Our staff includes an outstanding group of independent professionals with expertise in the spectrum of mediation models and practical experience in the areas of civil and family law, social work, psychology, healthcare, education, business and finance, government and law enforcement.

Our mediators and trainers are credentialed by the State of Tennessee and other states. Each have received training through internationally recognized organizations, including the American Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Applications, Inc, Association for Conflict Resolution, CDR Associates,Erickson Mediation Institute, Harvard Negotiation Project, National Center Associates and The Mediation Center.

  • Dr. Carol Berz

    CEO, Mediator, Trainer
    Carol Berz, PDRS CEO

      Focusing on solution-based, collaborative problem-solving, in both the public and private sectors, Carol Berz has been a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Listed General Civil and Family mediator and trainer for more than 25 years. Dr. Berz is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Private Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, a mediation services and […]

  • Jenni Berz

    Director of Services

    Jenni directs business operations for PDRS and coordinates the mediation services and training program.    With a background in communications, she oversees the administration and delivery of all public and private training programs and the firms marketing and public relations.  Jenni is a former Sales and Services Representative for Arnold Palmer Golf Company and served prior […]

  • Terry Croghan


    Terry Croghan is a professional trainer in the field of collaborative mediation.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and his law degree from Arizona State University.  After that, he was for over 25 years a litigation attorney in Arizona, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  During the latter part […]

  • Barry Gold

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    Originally from Atlanta, GA, Barry Gold is a partner with the law firm of McWilliams and Gold, Chattanooga, TN.  Admitted to the both the Tennessee and Georgia Bar in 1983, Barry’s primary area of practice is family law. Barry is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, where he currently serves as Vice-Chair of the […]

  • J. Ed Nanney

    Trainer, Mediator
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    J. Ed Nanney has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 1981. He began his career in a civil litigation practice before joining the law department of a Fortune 500 company in 1987. Over 17 years with that company, he managed litigation throughout the country and was promoted to executive positions in both the United […]

  • Janetta Fleming Bradley


    Janetta Fleming Bradley is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She received a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dissertation: Preparing preservice special educators to understand and resolve conflicts in collaborative settings. She has authored articles on conflict resolution, teaming, and corporal […]

  • Misty L. Harris


    Misty Harris is Of Counsel to the law firm of Lawrence & Lawrence, PLLC. where she primarily represents clients in family law matters in Circuit, Chancery and Juvenile Courts. Misty previously served as a Magistrate for the Hamilton County Juvenile Court and presided over cases involving dependency and neglect, custody, visitation, truancy, and delinquency matters. She […]

  • Joe Manuel

    Trainer, Mediator
    Joe Manuel, Mediator, Trainer

    Joe E. Manuel  is one of the early advocates of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Tennessee.  He served on the Tennessee Bar Association’s ADR Committee and received his initial training as a mediator and arbitrator in 1991. A substantial amount of his time is devoted to Alternative Dispute Resolution activities. He is a trainer in the areas […]

  • Regina McDevitt


    Ms.  McDevitt is the Senior Director for the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.  She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and an M.Ed in Guidance and Counseling.  She provides leadership, direction, management and operation for programs that address: domestic violence; supervised visitation, sexual assault; human trafficking; homelessness; housing, elder needs and abuse; foster care, […]