Staff

Barb Soscia, Executive Director, is a long- term resident of Howard County, and a conflict resolution professional with experience in all aspects of a community mediation. She is 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 training; 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 with the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.
Ryan Jacobs, Program Manager of Restorative Practices, 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, he spent his free time enabling diverse groups of youths by tutoring and mentoring English language learners, advocating for economically disadvantaged populations, and providing resources for students with learning disabilities through local organizations. 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 youth within the community establish their goals and becoming accountable for their own success. Prior to UNCW and his professional nonprofit work, Ryan comes to us with 15+ years administration and business management. In his spare time, he enjoys reading literature, rollerblading, and working outdoors on construction and landscaping projects. Ryan is the father of five children and currently resides in Reisterstown, Maryland. 

Bintou Ouattara, Mediation Coordinator, comes to the center with more than four years of Conflict Resolution experience in the Jefferson court system in Wisconsin. She holds a MS in Negotiations and Conflict Management and a BS in International Relations with minors in Economics and Political Science. She is trained in the Facilitative, Transformative, and Inclusive Models of Mediation. Bintou enjoys long walks with loved ones. Her recently discovered passion is writing short stories for children. She looks forward to serving the community and coordinating the mediation program.

We HEAR…To HELP!

Weekdays

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or by appointment

Weekends

By appointment

Contact

Phone

(443) 518-7693

E-Mail

info@mcrchoward.org

Address

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046