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Facilitator Biographies



Patrick Field
Consensus Building Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

Professional Practice
Patrick Field specializes in public sector mediation and consensus building and training in negotiation and consensus building. He is Managing Director of North American Programs at the Consensus Building Institute and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program. Mr. Field has worked on numerous public sector cases. He has facilitated hundreds of public meetings, workshops, citizen advisory meetings, technical workshops, and policy and management meetings. He has helped build agreement among state and federal agencies, communities, and citizens for the $250 million cleanup of the Massachusetts Military Reservation Superfund site. He co-mediated a comprehensive agreement to resolve issues of air quality and cancer risk in four rural Maine communities surrounding a paper mill. He co-facilitated the rule development process for a phosphorus standard for the Florida Everglades . He is currently co-mediating the Superfund cleanup of a major industrial site in southwestern Connecticut and facilitating a national pilot on reducing air toxics in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Field has also prepared over fifteen conflict assessments with topics ranging from environmental issues and concerns in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho to the future use of town-owned beachfront property in Essex, Massachusetts. Mr. Field has designed numerous teaching materials and taught hundreds of commercial, non-profit, local, state, provincial, tribal, and federal officials in negotiation and consensus building. Some of his training clients include the Land Trust Alliance, the San Diego Environmental Health Coalition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Kentucky Natural Resources Leadership Program, the Alberta Environmental Appeal Board, and the Indian Taxation Advisory Board of Canada.
Education and Affiliations
Mr. Field is on the U.S. Insitute for Environmental Conflict Resolution's roster of senior mediators. He is a member of the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations Putnum Education Institute Advisory Board, board member of the Cambridge-based Community Disputes Settlement Center, and Training Director of the Western Consensus Council of Helena, MT. He holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and resides in Watertown, Massachusetts. He is co-author of the award winning 1996 book, Dealing with an Angry Public.

Douglas J. Sarno
Senior Facilitator and Trainer
The Perspectives Group, Alexandria, Virginia

Mr. Sarno is a senior facilitator, trainer, and analyst with twenty years experience in decision-making, dispute resolution, public participation, and public information. His extensive work and numerous articles, reports, and presentations on collaborative decision-making and public participation have assisted many agencies in developing effective guidance and training. He has developed numerous training programs to assist professionals in designing effective communications and participation programs, establish effective teams, and communicate technical and risk-based information. He is the chief designer of the Certificate Course in Public Participation for the International Association for Public Participation and teaches the Resolving Complex Issues With Diverse Stakeholders course at NCTC.
Doug holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. His technical background provides him with the ability to understand and interpret complex technical issues for a lay audience. His public participation and information work includes the design and facilitation of numerous large and complex projects to implement detailed information programs and achieve consensus on highly complex and controversial issues. As a result of his work and experience, he has been asked to participate in a wide variety of task forces and advisory panels aimed at improving management and decision-making for numerous federal agencies and non-profit groups. He has served on several panels for the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Harvard University, and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. He also served five years as the Executive Director of the International Association for Public Participation.

Cherie P. Shanteau, Esq.
Senior Mediator/Senior Program Manager
U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution

Cherie P. Shanteau is an attorney, mediator/facilitator with the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. She has program responsibilities for administrative appeals, courts, escalated disputes and litigated matters. In addition to case consultation and management, she provides program design, convening and process management services, mediation and facilitation, as well as ECR and negotiation training. Her subject matter expertise includes real property and environmental law, Western public lands issues including wilderness, grazing and endangered species. She has designed ADR referral programs, successfully mediated numerous litigated and non-litigated matters, represented clients in mediation, and facilitated several large public disputes related to a variety of environmental issues. She has taught mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution and communication skills to judges, lawyers, law students, other individuals, corporations and organizations in the United States and Europe . She is additionally qualified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©.

Steven L. Yaffee
University of Michigan

Steven L. Yaffee is the Theodore Roosevelt Professor of Ecosystem Management and Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy at the University of Michigan. He also directs the School of Natural Resources and Environment's Ecosystem Management Initiative, a research, teaching and outreach center focused on promoting sustainable management of natural resources. Dr. Yaffee has worked for more than twenty five years on federal endangered species, public lands and ecosystem management policy and is the author of Prohibitive Policy: Implementing the Federal Endangered Species Act (MIT Press, 1982) and The Wisdom of the Spotted Owl: Policy Lessons for a New Century (Island Press, 1994). His research tracking the on-the-ground progress at more than a hundred collaborative ecosystem management initiatives was first documented in Ecosystem Management in the United States: An Assessment of Current Experience ( Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 1996). His most recent work explores ecosystem management as a conceptual framework for managing natural resources, and multi-party, collaborative problem-solving efforts as necessary elements of an ecosystem approach. The lessons from this research are summarized in Making Collaboration Work: Lessons from Innovation in Resource Management ( Washington, D.C.: Island Press, 2000), a book co-authored with Julia Wondolleck. Dr. Yaffee also is a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Conservation in Practice, and is experienced working with a variety of professional audiences on collaboration, negotiation, evaluation and adaptive management. Dr. Yaffee's Ph.D. is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in environmental policy and planning. His undergraduate and master's degrees are in natural resources from the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund.