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Massachusetts Divorce Mediators

MWI’s Massachusetts divorce mediators are currently providing mediation services online via Zoom video and by phone only. After COVID-19, we will return to our office locations in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.

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Divorce Mediators – (click on photo for bio)

  • Kristin Mirliani
    Kristin Mirliani
  • Josh Hoch
    Josh Hoch
  • Vanessa Linsey
    Vanessa Linsey
  • Ben Stich
    Ben Stich
  • Diana R. Chiang
    Diana R. Chiang
  • Judge Linda Pearce Prestley, (ret)
    Judge Linda Pearce Prestley, (ret)
  • Daniele Natali Goldberg
    Daniele Natali Goldberg
  • Alan Jacobs
    Alan Jacobs
  • Melinda Milberg
    Melinda Milberg
  • Halee Burg
    Halee Burg
  • Scott Marks
    Scott Marks
  • Crystal Thorpe
    Crystal Thorpe
  • Marcia Tannenbaum
    Marcia Tannenbaum
  • Mary Sargent
    Mary Sargent
  • Nnena Odim
    Nnena Odim
  • Macayla Belt
    Macayla Belt
  • Michele Keratsis
    Michele Keratsis
  • Sally Plone
    Sally Plone
  • Michael Leshin
    Michael Leshin
  • Lydia Carbone
    Lydia Carbone
  • Anthony Adamopoulos
    Anthony Adamopoulos
  • Laura Fabiano
    Laura Fabiano
  • Kajy Vicinelli
    Kajy Vicinelli
  • Christianna Morgan
    Christianna Morgan
  • Kathleen Young
    Kathleen Young
  • Denise Earl
    Denise Earl
Kristin Mirliani

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Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Kristin Mirliani is a mediator and an attorney. She co-mediates divorce and family cases with MWI via Zoom. She began her legal practice as a Partner and Founding Member of a family law litigation practice and soon decided that there needed to be a better path forward for families to reach their desired goals. She believes that mediation offers families a path that is more conciliatory and ultimately more successful in the short and long term. Kristin’s legal practice involves the drafting of Separation Agreements, child support agreements and parenting plans, as well as estate planning and estate settlement documents.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce and Separation Agreements
  • LGBTQ and Same Sex Couples
  • Parenting Plans and Child Support
  • Post-Divorce Disputes
  • Co-parenting Agreements
  • Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
  • Property Disputes
  • Elder Care and Sibling Agreements
  • Estate Settlement Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum
  • Notary Public, Massachusetts

Background and Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law (1997)
  • B.A. in Economics and Government, St. Lawrence University (1994)

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Josh Hoch

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Mediator, Ombuds, Director
617-895-4028jhoch@mwi.org

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Josh Hoch is a mediator, ombuds, instructor, and is Director of Mediation & Ombuds Services at MWI. Josh has been an active mediator for over 20 years and currently mediates a variety of cases including divorce, workplace, and housing disputes. In addition to his mediation work, Josh is a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads advanced mediation training programs and workshops. As Director of Mediation & Ombuds Services, Josh manages mediations and arbitrations in the areas of family law, consumer automotive, real estate, land use, construction, and workplace/employment. His current ombuds responsibilities include overseeing MWI’s Outsourced Ombuds Panel, serving as an organizational ombuds for CVS Health, and traveling to MWI’s ombuds client sites to educate employees about the role of an ombuds and how to access the benefit. Josh also serves as MWI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) liaison where he triages employment and higher education referrals for MWI’s mediators and trainers. He is a member of the International Ombuds Association (IOA), the Massachusetts Counsel on Family Mediation (MCFM), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

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Focus Areas

  • Organizational Ombuds
  • Divorce – Massachusetts Divorces
    • High conflict divorce and family cases
    • Impact of COVID-19 on separated or separating families
    • Post-Divorce disputes or modifications
  • Housing and Eviction
  • Workplace and employment matters

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Ombuds, CVS Health Ombuds Team Member and Program Director (March 2022 – present)
  • Director of Ombuds at MWI (September 2021 – present)
  • Member of the International Ombudsman Association (IOA) (September 2021 – present)
  • World Mediators Alliance on Climate Change Green Pledge (July 2021 – present)
  • Designed and administered a court-approved Parent Education Program for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court Department, (2016 – August 2021)
  • Speaker, New England Association of Conflict Resolution, (April 2021)
  • Designed and supervised a mediation program at the Norfolk Probate and Family Court, (September 2013 – 2020)
  • Served on the Assistant Judicial Case Manger (AJCM) Transition Working Group for the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court, 2019
  • Served on the ADR Education Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Trial Court, 2019
  • Received recognition for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to the MA AFCC Chapter
  • Served for 7 years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Organizational Member of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Served as Treasurer for an annual fundraiser for Jimmy Fund Clinic patients and their families helping to raise over $500,000

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Understanding the Ombuds Resource, On-site at three client locations, (October 2021 – present)
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Instructor, (April 2005 – present)
  • Provide individual mentoring to mediators looking to increase their effectiveness as mediators, (2003 – present)
  • Advanced Mediation Skill Building Trainer for a Community Mediation Program, (January 2022)
  • Facilitator, Implicit Bias Workshop, (May 2021)
  • Trainer, Basic Mediation Training Program for the Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, (October 2021)
  • Trainer, Advanced Dispute Resolution Training for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court, (March & June 2021)
  • Trainer, Juvenile Mediation Training, 2-day Advanced Mediation Training Program, (March 2021)
  • Presenter, Bringing Mediation Online: Lessons Learned So Far, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (February 2021)
  • Trainer, Housing and Eviction Mediation Training for five Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers, (December 2020 – January 2021)
  • Presenter, Mediating Cases Remotely (Online), Roundtable Event, (November 2020)
  • Designed and serves as an instructor for an Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Program for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court. (May 2019 – June 2021)
  • Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, mediation program mentor and supervisor, (2013 – 2020)
  • AFCC’s 54th Annual Conference: Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony, Conference Presenter (May 2017)
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC), Housing Mediation Trainer, (February 2017)
  • International Academic Institute of Mediation, Conference Presenter, Divorce Mediation in the Courts, (September 2015)
  • Advanced Refresher Mediation Skills Training Program, Presenter, (2015 – 2016)
  • New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution Biennial Regional Conference, Presenter, “I’m a Trained Mediator, Now What do I Do?”, (June 2015)
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Presenter, On-site mediation project in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court Department, (2014)
  • Emerson College, Guest Speaker, (2014 – 2016)
  • New England Law | Boston, Ethical Standards, Presenter, (2005 – 2013)
  • Liaison for Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Mediation Practicum, (2001 – 2011)
  • A Child’s Voice in Court: How to Get It, How to Interpret It and How to Use It, Panel Speaker, (2008)
  • Coca-Cola Enterprise Inc., Trainer. Trained over 950 employees dispute resolution and communication skills and educated over 1700 employees through briefings, (Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Vermont), (2004 – 2006)
  • Harvard Law School, Intern Fair, Cambridge, MA, Presenter, (2005)
  • Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work, Guest Lecturer, Parent – Teen Mediation (2004)
  • Boston University Law School, Court Connected ADR, Guest Speaker, (2003 – 2008)
  • Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center, Divorce Mediation Presenter, (2003 – 2004)
  • Newton and Lexington Community Education, Presenter: Divorce Information You Want to Know, (2003 – 2005)
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Southern New England School of Law, Mediation Trainer and Coach (2001 – 2004)
  • Northeastern University, undergraduate class, Guest Speaker, (2001 – 2002)

Background and Education

  • Director of Ombuds, MWI, September 2021 – Present
  • Organizational Ombuds Training, IOA, October 2021
  • Divorce Mediator, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Director of Mediation Services, MWI, Boston, MA, 2001 – Present
  • Divorce Mediator, CLC Inc., Granite Bay, CA, 2004 – Present
  • Court & Divorce Mediator, Cambridge, MA, 2001 – 2012
  • Boston Municipal Court Mediator, Boston, MA, 2004 – 2007
  • Prisoner Disputes Mediator, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Cambridge, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • District Court Mediator, Middlesex Mediation Program, Lowell, MA, 2000 – 2001
  • Staff Member, Academy of Family Mediators, 2000
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1998
  • Mediation Training, L. Wing Mediation Consulting, 1996

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Vanessa Linsey

Mediating Family and Divorce Cases with MWI  – Online during Covid-19
617-895-4027 | vlinsey@mwi.org

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Vanessa Linsey is a family mediator with MWI. Vanessa mediates a variety of cases for Massachusetts District, Municipal, and Probate and Family Courts, including: divorce, parenting plans, never-married parents, staying married, small claims, and harassment prevention orders.

Vanessa is also a certified mindfulness teacher with a decade of experience teaching insight practices and mindful communication. In 2019, she published a prescriptive memoir on mindful parenting in a modern family. Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication with honors from Bridgewater State University. She trained in Professional Mediation at Cornell University.

Vanessa has been a stepmother for 20 years. With three children and four stepchildren ages eight to 28, she has been through it all. She understands the power of productive conversation and sees family mediation as an opportunity for growth and transformation through reimagined relationships.


Focus Areas

  • Mediation to Stay Married
  • Parent / Teen Mediation
  • Stepfamily Mediation
  • Divorce Mediation
  • COVID 19 Parenting Plan changes / requests for changes
  • Adult Sibling Disputes
  • Child Support
  • Never Married Parents Mediation
  • Same-sex Divorce Mediation
  • Harassment Prevention Orders

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Author, Metta Mom, A Mindful Guide to Managing Your Mood & Your Brood
  • Mediator, MWI Divorce and Family Mediation Panel
  • Mediator, Massachusetts District & Municipal Courts
  • Founder, Chrysalis Meditation Center
  • Speaker, Well Summit
  • Certified Lifeboat Commander, Holland America Line

Background and Education

  • BA in Speech Communications, with honors, Bridgewater State University, 1999
  • Professional Mediation Program, Cornell University
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Tools Practicum, University of Massachusetts
  • Meditation Teacher Training, Boston Buddha

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Ben Stich

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI via Zoom
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Ben Stich is a family and divorce mediator with MWI. He mediates conflicts of all kinds, specializing in family disputes. He mediates divorce, co-parenting conflict, and marital issues. Ben also mediates all types of family disputes such as conflict between parents and their adult children; adult siblings; and parents and their teenage children. Ben also helps families improve their co-parenting as an instructor for the state’s only High Conflict Parent Education program at William James College.

In addition to mediating, Ben is certified in the Think:Kids Collaborate Problem Solving© model and works with Think:Kids at MGH’s Department of Psychiatry to help families, educators, and clinicians work effectively with children and teens who exhibit challenging behaviors .

Ben is a licensed independent clinical social worker and an active member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the Massachusetts’ chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce for short-term and long-term marriages
  • Co-Parenting plans
  • Custody disputes
  • Parent-Teen Conflict
  • Marriage Problems
  • Interim separation agreements
  • Asset and liability division
  • Property division
  • High conflict divorce matters
  • Elder and estate disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW)
  • School Adjustment Counselor License
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Collaborative Problem Solving Certification from Mass General’s Department of Psychiatry’s Think:Kids program
  • Member, AFCC

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted & Publications

  • “Better Parent” Parent Education Program, June 2016 – August 2021
  • Parenting Apart Instructor for the Divorce Center, 2014 – 2016
  • Communication and Conflict Blogger, 2013 – present
  • Communication Workshop for the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, 2014
  • High Conflict Divorce Mediation Training, 2013
  • Collaborative Problem Solving for:
    – Canton School District, Central Cabinet, 2011-2012
    – MENTOR Network – Therapeutic Foster Care Program, 2011
    – Massachusetts School Counselors Association – Guidance Administrators Forum, 2011
  • More Than Words, Workplace Communication Workshop, 2010
  • Germaine Lawrence, Family Communication Workshop, Co-Facilitator, (2001 – 2005)
  • Residential Treatment for Adolescent Girls for:
    – National Child Welfare League of America Conference (2005)
    – MASOC Annual Conference (2005-2009)
    – Tenth National Workshop on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders (2003)

Background and Education

  • M.Ed in Organizational Development, Endicott College
  • MSW, Boston College, 2001
  • BA, Trinity College, 1996

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Diana R. Chiang

Mediating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Boston and Online
617-895-4029 | dchiang@mwi.org

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Diana Chiang is a Mediator and Manager of Commercial & Corporate Programs at Mediation Works, Inc. (MWI). As a mediator, Ms. Chiang mediates a variety of cases in Massachusetts District, Municipal, and Probate & Family Courts, including: divorce, parenting plans, never-married parents, harassment prevention orders, and housing/eviction cases.

Diana is also a member of MWI’s training faculty and leads corporate, educational, and probate training programs. Diana has a certification in Applied Positive Psychology and is an accredited ACTP Coach through The Flourishing Center, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the New England Association for Conflict Resolution.

She earned a B.A. in Sociology & Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Diana was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire, before teaching negotiation at Suffolk University Law School.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Never married parents
  • Same-sex divorces
  • Custody disputes
  • Parenting plans
  • Housing and Eviction

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors of the New England Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire
  • Suffolk University Law School, Negotiation Instructor

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Advanced Dispute Resolution Training Programs for Probation Officers of the Probate and Family Court, Instructor
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mediation Trainer
  • 40 Hour Mediation Training Programs, Mediation Trainer
  • Multiple Mediation Training Programs, Coach

Background and Education

  • J.D. from Suffolk University Law School
  • Divorce Mediation Training
  • Massachusetts Mediation Training, Trained Mediator
  • B.A. in Sociology & Justice Studies from the University of New Hampshire

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Judge Linda Pearce Prestley, (ret)

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Co-Mediating Family, Divorce, and Employment Cases with MWI
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Hon. Linda Pearce Prestley (ret.) is a former Superior Court Judge of the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch where she served as a presiding judge in the Family court. She is now a co-mediator with MWI in Boston. Judge Prestley mediates divorce, family, permanency planning, civil, employment, and housing cases. Her expertise includes all aspects of family law matters, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, diversity training, legal issues in education, employment discrimination, and administrative remedies. In 1997, Judge Prestley was appointed by the Governor as an ombudsman to head the Office of the Child Advocate, an oversight entity of agencies providing services to children. Prior to becoming a mediator and judge, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General representing the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education, Department of Children and Families, and the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She also served as an adjunct professor at the college and law school levels.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Civil Disputes
  • Employment discrimination
  • Permanency

Judge Prestley now specializes in defusing disputes and resolving them through mediation.


Mediation Training

  • Mediation Matters, Kensington, MD, 2018
  • Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program, Vineyard Haven, MA, 2019
  • Mediation Works Inc (MWI), 2019-2020
  • Permanency Planning Mediation, 2020

Background and Education

  • Hood College, Frederick, MD (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Master of Education)
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT, (Juris Doctorate)

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Daniele Natali Goldberg

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Mediating Divorce Cases with MWI in Boston, MA
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Daniele Natali has been a divorce and family mediator with MWI since the summer of 2017. She has a Master’s degree in conflict management and resolution from Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She is the editor of a book entitled “Re-Envisioning Conflict Resolution: Vision, Action and Evaluation in Creative Conflict Engagement” published in 2017 by Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. Daniele has extensive experience mediating a variety of cases ranging from mediations in the labor courts in Tel-Aviv, identity-based conflicts in Jerusalem, and consumer disputes and divorce cases in Boston.


Representative Matters

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Property Division
  • Identity-based disputes
  • South Boston Municipal Court cases
  • Dorchester District Court cases

Professional Affiliations

  • Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation
  • ARIA Group for Conflict Engagement
  • Forward Thinking, Frontline Mediation
  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Israel Democracy Institute

Background and Education

  • Smith College (B.A., 2012)
  • Bar-Ilan University, Israel (M.A. in Conflict Management & Resolution, 2017)
  • Mediation Training Program, Certificate of Completion, MWI, 2017
  • Advanced Divorce Mediation Training Program, Certificate of Completion, October 2017

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Alan Jacobs

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Mediating with MWI in Falmouth, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Alan Jacobs is a mediator with MWI and in private practice in Falmouth, MA. Alan’s goal is to help make divorce, one of the most difficult life transitions, an easier, more peaceful process for everyone involved.  He is passionately committed to making divorce as easy and harmonious as possible for couples who are receptive to working together.

Alan brings over 25 years of experience helping individuals and organizations resolve conflict.  He professionally trained with MWI in 1997 and later with Cape Mediation.  Alan has also completed advanced Divorce Mediation Training and the Barnstable County Bar Association’ Family and Probate Conciliation Training.  He is a member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and a founder and director of the Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.  Alan currently assists families and individuals in resolving conflicts and legal disputes as a private mediator through Falmouth Mediation, MWI, and in the Barnstable and Nantucket County Courts with Cape Mediation.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce for short and long-term marriages
  • Parenting plans, child custody and parenting time (visitation)
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Asset and liability division
  • Division of property
  • Post-decree modifications

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Mediator, MWI’s Divorce and Family Mediation Panel
  • Mediator & Founder, Falmouth Mediation
  • Member, Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Mediator, Cape Cod Mediation, Barnstable and Nantucket County  Courts
  • Founder & Director, Cape & Islands Mediation Collaborative, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Falmouth Education Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Falmouth STEM Boosters
  • Board of Directors, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Member Council
  • Founder & Chair, ASEE International Engineering Education Special Interest Group
  • Advisory Board, ASEE Journal of Engineering Education
  • Member, ASEE Projects Board & International Strategic Planning Task Force
  • Contributor, ASEE “Advancing the Scholarship of Engineering Education: A Year of Dialogue.”
  • Executive Board, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES)
  • Advisory Board, University Film & Video Association (UFVA), Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), Broadcast Education Association (BEA) & International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa)
  • Board of Directors, Touchstone Training & Consulting Company, Inc.

Background and Education

  • Masters of Education, University of Massachusetts
  • Masters of Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts
  • Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Accelerated Learning Institute of New England
  • Managing High Performance, The Real Learning Company
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt, Tang Soo Do

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Melinda Milberg

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Mediating and Arbitrating Divorce and Family Cases with MWI in Natick, MA
617-895-4028divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Melinda Milberg has served as an attorney for over 40 years, representing clients in all courts in employment, probate, personal injury and business cases. She has served as an arbitrator and mediator since 1993, helping people resolve disputes in employment, commercial, personal injury, probate and divorce matters, and serving as an arbitrator with FINRA and as a hearing officer with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She served as a case evaluator for the Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse Panel. She is co-author of MCLE’s Chapter 93A: Rights and Remedies, and has also authored articles for Boston Business Journal, MBA Journal, and other publications. She was appointed by the Governor to serve as a public member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, where she served as a hearing office for physician discipline cases and participated in rulemaking and decision-making for physician registration and discipline. She also serves as a guardian ad litem to review trusts and estate issues for the Worcester, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk Probate Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Employment trial in Federal Court and Appeals court
  • Numerous FINRA arbitrations
  • AAA arbitrations for commercial and employment panels
  • Mediations for Toyota employment program
  • Mediations for CDSC of personal injury, divorce and commercial cases
  • Appointed as GAL for trust and estate cases
  • Probate litigated case in Norfolk Probate Court

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – Member
  • Boston Bar Association – Past Co-Chair ADR Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Law Practice Section Council and Public Law Section Council
  • Women’s Bar Association – Past President and Past Member of Board of Directors
  • New England Chapter of Association for Conflict Resolution – Past President and Past Board Member
  • Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation – member
  • Panel member, FINRA
  • Panel member, Boston Law Collaborative Employment Panel
  • Panel member, Middlesex Multi-Door Courthouse, Case Evaluation
  • Volunteer, Community Dispute Settlement Center
  • Board Member & Volunteer, MetroWest Mediation Services

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • MCLE – Chapter 93A – seminars for attorneys and judges
  • MCLE – Mediation – served as role play coach for trainings
  • ABA – served as role play coach for training
  • MWI – served as role play coach for training

Background and Education

  • Brandeis University (BA, magna cum laude 1974)
  • Boston University (J.D. 1977)
  • Admitted to Massachusetts Bar, 1977; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts 1980; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1985

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Halee Burg

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Norwood and Marlborough, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Halee is a divorce mediator with MWI and provides mediation services in Norwood, and Marlborough MA. Halee has been mediating with MWI since 2010. Her mediation practice focuses primarily on mediating divorce, post-divorce, adult family, elder, small family business, and other relational disputes. Halee believes that by creating a safe space for clients to work together; helping clients consider their goals, needs, priorities, and options; and understanding the emotional upheaval clients may be experiencing, she creates an environment which best supports clients’ success in mediation. Through every stage of the process, Halee helps clients focus on building sustainable solutions for the future. By offering clients tools and strategies to improve their communications, Halee provides clients with skills they can take away from mediation, to enhance their post-mediation communication and conflict management.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce, Modifications, Co-Parenting Mediation
  • Estate, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Inheritance Mediation
  • Elder Mediation
  • Guardianship Mediation
  • Adult family/Adult sibling mediation
  • Small family business mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Author of numerous articles related to mediation
  • Member of National Association of Divorce Professionals
  • Member of Metrowest Business Partners
  • Co-Chair, Joint Committee on Probate and Estate Dispute Resolution (MCFM and MCLC)

Background and Education

  • University of Rochester (B. A., Psychology)
  • Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley (J.D.).

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Scott Marks

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Salem, MA
617-895-4028 | divorce@mwi.org

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Scott Marks is a mediator, collaborative divorce practitioner and attorney who believes that a negotiated solution best serves the parties. His mediation practice has addressed the full spectrum of family law cases. He has also mediated cases involving workplace, parent and child and consumer issues.  Scott also volunteers as a Conciliator in the Essex County Probate and Family Court and as a Conciliator and Mediator in the Salem District Court. He has been in private practice on the North Shore for over 25 years. In addition to his own mediation practice he is on the mediation panels of the Essex County Bar Association and the North Shore Community Mediation Center. He meets with MWI clients in Salem, MA.


Focus Areas

Scott has served as a mediator on a variety of family law cases since 2003 including:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Property Division
  • Medical Insurance, and
  • Paternity.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc. – Divorce Mediator, Board Member, District Court Mediator
  • Salem Bar Association – Conciliator in District Court
  • Essex County Bar Association – Conciliator in District Court and Probate Courts
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Association – Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – Member
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council – Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals – Member
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation – Member
  • The Divorce Center – Member and Speaker

Background and Education

  • Boston University – BS
  • New England Law/Boston – JD
  • Basic Mediation Training – North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc.
  • Divorce Mediation Training – MWI
  • Parent/Child Mediation Training – North Shore Community Mediation Center, Inc.
  • Elder Mediation Training – Elder Decisions
  • Collaborative Practice Training – Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council/Suffolk University Law School
  • Conciliation Training – Essex County Bar Association
  • Limited Assistance Representation Training

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Crystal Thorpe

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Norwood, MA
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Crystal has been a mediator, trainer, and coach with MWI since 2004. She mediates divorce and family cases with MWI in Norwood, MA. In addition to her mediation practice, Crystal has trained hundreds of mediators from around the world in the growing field of Elder & Adult Family Mediation, and she provides trainings in Conflict Resolution Skills for public audiences, eldercare professionals, work groups and others. She has presented seminars and workshops for the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the Association for Conflict Resolution, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and the Northeast Human Resources Association, among others.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
    • All aspects (division of assets, parenting time, child support, health insurance, alimony)
  • Adult family members discussing:
    • Caregiving
    • Living arrangements
    • Family communication
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Health Care Proxies
    • Estate planning
    • Family real estate
    • Personal property distribution

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Served on the Public Awareness Working Group and the Court Systems Working Group for the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution

Background and Education

  • MSW and an MBA from Boston College
  • Undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science/Psycholinguistics, magna cum laude, from Brown University.

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Marcia Tannenbaum

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Mediating Divorce & Family Matters with MWI in Westborough and Worcester
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Marcia Tannenbaum is an experienced attorney, mediator and collaborative lawyer. She serves on MWI’s Divorce and Marital Panel. Marcia maintains a solo practice at Solutions Through Mediation in Worcester County and throughout the Commonwealth. Marcia’s background and experience in education informs her work with clients and colleagues. She is passionate about helping people who are often in the throes of one of life’s greatest challenges, divorce.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Post-Divorce Mediation
  • Probate and Family Court cases
  • Complex Property Division
  • Division of Assets and Debt
  • Alimony
  • Child Support
  • Collaborative Process

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Served eight years on Board of Directors for Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Wrote and edited MCFM Newsletter for four years
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council
    • Served for six years on the Board of Directors
    • Chaired the Bette Winik Scholarship Fund
    • Active participant in the Worcester Practice Group
    • Member of IACP (International Association of Conflict Professionals)
  • Volunteers at the Worcester Probate and Family Court as Lawyer of the Day
  • Serves on the Mediation Panel of FSCM (Family Services of Central Massachusetts)
  • Member of the Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member of the Probate and Family Court Section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the WCBA

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Presented a Workshop at the NE-ACR Conference in June, 2015: Marriage, Divorce and a Higher Authority: Mediating in the Shadow of the Lord
  • When Silence is Golden. MCFM Family Mediation Quarterly. Vol 14. No. 1. (Winter, 2015)
  • Trained mediators, mentored and participated in the Court Mediation Program in the Worcester Probate and Family Court
  • Oy vey! Should I have asked about the Get?
  • Presented a Workshop at the national Family Law Conference in July, 2011: Safe Space: Creating and Maintaining a Safe Environment for Your Clients
  • Taught a course at the Worcester Institute for Senior Education entitled The Lawyer as Hero, the Lawyer as Lout, the Lawyer as Human. (Winter 2011-2012)
  • Trained mediators through Connecticut Mediation Training Services
  • Served as an adjunct professor of law and literature at the University of Hartford and at Nichols College

Background and Education

  • JD. University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Bar Admissions: CT, 1988. MA, 1994.
  • B.A., M.A., in English Language from Simmons College

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Mary Sargent

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in New Hampshire
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Mary Sargent has been a mediator since 2009 and she mediates divorce and family cases with MWI throughout New Hampshire. Her 25-year background includes varied aspects of Family Support Services, including Protective Services Social Work and Guardian ad Litem cases. This background has given her unique insight into the legal institutions affecting families wrestling with disputes, and the children all too often caught in the middle. Mary brings a strong commitment to helping people resolve their own disputes, finding solutions that all parties can agree to and work with. In addition to parenting and divorce cases, Mary’s mediation experience includes neighborhood disagreements, workplace disputes, landlord/tenant conflicts, and adoption related issues.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Child Support
  • Parenting Plans
  • Post-divorce modifications & recalculations
  • Short-term marriages
  • Long-term marriages
  • Adoption
  • Probate Disputes
  • Guardianship
  • Workplace Disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, Academy of Professional Family Mediators
  • Member, New Hampshire Conflict Resolution Association
  • Mediator for the NH Human Rights Commission

Background and Education

  • Certified Family Mediator, 2009
  • Fitchburg State College
  • Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School

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Nnena Odim

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Nnena Odim is an ombuds, mediator, trainer, attorney, and consultant. She has been mediating since 1997 and has mediated disputes involving issues such as employment, housing, business, consumer, and specializes in mediating the full range of family/domestic relations (elder care, adoption, care and protection, CHINS, divorce, grandparent visitation, and LGBTQ issues, etc.). Nnena also designed and/or led numerous conflict management trainings for several local and national businesses and agencies, including Coca Cola Enterprises, the Boston Public Schools, and the Massachusetts Housing Authority. In addition to her mediation and conflict resolution training background, Nnena is the Director and Senior Clinical Instructor of the Family/Domestic Violence Law Clinic at The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. She provides experiential training to law students as she teaches them how to become effective and ethical attorneys. Nnena has also worked with the Harvard Mediation Program and Harvard Program on Negotiation to provide trainings for students and various community members and to supervise Harvard Law School students in their mediation and negotiation studies. Nnena has mediated personal, academic, and administrative issues between students and faculty in higher education settings and served as a coach of mediation skills for trainings at MIT, Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools, and New England School of Law. In 2013, Nnena was a Top Women in the Law award recipient from Mass. Lawyers Weekly. In 2015, she received the Harvard Law School Dean’s Award for Excellence.


Focus Areas

  • Organizational Ombuds Work
  • Worked with over 100 same-sex couples in both mediation and litigation, on a variety of legal scenarios, such as 2nd parent adoptions, divorce (with and without children), paternity, business dissolution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and donor agreements for sperm donation
  • Drafted over 100 post-mediation Settlement Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding
  • Guardian ad Litem, appointed by Suffolk and Middlesex County Family and Probate Courts
  • Workplace and Employment Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Top Women in the Law award recipient, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Training faculty for MWI’s annual Advanced Divorce Training
  • Guest lecturer for Suffolk and Boston College Law Schools’ mediation courses

Background and Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law (1997)
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts/Amherst (1991)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh (1985)

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Macayla Belt

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Macayla Belt is a co-mediator with MWI’s Court Mediation Panel and MWI’s Divorce & Family Mediation Panel. As such, Macayla is available to co-mediate small claim, parent/teen, divorce, and other family matters. Before becoming a mediator, Macayla completed a ten-week internship at the Middlesex Juvenile Court in Cambridge, MA. During COVID-19, Macayla conducts mediation sessions remotely.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce mediation
  • Paternity cases (Unmarried Parents)
  • Parent/teen
  • Parenting plans
  • Child Support
  • Small Claim – money disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Certificate in Suicide Prevention
  • Selected as a Mediator on MWI’s Court Mediation Panel
  • Selected as a Mediator on MWI’s Divorce & Family Mediation Panel
  • Advanced Mediation Training Certificate
  • Trained mediator in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, ch.233 § 23C

Background and Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Nichols College
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Nichols College
    • Concentration: Criminal Justice Management
    • GPA: 3.6

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Michele Keratsis

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Michele Keratsis serves as a divorce and family law mediator on MWI’s Divorce and Family Mediation Panel. She also works with the Boston Law Collaborative as an associate and mediator. In addition to her mediation work, Michele is a licensed attorney who handles cases in Family Law. She also provides coaching to mediators-in-training during the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Family Law Mediation Training. Additionally, Michele is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), and volunteers as a conciliator in the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. Michele graduated with honors from Saint Petersburg College, and received her law degree at Florida International University of Law. Michele has experience mediating family, divorce (including high conflict), paternity, never married parents and family matters requiring sensitivity and discretion.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorces involving debilitating medical issues
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Never Married Parents
  • Adult Sibling
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • IVF/Fertility Issues
  • Post Adoption Contact Agreements

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM), Member
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Family Law Mediation Training, Coach
  • Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women
  • Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers (SERV), Conciliator
  • Boston Law Collaborative, Mediator and Family Law Attorney

Background and Education

  • B.S. Saint Petersburg College, 2009 (summa cum laude)
  • J.D. Florida International University College of Law, 2012 (cum laude)

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Sally Plone

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Mediating Divorce & Family Cases with MWI in Peabody and Watertown
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Sally Plone is a family and divorce mediator. She mediates family conflicts of all kinds with MWI, including divorce, co-parenting, and custody disputes. In addition to mediating, Sally teaches the Parenting Apart classes as well as is a parenting coach, divorce coach, and therapist in Watertown and Peabody where she has worked with children, couples and families for over 30 years. She has taught at the graduate level, and has served as director and clinical director in mental health and human services programs serving children and families since 1985. Sally is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).


Focus Areas

  • Divorce mediation
  • Marital mediation
  • Family mediation
  • Co-parenting disputes
  • Custody
  • Parenting Plans

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • MWI “Better Parent” Court Approved Parent Education Program Facilitator since 2016
  • MWI Divorce and Family Mediator since 2014
  • Private Practice in Individual, Couples & Family Therapy since 1987
  • Faculty, Master’s Program at Lesley University 2001-2007
  • Clinical Director, Residential & Family Treatment 1994-1996
  • Program Director, New England Home for Little Wanderers 1987-1994
  • Program Coordinator, Mentor Family Support Program 1985-1987

 


Background and Education

  • Basic and Advanced Divorce Mediation Training
  • Master’s Degree Lesley College, 1984
  • Post-Graduate Training in Gestalt Therapy (2 year program), 1990
  • Advanced Family Therapy Seminar, 1987

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Michael Leshin

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MWI Divorce Mediation Training – Guest Speaker: Michael Leshin

Michael Leshin focuses his practice on family law and mediation. He is Of Counsel to the law firm Goldman & Sidgwick, LLP in South Natick. He has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and as the president of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. Michael has also been certified as a divorce mediator by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. Additionally, he served for many years on the Board of Directors for Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. In 2013, he received MCFM’s John Adams Fiske Award for Excellence in mediation.

Michael is the author of the “Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook,” published annually by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. Michael also co-authored “Dispute Resolution Alternatives to Promote Positive Parenting and Childhood Experiences,” Chapter 1 of Paternity and the Law of Parentage in Massachusetts (MCLE) and “Mediation and Other Dispute Resolution Alternatives,” Chapter 4 of Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE.)

Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.; the Boston Bar Association; Mediation Works, Inc.; Community Dispute Settlement Center; Suffolk University Law School; and Boston College Law School. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (B.A. 1975), Boston University School of Law (J.D. 1982), and Harvard University (M.C.R.P. 1982). He is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America,” (Family Law, 2006-2022 and Family Law Mediation 2007-2022) and in Martindale-Hubbell ‘A-V’ (highest rating). Furthermore, Michael has been selected in the New England Super Lawyers(r) (2005 – 2022) for his work in family law. He is also fluent in French and Dutch.

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Focus Areas

  • Family law and mediation
  • MCFCM certified divorce mediator

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Listed in:
    • “The Best Lawyers in America,”
      • Family Law, 2006-2017
      • Family Law Mediation 2007-2017
    • Martindale-Hubbell ‘A-V’ (highest rating).
  • New England Super Lawyer ® (2005 – 2017), family law
  • Fellow of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Has served as the chair of the Family Law Section of the Boston Bar Association
  • Past President of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc (MCFM)

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • Michael has lectured on tax, mediation, and family law issues for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., the Boston Bar Association, Mediation Works, Inc. (MWI), Community Dispute Settlement Center, Suffolk University Law School and Boston College Law School.

Background and Education

Lydia Carbone

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Lydia Carbone, MSW, co-mediates family cases of all kinds with MWI, specializing in co-parenting conflict and divorce. As a social work professional, she has more than 30 years of experience in working with families in high stress situations. Having lived and worked in four states, Lydia is well versed in the range of environmental and systemic climates that can adversely impact families’ well-being, as well as the resources available to support families’ during challenging times. In recent years, Lydia has engaged as a mediator to support families in navigating their internal dynamics to reach their self-defined optimum mutual level of well-being. Her mediation experience includes, small claims court, landlord tenant, permanency mediation, and child custody.


Focus Areas

  • High Conflict Co-Parenting
  • Divorce
  • Post-Divorce
  • Restructuring Parenting Plans
  • Never married parents – separation, parenting plans, division of assets
  • Housing and Eviction

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Mediator, East Boston Municipal Court
  • Mediator, Newton District Court
  • Mediator, Quincy District Court
  • Mediator, Boston Municipal Court
  • Designs and facilitates workshops on providing family centered services on virtual platforms
  • Trains human service professionals to deliver evidence-based, psycho-educational, culturally competent, experiential groups for people who are parenting.
  • Former Chair, NJ Union County Juvenile Conference Committee, an alternative to court for first time youth offenders
  • Former Chair, Sunnyslope Youth & Family Partnership, Phoenix, AZ – a community resident-based coalition seeking to reduce juvenile crime comprised of representatives from business, government, law-enforcement, and human services.
  • Former Chair, committee to review appeals of clients who were evicted from emergency homeless shelters

Background and Education

  • MSW, Rutgers University 1986
  • BSW, Kean University, 1983

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Anthony Adamopoulos

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Mediating and Arbitrating Divorce Cases with MWI in Topsfield, MA
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Anthony began mediating divorce cases in 1990 after mediating cases in two Superior Court programs that he helped establish. His practice grew through client and attorney referrals. Resolution comes to his clients by his showing each party, and their respective counsel, that he listens and hears what they say. After listening, he asks questions to confirm interests and goals. When there are children, Anthony steers each parent’s self-image, and their image of the other parent, from “Plaintiff and Defendant,” “Wife and Husband,” soon-to-be “ex” to Mother and Father. Anthony has a high settlement rate especially in high conflict divorces. Anthony has been appointed as a Judicial Adjunct, Master, Guardian Ad Litem, and Conciliator in the Probate and Family and Superior Courts.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Divorce Arbitration

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Family & Probate American Inn of Court – Board of Directors & Judge Abber Counsel Assisted Negotiation Program Negotiator & Co-coordinator for Essex County
  • Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council – Co-Founder
  • Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation – Guest Speaker
  • Senior Partners for Justice – Member and Volunteer Attorney through Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Massachusetts Bar Association – Family Law Section and Mentor Program
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation – Fellow
  • Essex Bar Association – Former Executive Board Member
  • Salem Bar Association – Member
  • The Divorce Center – Guest Speaker

Lectures and ADR Trainings Conducted

  • What Mediators Should Know About Arbitration – Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Co-developer of program concept and panel member for program
  • Trainer, Negotiating Divorce Cases to Resolution |Senior Partners for Justice
  • Chair, How to Settle Family Law Cases, a Boston Bar Association Family Law Section CLE Seminar
  • Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association, Family Law Section’s Program Entitled:  Since you Asked – a candid discussion of what judges don’t like to see or hear in presentations
  • Guest Lecturer, Arbitration and Mediation DOs and DON’Ts Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
  • Panelist, Training Program, Essex County Superior Court Conciliator Program
  • Panelist, Seminar on ADR, Massachusetts Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section

Background and Education

  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum, Chicago, Collaborative Divorce Training
  • The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyer AAML Arbitration Training Institute
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and American Arbitration Association – International Arbitration Training Course Boston, MA
  • Harvard University Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers
  • Center for Dispute Settlement, Washington, D.C. – Advanced Mediation Training
  • American Arbitration Association -Intermediate Construction Arbitration Training
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., Law
  • Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, B.A., Political Science

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Laura Fabiano

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Laura Fabiano is a divorce mediator with MWI.  She strives to make divorce a peaceful transition for the parties and minimize any stress in the process. Laura helps her clients find the best options for child custody and parenting plans and has a good understanding of how the various options can best benefit the children in the transition.

Laura has an M.Ed. in School Counseling and has worked with at-risk youth in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Haverhill. Her work includes several years working with pregnant and parenting teens including running an alternative education program and teaching the girls  parenting and life skills. In addition, she worked with youth transitioning out of foster care whereby she taught them life skills, assisted them in pursuing jobs, housing and education, and advocated for them with various state agencies. Laura’s legal background consists of over twenty years working as a legal assistant for corporate law firms.

Laura volunteers at Girls Inc. in Lynn at a Leadership Academy for high school girls and is also a volunteer for Boston CASA as a court appointed special advocate for kids in the system.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Parents with children (young children and teenagers)
  • Short term marriages
  • Post-Divorce Mediation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate with Boston CASA, 2012 to present
  • Board Member of Victory Human Services
  • Mentor at Girls, Inc.

Background and Education

  • M.Ed. School Counseling from Salem State University
  • B.A. Economics from University of Vermont

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Kajy Vicinelli

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Dispute Resolution Experience

Kajy Vicinelli a divorce and family mediator with MWI in Boston. She is also a licensed attorney and has served as a mediator in Massachusetts District and Municipal Courts since 2016. She has mediated and co-mediated numerous cases involving divorce, family law, and a variety of consumer disputes. Kajy studied mediation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute and with MWI.

Before making a shift to provide more mediation and less litigation, Kajy was a staff attorney at Lawyers for Children in New York City. There she represented children placed into foster care. She worked with social workers on every case to protect the rights of her clients in the Family Court system. Her cases included voluntary foster care placement, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, adoption, guardianship, custody, and visitation.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Family Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Shared Custody Schedules
  • Complex Parenting Plans

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
  • Former board member of Allavida, a non-profit organization focused on international development.

Background and Education

  • Dartmouth College, 1988, BA in History modified by French
  • JD from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1993.

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Christianna Morgan

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Christianna Morgan is a family and divorce mediator with MWI. She mediates family conflicts with MWI, including divorce, co-parenting, and custody disputes. With her extensive background in counseling and parent coaching, Christianna incorporates fundamentals of mindfulness and stress management to help clients work together collaboratively and peacefully. Christianna supports families through all major life transitions, including whether to stay together or pursue divorce.

In addition to mediating, Christianna is an elementary school counselor and understands how children respond and thrive to various styles of parenting. She skillfully helps parents understand the short-term and long-term impacts of their parenting choices on their child, and works with parents to become strong parenting teams, regardless of their marital status.

Christianna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, and Licensed School Counselor in Massachusetts. She also volunteers with Somerville Arts for Youth, Inc., an organization she co-founded to encourage students to explore their social, academic, and leadership potential through the training in performing arts.


Focus Areas

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Co-Parenting after Divorce
  • Blended Families Mediation
  • Parenting Plans/Parent Coaching
  • Mediation to Stay Married
  • Family Mediation
  • Child Development
  • Stress & Trauma Response

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • Licensed School Counselor (PreK-Grade 8)
  • Member, Massachusetts Council for Family Mediation (MCFM)
  • Member, Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MAMHCA)
  • Member, Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA)
  • President, Somerville Arts for Youth, Inc

Background and Education

  • Divorce Mediation Training (MWI 2021, CDSC 2014)
  • Basic Mediation Training (Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center, 2014)
  • Mindfulness Fundamentals & Mindfulness for Educators Trainings
  • MA, Clinical Mental Health, School & Community, Lesley University
  • MA, Drama, University of Bristol, UK
  • BA, Theater, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Kathleen Young

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Kathleen Young is a mediator with MWI. She mediates divorce, family and higher education cases. Kathleen also works with schools and corporations to help them resolve conflict, shape positive workplace culture, and increase employee and student retention. As the Program Coordinator of the General Education Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Kathleen helped facilitate difficult conversations between administrations and families. She co-facilitated race dialogue and equity discussion groups for the Center for Educational Options. As a strategic consultant for Harmony Strategies Group, Kathleen helped plan for restorative justice training and community justice circles for the Suffolk County, New York Criminal Justice System. Kathleen’s passion for youth diversion programs started with her work as a Drug and Alcohol Dependency Treatment Counselor for youth. She has relied on restorative circles and practices to maximize her role in public, private and special education settings for over thirty years. Kathleen is a trained mediator through MWI, Harvard Mediation Program, Mediators without Borders, NonViolent Communication and Global Youth Courts. She holds an M.Ed. in Special Education K-5 and 5-12 from Lesley University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.


Focus Areas

  • School Communities (teacher and administration)
  • Divorce
  • Same-Sex Divorce or Separation
  • Co-Parenting
  • Parent / Teen
  • Adult Sibling

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Mediator and Program Director, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Initiated and is currently leading community meetings to develop a local Youth Court diversion program
  • Served on the Management Leadership Team at a startup Middle School

Background and Education

  • Trained Mediator, Harvard Mediation Program
  • Trained Mediator, Mediators without Borders
  • Advanced Mediation Training and Mentoring, MWI
  • NonViolent Communication
  • Global Youth Courts
  • M.Ed. in Special Education K-5 and 5-12 from Lesley University
  • B.A. in Political Science from Boston College

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Denise Earl

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Mediating Divorce, Family, and Housing Cases with MWI
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Dispute Resolution Experience

Denise Earl is a divorce mediator and a housing mediator with MWI. She has extensive Probate and Family Court experience. She has helped hundreds of people resolve divorce, parenting, elder care, foster care/permanency, and housing disputes with compassion and confidentiality. She also serves as a coach and mentor to divorce and permanency mediators-in-training. Denise has worked as a court coordinator, community meeting facilitator, case manager, and investigator for a number of non-profit organizations and in state government. She has advanced training in divorce, elder care, and permanency mediation; housing and small claims proceedings; and as a conflict coach. Denise holds a master’s degree in conflict resolution from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bard College.


Focus Areas

Remote and in-person services available for:

  • Divorce Mediation
  • Parenting Plans
  • Business & Small Claims Mediation
  • Permanency & Post Adoption Agreements
  • Elder Mediation
  • Housing & Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation

Background and Education

  • B.A. Psychology, Bard College
  • M.A. Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Mediator & Court Coordinator, Family Services of Central Massachusetts
  • Mediator & Court Coordinator, Metro West Mediation Services Case Manager & Investigator, Massachusetts Department of Children & Families

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