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Elizabeth has been working in the field of alternative dispute resolution since 1997.  She is the founder of Planning Change, Small Business Arbitration Center and Hidden Water.  She has served as an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cardozo Law School, and the New School for Social Research.  She is currently an adjunct at Fordham Law School.  Elizabeth teaches and trains throughout the country, and was certified by the New York State Unified Court System as a mediation trainer in 2000.  Her trainings currently hold the Court Part 146 certification in Basic Training, Commercial Division Training, and Family & Divorce.  Elizabeth was the Senior Director of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Community Mediation Centers from 1998 - 2004.  She focused much of her time on curriculum and training development, and built the mediator pool from a dozen to several hundred during her tenure.         

Instructor For:

Mediation Certification Program, Advanced Family System Circle Training,

Build your ADR Practice, The Advantage of Discord


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Dr. Lisette Garcia has a Ph.D. from Tufts University in Psychology. Upon completing her Ph.D., she lived in New York City for 10 years while she worked as a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her research focused on Eyewitness testimony, Line-up construction, factors that influence memory and choice behaviors including social and cultural identity.

To date Lisette has done over four years of silent meditation retreat.

Lisette has studied various Eastern philosophies and has followed the path of meditation to prove its efficacy in changing the conflict in one’s mind, heart, and reality. Her goal has been to distill her knowledge and teach others fast and efficient methods to achieve mindfulness, happiness, success and positive neural pathway change.

Currently Lisette offers mediation, meditation and yoga consultations, as well as counseling and life coaching to individuals who are ready to find happiness, peace, success and balance in every aspect of their lives. 

Instructor For: Creating New Neural Pathways to End Conflict: Facing the Big 7

Blog: From Meditation to Mediation


Caitlin Gibb is a licensed marriage and family therapist, social worker, yoga & meditation teacher, and community organizer with over ten years of experience. Committed to holistic services, restorative justice and the use of mindfulness and contemplative practices, Caitlin always comes back to the question of how a project brings communities together to facilitate shared power and joy. Caitlin is Co-Founder/Executive Director of S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective, an arts-based non-profit providing leadership development, social justice education, and healing for young women. She completed her teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, her yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic, and has also completed coursework in multi-traditional women's healing practices. In addition to her work with S.O.U.L Sisters, Caitlin sees clients privately in Brooklyn, teaches meditation, and offers professional development for social service agencies.

Instructor For: Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)

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Michelle completed the Planning Change Certification program in 2013.  She started her private practice thenceforth and mediates cases from separation and divorce to small business disputes.  Her work in mediation builds on her varied life experiences, management positions and successful careers in finance and as an entrepreneur.  Michelle was trained in Non-Violent Communication ten years ago and comes to mediation after fifteen years working in equity research at bulge bracket investment banks, and primary research/expert networks.

Instructor For: Mediation Certification Program



Anne Marie specializes in communication and conflict management interventions that promote cooperative relationships in the workplace.

An experienced alternative dispute resolution professional, Anne Marie provides conflict management consultancy, training and coaching services to clients across a wide range of public and private sector organizations. Anne Marie has a Master in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and Post Graduate Qualifications in Organizational Change Management and Program Facilitation. Anne Marie is a nationally accredited mediator and has taught Alternative Dispute Resolution at LaTrobe University, School of Law. 

Instructor For: Constructive Conflict in Teams



Kay Pranis worked for the MN Dept. of Corrections for nine years between 1994 and 2003 as the Restorative Justice Planner.  It was in that position that she learned about Circles and began her focus on Circles.  She has had many wonderful teachers and is particularly indebted to Barry Stuart, Harold Gatensby, Mark Wedge, and Phil Gatensby for her early learning about Circle process.  She is deeply grateful for the gift of the circle in her life.

Instructor For: Basic Circle Keeping and Mastery Circle Keeping





Michael Tsur is a lawyer, and an expert in negotiation, conflict resolution, crisis management and mediation. He specializes in executive coaching of general managers, general directors and owners of companies in Israel   and around the globe, working in particular on how to navigate complex negotiations and situations. Tsur is the founder and general-director of the Mediation & Conflict Resolution Institute-Jerusalem. Since 2000, he has been an associate director at Consensus, a New York-based consultancy specializing in negotiation, conflict resolution and peace-building. For the last ten years, Tsur has been a member of various international teams in overseeing negotiations, including commercial and business, and cross-cultural challenges. 

Full Biography 

Instructor For: Negotiation Series