2017 Pathways Award Luncheon

Project Harmony Leader Klein,
Former Mediator/Minister/Therapist Story to be Honored

Concord Mediation Center to host annual ‘Pathways Award’ Luncheon June 23

Concord Mediation Center will hold its 5th Annual “Pathways Award” Luncheon on Friday, June 23, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Avenue.

The 2017 Pathways Award Luncheon will honor Gene Klein, Executive Director of Project Harmony, who has made it his mission to work with young people who are hurting. Klein has guided Project Harmony to become a national model in responding to child maltreatment. Also at this luncheon, we will present the Ron Volkmer Practitioner Award to Grant Story, retired minister, mediator and therapist, who spent his career as an advocate for others.

Klein was selected to receive this honor, as he demonstrates the qualities of the Pathways Award: Honoring those who have courageously opened their minds and hearts to processes of conflict resolution involving healing, forgiveness, empathy, open communications and/or the ability to bring disparate communities together for the better of all. Project Harmony is responsible for the collaboration of child abuse investigations by providing forensic interviews and medical examinations. The collaborative effort is designed to reduce the anxiety for children reporting their experiences. Klein is a licensed mental health practitioner, a certified master social worker and a program leader in our community. He continues to keep Project Harmony and its mission at the forefront in our area.

As one of the founding Board members for Concord Mediation Center and a long-time mediator, Story developed the parenting classes used by both Concord Mediation Center and Douglas County Conciliation Court. These classes help prepare parents to create a parenting plan with their former partner, and teach skills designed to reassure their children during a difficult time. Story served as executive director, therapist and mediator for The Samaritan Counseling Center, in addition to serving as a United Methodist pastor and a chaplain for Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Health System. The Ron Volkmer Award, named for Creighton University Professor of Law Emeritus and long-time Concord Mediation Center board member Ron Volkmer, honors practitioners who apply the agency’s mission to their professional or volunteer conflict resolution efforts.

Previous Pathways Award recipients include: Mike Kelly, Omaha World-Herald columnist; Fred Wilson, Von Maur shooting survivor and inspirational model of grace and forgiveness; Heidi and Jeff Wilke, founders of The Heidi Wilke SANE/SART Survivor Program at Methodist Hospital and Dick and Sharon McNeil, founders of The Stephen Center.

Former Volkmer award honorees are Creighton University Law Professor Ronald Volkmer, for whom the award is named; Concord Mediation Center’s Lori McKeon, Child Welfare Facilitation Coordinator; Kerri Davis, Permanency Specialist for Nebraska Families Collaborative and Ellen Fabian Brokofsky, Nebraska State Probation Administrator.

Many of Concord Mediation Center’s clients report incomes at or below poverty levels and take advantage of sliding scale fees. Nebraska’s Supreme Court’s Office of Dispute Resolution has entrusted the agency to provide alternative conflict resolution services, regardless of a client’s ability to pay. Proceeds from this Luncheon support Concord Mediation Center’s ability to continue to offer reduced fee services, thus providing access to justice for all.

Individual tickets are available for $55 and table sponsorships are available. Contact Concord Mediation Center at 402-345-1131 or contact@concord-center.com for additional information.