Leslie Jenson is a Certified Paralegal specializing in Family and Real Estate Law. As a single mother of a young son, she represented herself throughout her own 10 year child custody battle and knows, first hand, the stress and anxiety one goes through when facing divorce.
In addition to her legal background and undergraduate studies in Communications, she holds her real estate license, assisting struggling homeowners facing foreclosure through loss mitigation consulting. Leslie Is active in her church, volunteering her time with the youth in her community. She is the Director of Legal Support and sits on the Advisory Board at the Hope After Divorce. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the International Empowerment Center, helping to educate and empower underprivileged families.
Having overcome her own personal hardships and through her professional and volunteer experiences in the areas of divorce, domestic abuse and child custody/support,Leslie is dedicated to empowering others in similar situations through physical and emotional assistance and by offering self-help guidance and awareness of the court process to those who feel lost in the legal system.\
Lynn Manning is a health and fitness expert, focused on encouraging women to be their best selves through living a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and healthy eating habits. Her husband (Drew Manning) started his amazing journey of Fit2Fat2Fit a few years ago. Through this journey, our websites and New York Times Bestseller (Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose) they've been able to help thousands of people all around the world make a healthy lifestyle change. As a certified women's fitness specialist, Lynn has realized her approach is a bit different from the norm. She's not a trainer because she wants to "transform women's bodies". Beauty is NOT defined by our size (at least it shouldn't be). Lynn trains, because she wants to transform women's minds. She says, "through improving their health and helping them become fit they have more joy, more energy to keep up with kids, and confidence to realize their self-worth. Fitness is really about transforming ourselves from the inside out.... not the outside in. All women are Be-You-Tiful!"
Lynn's main focus is being a mother of two beautiful girls, business owner and friend..... all while maintaining my healthy lifestyle. Also, she mentions the reality that she is a true "foodie"?! Lynn's philosophy and program are for those of you who are NOT fitness nuts but still want to get fit at home with tasty recipes and exercises that can fit within your schedule while you're out conquering the world (like most us ladies do on a daily basis)! Lynn is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.com, DivorceSupportCenter.com, FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and Newport Lifestyle Magazine. You can follow Lynn and her husband on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fit2fat2fit and Twitter @fit2fat2fit. Visit Lynn's website at http://www.2fitathome.com/.
Howard Iken, JD
Howard Iken, JD is the founder and managing attorney of Ayo and Iken PLC, a law firm with six offices in Florida. Mr. Iken concentrates his practice in divorce and custody law, but also assists clients in related issues such as bankruptcy and domestic violence. Howard Iken is not only a practicing attorney, but also is a Certified Family Law Mediator, and a Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker. He applies his extensive business experience to divorce cases and has earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Mr. Iken combines a busy law practice with extensive speaking, writing, and marketing activities. Please visit his site at www.myfloridalaw.com.
Dr. Muhammad Mirza
Dr. Muhammad Mirza, M.D. is the Medical Director at Doctor Available, LLC, based in New Jersey, and the founder of TipsofDivorce.com. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has had extensive experience as a practicing clinical physician. His clinical experience is broad, including treatment of conditions in general medicine, neuromusculoskeletal issues, and other types of cases. Dr. Mirza founded TipsofDivorce.com in the wake of his own divorce, as a resource for others seeking answers and advice relating to divorce, dating, and finding love again.
Tia is a graduate of Utah Valley University, having earned her degree in Behavioral Science. She is a group fitness instructor, and health and fitness coach. Together, Tia and her Mother have developed their successful marriage and relationship programs. She has a vested interest in working with children of divorce. Tia works with children, helping them learn the tools they need in order to build healthy, loving relationships and marriages centered on mutual respect and responsibility once they've moved into adulthood. She is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, DivorceSupportCenter.com, FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com. You can follow Tia's relationship blog at http://www.janeenandtia.blogspot.com.
Ganel-Lyn is dedicated to inspiring others to live a healthy, balanced life. She is a professional writer, public speaker, and organizational consultant. She has healed from a major chronic illness and is the mother to two miracle children. Ganel-Lyn lives with an open heart and feels passionate about sharing organizational tools, health principles and personal spiritual practices that will empower others to also live balanced and joyful lives by eliminating chatter and clutter in their homes, minds, spirits, and schedules.
Ganel-Lyn is a former magazine editor and award winning journalist. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and has a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Ganel-Lyn just completed her first book. She has also worked extensively in public relations and marketing as a former partner of G&S Consulting. She believes that a life of LEARNING is a life of LOVE. Ganel-Lyn is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org, DivorceSupportCenter.com, and FamilyShare.com. Follow her on Twitter @GanelLyn, and visit her site at:www.ganellyn.com
Katie K. Parker, Esq.
Katie K. Parker is a family law attorney with Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC in Atlanta. She assists clients with a range of family law matters, including divorce, custody, and postdivorce matters. This year, Parker was selected to the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, Class of 2013. The prestigious program mentors 40 young lawyers from across the state of Georgia who are interested and invested in developing their leadership skills, learning more about the legal profession, their communities and their state.
Active in the legal community, Parker is a member of the American Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. She volunteers as a court-appointed guardian ad litem for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Recently, Ms. Parker moderated the roundtable discussion entitled “Ask the Experts: A Child Custody Roundtable,” at the 2013 State Bar of Georgia Family Law Institute, where she facilitated discussions related to custody issues.
Parker earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration, cum laude, from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville and her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law. While attending law school, she participated in Moot Court, the Public Action Law Society, and was trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“C.A.S.A.”) to represent the needs of children in child custody and deprivation cases. Parker received the distinguished Custer-Tuggle Award for Excellence in Family Law from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and earned the CALI Award in Family Law. She is a contributing expert at DivorceSupportCenter.com and HopeAfterDivorce.org. Parker lives in Atlanta with her husband, Kyle Parker, who is also an attorney.
Brooke M. French, Esq.
Brooke M. French is a family law attorney at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC in Atlanta, Ga. She represents clients in an array of domestic relations litigation, including, divorce, separate maintenance, child custody and support modifications, contempt, post-divorce modification and enforcement, family violence, paternity, and legitimation and prenuptial agreements.
French’s pro bono work is dedicated to the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Fulton County Family Law Information Center. In addition, she volunteers as a court-appointed guardian ad litem in Fulton and Cobb counties and provides pro bono support to children involved in controversial family law matters.
She is currently an active member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. French earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Union College and earned her law degree from Emory University School of Law. Throughout her junior and senior years of undergraduate school, French served as editor-in-chief of the Concordiensis, the Union College newspaper. French currently serves as an alumni interviewer for Union College and participates in the Union College Alumni Club of Atlanta. Brooke is a contributing expert at DivorceSupportCenter.com and HopeAfterDivorce.org. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (770) 953-4300. French lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter
Dr. Irwin Sandler
Dr. Irwin Sandler and his colleagues have been conducting research on factors that are associated with children’s adjustment following divorce. He has been particularly interested in understanding factors that lead to child resilience or positive child adjustment following divorce. Dr. Sandler's research finds that multiple factors contribute to children’s resilience, particularly the quality of parenting provided by both the mother and the father following divorce and children’s ability to cope effectively with the stressors that often follow the divorce of their parents. He and his colleagues have developed and experimentally evaluated programs to promote resilience following divorce and have found multiple positive benefits for children, lasting up to 15 years following the program.
Dr. Sandler is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, and is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Prevention Research. He has received an award from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts for his research on divorce. Dr. Sandler is the author of over 200 publications in scholarly and scientific journals, and is a partner in Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC that markets programs to promote child resilience following divorce. He is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org.
Jerry Curry, Ph.D., MFT, RAS, CSC
Dr. Jerri Curry has specialized in forensic psychology for twenty-six years. She has worked for several Superior Courts in child custody mediation cases, completed child custody evaluations and served as an expert witness and special master in highly litigious families. Currently Dr. Curry works for a County government mental health community clinic, working with the mentally ill population as a forensic mental health specialist. She monitors, guides and supports clients who have made poor choices such as drug abuse, violence toward others and are non-medication compliant. Through her work 85% of her clients are currently medication compliant, working on their GED, going to tutoring classes, working out at the local gym, have begun to build healthy relationships with their families and friends and feel like productive members of our society. She has also served as a Consultant for the United States Department of Justice with expertise in missing and exploited children cases. She was a co-author of the Child Safety Curriculum Standards for Public Schools in the nation through Pepperdine University.
As an author, Dr. Curry has written "I Believe in Angels" which reflected her climb in the Himalayas. She has also written nine children stories under the title of "A Storybook for Adults and Other Children". These stories are metaphors for children and families to live by including self-esteem, separation, relationship, control, fear, purpose and diversity issues.
Joanie Winberg is the CEO of the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children http://www.FreshStartAfterDivorce.com, a Divorce Mentor and a Certified Human Behavior Consultant. She is the founder of the Single Again! Now What? Mentoring Programs and has been helping 100's of people nationwide for over 10 years with the necessary tools/skills to navigAate the pitfalls of divorce and co-parenting. To her clients, she is known as a personal advisor, a sounding board, a cheerleader and a strategist. As a mentor, she is someone who is specifically focused on you and your success.
Joanie is also the founder and co-host of the Single Again! Now What? Radio Talk Show. The weekly show is an uplifting show to support you, make you laugh or just be the thing you need to hear at this time in your life. The show is produced by the Divorce Source Radio Network http://www.DivorceSourceRadio.com. Joanie is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org.
Following her work as an actress, Molly Reynolds began her writing career covering scripts for film producers and working in commercials at Tombo Films, a boutique production company that created spots for the likes of Apple, Petco, and Coca Cola. Since then, she has written anything from ads to children’s books to musical theatre, with a special emphasis on socially conscious material. Her latest musical, Benny,(book and lyrics), has been performed in Los Angeles and New York (most recently at the Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival). Molly is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com. She is currently the Director of Development at LUCID and a strong advocate for empowering women and minorities. The Gingerbread Pimp, Molly’s fearless new musical that takes a bite out of domestic abuse will be coming to the New York Musical Theatre Festival July 18, 2013.
Rossana Condoleo is an Eclectic Forward Thinker, an International Writer and a Life-Coach dedicated to helping people live a Happy and more Fulfilled Life.
At the end of the 80’s she took a degree in interpreting and translation, with two theses focusing on Family Therapy and Stress Disorders, which marked the beginning of her lifelong interest in Positive Psychology and Self-Development. While making a long career as a professional translator and web-editor, in 1995 she pioneered the Internet with the first online Global Business Consultancy. She later started-up and managed two more innovative online companies.
Rossana is Partner Life-Coach at InvivoPlay.com and author of “HAPPY DIVORCE”, a 322-page all-around Guide to dealing with Divorce available worldwide both as paperback and e-book. Rossana helps in RELATIONSHIP ISSUES: Love & Partnership, Family & Parenting, Separation & Divorce; PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT: Stress Control, Inner Balance, Appearance, Self-Confidence, Leadership, Setting Goals, Motivation. She works by distance, on appointment, and via Skype.
Rossana’s book, “Happy Divorce: How to turn your divorce into the most brilliant and rewarding opportunity of your life!” is available in paperback and ebook form, on amazon.com/dp/148181897X &viewBook.at/B00BH3IVQE on GoodReads goodreads.com/book/show/17444267-happy-divorce.
Rossana is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, LAFamily.com, and CupidsPulse.com. You can follow Rossana on her FB Fan Page at facebook.com/happydivorce.hdp and Twitter@rossanacondoleo See her websites : rossanacondoleo.com and invivoplay.com/rossana.condoleo/challenges. You can also contact Rossana by email at email@example.com
Tasher, an experienced businesswoman, Founded Divorced and Scared No More.com in November 2012. It quickly received a worldwide following. Her website has over 20 regular contributors who, like Tasher, share because they have “been there and done that” and understand how it FEELS. This is a shining example of how people have taken the lemons they were given and turned them into a Zesty Lemon Sorbet. Her quest to help others forgive the past and rejoice in their new life did not stop with the website.
Tasher is a regular contributor at HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com,Cupid’s Pulse,LAFamily, Orange County Register,The Good Men Project,Single Sassy Mom (dot) com, Guest Co-Host onSingle Again Now Whatand does guest appearances onDeveloping a New YOU. She is also involved with theTough Angels Organizations Rings of Hope Project. Tasher is single and a mother of three adult children and a proud Grammy to three grandchildren. She lives in Houston, TX with her daughter, two grandchildren, two dogs, two cats, two fish and a bunny. You can follow Tasher on FBDivorced and Scared NO More and Twitter @Divorced_Scared
Nancy Lang is a Certified Life Coach, published author, professional actress, mother of two amazing young adult children, and M.D.D.(Maven of Divorce and Dating!). It was her role in life as a divorced woman that inspired her to write the book,You Want Me to What?!—The Dating Adventures and Life Lessons of a Newly Divorced Woman(available on Amazon) and www.you-want-me-to-what.com. Reinventing ourselves at any age or stage in life can be challenging: dealing with divorce, dating, career changes, aging parents, kids leaving the nest, you name it! Nancy is passionate about helping men and women take the leap into change with the attitude and tools to make it happen with a sense of empowerment, gratitude, joy, and humor!Nancy is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, LAFamily.com, CupidsPulse.com, Huffington Post, The OC Register, Newport Lifestyle Magazine, YourTango.com, among many others. To read more about Nancy’s adventures, her poignant, empowering and humorous view on life’s lessons, follow her weekly blog at http://www.nancytellsall.com. You can also follow Nancy on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NancyTellsAll andTwitter @NancyTellsAll.
Susan has been writing poetry, stories and essays since she could hold a crayon! She also holds her BA in English from UCLA, a master’s degree from Yale, and teaching credentials from Pepperdine. A former language arts teacher, Bernardo facilitates creativity workshops for adults and stays in close touch with her inner flower child by dancing, raising cats and chickens, sculpting, painting, tide pooling and taking nature hikes with her two sons. She is a published poet and is currently revising her first YA novel. Susan's children's book, Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs, is a picture book with a simple but powerful message:love lasts forever. It's available at Amazon.com. Susan writes for HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, LAFamily.com, and CupidsPulse. Visit Susan's website at www.sunkissesmoonhugs.com, follow her on Twitter @SusanBernardo.
Patricia Bubash, M.Ed.
Patricia Bubash received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Working with students and families has been her true calling for over thirty years. For more than twenty years she has presented workshops at the community college on a variety of topics relating to parenting issues, self-esteem and issues relative to divorce. Patricia is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and, a Stephen Minister. She submits a variety of articles related to relationships, marriage and divorce to several internet sites, and, frequently, is interviewed on internet radio stations. Volunteerism, writing and family are most significant in her life. Patricia writes for HopeAfterDivorce.org, CupidPulse.com, FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com.
Mari Lyles, Life and Relationship Coach
Mari Lyles is a Life Coach, as well as a Relationship Coach.She received her Life Coaching certification at IPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) and her Relationship Coaching certification from RCI (Relationship Coaching Institute), two of the preeminent coaching schools in the country.
While serving as a Deacon at her church for many years, Mari was affiliated with the women’s ministries and programs her church sponsored.She began mentoring and counseling women there in the areas of divorce and abusive relationships.She takes joy in the changes she has seen in her clients lives, as well as feeling a great sense of accomplishment in her work. Mari is a great believer in conscious dating, mating and relationships, RCI’s trademarked method of developing fulfilling relationships.She is also a strong believer in spirituality, meditation and metaphysics.Mari has blogged for, among others, the D.C. Examiner.com; Selfworth.com; Pathjoy.com; Task-fm.com and Yourtango.com. She is also published in Alska Publishing’s most recent series, Adventures in Manifesting, under the title, “Love and Oneness.” Mari is a contributing expert atHopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com.
Allison M. Lloyds, MS, LMFT
Allison founded Synergetic Psychotherapy to help people live their best lives. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice with offices located in Manhattan and Mt. Kisco, NY; Allison works with individuals, couples and families in addition to facilitating ongoing psychotherapy groups. She enjoy helping people gain insight, learn healthier ways to cope with problems and enhance their relationships. Allison has extensive training in: Mediation (IMDR Mediation Certification 40-hour Training Completed), Animal Assisted Therapy (Certified), Mindfulness Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family Business Consulting. Allison holds a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College (high honors) and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College/Columbia University. She began her clinical graduate-level training at the Child and Family Institute at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals located in Manhattan. Allison held a training-level position at a leading private marriage and family therapy practice in Manhattan, Metropolitan Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC, offering relationship therapy to couples, individuals, and groups. She received further post-graduate training at the St. Marks Place Institute for Mental Health, also located in Manhattan, where Allison worked with a diverse group of children, adults, families, and couples. Allison is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com. Follow her on Twitter @SynergeticPsych.
Tammy Greene is a graduate of the University of La Verne. She has worked as a Child Life Specialist and social worker assisting families who have children with illness or mental disabilities. Tammy is a producer of the national PBS children’s television show, Curiosity Quest. She has a blog, Married and Naked, where she shares personal lessons learned from her own life, offering helpful ways to navigate through the challenges of marriage. Tammy is happily married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother of two. See Tammy’s Curiosity Quest website at www.curiosityqueststore.com. Follow her blog, MarriedandNaked, at www.married-and-naked.com.
Dr. Felicia Clark
Dr. Felicia Clark is a curriculum developer and coach. She has authored home study courses for her coaching clients. Dr. Clark received coaching certification through California Department of Education and has facilitated coaching sessions for over 1,000 people for the past 11 years. As a former college professor of math/science education, Dr. Clark specializes in the math and science of happy relationships. She coaches people into making relationship choices that result in fulfillment and ecstasy based on scientific research and statistical data. While modeling professionally, Dr. Clark learned how women of all sizes are taught to dislike their bodies. To turn the tide, Dr. Clark became the nation's leading researcher on body terrorism and dedicates part of her coaching practice to helping women love their bodies by embracing their feminine essence. She teaches classes on powerful femininity in the Denver area and speaks to college women throughout the United States on how to have a healthy body image. Her new book is called: "End Body Terrorism: One Size Never Fit All." Log ontowww.ebooklifecoach.com for more information, or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation with Dr. Clark. She is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com. See Dr. Clark’s website at www.ebooklifecoach.com.
Cheryl Lacey Donavan
Cheryl Lacey Donovan is a multitalented lecturer, educator, motivational speaker author, pastor and evangelist. An award winning best selling coauthor, with her husband Keith, and biblical life coach, she has influenced the lives of thousands in the U.S. and abroad through her powerful life changing messages. Desiring to see everyone efficiently armed with knowledge, Cheryl’s passion is assisting others, especially women, in discovering their authentic purpose and destiny. She is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org, and LAFamily.com.
Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW
Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW is a nationally recognized psychotherapist, sex therapist, co-author of For Better, For Worse, Forever: Discover the Path to Lasting Love, speaker, columnist and national radio and television expert guest. She is the host of ASK BEATTY, on the Progressive Radio Network, airing every Tuesday at 7 p.m (EST), where she talks about relationships and mental health issues. Her international listeners also have an opportunity on every show to call in and ask Beatty advice about problems that they may be experiencing in their person lives. Beatty is also a national speaker for the NCAA and for the Elite Speaker’s Bureau. Beatty has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, post-graduate specialization in marriage and family therapy and sexual dysfunction, and over 35 years of clinical experience treating men and women of all ages and stages in life whose problems range from: depression, anxiety, early child sexual abuse, addictions of every kind, domestic violence and relationship and sexual problems. Beatty has a private practice in New York City and Sarasota, Florida. Beatty also does telephone therapy and is also using SKYPE as a means of staying in close touch with her clients. For more information about Beatty, go to her ASKBEATTY.com website. She is a contributing expert for HopeAfterDivorce.org.
Dawn R. Smith, JD
Dawn R. Smith is a partner at Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC. Based in Atlanta, it is one of the country’s largest and most respected firms focusing exclusively in the area of family law. Smith works with clients all over the country involved in divorce, post-divorce, custody and child support matters. A particular emphasis in her practice is as a leading advocate for the educational rights of children with disabilities. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (770) 953-4300. More information on the firm is available on its website,www.bcntlaw.com.
Cynthia MacGregor is a multi-published author with over 100 books to her credit, of which roughly half were published conventionally and the remainder as e-books. They include After Your Divorce, Divorce Helpbook for Kids, Divorce Helpbook for Teens, Solo Parenting, "Step" This Way, and others. Forthcoming books include The One-Parent Family, Why Are Mommy and Daddy Getting Divorced, and Daddy Doesn't Live Here Anymore. She does write on other subjects besides divorce! To see the full range of her books, please visitwww.cynthiamacgregor.com. For nearly two years she hosted and produced the TV show Solo Parenting, which was broadcast in South Florida over WHDT. Her column "Solo Parenting" appeared on www.TheSoloParent.com(now out of business) and DangerousLee.biz.
Besides writing books, Cynthia is available for freelance writing assignments of most types as well as freelance editing. She has edited books, magazines, web copy, business materials, and more. She has also ghostwritten books for others. Cynthia has had nearly a dozen one-act plays staged, most notably by the Palm Springs Players, a community theatre group in Palm Springs FL. One of her shows, King Theo, written for a family audience, was produced in New York in the ’90s. Her song "America Again" (she wrote the lyrics) can be heard athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyJF4rvTo6w&feature=youtu.be. You can contact Cynthia with inquiries about her books, about writing or editing assignments, or on other matters at Cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com.Cynthia is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com.
Nancy Fagan, MS
Nancy Fagan, is the founder of The Divorce Help Clinic™ (divorce planning & divorce mediation services), author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Romance" (Macmillan Publishing) and "Desirable Men: How to Find Them" (Prima Publishing). She is a nationally recognized divorce expert, fondly dubbed, "The Divorce Reporter" and is considered a pioneer in the field of pre-divorce planning. She is a a Huffington Post divorce writer and has appeared on countless radio and television shows such as ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, FOX News (national & San Diego), Special Report with Bret Baier, Ricki Lake, Men are from Mars/Women are from Venus, The Berman & Berman Show and many others. Nancy has been featured in most major newspaper in the United States and worldwide as well as regularly mentioned as a relationship expert in the nation's top magazines such as Forbes, Ladies' Home Journal ('Can this Marriage be Saved?'), Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men's Health, Bride's, Seventeen, Women's Day, Family Circle, Women's Own, BBW, Complete Women and dozens of others including big name Web sites. Visit Nancy’s website at www.TheDivorceHelpClinic.com and blog atwww.thedivorcehelpclinic.com/divorceblog.html.
Lisa Borchetta, MACP, CMC, ACC
Lisa Borchetta, MACP, CMC, ACC is a Certified Life Coach and owner of Firebird Life Coaching. In addition to her coaching work with individual and group clients, Lisa is also a public speaker, teacher and writer. She is a former Mental Health Counselor and holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Her work focuses on life’s myriad of transitions – assisting clients in enhancing their personal growth, clarity and re-connecting with their core values, goals and passions. Her desire to help her clients "be the best they can be" has been fueled by her study in the field of Positive Psychology”. Using a positive, forward-looking approach; she helps her clients to develop effective strategies for moving their aspirations into concrete, actionable plans. She has collaborated with an international client base from diverse industries and backgrounds, including: government, corporate, non-profits, entrepreneurs, academia, the arts and more. Lisa is contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org,FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com. For more information visit Lisa’s website atwww.firebirdlifecoaching.com and her blog at www.firebirdlifecoach.wordpress.com. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaBorchetta and FB at www.facebook.com/FirebirdLifeCoaching.
Gary Stokes was founder and CEO of a national laboratory testing new strategies for the development of children and families in poverty. He has coached hundreds of leaders who are working to build stronger families, including Presidential appointees and other top executives in government and education. Gary is a contributing expert atHopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com. His recent book, Poise: A Warrior’s Guide, charts a path toward a vibrant life of joy and practical advantage. He maps the universe of poise on his blog, http://www.thepoisedlife.com/
Integrative Coach and Change Catalyst Deborah Hawkins, facilitates workshops and teleclasses across the country promoting women’s empowerment on all levels. Having lost her own mother at an early age and having met with many of life’s challenges herself, she brings wisdom and insight from her own loss and grief, assisting others to discover their own strength inside. Deborah trained directly under best selling author Debbie Ford and is a former Board Member of Imago Therapy International, founded by internationally know couple’s therapist, Harville Hendrix. Deborah is a spokesperson for national equality and incorporates over 12 years in corporate banking to supporting others in the midst of massive change. She also runs a website that assists parents and children in conflict with communication. See Deborah’s website at Coaching website:www.Deborahhawkins.com
Sharon O’Neill, Ed.S., LMFT
Sharon Gilchrest O’Neill, Ed.S., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the author of A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage. She has worked for over 30 years, both in private practice and the corporate setting, helping her clients to examine assumptions, think creatively, and build upon strengths. O'Neill holds three degrees in psychology, is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT, and maintains a private practice in Westchester County, New York. She is often called on as an expert by a variety of print/online publications, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, HopeAfterDivorce.com, FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com.
Michele Sfakianos, RN
Michele Sfakianos is a Registered Nurse, Life Skills Expert, Speaker, and Author. In 1982, she received her AS Degree in Business Data Processing/Computer Programming. In 1993, she received her Associate in Science degree in Nursing from St. Petersburg Junior College, graduating with Honors.In 1999, Michele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida International University, graduating with high honors. Michele has been previously published in both poetry books and a nursing journal. Her first book, The 4-1-1 on Life Skills, was released June 2011. Her next book, The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting, was released October 2011. Michele’s latest book, The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood, was published October 2012. Visit Michele’s Website:http://www.my411books.com
Michele Colucci, JD
Michele Colucci is a lawyer, serial entrepreneur, CEO of MyLawsuit.com, and a divorced mother of four. She specializes in helping couples avoid protracted legal divorce battles of the type she has had to endure and helps them to focus on their children and work together to rehabilitate their lives. She holds an undergraduate and law degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree from the American Film Institute. Michele is a regular blogger for eLocal and the Huffington Post. She is a contributing expert forHopeAfterDivorce.org, FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, and LAFamily.com. Michele's bio can be found at www.mylawsuit.com/about.
Katie Connell, JD
Kathleen B. Connell is a partner and family law attorney with Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle, LLC (Atlanta). She serves clients involved in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, custody arrangements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and related services. Kathleen is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org. She may be reached at email@example.com (770) 953-4300.
Sharon Rivkin, MA, MFT
Also known as the “last ditch effort therapist,” Sharon M. Rivkin, therapist and conflict resolution/affairs expert, is the author of Breaking the Argument Cycle: How to Stop Fighting Without Therapy and developer of the First Argument Technique, a 3-step system that helps couples fix their relationships and understand why they fight. Her work has been featured in O Magazine, O Newsletter, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, Time.com, CNN.co, Prevention.com, and WebMD.com. Sharon’s appeared on TV, Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio, and makes regular radio appearances nationwide. For more information, please visit www.sharonrivkin.com.
Janie McQueen is the author of three previous well-received self-help books, including The Magic Bookshelf: A Parents’ Guide to Showing Growing Minds the Path to the Best Children’s Literature (under the name Janie Jarvis), a strong international seller and library staple used in college elementary education classes; and Family Fusion: Bonding, Sharing and Learning in a Hostile World, which takes a broader view of activities that help meld families in today’s challenging environment. The Magic Bookshelf was featured as a series in The Los Angeles Times Book Review as part of the California children’s literacy initiative Reading by 9. She is the winner of a Writer’s Digest award for a first published book, and is considered an authority on juvenile literature.
Recently released in a 10th Anniversary edition, The New Magic Bookshelf: Finding Great Books Your Child Will Treasure Forever, was featured in the January 2013 Costco Connection, the chain warehouse club's monthly magazine. http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201301?pg=107#pg76
McQueen’s lifelong writing career includes prominent news beats at major metro newspapers including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Greenville (SC) News (the South Carolina newspaper of record), and a three-year stint as a media liaison and speechwriter for the government of Taiwan. A native of Beaufort, SC, McQueen has a B.A. in English literature. See Janie’s website and blog at www.janiemcqueen.com.
Barbara Greenberg, MD
Barbara Greenberg, MD, is a psychiatrist, neurologist and family therapist. She graduated Temple University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and at the Long Beach V A Medical Center. She is currently in private practice in Brea, California,Barbara Greenberg, MD and her daughter, Amie Greenberg, JD, MBA authored "I Am Divorced … But I’m Still Me” books after personally and professionally experiencing the impact of divorce. They recognized a need to acknowledge how children viewed their world before, during and after divorce. Their hope is to help other families who are going through the pain of divorce. They are contributing experts at FamilyShare.com, CupidsPulse.com, HopeAfterDivorce.org, and LAFamily.com.
Russ Thornton, CDFA
Russ is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and fee-only financial advisor based in Atlanta, GA, and has provided personal financial advice to individuals and families for 20 years. His focus in on serving women, especially those whose lives have been impacted by divorce. When he's not helping women make the most of their one shot at life, Russ enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two rescue dogs, Abby and Gracie. You can learn more about Russ and the work he does by visiting WealthcareForWomen.com. Find him also onTwitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. He can be contacted via his website.
Amie Greenberg, JD/MBA
Amie Greenberg, JD, MBA has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Pitzer College. She has a JD from the University of La Verne, College of Law and an MBA from the University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management. She now practices family law in Beverly Hills, California. Amie and her mother Barbara Greenberg, MD, authored "I Am Divorced … But I’m Still Me” books after personally and professionally experiencing the impact of divorce. They recognized a need to acknowledge how children viewed their world before, during and after divorce. Their hope is to help other families who are going through the pain of divorce. You can contact Amie for legal services at http://www.amiegreenberglaw.com. Follow her on FB at http://tinyurl.com/buwe2gk,http://tinyurl.com/bodu2b2 and Twitter@4childofdivorce. Amie is a contributing expert at Hope After Divorce and their Director of Community Outreach with her blog Divorce Corner™. Amie also contributes as an advisory board member of Hope After Divorce. More information about the authors, their books, and their blog is available at http://www.AChildsViewofDivorce.com.
Michele is the author of twelve books for women and has published over 1600 articles, reviews, and curriculum to more than 100 different publications. Her articles and reviews have been published in Good Housekeeping, First For Women, Single Parent Family, Christian Single, and many other publications. Michele’s single parenting titles include, Going It Aloneand Still Going It Alone. Michele is a contributing expert at HopeAfterDivorce.org,FamilyShare.com, and LAFamily.com. After having undergone six shoulder surgeries, Michele saw the need for a women’s inspirational health-related book co-authored with her orthopedic surgeon titled,Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life’s Challenges with Strength (and Soul), released in 2010 and from whichPrescription for Life, their health, medical and surgical informational book is based. One Size Fits All: Making Healthy Choices, Stepping Into a Meaningful Life, a women's health/inspirational devotional by Lighthouse of the Carolinas to be released late 2012 and Faith, Friends, and Other Floatation Devices will be published in 2013 by ACTA Publications. Read more of Michele's work at http://michelehowe.wordpress.com and contact Michele at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monique Honaman, JD
Monique A. Honaman is the author of The High Road Has Less Traffic: honest advice on the path through love and divorce. The "High Road" is an inspiring roadmap for marriage, a positive exit strategy for "surviving" divorce, and a powerful life philosophy that supports superior decision-making in all facets of raising a family. In the spirit of giving back, a portion of proceeds from book sales is being donated to organizations that help women and children transition through divorce.
Monique is also the founding partner of ISHR Group (www.ISHRGroup.com), which provides global solutions in the area of leadership assessment, development, and coaching. She started her career with GM, and later joined GE. She earned certification as a Six Sigma Quality Black Belt, and is a certified practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI). ISHR Group has been featured in HR Executive, the New York Times, NY Post, Corp Magazine and several regional business publications.
Monique received her B.A. from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School. Monique was profiled by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the "40-Under-40-Up-and-Comers." She was named one of the "2007 Enterprising Women of the Year" by Enterprising Women, and one of the "2011 Women Business Enterprise National Enterprise (WBE) Stars" by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Her articles have appeared in theExecuNet CareerSmartAdvisor, Enterprising Women Magazine, HR Crossing, and several regional publications. She is a member of the Georgia Small Business Development Center Advisory Council and the Chapter Chair for the Atlanta Women Presidents Organization (WPO).
Monique lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Justin, and her two children. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, traveling, boating, watching college football, reading books and taking photographs.
For more information, you can contact Monique at Monique@HighRoadLessTraffic.com. Visit her website atwww.HighRoadLessTraffic.com.