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As a Senior Wealth Manager at Sandhill Global Advisors, Jeff works with clients and attorneys who are drafting prenuptial agreements and marriage settlement agreements to provide financial analysis and planning. He works closely with clients and attorneys to provide spousal support analysis and community property division planning.

In addition, he manages the relationships of high net worth clients by providing portfolio management and financial planning services. Included in the ongoing relationship management is cash flow analysis for retirement needs, charitable giving and planning for education funding. Jeff also provides risk assessment and global planning around concentrated stock holdings and 10b5-1 plans.

Over the last decade Jeff has served as the President of Kids’ Turn and as a member of the executive cabinet for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. After serving in the US Navy from 1992 to 1996, he earned a BS in Financial Services from San Diego State University. Jeff is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

Read more about him here.

Sherrol Cassedy, JD

Sherrol Cassedy, JD, is a Certified Family Law Specialist, who after 20 years of family law practice, since 2005 has dedicated herself exclusively to mediation and private judging. She is the principal of Threshold Resources, devoted to marriage and divorce resolution, education and ritual. Ms. Cassedy has been a frequent lecturer on financial topics in family law such as stock options, tracing, premarital agreements and support. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology where she teaches Law and Ethics.  Ms. Cassedy was selected for Best lawyers in America, 2003, and was named the 2008 Fellow of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Visit Sherry’s home page here www.ThresholdResources.com

Leslie Drozd, PhD

Dr. Drozd is a licensed psychologist and marriage, family, and child therapist and works clinically with families in the various stages of divorce including coparenting therapy, family therapy, reintegration therapy, and parent coordination.

She has been a child custody evaluator for over 25 years, trains other evaluators, serves as a consultant to attorneys, and as a testifying expert in family law matters. She helped write the Association of Family Conciliation Courts Model Standards for conducting child custody evaluations (2006) and guidelines for parenting plan evaluations involving allegations of domestic violence (2016). She has written a myriad of peer-reviewed articles including Is It Abuse, Alienation, and/or Estrangement (2004) and one due to be released next month in Family Court Review, Adaptive and Maladaptive Gatekeeping Behaviors and Attitudes: Implications for Child Outcomes After Separation and Divorce (2017).

Dr. Drozd was the founding editor of the peer-reviewed international Journal of Child Custody (2004-2013), is currently on the editorial board of FCR, has co-edited books on relocation, psychological testing, and child sexual abuse, and has written chapters on domestic violence, treatment of trauma, alienation, step-up parenting plans, and family therapy with families in which a child resists or refuses contact including a Professional Resource Press Book, Parenting Plan & Child Custody Evaluations: Using Decision Trees to Increase Evaluator Competence & Avoid Preventable Errors (2013) and Oxford University Press books, Parenting Evaluations: Applied Research for Family Court (2012 & 2016). She received the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s John E. Van Duzer distinguished service award in 2013.

Visit Leslie’s home page here. www.lesliedrozd.com

 Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD

Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM. is a clinical-developmental psychologist who has specialized in separation and divorce services for 30 years. She is a co-founder of Family Solutions and maintains an independent practice including family mediation, arbitration, individual and couples therapy, consultation and parenting coordination. She provides expert testimony and consultation to other professionals and agencies.

Dr. Fidler is co-author of four books: Responding to Emotion Harm of Children in High Conflict Separations (2013), Children Who Resist Post-Separation Parental Contact: A Differential Approach For Legal & Mental Health Professionals (2013), Child Custody Assessments (2008), and Challenging Issues in Child Custody Disputes (2008). She is co-editor of the special issue of the Family Court Review (2010) on alienation. She has published articles on parenting coordination, parent-child contact problems, custody evaluations, parenting plans and interventions with high conflict families.

She is a frequent presenter in North America and provides training to judges, lawyers and mental health professionals. Dr. Fidler served on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) task force charged with developing guidelines for Parenting Coordination. She is currently serving on a task force of the College of Psychologists of Ontario related to child custody and access related work. Dr. Fidler is past-president of AFCC Ontario.

Visit Barbara’s homepage here www.familysolutionstoronto.ca

John A. Moran, PhD

After earning his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland, John A. (Jack) Moran, Ph.D., trained for two years Jay Haley and Cloe Madanes at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C.  In 1984 he relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Associate Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. In his independent practice in Phoenix, he provides evaluation, intervention and consultation services for individuals and families involved in family court. He leads the Family Turning Point team which provides multi-day interventions for family with disrupted parent-child relationships.

He is on the Board of Directors of Overcoming Barriers, Inc.  and has served as the clinical director of three OCB family camps. He coauthored the Overcoming Barriers publication: Overcoming the Coparenting Trap: Essential Skills When a Child Resists a Parent.  He has contributed chapters to texts including Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection and Alienation, A.M Judge and R.M Deutsch (Eds.); Parenting Plan Evaluations: Applied research for the Family Court,  K. Kuehnle & L. Drozd (Eds.) and its second edition, L. Drozd, M Saini, & N. Olesen (Eds.)

Dr. Moran provides training to behavioral health professionals, attorneys and judges at local, regional, and national conferences. He is past president of the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Visit Jack’s homepage here: http://www.jmphd.com/index.html

Pamela E. Pierson, JD

For forty years Pamela E. Pierson practiced law specializing in family law with an emphasis in complex child custody work. She received numerous honors and awards including being named a Northern California Super Lawyer from 2005 to present, a Best Lawyer in America from 1987 to present and the 2014 Northern California American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow of the year. Pam served on the Kids’ Turn board of directors, was a founder of Rally Family Visitation Services, and currently sits on the Board of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, an integrative cancer care clinic for low-income women.

Marjorie Slabach, JD

Marjorie Slabach, JD, is a Certified Family Law Specialist and retired San Francisco Superior Court Commissioner in the Unified Family Court.  She is now a Private Judge doing case management and settlement conferences. Prior to her tenure on the bench she worked with teenagers as an English teacher for many years.  She then chose to become a lawyer to represent parents and children.  She is a frequent lecturer and panel member educating attorneys and judges in the area off family law with a specialty in child custody. She is a board member of the California Chapter of the Association of Family Court Conciliation where she heads a task force to explore alternative models for serving families in the court system. She was named the 2010 Judicial Officer of the Year by the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California.

Visit Marjorie’s home page here www.mslabach.com

Peggie Ward, PhD

Peggie Ward, PhD is a clinical-forensic psychologist who has specialized in the areas of child sexual abuse, alcohol abuse, and parent alienation for 30 years. Her work is primarily with very high conflict families pre and post separation and divorce where communication between parents has broken down and the children are struggling. She is co-founder of the Co-Parenting Assessment Center, with branches in Natick MA and Bradenton, FL. Her independent practice focuses on mediation, parenting coordination and reunification therapy, where a child resists contact with a parent. She applies her work in child development research and parental communication and conflict to her mediation and parenting coordination practice.

Dr. Ward has held appointments at Tufts Medical School and Harvard Medical School. Prior to establishing the Co-Parenting Assessment Center she was a Senior Clinician in the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where she supervised post-doctoral fellows, taught in the training program and evaluated a variety of cases dealing with trauma from sexual and physical abuse. Dr. Ward’s primary practice is now located in Bradenton, Florida, where she is a Certified Supreme Court Family Mediator and a Certified Parenting Coordinator.   Dr. Ward was appointed to several interdisciplinary committees in the state of Massachusetts, prior to her move to Florida including the Committee to write the Guardian ad Litem Standards, the Committee to write the Parenting Plan Guidelines and the Committee to create the Model Parenting Plan Guidelines. She also served on the Interdisciplinary Settle Conference committee, which paired an attorney and a psychologist to volunteer in the Courts to attempt to resolve high conflict cases prior to trial.

She is an active member of AFCC in MA and in FL and has served on the AFCC MA Board of Directors for 8 years as well as Chaired the AFCC MA Conference committee for many years. She has published articles in the NH Bar Journal and in Family Court Review on the topic of parental alienation. She is a frequent presenter at AFCC International Conferences as well as an invited presenter at Judicial Conferences in MA. Dr. Ward is a founding member of Overcoming Barriers.

Past Board Members:

Michèle M. Bissada, JD – California

Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP (Founding Board Member) – Massachusetts

Sheara Friend, JD (Founding Board Member) – Massachusetts

Rebecca Lizarraga, JD – California

Lee D. Sanderson, CPA, ABV, CFF, CVA, MST – Massachusetts

Jeff Soilson, JD – Massachusetts

Matt Sullivan, PhD (Founding Board Member) – California

Jane Williams – California

Advisory Council

Claire N. Barnes

Claire N. Barnes, MA is a recognized national and international non-profit & educational consultant who has devoted her career to helping families improve their circumstances in an ever-changing, complex world. She was the Executive Director of Kids’ Turn (San Francisco, CA) for thirteen years. During her tenure at Kids’ Turn, she was the lead author of The Kids’ Turn Way curriculum and the author of The Kids’ Turn Way, Online. She facilitated replication of Kids’Turn services in Great Britain. She served on the Board of the Euro-Centric International Comission for Couples and Family Relations (ICCFR) for seven years; she was also on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony for seven years. She and her husband have currently returned to Northern Nevada where they are enjoying ‘inspirement’. She represented the State of Nevada in 1996 when she carried the Olympic Torch up the Las Vegas Strip. Claire now serves on the Board of the Reno Philharmonic and is Fundraising Chair for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/University Nevada, Reno. She also teaches Psychology and Sociology at Career College of Northern Nevada.

Find Claire at: http://www.myfavoriteteachersf.com

Michèle M. Bissada, JD

Michèle Bissada, a partner at Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada, LLP, was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994 and has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since 2004.  She specializes in high-asset family law cases, including complex custody and financial litigation, consulting mediation, collaborative law, and serving as a mediator. Michèle acts as Judge pro tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court and San Mateo County Fee Arbitrator. She served as 2011 San Mateo County Bar Association President.  Michèle is a Board Member of the San Mateo County Legal Aid Society.  She received the Legal Aid Society’s 2010 Dorothy M. Wolfe Award for her pro bono efforts. Michéle is currently serving a 3-year term with the Conference of California Board Associations (CCBA) as Regional Director.

Visit Michèle’s law firm Flicker, Kerin, Kruger & Bissada at www.fkkblaw.com

Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP

Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, is a psychologist and the Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the William James College.  She is the former director of Forensic Services of the Children and the Law Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.

As a therapist, consultant, mediator, expert witness and parenting coordinator, her work has focused on the application of child development research to children’s adjustment to divorce and parenting issues, the evaluation of families involved in family change and management of high conflict divorce.  Dr. Deutsch frequently speaks to interdisciplinary groups on complex issues in child custody disputes.  She has provided training for Parenting Coordination throughout the country, Canada and Sweden and has published articles on the effects of high conflict divorce, the evaluation of domestic violence, Parenting Coordination, developmentally appropriate parenting plans, attachment considerations, interventions for alienated children, ethical issues, and adolescent issues.  She is the co-author of 7 Things Your Teenager Won’t Tell You (and How to Talk About Them Anyway) (Ballantine, 2005 and 2011) and coeditor with Abigail Judge of Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection and Alienation (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Dr. Deutsch is a founding member of Overcoming Barriers and is past President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).  She served on the AFCC Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2005) and the American Psychological Association Task Force that developed Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (2011), and the AFCC Task Force that developed the Guidelines for Examining Intimate Partner Violence.  Dr. Deutsch is the former Chair of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee (2007) and she is a 2006 recipient of the American Psychological Association Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy.

Visit the Comprehensive Forensic Associates Website here www.comprehensiveforensicassoc.com

 

Matthew Sullivan, PhD

Matthew Sullivan, Ph.D, and OCB Founder, has been in private practice in Palo Alto for 20 years, specializing in Forensic Family psychology. He is a pioneer in the field of Parenting Coordination, which he helped develop in Santa Clara County more than 20 years ago, and has led the development of Parenting Coordination across the U.S. He is one of the most experienced Parenting Coordinators (called Special Master in California) in the country. Matt has written articles, presented and done trainings at numerous national and international venues on topics such as high-conflict divorce, Parenting Coordination, child alienation and mental health consultation in family law cases. He has served on the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Task Force on Parenting Coordination and the American Psychological and American Bar Association mulit-year working group on legal psychological interventions with children and families. Currently he is serving on the Association of Family and Conciliation Court’s Board of Directors for both the international parent organization and California Chapter. Dr. Sullivan won the 2012 Joseph Drown award from the California Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for “Outstanding services to children”.

Visit Matt’s home page here www.californiaparentingcoordinator.com

Jane Williams

Jane is a financial professional in California.  As Chair and co-founder, Jane Williams advances the business development goals and advises on the strategic direction of Sand Hill Global Advisors. Jane participates in industry panels and organizations dealing with topics of best business practices; she is a member of the Fidelity Investment Advisors’ Council, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the Investment Adviser Association (IAA) and a Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

With over 40 years of experience in the investment field, Jane is recognized as an expert for the work she has done with individuals – particularly women – and couples in financial transition. Serving the family court as a qualified expert in several San Francisco Bay Area counties, she testifies on topics ranging from prudent investment strategies, rate of return, and related financial topics.
 Jane has been active in a variety of non-profit efforts during her career. Currently, Jane serves on the Advisory Board for Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto, and is a member of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Philanthropy Advisors Council.

Jane holds a BS in Economics from Boston University where she was a member of the Economics Honor Society.

Read more at Sand Hill Global Advisors website: http://www.sandhillglobaladvisors.com/content/our-team

Honorable Charlotte Woolard       

Hon. Charlotte Walter Woolard is a California based mediator, arbitrator and private judge with 22 years of judicial experience in multiple civil and family law departments. She held several positions in court leadership as Supervising Judge of the Unified Family Court and Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division. Prior to her appointment on the bench, Judge Woolard was a civil litigator at a major national law firm. The cumulative experience from her diverse judicial and civil litigation background has made Judge Woolard one of the most successful judges in resolving disputes across many areas of law.

More on Judge Woolard here: http://www.adrservices.org/neutrals/charlotte-woolard.php

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