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Please Contact: Danae Kristiansen, CDSC 617-876-5376


(Cambridge, MA) June 24, 2014: The Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC) honored two volunteer mediators with Mimi Grosser Scholarship Fund Awards: Dr. Roberta Kosberg and Jo-Ann Leinwand. They also honored Cambridge resident Ellen Kanner for her efforts as their pro bono fundraising consultant.

Roberta Kosberg, Ph.D., is a professor of Communication at Curry College and author of several studies that examine the power of language and the relationship of gender, power and the word. Dr. Kosberg has been a volunteer mediator at CDSC for nearly 20 years and has conducted more than 200 mediation sessions.

Jo-Ann Leinwand, a former president of the Greater Boston Women’s Council of Realtors, is an Accredited Buyer’s Realtor, a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and a Certified Home Staging Professional at Keller Williams Realty. Leinwand has been a member of the CDSC court-based mediation team since 2001 with more than 100 court—mediated cases to her credit.

Ellen Kanner has led development efforts at many non-profit organizations in Boston and in the Berkshires, where she was a resident until 2002. She trained as a mediator with CDSC in 2010 and has served as its pro bono development consultant since that time.

The award, created to honor Mimi Grosser, a long-time Cambridge resident and volunteer at CDSC for over 25 years, highlights the crucial role volunteers play at CDSC. The award is supported by the Mimi Fund which provides scholarship support for deserving participants to CDSC training programs.

CDSC, established in 1979, is a private non-profit mediation and training center, dedicated to providing an alternative and affordable forum for resolving conflict. CDSC provides mediation services through skilled teams of volunteer mediators and conducts training programs in mediation and conflict management. CDSC also collaborates with other organizations to provide trainings to deal with conflict effectively.  

For more information about CDSC and the Mimi Fund, please call 617-876-5376, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Center's website at


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