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. 

Nefertiti Frazier, Program Specialist, graduated from Hammond High School prior to receiving a Associate of Arts Degree at Howard Community College. In May 2019, she will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Nefertiti has  worked extensively in the health and human services field. She has also been a volunteer at the Howard County General Hospital Psychiatric Unit for seven years.  



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9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046