National Coalition Against Parental Alienation

Promoting Awareness and Solutionssm

Richard Purisky, NCAPA Executive Director

Richard Purisky is NCAPA’s Executive Director. Richard founded NCAPA to serve as a resource for information, education and training for everyone whose experience, profession, research, and/or emotional involvement can serve to increase awareness and potential solutions for parental alienation.

He has been a successful self-employed business development consultant for over 25 years, and is the proud father of two daughters. Richard outlined his own experience with PA in a book, Abuse & Betrayal, which has received noteworthy reviews….. .

He has a degree from The College of New Jersey.

Richard can be reached at

William Bernet, M.D.

William Bernet, M.D., a graduate of Harvard Medical School, is a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. As an expert in forensic psychiatry, Dr. Bernet has testified in 35 counties in Tennessee and in 19 other states.

Dr. Bernet has written professional articles and chapters on a variety of subjects, including: group and individual therapy with children and adolescents; humor in psychotherapy; forensic child psychiatry; child maltreatment; true and false allegations of abuse; satanic ritual abuse; reincarnation; child custody and visitation; parental alienation; testimony regarding behavioral genomics; and risk management.

In 2007, Dr. Bernet and Judge Don R. Ash published Children of Divorce: A Practical Guide for Parents, Therapists, Attorneys, and Judges. Dr. Bernet edited Parental Alienation, DSM-5, and ICD-11, which was published in 2010. Dr. Bernet and his colleagues edited Parental Alienation: The Handbook for Mental Health and Legal Professionals, which was published in 2013.

Don Desroches, Certified Divorce Mediator

Don Desroches has over 20 years of experience as a divorce mediator and facilitator. He has written many articles on the subject of divorce, and is a frequent presenter at various parenting workshops. He co-hosts the radio show New Beginnings which is focused on issues related to divorce.

Don has been a long-time advocate for protecting the needs of children during and after divorce, and has seen the detrimental and abusive affects that parental alienation can inflict on both children and parents. He knows that parental alienation is a very real dynamic which is too frequently unrecognized by attorneys, counselors, and the family courts.

Don’s education includes degrees from Cambridge State University, New York University, and various accreditations regarding divorce counseling and mediation.

Dana Greco, LCSW, Certified Divorce Mediator

Dana Greco is a member of the Mental Health Panel for the New York Appellate Division, and serves as an expert witness for the New York Courts regarding child custody. She is also a qualified social worker for the New York Family and Supreme Court.

Dana is a presenter at various parenting workshops in New York City, and has lectured on behalf of The Ackerman Institute on the subject “Case Studies of Custody battles”. She has written various articles related to divorce and custody issues, and is the author of the book Please Don’t Buy Me Ice Cream: A Child’s Rules for Priceless Parenting.

Dana’s education includes a degree from University of Colorado, MSW from Fordham University, and various accreditation and certifications regarding divorce and counseling and mediation.