Cynthia Seaforth is the Executive Director of the Conflict Resolution Center. She began as an intern from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte back in 2002 and studied Organizational Communication and Conflict Resolution, graduating from Pfeiffer in August 2002. That November she officially came on board with the center under the wings of Jessie Blackwelder as the Teen Court Coordinator. Jessie encouraged Cynthia to learn more about the mediation process and the benefits it has on the community. In 2004, Cynthia completed the mandatory training for the State of North Carolina and has mediated cases in Private Warrant Court for Cabarrus and Rowan counties.
Cynthia has seen the Conflict Resolution Center grow with the community for the past 16 years. She has been apart of every expansion including our Truancy and Juvenile Restitution programs. She has also grown professionally with the center going from the Teen Court Coordinator to Executive Director. Everything she has experienced and what she has learned from Jessie Blackwelder has helped mold her to be the best choice for the position. In 2019, Cynthia Seaforth was approved by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director.
As the Executive Director, she is making the community more aware of the resources the center offers. It provides other avenues to assist people in going through the court system and saves taxpayers dollars. This helps lessen the burden in criminal court allowing the court system to flow better within the community. This benefits families, parents, and youths giving them the opportunities to resolve their conflicts.
Seeing the importance of communication in the community, she furthered her degree and returned to Pfeiffer University in 2008 where she obtained a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and now a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). This has helped her in speaking with youths and adults coming through the programs, as well as while mediating cases. Cynthia has done an incredible job at establishing connections with many wonderful people in our communities. From the judges and attorneys to the Juvenile Department and more. She's come to know the importance of being a team player so that everyone can balance one another in trying to help serve the needs of our community.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is the youngest of three children. Her parents are deceased, but has family still living in the Philadelphia area. Cynthia moved south in 1991 and lived in Fort Mill, South Carolina from 1991-1998. Since 1998 she has been a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married to Robert and shares a blended family with five adult children and seven grandchildren. Cynthia enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking care of her pets, entertaining at home and traveling.