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University of St. Thomas School of Law




sander03.jpgFrank Sander, Advisory Board Member, is the creator of the multi-door courthouse model and an expert in alternative methods of dispute resolution. He is a Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School. Click here for complete bio.


Lawrence Susskind, Advisory Board Member, is the director of The Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law School, and the founder and senior advisor of The Consensus Building Institute. He teaches at Harvard University and MIT. Click here for complete bio.

Hernandez-Crespo.jpgMariana Hernández Crespo, Executive Director, is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she teaches international alternative dispute resolution, mediation, and community-based advocacy. Click here for complete bio.


carlos%20Diaz.JPGCarlos E. Díaz RosilloAcademic Consultant, teaches about and researches chief executive leadership, public sector institutions, and public policy. He is a head teaching Fellow at Harvard University (PhD ABD) and a visiting professor at Florida International University. He holds undergraduate degrees in International Relations (BA) and Civil Engineering (BS) from Tufts University, as well as graduate degrees in Public Policy (MPP) and Government (AM) from Harvard University.He is a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Yann Duzert,
Academic Consultant, is the academic coordinator of the Master's in International Management program at the Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE), and is Director of the Executive Education/Semana FGV at FGV Management. Duzert did his post-doctorate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is associated with the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program on Negotiation based at Harvard Law School. He received his Ph.D. in Risk, Information, and Decision Management from the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. He has been a mediator and coach for GEAP, Brazil's Ministry of Education, Ministry of Exterior Commerce,  Superior School of War, and the Presidency of the Republic's Negotiations for Tax Reform, Pension Reform and Labor Reform. He has also done training and coaching for the Task EU-Mercosul Trade Negotiations, the WTO, the World Bank / IFC, Hewlett-Packard, Monsanto, Sanofi-Pasteur, Véolia, Bank of Brazil, and the Central Bank. He is co-author of the book Manual of Complex Negotiations.
Ana Teresa Machado de Yepes
, Regional Administrative Coordinator, is currently a professor and Dean of Students at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela, where she teaches Public Leadership and has co-taught an honorary class and other courses regarding civic engagement and multi-party negotiation, as part of a clinic at Harvard Law School. Yepes is a civil engineer with a bachelor's degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB). She also holds a graduate degree in Management for Engineers–IESA, and a master's in Integrated Communications Management. She has served as President of the Organization for Children's Protection (OPAN).
Gianmar Molero de Boulton
, Pedagogical Consultant, is currently finishing a master's program in General Education at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), of Caracas, Venezuela, where she spent five years as a student representative. Boulton has served as the General Coordinator of a Civic Education Workshop in five Venezuelan public schools, and she supervised a Mayor's Office project for returning dropouts to schools in Caracas, Venezuela. She was Curriculum Designer of the high school program of social participation at a private school in Caracas. She received training designed at Harvard University for coaching social leaders and multi-party negotiation, and at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, she served as an instructor for an honorary class teaching those subjects.



MariaFlorencia.jpgMaria Florencia Tischler, Associate Regional Administrative Coordinator, holds a degree in Political Science and International Affairs from Northeastern University. She is currently working on her thesis to receive her master’s degree in International Administration (MAIA) from the University of Miami. Tischler’s work experience began when she conducted legal research involving low- and moderate-income families in the Venezuelan courts while she was a student of Law at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Her work in Boston included student leadership at the college level, housing issues for low-income families, and the participation in the creation of the first Hispanic after school program in Lynn, Massachusetts at La Vida, Inc. Tischler taught ESL classes for Latino janitors as part of a Clinical Study in Community Based Advocacy at Harvard Law School. In Miami, she worked with Cuban rafters as Program Manager for the Cuban/Haitian Refugee Resettlement Program.

german.jpgGermán R. Eiras, Technology Consultant, received his degree in Administrative Sciences, with a concentration in Management, from the Metropolitan University.  He was the Vice President of Finance and the Committee Organizer of the Employee Fair "Contacto Empresarial" from September 2001 to April 2002. At present, Eiras functions as Coordinator of the Career Center of the Metropolitan University, and will soon receive his degree of Specialization in Integrated Communications.

CarlosMorales.jpgCarlos A. Morales, Regional Technology Advisor, is Senior Programmer and Technical Lead at Quilogy, Inc., a Global Systems Integrator and Microsoft Certified Gold Partner. He has over six years of IT, networking, and software development experience, helping companies across the U.S. to solve complex business problems. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, Morales holds a Computer Sciences degree (BS), as well as Microsoft Technology certifications. The companies he has worked for include Pella Corporation, Northshore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Microsoft Corporation, Florida Department of Agriculture, and Darden Restaurants, among others.

IsaCara.jpgIsabel Cristina Yepes Machado, Communications Consultant, graduated in 2006 from Universidad Católica Andres Bello with a degree in Journalism, and a concentration in mass media. She has extensive experience working in rural communities to support the empowerment of citizens. Currently she works as a Press Department Coordinator at ESTIMA Comunicaciones Inc. In addition, she is finishing her studies to become a professional soprano.

Angela2.jpgAngela Francis, Communications Consultant, is currently a bilingual personal banker at Wells Fargo, where she has provided financial services to the public for the last four years. She holds Series 7 and Series 66 NASD licenses to work as an Investment Consultant. She is an active member of HOLA ("Heritage of Latino Americans"), a nonprofit organization for the local community at Wells Fargo. She earned her BA in Architecture from "La Universidad del Zulia" (LUZ) in Maracaibo, Venezuela.


PellegriniGrinover.jpgAda Pellegrini Grinover, National Project Representative, is a Professor of Procedural Criminal Law at the University of São Paulo. A retired State Attorney, Professor Grinover is the Chairwoman of the Brazilian Institute of Procedural Law and an academic of the Brazilian Academy of Legal Culture and of Paulista Law Academy. She has been a Council on the Bar Association of Brazil and a member of the Committees on Access to Justice as well as of Diffuse and Collective Rights. Prof. Grinover is a former Chairwoman of the Superior School of Advocacy of the Bar Association of São Paulo (OAB-SP). She has participated in and coordinated several international and national Congresses. Prof. Grinover is the author of numerous essays, published in Brazil, Europe, and Latin America. She has written or co-authored 25 books, including Liberdades Públicas e o Processo Penal: As Interceptações Telefonocas, Os Recursos no Processo Penal, and As Nulidades do Processo Penal. Prof. Grinover has been awarded the Labor Judicial Merit Order. The Brazilian Institute of Consumer’s Defense and Politics instituted the Ada Pellegrini Grinover award in 1998, for the best yearly monograph on consumer’s rights.

KazuoWatanabe.gifKazuo Watanabe, National Project Representative, is a lawyer, professor, and retired judge of Tribunal de Justiça de São Paulo. He graduated from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo in 1959, holds master's and doctorate degrees in procedural law, and teaches at the post-graduate level. He is Doctor Honoris at Keio University, Tokyo-Japão. Watanabe is also founder and president of Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais (CEBEPEJ) and of Instituto de Direito Comparado Brasil Japão. He has participated in many legal projects, a few of which include: federal law about small claims (lei 7.244/84); revision of procedure code (1985); and elaborations of Código de Defesa do Consumidor and of Anteprojeto da lei de Mediação Paraprocessual. He has published many legal works, including Juizado Especial de Pequenas Causas, Da Cognição no Processo Civil, Participação e Processo, Comentários ao Código de Defesa do Consumidor, and Mediação e Gerenciamento do Processo.


Tania%20Almeida.jpgTania Almeida, Facilitator for the Academic Sector, is a senior partner of MEDIARE (CeQUEquipenter of Conflict Management), where she works as a consultant, supervisor and teacher in conflict mediation and dialogue facilitation. She is also a guest professor at Getúlio Vargas Foundation Law School–RJ, where she teaches mediation and conciliation. She earned her M.D. in neuropsychiatry from Universidade Gama Filho. She has a graduate degree in sociology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC/RJ), in psychoanalysis and family therapy from the Instituto de Terapia de Família do Rio de Janeiro, and an MBA. in business management from Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She earned her Master Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from the Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch (Switzerland) / Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) / Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). Almeida is a member of the Code of Ethics and Model Bylaws Writing Committee of Conselho Nacional das Instituições de Mediação e Arbitragem (CONIMA) and a member of the World Mediation Forum Board of Directors (99-00). She works as an Inter-American Development Bank Researcher on alternative dispute resolution methods. Almeida is a member of the Coordination and Control Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank's Brazilian Project for the Development of Mediation and Arbitration in Small and Medium Firms.

Vania%20Izzo.jpgVânia Izzo de Abreu, Facilitator for the Nonprofit Sector, is a psychologist and family therapist with extensive experience in NGOs, dealing with domestic violence and gender violence prevention. She received her graduate degree in domestic violence and child abuse prevention from the University of São Paulo. Abreu works as a therapist for the Family Therapy Institute of Rio de Janeiro, as a mediator and teacher at Mediare–Center for Conflict Management, and as a mediation and arbitration trainer for the CACB/BID/SEBRAE program, a confederation of the Chambers of Commerce and Business of Brazil (CACB), the Inter-American Development Bank (BID), and the Brazilian Association of Support to the Small and Medium Business Sector (SEBRAE). Also a community therapist, Abreu is a member of the Executive Board of the  Institute of Systemic Research and Social Net Development–Noos Institute (an NGO).

Gabriela%20Assmar.jpgGabriela Assmar, Facilitator for the Business Sector, is a lawyer with extensive domestic and international experience in business law and several different areas of negotiation. She earned her master's degree in comparative jurisprudence (LLM) from New York University. She earned her MBA in general management from the Fundação Dom Cabral, in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and her Máster Latino Americano Europeu in Mediation from La Universidad de Buenos Aires. Assmar worked as a mediator for the Harlem Justice Center in New York City. She belongs to Mediadores en Red, a Latin American mediators' association, and the Arbitration Council of the Brazilian Bar Association. 

Agenor%20Lisot.JPGAgenor Lisot, Facilitator for the Judicial Sector, is a legal expert and mediator with extensive experience in family, labor, and business mediation. He works as an arbitrator in a Brazilian arbitral institution, and coordinates mediation training in the Legal Assistance Office of the Pantifia Universidade Católica in São Paulo. His degree is in economics. He is fluent in both Portuguese and Italian.

Ronan%20Ramos.JPGRonan Ramos de Oliveira Júnior, Facilitator for the Favela Sector, is a lawyer. He received his BA from the Faculdade de Direito Milton Campos in Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2005. Ronan is also a social technician and works as a mediator for the Program of Mediation of Conflicts at Minas Gerais State, a governmental mediation project at the “Vila Cemig” favela. He participated in a mediation workshop at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School in 2007. 


lilia%20de%20Morais%20Sales.JPGLília Maia Morais de Sales, Facilitator for the Student Sector, is a lawyer with both an LLM. and JSD. She is a law professor at the University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) and the Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), both in Ceará, Brazil . At UNIFOR, she is also Dean for the LLM and JSD programs. Sales serves as Director of the Mediation Institute of Brazil, in Fortaleza. She is the author of Mediation of Conflicts: Family, School and Community, Mediare: Practical Guide for Mediators, Justice and Conflict Mediation, and Familiar Mediation: A Social Study of the Conflicts in Contemporary Families. Sales coordinates research in family, school, and community mediation. She has participated in a governmental mediation project on communitarian houses, and teaches many courses for mediators.

Lia%20Regina%20Sampaio.JPGLia Regina Castaldi Sampaio
, Facilitator for the Legal Sector, earned her law degree at Catholic University (PUC); her psychology degree at Mackenzie University; and her master's in hospital psychology at Santo Amaro University (Unisa), all in São Paulo. Sampaio earned her master's in hospital administration at IPH (Instituto de Pesquisas Hospitalares) and in psychosomatic at Movimento Interdisciplinar de Psicossomática (MIP), both in São Paulo. She has been coordinator of volunteers for Samaritano Hospital in São Paulo since 1999, and is the current president of the NGO Associação Interação–Rede Social. Sampaio was trained in mediation specialization by BG Mediação Interdisciplinar, Instituto Familiae, Instituto de Mediação e Arbitragem do Brasil (IMAB) and Coordenadoria Geral de Especialização, Aperfeiçoamento e Extensão da Pontifícia Universid ade Católica de São Paulo (COGEAE-PUC) - all courses in São Paulo. She is a member of the Arbitration and Mediation Council of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), a mediator for Câmara de Conciliação e Mediação da FIESP da Federação da Industrias do Estado de São Paulo, da Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem do Instituto de Engenharia de São Paulo (CAMFIESP), and co-author of the book O que é Mediação de Conflitos.  

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LeslieFerraz.bmpLeslie Shérida Ferraz, Executive Coordinator for the Judicial Sector, is also the Executive Coordinator of CEBEPEJ (Brazilian Center for Judicial Studies and Research), where she oversees research about the Brazilian judicial system. She is a lawyer, and received her graduate and undergraduate degrees (PhD in progress) from University of São Paulo (USP). Her thesis is about Small Claims Courts and access to justice. She was a visiting scholar at University of Florence (Italy), in 2001, and at Columbia University (New York), in 2007. Ferraz has coordinated several research projects, on subjects such as Small Claims Courts, Tax Execution and Class Actions.

MLorencini3x4.jpgMarco Antônio Garcia Lopes Lorencini, Executive Coordinator for the Legal Sector, is a lawyer with experience in civil and commercial law. He teaches at Superior School of Lawyers (ESA – Escola Superior de Advocacia) in Belém-PA, Brazil. He earned his master's degree in Civil Procedure Law from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where his thesis was "Small Claim Courts: The Civil Procedure Law Revisited." He also earned his PhD in Civil Procedure Law from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where his thesis was “Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods and State Dispute Resolution." Lorencini is member and treasurer of the Brazilian Center of Judicial Studies and Research (Cebepej - Centro Brasileiro de Estudos e Pesquisas Judiciais).


Academic Sector
Celso Simões Bredariol  
Cristiane Maria Henrichs de Souza Coutinho    
José Gabriel Assis de Almeida    
Jose Maria Rossani Garcez    
Rodrigo Dias da Rocha Vianna    

Business Sector
Carolina Menezes
Marco Antonio Moreira Leite  
Rodrigo Graça Aranha
Célia Passos
Letícia Feres
Júlio Assuf
Rafaela Ferraz

Favela Sector
Adão Caetano da Silva     
Renato José dos Santos    
Iran Martins de Oliveira
Ronei Ferreira Borges 
Maria Aparecida Quintilho dos Santos   

Judicial Sector
Leslie Ferraz    
Michel Romano    
Mariella Nogueira     
Fernando Gajardoni    
Janete Simoes    
Valeria Lagrasta     
Sueli Pini

Legal Sector
Marco Lorencini    
Adolfo Braga Neto    
Luis Fernanado Freitas Penteado    
Juliana Demarchi    
Christian Garcia Vieira    
Caroline Silva Costa

Nonprofit Sector
Nair Cristina Barretto Boudet Fernandes    
Célia Bernardes    
Carlos Eduardo Alcântara Brandão    
Ernesto Rezende Neto    
Dario Córdova Posada    

Student Sector
Sandra Moreira
Mariana Almeida
Rodrigo Iacovini     
Alda Cirilo    
Andrine Oliveira Nunes

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