Board Of Directors
Christina Coultas, 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.
Katheryn Lotsos, LCSW, Vice President
New York, NY
As the Director of Clinical Services at The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Katheryn Lotsos, LCSW oversees the largest Supervised Visitation Program in New York City. Specializing in treating children who have experienced trauma, Ms. Lotsos has over 10 years of experience with children and their families in a variety of outpatient settings.
Ms. Lotsos' expertise in the area of trauma serves to inform the best-practice supervised visitation model that The NYSPCC utilizes. She teaches and trains nationally on The NYSPCC's Supervised Visitation and Trauma Recovery Programs.
Ms. Lotsos holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland's School of Social Work.
Jeff Puster, Immediate Past President
Jeff has served as Program Manager for the Exchange Club Family Centers, Supervised Visitation program since April of 2008. Jeff has a Master’s degree in Education from Southern Illinois University and has most recently served as Administrative Director for Volunteers of America and as a behavior specialist for the TN Department of Mental Retardation. Jeff serves as Chair of the Knowledge and Resources Committee, which overseas the website and the distribution of "Sitting In" the SVN newsletter.
Jeff wants to encourage more opportunities for training of professional monitors to help increase the credibility of supervised visitation programs.
Jeff currently resides in the middle-Tennessee area with his wife, Dawn and two sons, Reilly and Jake.
Judy Newman, Secretary
Judy Newman MSW, RSW from Toronto, Ontario Canada is the manager of the Supervised Access Program, Ministry of the Attorney General which has 106 site locations across the province. Judy oversees funding contracts with service providers and works with them to develop policies and procedures and training. Judy was actively involved in the development of supervised access services before taking on her current position. Judy is a registered professional social worker who previously worked at the Office of the Children’s Lawyer working with children and families involved in high conflict custody and access disputes conducting investigations and assisting children’s counsel to represent the interests of children before the court. Judy is a field instructor and adjunct lecturer for the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and a field instructor for Ryerson University social work program. She is also working with Dr. Michael Saini from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work a research project to develop a risk based tool to assist in making orders for supervised access. She is a recipient of the Judith Wallach President’s Award from the Supervised Visitation Network and the Hedy Levenback Award recognizing her contribution to the profession. Judy was a long standing member of the Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) Board and Executive acting as Board secretary. She continues to co- chair of the Credentialling and Standards Committee as well as participate as a member of the Training Committee and the GAR (Grievance and Resolution) Committee. She is also a frequent workshop presenter at SVN and other conferences
Kathy Spurgin, Treasurer
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Recently retired, Kathy spent more than eight years at the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, managing Court programs and providing expertise in policy development, strategic planning, and report writing. She also applied her extensive financial and data analytical skills to oversight of the judiciary’s Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation program, observing that Court support for the program is vital for its continued existence in this state. Since the recession in 2008, parents have increasingly turned to the Courts to resolve their disputes, and the Courts have been flooded with cases of family law and domestic violence. Supervised visitation slows down the revolving door to the Courts, helping parents learn to resolve their own conflicts without causing further harm to the child. Kathy offers the Court perspective to program operations, as well as familiarity with the SVN Standards and Ethics policies, and development in 2014 of a best practices manual for New Mexico programs to guide new judges and staff working with the program.
Elected to the SVN Board in 2012, Kathy has served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee from 2013 to the present. In addition, she served as the 2014 SVN Conference Chair, and received the prestigious Judith Wallach President’s Award that same year for outstanding service and contributions to the SVN.
Kathy spent ten years as Chief of Staff for the Chair of the Texas Workforce Commission developing rules and policy for the newly created agency, and overseeing budgets and performance for 28 Federal and State employment and training programs, including the subsidized child care program (CCDF). That experience was preceded by ten years of service for members of the Texas House of Representatives and the Human Services Committee, drafting bills, including broad welfare and workforce reform legislation enacted in 1995, providing constituent services and agency oversight. Kathy holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Denver.
Kelley is the Program Manager for the Buckeye Ranch Visitation and Exchange Program in Columbus, Ohio. Kelley has worked in supervised visitation and domestic violence since 2002, including victim/child advocacy work, crisis, intake and divorced parenting education, in addition to her focus in the area of supervised visitation. In July of 2011, she was elected to the position of the Chair of the SVN Ohio Chapter. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Master’s degree in Education From Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
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.
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.
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.
Gillian is a Social Worker and Advocate of over 30 years experience, and has been involved with Children’s Rights Issues since the 1970s when she became actively involved with research into Aboriginal Children in Institutional Care many of who were members of the Infamous Stolen Generation. She was responsible for establishing the first Australian Children’s Access Service in Toowoomba in 1981, along with the first Rural Community Legal Service. From the mid 1980s until 1994 she lobbied for the recognition and funding of Children’s Access Services in her country. Gillian was the cofounder of the Australian and New Zealand Assoc of Children’s Access Service (now known as ACCSA) with Judy Harrison in 1994. She has been involved with SVN as an International member since 1994/5. Gillian is currently the Director of the Wynnum/Manly/Western Downs Advocacy and Counseling Service and is the Chair of the Tom Burns Foundation. She is a current board member of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland.
Michele Robinson is with the Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and is the Program Manager of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. Ms. Robinson provides training and technical assistance to individuals, professionals, and OVW grantees throughout the country on issues of domestic violence, child custody and child protection, and supervised visitation and safe exchange. Ms. Robinson is a community volunteer for a local domestic violence organization and annually organizes a community awareness event for domestic violence awareness month.
Prior to joining NCJFCJ, Ms. Robinson worked at Community Services Agency, a community non-profit organization. Ms. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies.
Jessie has served as the Program Director of the Family Visitation Program (FVP) of the Mediation Center since June, 2011. Prior to the Mediation Center, Jessie worked as a Child Protective Services Social Worker in Chapel Hill, NC. As the FVP Program Director, Jessie has more than doubled the number of clients served by the program, increased community outreach and awareness of supervised visitation, and improved the staff/volunteer training process to be in-line with the SVN standards. Jessie served on the Our Cabana World Center Team, an international committee/board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from 2009-2013, she also continues to be an active local and international Girl Scout volunteer. She has an interest in community outreach, non-profit policy, and non-profit social media marketing.
Jessie has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Western Carolina University and a BSW from North Carolina State University (Go Wolfpack!). She currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina and loves everything about the NC Mountains.
Tami Polster Walls
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Tami has been involved in supervised visitation and monitored exchanges since 2007. She is the Client Services Coordinator for Family Access Solutions for Door and Brown County. Tami helped develop a brand new center in Brown County in 2011. Her strong ties to this new community and passion for the program have helped make this new center very successful.
She is a graduate of University Wisconsin, Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychology. Tami received her certificate of family mediation from the University Wisconsin, Milwaukee. In 2012, she completed the facilitator training program for the Nurturing Parenting Program. In 2013, she helped develop a SVN Wisconsin Chapter. Tami and her husband are the proud, new parents of their son, Nolan Walls. ins.
Norma brings to SVN over twenty-two years of experience in the field of supervised visitation. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Guardians of Hope, a for profit organization, with the main focus on private offsite supervision and monitored exchanges. In addition to running Guardians of Hope, she concurrently holds the position of Executive Director of Access Builds Children, a non-profit organization that focuses primarily on on-site visitation both group and private. Norma is a Domestic Violence Risk Assessor, a Certified Anger Management Resolution Therapist, a Batterer Invention and Prevention Provider, as well as trained to provide parenting classes using the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum. She is a licensed Minister with the Independent Assemblies of God and is the Co-Pastor of Children of the King Ministries alongside her best friend and husband of twenty-nine years, Melvin. Norma is the proud mother of three children: Heather, Lauren and Hannah and the proud grandmother of five grandchildren; Autumn, Michael, Haileigh, Alyssa and Jessica.
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.