Mediators & Staff

Erickson Mediation Institute’s Mediators and Staff are dedicated to helping clients resolve their disputes in the most cooperative setting possible and to helping clients preserve their resources to be used moving forward once a resolution has been obtained rather than wasting those resources on the battle.


MARILYN S. MCKNIGHT, MA, Mediator & Trainer is a mediator, trainer, and author who has practiced exclusively in the field of mediation since 1977 after an extensive career in public social work. She received the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1987 and is a leader in promoting the Client-Centered model of mediation. In 1988, Marilyn was elected to the Board of the Academy of Family Mediators where she began the movement toward the certification of mediators and later served as President of the Academy. In 1996, she and her partner, Steve Erickson, were awarded the Distinguished Mediator Award by the Academy for their outstanding contributions to the field of mediation. She and Steve have co-authored five highly successful books on mediation: Family Mediation Casebook (1988), The Children’s Book (1992), Mediating Divorce: A Client’s Workbook (1998), Mediating Divorce: A Trainer’s Manual (1998), and The Practitioner’s Guide to Mediation (2001). Marilyn is a former member of the ADR Section of the Minnesota Bar Association and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, at William Mitchell College of Law, and in the Master of Arts in Leadership program at Augsburg College. In her free time, she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time at the lake with friends and family. You can contact Marilyn at

Stephen K. Erickson, JD – Director, MediatorSTEPHEN K. ERICKSON, JD, Mediator & Trainer is a licensed attorney who works exclusively as a mediator. Since 1977, he has mediated over 5,000 disputes in his private practice and trained thousands of new mediators in the US, Canada, England and the Netherlands. He received the Bush Leadership Fellowship Award for the study of mediation in 1979 and is a founder and second president of the Academy of Family Mediators. He is well known as a mediation trainer and speaker, and has published numerous articles and books on the subject. He is currently writing a forthcoming book on the Children’s Joint Account Method of sharing costs of the children. In 2007, he and his partner, Marilyn McKnight, were awarded a Certificate of Service from the MN State Bar Association in recognition of their “distinguished service as valued contributors for the development and growth of ADR in Minnesota.” Steve has taught as an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and was appointed to the faculty at Augsburg College, where he teaches a course in the Master of Arts in Leadership Program. In May of 2011, he and Marilyn were given the Distinguished Mediator Award by the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation in recognition of “their pioneering and sustained work in establishing the field of divorce mediation and their soulful dedication in helping families” over the last 35 years. In his free time, Steve enjoys fishing, reading, and tinkering with classic cars. You can contact Steve at

SOLVEIG ERICKSON, MSW, Mediator, Case Manager has worked at Erickson Mediation Institute since 1994 and continues to enjoy the day-to-day adventures of helping people in conflict. She received her master’s degree in social work in 2001 and for her thesis, conducted a qualitative program evaluation of the divorce education program provided at the time by EMI. She co-authored the article “Mandatory Divorce Education Classes: What do the Parents Say,” published in the William Mitchell Law Review and has taught as adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law. She has also taught divorce education classes for EMI and presented at the Association for Conflict Resolution’s annual conferences. She continues to work in all aspects of EMI, including business development, marketing, management, accounting, client services, and keeping track of Marilyn and Steve. She has two highly energetic middle schoolers and enjoys reading, glass fusing, gardening, and all kinds of paper crafts. You can contact Solveig at

Alex GlassmannALEX S. GLASSMANN, JD, Mediator & Trainer is the newest addition to the EMI team—and, like Steve, he is a licensed attorney who works exclusively as a mediator. Since 2015, Alex has mediated disputes both in and out of court—as well as facilitated restorative justice sessions through the Conflict Resolution Center, a local non-profit organization for which he serves on the Board of Directors. Alex also currently serves on the Council of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). Through the ADR section of the MSBA, he has co-taught continuing legal education for practitioners on the subject of mediation. Prior to joining EMI, Alex worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Bruce A. Peterson, researching law and drafting court orders and memoranda. He obtained his B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. His wife, Kylen, teaches at All Seasons Preschool in Inver Grove Heights. In their free time, they enjoy hiking and playing music together. You can contact Alex at

Pascal Comvalius Mediator at Erickson MediationPASCAL COMVALIUS, Mediator is an IMI-Certified Mediator, a MFN Registered Mediator in Holland, on the rule 114 roster in Minnesota, and a Certified Hostage Negotiator. He followed mediation trainings in the USA and Holland, completed an internship at Erickson Mediation, and received the hostage negotiation training from Mark Lowther and Hugh McGowan at PATC, USA. Mister Comvalius also completed the level I-IV training in “Kinesic Interviewing and Interrogation” in the USA under the guidance of Stan Walters. He obtained a MSC in “Communication, Behavior and Credibility Analysis” at the Manchester Metropolitan University UK under the supervision of Dawn Archer. Pascal practices and teaches mediation and negotiation in the USA, Europe and Asia. He’s specialized in family/divorce and criminal law mediation. Sharing his knowledge and skills with colleagues is important to him. He is the former vice-president and board member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM) and is an IMI QAP representative and co-chair of the IMI appraisal committee. You can contact Pascal at

Rosemary Majerus Erickson Mediation InstituteROSEMARY MAJERUS, Client Services has been the Client Services Specialist with Erickson Mediation Institute since 2008. She received an AA Degree from Minneapolis Community College and a Legal Secretary Diploma from Minnesota School of Business and went on to work for almost a decade with mental health patients in a hospital setting. Much like her previous job, she is on the front lines here at EMI responding to calls from people who are confused, emotional, and sometimes scared. She is the keeper of schedules, events, client files and about 100 other things—and loves it! Her kind heart, understanding voice, and welcoming presence are essential to our office. She can truly relate to the people inquiring about our services. Having created a multi-faceted blended family, Rosemary’s gentle touch and deep understanding of the mediation process combine to produce first-impression client interactions that are second to none. In her spare time, (what spare time?!) she enjoys scrapbooking, designing custom jewelry, cheering on her kids at football, volleyball and softball games, camping, and most of all, fishing. You can contact Rosemary at

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Erickson Mediation Institute MN
Erickson Mediation Institute
3600 American Blvd West
Suite 105
Minneapolis, MN 55431
(952) 835-3688