Ada Emmett became the Acting University Ombuds in January 2021. She joined the Ombuds Office as the Faculty Ombuds in July 2019, serving the university community of students, staff, and faculty.
Ada completed State of Kansas approved training in Core Mediation at Johnson County Community College and Restorative Justice training in June 2019; and in October 2020 completed the International Ombudsman Association’s Foundation Training for new ombuds.
For over 20 years, Mike has partnered with organizations and individuals to create impact through a combination of conflict management and resolution, organizational development, facilitation, ombuds, mediation, visual illustration and storytelling, communication, coaching, meeting/program design, and change enablement practices and workshops.
He holds a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) and was recognized with the Donald Paulson Service Award by the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMB. This award recognizes outstanding service in conflict resolution, both within the program at UMB and in the wider conflict resolution field.
Mike works on a part-time basis to support the office by meeting remotely with campus constituents.
Dr. D. A. Graham has more than 20 years of experience as a Master Facilitator and Mediator in the resolution of complaints, appeals and internal grievance processes for employee/employer issues. He has worked to resolve issues between parties through various types of mediation and communication processes. He has designed and taught numerous courses and workshops on communication, conflict engagement skills, diversity and accountability at multiple universities, corporate and nonprofit organizations.