Merri L. Hanson, M.A.

Merri L. Hanson, M.A. Principle Mediator, Trainer, Conflict Coach, Organizational Consultant

Merri L. Hanson is the Director of Peninsula Mediation & ADR in Williamsburg and Hampton Virginia. Peninsula Mediation & ADR provides a comprehensive range of conflict resolution services for employment, workplace, EEO, ADA, whistleblower, business, and commercial disputes for private and public sector for profit, not for profit, institutions of higher education, and governmental entities (unionized and non-unionized). Under Merri’s direction, Peninsula Mediation & ADR manages ADR contracts and service delivery throughout the continental United States and the Pacific for the Department of Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, NASA HQ, and the National Gallery of Art. Merri also serves on the mediation and ADR training rosters for NASA, the U. S. Air Force, the U. S. Army, and the Department of Justice ADA Program (through the Key Bridge Foundation), and el Centro Interdisciplinario para el Manejo de Conflictos, A.C. in Mexico City. Merri has also served the Department of Energy as a roster mediator from 2004 – 2009 and as the contract mediation provider from 2009 – 2014. Finally, Merri provides a variety of conflict resolution webinar series for Department of Defense Education Activity leaders worldwide.

Ms. Hanson also conducts a broad range of organizational conflict and communication assessments to include conflict audits, communication audits, the creation of internal communication plans, focus groups, customized group facilitations and other interventions, team building, communication skills training and development, and conflict coaching for senior leaders, managers, and key personnel. Merri is certified to use the Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP), the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), and also uses assessment instruments such as the Thomas Kilmann Mode Instrument (TKI), the Emotional and Social Competency Instrument (ESCI), and the Leadership Profile Instrument (LPI).

Ms. Hanson holds certification for all levels of mediation by the Supreme Court of Virginia (#58) and multiple Supreme Court of Virginia certified training courses in addition to teaching mediation and ADR survey at the Marshall Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary. Merri is a certified facilitator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile (Eckerd College) and the Strength Deployment Inventory. Merri served the Virginia Department of Forestry as a consultant, trainer and mediator under the Virginia Dispute Resolution Act, and on the Virginia U. S. Department of Agriculture Mediation roster. Merri’s family mediation trainings courses are also approved by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Family Section (of which Merri is a Practitioner Member), and have been approved by the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Clark County Courts in Nevada, and the Delaware Family Court. Merri served from 1994 – 2004 on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s Dispute Resolution Advisory Council (also sitting on the training sub-committee and the ethics review panel), and is a Past President of the Virginia Mediation Network.

Prior to establishing Peninsula Mediation & ADR in 1991, Ms. Hanson taught a variety of communication and conflict management courses at colleges and universities in California and Virginia in both full-time and adjunct capacities. Merri established the Isle of Wight Victim’s Services Program for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. While residing in Seattle, Washington, Ms. Hanson designed and implemented information dissemination programs in developing countries. Her education achievements include a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, a Master of Arts in Communication and Conflict Management, and post-graduate work in organizational psychology.