Staff

Peter Salem, MA

Peter Salem, MA

Executive Director
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Peter Salem, MAExecutive Director

Peter Salem has served as Executive Director since 2002 and was Associate Director from 1994-2002. He taught mediation at Marquette University Law School for ten years and served as mediator and director of Mediation and Family Court Services in Rock County, Wisconsin. Peter is a former president of the Wisconsin Association for Mediators and is co-editor of Divorce Mediation: Models, Techniques and Applications. He has provided training and technical assistance to family court service agencies throughout the United States since 1990. He is author of numerous articles and videos on mediation, domestic violence and divorce. He received the John M. Haynes Distinguished Mediator Award presented by the Association for Conflict Resolution in 2008 and received a William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellows award in 2009. He holds an MA in Communication and Media Management from Emerson College in Boston and a BA in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.
Leslye Hunter, MA, LMFT

Leslye Hunter, MA, LMFT

Associate Director
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Leslye Hunter, MA, LMFTAssociate Director

Leslye Hunter has served as Associate Director since 2008 and was Chapter Services and Development Consultant from 2006-2008. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has practiced as a custody evaluator, parent educator, mediator and parenting coordinator. She served on the boards of the Family Mediation Council of Louisiana and Voices for Children; chaired a subcommittee on Evaluator Standards and Guidelines for the Louisiana State Bar Association Family Courts Committee and sat on the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Task Force for Child Custody Evaluation Standards. She was on the Steering Committee of the AFCC/Hofstra University Law School Family Law Education Reform Project and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody. She was President of AFCC in 2004-2005, during which time she appointed the AFCC Child Custody Evaluation Model Standards Task Force. She earned her BA in Psychology from Beloit College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her MA in Psychology was earned from Long Island University, New York.
Chris Shanahan, BA, CPA

Chris Shanahan, BA, CPA

Business and Administrative Director
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Chris Shanahan, BA, CPABusiness and Administrative Director

Chris Shanahan began working with AFCC in December of 1996 as a contract accountant. She assisted with the World Congress conference in June of 1997, in San Francisco, CA. Chris became Business and Administrative Director, handling finances and human resources for AFCC in 2006. She also coordinates the volunteer and dine-around programs for the annual conferences. She attended Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois and is a CPA.
Dawn Holmes

Dawn Holmes

Operations Administrator
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Dawn HolmesOperations Administrator

Dawn Holmes joined AFCC in 1999 and was promoted to Operations Administrator in 2012. In May 2015 Dawn received the Tim Salius President's Award. She handles membership records, renewals, new member applications and membership customer service. She directs and coordinates registration activities for the organization. Dawn also provides technical support for software, hardware, network problem solutions and AFCC's website.  She also assists the Business and Administrative Director with accounting functions.
Nicole  Ellickson, CMP

Nicole Ellickson, CMP

Meeting Manager
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Nicole Ellickson, CMPMeeting Manager

Nicole Ellickson joined AFCC in October 2013 as the Meeting Manager. She will manage conferences and training programs, coordinating with presenters, members, hotels and other service providers. Nicole earned an Associate’s Degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Madison Area Technical College and worked at Marriott for over 12 years, most recently as a Senior Event Manager in the Chicago area. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

Corinne Bennett, BA

Corinne Bennett, BA

Program Coordinator
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Corinne Bennett, BAProgram Coordinator

Corinne Bennett joined AFCC as a Program Coordinator in 2015. Corinne is responsible for creating and identifying marketing strategy to reach family law professionals. She works to cultivate relationships with sponsors and exhibitors for all AFCC conferences and leads in advertising and selling exhibit space.  Corinne is the Associate Editor of the eNEWS, AFCC’s monthly digital newsletter with over 20,000 subscribers. She writes content for weekly eBlasts, manages the Parenting Coordination Listserv, coordinates the Annual Silent Auction, assists with scholarships and manages all social media channels. Corinne earned her BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and dual minors in English Literature and French from Pepperdine University.

Patrick Sommer, BS

Patrick Sommer, BS

Program Assistant
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Patrick Sommer, BSProgram Assistant

Patrick Sommer joined AFCC as the Program Assistant in 2016. Patrick is, primarily, responsible for membership customer service. Additionally, he assists with membership records, renewals, and new member applications. Patrick currently has a BS in Health Sciences from Bradley University and is focused on continuing his education via the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the field of computer science.