Welcome to the Collaborative Academy

The Collaborative Academy is the Training and Continuing Education portal for the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin. The Academy was created to help new CFLCW members and practitioners  learn from each other and interact with experienced practitioner mentors.

The Collaborative Academy is also the second step in your collaborative training. Five times during the year, Collaborative Academy members will participate in a 60-minute webinar led by experienced CFLCW members on practice tips and issues that arise in the Collaborative Process. Each topic has been formulated by those who have experience in the collaborative process.

2019 graduates of Building Blocks are automatically enrolled in the Collaborative Academy. All CFLCW members may attend!

Dates for the 2019-2020 series of webinars beginning at 12 Noon:

October 17, 2019: Forming a Team and Communicating within the Team

CFLCW Training Committee Chair Megann Hendrix, JD will be discussing the topic Forming the Team and Communicating within the Team.  Watch your email for an update on participants. This session will qualify for one CE/ CCC credit. This session, like all collaborative Academy sessions, is open to all CFLCW members and you won’t want to miss this unique session. There is no cost as Academy CE is included in your annual CFLCW dues.

You must register here to attend.

December 19, 2019: Ethical Issues In Collaborative Practice
February 13, 2020: Tough Cases – What I Wish I Would Have Known
April 16, 2020: Using Collaborative Tools in Your Practice

Topics and presenters are subject to change. Watch for email invites to these sessions.

Click here to download the documents discussed by Tonda Mattie, JD from the September 19 Session Talking to Clients About Collaborative.


The following professionals completed the 2019 Building Blocks training on June 13-14, 2019:

Natasha Torry, JD - Rooted Law, LLC, Sheboygan
Judy O'Connell, JD - von Briesen & Roper, Milwaukee
Emily Harriman, JD - La Fleur Law Office, S.C., Milwaukee
Elizabeth Lanzhammer, JD - Axley Brynelson, LLP, Madison
Nikole Messerschmidt, JD - Sterling Law Offices S.C., Madison
Derek Allen , JD - Madison
Stephanie Malis, JD - Rohde Dales LLP, Sheboygan
Steve Kelley, CDFA® - RSM US Wealth Management,Madison

Jessica Cline, LCSW - Cline Counseling & Consulting, Appleton
David Low, LMFT - Therapy for Solutions, Fox Point
Matthew Bellin, CDFA - North Star Resource Group, Fitchburg
Jody Reiss, MS, LMFT - Westside Psychotherapy, Madison
Martin Tamkin, PhD.- Westside Psychotherapy, Madison
Tanya Hiser, MS, LPC - Westside Psychotherapy, Madison
Mya Johnson, MSSW - Westside Psychotherapy, Madison

Affiliate Members:
Joseph Romas, Financial Advisor-Ameriprise Financial, Mequon
Kristen Rollefson, Mortgage Advisor, First Wisconsin Financial, Oconomowoc



The Members listed below have volunteered to serve as a resource and/or mentor for all members. Simply click on their image and you will be redirected to their Directory listing.

Janice Wexler, JD

Jeff Teplin, LCSW

Jeanne Schroeder, Ph.D.

Diane Diel, JD

Christy Brooks, JD

Graham Wiemer, JD

Sue Hansen, JD

Michelle Fitzgerald, JD

Karen Zimmermann, JD

Kim Ripp, JD
Sun Prairie

Cheryl Gemignani, JD

Grant Zielinski, CDFA


Diane Mader, JD

Cathy Kriss, LCSW

Nanette Karls, JD

Megann Hendrix, JD

Marta Meyers, JD

Katherine Charlton, JD