Meet the Team

marcbiopictMarc Purchin’s goals, education, experience, achievement, reputation and vision combined to prompt the establishment of Purchin Consulting in 1997.

Beginning some two decades before that, Marc has personally conducted more than 2,000 mediations, mostly through contracts with the California Special Education Hearing Office, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, several public school districts and numerous non-profit organizations. In addition to that work, he developed the Alternative Dispute Resolution program with the Southwest SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area), supporting more than 13,000 students who each have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), as well as 12 school districts, the Los Angeles County Office of Education and approximately 20 charter schools, for which Marc served as Director for over 7 years, handling their early intervention conflict resolution needs.

Marc earned his bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University, majoring in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Interpersonal Communication and Theatre. He then completed the distinctive Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program in Non-Profit Management offered by American Jewish University (formerly University of Judaism.) That program added him to its faculty in 1996 and he continues to teach AJU courses such as “Conflict Resolution and Negotiation” and “Organizational Development and Leadership”. Marc has also taught a “Collaboration” course in the School of Education at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Marc additionally attained certification as a mediator through the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.


To meet the needs of our clients, Purchin Consulting is excited to be collaborating with incredible professionals with diverse backgrounds.

Kelly Sayce
Kelly Sayce is excited to be collaborating with Purchin Consulting on a variety of projects, including Advocates For Process. Kelly is principal and co-founder of Strategic Earth Consulting, a multi-disciplinary firm that specializes in facilitating open lines of communication and inclusive dialogue across multi-interest audiences. For over fifteen years, Kelly has designed and implemented public involvement and outreach programs, collaborative processes, and policy discussions in the field of environmental dispute resolution for such clients as the California Ocean Science Trust, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Coastal Conservancy, and California Ocean Protection Council.

While the majority of her career has focused on building relationships across disparate groups within the natural resource sector, the past three years have led Kelly to expand her alternative dispute resolution expertise into the field of education. Working with the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles, Kelly has developed peer mediation programs aimed at building social-emotional skills in underserved youth to help transform community-based conflict into positive action. Kelly facilitates intensive meeting facilitation trainings for school district administrators, specifically in the area of running effective I.E.P. team meetings.

Kelly holds a B.Sc. in biology and environmental science from Trent University, Canada and a Masters of Applied Studies in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. She is a certified mediator with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Dispute Resolution Program.

Julie Tugend
Julie Tugend is an independent consultant with over 20 years experience working with foundations, non-profits and government agencies. She began her career as an aide to Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, worked as an associate director in a community based organization and serves on several non-profit boards. Prior to starting her consulting practice served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for The California Endowment Her expertise includes organizational development, strategic planning, board governance, executive coaching, retreat facilitation, writing/editing and political strategy. Julie is also a certified mediator and an alumni of the Second City Los Angeles Conservatory Program. Julie is excited to be working with Purchin Consulting and their clients.

Gail Nugent
Gail Nugent and Marc Purchin have collaborated on several training projects and mediation over the last decade. Gail has been a leader in conflict resolution for over 25 years, bringing a unique perspective and breadth of experience to any issue. She has worked with thousands of individuals in more than 100 governmental and non-governmental settings, serving as a mediator, facilitator, dispute resolution consultant, system designer, curriculum developer and trainer. Her extensive work with a variety of California agencies and school districts makes her exceptionally qualified to handle the most complex and emotionally charged issues.