The Family Mediation Centre Team
All mediators and Information & Referral Coordinators (IRC’s) have been approved by the Ministry of the Attorney General of the Government of Ontario, to provide services to the Ministry’s strict standards. For our mediators, and amongst other impressive credentials, this includes having the designation of Accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) from the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM). Our Mediators work as a team in one or more of our nine court locations.
Kathleen Chapman, B.A., (Honours), LLB.,
AccFM (OAFM), AccEM (OAFM), CP Med (Harvard Trained)
Director, The Family Mediation Centre, (a Division of The Mediation Centre Inc.), Co-Director, Mediation North Inc,
Lawyer (1975), Family Mediator, Mediation Trainer and Internship Supervisor (1983); Child Protection Mediator (1996), Elder Mediation (2012), Collaborative Family Law Practitioner (2001).
Kathleen has been practising, training and teaching mediation and dispute resolution for over 35 years.
Kathleen practised family law for 38 years, appearing in all levels of Ontario Court, including various cases in the Court of Appeal. She was outside Counsel for the Children’s Aid Society of St. Thomas and Elgin County 2002-2005, carrying files, conducting trials and representing the Children’s Aid Society at the Court of Appeal.
She established The Family Mediation Centre, (a Division of the Mediation Centre Inc.) in 1983, where she and colleagues provide affordable family mediation, working with both lawyers and their clients and with unrepresented parties. Kathleen became a Collaborative Family Law Practitioner in 2001 and trained and mentored in collaborative practice.
Kathleen, as Director of The Family Mediation Centre Inc. (a Division of The Mediation Centre Inc.), is honoured to have been selected to provide government funded family information and mediation services in London’s Family Court since 1995 and since 2011 in London, Owen Sound, Walkerton, Goderich, Sarnia, Chatham St. Thomas, Woodstock and Stratford, when the services were expanded. As Co-Director of Mediation North Inc. (with Maggie Hall), Kathleen was also honoured in 2011 to have been selected to provide government funded family information and mediation services in Cochrane, Timmins, Elliott Lake, Hailey bury, Kenora, Dryden, North Bay Perry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Sudbury, as part of the expansion.
Since 1983, Kathleen has overseen a comprehensive family mediation internship program where she has had the privilege of mentoring a large number of new professionals as they entered the field. Kathleen is also a widely acclaimed trainer in family mediation and child protection mediation, training privately and through Western University Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution and recently in the Graduate Diploma Program in Conflict Resolution at Carleton University.
When not mediating Kathleen enjoys reading, travel, food and laughter with family and friends (especially with her three grandsons who are all under 2.)
Breanne Becker, B.AA, LL.B (UK), Acc.FM (OAFM)
Family Mediator 2016, IRC, MIP Facilitator/Presenter
Breanne holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Paralegal Studies from Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Breanne is an accredited professional Family Mediator by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) in 2015 and mediates On-Site and Off-site with The Family Mediation Centre throughout southwestern Ontario. Breanne mediates a full variety of family issues, including separation and divorce, custody and access, parenting plans, child and spousal support, and property division. She has a child-centered approach to her mediation practice and is committed to helping families resolve issues out of court in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Breanne has conducted more than 500 hours of mediation and drafted more than 100 memorandums of understanding. Breanne also provides Information Referral Services (IRC) and presents the Mandatory Information Program.
Breanne is an active volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex and with St. Leonard’s Community Services in the Youth Justice Committee Circle program.
Brenda Atkison, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., AccFM (OAFM),
Brenda is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since March 1993. Brenda qualified as a Child Protection Mediator, CP Med, in 2005, and practiced Child Protection Mediation to 2016.
Brenda has been mediating professionally in London/St. Thomas since 2000 with The Mediation Centre, and has mediated more than 350 family cases involving parenting plans, child support, spousal support and simple property division. In addition to mediating 1-2 days per week On-site at Family Court, working closely with clients, their legal counsel and the Court, Brenda regularly carries five to seven off-site mediation files, and has supervised and mentored six mediation interns. She receives supervision for complex mediation files and attends annual continuing education courses, including 10 hours per year of domestic violence training. Brenda has been provider with ADR Link in London to provide Child Protection Mediation to CAS and their clients to reach resolution of child protection matters from 2005 to 2016, and has been trained by the High Conflict Institute to work with high conflict clients.
Brenda received a BA. BSW from McMaster University in 1974, and MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1977.
As a clinical social worker, Brenda also maintained a psychotherapy practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in London from 1990 to 2018. Brenda has a strong interest in supporting families experiencing difficulties, both within the Family Court system and in her private practice, assisting parents and children navigating parental separation and divorce.
When not mediating Brenda enjoys travel, reading, golf and time with family and friends.
Brian Parsons, B.A., AccFM (OAFM), CP Med.
Family Mediator 2000; Child Protection Mediator 2002
Brian has provided Family Mediation and Child Protection Mediation with the Family Mediation Centre from 2000 and with Mediation North since 2011.
Brian conducts mediations On-Site and Off-Site throughout Southwestern and Northern Ontario. Brian is also called upon to mediate civil matters and regularly coaches mediation trainings for Ontario Government Ministries, Agencies and in the private sector.
Brian brings rich experience in business and government administration.
Brian continues to play competitive hockey and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Doug Searle, BSW, MSW, RSW, AccFM
Doug is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), mediating professionally since 1991with the Family Mediation Centre. Doug has mediated more than 3500 hours and completing more than 350 Memorandums of understanding. Doug mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site at the London Court House.
Doug completed a Bachelors of Social Work Degree (BSW) at King’s College, University of Western Ontario in 1988. He completed a Master’s of Social Work Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1992. Doug’s Master’s research thesis was focused upon domestic violence treatment and prevention.
Doug started his professional career as a therapist at a London family counselling centre where he provided individual, couple, and family counselling for 12 years. Doug played a key role in the Agency’s domestic violence treatment and prevention program. Doug was also an active member of the Agency’s employee assistance program (EAP) team providing professional counselling services to local businesses and institutions. Doug continues to participate in training related to Domestic Violence identification and prevention.
Outside of his family mediation practice, Doug is an intermediary/negotiator active in the financial services sector.
Joanne Beasley, B.A. (Honours), LLB, AccFM (OAFM), CP Med
Lawyer/Family 1999; Child Protection 2002
Joanne Beasley is an accredited (OAFM) family mediator and member of the Family Mediation Centre, London since 2000.
Joanne is a practising family lawyer managing her busy law firm in London for 29 years. Her law firm is involved in a full practice of family law including divorce, custody, support, and property division.
Joanne has conducted mediations involving more than 1000 hours and prepared more than 225 memorandums of understanding. Joanne is also a Child Protection Roster Mediator on the Ontario Child Protection Mediation Roster and a Settlement Conference Facilitator for Legal Aid Ontario.
Her community involvement includes past Co-Chair of Investing in Children, Chair of Women’s Community House (now ANOVA) and Chair of Board of Merrymount Children’s Centre.
When not mediating or practicing law, Joanne may be cooking or in a yoga studio.
Pam Sancton, B.A. (Honours), M.Ed, AccFM (OAFM)
Pam is an Accredited Family mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) since 2002 and has mediated hundreds of family mediation files files.
Pam has been mediating professionally in London ON with the Family Mediation Centre (FMC), dealing with parenting plans, custody, access and child support issues. To date, Pam has worked 1 – 2 days per week providing On-site mediation services at the Family Court, receiving referrals from duty counsel, lawyers who have been retained by clients, judges, client self- referrals and other court staff. As well, Pam has been assigned off-site mediation files from the Director of the FMC, also dealing with parenting plans, custody & access, and child support matters.
Pam has actively participated in continuing education opportunities on an annual and has met the required 10 hours per year of domestic violence training. She has mentored several mediation interns over the years.
Pam received a BA in honours psychology from Bishop’s University (Lennox Ville, PQ) a B.Ed. from Althouse College (UWO, London ON), and a M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University (Montreal, PQ). After working with children and families at a children’s mental health centre for 10 years, Pam started a private practice as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Psychotherapist, working with individuals, couples and families, many of whom were dealing with separation issues.
As retirement looms, Pam continues to enjoy cooking, travel, reading and being a grandparent.
Taylor Jack, B.A., BHU Serv., AccFM (OAFM)
Taylor Jack is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc. F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2014 and is also a Family Group Co-ordinator since 2011.
Taylor has been mediating professionally in London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham and Sarnia since 2015. Taylor has mediated more than three hundred hours (300) of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Taylor mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house. Taylor is an information and referral coordinator (IRC) in London, St Thomas, Woodstock, Chatham and Sarnia.
Taylor Jack attended Fanshawe College from 2002-2004 and received a diploma in Social Service Work, then attended Griffith University (Australia) from 2006-2008 and received Bachelor of Human Services with a major in Family and Community Welfare. Taylors academic involvement continued at the University of Western Ontario from 2008-2010 and received a certificate ADR Conflict Studies.
Taylor Jack also became a Family Group Co-ordinator through the George Hull Centre in 2011 having completed a mentorship with Todd Perreault.
Taylor Jack also completes a minimum of ten(10) hours of annual training which includes an annual conference for continuing education relating to Domestic Violence.
Taylor is an assistant Hockey coach in the North London Nationals IP Program.
When not mediating, Taylor enjoys grappling sports, hockey, hiking and spending time outdoors.
Terry Hainsworth, B.A., (Honours), LL.B., AccFM (OAFM
Lawyer, Family Mediator 2014, Arbitrator
Terry Hainsworth is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2014 and a Qualified Arbitrator (Q.Arb.)
Terry Hainsworth has been mediating professionally in London since 2014. Terry has mediated more than 100 Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Terry mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court.
Terry attended UWO and obtained his LL.B. (with Honours) has also attended annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.
Terry is a retired lawyer who practiced for over 42 years. Over the years, he has taught at the University of Western Ontario’s law school and the Ontario Bar Admission course. He is a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs for the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the author of several textbooks on Family Law. He has developed courses in family law for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
Catherine Wentworth, B.A., AccFM (OAFM)
Cathi Wentworth, B.A. (Western) has been an Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) since 2011 is also a Child Protection Mediator, (CPMed OAFM).
Cathi has been mediating both Onsite, for parties who are involved in court process, and Offsite, for parties who may or may not be involved in court, since 2011 with the court-connected mediation services at the courts in Woodstock, Stratford, Owen Sound, the Ontario Courts of Justice in Toronto (47 Sheppard Ave. E., and 311 Jarvis) and since 2014 at the Superior Court of Justice, Family Branch in Oshawa.
As part of ongoing education, Cathi participates in annual professional training including the mandated annual Domestic Violence Training.
Cathi is also a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).
In her private practice, Cathi provides Comprehensive Mediation Services in Grey and Bruce Counties and the GTA.
Johnette Kelly-Barrera, AccFM (OAFM)
Johnette Kelly-Barrera is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM)(2012) and is also certified as a Child Protection Mediator (CP Med., OAFM 2013) with additional certificates in developing comprehensive Parenting Plans through Parent Coordination Training (2014) as well as Openness Adoption Mediation (OAFM, 2014). Johnette is also fully trained and experienced as an Information Referral Coordinator (2011).
Prior to becoming a mediator, Johnette worked in the field of Social Services with the Ministry of Community and Social Services for 30 years providing assistance to Ontarians in need of a hand up. Ten of those years were spent preparing and defending cases in Ontario Provincial Court (Family Division) securing financial support for children being raised on social assistance. Negotiated agreements were drafted by Johnette and either captured in Minutes of Settlement to a Court Order or in written agreements that were signed, witnessed, dated and filed with the Court and registered for enforcement. It was due to this experience that Johnette became an ambassador for mediation in resolving family court matters.
Johnette has been mediating professionally in Chatham-Kent and surrounding area mediating in Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. She mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house providing assistance to both represented and unrepresented clients at the request of clients, lawyers, duty counsel and the judiciary. She also has a modest private practice located in Chatham. With Johnette’s assistance, clients generally reduce the number of Court appearances that could otherwise be necessary thereby saving both time and money for the clients and the legal system while relieving stress on both. Johnette also has experience mediating cases involving grandparents that have resulted in developing harmonious relationships that ultimately benefit the children and families involved. She also attends annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.
Johnette is also involved in the community in a variety of activities donating time and resources. She regularly volunteers as a Board Member with Chatham-Kent Restorative Justice; a program to assist in diverting youth from criminal charges and court experiences as well as providing safety training in schools.
When Johnette is not mediating she is passionate about reading, gardening, traveling and most especially spending time with her family and three grandchildren.
Deborah Rollier, B.A., LLB, LLM., AccFM (OAFM)
Deborah Rollier is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2012.
Deborah practices law in Leamington / Kingsville and is a partner in the law firm Ricci, Enns, Rollier & Setterington LLP.
Deborah has been mediating professionally in Leamington /Kingsville/Chatham since becoming accredited. Deborah has mediated numerous Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues, including custody/access, child/spousal support and property issues. Deborah mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Chatham Court house, both Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice matters.
Deborah attended Brock University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology in 1982. After working for many years as a manager in residential and vocational settings for people with developmental disabilities, Deborah attended Western University and obtained an LL.B. in 1999. She was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2001. She began practicing law at her current firm in 2001. Thereafter, Deborah returned to school while continuing to practice law and obtained her LL.M. from Osgood Hall Law School at York University in in 2010, specializing in Family Law. Deborah has also attended annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence and continuing legal education courses in Family Law.
Deborah is involved in the community and has participated on the Board of Directors of several agencies including Community Living Ontario, Community Living Essex and the South Essex Arts Association. She is currently Vice-President on the board of LINK, a professional women’s networking organization and Treasurer on the Bridge of the Sun Parlour Boat Club.
When not mediating Deborah enjoys spending time with family, exercising, reading and is an avid power boat enthusiast.
Lydia Gonzalez, AccFM (OAFM)
Lydia González is an accredited Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since. July 26, 2016 and has since been mediating professionally in Sarnia and Chatham primarily. Lydia has mediated more than 100 files (approximately 405 hours of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues) since her accreditation in mid 2016. Lydia mediates clients off-site whom do not have a matter in court and clients on-site that are in the court process.
Lydia has extensive training, knowledge and 19 years of work experience in the Anti-Money Laundering (Terrorist Financing) field, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Problem Gambling, Management Coaching and has her Professional Certificate in Conflict Management through Western University Continuing Education Program. Lydia has also attends annual continuing education courses and training in Domestic Violence.
When not mediating, Lydia enjoys being outdoors with her kayak and dogs, cooking and spending time with family.
Natalie Charette is an Associate Family Mediator (Acc.F.M.) with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), since 2011.
Natalie’s work in Mediation stems from a fruitful career in Social Services with the focus to end Gender-Based Violence, as a Legal Advocate in the City of Hamilton.
Natalie has been mediating professionally in Northern and Southern parts of Ontario since 2011 and has settled her practice in the London, St. Thomas and Woodstock communities. Natalie has mediated more than 1000+ hours of Family cases involving the full range of Family Law issues. Natalie mediates cases Off-Site that are not in court and also mediates cases On-Site in the Court house.
Natalie attended McMaster University From 2012-2016, Mohawk College in Hamilton from 2002-2004, and has been recognized by McMaster University for her contributions as as Field Supervisor in the School of Social Work.
Natalie attends annual continuing education courses and training on the topic of Domestic Violence and Gender-based Violence.
Natalie has been a presenter on the topic of Domestic Violence and the topic of the Best Interest of the Child and a key note speaker on Sustainability and Action.
Natalie is a leader in her local community, advocating for grassroots environmental and sustainable efforts. Natalie has been recognized for her efforts in grant writing, in 2016 McMaster University published her research on the topic of Sustainability and Community Action.
When not mediating Natalie has as keen interest in the environment and shares this passion with her family.
Our Information and Referral Coordinators (IRC)
Kathleen Chapman, B.A., (Honours), LLB., AccFM (OAFM), AccEM (OAFM) CP Med, AccEM (OAFM)
Lana Fleming, B.A
Delaine DeCraemer, B.A.
Heather Yacula, B.A.
Taylor Jack, B.A., BHU Serv., AccFM (OAFM)
Breanne Becker, B.A..A, LL.B (UK), Acc.FM (OAFM)
Amy Alton, B.S.W., R.S.W.
Judith Denault, B.A., AccFM (OAFM)
Catherine Wentworth, B.A., AccFM (OAFM)
Sue Easun, B.A., B,Ed, PHd
Johnette Kelly-Barrera, AccFM (OAFM)
Svetlana MacDonald*, B.A., LL.B.
Tamara Khudair-Moran, B.A., S.S.W.
Sheila Kozmin, B.A., M.Ed
Lydia Gonzalez, AccFM (OAFM)
Brenda Buis, CPP, APCC
Brian Parsons, B.A., AccFM (OAFM), CP Med.
Pam Porado, B.S.W.