THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
Jerri L. Cook, j.d. is the Founder and Executive Director of PLAN™.
A problem-solver whose earliest memories are of painted wooden blocks stacked impossibly high and toothpick bridges suspended precariously between two coffee cups, Jerri came to value education at a young age. Today, she uses those same problem-solving skills that were apparent throughout childhood to build bridges between diverse communities while encouraging others to empower themselves through education.
A writer from birth, she has been blessed along her life journey with teachers who could help her reach her goals, and there are likely many more teachers to come. Jerri wrote about one of her teachers, Mrs. Ford, in a piece for Countryside magazine, where she is a long-time assisting editor/staff writer/ and digital media specialist.Follow this link to view the article. Another article she wrote for Countryside, titled “Confessions of the world’s worst parent,” was featured in the 2011 college textbook Acting on Words: An Integrated Rhetoric, Reader, and Handbook, by David Brundage and Michael Lahey.
Jerri holds a B.S. in Organizational Communications from Kaplan University and a Juris Doctor from Concord Law School. Her studies at Concord Law School included Education Law, Intellectual Property, and Cyber Law.
Jerri lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband of 35 years, where she is a volunteer farm mediator for DATCP. She is a nationally recognized columnist who advocates for the interests of rural Americans. She has served the community as a Master Gardener, Master Compost Instructor, and Master Food Preserver. She enjoys gardening, writing, and traveling.
Director of Parent Resources
Maxine has served as family mediator West Central Minnesota Family Mediation conducting mediation sessions. In her capacity as family mediator, she facilitates investigations, handles disputes in the areas of separation, divorce, child custody, visitation and when needed makes recommendations to the couples involved. Maxine feels mediation has become one of the most popular means of alternative resolution for divorcing spouses and single individuals who do not want to resolve their issues through the process of ongoing litigation. Maxine has offered creatively-designed solutions to meet the unique needs of every family. Maxine has worked with families to be more concerned with “what’s in the best interest of the child.” Working in Family Mediation also has allowed her to be a Parenting Consultant where she has addressed parenting time issues and circumstances which are not specifically identified in an existing divorce or visitation court order. As part of her mediation background she has also has had experience as a Parenting Time Expeditor where she has typically been contracted for an ongoing period of time, often for a year or more. During this time, parents submit a parenting time dispute to her for resolution. After conferring with both parents (and any other persons who may contribute to the solution) she has facilitated an agreement or renders a legally binding parenting time decision. The process is efficient, and cost effective, and intended to minimize conflict and promote fairness.
Maxine lives in Minnesota where she graduated from St. Cloud State University where she received her degree in Community Psychology with extensive studies in Chemical Dependency. She also graduated from Concord-Kaplan University with her Executive Juris Doctorate. Finally she studied at Southern New Hampshire University where she studied Legal and Criminal Justice. Maxine has a strong background in Family Law and legal research as well as a wide range of other topics
Maxine is a disabled Veteran of the United States Navy where she spent six years active duty where she became a computer analyst and database programmer. She has two adult children a daughter who is a chef and a son who works in construction and pest control. She enjoys canning and working with her roses which she hasn’t quite mastered with the weather in Minnesota.
Director of Education
Kevin L. Warmack, Executive Juris Doctor
Kevin L. Warmack is a Compliance Specialist and President of Unlimited Freedom Compliance Consulting where he assists broker-dealers and investment advisers with compliance issues including Anti-Money Laundering reviews and compliance. Prior to starting his firm, Mr. Warmack was associated with Blaylock Robert Van, LLC and SBK-Brooks Investment Corp. where he worked in the Compliance Department as a VP of Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer respectively. Mr. Warmack previously served as BD Specialist at National Compliance Consultants Inc.
Mr. Warmack has also been associated with other financial services firms in a compliance role, including optionsXpress, Inc, CMG Institutional Trading, Man Financial, Melvin Securities and Rodman & Renshaw, Inc. Mr. Warmack began his compliance career at the NASD (now FINRA) where he rose to be a Senior Compliance Examiner
Kevin is a graduate of Concord Law School – Kaplan University where he earned his Juris Doctorate (Law Degree) and is a graduate of Ripon College. Kevin has also attended Keller Graduate School of Management. Kevin is also a graduate of the Boy Scout of America Wood Badge Course and has also taught other leaders in that course
Mr. Warmack is a member of The Federalist Society for Law and Justice and is a former member of several professional, collegiate and civic organizations including the National Association of Securities Professionals, SIFMA Legal and Compliance Division and a Board Member for the Ripon College Alumni Association, where he continues to assist in the recruiting efforts for Ripon College.
Director of Family Outreach
Durbin L. Goodwin, Executive Juris Doctor
Durbin L. Goodwin is a Paralegal with Tatum and Atkinson of Raleigh, North Carolina which specializes in Workman’s Compensation and Personal Injury law. Before coming to Tatum and Atkinson, Durbin has dedicated her career to working in the legal profession. Her background in law includes estate planning, health care reform law, family law, taxation and real estate. She has also worked in animal rehabilitation for companion animals as a Clinical Operations Manager.
Durbin received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Shenandoah University and is a graduate of Concord School of Law. She is currently working on her Master’s in Human Resource Management at Southern New Hampshire University. Durbin is a humanitarian who is dedicated to helping those less fortunate. She is active in her church located in Wake Forest, North Carolina and participates in such outreach programs as Habitat for Humanity and Joy of Christmas which provides gifts and food for needy families and children. Durbin lives with her husband and three dogs in Spring Hope, North Carolina.
Juan Pacheco, Juris Doctor
Juan Pacheco received his undergraduate degrees from The University of Texas at Brownsville. Subsequently, he received his Doctor of Laws degree from Concord Law School. Following his academic career, Juan Pacheco interned with the 197th District Court of Cameron County, and The Law Office of Trey Garza (now, Garza and Elizondo). During those internships, Juan Pacheco was able to observe the legal processes in open court. This is also where Juan Pacheco developed the skills needed to write declarative statements, briefs, and perform research in areas where questions arose. Currently Juan Pacheco is planning to take the bar exam in July, and expects to be licensed by the year’s end.