Professional Details

Melissa Linenberger
Associate Mediator

Rocky Ford Consulting

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Manhattan, KS 66502


Description of Practice

Melissa is looking foward to helping you through your disputes. Melissa has extensive training in mediation, negotiation, conflict coaching, advocacy, arbitration, and other areas of dispute resolution assistance. She is willing to travel. Please contact her with your questions and concerns.

Professional Background

Melissa has a Certificate in Conflict Resolution, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services, and Minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies from Kansas State University and Masters of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution through the Creighton University School of Law, Werner Institute. Melissa's education and experience is in educational and employment dispute resolution (faculty, staff, and student disputes), healthcare dispute resolution, and family mediation. Melissa receives ongoing training in arbitration through the National Center for Dispute Settlement.


Five years of experience in a variety of situations including divorce and parenting plans, elder care, organization, healthcare, education, employment, and home owners' association.


Undergraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Kansas State University, December 2007 Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services with a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies from Kansas State University, May 2010 Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from Creighton University School of Law, December 2011


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2007    Kansas State University    Certificate in Conflict Resolution (which included 40+ hours of mediation training)
2010-2011    Creighton University School of Law    Master of Science - Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
2012-2016    National Center for Dispute Settlement    Automotive Warranty Arbitration
2016    Heartland Mediators Association    Annual Conference - Child-Centered Mediation
2012    Kansas State University    Minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies (18 hours)


Relationships are at the heart of most mediations. I assist clients in coming to solutions that suit their needs while maintaining a relationship focus. Many clients entering into mediation do so to maintain relationships with others. Mediation also saves time and money for the clients involved, compared to lengthy court cases. I am open to assisting clients in a variety of cases. Please contact me to discuss your mediation, facilitation, training, or dispute system design needs.


Fees are charged at the time of service. Services are affordable; payment plans may be discussed.

Areas of Practice

  • ADA
  • Adoption
  • Adult Family
  • Animal
  • Autism
  • Automotive
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Criminal
  • Cross Cultural
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Elder
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Estate Planning
  • Faith Based
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • General
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor - Management
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Marital Mediation
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Online Mediation
  • Organizational
  • Parent-Teen
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet Mediation
  • Police
  • Prenuptial
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Restorative (Criminal)
  • Restorative (Juvenile)
  • Sexual Harrassment
  • Special Education
  • Trust Management
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workers Comp
  • Workplace

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Conflict Coach
  • Arbitrator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Parenting Coordinator
  • Ombud
  • Custody Evaluator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Systems Designer
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Staff Developer

References available upon request.

This dispute resolution professional keeps liability insurance.