Board of Directors
Jacqueline Oduselu – Chair
Jacqueline is an expert Conflict Management Specialist with over 15 years of experience mediating cases in the Juvenile, Magistrate, and Superior Courts of the Metro Atlanta Area. As a mediator/registered neutral with the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Commission on Dispute Resolution, she has amassed a world of experience working with juveniles and adults in the heat of conflict in court (involving delinquency, status, and civil offenses, even divorce).
Her experience and training as a mediator and as a Licensed Professional Counselor has informed her skills to help counsel individuals, couples, families, and groups navigate the rough waters of conflict to obtain and maintain some sense of resolution in their lives. She provides a safe environment to address the various stressors and influences in life with practical and effective tools and strategies to achieve a WIN/WIN for all involved.
Jacqueline is also an experienced professional educator and trainer having conducted workshops for professionals and the general public covering topics relative to conflict management and resolution, assertiveness, and other psychoeducational topics. Her workshops have been approved by various professional organizations to include:
· Licensed Professional Counselor Association (LPCA) of Georgia,
· Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW),
· National Association of Social Workers (NASW-GA),
· Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (GAMFT),
· Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution (GAODR),
· Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (GA-POST) Council, and
· The State Bar of Georgia.
She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in providing counseling and therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups through various issues including, but not limited to, grief, infidelity, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and more… She has a passion for helping individuals and families gain the help and understanding they need to cope with life’s difficulties and overcome life’s obstacles through the counseling relationship among other avenues. Jacqueline has been trained to use attentive listening, interviewing skills and other various techniques to gain understanding of and assist clients in their goals for personal and professional success.
Jacqueline obtained her Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University and her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from Kennesaw State University. Her experience includes working as a case manager with families and children in need of housing among other basic needs. Her professional experience not only includes using conflict management training and skills in the ADR programs of court systems, but also years of involvement with children at every age level in the public school system as a substitute teacher. Educational specific atmospheres include elementary, middle, and high schools, Kennesaw State University and those of religious institutions and summer camps involving infants to 16 years old.
George Shipman – Board Treasurer
George Shipman retired from the Military and a professional with a varied background in education and public service. Originally from North Carolina, Mr. Shipman graduated from Livingstone College and began his first career, education, in 1971. In his nearly 10 years as an educator he received his Master’s in Supervision and Administration from William Paterson State University and taught from elementary to college level until moving into administration. Transitioning into a different kind of career in the public sector, he went to work for the City of Las Vegas in finance, which eventually led to a position with Housing and Urban Development in San Francisco and then the IRS. As his responsibilities with the IRS increased he was sent to Georgia, as a Program Analyst and Acting Manager in Chamblee. Mr. Shipman is married with 3 children, and 5 grandchildren, 2 of which attend Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy.
Annette Higgins, Executive Director, ex-officio