C. DeVere Sheesley


DeVere puts derailed workplace relationships back on track. Senior managers and HR professionals hire DeVere when they recognize the need for an experienced, objective facilitator to transform high-stakes or seemingly unresolvable internal disputes into cooperation and employee efficiency.

With over three decades of full-time experience, a client roster that includes hundreds of notable organizations, and a track record of over 1,750 cases, DeVere is among the most seasoned conflict management professionals on the West Coast. He has also amassed over 5,000 hours of experience teaching dispute resolution and related skills grounded in his real-world experience.

In one instructive case, a despairing CEO sought DeVere to address a conflict between two high-level executives. The CEO feared productivity would continue to degrade, morale would implode, and the feud might become public if the relationship further deteriorated. With so much at risk, DeVere applied his five-step process to bring both managers together. He helped them craft an agreement to enhance their interactions and, more significantly, improve how they viewed each other. The grateful CEO stopped worrying about the collapse of her executive team.

DeVere holds an MA in Organizational Communication from Marylhurst University, and his thesis explores employee resistance to conflict resolution opportunities. He also holds a BA in Conflict Resolution from American University.

DeVere lives in a 1908 farmhouse on seven Clackamas County acres with his wife, two school-aged sons, dogs, horses, chickens and other critters. When he’s not fussing around on the property, he’s cycling, gawking at Oregon’s fascinating birds, sailing Escapade on the Columbia River, or gazing through a telescope at the vastness of space.

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Communication, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation

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