Jacqueline Pierce, Esq.

Jacqueline Pierce, Esq.

Executive Director

Ms. Pierce is an experienced Trial Attorney, Mediator and Arbitrator. Ms. Pierce has completed
extensive mediation certification at both Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute and at the Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management at Monterey College of Law, where she also taught trial advocacy. She has mediated and arbitrated in excess of 200 cases, and conducts pro bono fee arbitrations for the Monterey County Bar Association. She has served on the Monterey Superior Court Task Force for Alternate Dispute Resolution since 2008, and has served as a judge pro tem for settlement conferences at Monterey County Superior Court. Ms. Pierce has been associated with Compassionate Care Alliance (founding member and legal counsel); the Breast Care Center of Community Hospital (Advisory Board); St. Mary’s By-The-Sea, Pacific Grove; “The Celtoid Kids” Celtic Music program; The Diocese of El Camino Real; and the Executive Committee of the Monterey County Bar Association. She also is a musician and promotes community engagement through music in various capacities, including serving as legal counsel to Orchestra In The Schools, Inc.

Elizabeth McCorkle

Elizabeth McCorkle

Executive Program Administrator

Elizabeth McCorkle, a Bay Area Native, joined the Mandell Gisnet Center after an extended career overseas. After completing her BA in Art History and German at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her MA in Linguistics at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Elizabeth lived and worked in Belgium, Iceland, Japan and Hawaii before permanently returning to the Central Coast in 2013. Elizabeth has extensive experience working in international higher education programs, specializing in Program Development, Curriculum Design and Student Recruitment and she brings her broad cross cultural experience to the Mandell Gisnet Center coordinating a wide range of programs and community outreach. Elizabeth is deeply committed to advancing the ideals of constructive conflict resolution, particularly in diverse, multicultural settings. Outside of work, Elizabeth is an active volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey County Food Bank and numerous other local non-profits organizations.

Mackenzie Thomas

Mackenzie Thomas

NEIGHBOR Project Coordinator

Mackenzie was born and raised in Riverton, UT, just south of Salt Lake City. She moved to Corralitos, CA in the summer of 2016. Along with her husband (and all of their pets), she lives in an off-the-grid cabin in the Corralitos mountains. She began her legal education at Monterey College of Law in 2018. Previous to starting law school, Mackenzie worked in the insurance industry in underwriting and sales. Mackenzie is an experienced mediator, now working as the NEIGHBOR Project Coordinator and in the Monterey County Small Claims Court. She believes in the power of mediation and the importance of conversation to resolve disputes. Many disputes arise out of misunderstandings or feeling a lack of respect, and she believes mediation is the best tool to bring about resolution and understanding.

Jed Peace Friedland, Esq.

Jed Peace Friedland, Esq.

Professor and Mediator

Jed Peace Friedland has been litigating a wide variety of complex cases for 3 decades and has participated as an advocate in hundreds of mediations. As a mediator Jed has presided over 70+ mediations involving disputes including divorce/property division, real estate/land use, trusts, intellectual property, personal injury, elder abuse, professional negligence, commercial/contractual, RV parks, faith communities, nuisance, animal welfare, school, workplace/employment and parent/teen. He serves on the Monterey County Superior Court panel of Court directed mediators and he is also a certified family law mediator. Jed is the curriculum designer and instructor of the 32 hour Core Mediation Certification Training and the 15 hour Advanced Mediation Training offered at Mandell-Gisnet Center and Monterey College of the Law as well as a variety of Advanced Mediation and Facilitation programs offered statewide through his firm Remarkable Solutions. Jed is active as a mediator/facilitator and mediation trainer at the Conflict Resolution Center of Santa Cruz County, Mandell-Gisnet Center, and has been a regular mediation presenter at the annual conferences of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California. Jed is an affiliated panelist/mediator with Spark Resolutions Group and Neutral Ground in Santa Cruz and also mediates for the Law Offices of Jane E. Bednar in Monterey County. He currently acts “Of Counsel” for Fischer/Kerney LLP in construction defect litigation throughout Northern California. Jed is also very active as a musician, producer, technical advisor and personal manager.

Christina Olsen

Christina Olsen

Teaching Assistant and Mediator

Christina M. Olsen, a Monterey Peninsula native, left the area and began her college career at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA where she majored in Music Management with a focus on Classical Voice. Additionally, she has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Brandman University and has done course work with a focus in Marketing at UCLA. Christina’s career experience includes marketing in a managerial capacity within commercial real estate, health management, natural food products and music industries in Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX. Christina began her Juris Doctor at Monterey College of Law in 2015. She has completed the Core-Mediation Training at the Mandell-Gisnet Center and is also a mediator at the Monterey County Superior Courthouse for the Unlawful Detainer and Small Claims calendars. Christina’s role is supporting MGC’s marketing efforts and program development. While pursuing the study of law, her ultimate passions include music and animal rescue.

Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams

Mediation Court Coordinator

Bryan is an experienced mediator who serves the Mandell Gisnet Center on Small Claims Court and Unlawful Detainer Court cases. Currently a student at Monterey College of Law, Bryan also served as an intern in the Public Defender’s office in 2016. He is a passionate believer in the importance of mediation as a win/win conflict resolution technique. A successful entrepreneur and self-avowed techie, Bryan has run multiple businesses since 1993. His first endeavor was in mobile communications technology, followed by an internet company offering radio, television and print through websites. A later internet media development company created web presences for many of Bakersfield’s premier organizations, and earned him a city-wide award. Most recently, he co-founded Diversity Broadband, creating videos for conventions, and produced a local television show called Cruz News. He decided to enter the legal profession, in part, to help ensure social justice in a world of ever-expanding technology.