Barb Soscia, a long- term resident of Howard County, is a conflict resolution professional with experience in all aspects of a community mediation and conflict resolution center. A highly trained and practiced mediator, facilitator, conflict coach and presenter, Barb holds a MS degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management, a BA in Government and Public Policy and an AA in Legal Assistance in addition to industry-specific trainings including basic mediation, child access mediation, large and small group facilitation, IEP facilitation, IIRP restorative practices, conflict management coaching and ombudsman. While Barb utilizes many skills and practices acquired from a broad range of experiences, she believes partnership development and thoughtful, compassionate leadership towards the delivery of exemplary services designed to meet the needs of the community to be key elements to her success as Executive Director for the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.

Ryan Jacobs, a non-traditional and first-generation college student, received his MA in Conflict Management & Resolution, and BA in Political Science. Concurrently enrolled in a secondary education licensure-ship program, Ryan spent much of his free time enabling diverse groups of youths by tutoring and mentoring English language learners, advocating for economically disadvantaged populations, and providing appropriate resources for students with learning disabilities.  His previous nonprofit work experience was at the International Centre of Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) serving as Program Officer. Ryan’s passion rests in helping others establish their goals, and move forward in life. Prior to college and his professional nonprofit work, Ryan comes to us with 15+ years administration and business management. In his spare time, he enjoys reading literature, collecting vinyl records, construction and landscaping projects. Ryan is the father of five children and currently resides in Reisterstown, Maryland. 



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9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046