Our Mission

We assist our clients in creating unique and innovative solutions to meet their particular needs.

We will bring understanding and empathy to the process, both for all you are going through, but equally important, for what your children are going through.We are dedicated to helping couples heal conflicts and focus on their future.

For couples with children we help accomplish this goal by facilitating child-centered solutions. We support all our clients to stay future focused and make informed decisions regarding their family.

We live our lives, both professional and personal, with optimism, compassion and integrity. Our vision is to empower our clients to have ownership in the decisions they make for their families now and in the future.

We are dedicated professionals who ensure our clients feel their concerns will be heard as well as respected during the mediation process. By using some past experiences, innovation and a sense of humor we will ensure the mediation process is productive.

Our practice gives families a new set of skills to empower and strengthen them to better cope with future challenges.

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Our team

  • Kevin Kellar, Esq., Owner

    Kevin is the Owner of Pacific Coast Mediation. Kevin's mission statement is "To provide excellent representation for clients with compassion, integrity and respect. To serve the greater San Diego community through a commitment to charitable participation and giving."

  • Shannon Vajda, Founder

    Shannon is the Founder of Pacific Coast Mediation and Pacific Coast Advocates (Pacific Coast Partnership, Inc.). Shannon is also a Nationally Certified Mediator Trainer (NCMT).

  • Angelica Ortiz, Office Administrator

    Angelica has worked in an administrative position for several years as well as a dance instructor. She enjoys spending time with her family, teaching dance and volunteering.

  • Forrest (Woody) Mosten, Esq.

    Forrest (Woody) Mosten has been in private mediation practice since 1979 and has taught mediation as Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Law since 2002. He is in constant demand worldwide as a conference keynote speaker and expert witness on mediation.

  • Jenny Erdmann, CFP®, CDFA®, Esq.

    Prior to becoming a CFP and CDFA, Jenny practiced estate planning, trust administration, and probate law as a senior associate attorney. Due to her legal education and practice she views financial planning from a legal paradigm, which greatly shapes her guidance on the financial issues routinely faced by her clients. Jenny continues to be highly involved with the legal community in San Diego; Providing continuing legal education courses for attorneys on the complex financial issues related to legal transactions and trial preparation and litigation consulting services as an expert witness to attorneys and their clients on complex Family Law matters.

  • Susan Guthrie, Esq.

    Susan has over 27 years of experience, having practiced family law and mediation in Connecticut then moving to California where she now offers her service to help resolve issues in mediation.
    • More than 26 years of Family Law practice with over 20 years of litigation and collaborative experience and more than 5 years of mediation experience.
    • Basic and Advanced Mediation training through the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and Pepperdine University Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
    • Online Dispute Resolution Specialist with significant experience in conducting mediations, as well as providing legal advice and coaching, in an online forum.
    • Court Appointed Special Master for Family Law matters and Court Certified as Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for the Minor Children.

  • Laurie Itkin, CDFA

    Laurie is a financial advisor and wealth manager at Coastwise Capital Group, an award-winning boutique money management firm in La Jolla, California, where she serves clients throughout the country. Through her separate company, The Options Lady, she serves as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) and provides analysis of the financial and tax impacts of proposed settlement options being considered by divorcing couples.

  • Alair Olson, MFT

    Alair is a licensed marriage and family therapist working with couples and families in her private practice. Her mission is to come alongside parents and partners, kids and adults – to sit with them and hear their pain, create a safe place for restoration to unfold, and to help them find wholeness in all areas of life.

  • Jessica Grynberg, Esq.

    Jessica Grynberg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Anthropology from Boston University and a Juris Doctor from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Ms. Grynberg attended law school on a full-tuition merit scholarship. She graduated law school with concentrations in both Litigation and Family Law.