About Us

The Communications Center, Inc. helps individuals and organizations improve communication and thinking skills.  To learn more about our work, see www.buildingdialogue.com.

You Can Contact Us At

The Communications Center, Inc.
303 N Stadium, Suite 200
Columbia, MO 65203

More About Sarah Read and Dave Overfelt

Sarah Read (Resume), the president of The Communications Center, has more than 25 years experience in helping others work through complex issues.  She has designed and facilitated  collaborative processes to resolve complex regulatory issues, facilitated a range of community dialogues, helped to lead visioning and strategic planning efforts, and provided trainings on dialogue and civic engagement to several different groups and organizations.  Many of the projects she has worked on required the integration of both quantitative and qualitative data with stakeholder input.  Sarah’s clients have included governmental organizations, both large and small businesses, professional firms, non-profits,community groups, and educational institutions. Sarah serves on the Missouri Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, earned an AV® Preeminent™rating from Martindale Hubbell for her legal work, and has received numerous other professional awards and recognitions.  As an Adjunct Professor, she has taught Public Policy Dispute Resolution class at the University of Missouri School of Law.

Dave Overfelt (Resume), the owner of Research Results, LLC, brings a range of analytic, research, and facilitation skills to community engagement processes. He has helped plan and facilitate large and small community dialogues on complex issues, including those relating to planning and development. Dave received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri in 2010 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he taught Urban and Community Studies courses. Dave has published a number of articles on democratic engagement and research methods and is a co-author of The Civic Health Diagnostic Workbook. urban development processes and, in addition to being published in academic journals, he has received several awards for excellence related to the practical application of his academic studies.   At The Communications Center, Dave oversees research and provides services in the areas of training, facilitation, use of social media, and project management.