Previous and Upcoming Program Guests

Every week will have a featured-divorce expert as a guest.


Program Co-Host: Lisa Zonder

Lisa Zonder

Lisa is a local lawyer who brings to the table over 20 years of legal experience, countless mediation and litigation hours and over 100 hours of training in out-of-court processes, specifically mediation and Collaborative Divorce models collectively. She is a certified family law specialist* since 1999 and devotes her private law practice to families going through divorce.

She is a devoted peacemaker and wants to ensure clients have “divor-sanity”.

For more information about Lisa Zonder, visit her website.


*California Certified Family Law Specialist State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Program Co-Host: Stephen H. Wagner

Stephen H. WagnerStephen H. Wagner CFP®, has been assisting clients with their financial needs in Ventura County since 1979, we have the experience and knowledge to help businesses and families to have full financial confidence.

  • Investment Management
  • Retirement Planning
  • 401k/Profit Sharing Assistance
  • Workshops and Education Seminars for your Group or Association

In addition to providing personalized financial strategies as well as world class one-on-one service, we provide our clients with access to informative financial content and useful tools which enable them to feel more confident about their financial stance now and in the future.

You can find out more about Stephen at the Wagner Financial website.


Darren J. Goodman

Darren GoodmanDarren J. Goodman, is a long time resident of Southern California and graduate from Pepperdine School of Law. Darren maintains a law practice in Westlake Village specializing in the division of retirement plan assets in connection with family law matters. Darren established his law practice in 1997.

His practice involves all aspects of retirement division in divorce matters including the division of benefits through court order such as Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, consulting clients on distribution options and tax sensitive issues, as well as litigating post judgment disputes.

Darren frequently appears as a lecturer for local and national bar associations and has written articles and manuscripts for family law journals, including Dividing Pensions and Other Employee Benefits for California Continuing Education for the Bar.

More information ,including useful articles, can be found regarding Darren’s practice and specialization at


Ellen Bruno

Ellen BrunoEllen Bruno is a San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker whose works have won more than 25 national and international awards. A recipient of both the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, Ms. Bruno has focused her attention on homelessness, Burmese prostitution, Tibetan nuns, health care in Cambodia, and other issues on the forefront of human rights. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Buddhist Film Festival, the Pacific Pioneer Fund, The San Francisco Film Society, Ethical Traveler, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Filmmaker and international relief worker Ellen Bruno has spent much of the last 20 years in Southeast Asia.

Bruno began her relief efforts more than 25 years ago in Mexico, working in remote Mayan villages. Since then she worked in refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border, as field coordinator for the International Rescue Committee, she served for four years as director of the Cambodian Women’s Project for the American Friends Service Committee. She has been a hospice worker for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, providing bedside assistance for people dying of AIDS and cancer.

Ellen completed a masters degree in documentary film at Stanford University in 1990. Her first film SAMSARA, her Masters thesis at Stanford, documents Cambodian life in the aftermath of Pol Pot’s killing fields. SATYA: A PRAYER FOR THE ENEMY is based on the experiences of young Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have been imprisoned and tortured for their nonviolent protests of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. SACRIFICE is the final installment in her Asian trilogy. All three films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Ellen was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1998, a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1997, fellowships from the Western States Media Arts and a Shenkin Fellowship from Yale University School of Art


Carol Hughes, Ph.D.

Carol Hughes, PhDCarol Hughes, Ph.D., is a California licensed psychotherapist and board-certified hypnotherapist, who has been in private practice in Laguna Hills, CA, since 1983.  As one of the founding members of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC), since 2003 she has provided services as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Team/Case Manager, and has served on the Board of Directors of CDSOC, including being the Chair of CDSOC’s Training and Education Committee, which provides monthly training for the practice group.

Carol has extensive training in mediation and in the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice. She frequently trains and mentors collaborative practitioners, has appeared on the Time Warner Public television series “How to Get a Divorce” and has been a presenter at California’s annual statewide conference for collaborative professionals.

Carol is also a co-founder of the Collaborative Divorce Education Institute, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to educate the public about Collaborative Divorce, as well as to provide quality training for collaborative divorce professionals in the Southern California area.  In April 2011 Collaborative Practice California (CP CAL), California’s statewide collaborative practice organization, awarded Carol the Eureka Award, which recognizes those who have made significant contributions and demonstrated an abiding dedication to establishing and sustaining Collaborative Practice in California.

Please visit her website at


Gary Direnfeld

Gary DirenfeldGary Direnfeld is a social worker with more than 32 years of experience working with parents, teens and young children. With a private practice located in Dundas, Ontario, he provides counselling, mediation and assessment services on most matters of family life.

Courts in Ontario, consider Gary an expert on social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations, custody and access recommendations, and an expert at critiquing the assessments of other assessors. He has a weekly parenting column in the Hamilton Spectator newspaper having written some 350 columns to date and he has hosted 65 episodes of a reality television show, Newlywed/Nearly Dead.

He is also the Author of Raising Kids Without Raising Cane and Marriage Rescue.


Ron Reddall

Ronald G. Reddall, Forensic Economist, started valuing community retirement benefits in 1976. He has prepared over 30,000 reports on hundreds of different pension plans and has extensive knowledge of CalPERS, CalSTRS, California counties and CSRS/FERS plans. He has testified in cases in which his expert opinions have influenced decisions at the California Supreme Court level.

He has published numerous articles in California Family Law Monthly, California Family Law News, and the Daily Journal. In July 2011, he formed Pension Values, LLC, with his daughter, Trina A. Reddall, MBA. He retired from the firm December 31, 2013.


Hogan Hilling

Hhogan HillingHogan Hilling is author of a revolutionary book of hope for divorcees titled “When Divorce Do Us Part: How to Live and Love Again”, (Motivational Press, 2013). Hilling has appeared on Oprah and ABC’s Documentary The Story of Fathers and Sons. Hilling is also the author of five fatherhood books.

He serves as a facilitator for the St. Andrews Divorce Recovery Workshop in Newport Beach, California. Hilling is known as The Divorce Guru and provides a consultation service for spouses in the divorce process.

You can visit his  website address at


Wendi Schuller

Wendi SchullerA result of the author’s own experience finding her way through a particularly traumatizing divorce, this guide includes the usual self-help aspect as well as stories and advice that other women were willing to share with the author to help any woman sail through a turbulent time.

Offering a fresh and uncommon perspective beyond the already long list of books on divorce that focus on getting through a break up’s emotional toll or how to deal with children, the book’s usefulness covers a comprehensive list of solutions
to challenges that arise from attorneys offering legal and financial advice to saving on cosmetics and holiday gifts. There is a practical list of household hints as well as methods for helping kids get through such an upsetting period and ways to confront health issues that arise as a result of a stressful time.

The author stresses the importance of such a life transition and how this guide can be a safety net providing a myriad of suggestions that help women move from a victim status to regaining their strength of inner peace and wisdom. Every woman
who finds herself in the middle of a break up will find this the ideal all-inclusive companion for moving on.

Wendi Schuller is a published author who has conducted classes on various subjects. She is also a contributor to The Divorce Magazine UK. She draws upon her knowledge as a nurse, Neuro-Linguistic Programmer (NLP), and hypnotherapist, providing a blueprint to guide women through this difficult transition. Schuller hired an attorney for a court divorce, but decided to go the collaborative route instead and has worked with a mediator post-divorce. Her passion is international travel and she devised savvy cost-cutting measures to achieve this dream. Schuller worked in the public schools and observed firsthand the effects of divorce on children. Her aim is to have families experience a smoother divorce, keeping their sanity intact and obtaining the healthiest outcome possible


Richard Ross, Esq.

Richard Ross, Esq.Admitted as an attorney to the State Bar of California in 1979, Richard Ross draws from over thirty years of legal experience, and is a Certified Family Law Specialist, as well as a member of the Ventura and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.  He is also a member of the Family Law section of the State Bar of California.

With a background in psychology and interpersonal relations, Mr. Ross’ area of practice has naturally evolved to the family law arena. His in-depth experience encompasses a wide range of legal disciplines, including civil, criminal, business, bankruptcy litigation, personal injury, worker’s compensation, corporate law, and real property law. After completing his undergraduate degree from UCLA (The University of California at Los Angeles) and his Juris Doctorate degree (in 1978) from the San Fernando Valley College of Law, Mr. Ross was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence. [Read more…]


Jerry Cohen

Jerry CohenJerry devotes his practice exclusively to couples in the throes of a divorce process. Jerry will speak about common financial mistakes to avoid before, during and after divorce.

For more information about Jerry Cohen, visit his website.


Jackie Pilossoph

Jackie PilossophJackie Pilossoph is the creator of her blog, Divorced Girl Smiling, and the author of her novel of the same name. She is a regular Huffington Post divorce blogger, as well as the author of her divorce novel, “Free Gift With Purchase.” Additionally, Pilossoph is a features reporter and columnist for Sun-Times Media.

She holds a Masters degree in communication from Boston University, and lives in Chicago with her family. Oh, and she’s divorced (obviously.)


Neal Hersh, Esq.

Neal Raymond HershNeal Raymond Hersh is a graduate of UCLA and received his J.D. degree from Southwestern University School of Law. Mr. Hersh is admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of California as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Hersh is one of three partners at Hersh, Mannis & Bogen, LLP, and has 36 years of experience in the area of Family Law. Mr. Hersh is certified as a Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Hersh is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which is a distinction that Mr. Hersh has held for 20 years. Mr. Hersh has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” each year since 2003 by Los Angeles Magazine. In addition, he has been recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers” by Los Angeles Times Magazine each year since 2005. [Read more…]


Leon F. Bennett

Leon F. BennettMr. Bennett has devoted his practice exclusively to Family Law matters since 1985. He represents clients who demand excellence and expect their counsel to aggressively defend their interests, whether during mediation, negotiation, or trial. Mr. Bennett is honored in 2013 to have once again been selected for inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers. He is also proud to have received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubble’s Peer Review Rating for 18 consecutive years. [Read more…]


Warren R. Sacks

Warren R. SacksWarren R. Sacks is a Partner with the accounting and consulting firm of White, Zuckerman, Warsavsky, Luna, Wolf & Hunt, LLP.  Warren is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics and has over twenty years experience in the preparation of business valuations, perquisite analyses, standard of living reports, community property balance sheets, reports on the gross cash flow available for support, needs analysis, and the analysis of financial statements and tax returns. [Read more…]


Louise Nixon, Attorney

Louise NixonBiography: 

Louise Nixon, Attorney
QDRO Counsel Inc., a professional law corporation

Practice Areas

  •     Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (“QDROs”) for private retirement plans
  •     Domestic Relations Orders (“DROs”) for nonqualified plans
  •     Domestic Relations Orders (“DROs”) for public retirement plans
  •     Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”)
  •     IRC 408 Division Orders for individual retirement accounts (“IRAs”) [Read more…]

Barbara Dobrin, Ph.D.

Barbara DobrinBarbara Dobrin, Ph.D., ART, CET-BC, MFT. Barbara’s first art therapy group started in 1974 in Pacific Palisades, California, with four other groups following in 1975.

Barbara believes that the creative process is very important in healing and change for her clients. Her work revolves around using the creative process from crisis to creativity to productivity. Barbara’s training is extensive in Art Therapy, Expressive Arts, Gestalt, group Process and Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. [Read more…]


Mary Ann Aronsohn, MFT

Mary Ann Aronsohn, MFTLicensed since 1989, Mary Ann Aronsohn is an experienced, compassionate, easy-to-talk-to therapist. She works with a variety of clients and life situations. She works well with families and couples, adults and adolescents, and knows that doing therapy is truly her life’s work. [Read more…]


Jennifer Burton

Jennifer BurtonJennifer Burton is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in both private practice and Medicare funded hospital settings. Since 2008, Jennifer has also been working for the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI) as a Master Trainer of the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM Levels 1 and 2), bringing resiliency skills and training to a wide variety of populations ranging from licensed clinicians and psychiatrists to lay people of various backgrounds and vocations. Through her work with TRI, Jennifer has traveled all over the country assisting with teaching the Trauma Resiliency Model, and has recently developed a specialty training using TRM Skills with the chronically mentally ill (co-created with Wendi Svoboda, LCSW). [Read more…]


Bruce Fredenburg, M.S., LMFT

Program Guest

Bruce Fredenburg, M.S., LMFTBruce Fredenburg, M.S., LMFT, with Board Certification in Clinical Hypnosis has been a licensed therapist since 1982. He has extensive training in mediation and in the interdisciplinary team model of collaborative practice, and has also trained in the one coach model.

He is trained and experienced in the management of chronic pain, dealing with trauma, chemical dependency and addictions. As one of the one of the founding members of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County (CDSOC) in 2003, he serves as a Divorce Coach, Child Specialist and Case Manager. Bruce has held the position of Chair of CDSOC’s Training and Education Committee, which provides monthly training for the practice group. [Read more…]