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Board of Directors

Michael MacKay Michael MacKay President

Michael F. MacKay, JD, CPA, MSIA, is a retired healthcare executive living in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife, Jane, are the proud parents of two exceptional sons. When their younger son was diagnosed with ADHD they began their personal journey of challenge and growth in understanding the impact of ADHD. This culminated in their appreciation for and Mike’s volunteering to work with CHADD. In addition to serving on the national board of directors, MacKay chairs the Finance Committee.

Belynda L. Gauthier Belynda L. Gauthier President-Elect Belynda L. Gauthier

has served on numerous local, state and national committees and boards involved in special needs and mental health advocacy and was named a CHADD Coordinator of the Year in 1998. Ms. Gauthier previously served on the CHADD National Board of Directors from 1999-2002, is a longtime Board Member for Families Helping Families, a founding member of the Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition, and currently serves on the Louisiana DHH Task Force on ADHD.

She has 34 years of professional Human Resources experience, including 20 years as HR Director of a large organization. During that time she received Employer of the Year Award from BACE for her work employing persons with disabilities.

Eugene M. Bell Secretary

Eugene M. Bell is Senior Director of Summit Camp and Travel, an organization that provides summer camp, summer travel, and school year activity weekends for children in our special community. He joined Summit in 1999. Prior to Summit he was the founding director of the NJ YM-YWHA Camp’s Round Lake Camp in 1981, also a special needs community, until 1998. Gene earned his Ed.M. in Special Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and his BA in American Studies at the American University, Washington DC.

His work in camping includes presentations to camp directors, educators, and parent groups about recreation and social skills development opportunities that are available in camping. He is also an American Camp Association Certified Camp Director and participates in their accreditation processes and as a mentor and camp visitor. Before his full-time involvement in camping he was a special needs teacher in southern New Jersey, youth group advisor, and weekend retreat coordinator. He is also a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the NJ chapter of LDA, a supporter of the Ronald MacDonald Camp of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a trustee of a local non-profit organization that provides housing for older adults. His camp experience also includes work with senior adults and family camping. He met his wife while working at camp years ago, and they enjoy the company of two sons and a daughter-in-law.

Nathaniel Counts Nathaniel Counts, J.D. Nathaniel Counts, J.D. is the Senior Policy Director of Mental Health America, where he works on innovative federal and state policy solutions for problems in behavioral health. In particular, he focuses on issues in incentive alignment and sustainable financing in behavioral health care, as well as issues in population health. Nathaniel is an expert member of the Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Nathaniel received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy Student Fellow, and his B.A. in biology from Johns Hopkins. His most recent publication was "Promoting Mental Health and Well-Being in Public Health Law and Practice" in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.
Anne Teeter Ellison Anne Ellison

Dr. Anne Ellison is the past-president of the Board of Directors of CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has authored and presented hundreds of papers, research articles and books including: Child Neuropsychology: Assessment and Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2nd edition (with Margaret Semrud-Clikeman); Interventions for ADHD: Treatment in Developmental Context; and Clinician’s Guide to ADHD: Assessment and Intervention (with Sam Goldstein). In collaboration with Chris Dendy and Joan Helbing, Dr. Ellison developed Teacher to Teacher: A Comprehensive Program for ADHD Education; and, is a co-editor and contributing author to the CHADD Educator's Manual on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: An In-depth Look from an Educational Perspective. Dr. Ellison has had extensive experience training teachers on evidence-based classroom strategies for children with attentional, learning, and behavioral challenges. Dr. Ellison is a licensed psychologist, Professor Emerita from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina, Aiken.

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Bob O'Malley Bob O'Malley

Bob O'Malley, is currently a Senior Director of Sourcing and Procurement in the Broadcast Media industry. Bob has 30 plus years’ experience in developing and implementing sourcing strategies. He has negotiated highly visible strategic agreements for the distribution of content in both the Entertainment and Sports verticals. Bob and his wife Eva (former CHADD Board Member) cofounded the Monmouth County CHADD chapter (Currently – Tri CHADD NJ) in 2008 in response to several family members diagnoses with ADHD.

Harvey Parker Harvey Parker, Founder & Lifetime Member

Harvey Parker, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a co-founder and former executive director of CHADD. He played an instrumental role in encouraging the US Department of Education to clarify the responsibility schools must assume in providing appropriate educational services to students with ADHD. Parker has authored and coauthored a number of publications on ADHD. Because of all orf his contributions to making the country a better place for people affected by the disorder, Parker was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 1994.

Holly Seerley Holly Seerley Affiliate Advisory Board

Holly Seerley, MFT has volunteered with CHADD NorCal for 15 years facilitating monthly parent share groups, co-facilitating a monthly speaker meeting, and speaking to CHADD groups and agencies.

She brings a variety of other volunteer board experiences to her work on the CHADD National Board of Directors including leading as president in the past the boards of The Northern California Association of Family Therapists, Star Academy (2nd grade though post-high school for students who learn differently), and The Marin Child Abuse Prevention Council. She was a founding member of Project Care for Children and served on the California State Council for Developmental Disabilities. She currently serves on the Star Academy Board and is Vice-Chair of the Affiliate Advisory Committee for CHADD National.

Since 1979 Ms Seerley has had a full time private practice in psychotherapy and consultation in Mill Valley, California; she specializes in relationships, parenting, trauma and ADHD and co-occurring conditions. She has ADHD as does one of her adult children.”

Craig Bruce Hackett Surman Craig Bruce Hackett Surman, MD ex-officio

Dr. Surman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Scientific Coordinator of the Adult ADHD Research Program of the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research strives to improve the assessment and treatment of self-regulatory disorders, including ADHD, in adulthood. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston, as well as a fellowship in Neuropsychiatry at the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented internationally. Dr. Surman has directed or facilitated over forty studies related to ADHD in adults. He is co-author of “FASTMINDS: How To Thrive If You Have ADHD (or think you might)” and editor of “ADHD in adults: A Practical Guide to Evaluation and Management.”

Eli Z. Tomar Eli Z. Tomar, JD, MPH

Eli Tomar is an attorney in the Washington, DC offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a proud Washingtonian, a husband and father to one young son, Cole. Eli’s practice at Akin Gump focuses on health care and life sciences where he counsels clients on a range of legislative, policy, regulatory and compliance matters. He advocates on behalf of diverse health care entities ranging from medical providers to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, pharmacy compounding and medical device manufacturers. He also counsels nonprofit organizations, trade associations, patient advocates and broad-based coalitions and has a robust pro bono portfolio in which he works with less fortunate individuals through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Miriam’s Kitchen Legal Clinic and Tahirih Justice Center, as well as legislative advocacy for the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Over the course of his career, Eli has worked on many disease state-specific causes relating to autism, childhood cancer, chronic kidney disease, and mental health, among others. He has prepared materials, minutes, and staffed various clients’ board processes and has served on various bodies and committees in and outside of the law firm setting.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Eli was an associate at Patton Boggs LLP, where he also worked exclusively on health care issues. Eli earned his law degree Order of the Coif from the UCLA School and Law and a masters of public health High Honors from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in political science and completing certificates from the University Honors Program and Gemstone Program. Prior to graduate school, Eli worked as a public policy specialist, legislative assistant, and government affairs aid on and off Capitol Hill.

David Trilling Affiliate Advisory Board

David Trilling grew up in Berkeley, California in the 1960's and 1970's. He left Berkeley for college and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Government. Partly because of his passion for American politics, he moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from college. During part of that time he worked on Capitol Hill for several years where he got a front seat on history.

He subsequently returned to California where he got an MBA from the University of Southern California in Marketing. He worked for a number of enterprises in the LA area after graduating, a few quite small companies and several quite sizable. During this time he also ran an inner-city tutoring/mentoring program, was quite active with the LA Computer Society where he was a Program Director for a time, and was an officer with the LA County Young Democrats for a few years, and started an ADHD Meetup Support Group. He became first acquainted with CHADD in 2010 after visiting CHADD's Culver City chapter meetings.

He returned to Berkeley in 2012 to help look after his father. Since returning, he has been a certified Educator and Enrollment Counselor for Covered California (California's Obamacare Exchange) and has run the Oakland-Berkeley CHADD Adult ADHD Group since February of 2014.

Max Wiznitzer, MD Max Wiznitzer is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics and developmental disorders at Cinicnnati Childrens Hospital and in pediatric neurology at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. He then did a National Instutues of Health funded fellowship in disorders of higher cortical functioning in children at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. Since 1986, he has been a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He is an associate professor of pediatrics, neurology and international health at Case Western Reserve University. He has a longstanding interest in neurodevelopmental disabilities, especially attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism, and has been involved in local, state and national committees and initiatives, including autism treatment research, Ohio autism service guidelines, autism screening, and early identification of developmental disabilities. He is on the editorial board of Lancet Neurology and Journal of Child Neurology and lectures nationally and internationally about various neurodevelopmental disabilities.
April Gower-Getz April Gower-Getz, CHADD Chief Operating Officer Staff Liason

April Gower-Getz, holds a MS in business administration/marketing. During the past twenty years working in the nonprofit sector, Gower-Getz has acquired a wide range of managerial experience including education program development and implementation, fiscal management, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and conference and meeting planning. Prior to joining CHADD, she served as executive director of the Entomological Foundation; director of sales and marketing for the Entomological Society of America; and education initiatives specialist, manager of annual and planned giving, and national program director for National 4-H Council. As program director for National 4-H Council, she provided leadership to the National 4-H Environmental Stewardship Program, a community-based youth education program designed to form partnerships among national youth education groups and improve their access to educational resources. The program resulted in a successfully proven model for educational program development, which is currently used by 4-H Extension Service.