|Arlene Brownell and Tom Bache-Wiig co-founded Connection Partners, Inc., a mediation, facilitation, and training company, in 1999. Together and independently, they strive to change the energy of conflict into the energy of solutions.
Arlene Brownell’s professional career spans over 30 years and includes her contributions as an interdisciplinary social scientist, manager, organizational consultant, and executive coach for senior federal employees. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Community and Clinical Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine. Following her PhD, she completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in Public Health at UCLA. Arlene has also completed several advanced trainings with The Center for Nonviolent Communication.
As a mediator, collaborative divorce coach, group facilitator, and Non-Adversarial Communication trainer, Arlene works with individuals, couples, families, neighbors, organizations, and faith communities.
Arlene has published over 80 articles in professional and lay periodicals on diverse topics, such as adult learning; stress, coping, and chronic illness; aligning values and performance; preventing sexual harassment; economic change, life events, and depression; training measurement and evaluation; Non-Adversarial Communication skills to enhance collaboration; and the benefits of mediation to business.
Arlene loves to hike, snowshoe, and ride her tandem bike with her husband, Tom Bache-Wiig.
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Tom Bache-Wiig worked with more than 400 businesses in his previous career as an independent sales representative, bringing to successful resolution countless negotiations and conflicts. His business experience enhances his work as a mediator, collaborative divorce coach, group facilitator, Non-Adversarial Communication trainer, and Visiting Program Manager for the federal government’s Conflict Resolution Skills course.
In addition to earning his BS in Business from Regis University, Tom has completed extensive training with The Center for Nonviolent Communication, and has had over 25 years of experience resolving business and relationship disputes. He strives for balance between the practical and the ideal, and between risks and benefits, whether he is designing or facilitating group processes, or helping others to reach solutions. With expertise in Interest-Based Negotiation, process facilitation, and Non-Adversarial Communication, Tom seeks to find themes, reframe concerns, structure conversation, pace meetings, identify needs, and ask the right questions at the right time.
Tom has a passion for skiing, running, cycling, hiking, and for Arlene Brownell, his wife of over 28 years.
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