Board of Directors

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2013-2014 CHADD
Officers and Board of Directors

Image Michael MacKay
Maryland
President
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 S. Hawkins Barbara S. Hawkins, BA
Maryland
Immediate Past President

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 ADHD.
M Jeffrey Spahr, JD M. Jeffry Spahr, MBA, JD
Connecticut
Secretary

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 their children.

  Tish Michel
Treasurer

Ingrid Alpern

Ingrid Alpern, JD, LLM in Tax
Maryland
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.

  Harvey C. Parker, PhD
Florida

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.
Dulce Torres  Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC
Texas
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.