BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Belynda L. Gauthier, 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.
Michael MacKay, Immediate Past 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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Brian Foy, Affiliate Advisory Board co-chair
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.”
Patricia Hudak, Affiliate Advisory Board co-chair
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, 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.