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About the Presenters (listed in order of sessions)

Dr. Lewis E Losoncy, Ed.D. is a motivational psychologist, and author of 28 books on the topics of encouragement, positive attitude, leadership and teamwork, including the best seller "If it weren't for you, we could get along." He build the culture of Matrix Beauty, one of the largest company of professional produces, as has consulted with companies like SC Johnson, Hermann-Miller, and Dell. "Dr. Lew has spoken in every US State, and in two dozen countries throughout the world. He has been seen on CBS This Morning, CNN, and has been written about in varied print from Psychology Today, Working Woman, and The Wall Street Journal. His presentation captures the views that the healthiest, happiest, most productive, self-actualized people hold during their two and a half billion seconds of life. Lew has spoken to many Bar associations on topics from inspiration to the Psychology of Persuasion.

Margaret E. Thompson, PBPP Director Interstate Probation Services, PA Deputy Compact Administrator for the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, graduated from Penn State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Education and Counseling.  She spent the next 13 years in Peru and Europe.  Shortly after her return to the United States in 1989, she joined the York County Adult Probation Department as a bilingual probation officer for 8 years, specializing in female offender issues. She then served 5 years as Supervisor of the Intermediate Punishment, Pre-sentence Investigation and Pre-Trial Intervention Unit.  In 2002, Margaret began her career with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole where she has been the Director of Interstate Probation Services for over 11 years.  In this capacity, she serves as a Deputy Compact Administrator overseeing the transfer of offenders into and out of Pennsylvania through the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision.  As Director, she is also assigned the monitoring of the Board's special probation cases under compact supervision, provides interstate support to Pennsylvania's 65 adult probation departments, PBPP field and institutional staff and mediates compliance issues.  Ms. Thompson is a member of the Interstate Commission Training Committee and is a certified national trainer.  Additionally she serves as Chair of the Eastern Region Deputy Compact Administrators Committee and is an ex-officio member of the PA State Council for the Interstate Commission for Juveniles. 

Alan M. Robinson, Deputy Chief Counsel PBPP, represents the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and its employees in state and federal courts and represents the Board in state and federal administrative proceedings.  Prior to employment with the Board, Alan was employed as a law clerk to the Honorable John S. Kennedy, as an associate in private practice, and as an Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Ellen Freedman, CLM, serves as the Law Practice Management Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.  In that capacity she assists PBA’s members with management issues and decisions on the business side of their practice, including areas like technology, bookkeeping procedures, human resources, marketing, risk management, setting up a practice and so forth.  PBA members are encouraged to contact Ellen through the 800 “Hot Line” at PBA headquarters, (800-932-0311 x2228) or through email ( 

Ellen is founder and President of Freedman Consulting, which assists PA law firms with a full range of issues and projects on the business side of the practice.  More information about Ellen and her law practice management services may be obtained at  Ellen also publishes the Law Practice Management Blog at

Suzanne H. Griest, a lifelong resident of Wellsville, graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1981. Suzanne earned her undergraduate degree from Ursinus College (with honors in Political Science) in 1978. She is a 1974 graduate of Northern High School. She is the daughter of the late Russell F. Griest, one of the founders of the firm. Suzanne and her husband, Harry, reside in Wellsville with their son, Hank. She is active in her church choir and music ministry. Suzanne enjoys sports, reading and performing arts. Suzanne concentrates her practice in the areas of Family Law, Estates & Wills, Real Estate and Municipal Law. She is actively involved in the York County Bar Association and its Foundation. She is Immediate Past President of the Foundation and past president of the Association and former chair of the Family Law Section. Suzanne has served on the Board of Directors of various civic and non-profit organizations. Suzanne takes a very practical approach to her practice of law and strives to resolve issues through negotiation but is also an experienced litigator who has achieved many successful outcomes. Suzanne is also trained in collaborative law which allows her to assist clients in reaching settlements without litigation.


David C. Schanbacher is a partner in the law firm of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLP. After receiving his J. D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from the FBI Academy and served as a special agent with the FBI from 1986-1991. Attorney Schanbacher concentrates his practice in family law, divorce, custody, support, prenuptial agreements and adoptions. Attorney Schanbacher currently is a council member of the Family Law Section of the York County Bar Association and served as co-chair of the PBA Family Law Section Rules Committee. He lectures at numerous public service seminars in the York County area on family law topics. Attorney Schanbacher is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and was included in the National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professional, 2001-2002 Edition, as well as the Strathmore's Who's Who 2005-2006 Edition and the 2009 and 2010 editions of Who's Who in America.  Recognized by peers as a Select Lawyer 2014.  Attorney Schanbacher contributes case notes for the Pennsylvania Family Lawyer and has lectured for PBA at the Family Law Section Meetings. In 2006, he also authored the materials on Rules of Evidence for the Family Law Section Meeting In Toronto. He is the author of "RERISA/REA Landmines in Waive of Survivor Benefits," published in 2004 by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Heather Z. Reynosa has successfully argued on behalf of her clients before numerous Pennsylvania trial courts as well as before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She has also obtained numerous favorable Opinions from all of the Appellate Courts in Pennsylvania. In fact, in 2007, Heather on behalf of her client, created new case law in the Family Law arena. In addition to Family Law, her primary practice areas are Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, and Appellate Practice. She is a skilled trial attorney who is regularly in the courtroom. Heather received her Juris Doctor Degree from The Dickinson School of Law in 1997. While attending Dickinson, she received the CALI award for excellent achievement in the study of Advanced Criminal Procedure. In 1994, Heather earned her undergraduate degree, graduating magna cum laude from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was awarded the Whitener Award, given annually to the man and woman in the graduating class who combine in themselves, the highest qualities of character, leadership, and scholarship. Heather is a member of the York County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Courts of Pennsylvania. As an active York County Bar Association Member, she is a member of the Family Law Section, Co-Chair of the Law Day Committee and a member of the Employee Relations Committee. Heather was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and was raised along with her younger sister in Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Heather and her husband, Dean, live in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, with their daughter.

The Honorable Penny L. Blackwell was most recently assigned to the Orphans’ Court Division as well as the York County Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Court and DUI Court. She was assigned to the Criminal and Civil Trial Division of the Court of Common Pleas of York County from 2001 until 2008 and was the Administrative Judge for the Criminal Division from 2004 until 2008. From January of 1992 until July of 2001, she was assigned to the Family Division and was the Administrative Judge for that division and primarily heard Juvenile Dependency cases. She is active in the Pennsylvania Conference of Trial Judges and is on the Ethics Committee for the PCTJ. Judge Blackwell received her Juris Doctorate in 1974 from the Washington College of Law of the American University.

The Honorable John S. Kennedy is a member of the Court of Common Pleas of York County, Pennsylvania. Elected in 1995 and retained in 2005, Kennedy has presided over a variety of criminal civil cases, including medical malpractice cases, product liability cases, and capital murder cases. He became an Orphans’ Court Judge in January 2014.

Kennedy has been on the leading edge of the establishment of specialty court programs in Pennsylvania. In 1997 he helped establish the York County Drug Treatment Court, then only the second drug treatment court in the state. In 2002 he helped launch the first Reentry Court Program in Pennsylvania. This program was intended to help establish a working relationship between the State Department of Correction, State Probation and Parole, and county agencies to help incarcerated offenders reintegrate into society.

In January of 2012 Kennedy undertook the expansion of the York County DUI Treatment Court. The program has expanded from 50 participants to over 150 in 8 months. He also chairs the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, which has modified the handling of DUI cases in York County to specifically promote public safety by monitoring repeat offenders pretrial with supervised bail and SCRAM bracelets.

He is a 1980 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a 1983 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He completed Treatment Court Judicial Training in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011 at the National Judicial College. He was the previous chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Committee on Corrections and has served on various committees of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

Marolyn Morford, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals in a variety of contexts.  Dr. Morford is past president of the Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 53 (Clinical Child Psychology), Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s (PPA ) Committees on Ethics, Continuing Education, the Practice-Research Network, PPA’s E-newsletter and is chair of PPA’s Child Custody Committee. She has testified before legislative committees and in several Pennsylvania counties (Allegheny, Blair, Bucks, Centre, Clinton, & Mifflin) on child related matters. She likes summarizing current research to the public to increase awareness of development, behavior, and emotional health needs of children and adults.

The Honorable Anne E. Lazarus, Superior Court of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was elected in 2009 to a term expiring in 2019. Judge Lazarus received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1972 and her J.D. and LL.M. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1976 and 1986, respectively. Prior to her election to the Superior Court, Lazarus served on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas from 1991 to 2010. From 1980 to 1991, she was Legal Counsel to the Philadelphia Orphans' Court.


The Honorable Joseph C. Adams is the Administrative Judge for the Family Division of the York County Court of Common Pleas. He received his B.S. from Elizabethtown College (Business). He obtained his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. Before his election to the Court of Common Pleas, Judge Adams was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor in the York County District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit. After his departure from the District Attorney’s Office, he became a partner/shareholder with CGA Law Firm in York practicing in the firms’ family law and civil litigation sections. He has served as a solicitor for the York County Clerk of Courts office and as a court appointed mediator. He currently serves as President of the York County Bar Association and is a Past President of the Herbert B. Cohen Inn of Court. Judge Adams is a past recipient of the Richard E. Kohler Civility and Ethics Award.

Evan J. Kline
practices personal injury law with Katherman, Briggs and Greenberg. He is a 1990 graduate of Washington and Lee University, and a 1993 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. He is a member of the York County Bar Association, where he serves as the co-chair of the Civil Rules Committee and is a member of the Bench/Bar Committee.  He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Evan is a tech enthusiast, and regularly uses his iPad and Mac in order to better and more efficiently serve his clients.

Andrew B. Brown has concentrated his practice in Family Law since his admission to the Bar in 1987. He has tried thousands of cases involving issues of divorce, equitable distribution of property, child custody, support, alimony, and protection from abuse. He has litigated numerous appellate cases, with over a dozen published opinions as appellate counsel in the family law arena. He practices primarily in York County, but also appears in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Lancaster counties. As a result of his frequent appearances before the York County Court, he is very familiar with the local Judges, Masters, Hearing Officers, and Conciliators. As a tribute to his skills as an advocate, he has represented a number of other attorneys in their family law cases. He has lectured other attorneys on family law issues on a statewide basis through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the educational arm of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Attorney Brown was born and raised in York County, and graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 1979. He is married with two children. He has practiced with Anstine & Sparler since his admission to the Bar in 1987.

Barbara Sardella
is vice president and general counsel for Kinsley Construction, Inc. and general counsel and broker of record for Kinsley Properties in York, Pennsylvania.  She oversees and coordinates all legal matters for the company.  She is the Secretary and General Counsel for the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors.  She is a past president of the York County Bar Foundation.  Ms. Sardella has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years.  She has been a long-time moderator of the York County Bench Meets Bar Q&A, but her real fame results from Tom O’Shea’s casting of her as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderlawyer, Prima Donna in How to Succeed in Law Without Really Trying, and Glinda in the Wizard of Law

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