The mission of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York is
- To promote professional excellence by providing education, development and support for family mediators; and
- To increase public awareness and use of family and divorce mediation.
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The Continuing Education Committee plans and organizes FDMC’s Continuing Education classes. They work together to suggest CE topics to the Board and obtain Board approval, set dates, arrange for speakers, the room and logistics, keep track of RSVPs, and make sure things go smoothly on the day of presentation.
The Events Committees coordinates and organizes the members’ appreciation cocktail party in the winter and the annual dinner in the spring, to help welcome members in relaxed, fun and well-run social gathering.
The Membership Committee recruits and welcomes new members. In addition, we coordinate the volunteer efforts of all members who wish to serve on FDMC committees. We are the touchstone for all inquiries made by current and prospective members of the organization.
The Nominations Committee is responsible for identifying and recommending members of the FDMC to serve on our Board. We also work to maintain staggered terms, Board balance, and keeping track of the long term goals of the Board by identifying members for Committees with an eye toward future Board membership.
The Pro Bono Committee works to promote and deliver pro bono mediation services by the FDMC members to low income New Yorkers, while giving members opportunities to mediate and provide consultation and review to parties in mediation and while increasing the use of mediation to resolve family conflicts.
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for spreading the word about FDMC’s dual missions. We will develop and implement a campaign to let the public know about the benefits of mediation in family disputes via workshops, articles and social media; and we will let mediators know about resources available to them through FDMC to support and develop excellence and success in their practices via outreach, written materials, and our website.
Board of Directors
CATHERINE GRACE HANNIBAL, Esq. (President, Events Committee, CE Committee, former Westchester CE Committee Chair) Catherine has been a mediator with Mediation Works, Inc. since 2010, and is also a consulting and Collaborative attorney for family and divorce matters. She concentrates on high conflict divorce mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreement mediation and review, mediation to stay married, divorce mediation that is child-centered, and elder decisions mediation. She mentors and teaches with the CUNY School of Law Mediation Clinic as an Adjunct Professor and the New York Peace Institute, and has presented for many law schools and organizations, and is a member of FamilyKind, where she teaches Parenting Education classes in Westchester. She is an Accredited Member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation and a Professional Member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. Catherine also serves on the Board of the Association of Conflict Resolution of Greater New York where she focuses on improving training and professional standards for mediators. Contact Kate Hannibal
AILIE L. SILBERT, Esq. (Vice-President; PR Committee Chair; former CE Committee) is a family lawyer and mediator with a private practice in New York City. Ailie’s practice includes mediation, mediation support, prenuptial and postnuptial preparation, divorce consultation, divorce agreement preparation and review, and the negotiation, preparation and filing of divorce papers. Prior to launching her firm, Ailie helped litigate and settle high-conflict, high-net-worth divorce and custody matters alongside Manhattan’s preeminent divorce litigators. Ailie also serves on the New York State Bar Association Family Law ADR Committee and the Queens County Matrimonial Mediation Panel. Ailie also serves on the New York City Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, the Queens County Matrimonial Mediation Panel, and the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section ADR Committee. Contact Ailie Silbert
JO S. BRODY, Esq. (Secretary; Westchester CE Committee Co-Chair) is a family and divorce mediator and collaborative attorney in Westchester and New York City, and the founder of Brody Law & Mediation, LLC. Jo mediates family disputes, including those relating to divorce, separation, parenting, and finances, as well prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Jo also offers collaborative divorce, consulting and drafting legal services, and the preparation and processing of uncontested divorce papers. Jo has extensive mediation and collaborative divorce training and volunteers at the New York Legal Assistance Group and CLUSTER community mediation center. Prior to becoming a mediator/collaborative attorney, Jo was a commercial litigator in New York City. Contact Jo Brody
JEFFREY ZIMMERMAN, Ph.D., ABPP (Treasurer, Finance Committee) is a psychologist and mediator with a private practice in New York City and Westchester. He provides mediation of parenting plans and helps parents co-parent effectively after divorce. He also co-mediates divorces working closely with attorney mediators. Jeff has co-authored 3 books on divorce and was the 2017 President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29, The American Psychological Association, after serving as its Treasurer. Jeff also specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and marital issues in his psychotherapy practice. Contact Jeff Zimmerman
SANFORD E. BALICK, Esq. (Membership Secretary) is director and principal of Consensus Point Mediation, LLC, which mediates family and related business disputes. “Sandy” also maintains a private practice of law which includes matrimonial matters as well as other matters. He has practiced law since 1975 and is retired from a Wall St. maritime law firm and was previously Regional Counsel for the U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration. Contact Sanford E. Balick
CATHERINE CANADÉ, Esq. (Immediate Past President; Nominations Committee Chair) helps families separate and divorce outside of the court system. She is a Collaborative attorney and family and divorce mediator in private practice in Brooklyn and on Long Island and also serves as a consulting and review attorney. Catherine is a mediator on the New York City Family Court Mediation Program and is a certified mediator and mentor at the New York Peace Institute (NYPI) where she has trained new mediators in custody and visitation mediation and through NYPI’s apprenticeship program. Catherine is a mediator and GoodTalk4Parents communication coach at FamilyKind, an organization dedicated to educating and assisting parents in transition, where she teaches the legal issues surrounding separation and divorce in parent education classes. Catherine is a founding member and the Assistant Director of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, Brooklyn Chapter, as well as a member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals and a founding member of the Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Contact Catherine Canadé
ANTOINETTE DELRUELLE, Esq. (Immediate Past Vice-President; former President) is a collaborative attorney and mediator with the New York Legal Assistance Group. She started NYLAG’s Mediation Project in 2013 to provide low and moderate income New Yorkers with free divorce and family mediation. Before starting the Mediation Project, Antoinette was a litigator in NYLAG’s Matrimonial & Family Law Unit of which she also served as director from 2001 to 2004. She was the president and is the immediate vice president of the board of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and a member of the State-wide ADR Advisory Committee created by Chief Judge DiFiore in April 2018. Contact Antoinette Delruelle
TONIANN GRANDE, Esq. (CE Committee Chair) is a family law attorney and mediator with a private practice in Manhattan. ToniAnn’s practice has been focused exclusively on matrimonial and family law since 2004, and includes mediation, collaborative law, and full-service client representation. ToniAnn was trained as a mediator at the Center for Understanding in Conflict in 2011. ToniAnn is also a member of the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals and the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. ToniAnn previously served on the New York City Bar Association’s Matrimonial Law Committee. Contact ToniAnn Grande
JONATHAN LATIMER, Esq. (Membership Committee) is an attorney and mediator serving families and small business clients. Jonathan received his mediation training from The Center for Mediation and Training. He trained in collaborative law with the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. Jonathan is Vice Chair of the Family and Matrimonial Law Committee of The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. Contact Jonathan Latimer
LAWRENCE N. ROTHBART, Esq. focuses his New York City solo practice on family law issues, including, divorce, child custody, child support, property division and maintenance. Early in his career, Larry was a law clerk for justices on the Appellate Division, 2nd Department of the New York State (NYS) Supreme Court and he spent two years in the NYS Attorney General’s Office. Thereafter, Larry was a law secretary for Justices in the Matrimonial Part of Kings County Supreme Court before switching to private matrimonial practice in 2003. Larry is on the Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and various committees of the Brooklyn Bar Association, including Family and ADR. Larry serves on the Legal Advisory Council of Sanctuary for Families, the pro bono NY Courts’ Neutral Evaluation panel for Matrimonial matters and pro bono panels for the representation of individuals in Matrimonial matters in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Contact Larry Rothbart
KATHY SEIDEN, Esq. (Co-Chair Westchester CE Committee; PR Committee) is an attorney and mediator providing comprehensive divorce mediation from initial discussions through Judgment of Divorce. She also serves as consulting and review attorney for those who would like legal guidance and advice about agreements reached in mediation. Kathy serves as the Director of the White Plains chapter of the National Association of Divorce Professionals and is a member of the New York Council on Divorce Mediation and the New Rochelle Bar Association. Contact Kathy Seiden