Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

Professor Mary B. Culbert is the Director of the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, where she previously served as a Senior Mediator supervising students. She is an Associate Clinical Professor, Certified Bilingual Mediator (English/Spanish), Attorney and Conflict Resolution Coach, with over 21 years experience working in mediation, including: mediating, conciliating, directing community and court-affiliated mediation programs, training and supervising law students in clinical mediation programs, designing and conducting mediation programs, training individuals from all backgrounds in mediation skills and techniques, mentoring and training advanced mediators, acting as a resource to local, state and federal agencies regarding the design and implementation of mediation programs, serving on local and state boards most notably the State Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution as a member since its inception in 1996 until 2001, and thereafter as an advisor to that committee, and personally mediating and conciliating over 1500 disputes, many which involved community, court, multi-party and/or highly sensitive discrimination issues.  Also worked with members of the Judicial Council Working Group to create Ethical Standards of Practice for Mediators in Court-Connected Mediation and served an appointment to the Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, ADR Subcommittee Working Group on Uniform Procedures for Addressing Complaints about Court-Program Mediators.  Recognized in the "TOP NEUTRALS" Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals and to the Sacramento Recorder, in the section on "Community Mediators: taking it to the streets." (2007)  2009 Recipient of the Ester Soriano Peacemaker of the Year Award from Los Angeles County DRP Program Mediators and the 2010 Recipient of the Ester Soriano Award for Excellence in Community Mediation from the California Dispute Resolution Council.  In the summer of 2011, Professor Culbert provided mediation training to a group of high-ranking judges, attorneys and law professors in Bangladesh.  In 2012 and 2013, she developed a new model and clinic for providing Collaborative Divorce Mediation Services in conjunction with the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association. Award Recipient of the 2013 DRP Case of the Year Award, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Award Recipient on behalf of The Center of the 2014 DRP Outstanding Program of the Year Award, Collaborative Mediation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. 2017 Recipient of the L. Randolph Lowry Award from the Southern California Mediation Association.  Click here to view Mary B. Culbert's Faculty Page

Sara Campos is the Acting Director and Associate Director of the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, a Certified Bilingual mediator, and an Adjunct Professor of Law.  She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.  Originally trained at The LCCR as a law student mediator, The LCCR recruited her to become part of the regular staff upon graduation in 1999.  Since that time, she has become the associate director, directing community and court-affiliated mediation programs, supervising and mentoring staff, students, as well as volunteers, providing community outreach, support and training.  Ms. Campos, along with another colleague, received the 2005, 2012 and 2018 Case of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  She participates on numerous mediation panels including, The Second Appellate District Court Panel.  In addition to her mediating and mentoring, she also teaches Mediation Advocacy at Loyola Law School.  Ms. Campos served on the board of The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) and continues to be a member of the Membership Development Committee.

Alexandra Pogonat is the Assistant Director at Loyola's Center for Conflict Resolution.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College and a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.  She is an attorney and received mediation training satisfying the Dispute Resolutions Program Act as a law student.  She has over ten years of mediation and conciliation experience and is fluent in Romanian and Spanish.

Matias Alcaraz is a Senior Conflict Resolution Associate / Mediator at The Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the California State University, Fullerton in Political Science and Criminal Justice.  Matias received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.  As a law student, he received mediation training that satisfied the Dispute Resolutions Program Act.   He started at LCCR as a student extern and later as a contract Conflict Resolution Associate.  He is bilingual (Spanish) and an attorney.

Edwin Salguero is a bilingual Senior Conflict Resolution Associate/Mediator at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution.  As a law student at Loyola Law School, he received mediation training that satisfies the Dispute Resolutions Program Act. In addition, Edwin also conducts community outreach, mediates custody and visitation disputes in Dependency Court, and is the liaison to the Collaborative Family Law Clinic in which he coordinates and mediates divorces with a collaborative team.  Prior to joining the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution, Edwin worked as a Special Education Assistance for LAUSD assisting children with special needs (2008-2011). Upon graduating with a B.A in Sociology from California State University Northridge, he worked for a nonprofit community based mental health agency for five years.  Edwin received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in May, 2020.  

Robert Antunez is a Conflict Resolution Associate/Conciliator at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles and a Juris Doctor from University of West Los Angeles School of Law. He is bilingual (Spanish).

Janet Sacks Grundfest is a Senior Conflict Resolution Associate/Mediator at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution who was named Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year in 2018, for her work in mediation and conflict resolution.  Janet is a graduate of The University of Southern California with a B.A. in communications and sociology and received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.   Janet received her Dispute Resolutions Program Act Mediation training through the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs and Loyola Law School.  Janet is a part-time staff mediator at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution and is an attorney.

Mercedes Smith is the Coordinating Secretary at the Loyola Center for Conflict Resolution. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University. She received mediation training that satisfies the Dispute Resolutions Program Act.  Mercedes coordinates the Center’s three clinical programs: C-MAC, DC-MAC and C-LAW.