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Bonnie began a career in nursing, earning a 3-year diploma from Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, New York and a Bachelor of Science from California State University Long Beach. In 1992, she completed her Juris Doctor at Western State University College of Law.

She has been a tenured instructor since 1972 and continues to teach mediation, negotiation skills and arbitration at several colleges and universities as an adjunct professor. Bonnie also presents seminars on communication skills, facilitation and many dispute resolution topics and has influenced public policy in child custody mediation.

One of her most significant contributions since her election to the HBUHSD board in 1985 has been the initiation of the Relationships By Objectives (RBO) for certificated staff and Team Building through Communications (TBC) for classified staff, which brought peaceful labor management resolutions through collaborative problem-solving.

Bonnie has served on the board of the Coastline Regional Occupational Program, is a member of the Golden West College Foundation, and the Center for Excellence in Education Foundation. She and her husband Robert have always been energetic supporters of the arts and in 1989 Bonnie was instrumental in the formation of the HBUHSD Academy for the Performing Arts, a nationally and internationally recognized program that Bonnie and Robert continue to support through donations and other means.

In her professional career, Bonnie has been a founder and board member of many organizations including the California Foundation for the Improvement of Employer-Employee Relations and the California Dispute Resolution Council. She is a past chair for the American Arbitration Association's Orange County Employment Mediation Advisory Council and has also served as  chair for the Center for Collaborative Solutions.

In 1995 President Clinton appointed Bonnie as a member and later as chair of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. She has served as a Visiting Scholar at Edith Cowen University, Perth , Australia and has been a Guest Lecturer at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy. In 2010 Bonnie was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award by the Labor Employment Relations Association, in 2013 she was awarded the Orange County School Board Association's Marian Bergeson Award, and in August 2014 she received a Distinguished Service Award for her two and a half decades plus of service to the Center for Collaborative Solutions.

In 2014/15 Bonnie was honored to have been asked to serve as the Jean McKelvey Neutral-in-Residence at ILR/Cornell where she will meet with students and staff regarding all aspects of dispute resolution. 

Bonnie has also served as President of the National Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA).

 

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