SEDRS Staff

Marc Stanley, JD, MPP

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Executive Director

Marc has an extensive background in Public Administration, Leadership and Policy.  He received Degrees in Political Science, Economics from Alma College, followed by a Law Degree  and Public Policy Masters from Michigan State University. He was raised by two educators, and was made to understand that respect and relationships were the cornerstone to one’s professional and personal wellbeing.  He has been able to work for Think Tanks in Washington DC, within the city government of Southfield, for the House of Commons in Ottawa Canada, and now Executive Director of a very successful Non Profit Agency, Southestern Dispute Resolution Services.  He began his legal career in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2004, when SEDRS was a program with the Community Action Agency of Jackson, Lenawee and Hillsdale County. As Director of SEDRS, Marc has had the opportunity to be President of Aware, Inc, Chair of the Effective Practice and Procedures Committee of the ADR Section of the State Bar, a board member of the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health, Co Chair of the Michigan Community Mediation Association, and had the opportunity to sit and lead on many other planning and policy commissions.  

Melissa Divan, JD, LLM

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In-House Counsel

Melissa is dedicated to working with the residents of Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe counties in seeking alternatives to the adversarial process in the resolution of conflict. She received Degrees in English, with an emphasis in the study of Composition Rhetoric from Illinois State University, followed by a Juris Doctor, with a Litigation Concentration, and a Self-Directed LLM in Special Education Law and the Study and Resolution of Conflict from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. She is an active member of the State Bar of Michigan including section memberships in Alternative Dispute Resolution; Children’s Law; Elder Law and Disability Rights; and Latin American Bar Activities. She began her professional journey at an on-call legal services firm working with practitioners across the lower peninsula, and continued her legal career as a solo practitioner with a primary focus in Domestic Relations. Melissa began her work in Alternative Dispute Resolution in collaboration with L. Graham Ward, the Founder and Director of the WMU Cooley Law School Center for the Study and Resolution of Conflict, and joined the SeDRS in February 2018. She has since received State Court Administrative Office mediation certifications in numerous disciplines, along with instructor certifications in nonviolent crisis prevention intervention and restorative practices. She has taken the lead as the Coordinator for SeDRS Behavioral Health Independent Facilitation, and is dedicated to the organization’s promotion of positive communication, peaceful resolutions, and improved relationships in the resolution of conflict.

Katrina Duling, BS

School Services Coordinator

Katrina is certified in Special Education, Behavioral Health, General and Civil mediation through the Supreme Court Administration Office Lansing, Michigan, and a Restorative Justice circle trainer and facilitator. As a native of Jackson, Michigan, and a graduate of Lumen Christi High School, Katrina received her Bachelor of Science degree in Lyman Briggs-Human Biology and a Restorative Justice Circle Keeper certification both from Michigan State University. Katrina was also a Dean’s list student in the Bachelor of Science Nursing program at Finlandia University, and received her Strategic Doing Trainer certification from Purdue University. Katrina is also the Founder and Director of Free Tutoring and GED Services of Jackson, Michigan, and was awarded for her 11 years of Outstanding Service through Sisters in Ministry in 2016. For over 20 years, she has also been a Sign-Language interpreter and is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Behavioral Health. Katrina is also the Financial Stability Coordinator for Financial Stability Network and the Save Our Youth: Vocational Education Program Instructor for a diversion program that helps 18 to 24-year old remedy the behavior leading to their original arrest, and avoid conviction and a criminal record.

Philip Schaedler

Trainer, Restorative Justice & Mediation

Phillip Schaedler is the founding member of Schaedler &Lacasse, PC in Adrian, Michigan, he  began his legal career with the defense litigation law firm of Janes & Hall P.C. in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. In 1984, Phill began a 20 year career in the health care and insurance industry representing some of the nation’s leading community hospitals, health care systems and property and casualty insurance companies. Phill has been a national leader in the area of health care risk management and alternative risk finance. He has been on the forefront of the adoption and application of alternative dispute resolution techniques in the health care industry. Phill served on the board of the Family Mediation Council – Michigan for many years, and still serves on the State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Council. Phill served on the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee for District H and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Phill has been a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan for 36 years. He is a member the American Bar Association, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Council. He is a member, fellow and former board member of the American Society of Health Care Risk Management and a certified professional healthcare risk manager. Phill’s practice in Adrian, Michigan, centers on alternative dispute resolution in both general civil and domestic relations cases.Phill is a trained practitioner in the areas of facilitative, and evaluative mediation and arbitration as well as collaborative law.Phill recently completed his certification as a practitioner and trainer in restorative circle and restorative conference at the International Institute for Restorative Practices.Phill is a Charter member of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan Inc. (PREMi) and an active volunteer with the Southeast Michigan and Washtenaw Dispute Resolution Centers.