Northern Community Mediation


Northern Community Mediation (NCM) has six employees: the Executive Director, two Case Managers, an Assistant Administrator, and two Restorative Practices Coordinators.

Dr. Jane Millar

Dr. Jane Millar, Executive Director

Jane became the Executive Director of NCM in July 2003.

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Albion College with a major in English and minors in Business & Economics, Psychology and Spanish. Her Master of Arts Degree is in Child Psychology from St. Lawrence University, and her doctorate degree is from Eastern Michigan University in the field of Leadership.

Jane is active in the community. She is a past district-governor of Rotary International, and presently chairs the grants committees and in that cpacity also serves on the District Rotary Foundation Committee. She is a trainer for Rotary Leadership Institute, vision facilitation, and leadership sessions for the District Assembly and the president-elect training. She also co-chairs the Training Instittue, which is part of the Zone Institute. She has been responsible for planning the district conference and is a past president of her local club.

Jane is a past president of the Women's Resource Center, as well as Crooked Tree Arts Center. In 2005, she was the recipient of the prestigious Athena Award.

Karen Cole

Karen Cole, Case Manager

Karen is not new to Northern Community Mediation. In 2007 - 2008, she worked as an Intake Coordinator and was responsible for the Victim-Offender, Reconciliation Program, as well as the Permanency Planning Mediation Program, which is now referred to as the Child Protection Mediation Program. In her new role as Case Manager, she is responsible for cases involving divorce, guardianship, victim-offender reconciliation, child protection, and parenting time.

Karen is well known to the mediation community for her ten years of volunteer services to NCM. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Rookie Mediator of the Year Award, and in 2012, she received the Veteran Mediator of the Year Award.

Karen brings with her a broad range of experience in teaching, social work, and the retail community. She is a native of Charlevoix. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in education and has done extensive graduate work in the field of education.




Kristy Whitman

Kristy Whitman, Assistant Administrator

Kristy Whitman is the Assistant Administrator for Northern Community Mediation. She is responsible for managing the office. In addition, she serves as an Intake Coordinator for Small Claims cases.

Kristy is a local person who graduated from Petoskey High School. She graduated from North Central Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree. She continued her studies in business-related classes at Lake Superior State University.

Prior to joining the NCM team, Kristy was a Residential Mortgage Officer, first at Bank One and then at the Bank of Northern Michigan. She is a certified mortgage planning specialist and received three "Circle of Excellence Awards," which is awarded to the top 10% of employees for customer service skills. Her ability to interact with people will be a definite asset for NCM.


Kirstyn Horan

Kirstyn Horan, Case Manager

Kirstyn began working for Northern Community Mediation in January 2016. Prior to coming to NCM, she was the Buyer and External Relations Manager for McLean & Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Her skills in customer service are well matched to the needs of a Case Manager for NCM.

Kirstyn has a Bachelor's Degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University. She has been highly involved with the community. She has volunteered as the Middle School and Elementary Bookfair organizeer. In addition, she has served on the Downtown Petoskey Development Council and with the Nubs Nob Ski League.

With proficiency in Excel, Word, and Power Point, Kirstyn is an excellent addition to the NCM team. Her knowledge of all forms of social media are especially appreciated.


Ed Cole

Ed Cole, Restorative Practices Coordinator

Ed works with the Pellston Public School District to develop a Restorative Practices Program. He is a retired science teacher and high school principal. A graduate of Central Michgian University with a Master of Arts in Education degree, he has completed numerous educational credits and programs.

Ed spent most of his professional career at Alanson Public Schools with three years at Lancaster County Schools in Lancaster, South Carolina.

Ed is originally from Elk Rapids, Michigan and has lived most of his life in Petoskey. He is married to Karen Cole. They have two grown sons, Scott & Steve.

Ed joined Northern Community Mediation in January 2017 and serves as the Restorative Practices Coordinator at Pellston High School.

Jim Raber

Jim Raber, Restorative Practices Coordinator

Jim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived in New Jersey until his family moved to northern Michigan in 1974. He graduated from Boyne City High School in 1980 and married his high school sweetheart in 1983.

Jim was diagnosed with a rare genetic eye condition that over a period of 10 years caused him to become legally blind, but that has not stopped him from having a successful life and career. In 1994, Jim went back to college to pursue a Social Work degree. He graduated from Ferris State University in 1998 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a minor in intercultural relationships.

Jim was an intensive foster care worker and then became Friend of the Court in Charlevoix County from 2004 until early 2016, when he retired. He completed his State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) approved mediation training in May 2016.

In January 2017, Jim joined Northern Community Mediation as the Restorative Practices Coordinator at Boyne City High School. Jim and his wife Joy have three grown children and a baby grandson.