inclusion awareness, ethical issues, networking and mentorship, and mediator self-awareness.

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Emmett J. Ward, MA - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Resources Coordinator

Emmett is responsible for assisting in the piloting, statewide roll out, and daily management of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Evaluation Support System (ADRESS).  ADRESS is a web-based data collection and reporting system designed to help courts assess and improve the quality of their ADR processes.  Emmett troubleshoots problems for system users and coordinates with the Judiciary’s Judicial Information Systems (JIS) for more complex or novel problems.  In addition, he is responsible for a wide variety of projects designed to advance conflict resolution programs in courts and communities.  Emmett periodically conducts trainings on matters relevant to judiciary employees and members of ADR practitioner communities.  He represents the office on various task groups, planning committees, and collaborative initiatives to advance MACRO’s mission.

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Cheryl Jackson - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Media Resources Coordinator

As the ADR Resources Coordinator, Cheryl’s responsibilities include advancing ADR through public awareness campaigns, professional mediator development, outreach events, and collaborative initiatives. She also works on developing and executing practitioner engagement projects such as the Maryland Mediators Convention; supporting the Maryland Courts’ ADR programs; and expanding the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence (MPME). Additionally, Cheryl manages the annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest.  This contest is open to all Maryland students in grades K-8 and attracts between 1,500 and 2,000 bookmark entries each year.

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