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 & Court 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 Court Coordinator in the Monterey County Superior 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.

Vicki Miranda

Vicki Miranda

Court Coordinator

Vicki Miranda is the Court Coordinator for Unlawful Detainer and Small Claims Court. Vicki completed mediation certification courses at University of California, Berkeley and Monterey College of law. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate degree at Monterey College of Law.
Vicki served as a Human Resources leader for hospitals and healthcare organizations. She has an extensive background in working with individuals and groups to seek resolution of diverse workplace issues including workforce planning, employee/labor relations, and leadership and staff development. She currently is an instructor for supervisory development programs. Vicki values the unique perspectives of all parties and seeks to promote greater understanding through mediation.

Derek Bausek

Derek Bausek

Mediator

Alex Hernandez

Alex Hernandez

Support Staff