John McCullough, Executive Director
John McCullough has been a NYS-certified Mediation Skills Trainer since 1981 and Executive Director of New Justice Services since 1983. McCullough received his graduate training through the interdisciplinary Social Science Program at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he focused on violence, group conflict and change, and third party interventions. He has mediated hundreds of cases of all types, involving people from all walks of life and every element of our Central New York community. The NYS Dispute Resolution Association honored McCullough with its Lawrence Cook Peace Innovator Award in 2012.
Heather Saroney, Assistant Director
Heather Saroney has been with New Justice Services since 1998 when she graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She started working with at-risk youth as a trainer for the Pro-Social Skills Program and then became Program Coordinator for the Project RESPECT Program. In her 19 years with New Justice, she has held many job titles including: Office Manager, Data Management Supervisor, Graphic Designer, Lemon Law, Special Ed and ACCES-VR Coordinator, Youth Court Director and most recently, Impartial Hearing Officer for the Syracuse City School District. She enjoys working with community members and her passion has always been youth focused.
Amanda Bobbett, Impartial Hearing Officer
Amanda Bobbett graduated from St. Lawrence University with a combined Bachelor of Arts in Government and Environmental Studies. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Cooley Law School, concentrating in Litigation. During that time, Amanda was drawn to alternative dispute resolution programs on campus.
After several years practicing law, Amanda recognized the value of alternative dispute resolution in a burdened court system. She completed basic mediation training and joined New Justice as an Impartial Hearing Officer. Amanda conducts Superintendent's Hearings for the Syracuse City School District, as well as reinstatement conferences. A former Capitol Hill intern and Field Organizer for a presidential campaign, Amanda enjoys following politics and is an avid sports fan.
Elet Callahan, Director of Elder Transitions
Elet Callahan, who joined New Justice Services in 2016, is Professor Emerita of Law and Public Policy, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University. She completed the Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution at S.U.'s Maxwell School and Advanced Training in Elder and Adult Family Mediation with Elder Decisions, Inc., in Norwood, MA. Elet formerly served as a N.Y.S. Long Term Care Certified Ombudsman. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA and a J.D. from the College of Law at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the S.U. faculty, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a press secretary for a Member of the House of Representatives and practiced law with the Syracuse firm of Hancock & Estabrook.
Todd Eudell, RESTORE Case Manager, Hearing Officer
Todd holds a B.S. in Sociology from Empire State College, and an M.A. in Human Service from Liberty University. Todd began his career with New Justice Services in August 2011 as a volunteer for the SNUG program. Later, he worked as a volunteer facilitator for Youth Court, leading Theft Deterrence, Peer Pressure, and Anger Management classes. In 2013, he was hired as a case manager for the RESTORE Program and co-facilitator with Project RESPECT. The same year he took on the duties of parent and child mediator. In the fall of 2014, Todd became an Impartial Hearing Officer. He carries out all of these positions as needed.
Todd chose this field because he is passionate about helping struggling teens and young adults get over the hump in life. He is all for second chances and promoting positivity in the Syracuse community.
Shannon Fritts-Penniman, Cortland County Coordinator
Shannon is the Coordinator for mediation services in Cortland County. He first began mediating as a volunteer in small claims court in Colorado in 2011, after completing law school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since joining New Justice in 2015, he primarily mediates child custody and visitation agreements for parties who would otherwise have to go to Family Court. Shannon also mediates landlord tenant disputes, neighbor disputes, and small claims disputes.
Outside of work, Shannon enjoys partner dancing, running and skiing. He believes that the agility and responsiveness required for these activities improves mediation skills by allowing one to react quickly to a conversation and move the parties towards common ground. If you come to mediation in Cortland, you can expect Shannon to be tactful and direct and to guide a conversation that is both serious and light-hearted.
Karen Ohman, Chief Financial Officer
Karen Ohman earned her degree at SUNY Morrisville and has been with New Justice Services, Inc. since 2007. She began her career at a small firm doing accounting BC (before computers). She has progressed, though her enjoyment in learning and from various accounting positions in her career, from paper to computers. She enjoys reading, DIY projects and is an avid football and college basketball fan.
Sarah McGuinnes, Onondaga County Family Court Coordinator
Sarah McGuinnes received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a J.D. from New England School of Law, Boston. She has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 2011. Prior to coming to New Justice, Sarah worked at Rosie’s Place, the first women’s shelter in the United States, through the AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts Program, providing free legal aid to homeless and incarcerated women.
Annette Saule, Oswego County Program Coordinator
Annette Saule, Oswego County Program Coordinator for mediation services, has been with New Justice since 2009. She has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from OCC, and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University, along with certificates in Professional Communications, Labor Studies and Paralegal Studies.
Prior to coming to New Justice, Annette has worked in various facets of the legal field, as a Court Clerk, Client Services Representative/Unemployment Insurance Hearing Representative, and as a Human Resources Consultant. Since joining New Justice, Annette has handled hundreds of custody/visitation mediations and has participated in numerous community outreach events. She thoroughly enjoys her work with New Justice and with the Oswego County community.
Lawton Williams, Life Coach, Restore Trainer
Lawton Williams attended Onondaga Community College from 1998 to 2000 where he studied Human Services. Upon graduating from Onondaga Community College, Lawton attended Syracuse University from 2001 to 2003 where he continued his education in Social Work, while also working for the Salvation Army. In 2010, New Justice Services offered Lawton a position as a facilitator for Projects RESPECT and RESTORE. In 2011, Lawton became a Life Coach at the Sidney Johnson Center, which is an alternative placement for students in the Syracuse City School District who are struggling with behavioral issues. He currently serves as an Aggression Replacement Trainer and conducts conflict resolution training among the students at the Johnson Center.
Lawton became involved with youth work through Syracuse Housing Authority in the early 1990’s. Lawton has a passion and undeniable skill set for working with at-risk youth. Lawton has twenty-five plus years of experience working with at-risk youth, and he also holds several certifications in conflict resolution and restorative practice.
Jim Wood, Senior Hearing Officer
Jim Wood is a lifelong Central New Yorker. He is a graduate of Potsdam College and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, where he was a Professor of English in the Central African Republic. His history with New Justice goes back to 1988 when, while a Senior Probation Officer with Madison County, he took basic mediation training. Fast forward to 2000 when he became the Coordinator for New Justice Service's Madison County program. In time, he also took on direction of the Cortland County Program. Since 2014, he has been the Senior Hearing Officer, conducting Superintendent's Hearings for the Syracuse City School District. In addition to basic mediation training, Jim has been trained in Custody/Visitation, Parent/Child and Special Education mediation; Large Group facilitation; and Lemon Law and Fee-Dispute arbitration.