2020 IMA Board of Directors
Chris Yorgason, CPM
I graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a double major in political science and finance (with an international emphasis) and a minor in Thai. I then enrolled in BYU's J. Rueben Clark Law School, where I graduated in 1998. In 2011, I opened my law firm where I work mostly in the education and municipal government fields, with some work in the business and real estate worlds. In 2012, I completed my basic mediation training and went on to receive specific training in child custody mediation. I joined the IMA shortly thereafter. I was elected to the IMA board in 2015 and I have served as the IMA board president since 2016.
John Plummer, CPM
John Plummer is an Idaho native with diverse experience in construction management, sales, business management and the military. John is a Certified Professional Mediator who has been successfully practicing conflict resolution for many years. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a Minor in Communication along with a certification in Conflict Resolution from Boise State University. John is a lead mediator with Idaho’s Fourth District Court, facilitating small claims, de novo, magistrate, eviction, child custody, neighborhood disputes, restorative justice and many other types of mediation. His broad range of experience and continuing education in neuroscience informs his refined and very successful mediation style. Currently John is serving on the board of directors for the Idaho Mediation Association.
Alex McNish, CPM
Alex has been a member of the Treasure Valley Community since 1971, raised two children and worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, including IMA’s administrator from 2007-2010 and 2015 to present. Since 2012, Alex has enjoyed working for Jannus, Inc., a diverse health and human services non-profit organization currently as volunteer coordinator for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Alex passionately supports mediation as a primary option for dispute resolution.
Jeanne Jackson-Heim, MBA, CPM
Jeanne Jackson-Heim is an Area Manager for Progro Partners, LLC, a division of Olson's Greenhouse. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boise State University. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management at Boise State and is a Certified Professional Mediator. Jeanne is a Past President and Member Emeritus of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials, as well as a member of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Idaho State Bar and the Dean's Council for the BSU School of Public Service. She maintains a private mediation practice and is an adjunct professor for the College of Southern Idaho.
Of counsel attorney and mediator, Hawley Troxell 2017 - present; Dean and Vice President Concordia Law, 2008-2017; Idaho Community Foundation CEO, 2004-2008; Partner, Hawley Troxell, 2004-2004; Idaho Supreme Court Justice and Court of Appeals Judge, 1990-2000. I conduct appellate settlement conferences from 1995-2000 and have been conducting mediations since 2001.
Jennifer Neermann, CPM
Jennifer has been engaged in Mediation since 2007. She is a Certified Professional Mediator and is on the on the Idaho Supreme Court roster for Child Custody mediators.
Mediating people’s conflict is her passion. Facilitating conversations to encouraging people to get passed their conflict and move forward creating an obtainable plan is her joy.
She serves the Seventh Judicial District as the Small Claims Mediation coordinator and is the current president of the Grand Teton Mediation Association. She is delighted to come along side of the excellent Mediators of the Idaho Mediation Association to promote all things mediation across the state.
Jen has a long history in art as a faux finish painter, muralist and art instructor for a paint and sip business. Her work includes murals on university basketball court floors, ocean murals, and themed rooms throughout the city and surrounding area. She has also participated in snow sculpture exhibitions for several years.
Ms. Neermann is a native of Arizona and has lived in Idaho for 19 years.
Jillian is a family mediator who practices in Boise, Idaho. Jillian has 12 years of experience working in the mental health field as a social worker and has her bachelors in criminal justice, with a minor in psychology. During her time working with the mentally ill and vulnerable populations, Jillian learned many conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills, which have ultimately drawn her to the field of mediation. Jillian also practices as a life coach and specializes in relationships and self-worth.
Jillian's passion for relationship health, strong communication skills, and empowerment, have created a desire to use meditation as a means to encourage peaceful dispute resolution. Jillian currently serves as a domestic mediator, in the areas of marriage, divorce, custody, guardianship, adoption, and property division. Jillian is very satisfied to be able to provide a more peaceful means of navigating divorce and other highly emotional conflicts, through mediation. Jillian's style of mediation is a narrow, facilitative approach, which means she addresses specific, measurable problems, with a neutral method, allowing her clients to dictate the outcome.
Steve Pinther - Appointed
I first received mediation training in the spring of 2010. At that time I had 30 years of general contracting,producing custom upper end homes in Southeastern Idaho. I also had the privilege to serve the construction industry in many professional positions. I was fortunate enough to be able to see the construction Industry from several different perspectives. I served as president of the Idaho Building Contractors Association (IBCA) and also, served as Chairman of the Idaho State Contractor Registration Board. And because of my service to the contractor board I was able to represent Idaho at the National Association of Contracting Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) and served one year as President of that organization.
My plan was to retire and help other contractors and homeowners resolve their problems. But after 10 more years of building, because people kept calling me, I had not pursued my ambition. But all was not lost during those years because I did volunteer to mediate the Small Claims cases in Fremont, Madison, and Teton county for the magistrate court. I do believe these years in small claims has aided because of the challenges and variety of cases that small claims present.
I have always looked to improve my capabilities and through the years I have been able to receive more extensive training in construction and business disputes. I have also had additional training in Elder mediation to help families resolve issues pertaining to future elder care or resolve estate disputes.I do not engage in any domestic or Child custody mediation.
My experience and training provides me with unique knowledge to be able to assist people, contractors or families in solving their needs in a professional environment.
Terry Petty - Appointed
Petty has a Master of Arts: Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Terry is a Certified Professional Mediator (CPM) with the Idaho Mediation Association (since 2010), listed on the Idaho Supreme Court’s roster of Child Custody mediators, and a former President of the Grand Teton Mediation Association (Idaho Falls, ID). He previously served on the IMA Board of Directors in 2014-15.
Terry is President of Peace-Full Solutions RE, Inc., which provides mediation services and training leaders in conflict management concepts and strategies. He specializes in church, organizational, large group, and high intensity conflicts.
Since 2017, Terry is an Idaho licensed REALTOR® and works with Team Idaho Real Estate in Moscow, Idaho.
An Ordained minister, Terry serves the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God as the North Idaho Executive Presbyter. He was certified as a Master Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains and served as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain for 25 years.
As an author, Petty has written three books, “Married and Loving It!”, “Peace-Full Solutions: Spiritual peacebuilding for leaders”, and “Real Answers for Real Estate: Questions asked by first time home buyers.”
Terry and his wife, Barbara, live in DeSmet, Idaho. Terry is a trombone player, outdoorsman, and a Harley-Davidson rider.