Board of Directors


Executive Director
Barbie Jetter, M.S., CPC, CDPP
Email: Barbie Jetter

Barbie has been actively involved in The Divorce Center, Inc. since 2004 serving as chairperson of the Public Education and Marketing committees focusing on promoting, growing and expanding The Divorce Center’s programs and membership. She is also a certified teacher for the court-mandated Parents Apart course. Since 2007, she has served as president or co-president continuing to expand the programs and outreach of the organization. Her dedication and enthusiasm have resulted in new challenges and expansion for The Divorce Center as well as her becoming Executive Director to help further those developments.

In 2005, she completed the Introduction to Mediation Skills Training Program through the Boston Law Collaborative and Collaborative Law Training. She has been a past Allied Member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council and Treasurer of the Southeastern Collaborative Practice Group.

For the past 12 years Barbie had been working as a Senior Loan Officer specializing in resolving housing issues for couples divorcing. Most recently Jetter was a Senior Mortgage Loan Officer at Washington Trust Mortgage Company. She currently is a Certified Mortgage and Divorce Planning Professional (CDPP), Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), and holds an MS degree in Counseling from Boston University.

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 traveling.

Barbie is a great listener and committed to helping people who are thinking about or going through the divorce process gain tools that help themselves and their families work together when parents are apart.



Karl W. Topor, Attorney
Email: Karl Topor

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.


Diane C. Pappas, CDFA
Email: Diane C. Pappas

Diane C. Pappas is a Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™, and trained Mediator with Solutions for Divorce.

Drawing on over 20 years of life and work experience, Diane develops financial strategies and plans that solve her clients’ short and long-term issues. She is passionate about educating her clients, so that they are informed and in control of the important financial decisions they are making.

This passion is exhibited in her ability to empathize with her divorcing clients and to truly understand and appreciate each of their own unique circumstances. As a single mother of two college- aged children, Diane understands the complex challenges both men and women face in today’s world. Helping her clients navigate the financial intricacies of divorce and providing them with realistic options and strategies that work for their family, today and in the future, is the core of Diane’s practice. Other focus areas include Special Needs divorce planning and post-divorce financial planning.

Diane is the Secretary and founding member of the Boston Chapter of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners (ADFP), and a member of the MCFM and the FPA. Diane recently presented a workshop on the tax and finance issues for mediators at the annual meeting of the MCFM and co-heads a financial peer group for divorce professionals. She is currently enrolled in Boston University’s Institute of Finance CFP® program.

Diane enjoys living the simple life in Gloucester – walking on the beach, watching the sunset, and boating with her family.


Vice President
Edward L. Buckner, Mediator
Email: Ed Buckner

Ed Buckner is a business and divorce mediator in the Boston area. He is a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation and the N.E. Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. Drawing from his experience in private practice and his work with the Massachusetts probate courts, Ed understands the importance of creating a safe environment and validating multiple perspectives while helping the parties find common ground and come to a resolution of their own making. While divorce is not easy, it is possible to help divorcing couples move forward with their lives while minimizing the emotional and financial challenges to the entire family.

Ed has over 30 years of experience in diverse business areas that complement his mediation skills. Prior to serving as a mediator, Ed was an expert in structuring complex business transactions and was involved in numerous complex international multiparty negotiations. His diverse business background in real estate investment and development, insurance and estate planning, allow Ed to be well versed on many of the issues that impact divorcing families.

Ed enjoys time with his family, including his dog and cats, is an avid bike rider and Red Sox fan.


Karen Van Kooy, Attorney
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.


Thomas E. Seder, CDFA™

Email: Tom Seder

As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) and Financial Planner with Insight Financial Strategists in Waltham, Tom is committed to helping his clients thoroughly understand the financial landscape of their divorce so that they can make optimal, informed decisions. During his career as a Financial Advisor at a large brokerage house, he was struck by the uncommon difficulties and hurdles which divorcing clients face; as a result he decided to focus his efforts on helping divorcing individuals and couples.

He is a member of the Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts and the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. He is a presenter on financial issues at “Divorce Matters” workshops.

Tom graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in Psychology and Social Relations. He has completed the program in Financial Planning at Boston University. He is divorced with two grown children and is an avid golfer and tournament bridge player.


Steven Ballard, Esquire
Paul Blatchford, Vocational Consultant
Karen Buckley, Esquire
Linda Cohan, MSW, CPC
Dan Finn, Esquire
David Goodman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA
Donna Marsella, CDFA
Theodore Orenstein, Esquire
Beth Ross, MSW, LICSW
David Seaquist, Ph.D., Psychotherapist
Jeanne Seaquist, Copy Editor
Renee Senes, CDFA