Mediators

Elder Decisions is a division of Agreement Resources, LLC. All of our mediators have received advanced training in Elder Mediation and are experienced in mediating family disputes.

 Arline KardasisRikk LarsenHonorable John Maher (ret.)Crystal ThorpeBlair Trippe 

Arline Kardasis
Arline Kardasis

Arline Kardasis is a mediator, trainer and co-founder of Elder Decisions®, a Division of Agreement Resources, LLC.

Arline designs and delivers trainings for mediators, lawyers, social workers, eldercare professionals and public audiences.  She has presented workshops and seminars around the United States on the use of mediation for resolving adult family disputes - and participants have traveled to Massachusetts to attend these programs from more than 20 states and from Germany, the UK, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia. 

As a thought leader in the field, she has been invited to speak at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, the Sino-U.S. Judicial Mediation Exchange Program, The American Bar Association, the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) along with many other venues.

Arline served as a founding tri-chair of the Elder Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution - New England Chapter and is the former Vice President of the Chapter. She was the Newsletter Editor of the Chapter for several years.  She also served on the Public Awareness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.

She received her BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from Boston University and her MAT with honors from Simmons College. She also completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Semester.

Arline Kardasis co-authored Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Eldercare Crises (published in 2011).  She also co-wrote “When Aging Issues Lead to Family Conflict” for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

   
Rikk Larsen
Rikk Larsen

Rikk Larsen is a co-founder of Elder Decisions® where he is a mediator, trainer and conflict coach.  At Agreement Resources, LLC, Rikk’s mediation and conflict coaching practice includes divorce, post-divorce, marital mediation and life coaching.  He has helped create and present conflict skills trainings to eldercare professionals from around the world.  Rikk served on a Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution.  He has co-presented “Using Mediation in Elder Law” at the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, presented a workshop “When Families Struggle with Dementia: Facilitating Solutions through Mediation” at the Dartmouth Alzheimer’s Conference, and co-wrote with Arline Kardasis “When Aging Issues Lead to Family Conflict” for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  He is the co-author, with Crystal Thorpe, of "Elder Mediation: Optimizing Major Family Transitions" for Marquette Elder's Advisor Law Journal.  He was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition show, “Mediators Help Families with Tough Choices of Aging,” and has been on the Emily Rooney show on WGBH/TV as well as CBS Radio with Dan Rea.

Rikk is a former case coordinator for the Harvard Mediation Program in Family and Probate Court and Small Claims Court.  Rikk attended Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and Harvard Mediation Program as well as trainings at The Center for Social Gerontology and Mediation Works Incorporated.  He received his BA from Williams College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Rikk and his colleagues co-authored the book Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Eldercare Crises (published in 2011).  

   
Honorable John R. Maher (retired)
Judge Maher Judge Maher (retired) has an active mediation/arbitration practice, concentrating in the areas of trusts and estates, elder law, real estate, and business dissolutions. Judge Maher served as the Administrative Judge of the New Hampshire Probate Courts from 1990 until he retired in 2007.  A pioneer in the judicial side of the mediation field, he was instrumental in the creation of the mediation program in the New Hampshire Probate Courts in 2002.  He was the Probate Judge for Rockingham County, New Hampshire from 1983 until 2007.  During that period, he presided over hundreds of litigated cases dealing with real estate, trusts, estates, guardianships and other elder law issues.  He studied mediation at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, California and recently completed the Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Studies at Woodbury College in Montpelier VT.
   
Crystal Thorpe
Crystal Thorpe

Crystal Thorpe is a co-founder of Elder Decisions® and its parent company Agreement Resources, LLC, both based in Norwood, MA.  She facilitates family retreats for families eager to have successful conversations, and she mediates disputes among family members about eldercare, family communication, caregiving, and trust and estate issues.

Crystal trains mediators from around the world in the growing field of Elder (Adult Family) Mediation, and provides customized training for eldercare professionals in Conflict Resolution Skills.  She has presented seminars and workshops for the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Northeast Human Resources Association, among others.

Crystal is the co-author, with Rikk Larsen, of "Elder Mediation: Optimizing Major Family Transitions" for Marquette Elder's Advisor Law Journal.  She was the guest expert for The Washington Post online discussion “Family Mediation for Elderly Care” and has been featured in other national press.  She and her colleagues co-authored the book Mom Always Liked You Best: A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Eldercare Crises

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution.  She served on the Public Awareness Working Group and the Court Systems Working Group for the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. 

Prior to co-founding Agreement Resources and Elder Decisions in late 2003, Crystal had over ten years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors in the areas of training, human resources, quality assurance and consulting.  Crystal holds an MSW and an MBA from Boston College and an undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science/Psycholinguistics, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

   
Blair Trippe
Blair Trippe

Blair Trippe earned her MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in psychology from Connecticut College.  She received mediation training from The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, The Dispute Resolution Center at Northwestern University in Chicago, and the Center for Social Gerontology at Ann Arbor.  Blair also earned a Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute.

Blair is a co-founder of Agreement Resources, LLC and its division Elder Decisions® - focusing on general mediation, adult family communication and mediation training.  She is a mediator, trainer, and family business consultant focusing on succession planning and governance within family businesses and in managing family conflict related to adult family communication, eldercare and estate issues.  

In addition to her mediation and consulting work, Blair co-authored Mom Always Liked You Best, A Guide for Resolving Family Feuds, Inheritance Battles & Eldercare Crises, and has developed and presented numerous workshops and training programs in Negotiations, Conflict Resolution Skills, and Peer Mediation for professionals and teens.  Blair has presented to the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Family Firm Institute, the American Bar Association (ABA), the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and at the Map Through the Maze conference of the Alzheimer’s Association.  She also served on the faculty of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s conference on Alzheimer’s disease.  She has been interviewed on television by Emily Rooney (WGBH TV) and the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, on radio by Dan Rea, and has been quoted in several publications including AARP, More Magazine, and Slate.  She also has written or been featured in articles in Family Business Magazine and in SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management).

Blair is an Overseer of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

   

 Kardasis and Thorpe photos courtesy of Neponset Valley Senior News/Rick Booth





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