Denise French, Creator of Divorce Strategies Group
Denise founded Divorce Strategies Group in 2014. Divorce Strategies Group was incepted because of her own ugly divorce in 2007. Denise desired to create a firm where others could have a better divorce experience, and to help other children not face the trauma her own child experienced. She helps other walk through the divorce process in a dignified, confident manner.
Denise is a Certified Valuation Analyst® (CVA®), a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics® (MAFF®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®), a Family and Child Custody Mediator and trained as a Collaborative Divorce Financial Expert. Denise focuses on the areas of divorce finance, divorce tax, separate property tracing, executive compensation in divorce, pension plans, expert witness testimony as well as the emotional aspects of divorce.
Denise also founded French Financial Group in 2012. Prior to French Financial Group, Denise worked as a regional sales executive for large investment and insurance firms. She has over 22 years of experience in financial planning, investment positioning, and income strategies. She currently provides full-service financial planning, investment placement and insurance as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) under French Financial Group. Denise is also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC).
Shelli Dodson, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)/Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS)
Shelli is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist (CTRS) working as a financial and tax expert at Divorce Strategies Group, LLC. She has 24 years of professional financial experience in both CPA firms and public companies. She currently dedicates a great deal of her time toward Family Law matters. Her years of practical CPA experience working with individuals and business owners is a significant component in Shelli’s ability to help divorce litigants and family law attorneys.
Shelli has provided financial expertise and oversight on a multitude on of cases throughout Montgomery County, Harris County, Fort Bend County, and Galveston County. She provides forensic accounting services, business valuation expertise and general financial expert services for family law attorneys.
Shelli also owns her own private CPA firm. She co-founded Dodson & Pope CPA Firm to help taxpayers mitigate their personal and business tax exposure. Currently, she works primarily with business owners helping with tax planning, tax preparation and acting as a liaison between taxpayers and the IRS in audits. With her expertise in tax and QuickBooks, Shelli is often the starting point for small business owners who want to understand the overall process of accounting and record keeping.
Shelli is a graduate of Sam Houston State University. She is an active CPA in Texas, a QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor, a member of the AICPA and a member of the Texas Society of CPAs. Shelli is also a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist. Shelli’s personal interest include enjoying little league games with her children and spending time in the Hill Country.
Rebecca Wood, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
Rebecca Wood is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and has worked on thousands of family law cases throughout both Texas and California. She is an avid researcher and an excellent resource for our firm. You likely won’t “see” her as she is usually working behind the scenes helping us with case law research, discovery analysis, organization, accounting and quality control before reports are published. Rebecca began her career in accounting and tax in 1981 and then opened her own firm in 1990. Her first divorce related case was in 1991 and she has been working with this niche since that time. Rebecca is deemed a financial expert in Los Angeles County Superior Court and Ventura County Superior Court.
Melissa Provence, Director of Operations
Melissa Provence is Director of Operations for DSG. Her expertise lies in working with clients by helping them onboard at DSG and then helping clients gather and organize data for their attorneys. Melissa also helps clients create budgets and understand their cash flow from month to month. In addition, Melissa is our operations manager at French Financial Group and very helpful as clients transition from married to single and retitle their accounts. After her own divorce, Melissa understands firsthand how this process feels.
Melissa attended and graduated as a certified paralegal from University of Houston Law Center in early 2018. Melissa is an Advanced Dispute Resolution Specialist, Mediator, Certified Divorce Coach®, CDC® Divorce Transition Coach, and DCA™ Divorce Conflict Coach.