Fulcrum Institute | 211 West Augusta | Spokane, WA 99205 | 509-838-2799

Meet the staff

The Fulcrum Institute Dispute Resolution Clinic's staff members are professional trainers as well as experienced mediators, facilitators, and conflict managers who work on dispute resolution in both the public and private sectors.

John R. (Jack) Hebner – CPM, Member of WSBA

Mr. Hebner, Executive Director, has served in this capacity since the inception of the Fulcrum Institute in 1993. He received his basic mediation training from CDR Associates in Boulder, Colorado and the Justice Center of Atlanta. Mr. Hebner is the primary trainer of all classes and over the last decade has completed more than 1000 successful mediations. Additionally, Mr. Hebner has provided training for the Idaho Mediation Association annual conference.

Gayle Cooper – CPM

Ms. Cooper, Associate Director, received her Certified Mediation Designation in 1997 having completed more than 1000 successful mediations. She is a member of the Academy of Family Mediators, Idaho Mediation Association, Washington Mediation Association and is current Treasurer for Resolution Washington. In addition to scheduling all classes, Ms. Cooper maintains the Clinic’s professional contacts with certifying corporations.

Mary Schwartz - Interchange Administrative Auditor

Ms. Schwartz is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors in Social Work degree. She has provided program oversight for the last fifteen years.

Rick Sapone - GRIP Director

Active Duty Air Force at the U.S.A.F. SERE School for 21 years. Upon retirement from the Air Force, he worked as a government contractor managing and developing training programs for the next 13 years. Moving to the Fulcrum Institute provided just the challenge he was looking for with direct community involvement. His main focus is implementing curriculum for the Spokane County Corrections, focusing on enabling the incarcerated to re-enter society with a chance to change their lives and improve our community.

GRIP stands for Gang Repression Intervention and Prevention. The GRIP Spokane evidence-based mentorship program enriches the lives of a-risk and gang affiliated youths and young adults (aged 12 to 24) by providing assess to prevention services and pro-social activities as well as providing resources to housing, food, legal and re-entry services, mental health and addictive recovery, familiar support services, and to other job-skills training, business round-tables, education diversion and juvenile justice.

Rick's involvement with Spokane County Detention services has created a connection between re-entry education services and GRIP completing the referral and resources circle for at risk youth.

For more information about the program contact GRIPSDirector@fulcrumdispute.com

Caryn Stewart - Interchange Coordinator

Caryn was born in Clifornia and grew up in Laughlin NV and Bullhead City AZ, and moved to Spokane in February 2009. She has provided oversite since December 2018.

Tina Petterson - Intake Specialist

I moved to Spokane 4 years ago from Alaska. I have worked with Human service facilities for 10 years, currently going to school working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Correctional Justice.

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211 West Augusta
Spokane, WA 99205
(509) 838.2799