The Midlands Mediation Center

The Midlands Mediation Center (MMC), formerly known as the Community Mediation Center, has brought the practice of using mediation to resolve disputes to the Midlands community since 1998.  MMC is located on the second floor of the College Place United Methodist Church (CPUMC) Education Building.  We welcome your inquiries and requests for services.

Office hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Thursday.  By appointment on Friday. 

Office Number: 803-714-1176
Fax Number: 803-714-0737

Street Address:  4801 Colonial Drive  Columbia, SC 29203

Postal Address:  P.O. Box 5942 Columbia, SC 29250


Diane Frea, Executive Director

Synaya Jones, Program Manager

Linda Perkins, Office Coordinator

Lee Morriss, Development Manager


Board of Directors

Maurice Campbell

Gladys Coles, M.Ed.

Bill Drake

Pat Forbis, MBA, JD, Treasurer

Sandra Francis, MA, Chair

Gina F. Jones

Kay Taylor Hightower, JD, Vice-Chair

Shawn Reeves, JD, Secretary   

MMC Volunteers 

Volunteers play a critical role in all areas of service provision at the Midlands Mediation Center (MMC).  Volunteer mediators are essential to the success of our mediation programs. MMC also benefits from the donated time and expertise of MMC Board and committee members, volunteer trainers, Americorps or community volunteers, and student interns.

MMC Volunteer Mediators – Volunteer mediators may serve as civil court mediators in County Magistrate Courts and family mediators for family court cases mediated at the Center.  MMC also provides mediators for landlord-tenant, school-based, real estate, and workplace disputes. MMC’s volunteer mediators make it possible to provide low-cost, affordable mediation services to the Midlands community.  If you are interested in serving as a volunteer civil, community, or family mediator, you must show evidence of completing mediation training.

Civil (and community) mediation training is offered through the Midlands Mediation Center and the S.C. Bar.  Family mediation training is offered through the S.C. Bar only.  Trainings offered through the Bar are five-day intensives designed for lawyers, although some non-lawyer professionals do participate.  The Midlands Mediation Center offers a 20-hour Introduction to Mediation Training, which when supplemented by time in Magistrate’s Court, will qualify trainees to serve as court mediators.  MMC will recognize comparable mediation training received through similar organizations/institutions in other states when confirmed by copies of training certificates.  For more information about MMC training, please see the Training page.

MMC Board or Committee Service – MMC has enjoyed a long tradition of service from community leaders and professionals serving on the Midlands Mediation Center Board of Directors. Board members represent such professions and community service as law, human resources, mediation, civic planning, business management, domestic violence advocacy, non-profit experience, civil rights, education, and social services, among others. If you are interested in learning more about MMC Board or committee involvement, please inquire at

MMC General Support Volunteers – MMC welcomes the opportunity to engage new volunteers who are interested in providing general support to the Center and its day-to-day operations. Volunteers are especially needed to assist with special events or projects. Please inquire at

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