2018 Election Timeline:
September 7th – Call for nominations
October 7th – Close nominations for vetting
October 22nd to 31st – Voting
November 6th – BOD meeting and announce to membership soon after

IMA 2018 Board Nomination Form.pdf


In accordance with our Bylaws we would like to announce the opening of nominations
for the 2018 election for IMA Officers and Directors. In this election we will elect a
President, a Secretary and three Directors to serve on the Board for two years
commencing December 1, 2018.

The 2018 election for IMA Officers and Directors will open 7 a.m., October 22nd through 7 p.m., October 31st, 2018.  A link to access the online election will be e-mailed on October 21st to all members eligible to vote.

Election results will be announced soon after the November 6th Board of Directors meeting.

Board of Director and Officer Candidates

Candidate for President - Chris Yorgason

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.

Candidate for Secretary - Alex McNish

Alex has been a member of the Treasure Valley Community since 1971, raised two children and worked for mission-driven organizations for over 20 years. Since 2012, Alex has enjoyed working for Jannus, Inc., a diverse health and human services organization currently, as volunteer coordinator for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Currently serving as Secretary, on the Training and Education committee, and 2018 Conference Chair. To continue serving the IMA, our membership, and promoting cooperative dispute resolution in Idaho.

Director Candidate - Jillian Landis
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.
Being a millennial (please don’t shoot me for this admission!), I think I could bring some social media experience, branding, and virtual conferencing knowledge to the committee that may prove helpful.

Director Candidate - Jennifer Neermann

Mediating since 2007. Received CPM in June 2017. Received over 330 hours of mediation training. Current small claims mediation coordinator for 7th Judicial District, since February, 2016. Instruct small claims 10-hour trainings. Idaho Supreme Court roster for child custody mediators, since August 2017. Current President of the Grand Teton Mediation Association.

Encourage growth and teamwork across the state. Help energize and bolster IMA membership. Help build public awareness for mediation and conflict resolution. Help imagine and promote activities/events.

Director Candidate - Heidi Pantera

My name is Heidi Pantera; I have a B.A. in English and a J.D. Prior to graduate school I worked in Arizona as a Site Director for before/after school childcare programs. As a law student I was involved with multiple organizations on campus, serving in leadership roles in the ITLA, WLC, and PAD. Upon graduation, I took time to begin my family then started working in Family Law; this experience truly highlighted the importance of alternative dispute resolution. I currently have my own practice and I work as a co-facilitator for both Basic and Advanced Mediation Classes with Co-Parenting Focus.

 I am a new member of the IMA and would like to serve on the board because I think it is important to encourage and support new members of the profession. I think that a newcomer's perspective would be helpful for our organization so that we may both: better serve new practitioners, and raise the profile of mediation in Idaho as a whole.

Director Candidate - Cathy R. Silak, Esq.

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, 2000-2004; Idaho Supreme Court Justice and Court of Appeals Judge, 1990-2000. I conducted appellate settlement conferences from 1995 to 2000 and have been conducting mediations since 2001.

I would like to contribute my perspective as a former Supreme Court Justice and founding Dean of Concordia Law School on creating partnerships for IMA with the law schools and with courts around the state of Idaho.



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