Email: Paul Blatchford
Unlike many of our other board members, Paul is not an attorney, nor is he a psychologist or a financial planner. Paul is a vocational consultant and expert.
Paul graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He subsequently earned a Masters in Educational Counseling from Suffolk University. Additionally, he has had extensive training for Vocational Testing and Labor Market Research. Paul is certified by the American Board of Vocational Experts as a Diplomat – the highest status that one can reach.
After graduating from college, Paul initially worked for Youth Activities of Southeastern Massachusetts, providing services to the Welfare Department under the Work Incentive (WIN) program. In this capacity, Paul provided counseling, vocational training, and assisted in job placement of women who were welfare recipients. Paul also worked with severely handicapped individuals for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. For seventeen years, he was contracted by the Social Security Administration to provide testimony in disability hearings, as an impartial vocational expert.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Paul also serves on the Professional Development Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of Disability Evaluators (NADE), and the International Association of Rehabilitative Professionals (IARP).
Paul has maintained a private practice as a vocational consultant for more than thirty years. He has been qualified as an expert witness by numerous federal, state, and administrative bodies. He has offices in Brookline and Worcester.
Email: Dan Finn
Daniel J. Finn, Esq. practices in the area of family law, with a concentration in collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving conflict. Dan has been involved in collaborative law since its inception in Massachusetts. He is a director and past President of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. Dan also has a family mediation practice.
Dan is an experienced trainer who has presented on the topic of impasse, both locally, nationally, and for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. He also serves as faculty for the annual introductory training in Collaborative Law in Massachusetts. Dan’s hobbies include jazz piano, sailing, and drawing.
Email: Donna Marsella
Donna Marsella is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) specializing in financial issues relating to divorce. After over 30 years in the investment management industry, Donna earned the designation of CDFA™, having completed extensive training from The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. Collaboratively trained, and having completed Family Law as well as Marital Mediation Training, she is committed to helping individuals and couples before, during and after divorce as it relates to their financial reality. Unlike mainstream investment advisory services, her analysis and recommendations focus on decisions and scenarios that will likely be made within a legal context relative to divorce. Providing a wide variety of services, she is available to organize and prepare an inventory of assets and liabilities, identify property issues, analyze pension assets, evaluate settlement options, etc. She also assists in identifying and creating realistic post-divorce financial plans for her clients.
Theodore Orenstein, Attorney
Email: Theodore Orenstein
Ted Orenstein has been practicing law since 1970 and specializing in matrimonial cases since 1978. He has been Chairperson of the Mass. Bar Association Young Lawyers Section and its Law Practice Section, a member of its Board of Delegates and Executive Committee, served on both the Council of the Mass. Bar Association Family Law Section and the Board of Managers of the Mass. Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
A recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious President’s Award of the Mass. Bar Association, Ted has been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to its Advisory Committee on Legal Education, and by Lawyers Alert to its Board of Experts. He has lectured throughout the country and has been published in numerous legal periodicals. He is co-author of the books, When a Professional Divorces and Family Law in Massachusetts.
Email: Beth H. Ross
As founder of the Mending Fences Institute, Beth is dedicated to guiding families through divorce, reunification and other family conflicts through coaching, mediation, and therapy. She is a collaborative law coach and been a member of the International Collaborative Law Council, Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), Southeastern Collaborative Law practice group for over 9 years. She is a certified mediator and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. She consults with schools, hospitals, lawyers, the courts, and doctors on complex issues such as divorce, alienation, learning disability, life transition and behavior issues.
As a board member of the Divorce Center, Beth brings her 25 years of clinical experience and knowledge of divorcing couples. She is Chair of the Advanced Parenting Education Committee, panelist in the Divorce Matters public education seminars and Co-teaches the Parents Apart Class. She graduated cum laude with a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College. Beth enjoys hiking, biking, dancing, the beach, friends, and music.
David L. Seaquist, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
Email: David L. Seaquist
Prior to his retirement, David was a practicing Psychologist providing counseling services to individuals/groups including computerized tests, couples counseling, biofeedback, stress management, performance enhancement and career counseling. He has administered clinical services as part of the Department of Mental Health in MA., was Director of Counseling & Study Services at Boston University and provided psychological testing consultation for Law Enforcement agencies in both Iowa and MA.
Before coming to MA., David was Chief Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Counseling Center & College of Education at Drake University in Des Moines and also Staff Counselor at University of Minnesota. His professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, Iowa Psychological Association, and MA. Psychological Association. Extremely adept with a computer, David’s other interests include sailing, music and nature and golf.
During 20 years of involvement with the Divorce Center, David has served as President, Vice President, Coordinator and instructor of the Parents Apart court-mandated course, was a member of the Professional Development committee, and a frequent speaker at the public education series.
Jeanne M. Seaquist, Copy Editor, EDGE Media Publications
Email: Jeanne M. Seaquist
Jeanne has been on the Board since 1998 serving as webmistress for The Divorce Center. She also served two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center, Vice-President for two years, a co-editor of the newsletter and is currently an administrator for the Membership committee. Jeanne holds a degree in education and certificates in both Internet Design and Business from Bentley College. She is a part-time copy editor for EDGE Media Publications.
Email: Renee Senes
Renee W. Senes brings more than 18 years experience to her profession. She is a financial consultant with Investors Capital Corporation and an independent investment advisor representative affiliated with Investors Capital Advisory. Renee works with individuals and small businesses, including those who are self employed, on all aspects of investment planning by utilizing fee-based investment and asset management services as well as hourly financial consulting.
Renee is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA). She specializes in working with clients and their attorneys through all phases of the divorce process to help them gather and compile financial information, compare and contrast scenarios of possible settlements, and help them to grasp the impact of the various options both now and for their future well being.
Renee is an active member of her community where she is on the Steering Committees of the Women’s Business Network and Acton Singles Social Club; serves as Treasurer for the Friends of the Harvard Council on Aging; and is a consultant to the Special Educational Surrogate Parent Program providing services to children in the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services. She is also a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts and serves as a Director on the Board of The Divorce Center.
A former teacher, Renee enjoys educating her clients and encouraging them to be active participants in their financial futures.
Email: Karen Van Kooy
Attorney Van Kooy is a partner at Israel, Van Kooy & Days, LLC located in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. Karen represents women and men in all stages of family law transitions, including divorce, custody, child support and post-divorce matters. Karen also works with people to create pre and post nuptial agreements and to solidify the rights of same-sex parents. Central to Karen’s approach in domestic relations matter is to attend to the immediate needs of a client, whose life may be in upheaval, while assisting the client in defining the big picture: life after the transition. Finding the right process for each situation, whether it is litigation, mediation or the collaborative law process is an essential first step, and Karen is trained and practices all three approaches.