Board of Directors

Annette T.  Burns, JD

Annette T. Burns, JD

President
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Annette T. Burns, JDPresident

Annette Burns was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1984 and is certified as a Family Law Specialist. She served as a Judge pro tem in the Maricopa County Superior Court from 1992-2005.   She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and a past president of the Arizona Chapter of AFCC and the Arizona Chapter of AAML.    She served on the Arizona Supreme Court Committee that created the Arizona Family Law Rules in 2005, and  coauthored the Arizona Family Law Rules Handbook for Thomson West publications.  She serves on State Bar committees that review the family law rules and certify specialists in family law and was selected in Arizona’s Top 25 Women Attorneys by Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.

 

Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman

Hon. Dianna Gould-Saltman

President Elect
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Hon. Dianna Gould-SaltmanPresident Elect

Dianna Gould-Saltman is a California Superior Court Judge for Los Angeles County. Appointed in 2010, she sits in a family law department in Los Angeles, California. Prior to her appointment Judge Gould-Saltman was a Certified Family Law Specialist (the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization) and remains a Judicial Fellow of the American and International Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 2013, she was selected Family Law Judge of the Year by the Pasadena Bar Association Family Law Section and in 2014, was selected Family Law Judge of the Year for Los Angeles County by the Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has presented on family law issues to a variety of attorney and mental health organizations as well as California Bernard Witkin Judge's College, Los Angeles Superior Court Family Court Judges, and California Judicial Council's Center for Judicial Education and Research.

Mathew J. Sullivan, PhD

Mathew J. Sullivan, PhD

Vice President
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Mathew J. Sullivan, PhDVice President

Matthew Sullivan is a forensic family psychologist, practicing in Palo Alto, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland. He has served on the AFCC Task Force on Parenting Coordination, Co-chaired the AFCC Court-Involved Therapy Task Force and participated in the American Psychological and American Bar Association working group on legal and psychological interventions with children and families. He was awarded the 2012 Joseph Drown award by the California AFCC chapter for outstanding service to children and families in that state.
Larry Fong, PhD

Larry Fong, PhD

Secretary
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Larry Fong, PhDSecretary

Larry Fong is a psychologist, mediator and arbitrator in private practice in Calgary, Alberta.  Dr. Fong is a Past President of the Alberta Family Mediation Society, and has served on the boards of Family Mediation Canada, College of Alberta Psychologist, Psychologists Association of Alberta, Academy of Family Mediators and the Association for Conflict Resolution.  He was a Board member of AFCC in the past.  Dr. Fong is the co-author of Mediation, a trainer in 15 different countries and has designed mediation training DVD's worldwide.  As well as his mediation practice, he is an arbitrator for the automobile manufacturers in Canada.


Mindy F.  Mitnick, EdM, MA

Mindy F. Mitnick, EdM, MA

Treasurer
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Mindy F. Mitnick, EdM, MATreasurer

Mindy Mitnick is a Licensed Psychologist practicing in Minneapolis. She received a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in complex custody cases, working as an evaluator, therapist and parenting consultant. Ms. Mitnick has trained professionals throughout the country about developmental issues in parenting schedules, effective interventions in high-conflict divorce, assessing allegations of sexual abuse during divorce disputes, and the use of expert witnesses in divorce cases. She has been a speaker for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, the Ontario Office of the Children's Lawyer, and numerous statewide training conferences. Ms. Mitnick served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Parental Cooperation and the American Bar Association working group to update guidelines for child witnesses in criminal cases. She currently serves on the AFCC Task Force on Court-Involved Therapy and is a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of AFCC.

Marsha  Kline Pruett, PhD, MSL

Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, MSL

Past President
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Marsha Kline Pruett, PhD, MSLPast President

Marsha Kline Pruett is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. She is researcher, mediator, and consultant to couples, attorneys, and judges. Dr. Kline Pruett has a national reputation for the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions in courts and family-focused community agencies. She has written extensively for academic and lay audiences, coauthoring Your Divorce Advisor (2001) and Partnership Parenting (2009). She is a member of the board of editors of the Family Court Review. She was awarded the AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award in 2004. The California Supporting Fatherhood Involvement (SFI) project is currently a major focus of her intervention and research efforts.


Hon. Dolores A. Bomrad

Hon. Dolores A. Bomrad

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Hon. Dolores A. Bomrad

Dolores Bomrad is the Washington County, Wisconsin, Circuit Court Commissioner and is Co-director of Washington County Family Court Services. She has held these positions since 1991. The majority of the cases she presides over are family and juvenile law cases. She is a Board director, founding member, and former President of the Wisconsin Chapter of AFCC. She serves on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Public Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) and its Planning Sub-committee, the Washington County Coordinated Community Response Team on Domestic Violence, the Washington County Heroin Task Force, the Boards of Directors of the Wisconsin Professional Committee on Divorce (WIPCOD) and the State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section. She chairs the Washington County Supervised Visitation and Exchange Collaborative, and the Washington County Bar Association Family Law Section, and coordinates the Washington County Family Law Assistance Program. She is a former President of the Wisconsin Family Court Commissioners Association. Commissioner Bomrad is a frequent presenter at judicial and legal education programs.


patti cross, JD

patti cross, JD

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patti cross, JD

patti cross earned her B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1987 and graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 2000. After taking her first family law course, she was hooked. Her career as a lawyer has focused on family courts. Ms. cross articled and worked to her current position as the Family Counsel for the Office of Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice. Today, she advises the Chief Justice on family policy and legislative issues and other matters of interest to family judges. She was the co-chair for the AFCC Ontario's Coordinating Committee to establish the AFCC Ontario Chapter and was the chapter's first President.

Milfred Dale, PhD, JD

Milfred Dale, PhD, JD

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Milfred Dale, PhD, JD

Bud Dale is an attorney and psychologist in independent practice in Topeka, Kansas.  He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in developmental and clinical-child psychology from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University.  His legal and psychology practices focus on helping families in conflict.  His presentation topics include attachment and parenting plans, attorney-expert relationships, constitutional issues in child protection cases, and paradigm shifts in child custody policy.  He has organized statewide training conferences on alternative dispute resolution and case management for high conflict families.   He currently serves as a reviewing editor for the American Bar Association’s Family Law Quarterly, on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody, and was a member of the AFCC Think Tank on Shared Parenting. 

Leslie Drozd, PhD

Leslie Drozd, PhD

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Leslie Drozd, PhD

Leslie Drozd, PhD, is a psychologist in independent practice in Newport Beach, California in clinical and forensic psychology with expertise in family violence, alienation, gatekeeping, child abuse, and substance abuse. She has co-authored a myriad of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in these areas of expertise. She serves as a forensic consultant, expert witness, reviewing expert, and child custody evaluator and as a clinician working with families with resist refuse dynamics. She has served as the editor Journal of Child Custody, AFCC task forces that created the Model Standards of Practice for conducting child custody evaluations and the supplement to those model standards for dealing with intimate partner violence in child custody cases. She has co-written or co-edited books for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Oxford University Press, and Professional Resources Press. She has taught judges, attorneys, and mental health professionals across the country, in Canada, and Europe. She has received AFCC’s John E. Van Duzer Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contributions and achievements.

Hon. Linda Fidnick

Hon. Linda Fidnick

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Hon. Linda Fidnick

First Justice Linda S. Fidnick of the Hampshire Division of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court was appointed to the bench in 2008.  She previously practiced family law for 30 years in Amherst, Massachusetts, her practice including litigation, mediation and collaborative law cases.  During her tenure as a judge she has served on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct, and currently serves as Chair of the Committee on Judicial Ethics.  She is vice chair of the Education Committee of the Probate and Family Court, and serves as a judicial mentor.  She is a trustee of the Flaschner Judicial Institute.  She is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC.  She previously served on this Board, and with Matt Sullivan co-chaired the task force that developed the AFCC Guidelines for Court-Involved Therapists.   In 2016, Judge Fidnick obtained the approval of the Administrative Office of the Massachusetts Trial Court for the launch in her Division of the Family Resolutions Specialty Court, a problem-solving court created to provide a low conflict alternative court process for divorcing and separating parents.  She is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. 

Jacqueline Hagerott, JD, LLM

Jacqueline Hagerott, JD, LLM

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Jacqueline Hagerott, JD, LLM

Jacqueline Hagerott is the manager of the Dispute Resolution Section in the Supreme Court of Ohio where she serves as the mediator for the Supreme Court litigants; consults with and advises judges, court personnel, and government officials regarding dispute resolution process design, program planning, implementation and evaluation; and drafts rules and legislation related to dispute resolution. Her experience includes the practice of law, an associate deanship, curriculum design, and dispute resolution.  Her academic degrees include an AAS in business management, a BS in accounting, a JD, and LLM in business with a concentration in dispute resolution.  She is licensed to practice in the State of Ohio, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Supreme Court of the US. She is the author of: Foreclosure Mediation: Responding to the Current Crisis, 40 CAP. U. L. REV. 908-32 (2012).  She is a national speaker and trainer on the topics of dispute resolution systems design, foreclosure mediation, preparing clients for mediation, creating local court autonomy while balancing statewide interests, working the pro se litigants, and what stakeholders want and need—courts and neutrals.  She served as the Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee from 2007-2012 and has been an adjunct faculty member for Franklin University since 2006.
Kathleen McNamara, PhD

Kathleen McNamara, PhD

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Kathleen McNamara, PhD

Kate McNamara is a psychologist in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She received her master’s in counseling from Ohio State and doctorate in counseling psychology from Penn State. She was a tenured associate professor of psychology at Colorado State University before devoting herself to full-time practice.  She specializes in working with high conflict families.  She works in various roles, including parenting coordinator, therapist, evaluator and consultant, and teaches high conflict co-parent communication classes.  Dr. McNamara is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of AFCC and remains involved in program planning and chapter development.  She was named the 10th Anniversary Honoree for her ten years of service to the Colorado chapter. She also serves on the AFCC Resource Development committee, Chapters committee and Continuing Education for Psychologists committee.  She is a past chair and current member of the Colorado Psychological Association Ethics Committee.  She speaks on a variety of topics related to working with families in conflict, including trainings for child and family investigators, judges, lawyers, and multidisciplinary groups in Colorado.

Kelly Browe Olson, JD, LLM

Kelly Browe Olson, JD, LLM

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Kelly Browe Olson, JD, LLM

Kelly Browe Olson is the Director of Clinical Programs and an Associate Professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. She oversees the mediation, litigation, tax and consumer protection clinics, and state-wide Special Education and Dependency/Neglect mediation projects at Bowen. She also teaches family law, mediation seminars, ADR, and domestic violence courses. She helped create the U.A.L.R. Graduate Certificate Program in Conflict Mediation. Professor Olson serves on the executive board of the AALS ADR Section and the Arkansas Conflict Resolution Association. She won the Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service in 2004 and 2013. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and an LL.M. in Child Law at Loyola. 

Ann  Ordway, JD, PhD

Ann Ordway, JD, PhD

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Ann Ordway, JD, PhD

Ann Ordway is a counselor educator with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she teaches graduate-level students in the clinical mental health counseling and school counseling programs. She has been a family law attorney for nearly 25 years and is a counselor, practicing primarily as a parenting coordinator and child advocate. In 1991, she co-founded the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project in Morris County, New Jersey, which provides pro bono representation for victims of domestic violence. Her doctoral dissertation on the experiences of parenting coordinators working with high conflict couples engaged in intimate partner violence is the foundation for her current research. Dr. Ordway is the immediate past -president of the New Jersey Chapter of AFCC, and she has been the New Jersey representative on the AFCC Chapter Council for six years. She recently relocated from New Jersey to Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

Stacey Platt, JD

Stacey Platt, JD

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Stacey Platt, JD

Stacey Platt is a clinical professor of law and Associate Director of the ChildLaw Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and her law degree from New York University School of Law.  Ms. Platt and her clinic students represent children in legal proceedings, focusing on private custody disputes.  Ms. Platt also regularly teaches lawyers representing domestic violence survivors and children for the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.  She co-wrote and appears in a video module of the ABA's National Training Program on Representing Children in High Conflict Custody Disputes. She is on the editorial board of the Family Court Review.  Ms. Platt is a recipient of The Chicago Bar Association’s Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for her contribution to improving access to justice.

Michael Saini, PhD

Michael Saini, PhD

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Michael Saini, PhD

Michael Saini is an Associate Professor and holds the endowed Chair of Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.  He is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and the Course Director of the 48-hour Foundations of Custody Evaluations Program. He conducts custody evaluations, assists children's counsel for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General in Ontario and he is a parent coach. He is also actively involved in family law related program evaluations. His publications have focused on high conflict, strained parent-child relationships, supervised visitation, virtual parenting time and parent competencies post separation and divorce.

Robert Simon, PhD

Robert Simon, PhD

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Robert Simon, PhD

Robert A. Simon is a forensic psychology consultant in the domain of child custody and family law.  Based in San Diego County, California, Dr. Simon consults on cases throughout the United States.  He is the co-author of the book Forensic Psychology Consultation in Child Custody Litigation:  A Handbook for Work Product Review, Case Preparation and Expert Testimony, published by the Section of the Family Law of the American Bar Association.  Dr. Simon is also a psychological ethicist, serving as a senior member of the ethics committee of the California Psychological Association and providing ethics consultation in his practice.  Dr. Simon is a member of the editorial boards for the Family Court Review and the Open Access Journal of Forensic Psychology.
Larry V. Swall, JD

Larry V. Swall, JD

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Larry V. Swall, JD

Larry V. Swall is Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc. (Mediation Achieving Results for Children) and a family attorney in Liberty, Missouri, with Larry V. Swall & Associates, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, 1990, where he also did his masters work in philosophy, and San Diego State University, where he earned his BA in Philosophy in 1987. His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic relations, including family mediation and parenting coordination. Mr. Swall was honored in 2009 by the Missouri Bar Association with the President's Award for Distinguished Service to the Bar and the Roger P. Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award. Mr. Swall is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section, serving as Chair, as well as serving on the Family Law Legislative Review Committee and the CLEW Committee; he was Planning Chair for the Missouri Bar Annual Family Law Conference for seven years beginning in 1999; and a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Child Support Guidelines Review Committee 2008 and 2009. Mr. Swall is a past president and founding member of the Missouri Chapter of AFCC.