"The means is dialogue, the end is learning, the purpose is peace." ~ Founder Dr. Jane Vella

Patrick Sheehan

Executive Director, Chittenden County Court Diversion

My name is Patrick Sheehan and I am the Executive Director of Chittenden County Court Diversion. I have a JD from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Champlain College.

I have used the Sure Fire Meeting principles on many occasions in the past few years. I particularly like the ideas around meeting prep and looking at who your meeting is with and what exactly you are trying to accomplish at this meeting. I am a big proponent of always having agendas and sending them out prior to the meeting. I have also found it very beneficial to include which of the three voices will be expected from the participants of the meeting in that agenda.

I like the concept of the Diamond of Participatory Decision Making. I think I am able to help navigate through the “groan zone”.  I think people often feel as they need to have one meeting and solve the issue they are facing within that meeting. I think I can see the value of making progress while within that zone and feel I could be helpful in getting others to do so as well.

In conclusion, I have benefited greatly from using the Sure Fire meeting principles and am willing to help others do so as well.     

Patrick Sheehan