Michael is a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator and Vice President of Market Development for Ascension Care Management. He is charged with growing the organization’s reach and membership across the nation. Prior to this role, Gardner served as Vice President of Finance and Operations and Vice President of Business Development. He was previously the Division Director of Business Operations at Baptist Hospital. Michael received his B.S. in Health Care Administration from Western Kentucky University and a MBA with a concentration in Business Negotiation and Mediation, from Belmont University. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of NCRC and presently serves on the Advisory Board of Virsys12.
Chris Guthrie is the Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. A leading expert on behavioral law and economics, dispute resolution, negotiation, and judicial decision-making, he is one of the authors of the influential textbook Dispute Resolution and Lawyers and has published more than 50 scholarly articles and essays in leading law journals. Chris joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2002 following six years on the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Law. Before entering the legal academy, Chris practiced law with Fenwick & West in California. He earned a B.A. with distinction and honors from Stanford University, M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a former NCRC Board member.