Richard Scott, President
St. Louis, MO
Hailing from St. Louis, Dr. Rick Scott is a father of two, making him a busy parent and coach. He is an avid fan of music and baseball. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy from Bradley University and attended St. Louis University for his master's and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology. He has been a licensed psychologist and certified forensic examiner since 1992. For the Missouri Department of Mental Health, he conducts pretrial criminal and sexual predator commitment evaluations, and consults across the state on issues of risk assessment and best practices in forensic mental health. In his private practice, Dr. Scott performs pretrial criminal evaluations, but also conducts parenting and child custody evaluations, as well as therapy to facilitate co-parenting in high conflict cases. Dr. Scott is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychology & Law Society, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He is a clinical member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and is a charter member of the Missouri chapter.
Art Nissenbaum, Immediate Past President
St. Louis, MO
Art Nissenbaum of Arthur H. Nissenbaum, LLC, is an attorney concentrating on family law matters in St. Louis, Missouri. Art is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence where he majored in Psychology and in Human Development and Family Life. He received his JD from The John Marshall Law School and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from St. Louis University. Art's practice focuses on all aspects of family law including mediation, Parent Coordination and he often works as a Guardian ad Litem for children in contested custody cases in the metropolitan St. Louis area. Art is a trained Parent Coordinator and he was a member of the Task Force for Parent Coordination for the St. Louis County Family Court. He was instrumental in bringing Parent Coordination to the St. Louis County Courts. Art is a board member of Lawyers for Kids which supports safe place exchange centers in St. Louis City and County. Art has been serving on the MO-AFCC board since October of 2007.
Jenny Riggs, M.S. serves as Dispute Resolution Specialist at the Seventh Circuit - Clay County Office of Dispute Resolution Services. She provides a wide range of support services to the Family Court, including parent education and mediation in dissolution, paternity, and child welfare cases, as well as coordinating the restorative justice programs for the Juvenile Office. Jenny also teaches Mediation at Missouri Western State University, and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution at Missouri State University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. Celebrating 40 years of public service, her past experience includes juvenile justice, law enforcement, victim advocacy, and public policy development. Outside the courts, she enjoys spending time with her three adorable grandchildren, gardening, and watching Royals baseball. Jenny joined the MO-AFCC board in 2015, and serves as Corresponding Secretary.
Sherrill P. Roberts currently serves as Family Court Commissioner in Clay County, Missouri, presiding primarily over matters involving paternity, child custody, child support and related issues. She was appointed Family Court Commissioner in 2005. Prior to her appointment as Family Court Commissioner, she was a partner in the firm of Kuhlman, Reddoch, Sullivan & Roberts, P.C., a small general practice firm, where her practice was concentrated in family law litigation and representation of children as a Guardian ad Litem. She received bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Deana Klein, Treasurer
St. Louis, MO.
Amy received her undergraduate degree and law degree from St. Louis University. She is a member in good standing with the Missouri Bar Association, and has a rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale. After law school, Amy clerked for several Judges on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, was an Assistant St. Louis County Counselor, and a Special Assistant Unites States Attorney before going into private practice with her husband at the Diemer Law Firm, P.C., where she practiced in the area of family law with an emphasis in Guardian ad Litem work. She is a civil and family law mediator. Currently she is the Managing Attorney at Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, a pro bono agency serving the legal needs of the poor and marginalized in the areas of family law, immigration, housing, veterans’ rights and municipal law.
Katherine (Katy) Tynes attended Stephens College and Tulane University where she received her M.S.W. degree. Katy was a liaison for the Juvenile Court Judges for ten years with various agencies in New Orleans, Louisiana. Katy was also the Clinical Director for ten years at St John's Psychiatric Program in Springfield, Missouri. Since 1991, Katy has been in private practice with Tynes & Associates. She currently holds a L.C.S.W. and L.M.F.T. license in the state of Missouri. Katy is currently involved in custody mediation and divorce cases, where she also practices in the area of parent coordination.
Honorable Douglas R. Beach
St Louis, MO.
Douglas R. Beach was appointed Associate Circuit Court Judge for St. Louis County Missouri in 2005 and appointed to the Circuit Court by Governor Jay Nixon in 2010. Judge Beach as been assigned to the Family Court since he was appointed to the bench in 2005. Was an incorporator of the City of Chesterfield in 1988 and served as the City Attorney for 17 ½ years before his appointment to the bench. He was in the private practiced law in St. Louis being named in the Best Lawyers of America; is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Missouri Bar; Massachusetts Bar; St. Louis County Bar; Past President; St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Assn; member of the Women’s Lawyers Association, Hispanic Bar Association and Lawyers Association: Board Member, AFCC; Board Member of Children’s Home Society; Program Committee for Kids in the Middle; receiving “Champion of Kid’s Award”; named Outstanding Young Lawyer, St. Louis County Bar; in 2011 he undertook the coordination of the effort to have the St. Louis County voters vote on a 100 million dollar bond issue for the replacement of the Family Court building and the renovation of the Civil Courts building and he is now is working on the construction plans for the building; recently recognized by Legal Advocates for Abused Women and the Crime Victim Advocacy Center for work on passage of the Bond Issue for a new Family Court facility and renovations to current civil court; started the Veterans Treatment Courts in St. Louis County. Judge Beach received his law degree from New England School of Law (Cum Laude) in 1973. He retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel were he served as Judge Advocate.
Rachael Kennedy was born in Manhattan, Kansas, where when she was 12, she met the boy who would become her husband, Paxton Schneider. Paxton and Rachael have two children.
She graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Human Development and Family Life. She graduated from The University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law in 1997, stayed in Columbia, and has focused on family law since then. She had a solo practice for six years, and has mediated over 2500 hours of family cases.
Michelle Henry, Web Master
St. Louis, MO
Michelle Henry is a trained mediator and the Assistant Supervisor of the Mediation and Special Court Services Unit of the St. Louis City Family Court. Michelle Henry works with a team of mediators who provide domestic relations and intra-family mediation services for Divisions 14, 14A, 15, 6, 22 and 30 of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit. The unit also provides supervised visitation and supervised exchange services, performs home studies, and completes screenings of applicants for Child Orders of Protection. Ms. Henry is a facilitator at the Family Court’s Pro Se Clinic assisting participants in the completion of their petitions for Dissolution of Marriage. Ms. Henry is the Program Liaison for the Court’s Family Sub-Contracted Services program, a program of subcontracted services provided to the clients of the Family Court where she supervises 20 vendors. She has been employed by the Family Court for 15 years.
Michelle Henry is on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis City Family Violence Council and currently serves as the Treasurer.
Michelle Henry has been on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chapter of AFCC since October 2007 and has served as the chapter’s secretary and President.
Advisory Board Members:
Larry Swall, Advisory Board Member
Larry V. Swall is Executive Director of M.A.R.C.H., Inc., (Mediation Achieving Results for Children) and family attorney in Liberty, Missouri, with Larry V. Swall & Associates, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, 1990, where he did his masters work, in philosophy; and San Diego State University, BA-Philosophy, 1987. His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic relations, including family mediation and parenting coordination. Mr. Swall was honored in 2009 by the Missouri Bar Association with the President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Bar and the Roger P. Krumm Family Law Practitioner of the Year Award. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Family Law Section, serving as Chair since 2008, as well as serving on the Family Law Legislative Review Committee and the CLE Committee; he was Planning Chair for the Missouri Bar Annual Family Law Conference for seven years beginning in 1999; and, a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Child Support Guideline Review Committee 2008 to present. He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, in both the Family Law Section and Juvenile Law Committee, and the Clay County Bar Association. Mr. Swall is a past President and founding member of the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, serving as Chair of the Parenting Coordination Task Force; a member of the American Bar Association Family Law Section, and a General Member of Association of Conflict Resolution. Mr. Swall was formerly a Professor with Drury College in Springfield, Missouri where he taught in areas of law, including family law, as well as in the Department of Philosophy, and at Maple Woods Community College, Kansas City, Missouri in the Department of Social Science, Philosophy