BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Rebekah Smith - President
Rebekah has provided exclusively neutral legal services since 2005, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, independent investigator, and administrative hearing officer. She has mediated hundreds of disputes to successful resolution in a variety of settings from family inheritance disagreements to human rights violations. In addition to providing mediation services for private parties, Rebekah serves as a neutral for several state agencies, including the Maine Department of Education, the Maine Labor Relations Board Fact Finding Panel, the Maine Human Rights Commission, the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
Nelson Larkins - Vice President
Nelson is a partner at Preti Flaherty in Portland, Maine. He has over thirty years of experience as a litigator with an emphasis on workers’ compensation, longshore, general litigation, and family law. He was the Editor in Chief of the Ohio State College of Law Dispute Resolution Journal and has been involved in mediation since 1984. He is the immediate Past President of the Maine Association of Mediators.
Sonia Buck - Treasurer
Sonia received her B.A. in English and Business from the University of Southern Maine (cum laude) in 2002. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law (magna cum laude) in 2005. While in law school, she was the Production Editor of the Maine Law Review. She also participated in the Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court competition and received the Gignoux Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy.
Sonia Buck is a trained mediator and handles both court-sponsored and private mediation and arbitration services. Having recently completed a 40-hour mediation training program, she has been added to several court mediation rosters, including Superior Court mediation and arbitration, family law cases, small claims, landlord-tenant matters, and foreclosure diversion mediation. She is a board member of the Maine Association of Mediators.
In addition to several articles written for the American Bar Association and the National Business Institute, Attorney Buck has also published a book for law students and legal professionals, Movie Therapy for Law Students. Her book surveys 35 courtroom dramas and comedies and discusses the substantive law raised in the movies.
Pamela Waite - Secretary
A graduate of Smith College and the University of Maine School of Law, Pam represented the State of Maine as an Assistant Attorney General primarily in employment and tax matters for over 30 years. A skilled negotiator, she trained to become a mediator and now mediates privately; serves on the court rosters for family matters and foreclosure cases; and also is on the roster as a mediator for the Maine Human Rights Commission. Pam believes strongly in party selfdetermination and the importance of trying to resolve disputes by agreement as an alternative to engaging in lengthy and expensive litigation.
Elaine is the Director of the Community Mediation Services Program (CMS) of Volunteers of America, Northern New England (VOANNE); a program designed to Transform Conflict; Preserve Relationships. She is an experienced mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer and consultant and leads a diverse team of individuals providing mediation services for members of the agricultural community, veterans and military families and a full-range of community based conflict resolution services, training programs and skill-building sessions. Prior to joining VOANNE, Elaine worked for more than 15 years with law students, developing extensive experience, and a national reputation, as a leader in legal education administration – student services including admissions and career development.
Currently a non-practicing licensed (PA) lawyer, Elaine has previously served as an Officer (secretary and vice- president) and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Maine Association of Mediators and is active with other organizations including the Beginning Farmers Resources Network Council in Maine. She holds a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a B.A. from Eisenhower College of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Peter is a retired attorney with extensive career experience in the investment management industry. He has mediated in Maine and Massachusetts in commercial and family matters. He has also served as an arbitrator for FINRA. Peter has a B. A. degree from Princeton and a J. D. degree from Columbia Law School, and served for 3 years in the US Marine Corps.
Norma practice areas include Mediation and Guardian ad Litem, with a focus on children, families, domestic violence, substance use disorder, mental health, and cross cultural communication, including over a decade of practice in the Probate, Juvenile, Protective Custody, Family, Protection from Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Courts. She received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000, her M.A. in Drama & Theater Studies from the University of London in 1991, her M.A. in Philosophy from Smith College in 1988, and her A.B. in Social Sciences from Ateneo de Manila University in 1985. She also works at the Opportunity Alliance in Mediation Services.
Peter is a Mediator/Arbitrator with the firm of Shaheen & Gordon. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and recognized by Best Lawyers in America and New England Super Lawyers in Mediation.
Peter has taken an active leadership role in alternative dispute resolution and civic organizations. He currently serves as Chair of the ADR Section of the Maine State Bar Association and on the Board of Directors of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce. He is a Past President of the Maine Association of Mediators and previously served as the Chair of the Saco Planning Board and the Southern Maine Fee Arbitration Commission.