Judith Ketchum, 2016 Board President
January 3, 2015
(Fort Worth, Texas)…John Cosby, outgoing president of the Board of Directors of Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc., has announced that Judi Ketchum will serve the agency as 2016 president. Her term begins this month. DRS North Texas is a not-for-profit organization that serves Tarrant County and surrounding communities by providing, promoting, and teaching dispute and conflict resolution.
For many years, Judi has been a valued volunteer mediator for DRS North Texas. In her new leadership position, she anticipates combining these skills and her varied and extensive career experience to help guide the organization as it enters its 34th year.
“Mediation is an ideal way both to support the court system and to provide a mechanism for people to resolve issues themselves,” she said. “It’s a civilized process that not only solves problems but helps the participants grow and evolve.”
For 15 years, her professional role has been as Director of the Resource Connection of Tarrant County, a first-of-its kind public/private partnership for health, education, employment and human services. She also works as a facilitator for the Enterprise Fund of Tarrant County Government. For both, Judi interacts among County and agencies co-located at the Resource Connection campus.
While developing collaborative associations in her work life, she has also managed to volunteer for or serve on the boards of Back to School Roundup, Meals on Wheels, UNT Health Science Center’s College of Public Health and Public Health Policy, Main Street Arts Festival, Tarrant Area Food Bank, Women’s Policy Forum, Stage West, the Life Gift Organ Donor Program and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
In addition to her work for the County, her career has included positions with the Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tarrant County, former State Senator Mike Moncrief’s campaign (and serving as his district manager), and in community and volunteer coordination for HCA Medical Plaza Hospital. She was honored with the Dr. Frist Humanitarian Award there, HCA’s equivalent to Employee of the Year. A native Californian, Judi moved to Fort Worth shortly after graduating from college in Sacramento.
Her vision for DRS North Texas includes supporting her fellow board members and advising DRS on ways to bring an even higher level of engagement for the organization as it focuses on the future, hopefully expanding into broader dispute and conflict resolution opportunities for individual, companies, groups, neighborhoods and communities.
“If during my service we are able to reconfirm that DRS North Texas is the premier provider of conflict management training and services, it will be very gratifying.”
Serving Tarrant County and surrounding areas, Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. is a non-profit community dispute resolution organization of professional volunteer mediators who provide affordable mediation services and teach mediation and dispute and conflict resolution, an effective alternative to litigation. Executive director is Jacquelyn Flynt. For more, visit drsnorthtexas.org.