Melinda has been mediating professionally since 1994. Her practice includes both private clients and work for the New Hampshire Probate and Superior Courts, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, the EEOC and the Human Rights Commission. She is also a New Hampshire Certified Family Mediator. As an experienced trainer, Melinda develops and leads programs in dispute resolution from basic mediation skills to advanced, specialized dispute resolution training. She has also developed programs in negotiation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes.
Melinda was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court Committee on Dispute Resolution. She is the Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee. Melinda also serves as a Library Trustee for the Fuller Public Library in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
Melinda began her legal career in insurance coverage and insurance defense with Morrison, Mahoney & Miller in Boston. She then moved to New Hampshire in 1994 and continued litigating and developed her mediation practice at Devine, Millimet & Branch. Since 2008, she has been a partner with Carol Hess at Hess Gehris Solutions and has focused her time and energy on mediation, facilitation, training and consulting.
Albright College BS Business Administration and Spanish 1985
Northeastern University School of Law: J.D. 1991
University of Massachusetts: Certificate in Dispute Resolution 2001