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.
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.
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.
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 orf 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.
Holly Seerley, MFT has volunteered with CHADD NorCal for 15 years facilitating monthly parent share groups, co-facilitating a monthly speaker meeting, and speaking to CHADD groups and agencies. She brings a variety of other volunteer board experiences to her work on the CHADD National Board of Directors including leading as president in the past the boards of The Northern California Association of Family Therapists, Star Academy (2nd grade though post-high school for students who learn differently), and The Marin Child Abuse Prevention Council. She was a founding member of Project Care for Children and served on the California State Council for Developmental Disabilities. She currently serves on the Star Academy Board and is Vice-Chair of the Affiliate Advisory Committee for CHADD National. Since 1979 Ms Seerley has had a full time private practice in psychotherapy and consultation in Mill Valley, California; she specializes in relationships, parenting, trauma and ADHD and co-occurring conditions. She has ADHD as does one of her adult children.”
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.”
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.
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.