About

Nancy Wise was born in Corpus Christi where she raised her five children. She lived there until 2000 before moving to Austin.

Her business life in Corpus Christi was varied. She became Director of the Paul and Mary Haas Foundation. This private Foundation was established to fund non-profits, as well as providing scholarships for college students As the Director, she interviewed and made site visits to determine if the recipients met the the Foundation’s guidelines so to receive funding. Another responsibility was to design and write the Annual Report. This job introduced her to the vast need for volunteers and private funding.

While at the Foundation, she served on the Board of a nursery school that was located in one of the highest delinquent areas of Corpus Christi. Their building was a 50+ year old WWII wooden barracks that was in a state of significant disrepair. She, as the New Building Chair, wrote grants and organized fundraisers to build a new building.

HIV/AIDS was at an epidemic level in early1990s and deaths of this illness were occurring at an alarming rate….prior to the medications being discovered. Nancy and a friend raised the necessary funds to open a Hospice facility. In fact there were three buildings to be renovated. Persons dying did not have a place to spend their last days due to their families not having the room or did not want them to come home to die. Her friend served as the new Executive Director and Nancy as Chair of the Board .

She was also involved with HIV/AIDS in another way. Nancy and some friends found themselves before the Mayor of Corpus Christi. They went to discuss ways they could inform the public about this dreaded disease. The Mayor saw that education was necessary. She appointed Nancy to be Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS. What transpired was that leaders (about 60) from the surrounding counties met monthly to ask questions, report in and hear programs anent the disease…what was being done and what else was needed. For example during the three years, these Commission members entered a float for World AIDS Day parade, made flyers, organized educational programs and heard speakers from Texas Department of Health.

Overlapping the HIV/AIDS experience, Nancy became the Executive Director (ED) of the Nueces County Dispute Resolution Center.(DRC) She had been trained to be a mediator there, volunteered mediation cases and served on the Board prior to that. The DRC was a non-profit agency providing mediation for four counties and is located in the County Courthouse. Judges referred cases to DRC rather than have them go through the Court system. As ED, Nancy kept the 100 volunteer mediators trained in the various forms of mediation that the DRC offered. While there Peer Mediation was placed in the public schools. Peer Mediation teaches children how to mediate their peers’ disputes. All volunteers provided this training to the students. Also a new form of mediation, Criminal mediation for misdemeanors, was established. at the DRC. As ED, Nancy was called to educate the public about mediation and the DRC’s services by doing public speaking. As a non-profit, outside funding was necessary, she sought funding by writing grants.
Honors, Activities and Publications as ED of the Nueces County DRC

AWARDS —PUBLICATIONS—ACTIVITIES

RECIPIENT Young Lawyers Liberty Bell Trophy

*Wrote several articles in the Corpus Christi Lawyers Magazine
*Spoke twice at Sam Houston State University Criminal Justice conference
*Spoke at University of Houston, Clear Lake about mediation
*Spoke at Texas Association of County/District Attorneys Conference
*Several presentations on television, radio and clubs.
*Asked to be a Fellow at the Center for Public Policy at the University of Texas Law School

PERSONALLY

Through the years, there has been a continual red thread woven through Nancy’s life. She has been the soprano soloist for churches, cantatas, stage plays, weddings, etc.
Nancy has been trained and has worked as a Hospital Chaplain. Also has received training and has visited Hospice patients..

Confidentiality Policy

Confidentiality and neutrality are the two pillars of mediation. In order for parties to feel free to express their issues, they have to know they are in a safe environment. This is done when the mediator is able to establish trustworthiness. Being a mediation purist, Nancy believes that the role of a mediator is to empower the parties to determine the outcome of the conflict themselves. Unlike an attorney or arbitrator, a mediator does not advise or direct the resolution of the conflict, but acts instead as a facilitator of the process.