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
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
JO S. BRODY, Esq. (Secretary) is a family and divorce mediator and collaborative attorney in Westchester and New York City. She has trained in mediation at the Center for Understanding in Conflict and the Ackerman Institute for the Family. Jo interned with Day & Linnehan Center for Collaborative Law and Divorce Mediation, PLLC, apprenticed with Mediation Works, Inc., and volunteers as a mediator and consulting attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). Prior to becoming a mediator, Jo was a commercial litigator in New York City. Contact Jo Brody
CATHERINE CANADÉ, Esq. (President) 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. She is a mediator on the Custody and Visitation Mediation Panel of the NYC Family Courts and is a certified mediator and mentor at the New York Peace Institute where she trains new mediators through their apprenticeship program. Contact Catherine Canadé
ANTOINETTE DELRUELLE, Esq. (Vice-President) is a family and divorce mediator and attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low income New Yorkers where she started the Mediation Project in 2013. She has trained and participated as a teaching assistant at mediation trainings by the Center for Understanding in Conflict and is a mediator for the New York City Family Court Mediation Program. Contact Antoinette Delruelle
TONIANN GRANDE, Esq. 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, and is also a member of the New York Association for Collaborative Professionals, and the New York City Bar Association’s Matrimonial Law Committee. Contact ToniAnn Grande
CATHERINE GRACE HANNIBAL, Esq. is a family and divorce mediator, review and Collaborative attorney at the New York City and Westchester-based mediation practice, Mediation Works, Inc.. Her practice concentrations encompass prenuptial and postnuptial agreement mediation and review, mediation to stay married, divorce mediation that includes the child’s voice when appropriate, and elder decisions mediation. She mentors and teaches with the CUNY School of Law and the New York Peace Institute and is a member of FamilyKind. Catherine has worked to bring FDMC’s CE programming to Westchester practitioners. Contact Catherine Grace Hannibal
SUSAN E. HERZOG, Esq. is a family and divorce mediator and attorney in private practice in Westchester and New York City. She has done basic and advanced trainings at The Center for Understanding in Conflict, The Center for Mediation and Training and Westchester Mediation Center of CLUSTER. Susan has served on the mediation panels of CLUSTER and the Westchester County Matrimonial Mediation Program. Susan’s practice focuses on mediation and probate and estate law. She also works as a review attorney. Contact Susan E. Herzog
JONATHAN LATIMER, Esq. 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 Chairman of the Family and Matrimonial Law Committee of The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. Contact Jonathan Latimer
LAUREN PRINCE, CFP®, CDFA™, CLTC (Treasurer) is a practicing certified financial planner professional and principal of the firm, Prince Financial Advisory, LLC in Manhattan. Lauren has also earned the designations of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and Certified in Long-Term Care (CLTC). As a CDFA, she is qualified to provide financial expertise on divorce cases; prepare supporting data to help in the decision-making process; and provide the short and long-term financial/tax impact of different divorce settlements, child support, and pension division proposals. Lauren is a member and past President of the Financial Planning Association NY Chapter;a member of the LGTBQI Family Professionals of NYC; a past board member of the Estate Planning Council of Rockland County. Contact Lauren Prince
AILIE SILBERT, Esq. is a family lawyer and mediator with a private practice in New York City. With over a decade of experience, her practice includes divorce mediation, prenuptial and postnuptial mediation and review, divorce consultation, divorce agreement preparation and review, and the negotiation, preparation and filing of amicable divorce papers. Ailie is the Chair of FDMC’s Public Relations Committee. Ailie also serves on FDMC’s Continuing Education Committee, NYSBA Family Law ADR Committee, the Queens County Matrimonial Mediation Panel. Contact Ailie Silbert