About

Mediation Center is a recognized leader in the mediation and conflict resolution field. Established for over 30 years, and affiliated with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Mediation Center has a long reputation for excellence in mediation training and conflict resolution training for professionals and organizations. Directed by experienced conflict resolution practitioner Aimee Gourlay, trainings are led by a hand-picked team of trainers/consultants, each with at least twenty years of experience in managing conflict.

Training participants learn to settle disputes, solve problems and manage decisions, enhance relationships and improve communication, negotiate with confidence, navigate workplace challenges, and hone leadership skills. Mediation Center training offers professional accredited ongoing education training for Rule 114 Roster Neutrals, attorneys in MN, LMFTs, and others. Please call 612-222-0023 for more information about professional education credits.

Aimee Gourlay, Executive Director

Aimee, CEO of Mediation Center, brings more than twenty-five years of experience managing mediation programs, designing and providing adult education in conflict resolution topics, and as a mediator/facilitator for complex issues with multiple parties.  She serves on the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals, on the senior facilitator and mediation panels of the State of MN Department of Administration Master Contract Program, on the umpire panel for the WI Department of Natural Resources for environmental remediation disputes, as a lead faculty member for MN CLE’s court certified Civil Mediation Skills course, and was the MN Supreme Court ADR Ethics Board’s Consultant between 2005 and 2018. 

With expertise in providing facilitation and other conflict resolution assistance to people who hold diverse worldviews, Aimee mediates and facilitates resolution of workplace issues, public policy concerns and organizational problems.  Her clients include corporations, non-profit organizations, professional associations, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  Her work includes conflict assessments, process design consulting and mediations.  Examples of the broad range of the topics in Aimee’s experience include: conflict resolution for teams within state and local government, facilitation of nonprofit organizational dispute resolution processes, development of and facilitation for community advisory committees;  design and management of community comment processes; mediation to address systemic racial discrimination claims; process design to decide allocation of public resources; legislative policy making dialogue; and mediation of  environmental disputes.  She is also on the team for Strategic Stakeholder Engagement Services’ which focuses on organization-wide collaboration; and served on the EEOC panel of mediators and the United States Postal Service EEOC State of Minnesota Department of Human Rights mediator panels.  

Aimee is a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice for the MN District Courts, and she graduated Cum Laude from the University of MN Law School.  She teaches Organizational Conflict Management Systems Design and Family Mediation Skills at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN, where she is a Senior Fellow at the nationally ranked Dispute Resolution Institute.

Sunday Harholdt, Director, has been with Mediation Center since 2014. She earned her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly Hamline School of Law), where she also earned a Certificate in Advocacy and Problem-Solving from the Dispute Resolution Institute. At Mediation Center, Sunday assists with program development collaborations, conducts research on issues relevant to mediation in the midwest, assists in the development of best practices advice, and administers the training program. As training director, Sunday has expanded Mediation Center’s training roster to include Custody Evaluation Training, Intractable Issues in Child Custody, and Family Arbitration and Consensual Special Magistrate Training. She is a mediation trainer and role play coach for civil and family mediation training. She has presented at Mediation Center on the topics of family law, statutes, rules and ethics for Rule 114 neutrals; the Dispute Resolution Center and Conflict Resolution Minnesota’s annual conference on ethics for community mediators; Minnesota CLE’s ADR Institute on mediation orientations; St. Cloud State University on ethics for mediators; and Gjesdahl Law Firm in North Dakota on ethics for mediators in MN and ND.

Sunday is an attorney admitted to the Minnesota Bar and a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 on the Minnesota Statewide Civil and Family Neutral Rosters. Sunday also coordinates the Washington County Conciliation Court Volunteer Mediator Program.

Sunday Harholdt, Director