Our Stories and Bio

Dana Greco

LCSW-R, Certified Divorce Mediator, Divorce Coach, Certified Collaborative Divorce Professional

I was a child of divorce back in the 70’s. Laws were different then but families haven’t changed. A bitter divorce leaves scars. My parents were caught up in a litigious and hostile case causing them both to utterly despise each other. As a child it was hurtful and confusing. Especially when one day my mother and I were shopping at the local grocery store and while walking down the aisle my father happened to be walking up the same aisle, my heart raced and my palms sweat with the reality of them both facing each other. To my horror, they actually passed each other without a greeting or an acknowledgment.

I know if it were just me in the store my dad would have hugged and kissed me, but because of the bitterness due to the divorce proceedings their initial reaction to each other was avoidance.

As a child I grappled with the question of  how two intelligent people who once loved each other could become so disconnected?  Without any professional guidance as a family during these depressing years, I could only succumb to one resolution in my heart which is so sad… I prayed that one of my parents would die by the time I graduated high school or got married just to avoid the angst of having them in the same room together.

It’s because of this, I have made it my life’s mission to save families from the destruction of  hostility and bitter divorces and dysfunctional paralysis within the home.

In every divorce case or couple that comes to me, my goals are to help protect the family as a whole regardless of the separation, I believe that even though parents choose to live separate lives they are capable of maintaining a civil relationship and putting their children’s needs over their own. The benefits to mediate rather than litigate are enormous, not only at the present time of the divorce process but for years to come in the evolution of the family. The outcome when mediation is the preferred choice is a communicative one. Since the divorce never became bitter but rather both spouses had the opportunity to negotiate and be treated fairly neither one holds resentment. This is the key to an ongoing, functioning relationship which benefits their children for years after. I treat every family uniquely, because I know that each family has their own personal needs and stories. It is my job to meet the needs of each member of the family and help set them in the right direction so they can continue to move forward finding fulfillment and satisfaction in their own lives as well as be there for each other.

Education:

  • University of Colorado
  • Fordham University, MSW
  • The Ackerman Institute for Family and Couples Therapy
  • The Center for Divorce Mediation
  • Grief Therapy Training for families at Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Memberships:

  • New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers
  • Committee Co-chair for Couples and Family Practice
  • National Association for social workers
  • NY Council for Divorce Mediation
  • Mental Health Panel for the NY Appellate Division

Experience:

  • Qualified Social worker for New York Family and Supreme Court
  • Expert witness for the NY Courts regarding Child Custody
  • Grief therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
  • Private Practice for couples and families in Manhattan and Long Island
  • Certified mediator
  • Motherhood Documentary on “Exploring the First Five Years of Motherhood”

Public Speaking/Lectures:

  • Presenter at various parenting workshops in NYC.
  • Co-host of Radio Show New Beginnings
  • “Case studies of custody battles”, The Ackerman Institute

Publications/Books:

  • “Deciding to Divorce or Separate? Think about Mediation”
  • “Raising the Consciousness of Post Divorce Parents”
  • “Restructuring the Family After the Divorcewww.danagreco.com or email her at dgrecolcsw@gmail.comLike Dana on facebook  

    Don Desroches

    Certified Divorce Mediator, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, Certified Collaborative Divorce Professional, PMP

    I have been divorced twice and one time through litigation and one time through mediation.  It is with this experience that gives me the determination and passion to improve upon my mediation experience and to keep couples from going through an ugly litigation process.  Litigation brings out the worst in people that easily carries over to the children.  It can take years to recover and some people never recover either financially or emotionally.

    Don is a co-founder and mediator in The Mediation and Family Counseling Group.  He has helped clients, even high conflict clients, come to resolutions to end the marriage in an amicable way.

    He has worked with personal and professional finances, helping couples to navigate the minefields of divorce.  Pulling together financials and helping them understand the future impact post divorce.

    Don has earned the highly regarded CERTIFIED DIVORCE FINANCIAL ANALYST or CDFA designation from the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts, enabling him to thoroughly review the finances of divorce and provide the appropriate information to allow the couple to make the best decision they can.  Without the right information and knowledge, the couple may be making decisions that can impact them negatively in the future after divorce.  Additionally, he is registered with FINRA as an S99 designation for work in a financial services firm.

    He has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, providing him the ability to understand the complexities of each individual’s finances during divorce.

    He has experience with divorce litigation, helping couples pull together finances and understanding the financial impact on their future post divorce.  This includes creating household budgets, net worth statements, financial net worth projections, tax implications on transferred assets, etc.

    Additionally, I am a member of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

    Education:

    • Cambridge State University
    • New York University
    • Five Towns College
    • The Center for Divorce Mediation
    • The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
    • NY Institute of Finance
    • S99 Professional
    • Project Management Institute

    Memberships:

    • Fathers and Families of NY
    • NY Council for Divorce Mediation
    • Institute For Divorce Financial Analysts
    • Our Kids in Action
    • Family Kind

    Experience:

    • Certified Mediator
    • Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
    • Over 20 years experience Mediating and Facilitating
    • Over 20 years volunteering as youth coach in various sports
    • Advocate and activist in fighting for parental rights
    • Founder, spokesman and coordinator for fundraising effort to raising over $650,000 for School Budget.
    • Founder, Owner and Operator of Sports Academy

    Public Speaking/Lectures:

    • Presenter at various parenting workshops in NYC.
    • Co-host of Radio Show New Beginnings

    Publications/Books:

    • “Deciding to Divorce or Separate? Think about Mediation”
    • “Raising the Consciousness of Post Divorce Parents”
    • “Restructuring the Family After the Divorce”
    • “Women Becoming Independent”
    • “Should Post Divorce Co-Parenting Training be Mandatory”
    • “Divorce Can Be a Rocky Road”
    • “When Husbands are Victims of Domestic Violence”
    • “3 Styles of Parenting”
    • “No Means No: How to Teach Your Child That You Mean Business”
    • “Holiday Gift Giving For Children”
    • “Preserving Family”

    Robyn Mann

    Divorce Lawyer & Certified Divorce Mediator

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    Admitted to the Bar in New York, Connecticut and Colorado.  In her 28 years of experience, Robyn has served client needs in family disputes, sales of businesses and real estate matters. Thus, Robyn has the experience and expertise to provide accurate and useful advice on a wide array of legal, financial and practical issues involved in a separation, divorce or in settling an estate. Today, Robyn represents her clients in the Supreme Courts, Civil Courts, Family Courts and Surrogate Courts of New York, guiding them through complicated and difficult divorces, child custody disputes, child support enforcement matters, and elder law matters to successful conclusions. Robyn has also developed compassionate and insightful mediation skills with which she is able to help families create parenting plans, settlement agreements, or just address the myriad of small everyday issues of divorce or separation. An adept litigator, she regularly receives accolades from clients and judges for her legal acumen and professionalism. 

    Robyn offers representation that focuses on the needs of her clients and their families. When those needs call for tough representation, she is an adept fighter for their rights. When those needs require clarity and openness to pursue a goal that is best for all, she has the superior communication and relational skills to meet them. 

    Educated at Emory University and Cardozo School of Law, Robyn has received extensive specialized training in mediation and negotiation, from Conflict Management Consultants (Basic 40 hour mediation training), New York Peace Institute (Advanced Apprenticeship), New York Center for Interpersonal Development (Basic Divorce Mediation training and Advanced Practicuum in Mediation), and New York City Non-Violent Communication group (Compassionate Communication training).

     

    Inga Michaelsen

    Divorce and Life Coach

    I divorced in 2013 and it was a heartbreaking event. Working with a mediator and a good lawyer certainly helped the process and I am deeply grateful for the coaching I received during that time of transition. It helped me to find my strength in the process and kept me focused on what I wanted to create next.

    Now I am delighted to use my own divorce experience and coaching expertise to support my clients build a future that they are excited about.

     

    Challenging times, such as going through a divorce, are great opportunities for change and growth. As a coach, I offer you emotional and practical support, which will enable you to move confidently and with an positive attitude into the next phase of your life.

    I will help you get clear on what you want and need to move forward. Once you have that clarity, we will define an inspiring action plan. Motivated by your vision you will build momentum and soon will find yourself fully immersed in the new chapter of your life.

    Experience

    • Private coaching practice since 2012
    • Certified co-active coach with the Coaches Training Institute
    • Leadership graduate with the Coaches Training Institute
    • Money Course graduate with Lynne Twist
    • Relationship Systems Coaching Fundamentals
    • Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy with Sage Lavine
    • Forum graduate with Landmark Forum

     

     

    Laura Dupkin-Memisha

    Residential and Commercial Real Estate Expert

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    Laura is an Associate Broker and Manager at Realty Advisors and a certified Buyer Representative, as well as a Notary Public.

    Laura works as part of The Mediation and Family Counseling Group team to help value your home or commercial property during a separation or divorce, in addition to helping you get the best price possible, should you decide to sell.

    She has an extensive history in the sales management field with experience working for P.C. Richard and Son for over 20 years.  As a result of
    that experience, Laura has excelled and proven to be one of the top selling realtors.   She has an abundance of energy and enthusiasm and nothing but 110% is good enough.   She is a Full Time Broker Associate and loves to work personally with both buyers and sellers.  She has extensive experience in dealing with sales of both residential and commercial properties.

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