About Us

Six Rivers Mediation is a non-profit dispute resolution center serving the Mid-Columbia region. We receive funding from local, state and federal organizations in order to provide low cost conflict resolution and education services. Our mediators and facilitators are highly trained community volunteers dedicated to helping people solve problems and resolve conflict. We strive to create positive conversations and a safe environment for settling disputes, as well as education and training opportunities.


Marti KantolaMarti Kantola Dane
Founder and Director


Marti has 18 years of strategic communications process design, negotiations, collaboration and dispute resolution experience. She brings creative problem solving orientation and results-oriented facilitation expertise. Words can create a thousand pictures, she ensures you are heard and the results you envision are the ones you will see. Marti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech: Rhetoric and Communications. Ms. Kantola Dane was a professor of Communications and Co-Director of Forensics at the University of Alaska where she taught Communications, interpersonal and small group dynamics as well as argument and debate.


Andrea PachecoAndrea Pacheco
Washington Community Program Director and Restorative Discipline Specialist


Andrea is a frontline resolution strategist, bringing to the field of conflict resolution and restorative practices a true gift and grit for hearing the inherent values at the center of every dispute. With multi-partiality, she draws from her own diverse ethnicity and life experience: being the daughter of Puerto Rican (native Taino and Spanish heritage) and English-Irish (Scotch-Irish settler) parents, from a family legacy of military service in the US Air Force and Army, as a licensed Geologist passing the rigorous national ASBOG exam on the first try, and someone who has lived and worked internationally from The Netherlands to the British Virgin Islands to Mongolia and across America from Washington, DC to Tennessee to Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She calls Skamania County, WA home, where her husband and 2 dogs are stewards of a 3 acre paradise. As a collaborator with a heart for effective and transparent communication, community facilitation and civility in dynamic and diverse workplaces and homes, she sees interest-based negotiation as adventure and values balanced self-care for complete well-being.


Nicolia MehrlingNicolia Mehrling
Mediation Coordinator


Nicolia Mehrling has been mediating for two years and facilitating for five years. She trained with SEEDS CRC in California and AORTA (the Anti-Oppression Resources and Training Alliance). Nicolia brings a background in organizational development, agricultural science and practice, and local and state government to Six Rivers DRC. Outside of work, she studies yoga and human development, cooks complicated recipes, and explores Oregon.

Mission Statement

By establishing a forum where each party is heard, we teach listening.

By creating an environment where each party can speak, we teach communication.

By developing processes that seek resolution, we teach the importance of dialogue.

By building these processes into a method of mediating disputes we teach citizenship.