BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Patricia M. Hudak, PCC, BCC, President
Patricia M. Hudak, PCC, BCC, previously served as the Chair of the CHADD Northern Virginia and DC (NoVA/DC) Chapter of CHADD. In that position, she worked with other volunteers to connect the local ADHD community with area resources -- resulting in CHADD NoVA/DC being recognized as the “2017 Affiliate of the Year”. Pat also co-chaired the CHADD National Affiliate Advisory Board, and was a member of the CHADD National Marketing and Conference Planning Committees.
Pat's passion for supporting families affected by ADHD came from her own experience raising two boys (now successful young men!) with ADHD diagnoses. She is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation and as a Board-Certified Coach through the global Center for Credentialing and Education, with additional certificates for coaching children, teens, and young adults with ADHD and executive function disorders. Prior to starting her own coaching business in 2005, Pat retired from a 30-year career with the Federal Government where she served in an executive leadership capacity. Responsibilities included strategic planning, overseeing national programs, providing guidance and support to employees at all levels, and collaborating with other Federal and state agencies and national professional organizations.
In addition to Pat’s previous experience with CHADD, she sat on the ADHD Resource Group of Northern Virginia’s board as a Director-at-Large and held the position of Chair, Marketing and Public Relations Committee of the ADHD Coaches Organization’s (ACO).
Belynda L. Gauthier, Past President
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.
Bob O’Malley, Treasurer
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.
Brian Foy, Secretary
Brian Foy has been coordinator for CHADD of Iowa since 2016. Prior to that he was treasurer for this group for over 15 years when six small chapters merged into one super chapter. Brian and his wife Jane were founding members of a parent support group in Muscatine, Iowa in 1986 after their daughter was diagnosed with ADHD.
Brian currently lives with his wife Jane in the Davenport/Quad Cities area in Iowa, where he is a clinical instructor for the masters in speech-language pathology program at St. Ambrose University. Prior to his work at St. Ambrose, he was a speech language pathologist with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency for 22 years. He was also an administrator with the agency from 2000 – 2014 where he served as “low incidence disabilities coordinator” over a five county area.
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.”
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 of 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.
Jeff Katz, PhD
Dr. Katz is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has many years of involvement with CHADD. Dr. Katz is presently the Co-Chair of CHADD’s Public Policy Committee, serves on the Professional Advisory Board and is a past member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Katz specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with an emphasis on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as well as other behavioral and learning issues. In addition, Dr. Katz frequently attends school meetings, bringing his knowledge of ADHD, learning disabilities, and school-based interventions, together with his knowledge of educational regulations, to ensure that students receive the support they need. Dr. Katz is frequently asked to speak to groups of parents and professionals, sharing his knowledge of ADHD, interventions and current issues. Dr. Katz also serves on the Disabilities Advisory Committee of Tidewater Community College, sharing his expertise with their Office of Educational Accessibility.
David Keepnews, RN, JD, PhD
Dr. Keepnews is a nursing educator, policy analyst, administrator, consultant and organization leader. He is currently a professor of Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Nursing in Washington, DC. He edited Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, an academic journal, for a decade. He has held leadership positions in numerous nursing organizations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a 2016 graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows program. Keepnews has worked in professional staff positions for the American Nurses Association, California Nurses Association and New York Academy of Medicine. He served as an assistant regional counsel for the US Department of Health & Human Services in San Francisco and practiced as a registered nurse in mental health, substance abuse, and psychiatric emergency in San Francisco and New York City.
Donna Orem, President, National Association of Independent Schools
Donna Orem was named President of the National Association of Independent Schools in November 2016. NAIS provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,500 nonprofit, private K-12 schools in the U.S.
Orem served as the Chief Operating Officer for NAIS for 11 years before becoming president. She joined NAIS in 1998 as the Vice President for Educational Leadership, later becoming the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Research. Prior to joining NAIS, she served as the Vice President for Products and Services Development at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She also served as Associate Director for The American Association of University Women.
Orem speaks frequently about leadership, governance, trends in independent education, and workforce development and is the author of numerous books and articles.
Rhashidah Perry-Jones, MPA, Chapter Coordinator
Rhashidah Perry-Jones is a nonprofit and communications executive with expertise in crisis communications, strategic communications, organizational development and strategy, community engagement, public relations, and government relations. She approaches communications by aligning your "story" to your goals and identifies actions to support diversity, equity, and inclusion statements and policies. With a track record in developing innovative integrated communications campaigns within nonprofit, public, and corporate agencies, her skills at building coalitions and forming strategic alliances within and across stakeholder groups have advanced business and strategic objectives. Perry-Jones has a keen knowledge of the local political community and a strong understanding of the arts and cultural community. Also a certified ADHD parent trainer, in parenting workshops and one-to-one sessions, she teaches effective discipline techniques, elements of healthy communication, and offers practical tools to enhance parenting skills. She is the founding coordinator of Philadelphia CHADD.
Nicole Vredenburg, Chapter Advisory Board
Nicole Vredenburg serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the North Broward CHADD group in Florida. Prior to this position she served as the chapter’s Treasurer. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 22 years of experience working with children and adults in school, legal, community mental health, child welfare and private practice settings. She is currently an ESE (Exceptional Students Education) Counselor for the public school system. Nicole is also a nationally certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Nicole’s interest in ADHD has been sparked by her personal and professional experiences. As a child, she watched her parents serve as champions for her brother who was diagnosed with ADHD. As an adult, Nicole was empowered to seek out a diagnosis and treatment for herself. She is now a mother of two children who are both diagnosed with ADHD. Nicole and her family live in Coral Springs, Florida.
Max Wiznitzer, MD
Max Wiznitzer is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics and developmental disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and in pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then did a National Institutes 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 & Children’s 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, CHADD Chief Operating Officer
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.