Michael F. MacKay, JD, CPA, MSIA is a retired health care
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 Board, 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
M. Jeffry Spahr, MBA, JD, is an attorney in Norwalk,
Connecticut. He is the proud father of two children, one of whom has
ADHD and the other who is the loving sibling. He is husband to Marlene
who, as a physical therapist and "horse person," volunteers to work with
children with learning disabilities through the Pegasus Therapeutic
Riding program. Spahr is president of the Connecticut Association
of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD). He has been
the driving force behind the Connecticut governor's annually
declaring an ADHD Awareness Week in the state. He also founded the
Association of Parents of Exceptional Children and Siblings (www.apecsct.org) to assist parents in
his state in coping with the legal and academic challenges they face for
Tish Michel is currently serving as Chair of the CHADD Finance and
Oversight Committee, member of CHADD Affiliate & Membership Committee, member of the
CHADD Board of Directors and Treasurer for the organization. Ms. Michel joined her local
CHADD Board in 1994 and served as the Coordinator for CHADD of Greater Baltimore for four
years and has serves as an officer (mostly treasurer) of her chapter for 20 years.
Ms. Michel served on the Task Force to Study the Use of Methylphenidate and Other Drugs on
School Age Children and was a member of the Maryland Governor's AD/HD Advisory Council.
Ms. Michel served on the AD/HD Task Force for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Ms. Michel is a Master Tax Advisor, Enrolled Agent and CPA working in all areas of
taxation in Lutherville, MD. Ms. Michel received her MBA from George Washington University.
Ms. Michel is the mother of one son.
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.
David W. Goodman, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland in Lutherville and Director of Suburban Psychiatric Associates, LLC. A 1983 graduate of Albany Medical College of Union University, Dr. Goodman completed a medical/psychiatric internship at Baltimore City Hospital and his psychiatric residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1986. Dr. Goodman has continued a full time clinical practice focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders. For over 25 years, he has been teaching psychiatric residents at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Goodman has presented over 600 lectures to primary care physicians, psychiatrists, medical specialists and the general public. His psychiatric commentary has been featured on national (ABC World News, CNN Ander son Cooper 360, ESPN Sports Center) and regional television around the country, PBS and
national affiliate stations, national magazines (U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street
Journal, New York Times, USA Weekend Magazine, Boston Globe, BusinessWeek) and radio
interviews around the country. Dr. Goodman has been a Principal Investigator for
multi-site Phase II and III drug trials for the treatment of adult Attention
Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Major Depression. Dr. Goodman is the lead
author on the largest adult ADHD trial published and the lead author on the largest
survey assessment of physician clinical practice for adults with ADHD. He has publishe
ADHD. He serves as a prepublication peer reviewer for several national and international
psychiatric journals. He continues to treat patients in a full time clinical practice.
Zandra L. Maffett devotes her time to global social justice,
humanitarian and peacemaking issues; and, advocating 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. Ms.
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 CHADD National Membership & Affiliate Services and Virtual
Chapter Committee Member. When she decided to bring CHADD to three counties
in Central NJ in 2008, she trained with CHADD National experts to become a
Certified Parent to Parent: Family Training on ADHD Instructor, 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, Eva 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 Dept. 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 understanding
and managing ADHD better. She resides with her husband, Bob of 29 years and her three
adult children. Eva is currently completing her BA degree in Psychology at Thomas
Edison State College.
Harvey Parker, a licensed clinical psychologist, is a cofounder and a
former executive director of CHADD. He played an instrumental role in
encouraging the U.S 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.
Michael Skoien, BioPharmaceutical Strategic Marketing
Consultant with over 25 years of general management, marketing, sales and clinical
experience in multiple healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, in both large and small
companies. Most recently Michael was a Vice President/General Manager for Shire.
Prior to Shire Michael worked as a healthcare consultant with a range of companies.
Prior to that he worked for Merck for over 15 years in a variety of leadership
roles in Marketing & Sales. Michael 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, PA with his wife of 35 years.
Throughout his career he demonstrated exceptional expertise in
developing strategic vision and executing strategic plans across multiple
disciplines to achieve success. He has led cross-functional teams in US, Europe
and Latin America across multiple pharmaceutical products, therapeutic areas and
all phases of product lifecycles to exceed objectives. Michael developed multiple
award winning programs and initiatives in both branded and non-branded settings.
He has 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.
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, online and on the phone, for parents of children with ADHD and
related conditions. A community entrepreneur and advocate committed to reproductive,
maternal, children’s, nutritional, and neurological health, Elaine served for
8 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, Elaine has worked professionally on a national
level as an advocate for women’s health care. A graduate of Wesleyan
University in CT and a CORO Fellowship in New York City, Elaine 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 5.
Dulce Torres is the mother
of a young adult with ADHD and has been a therapeutic foster parent for
children with ADHD and other co-existing conditions. She is a Licensed
Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Board Certified Coach by the Center
for Credentialing and Education and the founder of DST Counseling &
Coaching Services, specializing in ADHD therapy and coaching. Dulce has
over 20 years of experienced in the mental health field. Dulce’s
passion is to tap into each person’s strengths and partner up with
them to follow their own life compass. She volunteers as the
coordinator for the North Texas Chapter of CHADD, she is a certified
Parent to Parent teacher and has been running P2P classes for the last 4
years. She is also a P2P Spanish trainer. Dulce is fluent in Spanish
and is a columnist for the Spanish newspaper El Panorama and co-author
of the book, 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD.
Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA is a psychologist in
private practice in West Chester, PA, 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
National since 2012.
John Willson 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 Masters of Science 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 AD/HD and Learning Disabilities, as a summer
wilderness instructor in 1991, then full time in 1994 as SOAR's Director of LD and AD/HD
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, John is currently the President of the
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) 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 sub committee. 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, Therapuetic 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.
April Gower-Getz, holds a MS in business
administration/marketing. During the past 20 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.