Jeff Sather is a dispute resolution practitioner who entered the field with over a decade of prior experience in business management. This experience includes eight years as the Operations Manager of a diverse, coed, and academically-focused student housing facility near the University of Oregon. There he worked extensively with University students and their parents, managed and resolved both student and staff conflicts, and helped to create a highly supportive student culture.
Mr. Sather is also a USA Track and Field Registered Coach, who has coached and mentored a variety of youth, high school, masters, and professional runners for the past twelve years. Additionally, he has continued to run competitively himself since 1996.
As a practitioner for SCI, Mr. Sather began his work as an organizational ombudsman for a youth sports organization that provided opportunities for participation in team sports to over 13,000 youth and high school athletes year-round. During that time, he offered face-to-face, phone, and web consultations to all stakeholders, mediated disputes, facilitated multi-party meetings, and generated quarterly reports to raise the organization’s awareness of systemic concerns that could warrant policy changes.
Current areas of special interest include: sports conflict, conflict management, conflict assessment, program evaluation, cross-cultural communication, mediation, facilitation, negotiation, conflict training, character assessment, sports performance, dispute systems design, effective coaching, team performance, and organizational ombuds programs.
Mr. Sather received both a Master of Science in Conflict and Dispute Resolution and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.