South Central Program

Jaxie Johnston, Director mediationsc@ecok.edu
(580) 221-5524

SOUTH CENTRAL PROGRAM
Carter County Courthouse
20 B Street SW
Suite 101
Ardmore, OK 73401

Our program strives to provide conflict resolution services that are fair, effective, expeditious, and free of charge to the communities and court system of South Central Oklahoma.

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South Central Program News and Updates!

Director of the Administrative Office of The Courts Jari Askins joins Director Jaxie Johnston, along with volunteer Sam, at the Family Training (located at University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma).
Four new volunteer mediators have obtained their certification in basic civil mediation in Durant, Oklahoma.  Bryan County Special Judge Emily Redman presented the volunteer mediator with their certificates.  These volunteer mediators attend the small claims court dockets and are able to help those in the community settle their disputes with our FREE mediation program.  Pictured from left to right are Tim Boatmun, Sammie Adams, Judge Emily Redman, Sam Vanderbilt, and Ralph Houser.
Vicki James is a dedicated volunteer mediator for the South Central Program, who resides in Tishomingo, OK.  She has recently obtained her certification in both basic and family mediation.  Presenting her award is Judge Laura Corbin, Johnston County Associate District Judge. 
Our volunteer mediators who are certified in basic mediation have an opportunity to advance their skills and work towards certification in family and divorce mediation.  Chris Perry, a volunteer mediator from Ardmore, has recently achieved certification in family and divorce.  She was presented her certification by Judge Ryan Hunnicutt, Carter County Associate District Judge.  
Several of the South Central Volunteers attended the Annual Volunteer Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.  The conference included presentations on “High Conflict” from Megan Hunter of the High Conflict Institute, recognition of the service they give back to their communities, and an opportunity to visit with other volunteers across Oklahoma.  Pictured from left:  Chris Perry, Jaxie Johnston (Program Director), Sam Vanderbilt, Shelly Aljoe, and Cynthia Johnson.
Congratulations to Shelly Aljoe who was nominated by the South Central Program for the John R. McCune V Volunteer of the Year award.  Shelly has given over 337 hours over the last 5 years as a volunteer mediator.  She was presented with her nomination award at the Volunteer Conference in April 2023. (Pictured from left) Phil Johnson, ADR State Director; Jari Askins, Director of the Courts; Shelly Aljoe; M. John Kane IV, Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Ted Roberts, Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Advisory Board.
We were able to celebrate the retirement of Harold Davis in Ardmore on January 26, 2023.  Harold has volunteered for our program for 22 years and has mediated over 1500 cases.  Joining us at the event were local Judges and Attorneys from the area.  (Pictured from Left) District Judge Dennis Morris, Associate District Judge Laura Corbin, Volunteer Harold Davis, South Central ES Director Jaxie Johnston, Associate District Judge Carson Brooks, and ADR State Director Phil Johnson.  

The South Central program is growing — and we want you to join us! As a volunteer mediator, you will assist people in your community in resolving conflict.



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