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.
Shirelle F. Pearson
Shirelle F. Pearson is an Account Manager with Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) in their New York City Employee Health & Benefits Office, with over 30 years of experience with an insurance carrier, human resources, and group benefits consulting. She also extends her knowledge to her graduate students as an adjunct professor with the New York Institute of Technology. She sort resources to support her newly diagnosed son and found CHADD quite valuable in her ADHD educational pursuits, for herself and family. In 2014, she accepted the role of Treasurer for the Nassau County Chapter, and accepting the additional role of Coordinator in 2018. Having recently assumed membership on the National’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee, she is currently pursuing an ADHD parent coaching certification.
Her career has allowed her the opportunity to effectively communicate across organizations, and implement thoughtful benefits and wellness recommendations; positively affecting the lives of thousands of employees and their families. Shirelle is a published essayist, who enjoys helping clients empower employees through emotionally intelligent strategies, which foster better health, employee satisfaction, higher productivity, and loyalty. She is a member of MMA’s Diversity Equality & Inclusion Council, and Aspire Mentorship Program; also volunteering time with the New York Metro Area Chapter of the International Society Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (ISCEBS) in the capacity of Director of Programs, and Chapter ISCEBS Chapter Working Group Member.
Shirelle is a life-learner and critical thinker who believes collaboration, is the best way to build a strong village that elevates everyone. She earned her BBA from Adelphi University, MBA from Dowling College and Group Benefits Associate Certificate from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in partnership with Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Her crowning achievements are her marriage of 25 years, and the role of doting mother to her two sons.
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.
Jeremy Didier, Chapter Advisory Board
Jeremy Didier, MSW, ACC, PCAC - Jeremy Didier is the group founder and co-coordinator of Kansas City’s award winning CHADD Chapter, ADHDKC. She holds a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas and recently completed her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Jeremy currently works for ImpactParents as an ICF/ADDCA certified ADHD parent coach, and she's a frequent contributor to their internationally recognized blog. Jeremy was honored to attend Chris Dendy’s inaugural ADHD Camp in 2015, and has been thrilled to present at multiple local and national conferences on the Under Diagnosis of ADHD in Girls & Women, among other ADHD related topics. She’s also a passionate advocate for adults living in detention who are struggling with co-morbid ADHD and substance use disorder. Jeremy was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult and she's mom to the fabulous five, four of whom also have an ADHD diagnosis. Jeremy and her husband Bryan live in Overland Park, KS with their family.
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.