Board of Directors



Barbie Jetter, M.S., CPC, CDPP, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer
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Barbie has served as either President or Co-President since 2007, formerly was chairperson of the Public Education and Marketing committees focusing on promoting, growing and expanding The Divorce Center’s programs and membership.

Barbie J. Jetter is a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer at Washington Trust Mortgage Company, a Certified Mortgage and Divorce Planning Professional (CDPP), Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), and holds an MS degree in Counseling from Boston University. She has successfully completed the Management Development Program in Residential Lending from Northeastern University, and has completed the Introduction to Mediation Skills Training Program through the Boston Law Collaborative. She has been an Allied Member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Treasurer of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group.

Prior to mortgage lending, she coordinated and ran the yearly fundraising events benefiting the South Shore Hospital and affiliated organizations. These events included the Walk for Hospice, and the annual golf tournament, benefiting patients within the South Shore Hospital system.

A divorced single mom with one daughter, one dog and one cat, she loves golf, board, card and tile games, movies and working out. Barbie is a great listener and committed to helping people who are thinking about or going through the divorce process resolve housing issues as soon as possible.


Karl W. Topor, Attorney
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Karl W. Topor, Esq. is the chairperson of the Alimony Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also serves as the vice-chairperson of the Child Support Committee of the Family Law section. Karl’s firm concentrates on divorce and family law in the Boston family courts and those throughout Massachusetts. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, founding member of the AFCC New York Chapter, fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and also sits on the board of directors of the Divorce Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

Karl is involved in several pro-bono groups including the Senior Partners for Justice of the Volunteer Law Project of the Boston Bar Association which is dedicated to promoting justice for all litigants in the family court system. Karl has written articles on a variety of topics covering family law issues. He has participated as a speaker, moderator and producer of various CLE programs on a state and national level.


Karen M. Buckley, Attorney
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Attorney Buckley has been practicing for over twenty years in New York State and Massachusetts. She is admitted in the state and federal district courts of Massachusetts and New York. Attorney Buckley’s practice consists of all aspects of family law, including divorce, contempt, modification, paternity, custody, support, prenuptial agreements and restraining orders. Attorney Buckley is a collaboratively trained attorney and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She also represents clients in civil litigation, bankruptcy and landlord tenant matters. Karen Buckley is an experienced negotiator and litigator and has practiced in district, probate and family, bankruptcy and superior courts in many counties in Massachusetts. Attorney Buckley strives to understand the needs and goals of her clients and to achieve them in a timely, efficient manner. She has spoken at numerous Divorce Center public education programs and serves as the co-chair of the professional development committee for The Divorce Center.

In addition to her commitment to her clients, Attorney Buckley also believes in working for the benefit of the community. To this end, she is involved in several volunteer and civic endeavors. For many years, Attorney Buckley has served as a judge in the Massachusetts High School Mock Trial Program and volunteers in the Norfolk Probate & Family Court Lawyer for the Day Program. She is also a coach with the Parkway Youth Soccer program. Additionally she is on the Board of the Home and School Association of her children’s school and the finance committee of her church. For more information about Attorney Karen Buckley and her practice, please visit

Carol Lynn May

Carol Lynn May, Attorney
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Carol Lynn May is an attorney whose practice concentrates in family law (divorce, separation, custody and visitation, and adoption), mediation, and collaborative law. She has served two years as Co-President of the Divorce Center. She is a past President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association, and is a member of the Worcester County Bar Association and South Middlesex Bar Association.

Carol Lynn has served on the Professional Development Committee for the Divorce Center and the By-Laws Committee. A magna cum laude graduate of Colgate University (B.A.), and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated with honors from Columbia University School of Law (J.D.).


Carol Khouri, CDFA, CFP
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Carol is a principal at Wingate Wealth Advisors LLC. She is an accomplished financial consultant who specializes in creating financial solutions for women. With more than 26 years of experience, she accomplishes this through comprehensive financial planning, objective investment management and partnering with other specialists as needed to ensure a cohesive, long term plan.

After working closely with her clients to develop a customized strategy to allow them every opportunity to reach their goals, Carol remains actively involved to ensure her clients have consistent support for their everyday needs. She has helped hundreds of women overcome the often complex financial challenges posed by life changing events such as divorce, retirement, elder care and the loss of a spouse. Having experienced her own divorce, Carol’s goal is to empower women during their transitions and beyond.

In the course of the divorce process, Carol works with her clients and attorneys to provide them with the various information they need to ensure a thorough valuation of marital assets. As a CDFA and CFP she is qualified to present her clients with a complete analysis and various scenarios of the division of assets related to divorce, along with a comprehensive financial plan.

Carol serves on the Public Education committee of The Divorce Center. It is her desire to assist women before, during and after divorce.


Paul Blatchford, Vocational Consultant
Edward Buckner, Mediator
Linda Cohan, MSW, CPC
Dan Finn, Esquire
Donna Marsella, CDFA
Theodore Orenstein, Esquire
Diane Pappas, CDFA
Beth Ross, MSW, LICSW
David Seaquist, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
Jeanne Seaquist, Copy Editor
Renee Senes, CDFA
Karen Van Kooy, Esquire