Meet the Team

Staff

Johanna Fierstein, MSW

Johanna Fierstein, MSW

Executive Director

David J. Newstone, Esq.

David J. Newstone, Esq.

Director of Legal Services and General Counsel

Sharla Denton, MC, LPC, CCTP

Sharla Denton, MC, LPC, CCTP

Director of Clinical Services & Trauma Therapist

Joanne McDonald

Joanne McDonald

Chief Financial Officer

Sue Ann Springer

Sue Ann Springer

Senior Family Law Paralegal

Heather Harpest

Heather Harpest

Family Law Paralegal

Liz Avila, MSW

Liz Avila, MSW

Helpline Advocate (bilingual English/Spanish)

Board of Directors

Dick Geasland, LCSW

Board Chairperson

Trish Leon, CDFA

Treasurer/Secretary

Judge (Ret.) Penny Willrich

Member

Kelly Mendoza, Esq.

Member

Peggy Zeffer

Member

Annette Ruskin, LCSW

Member

Volunteers

Annette Ruskin, LCSW

Volunteer Therapist, Forensics Expert (bilingual English/Spanish)

Pat O’Connell

Educational Advocate

Alex McFarland

Legal Intern

Advisory Council

Faren Akins, PhD, J.D.

Akins Law Firm

Dr. Akins is a Psychologist AND Attorney licensed in Arizona and Cali­fornia with more than 35 years professional experience. He is a published author and has received grants and fel­lowships. He served 6 years as a Board member and Vice-President of the Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Currently, he is in pri­vate practice providing representation and consultation to mental health pro­fessionals with ethics or licensing board complaints. In his forensic psychol­ogy practice he does custody evaluations, works as a consultant to attorneys, offers trial testimony, and regularly does continuing education courses.

Alisa Gray, Esq.

Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

Alisa Gray is a shareholder at Tiffany & Bosco who concentrates her practice on probate and trust litigation, estate administration, elder law and mediation. She is a judge pro tem with the Maricopa County Superior Court and routinely conducts settlement conferences for the court. She is a sought-after speaker on probate and trust issues, stress management and work-life balance.

Sadaf Khwaja, MBA, M.Ed.

Sadaf Khwaja Consulting

Sadaf Khwaja, MBA, M.Ed., is a Neuro-Linguistic and Theta Healing Practitioner and Master Life Coach who is an invaluable asset to our organization. Ms. Khwaja’s primary passion lies in bringing families together by addressing the “Teenage Brain” and its impact on parenting. In her private practice, she works intimately with clients in creating family systems to primarily recognize that the teenage brain is not fully developed until late 20’s. She is a strong advocate for children, helping to identify that old patterns of pain, misery, and hardship can be released and replaced by authentic, healthy, loving and meaningful relationships between parents and adolescents for a lifetime.

Christopher J. Meister, Esq.

Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Chris graduated magna cum laude, with accounting and business management degrees from North Carolina State University and in the top quarter of his class at Wake Forest School of Law. Chris practices in the area of union relations, Human Resources, employment law, and labor matters in arbitrations, in state and federal courts, and before state and federal administrative agencies including the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Department of Labor. Chris is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Military Assistance Mission, an Arizona charitable organization dedicated to providing our Armed Forces personnel with the support and assistance they deserve.

David Weinstock, J.D., Ph. D.

Forensic Counseling and Evaluations, PLLC

Dr. Weinstock received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He is a licensed psychologist in Arizona AND a licensed and retired attorney. He has conducted family law evaluations for almost two decades. Dr. Weinstock has valuable experience with sexual offender and sex addiction evaluations and treatment. He is also a former member of Arizona’s Domestic Relations Committee and a former co-chair of the Arizona Psychological Association’s forensic committee.