City Councilwoman Dr. Carol Berz will speak at the Noon Nosh Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17, at noon at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road. Dr. Berz’s topic will be the redevelopment of the Brainerd area. The cost for the luncheon is $8.00. RSVP by July 15 to 493-0270 ext.10; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brainerd Redevelopment Plan was approved by the Planning Commission in December 2010 and includes the creation of a Brainerd Mission Center at the site of the old Brainerd Mission at Eastgate. The existing mission cemetery would be a focal point and there would also be a library/interactive center, food service area and plaza. The plan also calls for revitalizing Brainerd Village Shopping Center and recommends a more visible trailhead for the Brainerd Levee walking trail.
In addition to her position as District 6 Councilwoman, Dr.Berz is the Chief Executive Officer of Private Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, a mediation services and training organization headquartered in Chattanooga. Formerly the director of Forensic Services for Joseph W. Johnson Mental Health Center, and subsequently its executive director, Dr. Berz also has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, teaching social policy, law and ethics. She is a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work, with extensive post-doctoral training in mediation, law and conflict management system design.
Dr. Berz studied liberal arts at Emory University and human service administration at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Her master’s degree in social policy was completed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; her law degree was completed at the Nashville School of Law; and her doctorate in social policy was completed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in cooperation with Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Berz is a graduate of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School’s Insight Initiative Summer Learning Forums.