Professional Details

Cherri Brown
Associate Mediator

Neutral Place

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PO Box 871
Tyrone, GA 30290
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404-395-7209

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Description of Practice

Cherri Brown believes in mediation's promise of hope that began during a contentious dispute between college administrative decisions and the folks those decisions would affect. Mediation provided a forum for airing differences and finding resolutions from participants and not policies. Upon graduation, she fulfilled her personal promise to the children of parents involved in bitter relationship disputes. She meets with families in need of mediation to help them navigate through the changes that life presents to all of us. She meets with very young students and their teachers to teach them the process of peer mediation.

Cherri creates a way for differences, disputes, and changes to reach mutual resolutions without the expense of litigation or the emotional scars produced by prolonged stress and bitterness. Her travels to over 80 nations provides an understanding of cultural differences and an acute awareness that all folks can make good decisions when given an opportunity. The process of listening, learning, and understanding our needs and wants and those of others is the process of mediation.

She coaches family education and relationship mediation in families.

Professional Background

Cherri owned and operated a catering and event planning business in Puerto Rico, hosted a weekly consumer and food entertainment program on the CBS affiliate radio station in San Juan, and gave cooking lessons at the Cookshop, PR, Bobbie & Carol's, FL, and Ariana's Cookshop, FL. She and her husband owned and operated La Buena Mesa, a family restaurant on the mountaintop overlooking Aguas Buenas. They continued their catering business with 200+ employees in Miami, Florida, eventually opening a retail shop in the Kendall area. The family moved to Georgia in 2001.

Experience

From 2003 until January 2015, Cherri Brown practiced mediation pro bono for private clients in the middle Georgia area. Since 2015 she opened her practice to fee paying families and individuals.

Degrees

Cherri Brown earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College, 2001, in Psychology/Education, as a Frances Perkins Scholar. She earned her MBA with highest distinction from the New York Institute of Technology, 2008. She will receive her PhD in Psychology/Education in 2015.

She completed programs at the Justice Center of Atlanta and Atlanta Divorce Mediators in the facilitative and transformative dispute resolution models. She is registered with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution, Georgia Supreme Court, ID 1988 and has actively practiced since 2003.

Training

Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
    Justice Center of Atlanta    60
    Justice Center of Atlanta    60
    Atlanta Divorce Mediators    60

Approach

Cherri practices the classic facilitative approach that empowers participants and helps them to understand how to resolve their differences with mutual respect through non adversarial discussions. The process seeks a way to help the parties find solutions without providing suggestions, advice, or injecting opinion. Cherri helps the parties understand their needs and creates an environment for them to produce alternative resolutions. Agreements may not always occur, though participants leave a session with a greater understanding of how to engage in non adversarial conversation and often return to have agreements made in writing. Facilitative mediation allows folks to make decisions based on what they know about themselves versus an attorney and/or a judge.

Fees

We invite you to speak with us for a 30 minute,free phone consultation to assess the appropriateness of the mediation process for your needs.

Hourly fee is $250 U.S. +++

Mediation and coaching sessions within the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area require a deposit equal to 1 hour fee + 1 hour for Davinci Suite(s) or ADR location fee if any.

Outside the Atlanta, GA metropolitan area fees are paid at the time of reservation.

+ Location fees not included in hourly fee & vary per location and room size needed. Prices range from $25-$250 (U.S./International).

+Outside the Atlanta, GA Metropolitan area, transportation, Davinci, and hotel accommodations are not included in hourly fee, and are prepaid to Neutral Place at the time of session reservation.

Applicable local, state, or country fees and taxes are not included in hourly fee and are additional.

Hourly fee applies to the mediation process, participant's attorney information time (if required by participants or their attorneys), document preparation time if required or requested prior to mediation session, and drafting and writing of any agreements made, including attachment of same to any legal documents presented.

Most documents required, including client informational data and agreement to mediate, can be accomplished via electronic transmission (private email) and is billed separately at $20 U.S. per hour.

A series of sessions require a deposit equal to 50% of anticipated time in excess of 10 hours.

Internet mediation sessions range from $150-200 U.S. per hour.

Other Information

Cherri has published with s-Howard and Journal of Applied Gerontology, presented at the Association of Conflict Resolution annual conference in Atlanta, GA, APA Student Presentations, and has written extensively on bullying, grandparents grandparenting grandchildren, adult ADHD, and English literacy for adult immigrants.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adult Family
  • Civil (general)
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Family
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Online Mediation
  • Parent-Teen

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Facilitator
  • Parenting Coordinator

References available upon request.