Dedicated Staff Member Celebrates 10th Anniversary
February 26, 2017
“Mediation gives you an opportunity not necessarily to be right or wrong, but to be fair.” – Tonyel Amie
Ms. Tonyel Amie began working for Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas Inc. the 26th of February 2007. She was hired as a Case Specialist then shortly after promoted to Truancy Coordinator to help develop a new mediation program targeted at reducing the number of absentee students in the Fort Worth and Arlington Independent School Districts. Through her hard work and determination, the Truancy Prevention Mediation Program drastically lowered the rate of tardiness and missed school days of students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.
“I believe it is important to never limit your skills and talents, always seek growth through education and consistent hard work.”
In addition to managing cases referred to DRS North Texas for mediation, Ms. Amie coordinates volunteer assignments and assists with various mediation programs provided by the agency. As the new Special Events Coordinator for DRS North Texas, she oversees on-site mediations held at a number of Justice of the Peace precincts in Tarrant County. Volunteer mediators in addition to a staff representative from DRS North Texas are present during pre-trial hearings to offer litigants an opportunity to mediate a settlement to their filed court case.
“Pre-trial Hearing mediations allow claimants the opportunity to address in detail disputed matters” says Ms. Amie, “While on-site, mediators have an opportunity to respond to the entire scope of each matter in order to best assist parties in reaching a resolution.”
In her role as Special Events Coordinator, Ms. Amie not only coordinates on-site mediations, but also is the administrator of DRS North Texas’ Settlement Week. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, counties with populations of 150,000 or greater are to reserve two weeks out of the year for district courts, county courts, and family courts to facilitate voluntary settlements. She brought additional awareness to the agency’s Settlement Week program by submitting close to 6,000 Settlement Week invitation packets in 2016.
“A major contribution to the continued success of Settlement Week”, explains Ms. Amie, “is the many attorneys throughout North Texas that volunteer.”
A highly talented professional, Tonyel Amie is admired by her co-workers for her ability to work with clients in challenging situations, attention to detail, readiness to help with new projects, and artistic gift for creative design. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Social Work from Prairie View A&M University. In her personal time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, especially her niece, Kylee and close friends.
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. For more, visit drsnorthtexas.org.