Dr. Melanie Reese has recently accepted the position as CADRE's Director and will assume that role beginning October 1st, 2017. Prior to that, Dr. Reese was with the Idaho Department of Education as the Dispute Resolution Coordinator for Special Education since 2010. In that time, she has grown Idaho’s facilitation program into a successful and valued option for Idaho’s districts and parents, as well as overseeing the mediation, state complaints and due process hearing processes.
As professor emeritus (Boise State University, 2009), Melanie remains active in the academic community. The co-author of two successful textbooks (Personal Conflict Management: Theory and Practice, 2nd edition, and Mediation Theory and Practice, 3rd edition), Melanie sits on the Boise State University’s Dispute Resolution Graduate Advisory Board and is a member of their teaching faculty, occasionally teaching graduate mediation workshops. Dr. Reese has also served on CADRE's National Advisory Board.
Dr. Reese has served on the Executive Board of the Idaho Mediation Association, been a professional mediator since 1990, has served as a college ombudsman, and is regularly called to present on dispute resolution processes in special education, peaceful settlements, and hot topics in special education law. Additionally, Melanie has consulted with numerous organizations to improve their communication processes.