Werner Celebrates 10 Years
Werner Celebrates 10 Years

What a decade it has been! Thanks to the vision of Gail Werner-Robertson and her family, and the support of many colleagues, community members, students and alumni, the Werner Institute is nationally recognized as a leader in conflict engagement and education. Thank you to all who attended our anniversary events and all who have been a part of the institute and its success.

As part of the Werner Institute 10-Year Anniversary events, we had the privilege of hosting, in collaboration with the Creighton College of Nursing, Ms. Deb Gerardi, one of Werner’s founding faculty, Creighton alumna, and nationally known health care conflict resolution expert. Deb led an interactive workshop (see photo at lower right) sharing creative approaches to productively engage with interprofessional conflict in health care.

We also had the opportunity during our festivities to honor alumni who were nominated by their peers for their extraordinary work in the conflict field, as well as thank Gail Werner-Robertson (at left with Dean Paul McGreal and Jackie Font-Guzman) for giving us the opportunity to bring her vision of a vibrant national conflict engagement center to life. Her and her family’s vision and support have led the Werner Institute to be widely recognized as a cutting-edge interdisciplinary program rooted in Jesuit values and a systems approach to conflict resolution.

Check out our accomplishments in the last decade in our 10-Year Anniversary booklet.

Alumni Recognition Awards

Congratulations to our alumni who were recognized at the event:

Recognition of Outstanding Service to Community – alumni who have applied the theories and skills from the Werner Institute program in providing service to their community.  

  • Larry D. Oliver, MS‘14
  • Charles Thomas, MS‘09

Recognition of Masterful Conflict Engagement – alumni who are practitioners in the areas of mediation, facilitation, arbitration, negotiation, ombudsman, conflict coaching and other applied models.

  • Gregory J. McQuade, MS‘15
  • Kathleen C. Kummer, MS‘08

Recognition of Dedication to Ignatian Values of Promoting Human Dignity – alumni who have applied the spirit of the Werner Institute program by meeting individuals where they are and by living in solidarity with others.

  • James Hillis, MS‘08
  • Kelly Tadeo Orbik, MS‘08