Steven (S.J.) Seeche: chairman and treasurer

After a 35 year career in tax planning with several international accounting firms, Steve Seeche retired and began to pursue a career as a volunteer in Conflict Resolution.  He mediates and arbitrates for organizations including the Harvard Law School Mediation Program, the Boston Bar Association, American Arbitration Association, and the Financial Regulatory Authority.

In addition he serves on several non-profit boards, volunteers in the clinical program at his alma mater, Boston College Law School helping coach the Negotiation Team and serves as a hearing officer on ethics cases for his state lawyers’ licensing commission. Steve, lives in the Boston area and  is the proud father of two daughters and grandfather of twins.

  • AB Psychology, Boston University
  • MS Accounting, Northeastern University
  • JD, Boston College Law School
  • LLM Taxation, Boston University Law School

Elodie (B.E.E.) van Sytzama: secretary

Elodie van Sytzama is owner/director of New Resolution and works as coach, consultant and trainer with lawyers, top management and business professionals, to become more effective negotiators and conflict resolvers. She has practiced law, negotiated and mediated, for over 20 years. She has overseas work- and study experience in Costa Rica, Turkey, China, Spain and France.

She graduated from the University of Leiden, Netherlands, in Business Law and worked as an attorney. After that she was manager and director in several Dutch multinational companies, until she went to work for the International Court of Arbitration at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, where she designed and implemented the mediation office. She went on to become the director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, for executive training in mediation, negotiation and leadership.

She received extensive training in mediation and negotiation at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, Institute of Politics and Law Shanghai, China, the Project on Negotiation at Harvard and Pepperdine University School of Law.