Testimonials

Due to the confidential nature of mediation and coaching,
the full names of the parties listed below are not disclosed.

“I could not have reached a successful mediation outcome without you,
JoAnne. I am so relieved.  I can’t thank you enough.”

“I could not have done it without you, JoAnne.  Throughout the mediation, my estranged husband held out and held out until I delivered the statements you and I discussed.  When I said them, his face turned beet red and his response was, ‘What do I have to do to get this over with?’  I also put together my presentation the way you suggested in our mediation coaching session and gave a copy to my attorney.  It made all the difference to have that piece of paper.  It helped me get my points across to my lawyer in an organized fashion and, most importantly, it helped bring my mediation to a very, very successful resolution.  I am so relieved.  I can’t thank you enough.”

Joan W.
Married for 14 years in a mid-life, second marriage.
Carrollton, Georgia.

*****

“JoAnne, our coaching session made all the difference with my
mediation.  The result is that my future will be financially secure.”

“JoAnne, our mediation coaching session  made the difference.  I followed your excellent advice and was able to go into mediation feeling comfortable and confident.  I knew what to say and how to handle things.  The result means my future will be financially secure.  I am very, very grateful to you.

Carla R.
Married for 32 years.  Four grown children.
Dunwoody, Georgia

*****

“Having you as our mediator gave us great peace of mind.
We could not have asked for a better mediation experience.”

“It was a blessing to have you as our mediator. We could never have asked for a better experience. Your expertise, your patience, and your ability to create a level of communication that enabled us to accomplish our goals, made our mediation session successful. Working with you gave us great peace of mind.”

Nancy B. and Steve B.
Married for 15 years. Two children under 10.
Marietta, Georgia.

*****

“Before I met with JoAnne…I was very apprehensive.
After meeting with her I felt prepared, organized and
ready to take on the challenge of my mediation….”

“Before I met with JoAnne for a mediation coaching session, I was very apprehensive and not sure what to expect. After meeting with her I felt prepared, organized and ready to take on the challenge of my scheduled mediation session. I am so glad I found JoAnne. Her help made all the difference for me in being able to successfully handle the mediation process.”

Mary G.
41-year marriage. Two grown children.
Dunwoody, Georgia.

*****

“JoAnne I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I will recommend your divorce coaching services to as many people as I can.”

“JoAnne, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Out of all the professionals I have met with during my divorce, you are the one that provided me with the most help, clarity, and understanding. The information and insight you gave me saved me from feeling alone and from making many mistakes I would have regretted. I will recommend your divorce coaching services to as many people as I can.”

Jennifer M.
Married for 22 years. Three children under the age of 18.
Alpharetta, Georgia

*****

“I appreciate your efforts more than I can possibly articulate…”

“I want to thank you, JoAnne, for your faithful support, encouragement, and hard work on my behalf. I appreciate your efforts more than I can possibly articulate.”

Susan E.
Married for 34 years. Four grown children.
Marietta, Georgia

*****

“JoAnne you did an excellent job with our divorce mediation.
You were organized, knowledgeable, fair, and very thorough.”

“JoAnne you did an excellent job with our divorce mediation. The way you communicated with us was clear and easy to understand. You were organized, knowledgeable, fair, and thorough. You helped make a difficult, emotional process as amicable and stress-free as possible. Thank you.”

Bill T.
Married for 28 years. Two teenage children.
Roswell, Georgia

*****

“The sincere interest JoAnne gave to my case was so valuable.
Her sound advice provided me with excellent communication
and negotiation strategies…..”

“JoAnne is the best. The time, knowledge and sincere interest she gave to my case was so valuable. My mediation coaching session with her familiarized me with the mediation process and her sound advice provided me with excellent communication and negotiation strategies I could use at the mediation table. I would give her the highest recommendation and advise anyone going into mediation to participate in mediation coaching in order to be properly prepared.”

Lynda S.
32-year marriage. Three grown children.
Sandy Springs, Georgia

*****

“My mediation coaching session with JoAnne…helped me organize
my thoughts…and gave me insight on how to communicate
with my wife during the mediation.”

“The time I spent with JoAnne in my mediation coaching session was extremely worthwhile.  It made me see things in a new light.  It helped me organize my thoughts and develop a successful communication strategy for the mediation session.  It also helped me communicate more effectively with my lawyer and gave me the insight to understand how to best approach my wife during the mediation process.   It was time very well spent and definitely contributed to the success of my mediation session.” 

Dan M.
Married for 30 years.  Two grown children.
Alpharetta, Georgia.

*****

JoAnne’s invaluable guidance gave me confidence and the ‘know-how’
to prepare my goals for mediation and work through the financials.”

“My mediation coaching session with JoAnne was an excellent foundation for understanding how to prepare for mediation and what to expect during the session.  She provided insight into the purpose of mediation and the techniques mediators use. Her guidance provided me with the confidence and the "know-how" to prepare my goals for mediation and work through the numbers to determine my child support and spousal support.  I would definitely recommend her to anyone facing a mediation session.  The time I spent with her and the knowledge I gained was invaluable.”

Rosalind B.
15-year marriage.  Three children under the age of 12.
Kennesaw, Georgia

*****

“Meeting with JoAnne for mediation coaching made me
feel like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders.  She
was knowledgeable and empathetic.  After two years of
litigation, I had a very successful mediation outcome.”

 “I attended a mediation coaching session with JoAnne before I attended a court-mandated mediation.  I was involved in a civil case that had gone on for more than two years and, needless to say, there was a level of uncertainty and apprehension about going into mediation.  The time I spent with JoAnne was wonderful – extremely informative and totally worthwhile.  It felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders to have someone knowledgeable and empathetic to talk to about my case and to learn the ins and outs of mediation.  I felt completely prepared going into my mediation session and it showed.  My case settled after more than two years of legal battles and I am extremely pleased with the outcome.  I highly recommend JoAnne to anyone facing mediation.  She gets to the heart of the matter in a coaching session and does an excellent job of preparing you for the mediation process.”

Jerry M.
Business Owner
Roswell, Georgia

*****

“My coaching session with JoAnne was well-worth the time and money.
It made all the difference in reaching a successful outcome in mediation.
We settled our real estate dispute after two years of costly legal battles.”

“The time I spent with JoAnne was wonderful – extremely informative and totally worthwhile. It felt like a burden had been lifted from my shoulders to have someone knowledgeable and empathetic to talk to about my case and to learn the ins and outs of mediation. I felt completely prepared going into my mediation session and it showed. My case settled after more than two years of legal battles and I am extremely pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend JoAnne to anyone facing mediation. She gets to the heart of the matter in a coaching session and does an excellent job of preparing you for the mediation process.”

Nancy S.
Officer in Real Estate Firm/Property Owner and Manager
Atlanta, Georgia

*****

“I felt like a second-class citizen at my first mediation.
After learning key communication and negotiating techniques
from JoAnne, my second mediation brought me the
financial security I wanted. I learned how to assert myself
with my lawyer and my financial advisor and how to influence
my estranged husband.”

“I felt like a second-class citizen at my first mediation. After meeting with JoAnne for mediation coaching and learning key communication and negotiation techniques, my second mediation resulted in the financial security I wanted. She taught me how to assert myself with my lawyer and my financial advisor, as well as how to approach my estranged husband in a manner that helped me influence him and attain my goals. I had a complicated case and attribute much of the successful outcome to my pre-mediation session with JoAnne.”

Nancy R.
Married 33 years with four grown children
Buckhead, Georgia

*****

“I wish I had known about JoAnne and mediation coaching
before my mediation.  Being properly prepared and more
knowledgeable would have help me attain a more successful outcome.”

“I wish I had known about the mediation coaching services from Mediation Services of Georgia before I went through my mediation.  It was an overwhelming experience and I know I would have fared much better had I been better prepared and had a better understanding of the mediation process.   All I can do now is advise other divorcing women to use this valuable service and prepare themselves for what can be one of the most important days of their lives.  I’m still living with the decisions made that day and wishing things had gone better.  Being properly prepared and more knowledgeable would have made a big difference in the outcome.”

Meredith C.
28-year marriage.  Two grown children.
Marietta, Georgia

*****

“After one of my client’s met with JoAnne for
mediation coaching she was a changed person.  She
went from completely overwhelmed to being empowered.”

One of my client’s met with JoAnne for a mediation coaching session.  After the session, she was a changed person.  She went from being completely overwhelmed to feeling so empowered that she was ready to handle the demanding challenges of dealing with divorce.  I cannot recommend JoAnne highly enough.  She is providing a very valuable service by coaching and preparing people for mediation.

Merle Land, Realtor
Keller Williams Real Estate
Atlanta, Georgia

*****

“JoAnne Donner has impeccable integrity and excellent communication
skills. She approaches situations with good judgment and
fairness.  She will always strive for excellence on your behalf.”

 “JoAnne Donner has all the traits I would require in an effective mediator and mediation coach.  We have been colleagues in Atlanta’s professional community for more than 20 years. JoAnne has impeccable integrity and excellent communication skills. She approaches situations with good judgment, fairness and confidence. You can be assured that JoAnne is a dedicated, trustworthy person who will always strive for excellence on your behalf."

Tricia Molloy
Workplace and Motivational Expert
Author of “Working with Wisdom"

*****

“JoAnne is an excellent listener who knows the right questions
to ask and when to ask them.  I highly recommend her
for her high character, integrity, and professional standards.”

 “I have known JoAnne for more than 25 years.  She is a highly-motivated professional who always operates at the level of excellence.  An outstanding communicator, she is at home with people and sincerely interested in their lives and in helping them achieve their goals.  In the realm of mediation and mediation coaching that means helping them resolve legal disputes so they can move on with their lives.   As befits any dedicated mediator or mediation coach, JoAnne is an excellent listener who knows what the right questions are and when to ask them.  I highly recommend JoAnne as a person of high character, integrity, and professional standards.” 

Sheldon E. Friedman
Attorney at Law
Friedman, Dever & Merlin, LLC

*****

As an attorney, I would certainly recommend JoAnne as a mediator and
mediation coach.  Her skills, knowledge, and life experience make
her a valuable resource to anyone in the midst of the mediation process.”

 “I would not hesitate to recommend JoAnne Donner as a mediator or a mediation coach.  She is a well-respected professional who excels at whatever endeavor she pursues.  Her skills, along with life experience, makes her a valuable resource to those contemplating or facing a mediation session. 

Speaking as an attorney, I would certainly refer a client scheduled for mediation to participate in her mediation coaching session.  The way she prepares people going into mediation gives them the knowledge and confidence they need to deal with the mediation process and successfully contribute to the resolution of their dispute.”

Claude D. Mason, P.C.
Attorney at Law

*****

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