Compass Collaborative

Collaborative Divorce in Seattle & the Eastside

Compass Collaborative: Child Specialists

Jack Mahler

1900 129 Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98005
Tel: (206) 371-9972

Collaborative Law Child Specialist
Parenting Evaluator/Parenting Coordinator

Founder, Compass Collaborative

Jack Mahler's Resume

Innovative, pragmatic, eclectic and visionary are the words colleagues use to describe Jack Mahler. By his own admission, his more than 30-year career has never fit the mold. His diverse background includes working in family law, family courts, children’s mental health and social work, as well as a lifelong passion for community service and volunteering.

Throughout his career, Jack has reinvented himself several times, from running a non-profit alcohol and drug treatment center to serving on more than 1,000 family law cases as part of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and in private practice. Jack retired from public service in 2005, eager to help children through the growing field of collaborative law. 

Always looking for ways to innovate and improve, Jack saw the need for a focused, organized collaborative law pod that better served the needs of divorcing couples and families, and in 2008, he formed Compass Collaborative. While Jack’s interests and skills continue to evolve, what remains constant is his commitment to serving the best interests of children and representing those who so badly need a voice.

Yoshimi Pelczarski, LICSW, ACSW

Tel: (206) 683-2754

Collaborative Law Child Specialist
Parenting Coordinator
Parenting Evaluation and Consultation
Cultural Consultation

Yoshimi specializes in working with children, teens and families. Her areas of expertise include: Inter-racial/Inter-cultural marriage, child maltreatment, PTSD, attachment issues, and family system’s assessment. She is a skilled interviewer and psycho-social evaluator.

As a trained clinical social worker, she understands the interconnectedness of person/family and environment. She appreciates the complexity and challenges of parenting after divorce and hopes to help parents to develop effective communication and practical problem solving skills. Yoshimi is fluent in Japanese and English, and conversant in Spanish. Her credentials include: Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Washington, Academy of Certified Social Workers by National Association of Social Workers, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from State of Washington, and Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from University of Washington. She is a lecturer at School of Social Work at University of Washington.