Dr. Les founded Solutinos for Families in 1993. He pioneered in creating the first skill-based Co-parenting program in the United States. He has trained many other professionals both inside and outside California to set up skill-based Co-parenting programs. Prior to that, Dr. Les was a long-time psychology professor at California State University at San Bernardino. He gave up conducting child-custody evaluations in favor of finding separated and divorced couples see the wisdom of “win-win” solutions. Dr. Les firmly believes that “sometimes if you win, you lose.” Dr. Les has gone through divorce twice, once when two sons were young and with three stepchildren. He is on very good terms with both of his former wives, and has for years remained actively with members of both wives’ extended families. Dr. Les often quotes a minister who once said at a nephew’s wedding: “The trick to a successful relationship is not finding the right person, but BEING the right person.”
Kristy has been teaching classes at Solutions for Families for 14 years. Kristy says, “My passion is helping families as they transition through the challenges of having two separate homes.” More than anything, she seeks to bring hope to people’s lives in a very difficult time of their lives. She has dual degrees in Psychology and Human Development. When not teaching, Kristy quilts and spends time with a growing family: three adult sons and seven grandchildren. She has experienced divorce, herself, after a 30 year marriage. Like numerous other instructors, she has learned the ropes of divorce the hard way!
Prior to joining Solutions for Families, Mr. Lyon had a very successful career working for several prominent medical manufacturing companies in regulatory affairs and quality compliance. Seeking more of a purpose to help people, Mr. Lyon pursued his dream of becoming a pastor and now serves as one of the facilitators for Solutions for Families. In his spare time, Mr. Lyon is a volunteer chaplain at San Gorgonio Hospital in Banning, and with his wife, Michelle, they have a ministry serving stepfamilies.
Mr. Lyon holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix, a Juris Doctor from the Trinity International University, Trinity Law School, and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity School of Theology.
Mr. Lyon and his wife have blended a family of six children, two of which are grown adults. Mr. Lyon loves football (his favorite team is the New Orleans Saints) and loves walking with his wife and chocolate lab, Velma, to their favorite local coffee shop.
Gwen earned her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1996. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been teaching Co-parenting workshops since 2004. She has had two co-parenting relationships with the fathers of her two children, now adults. Gwen has worked for many years in counseling with children and families in her private practice. She also provides training in parenting and continuing education for foster and adoptive parents and residential treatment staff.
By virtue of being an accomplished African American woman, Gwen brings a welcome and necessary element of cultural diversity to Solutions for Families.
David Williams is married and has a daughter who attends California State University and a son who is in high school. Dave graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and later earned an M.A. Degree in Psychology/Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Emphasis from Chapman University. He later earned a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Redlands. For the past 25 years Dave has been blessed with the opportunity to help children and their families. During this time he has worked as a therapist, counselor, social worker, and supervisor in a variety of contexts, including: locked psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse intervention agencies, San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, and public high schools. Currently, in addition to his work as a Cooperative Parenting Instructor, he is also a high school counselor. This year he was awarded as one of Claes Nobel’s Top Ten Educators in the nation for his work with at-risk youth.
You may wonder how someone who is happily married is a good candidate to teach a course for parents in conflict. Some history may help you understand. Dave grew up in a home with parents who were in frequent and severe conflict. It was very difficult for him as a child and the ongoing conflict had detrimental consequences. As he made his way into college he realized that he needed help to deal with damaged self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. As a result, Dave entered counseling and this, along with a developing relationship with God, allowed him to overcome many of the damaging consequences of the past. Dave understands what it is like to be a child of conflict and the empathy he possesses for children who suffer as a result of parental conflict is the driving force behind his desire to teach this class.
Cindy has been the executive administrative assistant of Solutions for Families since it’s inception in the early 1990s. Cindy is the friendly face for Solutions for Families and will help with scheduling, payments, and providing helpful information. Cindy also is, in many ways, the “glue” that welds the entire team into an effective working group. While married but having no children of her own, Cindy and her husband are the devoted co-parents of their dog and cat.
Lina is our bilingual expert. Fully fluent in Spanish and English, Lina has acquired years of experience and knowledge in assisting parents schedule classes and answering questions from parents considering our program. She recently added to her family of one husband and three teenage boys a miracle baby. Now a toddler, baby Sol has endeared herself to our entire staff, making her unofficially one member of a growing “blended family.”