The theme of meaningful and constructive communication informs all of my work. Throughout my career, I’ve been concerned with facilitating communication, whether it be one-on-one or in groups – actively listening to others, collaborating with them and building consensus.
Before becoming a mediator and coach, I held several high-level positions in corporate legal departments and also had my own law practice. All of my work revolved around the negotiation and drafting of agreements and required excellent problem-solving and collaborative skills.
For many years, I’ve also been an advocate for children and young adults with disabilities. My interest and commitment in this area evolved from the issues I had to address while raising my son, who is dyslexic and has Type 1 diabetes. I served on the board of the Learning Disabilities Association of NYC for over 20 years and was president of the organization from 2009 to 2015. Additionally, I was co-founder of the Parents Diabetes Network of NYC.
In recent years, I’ve chosen to focus my professional endeavors on mediation and coaching because of the potential it affords for helping people to make constructive change in their lives. I consider my most successful mediations to be those in which the parties learn to communicate not only by understanding their own needs, but also those of the other party.
In my work as a business and life coach, I enjoy guiding and encouraging my clients to achieve their goals. Through personal insights and specific strategies they develop while coaching, clients significantly improve their performance and quality of life.
I am licensed to practice law in New York State and received my Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York. I attended New York University as an undergraduate and received a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature. I am fluent in Spanish and enjoy traveling and meeting people from diverse cultures.
I am very active in a number of professional associations and am currently a member of the board of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. I belong to the following professional associations and groups:
- Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
- New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
- Academy of Professional Family Mediators
- Association for Conflict Resolution
- Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
- New York State Bar Association
- New York City Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- International Coach Federation
My logo design incorporates a Chinese tangram. The tangram is a puzzle consisting of seven pieces in different shapes that can be put together to form other shapes. At rest, all seven pieces (5 right triangles, 1 square and 1 parallelogram) fit into the shape of a big square. As you construct other shapes and forms with the tangram pieces, the main rule is to use all seven pieces for each different shape you create. Ultimately, you are only limited by what your imagination can come up with.
I’ve always been fascinated by the possibilities inherent in the tangram. As a result, I’ve chosen to use the tangram as a ‘visual metaphor’ of the work I do with clients. Exploring options and possibilities…creatively looking for solutions to problems…finding answers that result in positive and constructive change for my clients. That’s what it’s all about!