Kacey Ellsworth – Executive Director
607-724-5153 ext. 302
Kacey Ellsworth is a nonprofit advocate who is committed to building the capacity of ACCORD, A Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc. within Broome and Tioga Counties. She works to strengthen this nonprofit organization by developing programs, trainings, and resources that best assist our community members in the discovery of peaceful resolutions through open communication. She utilizes a diverse range of approaches to the work of ACCORD, drawing on the latest research, organizational theory, and nonprofit educational models.
Kacey began her work with ACCORD in 2001 and became the Executive Director 14 years into her journey with the organization. Kacey graduated with a Social Work and Business Degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Ohio. After completing her education, Kacey committed herself to improving the human condition through extensive program and resource development, empowerment, and positive communication. She subsequently practiced her abilities to resolve conflict and navigate transition. Since then she has helped numerous individuals with their most pressing challenges.
She has made it her personal and professional mission to successfully chart the organization’s future course and provide a better tomorrow for children, individuals, and organizations. Kacey has been quoted, “For myself and ACCORD, in general, it’s about promoting safety and peace in the community – one child, one person, one family, one group, or one business at a time.”
Shannon Dobransky – CASA Supervisor
607-724-5153 ext. 306
Shannon, a native to the area, joined the team at ACCORD as the Voices for Children/Court Appointed Special Advocates Program Supervisor. Shannon graduated from Binghamton University in 2009 with a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Law. From there she relocated to the Midwest, working for the Iowa Human and Civil Rights Commission primarily on workplace discrimination complaints. Shannon went on to get her Juris Doctor at Roger Williams University School of Law in 2014.
While studying in Rhode Island, she worked for the Youth Advocacy Division of the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services where she was a student attorney for indigent juvenile offenders. During the summers, she interned at Broome County’s District Attorney’s office in 2012, and at the Broome County Department of Social Services in 2013. Shannon spends most of her spare time traveling with her husband, making sure to visit a new country at least once per year.
Moira Osorio – Program Specialist/Tioga County Coordinator
Moira Osorio, aka MO, has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, and a BS in Theatre Arts. After spending ten years in theatre she decided to make a career change and follow her passion for helping people learn to communicate with one another more effectively. She is the Tioga County ACCORD Mediation Coordinator, a Court Certified Mediator, Certified NYS Divorce Mediator, and also has worked as a volunteer mediator in community, small claims court, and interpersonal mediation for the last several years.
She loves assisting people in how to recognize the way others respond to conflict and how to use positive communication skills to strengthen relationships. Her hobbies/passions are yoga, prayer/meditation, biking, skiing, dancing, butchering karaoke songs, and she has a weakness for good chocolate and Italian wine. Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually is essential to a well-balanced and happy life, and her philosophy is if we know how to make ourselves happy, we are more likely able to share in someone else’s happiness.
Christine Pearlman – Finance Manager
607-724-5153 ext. 303
Chris has worked at ACCORD as the part-time Finance Manager since 2014. She also works as an accountant, bookkeeper and payroll manager at several local companies. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Binghamton University. She is married and lives in Vestal. She has two grown children and has filled her empty nest with an adorable poodle puppy named Remy.
Emily Roberts – Tioga County Case Manager
Emily is a recent graduate of Binghamton University and a lifelong resident of Tioga County. At Binghamton University, she received a Bachelor’s Degree focused on pre-law studies. She most looks forward to assisting fellow members of her community as a case manager in the Owego office.
Lindsay Tremain – Special Projects Coordinator
607-724-5153 ext. 307
Lindsay spent most of her career in higher education, at SUNY Broome and at Binghamton University, as Staff Associate, Assistant Dean and Student Advocate. She earned BS and MA degrees from Binghamton while working as a paralegal, a combination of education and experience she believes complements ACCORD’s staff of dedicated professionals. As Special Projects Coordinator she manages the VESID, Lemon Law, Assisted Senior Communication, Special Education, Divorce and Division of Property programs.
Lindsay grew up on a small farm near Roscoe, NY (Trout Town, USA), so she is far too familiar with rural life, fishing, hunting and the like. Perhaps for that reason her idea of a perfect vacation isn’t hiking or fishing, but a 5-star hotel in London or Paris.
Debbie Wahl – Program Coordinator
Debbie Wahl, a denizen of Binghamton, New York started working for ACCORD, A Center for Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. in May of 2005. Since then, she has been a Program Coordinator and handles all Small Claims cases. She is also the Volunteer Coordinator offering her wealth of knowledge to new and existing ACCORD Mediators.
In addition, Debbie serves as the Divorce Intake Specialist as she possesses excellent communication skills surrounding the sensitive nature of such support services. Debbie, a doting mother of two, spends her down time in the woods. She loves spending time with her husband of thirty years and is a self-proclaimed outdoorswoman while taking the time to enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, and traveling the local country sides.