Sunny Sassaman has been providing professional conflict management services for over 20 years. She first discovered the power of mediation as a volunteer mediator in Maui, Hawaii. As a volunteer, she sought training in a variety of areas to expand her capacity including divorce, special education, civil rights and EEO mediation as well as restorative justice and facilitation. She holds a MA in Negotiation, Conflict Management and Peace Building Studies from Cal State Dominguez Hills, a Certificate from CYNERGY Conflict Coaching, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate from USF. Always passionate about fairness and access to justice, she has been able to combine her first career experience as a management executive with conflict management consulting. After two decades in Hawaii, she relocated to Portland, Oregon. She serves as a Reservist for FEMA’s ADR Division and has been deployed to disaster recovery in Puerto Rico, USVI, Texas and Nebraska since 2018.
Sunny recognizes and appreciates that families and systems are dynamic and evolving. Sunny’s strengths in assessing whole systems, group facilitation, conflict coaching and mediation help build the resilience needed to weather changes. Her style is transformative and utilizes the concepts offered by Daniel Goleman in both Emotional and Social Intelligence to strengthen relationships and organizations.
Sunny is a past president of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) and Vice President of the Board for Oregon Mediation Association (OMA). She enjoys travel, spending time with family, and reading. Sunny provided IDEA and IEP services as a senior mediator to support Mediation Services of Maui’s contract with Hawaii public schools.