The volunteers who serve in the County Mediation Program come with a variety of backgrounds and experience. All have completed the mandatory training required to become certified by the Florida Supreme Court as County Mediators, and attend additional trainings required to renew their certifications every two years. These are a devoted group of individuals who serve their community by volunteering several hours a month to assist parties in small claims and county court cases. We appreciate their dedication to mediation, and to the County Mediation Program.

County Mediation Volunteers


Melva J. Penick has been a certified county mediator and a volunteer since March 2002. She has served in Bay and Jackson County courts since march, 2002. Melva is a retired foreign trade zone customs accountant.

James C. H. Robinson has been a certified county mediator and a volunteer since March, 2002. He has served in Bay, Jackson, Holmes and Washington County courts. Jim is a retired project manager.

James E. Hayden has been volunteering in Bay County since October 2013.

Sharon E. Vail has been volunteering in Jackson County since June 2016. She worked in the public health field, primarily in maternal and child health care programs.

Walter N. Rankin volunteers in Bay County, and has been with the Program since July 2016. He spent over 30 years working for the U.S. Navy in the Washington, D.C., area and in Panama City.

Meredith Shaw has been volunteer in Bay County in May 2017. Additionally, is a full-time member of the Florida Air National Guard, and has been an active volunteer with Guardian ad Litem since 2013.