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Board of Directors

Michael MacKay 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.

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.

Eugene M. Bell
New Jersey

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.

Anne Teeter Ellison Anne Teeter Ellison
South Carolina

Dr. Anne Ellison is the past-president of the Board of Directors of CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She has authored and presented hundreds of papers, research articles and books including: Child Neuropsychology: Assessment and Interventions for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2nd edition (with Margaret Semrud-Clikeman); Interventions for ADHD: Treatment in Developmental Context; and Clinician’s Guide to ADHD: Assessment and Intervention (with Sam Goldstein). In collaboration with Chris Dendy and Joan Helbing, Dr. Ellison developed Teacher to Teacher: A Comprehensive Program for ADHD Education; and, is a co-editor and contributing author to the CHADD Educator's Manual on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: An In-depth Look from an Educational Perspective. Dr. Ellison has had extensive experience training teachers on evidence-based classroom strategies for children with attentional, learning, and behavioral challenges. Dr. Ellison is a licensed psychologist, Professor Emerita from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina, Aiken.

Belynda L. Gauthier

Belynda L. Gauthier has been involved in AD/HD advocacy since 1990 and is the mother of a young adult with AD/HD and other challenges. As the founding Coordinator of Louisiana Capital Area CHADD, Ms. Gauthier wrote a Parent/Teacher Handbook on AD/HD and Related Disorders, and lobbied successfully for state legislation mandating health insurance coverage for AD/HD. She 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 long time Board Member for Families Helping Families, and currently serves on the Louisiana DHH Task Force on AD/HD. She has 33 years of professional Human Resources experience, including 20 years as HR Director for a large organization. During that time she received the Employer of the Year Award from BACE for her work in employing persons with disabilities.

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.

Craig Bruce Hackett Surman 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.”

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 ImpactADHD.com, 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.

Eli Z. Tomar Eli Z. Tomar, JD, MPH

Eli Tomar is an attorney in the Washington, DC offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a proud Washingtonian, a husband and father to one young son, Cole. Eli’s practice at Akin Gump focuses on health care and life sciences where he counsels clients on a range of legislative, policy, regulatory and compliance matters. He advocates on behalf of diverse health care entities ranging from medical providers to biotechnology, pharmaceutical, pharmacy compounding and medical device manufacturers. He also counsels nonprofit organizations, trade associations, patient advocates and broad-based coalitions and has a robust pro bono portfolio in which he works with less fortunate individuals through the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Miriam’s Kitchen Legal Clinic and Tahirih Justice Center, as well as legislative advocacy for the Smashing Walnuts Foundation. Over the course of his career, Eli has worked on many disease state-specific causes relating to autism, childhood cancer, chronic kidney disease, and mental health, among others. He has prepared materials, minutes, and staffed various clients’ board processes and has served on various bodies and committees in and outside of the law firm setting.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Eli was an associate at Patton Boggs LLP, where he also worked exclusively on health care issues. Eli earned his law degree Order of the Coif from the UCLA School and Law and a masters of public health High Honors from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, majoring in political science and completing certificates from the University Honors Program and Gemstone Program. Prior to graduate school, Eli worked as a public policy specialist, legislative assistant, and government affairs aid on and off Capitol Hill.

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.

Max Wiznitzer, MD ex-officio

Dr. 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 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.