Board Of Directors
Kelley Beckett, President
Columbus, OhioKelley is the Program Manager for the Buckeye Ranch Common Ground program in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeye Ranch Common Ground Program was the recipient of the 2014 Promising Practice Award from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at the Two Days in May Conference on Victims Assistance. Kelley has worked in supervised visitation and domestic violence since 2002, including victim/child advocacy work, crisis and intake in a domestic violence shelter. She is an educator and has taught groups and conference seminars on co-parenting education, anger management and family relations in addition to her focus in the area of supervised visitation. She served in the position of the Chair of the SVN Ohio Chapter in 2011-2013 and remains an active member of the chapter, providing training to its members. As a member of the SVN Board, she participates in the Training Committee and serves as Co-Chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee. Kelley is also a member of her local VAWA Collaboration Board and is a former member of the Grant Professionals Association. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and is currently studying at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay,Ohio for a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Jody Bittrich, Vice President
Denver, COMs. Bittrich has been working in the Parenting Time field since 1997 directing a program in Minnesota/North Dakota from 1997 – 2007 and in the Denver Metro area since 2007. Ms. Bittrich served on the Supervised Visitation Network Board of Directors from 2002 – 2012 – while also serving as Board President from 2008-2010. She has also been the SVN-CO Chapter co-chair since 2008. She has specific training in the areas of divorcing and separating families, high conflict families, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and fatherhood issues. She also believes in using the approach of trauma informed care while working with families.
Her passion is in the area of securing a place where kids can be kids because kids are growing up way too fast! When not at work she enjoys playing with her three dogs, coaching her nephew and nieces basketball and enjoying beautiful Colorado!
Pam Guedry, Treasurer
Pam Guedry has been an advocate of ending violence against women for over 18 years. In 1996, Pam first began working with children exposed to violence as the Director of Children’s Services at a domestic violence program. This is where Pam was first introduced to the concept of supervised visitation as she worked alongside many mothers in shelter who were facing the challenges of visitation. In 2003, Pam was hired by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to plan, design, and operate three supervised visitation centers across the state. She was responsible for developing policies for these programs and assisted other agencies in the state who were establishing centers. In 2008, Pam accepted an opportunity to work with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to use her knowledge of establishing safe supervised visitation in cases with histories of domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, and sexual assault to open a visitation center in their community. The PACT Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center has been in operation for 4 years. As coordinator of this program, Pam also facilitates the building of relationships through community collaboration to ensure that safety for victims and their children are a priority.
Maribeth Christensen, Secretary
Maribeth Christensen was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto (with a specialization in Social Justice and Diversity), and a Masters of Arts in Political Science (with a collaborative program in Women and Gender Studies) from the University of Toronto. Maribeth began her journey with the Ministry of the Attorney General’s (MAG) Supervised Access Program (SAP) in 2008 as a placement student and returned to take on the role of program analyst in March 2011. In between, she worked for MAG’s Accessibility Unit and for the Ministry of Community and Social Services as a policy analyst in the area of programs/services for adults with developmental disabilities. During her time with SAP, Maribeth helped the Program be the first across the Ontario government to achieve compliance with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service, 2008; contributed to the development of e-learning modules and other training initiatives; chaired various committees (including most recently the “SAP 101 Video” working group); and has been an active member of the small but mighty ministry team that continues to manage and grow the Program to the benefit of all its stakeholders (children and their families in Ontario, local program staff, and the broader supervised access community). When not doing the work she loves at SAP, Maribeth enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and being a “fur mama” to her two Shih Tzu puppies.
Christina Coultas, Immediate Past President
Dallas, TXChristina Coultas is the Director of FLP Family Center, a supervised visitation and exchange center for families located in Dallas, Texas. In her role as director, she works closely with families in the visitation setting. Before being the director at the center Christina was the case manager at the center for five years. Christina is an active member of the coordinated community response to domestic violence in Dallas and serves as the chair of two coalitions in the community as well as serving on the board of the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center and the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault. Prior to her work in supervised visitation she worked as a shelter advocate, criminal court liaison, and as a trainer/public relations coordinator. Christina is currently a currently a supervised visitation consultant working with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations and served as a recent faculty member for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges national supervised visitation conference. Christina is licensed social worker who received her BSW from the University of North Texas and her MSW at the University of Texas-Arlington.
Santa Rosa, CASince 1983, Robin has been serving as the Executive Director of the Child Parent Institute (CPI). CPI was founded in 1978, with our mission being to end child abuse and strengthen the health of children, parents and families. At the start of my tenure, one of the new programs I helped launch was supervised visitation services. Since that time we have served thousands of children and families in that program. And over those years, I have learned the importance of being able to offer a wide range of innovative and culturally responsive programs to meet our mission including our supervised visitation services.
My passion and experience working with children and families will be brought to the table as a SVN Board member. I feel as a professional dedicated to helping children and families thrive, and as a SVN Board member it will require partnership in our work with not just myself as a board member or the other board members, but the entire community of professionals here at this conference and working in our individual communities. Together, we better our communities by providing strength and support to each other and our children.
Bill Carty, BA, CYW, MBA
Toronto, ONBill has been involved in service delivery since 1972 when he first worked in children’s mental health as a child and youth worker. He has been a practitioner, program supervisor, service manager, and service director in a variety of social service agencies in Ontario, Canada. He has also taught in a number of child and youth work programs and provided consultation services in the social service sector. He co-founded Bartimaeus in 1988 to respond to organizations and agencies in communities across Ontario who required experienced and skilled practitioners to assist with children, adolescents and adults who have been identified as having special care and treatment needs due to behavioural, mental health, or developmental difficulties. In 2005 Bartimaeus began offering services to Senior’s that have challenging behaviours. Additionally, in the past decade, he established Improv Care Services for Children, Imagine That Family Care, Brayden Supervision Services Inc. and he owns and operates Eldano Properties Inc.
Brayden Supervision Services was established to provide supervised visitation and visit exchanges during times of custody and access disputes involving parents of children. Brayden Supervision also provides supervision in situations where the care and treatment of an adult family member is being disputed between family members and visit supervision has been ordered by the court.
Ona Foster has been working to address issues around domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse for over 13 years. She currently directs the Supervised Visitation Initiative for the Vera Institute of Justice, which provides training and technical assistance for the national Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program.
Prior to joining Vera she spent seven years implementing and directing Faith and Liberty’s Place Supervised Visitation Center in Dallas, Texas. Previously she spent four years working in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the Family Violence Unit, first as a legal advocate in the criminal misdemeanor family violence courts and then as a supervisor in the Protective Order Division.
Prior to working at the DA’s Office, she facilitated BIP (Battering Intervention and Prevention) groups and worked in a women’s shelter. She publicly speaks on the issue of domestic violence nationally and locally, and has trained law enforcement and community groups across the state of Texas for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Ona serves as co-chair on two committees for the Supervised Visitation Network and is a member of the board. She also serves in a consultant capacity for Futures Without Violence (formerly the Family Violence Prevention Fund), Praxis International, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Office on Violence Against Women. Ona is a licensed social worker who holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Colorado State University.
Deianna has been working with families for about eleven years. She is passionate about ending intimate partner violence and child maltreatment through collaborating with providers across systems, educating parents on development and discipline, attending to staff’s training needs and self care and challenging cultural norms that tell us violence and power over others is a useful method to solve conflict. To work towards these goals Deianna serves on a variety of committees, task forces, sub committees, and work groups at the local and State level. Currently, Deianna is the Director of Domestic Violence Services at CHILD, Inc., a non-profit organization in Delaware. She supervises the non- clinical domestic violence programs at CHILD, Inc. Before becoming the Director of non- clinical services Deianna led the visitation program for five years. Prior to working in visitation Deianna was a domestic violence advocate in the state’s child welfare system. Deianna holds a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Delaware.
When not at work, she enjoys reading or spending time with her husband and their children at museums, arts festivals, making crafts and enjoying nature. Deianna continues to be interested in issues of poverty, race and gender outside of her professional role and directs her attention to these areas through self study and activism.
Tucson, AZJoanne Karolzak is a founding and continuous member of the Supervised Visitation Network. She served 7 years on the Board including serving as the network’s 3rd President. She is the Director of Community Education and Family Support at Casa de los Niños in Tucson, AZ. Joanne has been a practitioner of services for over 20 years and has worked extensively in the field. She hosted the first SVN conference and co-hosted it again in 2005. Joanne was one of the U.S. delegates to the first International Conference on Access Programs in France in 1997. She has provided training and consultation to programs throughout the United States. Joanne currently oversees the 2 different access programs provided by her agency serving both domestic cases and paternity actions and dependency visitation cases.
Heather Molesworth is the Family and Community Services Director for West Central Minnesota Communities Action. Heather oversees the Parenting Time Center, Fathers Resource Program, Vita Tax Site Program, Emergency Service Programs and Housing Programs. With a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Non-Profit Management from the University of the Rockies, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Psychology, Heather has a dedication to serving children and families in need in any way possible.
Since 2010, I have been working in the Parenting Time field. Starting out as an intern and upon completion, was appointed the director of the Parenting time program in Minnesota and has remained there ever since. In addition, I have served as the SVN-MN Chapter treasurer from 2012 till November 2015, then was elected SVN-MN Chapter Chair in November, 2015. Over the years, I have worked with families to address the issues of domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and fatherhood issues. Furthermost, I feel that I would bring a new energy and desire to others to better served the children and families whom utilize our services.
When not at work, she enjoys reading or spending time with her husband and their children two children at their children’s sporting events, as well as reading, running, and anything outdoors.
Howard Yaffe is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology From Boston University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work. He brings more than 25 years of clinical practice in various settings to his work in the supervised visitation field. He has worked with Meeting Place in Cambridge, MA for over 20 years and has been actively involved with the Massachusetts Chapter since its inception in 1991. He also brings to the board a wealth of experience as a private visitation supervisor, as director of a Domestic Violence focused visitation program and as a strong collaborator with other state and local providers of domestic violence services.
Joe Nullet, E.D.
Executive Director, Supervised Visitation Network
Executive Director Joe Nullet, a graduate of Harvard University, has led the Supervised Visitation Network since December 2007. Before that he was the Executive Director of the Family Nurturing Center of Florida, a Supervised Visitation and Parent Education program in Jacksonville, Florida.
During his tenure at FNC, he led the organization through an exciting growth period, helped reshape the organizational culture and design to better serve the needs of clients, and has served locally and nationally on numerous task forces, advisory boards, and collaborative partnerships as an expert in the field of supervised visitation. Joe is a former Board Member of SVN who has presented at SVN Annual Conferences, and has been a member since 2001. Joe has served on the statewide Committee that developed an innovative Supervised Visitation database and is currently a member of State of Florida Standards Committee that was formed as a result of legislation to establish statewide standards.
Joe is also a Recognized National Trainer/Consultant with the Nurturing Parenting Programs, working with organizations that wish to incorporate the Nurturing Parenting Programs by assisting with the functions of administrative support, grant writing to fund a program, development of facilitation skills, and marketing of the concept. Joe has completed Graduate Coursework at the Kennedy School of Government, a Nonprofit Executive Program at the Harvard Business School, as well as completing the Jessie Ball duPont Fund's Community Coaches Program.
At home Joe enjoys spending time with his wife Trina (also a nonprofit employee) and three boys: Joey, Luke, and Nicholas.