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About Us

We are located at 910 E Broadway, Suite 208, Columbia, MO 65201 and can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (573)447-0499.

sjrpicSarah J. Read (Resume) has more than 25 years experience in helping others work through complex issues. She has designed collaborative processes to resolve energy and other regulatory issues, facilitated a range of community dialogues, provided trainings on dialogue and civic engagement to several different organizations, and helped lead visioning and strategic planning efforts. Sarah’s clients have included governmental organizations, both large and small businesses, professional firms, non-profits, community groups, and educational institutions. Sarah served on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, received an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell for her legal work, and has received numerous other professional awards and recognitions. She will be teaching the Public Policy Dispute Resolution class at the University of Missouri School of Law in Fall, 2013.








Active ImageDave Overfelt (Resume), the owner of Research Results, LLC, brings a range of analytic, research, and facilitation skills to community engagement processes. He has helped plan and facilitate large and small community dialogues on complex issues, including those relating to planning and development. Dave received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri in 2010 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he taught Urban and Community Studies courses. Dave has published a number of articles on democratic engagement and research methods and is a co-author of The Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook.




Scott Christianson (Resume) is the owner of Kaleidoscope Consulting LLC, and has more than 18 years of experience in project management, information technology, and videoconferencing technology.  Scott has experience working with local governments as a commission member, candidate, and active citizen.  His excellent communication and interpersonal skills allow him to make productive connections between education, government, business and technical worlds. He works with The Communications Center on an independent contractor basis.

David H. Gibbons, J.D.  Dave is an attorney, mediator, and facilitator.  Dave works with The Communications Center on an independent contractor basis as a mediator and facilitator.  He has mediated numerous cases.  Dave was a corporate attorney with the Shelter Insurance Companies serving as Associate General Counsel and Director of Claims Litigation.  After retirement, Dave spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer serving as an attorney with Southern Tier Legal Services in New York.  While in New York he also volunteered as a mediator with the Center for Resolution and Justice.  Dave recently worked as a facilitator for the National Park Service at a gathering of stakeholders concerned with the development of the General Management Plan for the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. He also serves as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator for the Missouri Bar Association Fee Dispute Resolution Program. Dave is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and Miami University.  Prior to attending law school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer.  Dave is a member of the Missouri and Boone County Bar Associations, the Association for Conflict Resolution, the Association of Missouri Mediators, and the Mid-Missouri Collaborative and Cooperative Law Association.

The Communications Center, Inc.
910 E Broadway, Suite 208
Columbia MO, 65201
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