Board of Directors

2014-2015 CHADD Officers and Board of Directors

Image Michael MacKay

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.

Barbara S. Hawkins Barbara S. Hawkins, BA
Immediate Past President

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 ADHD.

M Jeffrey Spahr, JD M. Jeffry Spahr, MBA, JD

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 ( to assist parents in his state in coping with the legal and academic challenges they face for their children.

Tish Michel Patricia (Tish) Michel, CPA, MBA

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. She joined her local CHADD board in 1994, served as the coordinator for CHADD of Greater Baltimore for four years, and has served as an officer (mostly treasurer) of her chapter for twenty years. 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 ADHD Advisory Council. She also served on the ADHD Task Force for Baltimore County Public Schools. Michel is a master tax advisor, enrolled agent, and CPA working in all areas of taxation in Lutherville, Maryland. Michel received her MBA from George Washington University, and is the mother of one son.


State Representation:

Ingrid Alpern Ingrid Alpern, JD, LLM in Tax

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 Goodman David Goodman MD

David W. Goodman, MD, 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 ADHD, and anxiety disorders. For over twenty-five 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 Anderson Cooper 360, ESPN Sports Center) and regional television around the country, PBS and national affiliate stations, national magazines (US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Weekend, 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 ADHD and major depression. He 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 serves as a prepublication peer reviewer for several national and international psychiatry journals. He continues to treat patients in a full-time clinical practice.

Zandra Maffett  Zandra L. Maffett, MS

Zandra L. Maffett devotes her time to global social justice, humanitarian and peacemaking issues, and advocacy 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. 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  Eva O'Malley
New Jersey

Eva O'Malley is the founder and coordinator of Monmouth-Ocean CHADD-NJ. She is a member of the CHADD National Membership & Affiliate Services and Virtual Chapter Committee. When she decided to bring CHADD to three counties in central New Jersey in 2008, she trained with CHADD national experts to become a certified Parent to Parent instructor. She 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, O'Malley 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 Department 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 better understanding and managing ADHD. She resides with her husband of twenty-nine years, Bob, and her three adult children, and is currently completing her BA degree in psychology at Thomas Edison State College.

Harry Parker  Harvey C. Parker, PhD

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.

Michael Skoien  Mike Skoien

Michael Skoien, BioPharmaceutical Strategic Marketing Consultant with over twenty-five years of general management, marketing, sales, and clinical experience in multiple healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, in both large and small companies. Most recently he was a Vice President/General Manager for Shire. Prior to Shire, Skoien worked as a healthcare consultant with a range of companies. He worked for Merck for over fifteen years in a variety of leadership roles in marketing and sales. Skoien 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, Pennsylvania, with his wife of thirty-five years.

Throughout his career, he demonstrated exceptional expertise in developing strategic vision and executing strategic plans across multiple disciplines to achieve success. Skoien has led cross-functional teams in the United States, Europe, and Latin America across multiple pharmaceutical products, therapeutic areas, and all phases of product lifecycles to exceed objectives. He developed multiple award-winning programs and initiatives in both branded and non-branded settings. Skoien 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.

Elaine Taylor-Klaus Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC

A writer, coach, and public speaker, Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC, is the co-founder and CEO of, a global company providing coaching and training for parents of children with ADHD and related conditions. A community entrepreneur and advocate committed to reproductive, maternal, children’s, nutritional, and neurological health, Taylor-Klaus served for eight 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, Taylor-Klaus has worked professionally on a national level as an advocate for women’s health care. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a CORO Fellowship in New York City, she 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 five.

Dulce Torres  Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC

Dulce Torres, LPC-S, BCC, 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. Torres has over twenty years of experienced in the mental health field. Her 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 four years. Fluent in Spanish, she is also a P2P Spanish trainer. Torres is a columnist for the Spanish newspaper El Panorama and co-author of the book, 365 Ways to Succeed with ADHD.

Ari Tuckman  Ari Tuckman, PsyD. MBA

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a psychologist in private practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania, 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 since 2012.

John Willson  John Willson, MS
North Carolina

John Willson, MS, 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 MS 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 ADHD and learning disabilities, as a summer wilderness instructor in 1991, then full-time in 1994 as SOAR's Director of LD and ADHD 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, Willson is currently the president of the Learning Disabilities Association 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 subcommittee. 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, therapeutic 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.



  Ann Abramowitz, PhD, PAB Chair


April Gower-Getz 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.