BRDGES Academy values excellence. In order to ensure our students quality education and innovative courses using best practices, we reach across the globe to engage experienced and highly-qualified conflict resolution practitioners and mediators as our faculty.

Lynn H. Cole | President BRDGES Academy


Ms. Cole is a former President and Chair of the Board Mediators Beyond Borders International and has been a force for mediation over the past several decades. In the early 1990s as Chair of the Civil Justice Reform Act Commission, she recommended to the Federal Judges in the Middle District of Florida use of mediation in their civil case management process. They accepted and became the first Federal District to do to. During that same time she worked with the (now called) Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center to setup the first state court related mediation program in the United States. She is a Mediation Specialist who has worked and lived in developing rule- of-law countries, Bulgaria, Jordan, Kosovo, and Sri Lanka. She is a full-time domestic and international mediator and mediation trainer who is Harvard-trained and mediation certified by the Florida Supreme Court and, internationally, by the International Mediation Institute (“IMI”) in The Hague.

Kenneth Cloke


Mr. Cloke is often described as one of the original pioneers of mediation. He is one of two founders of Mediators Beyond Borders, International and served as its first President and Chair of the Board. As Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, Kenneth Cloke has served as a mediator, arbitrator, attorney, coach, consultant, and trainer. He specializes in resolving complex multi-party conflicts which include: community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bar-gaining, negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits, and public policy disputes. Ken also provides services in designing conflict resolution systems for organizations. He is a nationally recognized speaker and best-selling author of many books and journal articles on mediation.

Ursula Caser


Born in Oberstdorf, Germany, now living in Portugal, Ursula holds a European Master’s Degree in Mediation. For many years, she has been working as a trainer and coach in the EU. Ursula specializes in intercultural dimensions and communications. She has been leading intercultural awareness coaching programs in institutional, organizational and individual training sessions for the last many years.

Kathy Komaroff Goodman


Ms. Komaroff Goodman is an experienced mediator with a deep interest in the role that emotional and cultural intelligence plays in a mediator’s ability to address the underlying needs of the parties in working toward durable solutions. She has developed and delivered training in emotional intelligence to mediators at the New York Peace Institute. She also has co-developed and delivered the workshop “Mediation and the Mediator” to graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Kathy is certified to administer the Emotional Intelligence Assessment (EQ-i 2.0) and the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI) to individuals and groups. Kathy is a founding Principal at ACCORD, a collaborative of conflict management and resolution specialists serving individuals and businesses. She is a graduate of the Masters of Science program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.

Christine Straw


Christine Straw is a community mediator and facilitator with interests in the dynamics that keep conflicts stuck and the shifts needed to move toward sustainable and satisfying solutions for all parties. She has co-developed and delivered the workshop “Mediation and the Mediator” to graduate students at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is certified to administer the Emotional Intelligence Assessment (EQ-i 2.0) and has been trained in conflict coaching. Chris is a founding Principal at ACCORD, a collaborative of conflict management and resolution specialists serving individuals and businesses. She is a graduate of the Masters of Science program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and holds an MBA. She has worked at Columbia University’s Earth Institute with the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) supporting work on the practical application of complexity science to intractable conflict. Her focused work in conflict resolution follows 20+ years working as project/program manager in government, non-profit and private organizations.

Mary Jo Harwood, MSW, LSW


Ms. Harwood is a community mediator as well as trauma and conflict management specialist with over 30 years of experience in working with trauma and building conflict-competent communities. She is the owner of Resilience Resource, LLC.

Dave Joseph


An experienced trainer in mediation and dialogue, Mr. Joseph brings 20 years of mediation experience and 10 years of international work, primarily in Africa. He brings his extensive experience as Senior Vice President of Programs for Public Conversations Project to the virtual classroom.

Prabha Sankaranarayan


Ms. Sankaranarayan is a Conflict Management Consultant with over 27 years of experience in NGO management and program development. She is actively involved in regional, national, and international civic activities focused on civil liberties, sexual violence prevention, conflict mitigation, and mediation, as well as the recovery and rehabilitation of trauma survivors. She also is the CEO and President of Mediators Beyond Borders, International (MBB).

Rachel Wohl


Rachel Wohl, Esq. is an attorney, mediator, facilitator, and meditation teacher, co-creating an awareness tool called “Taking STOCK” to help dispute resolvers and others to continually integrate mindfulness into their work and lives. Ms. Wohl has been teaching Mindfulness to Dispute Resolvers: Judges, Lawyers, Mediators, Arbitrators and Managers, twice a year for the past 12 years, in a 2.5-day format, at Pepperdine University Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She recently co-authored an article, with Professor Leonard Riskin, called “Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking STOCK” and published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review Vol. 20-121.

Ashok Panikkar


Ashok Panikkar (www.ashokpanikkar.com), founder of Meta-Culture (https://ashokpanikkar.com/meta-culture/), and CitizenDEMOS, is a mediator, writer and teacher who has worked extensively in the US, South Asia, Europe and parts of the MENA region. Having spent three decades in communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking and designing for healthy, pluralistic communities, he is, today, dedicated to strengthening the values and culture of democratic societies. He writes a blog on Democracy called: Rights, Slights and Free Lunches: Notes from the edges of Democracy. Click on www.ashokpanikkar.com.

Aleksandra Weber, MD, PhD


As a medical doctor, Dr. Weber has been negotiating and bridging diversity across healthcare sectors and beyond during the past 30 years of her professional career. She has been involved in mediation for almost 15 years and has served a board member of the EUCON – European Institute for Conflict Management and Business Mediation – for over several years. She was an initiator of the ADR, Mediation and Negotiation Group for Healthcare and Life Sciences in Germany and published a book on mediation for healthcare in 2011. Dr. Weber, currently based in Germany near Munich, is a practicing psychiatrist and psychotherapist. She also works as a mediator and a consultant. www.mediation-weber.net

Anne-Karin Grill


Anne-Karin Grill is a partner at Vavrovsky Heine Marth Attorneys-at-Law in Vienna, Austria. She specializes in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and has an excellent track-record in successfully resolving both commercial and investor-state disputes. In addition to her advocacy work, Anne Karin serves as (sole) arbitrator and acts as CEDR accredited mediator in domestic and international disputes has served on the  UNCITRAL Experts Group for the establishment of UNCITRAL Mediation Rules. Anne-Karin teaches mediation at the University of Vienna’s Faculty of law and regularly speaks at and publishes articles on current dispute resolution topics, including mediation. Vavrovsky Heine Marth

Joseph Matthews


A trial and appellate advocate for more than 42 years, Attorney Joe Matthews is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, School of Law where he was an Editor of the Law Review. He is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the American Law Institute and an Honorary Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and Certified Mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Judge Kenneth (Ken) L. Fields


Judge Kenneth (Ken) L. Fields is a retired Judge of the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona. He presided over civil, juvenile, criminal, probate, special assignment and family court calendars. From February 1993 through June 1995, he served as the Presiding Judge of the Domestic Relations Department (Family Court), Superior Court of Arizona, in Maricopa County.   He is the presiding commissioner for a 5-person arbitration commission deciding disputes between the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe (both Native American Indian tribes). In addition to civilian courts, Judge Fields was a Military Trial Judge for the Arizona National Guard presiding over Courts-Martials until September 15, 2015.   Judge Fields has conducted doing online mediations and arbitrations using zoom since 2019 as well as providing training to judges and lawyers relating to online dispute resolution.

Claudia Caluori


Claudia Caluori is qualified lawyer and mediator who is IMI certified. She has practiced law at the international level since 2010, focusing on international business development and trade. She has assisted companies in Europe and the Middle East in forming partnerships. From Lebanon, she currently lives in Italy and dedicated to the management and resolution of conflicts. She was trained as a mediator in Italy, France, and Lebanon. She has served as a mediator in over 500 hearings involving either Business to Business (“B2B”), Business to Consumers (“B2C”)and telecommunication disputes. She is also a Rotary Peace Fellow Alumna of the Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand (class 27, 2019). Claudia is fluent in three languages, Italian, English, and French.

Mark B. Baer, Faculty

Mark B. Baer, Esq.


Mark B. Baer works as a mediator, conflict resolution consultant, and non-litigating family law attorney in Pasadena, California. He is a prolific writer of articles and contributions to several books.. His writings on bias, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence have been published in several popular publications. Bias —  its causes, its impact and what can be done to reduce and keep it in check —  has been a central theme running through his work.


In today’s multi-cultured world, it is imperative that all practitioners of conflict resolution have an intelligible understanding of others’ cultural nuances and behaviors – flexibility, humility, openness to differences, and effective adaptation strategies can make the mediation table a place where different cultures can meet to create a new culture conducive to building accord and amity.

The BRDGES Academy Assessor has a special role at BRDGES Academy. They view and judge online mediation simulations and make written evaluations of the mediator’s role-play required for the IMI  General or Intercultural Certification. All of BRDGE’s Academy Assessors are committed to transparency and educational best practices. Assessors take part in initial start up training at BRDGES to understand their duties and responsibilities and how to make the best us of e-learning techniques.

David Lewis

David Lewis mediates civil/commercial, family, and workplace disputes. He received IMI Certification from the Association for International Arbitration. He also performs large group facilitations and arbitrates. Mr. Lewis has taught mediation globally, published several articles in the field, and completed more than 1000 hours of professional ADR training. Mr. Lewis volunteers extensively in the ADR field including as a judge and mediator for the ICC International Mediation Competition, an expert assessor for the Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition, and as a Vis arbitrator. Mr. Lewis is also a CEDR and EMTPJ accredited commercial mediator, with a PSMA endorsement for cross-border disputes. He also attained ADR Group accreditation as a family practitioner and is certified by EU Cross-Border Family Mediators and MIKK as a Cross-Border Family Mediator specialised in Hague Convention Abduction matters. He is registered with the Maryland Program for Mediator Excellence. Mr. Lewis completed his Bachelor of Civil Law at Pembroke College, Oxford, a Masters of Corporate Law from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a JD from the University of Maryland. He also earned his LL.M. in Dispute Resolution as the inaugural JAMS Scholar at Pepperdine University and was a Fulbright Scholarship recipient in the area of comparative mediation.

Maureen Inglis

Maureen Inglis is a mediator from from Australia. She is an IMI certified mediator and holds the additional certification with IMI as internationally certified. She is a recipient of the BRDGES Intercultural Certificate. she has a strong interest in intercultural situations and peace building. Her vast mediation experience includes workplace, civil court, not-for-profit and community organizations. As a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Maureen has recently worked in Sierra Leone on a project “Building Unity for Peaceful Elections”.

Advisory Board

We are recruiting an elite Advisory Board to ensure that we are working for you using all best educational practices. These leading men and women in mediation and education will meet with us periodically to review our evaluation standards for each course and for the Final Mediation Role-play required for the IMI General and BRDGES Inter-cultural Certifications.

Dr. Maling Ebrahimpour

Dr. Ebrahimpour is the immediate past Dean of the USF St. Petersburg College of Business. He currently serves Dean of the College of Business, University of Rhode Island.

Alan E. Gross, Ph.D.

Alan Gross has mediated, arbitrated, facilitated, and trained for over 20 years around the world. Gross holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and was formerly Psychology Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland.

Srdan Šimac, Ph.D.

Srdan Šimac, Ph.D. is a judge and former President of the High Commercial Court of the Republic of Croatia, and chair of its Mediation Service. He is mediation pioneer in Croatia and among the world founders of court-annexed mediation.

Support Team

We will work hard to make your participation in our classes as easy as possible. We work hard to schedule courses in such a way as to include as many participants from around the world as possible. Sometimes that isn’t always possible to include everyone and if you have a question or suggestion, just contact us. We will work on scheduling special classes in a region for 8 or more participants. We want you to fully enjoy this unique experience!

Patricia Bazemore, Marketing Manager

Patricia Bazemore

Marketing Manager

Patricia has a long history of volunteer work with nonprofits and grassroots organizations. She has worked on Congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential campaigns organizing data, creating targeted outreach, and managing social media. Patricia also currently operates her company, Bluebird Web Services

Lizyvette Ramos

Lizyvette Ramos

Director of Education

Lizyvette Ramos is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. Program in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at NOVA Southeastern University (NSU). She has experience working as an Associate Instructor for Alternative Dispute Resolution Academy (a division of Resolute Mediation and Arbitration, Inc.), as a Parent Liaison, as a Victim Advocate, and as a Forensic Case Manager. Her education includes a Masters in Forensic Psychology, a Law Degree (Venezuela), and a Bachelor in Psychology. Lizyvette was born in Venezuela. She is Bilingual (English & Spanish). Lizyvette is the author of “Sexual Assault [Rape]: Moving from Victim to Survivor” and “Asalto Sexual [Violación]: De Víctima a Sobreviviente.”