Pocono Collaborative Professionals

We are a group of professionals dedicated to the concept of Collaborative Divorce.

Legal Team

Mary Louise Parker, Esq

Mary Louise Parker, Esquire concentrates her practice in the areas of civil litigation, including personal injury, and family law, business formation and real estate.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Parker earned her Juris Doctor from the Temple University School of Law. She served as law clerk for the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas with Judge Linda Wallach Miller and worked as an associate and partner with several well-respected Stroudsburg law firms before establishing the firm of Mary Louise Parker, Esquire & Associates. Attorney Parker is admitted to practice before all Courts of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s Appellate Courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. She has served as a Monroe County Child Custody Conciliator since February 2005.  Attorney Parker is certified in Collaborative Divorce Practice and Mediation.

Mrs. Parker is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association having served as an officer and member of the Board of Trustees from 1993-2004 and it’s President in the years 2002 and 2003. Through efforts with other members of the Bar Association, Mrs. Parker was instrumental in setting up a lawyer referral service in 1999, which assists Monroe County residents in obtaining legal representation and counsel. More recently, she helped to form the Monroe County Bar Foundation, a 501(3) C corporation which serves as the charitable giving arm of the Bar Association and directs its fundraising toward projects and activities designed to improve the lives of Monroe County children. Currently, Mrs. Parker chairs the Monroe County Domestic Relations Rules Committee and is working with members of the bench and bar to revise local rules of court applicable in custody, divorce and support matters. Mrs. Parker is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and its Commission on Women in the Profession and the Collaborative Practice Committee.

In addition to her Bar Association activities, Mrs. Parker has devoted considerable time to community service. She served on the County Commission for Library Planning Services and has been both a member and President of the Monroe County Library Board of Trustees. Mrs. Parker has also been a member of the Stroudsburg Planning Commission, Stroudsburg Zoning Hearing Board and the Monroe County Easter Seals Board of Directors. She has served on the Boards of Directors of Women’s Resources of Monroe County and as the President of the Pocono Arts Council.

Mrs. Parker is married to John H. Parker, Jr. and has two sons, Adam and Josh. She and the members of her family belong to St Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Stroudsburg. She and John reside in Sciota, Pennsylvania.

 

Michelle Farley, Esq

Michelle F. Farley is a 1991 graduate of New York University School of Law.  She served in a Federal Court Clerkship for Honorable Marvin J. Garbis in the District Court in Baltimore Maryland for one year upon graduation.  She then entered private practice in Washington, DC at the firm of Hogan and Hartson in the area of civil litigation.  After several years she joined a small firm where she specialized in insurance-coverage litigation representing utility companies nationwide.  Attorney Farley then married and moved to PA and had two children.  She opened her own office in 1999 in Cresco, PA. She served as solicitor for Paradise Township and practiced in a wide variety of civil litigation, municipal, estate work, and family law.  She began to focus on family law matters in 2000.  In addition to litigating divorce cases, she is a trained divorce mediator.  She is one of two attorneys in Monroe County trained in collaborative divorce.  She has served on Pennsylvania Bar Association panels teaching family law.  She has settled and litigated hundreds of divorces in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  She is active in the Monroe County Bar Association, participating in numerous public outreach projects including Wills for Heroes and Law Day annually.  She has also served as a mock trial judge through the Bar Association each year for the past ten years.  She is a frequent visitor to local schools talking about the legal profession.  She joined Fisher & Fisher Law Offices, LLC in May 2012 and is located in the Cresco office.  She can be reached at 570-595-8770.

 

Counseling Team

Helene Osswald, M. Ed

Helene earned her Master’s in Education with certification in secondary counseling at Lehigh University and has been a therapist for thirty four years. Thirty two of those years were spent at East Stroudsburg Senior High School South as a school counselor  and twenty years in private practice with Monroe Psychological Group.
Areas of expertise are working with children, adolescents, and individual counseling with adults as well as couples counseling dealing with communication and parenting issues.
Helene is married with three adult children and lives in Stroudsburg.

 

Bruce Snyder, MS

Bruce Snyder is a licensed psychologist practicing with Family Treatment Associates in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Snyder has over 40 years of experience in the field of Mental Health.  He was employed as a Caseworker with the Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program of Carbon-Monroe-Pike Counties for 6 years.  He was then employed as a psychotherapist/psychologist with Pocono Medical Center for 19 years.

Mr. Snyder has maintained a private practice in psychology in the Pocono Mountain Area since becoming licensed in 1983.  He provides individual, marital and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults.  For the past ten years, Mr. Snyder has served as a resource to the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County providing evaluations and counseling for those involved in custody issues.

Mr. Snyder graduated Cum Laude from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1972.  He then earned a graduate degree in Rehabilitation and Counseling from the University of Scranton in 1976.  He received additional training in family therapy by completing a two year Family Therapy Training Program at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.  He also completed the Basic and Intermediate Courses in Clinical Hypnosis through Associate Trainers in Clinical Hypnosis of Syosset, New York.

 

Financial Team

Adrian Whitewood, Whitewood Insurance

Adrian Whitewood received  his BA in Economics from Hobart College, Geneva NY in 1987.  A former Commercial Banker for 19 yrs, he received an appointment with ERIE Insurance and started The Whitewood Insurance Agency in June 2006 to provide Monroe County residents with the best insurance products at the most competitive rates.   Mr. Whitewood has been active in the local community over the years, including the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Monroe County, and the Rotary Club of Stroudsburg.   He resides in Stroudsburg, PA with his two children, Amanda and Nicholas.

 

Timothy J. Hegarty, CPA

Tim Hegarty graduated St. Peters College cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He became licensed by the State of Pennsylvania as a Certified Public Accountant in 1996. His entire professional experience spans 20 plus years in accounting, auditing, taxation, financial analysis, financial reporting and managerial consulting. He has worked in public accounting and has held various management positions within the financial services industry.  Prior to opening his own practice in 2004, Mr. Hegarty served as Deputy Controller and Sarbanes-Oxley Project Manager for a major subsidiary of a $50 billion NYSE-listed commercial and consumer finance company. Mr. Hegarty is a member of Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

 

Erin Baehr, CFP

Erin Baehr founded Baehr Family Financial, LLC in 2007 to help individuals and families make the most of their money, while staying true to their values.

Erin started the firm after spending several years working in a commission-based financial services business.  She hated the emphasis on making sales instead of making recommendations that would benefit the client.  She knew there had to be a better way.

When Erin started Baehr Family Financial, she built her practice on a fee-only model, which allows her to work closely with clients to deliver comprehensive financial advice that’s in their best interest.  And clients can take comfort in knowing they will never get sales pitches or be pressured to buy something they don’t need.

Perhaps Erin was destined to be a financial planner as she inherited a keen financial sense from her parents.  Her Dad taught her that a good night’s sleep is more valuable than worrying about paying for stuff you couldn’t afford.  And her mother reminded her, “It’s not always about the numbers.”

There’s no better training than that.

Memberships and Designations

Certified Financial Planner
Chartered Financial Consultant
Enrolled Agent, admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) registered member
National Association of Tax Professionals member
Kingdom Advisors member

Community Involvement

Pocono Arts Council, Board member
Pocono Alliance, Advisory Council member