Mary-Anne Popescu is the Executive Director of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM). As an OAFM Accredited Family and Elder Mediator, and Child Protection Mediator in private practice, she works to bring peaceful resolutions that help families adapt to challenges and changes across the life cycle. Mary-Anne is also a roster mediator for the Office of Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Affairs. In recognition of her volunteer contributions to St. Joseph’s Maternal Health Support Program, Mary-Anne received the Ontario Award for Good Citizens, from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Mary-Anne supports diversity and equality as an ally and volunteer for Toronto PFLAG. She served for eight years as a Panel Member on the City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment. Mary-Anne is also the past Chair of the ADR Institute of Ontario’s Family Section and past Board Member of the OAFM.
Program Assistant - Child Protection Mediation
Amanda Reece has been passionate about conflict resolution and the mediation process for 20 years. After completing her BA in Psychology with Laurentian University, Amanda pursued her diploma in Family Mediation with McMaster University. Upon graduation, Amanda’s interests and efforts were recognized when she received The Continuing Education Annual Prize, Social Services award for highest academic achievement.
Throughout her career, Amanda has found significant interest working with children, youth, and families going through substantial life changes while liaising with court services and community agencies. Amanda is highly driven to assist and coach others in important life skills and choices surrounding their identity, family and social relationships and emotional and behavioral goals. Amanda takes tremendous pride when working with clients by seeking to “connect and understand” rather than “meeting and fixing”. Her role as CPMed Program Assistant truly is the cohesive bow wrapping together Amanda’s unique mix of legal and child and youth work experiences.
In Amanda’s spare time, she rejuvenates by mentoring, coaching, spending time outdoors, traveling, and making new connections.
Judith is an accredited Family Mediator through the Ontario Association of Family Mediation or the OAFM. Judith has experience working with people who need to bring order and function to an emotional or chaotic situation.
She has a biology degree from Queen’s, then studied Occupational Therapy at McMaster University and worked primarily in mental health. As an O.T, she facilitated people transitioning from hospital with acute conditions such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and severe depression to home and community, integrating back into their families, activities and work. She then studied English at York and the University of Toronto, and during her PhD studies had four children. During the raising of four children and herself experiencing a complex divorce and re-marriage, she shifted her career and research focus to the issue of families in transition, and the difficulties of navigating the family law process. She has worked with separating couples through court based mediation at Peel Family Mediation Services in Brampton, and has both a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from York University and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Dispute Resolution from Osgoode, with specialites in Online Dispute Resolution and Voice of the Child/Child Inclusive mediation. She researches in the area of gender equity, cultural bias and access to justice, and assists with the professional development of family mediators through the OAFM.