Good Shepherd Mediation Program Staff

GSMP Staff

Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.

Cheryl Cutrona, Esq.

Executive Director

Cheryl Cutrona served Good Shepherd Mediation Program (GSMP) as a volunteer and Board member from 1986-1990, and has been the Executive Director of GSMP since 1991. She is a mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, trainer, arbitrator, editor, attorney and adjunct faculty at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She holds Advanced Practitioner status and she has been certified as a Family Trainer by the Association for Conflict Resolution Academy of Family Mediators. Cutrona mediates for the PA Department of Education Office of Dispute Resolution, the Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer Fee Disputes panel, the Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant Appeals Mediation Program, and the United States Postal Service REDRESS. She arbitrates for the Better Business Bureau, DeMars Associates, and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Center. Cutrona sits on the SR 160 PA Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee, the Philadelphia Bar Association Lawyer Fee Disputes Committee, the Pennsylvania Bar Association ADR Committee (currently Vice Chair), the Philadelphia Bar Association Family Law Section ADR Committee (currently co-chair), and the Editorial Board of Conflict Resolution Quarterly. She served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators for more than 20 years between 1991 and 2014. She is the 2008 recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee “Sir Francis Bacon Dispute Resolution Award” and was named “Most Valuable Peacemaker” by the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators in 2010. Cutrona holds a BA from Michigan State University, a Masters in Library Science from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan, and her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Sue Wasserkrug, Esq.

Sue Wasserkrug, Esq.

Mediation Services Coordinator

Sue Wasserkrug, Mediation Coordinator, handles the intake, scheduling and case management of all mediations. Sue is an attorney with several years of experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable clients in Pennsylvania, at the Homeless Advocacy Project, People’s Emergency Center, and SeniorLAW Center. Her practice has focused on the areas of family law, elder law, and public benefits. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Oberlin College in Ohio, Master of Arts degrees in Journalism and in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where she received an award for her human rights work. Her interest in mediation stems from the limitations of the legal system that she witnessed as a practicing attorney. Sue also has experience as a writer, researcher, photographer, entrepreneur and chef. She is a trained mediator.

Pablo Cerdera

Pablo Cerdera

Youth Services and Restorative Practices Coordinator

Pablo Cerdera comes to the Good Shepherd Mediation Program as a youth worker, restorative justice practitioner, and educator. Pablo is working hard to develop new programs for young people in Philadelphia and to improve GSMP’s existing programing. He is guided by his experience with Restorative Family Group Conferencing from the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis and training and experience in circle keeping and community/family mediation from the Conflict Resolution Center and Restorative Justice Community Action. Faced with the mounting realities of mass incarceration, violence, and social inequality, Pablo sees community-based solutions like mediation and restorative justice as powerful tools for shifting the status quo. Pablo graduated with Highest Honors from Oberlin College with a degree in Comparative American Studies and Gender Studies, and a focus on the history and practice of social change. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, he is committed to better outcomes for all youth in our community and the ongoing fight for racial, economic, gender and social justice.

Cynthia Blue

Cynthia Blue

Office Assistant

Cynthia is responsible for the Administrative/Secretarial function at Good Shepherd Mediation Program. Cynthia came to GSMP with over twenty-five years of experience in her field.

Phoebe Sheftel, M.S.S., M.L.S.P.

Phoebe Sheftel, M.S.S., M.L.S.P.

Office Manager

Phoebe first got involved in mediation when she did an internship at GSMP as part of the Master of Law and Social Policy Program at Bryn Mawr College's School of Social Work in 1989. After receiving her training at GSMP, she went on to work for three years at Community Dispute Settlement (now Center for Resolutions) in Media, PA. There she helped create a custody mediation program in collaboration with Community Legal Services.  She subsequently worked for nine years at Winsor Associates doing environmental and public policy mediation and facilitation, primarily managing public involvement on large transportation development projects throughout Pennsylvania.  In addition to serving on the GSMP staff, she is also the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council of Mediators, an officer of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and a United States Postal Service REDRESS mediator.

Mai Spann-Wilson, MSW

Mai Spann-Wilson, MSW

JODP Trainer

Mai Spann-Wilson has consulted with Good Shepherd Mediation Program for 7+ years implementing peer mediation programs in schools, serving as a mediator, and facilitating youth programs. Mai is a social worker, psycho-educational workshop facilitator, and an activist. In addition to his work at GSMP, Mai leads anger management groups and domestic violence groups at the Men’s Center For Growth and Change. He also facilitates workshops for recovering addicts at Jefferson Hospital, RHD, and the Interim House. Mai graduated from Temple University with a Masters of Social Work. He has made it his personal mission to inspire people through transformational engagement and providing safe spaces for people to heal. 

Ken Peeples, MSW

Ken Peeples, MSW

JODP Trainer

Ken Peeples is a Research & Evaluation professional at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  Ken’s research agenda focuses on neonates to young adults who are syndromic and/or show abnormal physical examination and how that impacts anesthesia intubation.  Ken also works closely with justice-involved youth, facilitating anger management and conflict resolution trainings.  Ken has many years of experience in clinical research, mental health counseling, program planning, and program evaluation.  He received a B.A. in African Studies & Political Science, an MSW in clinical social work, and an MPH with a concentration in global health from Temple University.

Zane Johnson, Esq.

Zane Johnson, Esq.

JODP Trainer

Zane Johnson is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where he was named an Eve Biskind Klothen Law Student Award winner in recognition of his commitment to pro bono service. He began his legal career with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE) as one of just thirty-three Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows nationwide. During his time with PLSE, Zane has represented over 1,000 Philadelphians seeking a fresh start, while informing thousands more on the harmful stigma that accompanies criminal history record information. As Managing Attorney, Zane directs the implementation of PLSE’s services, manages relationships with partner organizations, and assists in the development of new initiatives and programming. In addition to his work with PLSE, Zane is a workshop facilitator and volunteer mediator with the Good Shepherd Mediation Program, is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute, and sits on the boards of the non-profit organizations Art for Justice and Equal Access Legal Services.

Lamya Broussard, M.S.S., M.L.S.P.

Lamya Broussard, M.S.S., M.L.S.P.

JODP Trainer

Lamya Broussard is a dedicated clinician whose been in the Social Services field for more than a decade.  She’s honored to have worked with various populations including youth aging out of foster care, adjudicated youth with co-occurring disorders, LGBTQ & homeless youth, students impacted by compounded grief & loss, opioid laden communities and many more. Lamya is very passionate about working with at risk youth and young adults. As the Founder & Director of C.O.M.E. Coming Out More Equipped Consulting Services, Lamya has facilitated family conferences for youth seeking permanency, with DHS funded agencies, facilitated therapeutic support group for urban youth addressing police brutality & conflict resolution, with Philadelphia Police Department at city hall, and has provided clinical supervision to undergraduate and graduate level students seeking a career in social services. She’s earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University and her Masters in Social Services & Masters in Law & Social Policy from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research with a specialization in Child & Family Wellbeing.  Lamya finds her greatest joy and life purpose in helping individuals overcome their life challenges and navigate through their healing process

Ian Smith, M.A.

Ian Smith, M.A.

JODP Instructor

Ian Smith is an HR Professional that has earned both a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management and a Master's degree in Employment and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Ian excels in engagement and providing positive reinforcement to enhance self-motivation. With Ian's conflict resolution skills, he takes pride in guiding individuals, both professionally and personally, in identifying a neutral ground to help promote productivity and camaraderie. Ian enjoys staying connected to the communities within the city that he has grown up in and maintaining a responsibility of giving back. During his career, Ian has developed a number of relationships with organizations in Philadelphia focused on employment initiatives and has worked closely with organizations dedicated to second-chance opportunities for returning citizens and employing Philadelphia youth. Ian was an original employer partner of a pilot program with the Philadelphia Police Department concentrated on bringing employers directly to high-crime neighborhoods in the city in an effort to connect the individuals of the community with employment to impact recidivism.  Ian's commitment in his profession is driven by his personal passion for people and understanding the importance of valuing the most important resource that exists in society...the human resource.