SOURCE: The Divorce Center

The Divorce Center

September 10, 2015 11:15 ET

Barbie Jetter Accepts Role of Executive Director With The Divorce Center

Joins 2015-2016 Executive Team and Board of Directors in Promoting and Expanding Education Programs on Dealing With the Process of Divorce

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2015) - The Divorce Center, Inc., a non-profit organization of professionals from multiple disciplines providing support and education for people going through separation or divorce, today announced that Barbie Jetter will fill the newly-created role of Executive Director for the organization. Jetter will lead the organization in expanding its educational programs to empower individuals and support children and families before, during and after divorce or separation. The organization also provides continuing development for the professionals who serve them.

Joining Jetter on The Divorce Center's Executive Team for 2015-2016 are Karl Topor, attorney, and Diane Pappas, financial analyst, as Co-Presidents; Edward Buckner, mediator, as Vice President; Carol Lynn May, attorney, as Secretary; and Thomas Seder, financial analyst, as Treasurer. The Board of Directors for the new term are as follows: Steven Ballard, attorney; Paul Blatchford, vocational consultant; Karen Buckley, attorney; Linda Cohan, divorce coach; Daniel Finn, attorney; David Goodman, business valuation and litigation support; Donna Marsella, financial analyst; Theodore Orenstein, attorney; Beth Ross, collaborative coach and mediator; David Seaquist, psychotherapist; Jeanne Seaquist, copy editor; Renee Senes, financial analyst; and Karen Van Kooy, attorney.

Jetter has been actively involved in The Divorce Center since 2003, and has served as president or co-president since 2007, focusing on promoting, growing and expanding the organization's programs and membership. Jetter is also a certified teacher for the court-mandated Parents Apart course. 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.

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director with The Divorce Center, Jetter worked for 12 years as a Senior Loan Officer at Boston-area banks and lending institutions, where she specialized in resolving housing issues for couples divorcing. Jetter is a Certified Mortgage and Divorce Planning Professional (CDPP), Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), and holds an MS degree in Counseling from Boston University.

"I am committed to continuing to expand the programs and outreach of The Divorce Center, and as Executive Director I bring the energy and enthusiasm to promote those developments," said Jetter. "I enjoy being a listener and helping people who are thinking about or going through the divorce process to gain tools that help themselves and their families to work together, especially when parents are apart."

The Divorce Center's public education programming includes "Parents Apart," a court-mandated parent education seminar that is a collaborative program of Family Services of Central Massachusetts and the U. Mass. Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry in Worcester, MA. The program focuses on educating parents to understand children's reactions to divorce and help their children cope with divorce outcomes. The Divorce Center also offers Advanced Parenting classes as a follow-up to Parents Apart to further address issues and answer questions arising in families altered by divorce.

About The Divorce Center
The Divorce Center is a non-profit organization of legal, financial and mental health professionals working to empower people before, during and after divorce or separation by providing education and resources.

Since 1983, The Divorce Center's focus has been on improving the divorce process and its impact on the family. The organization's mission is primarily to:

  • Support families experiencing divorce;
  • Provide parenting education programs;
  • Educate the public about divorce and its effects; and
  • Help professionals improve the service they provide to their divorcing clients.

The Divorce Center offers its expertise and compassion to all those who need it -- individuals and families, divorce professionals, religious groups, parent organizations, schools, non-profit groups, and others who can benefit from the public education, professional programs and support. For more information, visit

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