Board of Directors

Larry Fong, PhD

Larry Fong, PhD

President
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Larry Fong, PhDPresident

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

President Elect
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Mindy F. Mitnick, EdM, MAPresident Elect

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.

Hon. Linda Fidnick

Hon. Linda Fidnick

Vice President
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Hon. Linda FidnickVice President

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. 

Stacey Platt, JD

Stacey Platt, JD

Secretary
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Stacey Platt, JDSecretary

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.

Hon. Dolores A. Bomrad

Hon. Dolores A. Bomrad

Treasurer
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Hon. Dolores A. BomradTreasurer

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.

 

Matthew Sullivan, PhD

Matthew Sullivan, PhD

Past President
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Matthew Sullivan, PhDPast 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.

Hon. Tom Altobelli

Hon. Tom Altobelli

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Hon. Tom Altobelli

After 25 years in legal practice, Tom Altobelli was appointed as a Federal Magistrate in 2006 and is currently sitting as the Federal Circuit Court Judge in Wollongong, a regional city south of Sydney, Australia. He holds a Master of Laws and Doctorate in Juridical Science, and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Western Sydney University. Before his appointment, Judge Altobelli was accredited as a specialist in the areas of Family Law, Children’s Law and Mediation. He was, formerly, Special Counsel at Watts McCray Lawyers, one of Australia’s largest family law firms, and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. He was also a member of the Executive of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He has authored four books on family law and dispute resolution as well as 50 articles in Australian and International Journals. Judge Altobelli is involved in a number of Court and external committees dealing with Judicial Wellbeing and Judicial Education.  

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, JD

Lawrence Jay Braunstein, JD

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Lawrence Jay Braunstein, JD

Lawrence Jay Braunstein is a partner in the law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman, Esqs, located in White Plains, New York where he practices in the areas of Matrimonial, Family and Collaborative Law and related civil and criminal litigation, with an expertise in child custody litigation and litigation involving allegations of child sexual and physical abuse. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers; Past Chair of the New York State Bar Association Child Custody Committee; Past Co-President of the AFCC-NY Chapter and a member of the AFCC National Conference Program Committee; and Vice President of the New York Chapter of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, New York where he teaches Child Abuse and Neglect, Collaborative Family Law and Modern Divorce Advocacy. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert who regularly lectures in the areas of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and abusive head trauma (shaken baby), child custody litigation, expert witness testimony, courtroom psychology and trial procedures. Since 2007 he has been named as one of the “Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area” as published in the New York Times Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section, and one of the top Twenty-Five “Super Lawyers” in the Westchester County, New York area. He is rated “AV Preeminent” by the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings and is listed in “Best Lawyers in America”.

Leslie M. Drozd, PhD

Leslie M. Drozd, PhD

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Leslie M. 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.

Alexander Jones, JD, MSW

Alexander Jones, JD, MSW

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Alexander Jones, JD, MSW

Alex Jones focuses his practice in all areas of family law. He has also been appointed by various Justices of the Probate and Family Court to serve as a Guardian ad Litem, a parent coordinator and a discovery master. He has been actively involved with the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC: as past President of the Chapter (2008-2009); Treasurer (2009-2012); and a board member (2004 – 2012). He was a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Family Law Steering Committee between 2006 and 2012, where he served as the Chair of the Family Law Section’s Amicus Committee and the Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee. Alex is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is currently serving as a member of “A Child’s Voice” Task Force, being run through the office of the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court. Alex is a member of Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. Alex is a 1996 honors graduate of Binghamton University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2000 he graduated with dual degrees from Boston College Law School and Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. At Boston College Law School Alex was awarded the West Publishing Award for outstanding academic achievement, the Boston College Graduate Student Association’s Graduate Student Award from Boston College Law School and the Boston College Law School Alumni Association’s Meritorious Student Award. After law school he clerked for two years for the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Courts.

Beth F. McCormack, JD

Beth F. McCormack, JD

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Beth F. McCormack, JD

 

Beth F. McCormack focuses on highly complex family law matters as well as mediation and collaborative law. Beth also represents children, when appointed by the Court, which makes her unparalleled in her ability to navigate complex parenting issues. Beth’s practice is founded on compassion and empathy. She sees it as her responsibility to be aware of each person’s needs, seeking the most appropriate solution for each client. Her peers consistently nominate her as a Best Lawyer (since 2016), Super Lawyer (since 2012), and Leading Lawyer (since 2013). Most recently, Beth was named top 50 women Super Lawyers, and in 2017, Ms. McCormack was selected as one of Crain’s Chicago Media’s Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago. Her work ethic and community involvement have earned her accolades within the legal community, and beyond.

 

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 the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, where she teaches graduate-level students in the counseling department.  She has been a family law attorney for more than 25 years, retired from private practice, and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC), continuing to work in the fields of parenting coordination and child advocacy.  In 1991, she co-founded the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project in Morris County, New Jersey, which provides pro bono legal 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 dynamics is the foundation of her current research.  Dr. Ordway has been a member of the AFCC Board of Directors since 2015.  She is the Co-Chair of the Chapters Committee, the reporter for the current AFCC Parenting Coordination Task Force, and a former president of the New Jersey Chapter.  She resides in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband and the two youngest of her 9 children.

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.

Carlton Stansbury, JD

Carlton Stansbury, JD

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Carlton Stansbury, JD

Carlton D. Stansbury is a shareholder with Burbach & Stansbury S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is listed in Best Lawyers of America, one of Wisconsin’s Top 10 Super Lawyers, and he is AV pre-eminent rated in both Martindale-Hubbell’s lawyer directory and in the Judicial Edition.  He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law for approximately six years. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a fellow in the International Academy of Family Lawyers.  He has held leadership positions with the Wisconsin Chapter of the AFCC, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, State Bar of Wisconsin Family Law Section, the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., the Society of Family Lawyers, and the ABA Family Law Section. He also served as the American Bar Association Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on the Uniform Collaborative Law Act.   He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with distinction.  He has spoken to audiences throughout the country and published in many publications on a variety of divorce and child-related topics. 

Hon. Herman Walker, Jr.

Hon. Herman Walker, Jr.

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Hon. Herman Walker, Jr.

Herman Walker, Jr. is a Superior Court Judge in the Third Judicial District of the State of Alaska. Prior to being appointed Superior Court Judge, Judge Walker was the managing partner in Limón & Walker. In private practice Judge Walker focused on complex trial litigation. He represented people in complex family law cases, which included business valuation and custody. He also represented corporations and people in personal injury cases. He is the past president of the Alaska Association for Justice and a founding member of Alaska Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was a faculty member of the Trial Lawyers College for six years, and still teaches at the University of Wyoming Trial Institute. Judge Walker was appointed by the State Supreme Court Justice to the Alaska State Legislative Ethics Committee, where he served as Chair until his appointment to the bench. Judge Walker is a Judicial Fellow of the International Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. He graduated from University of Wyoming School of Law and Arizona State University.

Teresa Williams, MSc

Teresa Williams, MSc

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Teresa Williams, MSc

Teresa Williams holds an MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics from City University, London.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. Ms. Williams is currently Director of Strategy at the Children & Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) in England. Prior to joining Cafcass, she spent 6 years as Director of Justice & Welfare at the Nuffield Foundation, a private charitable trust in London which funds social science research to advance social wellbeing.  There, she spearheaded the creation of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and now sits on its Board.   The Observatory was created to support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence by family justice professionals in England & Wales.   Before that, Ms. WIlliams spent 20 years as a social policy analyst in a range of government departments, with her last role being Chief Social Researcher at the Ministry of Justice where she was also Head of the Access to Justice unit within Analytical Services. Ms. Williams was a member of the AFCC Task Force on the Use of Social Science Research in Family Law and is co-chair of AFCC’s international committee.

Hon. Gerri L. Wong

Hon. Gerri L. Wong

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Hon. Gerri L. Wong

Hon. Gerri L. Wong is a graduate or McGill University (B.A) and University of Windsor Faculty of Law, 1984; she was called to the Bar, Law Society of Upper Canada in 1986, and appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice (Chatham, ON) in 2014. She is the Past President of the Ontario Chapter of AFCC. As a lawyer, Justice Wong represented children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, assisted families as a strong advocate and a certified mediator. She is a part time sessional instructor at the Windsor Law School.