Prior to joining In-Accord, Nancy Pionk served as the Executive Director of Community Mediation Services, a non-profit located in Vancouver, Washington, that provides conflict resolution services and related training to the community. She is a certified mediator and approved practicum supervisor with the Washington Mediation Association. She also has over ten years’ experience providing professional mediation training and has mentored hundreds of mediators.
Nancy has been a mediator since 1996 and has mediated a variety of cases, including workplace, neighbor-to-neighbor, landlord-tenant, victim-offender, foreclosure, and police-citizen matters. She is a large group facilitator and has facilitated numerous internal workgroups, retreats, and public meetings. In addition, Nancy designs and presents mediator, conflict resolution, decision-making, and communication training. She is also an adjunct instructor and teaches Negotiations in the Carson School of Business at Washington State University Vancouver.
In addition to her mediation work, Nancy is a certified Hudson Institute coach who provides leadership, executive, transition, and conflict coaching. As a coach, she guides clients through the creative process of change, helping them achieve their professional and personal development goals. She coached individuals in executive and team leadership roles across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has also worked with small business owners and individuals seeking to make career or personal life transitions. In addition, she is a licensed facilitator for the Immunity to Change Process. Through this facilitated process, Nancy helps individuals, teams, and organizations map their desired changes, uncover blocks impeding the changes, and identify practices and actions that can help them overcome these blocks and to attain their goals.
Nancy earned a BA in Public Law and Government from Eastern Michigan University and a JD from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.
When not working, Nancy loves hiking and biking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and is currently exploring as much of Eastern Oregon and the Wallowa region as she can. She also enjoys meeting up with her 11 brothers and sisters who reside throughout the U.S. and in Italy. When she is not traveling, she indulges in Portland’s many cultural offerings such as Thorns soccer matches, Wordstock, Portland Literary Arts and OPB’s Live Wire shows.