Matthew Shore is a member dedicated to the advancement of AFCC MN and its goals of supporting families, practitioners and the courts. He is an active member of AFCC’s Board of Directors. He also serves on the Education Committee where he contributes his time, efforts and ideas. Matthew recently co-chaired the very well received April 2014 Lunch and Learn “Informing the Court about Mental Illness.”
Matthew works as a mediator, parenting consultant, custody evaluator, and child specialist at Moxie Inc. Prior to devoting himself exclusively to Family Court related concerns over eight years ago, Matthew worked as a child protection worker at Hennepin County, a victim advocate with the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, a case manager of young defendants facing felony drug charges, and with emotionally disturbed adolescents in both a residential and hospital setting. As a licensed clinical social worker, Matthew brings his wide-ranging experience and training to his work with families facing tough times. In navigating the turbulent waters of high conflict divorce, Matthew always works to keep the children at the center of his thinking.
In his spare time, Matthew tends to spend the bulk of his time acting as chauffeur to his teenage daughters, watching as much soccer as he can, walking his beloved dog Emmitt, and, for the most part, just trying to slow down a bit.
Kari Kanne, family law attorney with Honsa & Associates, is our member in the spotlight for March 2014.
Kari was nominated for taking initiative and spearheading the joint social hour with with AFCC-MN and the Family Law League held this past fall. Kari is an AFCC-MN member as well as Vice President of the Family Law League. Kari saw an opportunity to expand both organizations through a joint event. The event was truly a success, with a standing room only crowd of family law professionals including judicial officers, guardian ad litems, lawyers, mental health professionals and financial professionals. Thank you Kari for your hard work and dedication to bringing new networking opportunities for our members.
Kendra Hagen, family law attorney with Gray Plant Mooty in St. Cloud, is our first member in the spotlight.
Kendra was instrumental in orchestrating the first AFCC-MN Greater Minnesota Outreach initiative. A lunch and Learn was held in St. Cloud at the GPM Office on October 24, 2013. There were 23 participants from the family law community, including judges, attorneys and mental health professionals. The topic was Chemical Health Assessment, Treatment and Testing. CLE's were available.
Panel members: Steve Tschida of Recovery Plus in St. Cloud, John Hasper of Franklin Fmaily Services in Minneapolis, and Michelle Johnson of Minnesota Monitoring of Golden Valley.
Participants indicated they would like MORE involvement with AFCC-MN in their area. Future plans are in the works to hold more events outside of the metro area.