Our Team

Mary-Anne Popescu

Executive Director

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.

Louise Vandenbosch

Louise Vandenbosch

Program Manager - Child Protection Mediation

Louise is a registered social worker and accredited family mediator based in London, Ontario, Canada who has been working with families in a variety of settings for over 30 years. She has worked in the areas of adult mental health, children’s mental health, adult and children’s developmental services, system navigation of services, community social work, and alternative dispute resolution. Louise has worked alongside public health, Children’s Aid Societies and other community agencies and has a solid and nuanced understanding of the challenges facing families, and the services that are available and best-suited for each family’s circumstances.

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Assistant to the Executive Director

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.

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