2024 Council Members

Executive Committee


Elizabeth Bookwalter, J.D.
Patterson Bookwalter, PLLC
3251 Blenheim Blvd., Suite 512
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 520-9533


Chair Elect

Steven Goldman, J.D.
Curran Moher Weis
10300 Eaton Place, Suite 520
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (571) 328-5020



Nicole Grejda, J.D.

Curran Moher Weis
10300 Eaton Place, Suite 520
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (571) 328-5020



Jane O. Rowny, CPA, CFP®, CDFA®
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 500
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 781-6213


Immediate Past Chair

Cynthia M. Radomsky, J.D.
Powell Radomsky, PLLC
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 420
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 665-3688


Committee Chairs

Meetings Chair

Lynette Kleiza, J.D.
The Law Firm of Paley Rothman
252 N. Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046
Phone: (301) 656-7603


Membership Development & Retention Chair

Jenny Kuszyk, LPC

Newman Avenue Associates

110 Newman Avenue

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Phone: (540) 434- 2800 ext. 20


Member Services Chair

Cheryl Watson Smith, J.D.
Cheryl Watson Smith, PC
5440 Peters Creek Road, Suite 104
Roanoke, VA  24019
Phone: (540) 265-9022


Programs Chair

Sarah G. Goding, J.D.
Select Law Partners, PLC
4085 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA  22030
Phone: (855) 541-4867


Public Outreach Chair

Stephanie Smith, Esquire
Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC
9302 Lee Highway, Suite 1200
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 934-1480


A message from the VaCP Chair

 As your 2024 Chair, I want to thank you for your membership in VaCP.

VaCP has been a leader in growing collaborative practice in Virginia, which is now recognized as a dispute resolution model under the Virginia Code. Now that collaborative practice has gone mainstream, we are focused on training more professionals; becoming a more diverse group; and, supporting our local member groups throughout Virginia as they offer high quality educational programming and networking opportunities.  The work we do is challenging and unique, and it is invaluable to have the support of a group of practitioners who are deeply knowledgeable, open, and willing to help one another.

We want you to be actively engaged as a VaCP member, so that you can get the most out of your membership and so that we can benefit from your skill set.  Make new friends, learn, and network with your local practice group.  If you don’t have an active local practice group, we can arrange for you to participate in regular educational programming with an out-of-town group via Zoom.  All are welcome to attend the VaCP quarterly Council meetings to learn about our work, and we are looking to add fresh faces to the Council in 2024.  If you do not do anything else, please plan to attend the annual meeting on November 13, 2023, where you will learn from an outstanding presenter, obtain continuing education credits, and socialize with colleagues from across Virginia.  It is the highlight of our year!

If you want to be more involved, or if you have input or questions, please feel free to reach out to me by phone or e-mail.  I sincerely look forward to hearing from you.

Elizabeth Bookwalter, J.D.
Patterson Bookwalter, PLLC
3251 Blenheim Blvd., Suite 512
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 520-9533

Committee Reports & Activities

Meetings Committee

The Mission of the Meetings Committee is to plan, organize and facilitate VaCP Conference and meetings in a manner that will provide a forum for conducting organizational business, membership involvement, opportunities for practice group development, growing interdisciplinary groups, networking, and a vehicle for professional continuing education. Have questions? Want to get involved? Contact chair, Lynette Kleiza, J.D. at

Upcoming events:

  • Join us for the 17th Annual VaCP Meeting on November 11, 2024. Details to follow
  • The Annual Conference is planned to be in-person.
  • The VaCP Council Meeting will be held on November 10, 2024 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Watch your email for upcoming programs, seminars, and webinars sponsored or approved by VaCP throughout the year.
Member Services Committee

The Mission of the Membership Services Committee is to serve as a communication vehicle between the VaCP’s Leadership and its Members, including updates to Member section of website; to provide oversight of members’ qualifications in accordance with VaCP By-laws; to maintain an accurate list of members; and to provide support and assistance to the VaCP Executive Committee, Council and Administrative Assistant on Membership matters. For information and questions contact the chair, Cheryl Watson Smith, J.D.,

Membership Development & Retention Committee

The Mission of the Membership Development & Retention Committee is to recruit new members and retain current members; to encourage and assist development of Member Groups; to serve as a communication vehicle between the VaCP’s Leadership and its Members; to provide support to the VaCP Member Groups, Council and Executive Committee.

  • This Committee hosts monthly zoom meetings with all the VaCP Member Group representatives on the third Tuesday of each month in which there is not a VaCP Council meeting. Meetings start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 9:00 am. Contact chair, Jenny Kuszyk, LPC at with questions or for information.
Programs Committee

The Mission of the Programs Committee is to encourage and facilitate high quality Collaborative Practice programs and trainings in Virginia through planning and implementation of programs and trainings and by endorsement of appropriate Collaborative Practice programs and trainings by other individuals and groups. Share your ideas and get more information from the Programs Chair: Sarah Goding, J.D., at SG@Select.Law

Public Outreach

The Mission of the Public Outreach Committee is to increase public awareness of the Collaborative Practice in Virginia by providing easy access to Collaborative professionals and practice resources through an improved VaCP website, and promoting VaCP and the Collaborative Practice through social media campaigns.  Share your ideas and get more information from the Public Outreach Chair: Stephanie Smith, J.D. at

Member Group Activities

NoVa – Collaborative Professionals of Northern Virginia
  1. Meetings: CPNV meets virtually on a monthly basis – typically on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but some meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays.  Please visit for our current schedule.  CPNV presents an educational program at each meeting that qualifies as 1.5 hours toward your VaCP collaborative continuing education requirement.
  2. Goals: Goals: Our goal is to foster the professional development of all our members through educational programs, mentoring, establishing best practices, and promoting the Collaborative Process to the public at large.
  3. Upcoming programs and activities: All members of VaCP are welcome to attend – please contact to obtain the video link for a CPNV meeting.  The 2024 presentation schedule is as follows:
    • Jan 17, 2024     Reunification Therapy: A Structured Approach
      Presented by: Lisa Bennett, Ph.D
    • Feb 20, 2024     Triggers that Make Attorneys Protective of Clients, and What Is ‘Zealous Advocacy’ in Collaborative Cases?
      Presented by: Sarah Goding, Stephanie Smith, and Lynn Hawkins
    • Wed, Mar 20, 2024     How to Manage the Emotional Baggage Clients Bring to the Collaborative Process
    • Presented by: Debbie Beach, Cindy Radomsky, and Kathy Maddox
    • Tue, Apr 16, 2024     Divorce and the Marital Home
    • Presented by: Margie Hofberg of the Residential Mortgage Center
    • Tue, May 21, 2024
    • Thu, Jun 6, 2024 – Summer Social
    • Tue, Sep 17, 2024
    • Wed, Oct. 16, 2024
    • Tue, Nov 19, 2024
    • Tue, Dec 3,2024 – Holiday Social
Richmond – Collaborative Professionals of Richmond
  1. Meetings: Meetings are the second Thursday of each month at noon. Business meetings are held virtually once a quarter and the rest are in person at Erica Baez’s office: 9100 Arboretum Pkwy; Suite 365; Richmond, VA 23236. Contact Rebecca Imholt ( to get on our list.
  2. Goals:  Our goal is to promote understanding and use of Collaborative Practice in the Richmond area by increasing community awareness of the benefits of resolving domestic relations issues using the Collaborative model. We would love to add new members and generate more cases. We are excited to have a version of our new website up and running!
  3. Some meetings are business meetings for Members only and others are open to members and guests – all are welcome to join. Contact Rebecca Imholt ( to get on our mailing list and receive a link to the meeting.
Roanoke – Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Roanoke
  1. Meetings:  The Roanoke group generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month. During 2024, meetings will be held in-person from 12-1:15. {Virtual option is available if you let us know prior to the meeting.} Meetings are also open to VaCP members who are not CDPR members; please email Darlene at for more information. We usually have a retreat with a program in July/August and our December meeting is a social meeting.
  2. Goals:  To build and strengthen our Collaborative relationships; to provide Collaborative training and education opportunities for local Collaboratively trained professionals; and, to increase public awareness of Collaboration as an option in the Roanoke Valley and throughout Southwestern Virginia.
  3. Upcoming programs and activities:  Retreat – July/Aug  in-person: iRise Bonus videos & discussion, Date TBD

Divorce is emotionally challenging for clients. The professionals, especially the attorneys, struggle to help their distressed clients make rational decisions about finances and parenting. Throughout 2024 we are exploring together the iRise for Me, client divorce preparation programs developed by Jen Uschold after her own experiences as a divorce mediation client. Jen led our summer 2023 retreat and offered us access to study her client preparation courses. We are excited to learn together about programs that can help our clients better navigate the challenges of their divorce. Join us next time and save the dates for the rest of 2024:

  • Wed 1/8/24: “Yes” (43 min of videos plus worksheets and a quiz) [Cheryl Smith’s office]
  • Wed 2/7/24: “This is Me” and “Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotions” (43 min of videos plus worksheets and a quiz) [Cheryl Smith’s office]
  • Wed, 3/6/24:  Complete “Connecting Mind, Body, and Emotions” (12 mins. left) & Birds Eye View of Health (30 mins of videos plus a quiz) [Lisa Teegarden-Cabay’s office]
  • Wed 4/3/24: “Introduction to Positive Intelligence” (39 minutes of videos) [Lisa Teegarden-Cabay’s office]
  • Wed 5/8/24: “Thoughts (and facts) about Thoughts” (25 minutes of videos)
  • Wed 6/5/24: “Mind Map and Clinical Hypnosis” (36 minutes of videos)
  • July/August Retreat: bonus videos and discussion  (videos 2 hrs. 20min)
  • Wed 9/4/24: “Preparing Your Body and Environment” and “Health”  (total of 40 min of video)
  • Wed 10/2/24: “Health Continued” (44 min of video)
  • Nov – TDB
  • Dec – Holiday Social/ Potluck
Shenandoah Valley – Collaborative Professionals of the Shenandoah Valley
  1. Meetings:  The 3rd Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon for a lunch and educational meeting.  We are currently meeting via Zoom.  For the Zoom link to our meetings, please contact Kelsey Marker at  Our programs each month address all of the interdisciplinary issues seen by our professionals and beyond.
  2. Goals:  To increase number of Mental Health Professionals in group and continued outreach to our community.
  3. Upcoming programs and activities:  This year we are focusing on bringing in outside speakers, which has helped to offer new and interesting topics and also allows our group to be seen by other local professionals as well as putting together some basic data so that we can track the success of our practice group.
Southwest - Southwest Virginia Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  1. Meetings: Meeting jointly with Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Roanoke.
  2. Goals: To increase awareness of Collaborative Practice among citizens of The Great Southwest and have more colleagues become trained and make the paradigm shift.
  3. Upcoming programs and activities: Exploring establishing a pro bono/low bono program.

Lets get STARTED

Virginia Collaborative Professionals (VaCP) is a non-profit association of attorneys, mental health, and financial professionals organized into geographic practice groups within the state of Virginia. We are dedicated to resolving family and civil matters without litigation. Using the Collaborative Process, VaCP interdisciplinary teams offer the support, protection and legal guidance necessary to handle disputes within an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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