NCME Directors

Martin KranitzMartin Kranitz, M.A., MCDR Certified and Professional Mediator

Martin Kranitz, M.A. is Director of the National Center for Mediation Education, Inc. and has traveled extensively throughout the United States since 1980 conducting both Basic Mediation Skills Training and Divorce Mediation Skills Training. He was the 2014 recipient of the Chief Judge Robert M. Bell Award for Outstanding Contribution to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the State of Maryland for his leadership of over 33 years in the promotion of ADR. Mr. Kranitz was one of the original members of the Maryland ADR Commission (established by Chief Judge Robert Bell), the first president of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR), one of the first court appointed family mediators in the State, a founding Board Member of the Association of Professional Family Mediators, the first mediator in the state to be certified by MCDR as a Mediator and has the distinction of being one of the few non-lawyers accepted into the Harvard Law School – Mediation Training Program. He was the first recipient of the Sharon M. Pickett Award given by the MCDR for his statewide efforts to promote mediation. Mr. Kranitz is the author of “Getting Apart Together”, a book devoted to helping families through the divorce process with a focus on the children and “Starting Your Own Mediation Practice: a Workbook” with a CD. He has a private mediation practice in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Kranitz is also a Vocational Expert in divorce cases and recently had an article published in the American Bar Association, Family Advocate Magazine. You can find out more about Mr. Kranitz by visiting his website at


Kate CullenCatherine (Kate) Cullen, MSW, MCDR Certified and Professional Mediator

Kate Cullen is no stranger to the field of mediation in Maryland. She is an appointed Family Mediator for Anne Arundel, Frederick and Baltimore City Circuit Courts. She is a certified MCDR mediator and a CINA/TPR mediator for Frederick County. She served as the Executive Director of CALM, Inc., the Frederick County Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center for 10 years and as a consultant to the Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center and the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Center of Howard County. She served on the Maryland Mediators Convention, is a member of the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution serving as their Assessment and Certification Chair. She is a member of the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence having served on their evaluation committee and training committee. In addition, Ms. Cullen is an associate professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University and has been an adjunct at the University of Baltimore and Frederick Community College. She is an officer of the National Center for Mediation Education, Inc. and has conducted trainings for CALM, The Upper Shore Community Mediation Center, Ft. Detrick, the Frederick and Washington County Public Schools, Mount St. Mary’s University, the University of Baltimore, MOSAIC at Shepard Pratt, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, the MOSS Conference, Virginia Family Mediators Conference, the Family Section of ACR, ACR and the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. She also was a presenter at the international conference on Mediation, Family and Children and a co-trainer of a 40-hour divorce mediation training for mediators from the Ukraine, Poland and Germany. Currently, Kate maintains a private mediation practice in both Frederick and Anne Arundel Counties. Kate received her Master’s in Community Organization and Social Administration from UMAB Graduate School of Social Work and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Salisbury State and has made a career of working with and for small non-profit organizations for close to 40 years.


Catherine (Cam) CrockettCatherine (Cam) Crockett, J.D., M.A.

Catherine (Cam) G. Crockett, J.D., M.A., Mediator, is an experienced divorce and family mediator with both a law degree and a master’s degree in Psychology. For over 30 years she has engaged in a private family law and mediation practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.


NCME has a cadre of experienced trainers who at various times are available for trainings and workshops.


Agencies and Organizations for which our trainers have provided training include:

  • Academy of Family Mediators (AFM)
  • Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tax and Firearms (ATF)
  • Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
  • Catonsville Community College
  • Chief Judge Robert Bell’s Maryland Commission on Conflict Resolution
  • Circuit Courts for Allegheny County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Cecil County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Washington County, Wicomico County
  • Community Mediation Centers, Allegheny County, Anne Arundel County, Frederick County, Mid – Shore (Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline County) and Washington County
  • Family Mediation Association (FMA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  • Frederick Community College – Department of Sociology
  • Ft. Detrick, Frederick, Maryland
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • L’viv Polytechnic University, Ukraine – Department of Sociology and Social Work
  • Marriott Hotel chain
  • Maryland – Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution (MCDR)
  • Maryland Department of Agriculture – Graduate School
  • Mount St. Mary’s Univeristy – Departments of Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • National Credit Union Association (NCUA)
  • Northern Virginia Mediator’s Network
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance
  • Secret Service
  • The International Montessori School – Annapolis, Maryland
  • The U.S. Department of Justice
  • University of Baltimore Law School
  • University of Baltimore School of Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • University of Maryland — School of Social Work – Continuing Education
  • University of Maryland College Park- Department of Health Education