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.
Barbara Hawkins, a retired educator, artist and current farmer, Hawkins has been involved
with CHADD since her daughter’s diagnosis with ADHD almost twenty
years ago. She served at the local level on the PAB, as volunteer
coordinator and as chapter coordinator of CHADD of Greater
Baltimore. Instrumental in the development of several regional
conferences on ADHD, she also chaired the Children’s Mental Health
Conference in Baltimore. At the national level, Hawkins served on
the Chapter Services and Finance Committees and has been on the National
Board of Directors serving as Secretary and Treasurer. Hawkins lives in
Baltimore with her husband, daughter, and extended family awash in
Ingrid Y. Alpern, JD, LLM in Tax, practiced tax law in
Washington, DC, for many years. Alpern has also raised awareness
about ADHD and has provided support to families coping with ADHD through
her long-term work as a volunteer for CHADD and as a Parent to Parent
teacher. As a board member, Alpern is the co-chairperson of
CHADD’s Public Policy Committee. She also serves on
CHADD’s Finance Committee. In each of these roles, Alpern
brings to CHADD the expertise she developed as a tax attorney in legal
research and writing and analysis of complex matters.
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.
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.
Belynda L. Gauthier has been involved in AD/HD advocacy since 1990 and is the mother of a young adult with AD/HD and other challenges. As the founding Coordinator of Louisiana Capital Area CHADD, Ms. Gauthier wrote a Parent/Teacher Handbook on AD/HD and Related Disorders, and lobbied successfully for state legislation mandating health insurance coverage for AD/HD. She 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 long time Board Member for Families Helping Families, and currently serves on the Louisiana DHH Task Force on AD/HD. She has 33 years of professional Human Resources experience, including 20 years as HR Director for a large organization. During that time she received the Employer of the Year Award from BACE for her work in employing persons with disabilities.
Zandra L. Maffett devotes her time to global social justice,
humanitarian and peacemaking issues, and advocacy on behalf of groups whose voices
are often lost or not heard. She is a retired executive from Johnson & Johnson,
where she worked with numerous professional societies and disease-specific organizations.
Her last years with J&J were focused on ADHD and mental health advocacy issues. Maffett serves on committees with the Presbyterian Church USA at the regional, national,
and international level. She is the mother of three adult sons with ADHD, and enjoys
reading, international travel, and studying French.
Eva O'Malley is the founder and coordinator of Monmouth-Ocean
CHADD-NJ. She is a member of the CHADD National Membership & Affiliate Services and Virtual
Chapter Committee. When she decided to bring CHADD to three counties
in central New Jersey in 2008, she trained with CHADD national experts to become a
certified Parent to Parent instructor. She attended
CHADD’s Teacher to Teacher and most national and regional
conferences to further develop her abilities to run the affiliate and
serve our members. She now directly organizes and convenes four parent
support group meetings locally.
In addition to her work with CHADD, O'Malley is active on several county and state
level councils and committees that closely work with state and private children’s
mental health services. She has presented to the NJ Department of Children and Families
staff on ADHD and the CMOs/FSOs contracted to the public for behavioral healthcare
services. Her work has led to opportunities to change and improve public policy in
these domains. She is a member of Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean County CIACC
(Children’s Intra-Agency Coordinating Council), PerformCare NJ Parent
Leader, SPAN NJ Resource Parent, and Monmouth County Family Council Board of Directors.
Bringing her lived experience, knowledge, and training to the extended
community has helped thousands of parents, educators, and clinicians with better understanding
and managing ADHD. She resides with her husband of twenty-nine years, Bob, and her three
adult children, and is currently completing her BA degree in psychology at Thomas
Edison State College.
Michael Skoien, BioPharmaceutical Strategic Marketing
Consultant with over twenty-five years of general management, marketing, sales, and clinical
experience in multiple healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, in both large and small
companies. Most recently he was a Vice President/General Manager for Shire.
Prior to Shire, Skoien worked as a healthcare consultant with a range of companies. He worked for Merck for over fifteen years in a variety of leadership
roles in marketing and sales. Skoien was a clinical pharmacist in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry.
Michael has a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, a BS in pharmacy from
the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. He
currently resides in North Wales, Pennsylvania, with his wife of thirty-five years.
Throughout his career, he demonstrated exceptional expertise in
developing strategic vision and executing strategic plans across multiple
disciplines to achieve success. Skoien has led cross-functional teams in the United States, Europe,
and Latin America across multiple pharmaceutical products, therapeutic areas, and
all phases of product lifecycles to exceed objectives. He developed multiple
award-winning programs and initiatives in both branded and non-branded settings.
Skoien worked closely with mental health organizations including CHADD in the US,
Europe, and Latin America in efforts to help people with mental illness and those
impacted by it lead better lives.
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.”
A writer, coach, and public speaker, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC,
PCC, is the co-founder and CEO of ImpactADHD.com, a global company providing
coaching and training for parents of children with ADHD and
related conditions. A community entrepreneur and advocate committed to reproductive,
maternal, children’s, nutritional, and neurological health, Taylor-Klaus served for
eight years on the Executive Committee of Georgia’s Governor’s Council on
Maternal and Infant Health under two governors, and is included in the Georgia
State University Activist Women’s Archives. With a start at the NYC
Commission on the Status of Women, Taylor-Klaus has worked professionally on a national
level as an advocate for women’s health care. A graduate of Wesleyan
University in Connecticut and a CORO Fellowship in New York City, she recently served
as a national expert for Pfizer’s Making Moments education campaign. A
global advocate and voice for parents of children with “complex needs,”
Elaine is first and foremost the mother in an ADHD family of five.
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.
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a psychologist in
private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of
ADHD in children, teens, and adults. He is the author of several books about ADHD
and is a frequent and sought-after speaker. He ran an adult ADHD support group for
Northern Virginia CHADD for seven years and a teen ADHD support group for Chester
County CHADD for five years. He has served on the conference committee for CHADD since 2012.
John Willson, MS, received his undergraduate degree in sociology from
Texas State University in 1990. He completed graduate work at the University of Colorado
studying experiential education and outdoor leadership. He then moved to Chicago, Illinois,
and finished his MS in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Administration at The
George Williams College of Aurora University in 1993. He joined SOAR, an outdoor adventure
camp and school serving youth diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities, as a summer
wilderness instructor in 1991, then full-time in 1994 as SOAR's Director of LD and ADHD
Services. In 2012, he became SOAR’s Executive Director. He has led hundreds of
adventure courses in North Carolina, Florida, Alaska, Utah, Wyoming, Maine, Costa Rica,
and Belize. Each year he still steps into his favorite role as a field instructor on a
variety of programs.
In addition to his responsibilities at SOAR, Willson is currently the president of the
Learning Disabilities Association of North Carolina. He is also been active with CHADD as a
local board member for his chapter. At the CHADD national level, he is on the strategic direction
committee, the development committee, and chairs the marketing subcommittee. He actively presents
to teachers, parents, and professionals at local, state, and national conferences. In addition,
he has been an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College teaching
outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation, and leadership courses. His certifications include
Wilderness First Responder, Lifeguard Instructor, CPR Instructor, PADI Rescue Diver, state-licensed Recreation Therapist, and Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Finally, and most importantly, he and his wife Dorothie are the proud parents
of two magnificent, creative, and strong-willed children.
Dr. 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, 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.