Strengthening Organizations; Enhancing Communications.
Serving Idaho's Treasure Valley and around the Northwest.

Our Team

Mediator Larry Hauder

Larry Hauder, serving Idaho and Eastern Oregon

Larry Hauder is a Certified Professional Mediator in Idaho and a member of the Idaho Mediation Association since 1994. His primary areas of interest and experience include organizational conflict management, organizational leadership, and creating healthy group structures. He has a passion for seeing non-profits and faith-based communities live up to their mission potential.

Larry served 13 years as a regional minister/overseer for Mennonite Churches in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. While in that position, he assisted congregations and the denomination with organizational and congregational life issues. Larry served as a mentor to congregational and regional leaders demonstrating methods for using group differences to work towards positive organizational outcomes.

In addition to working within the Mennonite Church, Larry has been employed by many other denominations and faith based groups. He's had broad experience across the religious spectrum including, Pentecostal, Evangelical and “main line” churches as well as interfaith communities. Larry has also consulted with numerous non-profit organizations.

Larry has had extensive training in Family Systems theory as applied to groups. He has advanced training from Alban Institute in managing severely conflicted faith communities. He is an ordained Mennonite Pastor in good standing with the Mennonite Church USA. Larry has a bachelor's degree in Business Education and a master's degree in Religious Education.

Larry has authored a book, Called to be a Pastor: Why it Matters to Both Congregations and Clergy, coming in July 2015, and published by Wipf and Stock.

Larry is a provider for Common Ground Conciliation Services and serves on its board. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Mennonite Church USA. He has a varied and rich background of serving on a variety of local and national denominational boards and committees. He has extensive cross-cultural experience as well having lived on the Zuni Indian Reservation and in Kingston, Jamaica.

Mediator Bob Rainville

Robert Rainville, serving Idaho and Eastern Oregon

Bob Rainville provides mediation and group facilitation services. He is certified as a Professional Mediator by the Idaho Mediation Association and as an Honorary Mediator in the Cadre of Mediators for the USDA Forest Service Intermountain Region. He mediates workplace disputes for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah.

Bob is also certified as a Human Resource Specialist for National Incident Management Teams. In this capacity, he assists people involved with national disasters in resolving human resource conflicts, complaints, and concerns.

For four years, Bob worked as a Primary Mediator for the Shared Neutrals Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. In this position, he mediated workplace disputes, Equal Opportunity Employment complaints and Union grievances for city, county and federal agencies in Washington and Oregon.

He has mediated Small Claims disputes for the Oregon Circuit Court, Victim/Offender cases for the Union County Oregon Juvenile Department, and community disputes as a member of Union County Mediation Services.

Bob has provided workshops on conflict resolution techniques for governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. He has also assisted in training new mediators.

Bob has over twenty years of experience in large group facilitation. He has facilitated several collaborative efforts associated with land use planning and natural resource management. These efforts included resolution of issues involving management of trails, roads, forests, fish and wildlife habitats, off-road vehicles, and river corridors and modification of policies and procedures.

He coordinated Oregon's Blue Mountains Demonstration Area for four years. Located on 2.5 million acres in eastern Oregon, the Demonstration Area was established by the Governor of Oregon and the Chief to the Forest Service to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborative approaches in achieving healthy forests and recovered species of wildlife and fish. As Coordinator, Bob facilitated resolution of conflicts involving private citizens, county governments, watershed councils, and federal and state agencies and assisted them in developing strategies that would unify their efforts and enhance their achievement of common goals.

Bob is a member of the Idaho Mediation Associations and a past member of the Oregon Mediation Association. Before moving to Idaho in 2003, he served as the President of the Eastern Oregon Mediation Center. He has a Master of Science degree from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College.

Mediator Sarah Hooley

Sarah Hooley, serving Twin Falls and Eastern Idaho

Sarah Hooley, a Certified Professional Mediator and a Filer area native, first encountered mediation through a peer mediation program during her senior year at Western Mennonite High School in Salem, Oregon. She went on to deepen her interest in sociology and conflict studies while acquiring her Associates Degree at Hesston College, in Kansas.

A semester break from formal education provided two part-time internship opportunities. Sarah participated in a thirteen week Ministry Inquiry Program at First Mennonite Church in Newton, Kansas. During that time she also worked with the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) in an internship that included assisting the coordinator of congregational ministries, and completing the basic mediation course.

This experience convinced Sarah that conflict studies were her choice. She transferred to Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and entered their undergraduate Justice Peace and Conflict Studies program. Her Bachelor's Degree included an internship with the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County (CRCMC) in Maryland where she enlarged her experience with mediation and other conflict resolution processes.

Along with her involvement with Common Ground CS, Sarah has experience volunteering as a mediator in Ada County small claims court. She also works on her family farm south of Filer and engages with the Mennonite church at the local and regional level.

Mediator Shirlene Elledge

Shirlene Elledge, serving nationwide virtually or in person

Shirlene Elledge works with organizations, groups, and individuals in the areas of facilitation, training, and mediation. She is a Certified Professional Mediator through the Idaho Mediation Association, a Licensed Master Social Worker specializing in clinical counseling, and a Certified Results Coach. Shirlene is also an Affiliate Graduate Faculty for BSU's Dispute Resolution Program. She has over 25 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer for the Adlerian Relationship Center.

Shirlene is driven by her passion to assist individuals and organizations in their goals to improve the quality of relationships. Shirlene provides group facilitation, trainings, webinars, retreats, and private coaching, counseling, and mediation. She has expertise in relationship support for couples, parent-child, co-parenting, step-parenting, amicable divorce, and personal growth. Many of her services are deliverable nationwide via virtual and electronic servers or in person. Her areas of focus include building stronger collaborative relationships through increased communication and cooperation, mediating conflict resolution, and development and delivery of training programs.

As a business owner, Shirlene provides organizational leadership in for-profit and non-profit settings. She has served in leadership roles in her own faith-based community, has served on the board of the Idaho Mediation Association, is past president of the Boise State Phi Alpha Honor Society of Social Work, and she currently serves on the board of the Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work and the Boise State University Dispute Resolution Advisory Board. She is a member in good standing with the Idaho Mediation Association, National Association of social Workers, Idaho Society for Individual Psychology, and Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work. Shirlene has a Master Degree in Social Work from Boise State University and training and facilitation certifications from Dreikurs Institute as well as a Coaching certification from Results in Coaching and Success.


Rebecca Anderson, Mediator, Facilitator and Dispute Resolution Consultant and Attorney serving all of Idaho and Oregon

Rebecca Anderson is a mediator, facilitator and business and dispute resolution attorney in Oregon and Idaho, and has received the top rating by Martindale Hubble in the area of Dispute Resolution. With a passion for people, and an extensive legal practice and business background spanning over 25 years, Rebecca has a track record of success in helping individuals and businesses find win-win solutions to complex disputes. She is experienced in turning emotionally charged disputes into positive outcomes, helping parties avoid unnecessary cost, time, and stress associated with difficult conflict. Rebecca applies a creative "outside-the-box" approach to problem-solving, often opening up possibilities for resolution which the parties had not considered. Rebecca is an approved mediator for the courts of Idaho, Oregon and the federal district court of Idaho and also handles disputes that do not involve legal issues or litigation.

In addition to her dispute resolution practice, Rebecca has extensive experience providing leadership, organization and facilitation services to organizations and groups of all sizes, including for profit and non-profit corporations, Boards of Directors, grassroots conservation groups, education groups, youth groups, and start-ups. She was named as one of five members of a Fortune 500 Company's Re-engineering Brainstorming Task Force, charged with restructuring and implementing corporate policy to achieve Wall Street goals and has led many corporate and grassroots teams through the process of defining and implementing mission, purpose, goals, policy and practices.

Rebecca is a keynote speaker on conflict resolution and also provides workshops and seminars empowering people to resolve personal, professional and business conflict on their own in the most effective manner. Conflict is part of life and Rebecca embraces conflict as an opportunity for transformation. She believes that with the right approach, the process of conflict resolution can be a positive experience and growth opportunity for all. Rebecca is passionate about changing lives and elevating humanity through respectful and positive conflict resolution and win-win solutions.

Rebecca is a member of the Idaho, Oregon and California State Bars, a Board Member of the Boise Coop, founder of the Say Yes to Art Program in the Treasure Valley, and graduated Order of the Coif from University of California, Davis, Law School. She and her husband together have five college-age children, live in Boise, and enjoy skiing, biking, mountain biking, back-packing, hiking, fishing and watercolor painting in wild and beautiful natural areas.