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Mediator of the Year

Woods, Lazette 150 pxDuring Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. recently held awards banquet, Lazette Woods was announced as the winner of the Tom Eisner Mediator of the Year Award for her high dedication to the agency, advanced mediation skills, and for performing the greatest number of mediator service hours.

Lazette completed her Basic Mediation Training in 2010 and Family Mediation Training in 2011. She frequently mediates juvenile victim-offender disputes for DRS North Texas at the Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center in Fort Worth. Mediating juvenile victim-offender disputes is very rewarding for Lazette as she feels it gives her an opportunity “to positively impact a family and a child’s life in a powerful meaningful way”. When asked to elaborate on her experience as a volunteer mediator, she stated that she thinks she has been preparing her whole life to be a mediator and identifies her authentic self as a problem solver and mediator.

Lazette is a credentialed Advanced Mediator with the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, a CASA Volunteer, and ombudsman. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Sociology and received a Master of Education/Mid Management & Superintendency. In her spare time she loves antiquing, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Volunteer of the Year

Jackson, Michael 150px Michael A. Jackson, J.D. was announced as the winner of the 2015 Gerald N. Summerford Volunteer of the Year during DRS North Texas recent awards banquet. The Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1996 to commemorate Gerald N. Summerford’s immeasurable contribution to the advancement and success of DRS North Texas, its programs, and services.

Michael joined DRS North Texas as a volunteer in April 2004 and to date has given nearly 1,000 mediation hours. He is an integral part of the DRS North Texas Basic & Family Mediation training program often being invited to teach on generating settlement options, mediated settlement agreement writing, mediator ethics, diversity, and landlord/tenant disputes.

“Mediation seems to be a perfect fit,” he said, “since I have always enjoyed problem solving and developing outside the box solutions.”

Michael earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s in Human Resource Management, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Drake University. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College. In his free time, Michael enjoys golf, home repair projects, reading John Grisham novels, and volunteering as a mediator for DRS North Texas.

Millennium Mediators

DRS is proud to recognize the following individuals who have achieved at least 1000 hours of volunteer mediations at our agency:

  • Lexa Auld
  • Charles Beneze
  • Charlene Berry
  • William T. Bowden
  • Cass Castillo
  • Donald P. Ellis
  • Jane W. Ferguson
  • Janice Graczyk
  • Robert A. Hughes
  • Don R. Kelly
  • Nancilu McClellan
  • Joan McGrath
  • Bill Palmer
  • Earnest D. Snoyer
  • Trudy Termini