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Dana Schutz Keane, MA, LMFT / (Co-Founder of CFCD) has worked helping families for the past 20+ years. Her passion and tenacity, as well as her broad-based knowledge of family dynamics and creative problem solving, make her an asset to the mediation team. Dana became involved in mediation after years of seeing the brutal aftermath of hostile divorces in her private practice. Through personal experience in a “cooperative divorce,” and with a true passion for helping others, Dana is able to bring enthusiasm and common sense ideas for resolution to the mediation process. She has two adult children, is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and has a private practice in Santa Clarita and Ventura County, California.
Irving Zaroff, JD, LMFT / (Co-Founder of CFCD) brings diverse experience to the mediation process. Holding dual licenses as a Marriage and Family Therapist and an Attorney at Law, he brings a useful mix of skills to the mediation process. His law practice included domestic relations, business and tax law, and appellate review.
Irv received his undergraduate degree from California State University, Northridge, with a major in Accounting. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola University, School of Law and co-founded the law firm of Dushane, Wienerman and Zaroff. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded a women's apparel manufacturing company that became the largest seller of women's jeans in California. Irv brought his legal and accounting training to bear as the Executive Vice-President responsible for financial and legal matters.
Irv received his Master Of Arts Degree from Phillips Graduate Institute in 1990, with a major in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has been practicing as a licensed marriage and family therapist and divorce mediator ever since. In 2004 he co-founded the Center for Cooperative Divorce. Dana and Irv have many years' experience working together with high conflict families, parent education, and school counseling.
Irv taught as a core adjunct professor at National University in the master's program for marriage and family therapy. His course instruction included Law & Ethics, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Family Therapy, and Practicum (a course geared toward integrating all previous instruction toward clinical application). He has presented legal and ethical workshops for faculty and colleagues at Phillips Graduate Institute. He has served for many years as a private contractor and director of school counseling for an elementary school district.
Irv is admitted to practice by the California State Bar, United States District Court, and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, San Fernando Valley Bar Association, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), San Fernando Valley Chapter – CAMFT, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Southern California Mediation Association. He also serves as chair of the Ethics Committee for CAMFT.
Irv is married to a licensed marriage and family therapist in the San Fernando Valley (Encino) and Santa Clarita (Newhall), has two adult children, two wonderful granddaughters and a grandson. He is also an avid consumer of both fiction and non-fiction audio books to compensate for the stress of driving on the Southern California freeways.