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, a non-traditional and first-generation college student, received his BA in Political Science and MA in Conflict Management and Resolution from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW). His concentration was National and International Security. Concurrently enrolled in a social science secondary education licensure-ship program, he spent his free time enabling diverse groups of young learners by tutoring and mentoring English language learners, advocating for economically disadvantaged populations through the NC Dropout Prevention Coalition, and providing resources for students with learning disabilities through local county organizations. Previously working with the International Centre of Ethno-Religious Mediation (ICERM) serving as Program Officer, Ryan helped establish ICERM Radio, an interview and lecture series from conflict resolution experts around the world. Ryan’s passion rests in empowering youth within the community to establish their goals and becoming accountable for their own success. Prior to UNCW and his professional nonprofit work, Ryan comes to MCRC 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. 



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Columbia, MD 21046