The mediators below provide services in Alexandria, Fairfax, McLean, Reston, Springfield, and elsewhere in northern Virginia. We also provide services to long-distance clients via phone conferences, email, and Skype. We are available weekdays, evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays. All of the mediators in Colin Family Mediation Group LLC are certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia to mediate family cases. All hold numerous certificates verifying completion of mediation training programs.
Virginia L Colin, Ph.D., Director
Formerly a research psychologist, Virginia Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security and healthy development and their own adult well-being. Focusing solely on family mediation, she is a founding member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators and in 2017 became the Vice President of that organization. Dr. Colin is also a certified mentor mediator. She is the author of Human Attachment, Divorce in Virginia, and Infant Attachment: What We Know Now, and co-author of The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia, and a variety of other print and internet publications. She is also the host of Family Matters, an Internet talk radio show. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent. More of Dr. Colin’s story is in Why I Became a Family Mediator.
Susan Buckley, J.D.
Susan is a licensed attorney in Virginia and the District of Columbia. After many years as a litigator, first at the law firm of Hunton & Williams and then in the Fairfax County Attorney’s Office, she found that mediation was a much more productive and cost-effective way to solve problems. Susan has been active in the Loudoun County community for many years and served one term as Vice-Chair on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. These experiences provided her with many opportunities to mediate numerous community and political issues informally. In addition to cases dealing with child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property distribution, and divorce, Susan mediates cases headed for Civil District Court. Susan has an undergraduate business degree in finance and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Loudoun County with her husband and two children.
Renee Kostick Reynolds, J.D.
As a licensed attorney in DC since 1993, Renee has specialized in family law cases. She became interested in family mediation as a civil, more practical alternative for clients going through a divorce. In 2011, Renee served as the Family Intake Specialist at Northern Virginia Mediation Service. There she became well-versed in the legal trends in Virginia as they relate to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, grounds, classification of property, equitable division of property, distribution of debt, tax issues upon divorce, and the standards and norms upon which the courts rely when deciding what would be in the best interest of the children. She now serves private mediation clients and accepts court-referred cases in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Manassas. She is married with four children.
Rick Schapira, P.E., J.D.
As a licensed attorney in Virginia, Florida, and the District of Columbia and a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, Rick has specialized in family law and workplace mediation as a productive and efficient alternative to litigation. A retired senior executive, he was Deputy General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. He is a certified District Court and Circuit Court mediator for civil and family cases and is a certified mentor mediator. He is well-versed in Virginia law as it relates to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, grounds, classification of property, equitable division of property, distribution of debt, tax issues upon divorce, and the standards and norms upon which the courts rely when deciding what would be in the best interest of the children. He is also well-versed in Federal law as it relates to workplace disputes. As a mediator, he strives to assist his clients to reach creative solutions to their specific situations.
Dorothy Douglas Taft
Dorothy brings to the mediation table her keen listening skills and decades of experience working in the US Congress, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the US Agency for International Development in positions that involved negotiation, diplomacy, mediation, and real life solutions to complicated problems. Having served since 2007 within her religious community as a counselor for those navigating life’s challenges, she has a deep understanding of interpersonal dynamics, working through loss, and identifying new pathways for moving forward. Her advocacy and policy work on internationally recognized political and human rights issues has taken Dorothy to more than 60 countries, requiring extensive cross-cultural communications. Showing respect to all parties, Dorothy manages to bring resolution to tense policy negotiations and difficult family conversations.
For a free consultation about whether family mediation would be helpful for you, contact Dr. Virginia Colin at mediatorQ@gmail.com or 703.864.2101.
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