Because people see things differently

Eddy Smart, Owner

Mediator, Co-Parent Educator, RJ Facilitator

Hi there! Thank you for checking out Smart Solutions.  Here is some information about me and my professional journey.  I began my career as a student intern at the non-profit mediation center in Roanoke, Virginia.  Honestly, I was disappointed about the placement because  I had dreams of being a no-holds-barred marriage and family therapist, not a soft-spoken, passive mediator!  After interning, I stayed on and worked into the position of Executive Director.  I learned so much about mediation, conflict resolution, and community peace-building during my time there and benefited from the wisdom and guidance of some of the greatest people I have ever known.  After that season I spent some time in direct mental health services working with children with a mental health diagnosis in a school setting. 

 In spring of 2018 I was having lunch with a friend and she commented that when I talk about my mediation work, my demeanor completely changed and at that point I realized that I needed to return to the work I love.  I left the field of mental health and started mediating again in the summer of 2019.  I am excited about offering the powerful process of mediation to Roanoke and surrounding areas and hope that I can assist you.