HILO, Hawaii: A well known name among Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is now the head of a nonprofit dispute prevention and resolution service in East Hawaii. This media release was issued Thursday, June 14th.
Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center has named Julie Mitchell as its new Executive Director. Mitchell, who most recently served as General Manager for Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, brings over a decade of nonprofit experience to the position.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Ms. Mitchell to our organization,” said KMC board president Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. “Julie brings a breath of fresh air to Ku‘ikahi, with some innovative ideas to improve services, increase capacity, and expand our community outreach.”
Mitchell replaced Cheryl Parkinson, who resigned to move back to the mainland.
Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit incorporated in 2006, after being a program of Hawai‘i Island YMCA since 1983. KMC has a long history of providing free and low-cost mediation services on the island.
“Our mission is to provide a safe environment, an impartial process, and skilled, trained personnel for the delivery of affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai’i community,” Wilson stated.
KMC is funded in part by the Hawai‘i State Judiciary, County of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Island United Way, other community funding sources, and individual donations.