Speaker Bios

Principal Speakers

Susan Weitzman, PhD and LCSW, Psychotherapist, practicing in Chicago and Lincolnshire. SUNY – Stony Brook (BA), Michigan State University (MSW), Loyola University (PhD). Author of groundbreaking book, Not to People Like Us:   Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages.  Adjunct Professor for 12 years at University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry. Voted National Social Worker of the Year (2002) by the NASW. President and Director, The Weitzman Center.

Patricia Prentice, RN and MBA, Perinatal Administrator, Rush University Medical Center; and Administrator, State of Illinois Maternity Mortality Review Committee. St. Xavier University (BSN) and Benedictine University (MBA). Member, Chicago Maternal Child Health and Advisory Committee. Director, The Weitzman Center.

Leslie Landis, Esq, Court Administrator, Domestic Violence Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Antioch University College of Law (JD). Director of Chicago Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence (1997 – 2010); Chair, City of Chicago’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Coordinating Council; Founding Member, Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network; Former Director Life Span (1982 – 1997). Director, The Weitzman Center.

David H. Hopkins, Esq, Partner, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP. Duke University (AB) and Columbia University Law School (JD). Chair, Bar Task Forces that drafted the 1993 revampment of the IDVA and The Leveling of the Playing Field in Divorce Litigation Amendments (eft 1997). Selected for Leading Lawyers, Illinois Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. Director, The Weitzman Center.

Xavier Pombar, DO, Senior Attending in maternal-fetal medicine, Rush University Medical Center;  Assistant Professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Section Director, general obstetrics and Director, residency program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Clinical Director ob/gyn, Union and Saint Barnabas Hospitals, Bronx, NY;  Educational Coordinator for obstetrics medical students, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Completed fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago; and a year of research in obstetrical ultrasound, University of Colorado in Denver.  Trustee, The Weitzman Center.

Guest Luncheon Speakers

Hon. Robert J. Anderson, Circuit Judge, presently assigned as Supervising Judge of the DuPage County Juvenile Courts. Loyola University (BA and JD). Chair, DuPage County Family Violence Coordinating Council. Co-Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Child Custody Issues; Member, Illinois Supreme Court Education Committee; Guest Instructor in family law, Loyola University Law School;  Teacher at New Judges Seminar on family law.

Hon. Grace G. Dickler, Circuit Judge, has entered approximately 3,000 orders of protection throughout her judicial career which began in 1988 when she was appointed an Associate Judge.  Northwestern University (JD), DePaul University (BA). Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission (1982 to 1985).  U.S. Immigration Judge in U.S. Immigration Court (1986-1988). Associate Judge (1988 to 2006). Elected Circuit Court Judge in the 12th Judicial Sub-circuit (2006); assigned to Domestic Relations Division (1991-present), assigned to the Second Municipal District in Skokie (1999).  Appointed by Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans to be the first Presiding Judge of the newly formed Domestic Violence Division (2010); appointed Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division (2011).  Judge Dickler serves on the Board of the Illinois Judge’s Association.


Moderators and Other Panel Participants

Barbara Hausman, LCSW, Executive Director, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law. Stanford University (BA) and University of Illinois (MSW).

Lee A. Barrie, Vice President, Kurman Communications, Inc. Active in numerous arts and charitable organizations in Chicago, including Streetwise, Music Industry Workshop and Chicago Human Rhythm Project. University of Minnesota (BA), Boston University (EdM), and Northwestern University Graduate School of Business (MBA). Director, The Weitzman Center. 

Jill Egizii, Alderman, City Council, Springfield, Illinois. University of Illinois (BA). President of Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (International). Member, Illinois Family Study Committee. Co-Author (with Hon. Michelle Lowrance) of workbook entitled Parental Alienation 911. Author of novel, The Look of Love.  Board Member (20 years), United Cerebral Palsy Organization. Director, The Weitzman Center.

Suzanne T. Isaacs, President, Ampersand, Inc. — a private publisher of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, memoirs, family histories, and other customized works. Loyola University of New Orleans (BS), New York University (MA). Attended the Art Institute and has exhibited and sold her paintings since 2001. Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Weitzman Center.

Karen M. Schetz, Esq. Associate at Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP since 2006. University of Notre Dame (BA) and DePaul University College of Law (JD).  Devotes her practice solely to matrimonial law, focusing on helping families through the difficult ties and issues surrounding the divorce process. Director and Secretary, The Weitzman Center.

Sharon Zarozny, Founder and CEO, Brilliant Exits, LLC – an entity educating, guiding and supporting others through the divorce process. Albertus Magnus College (BA), Certified Coach (CTA). Currently a Huffington Post Blogger, her articles have appeared in a wide variety of media. The Washington Post Magazine honored her with a First Person Singular column. Ms. Zarozny facilitates a monthly seminar, bringing together Northern VA’s top divorce professionals – attorneys, judges, financial experts, therapists, and private investigators. Her website, brilliantexits.com, includes links to a variety of excellent and free resources. Director, The Weitzman Center.

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