Martha Denckla, M.D.
Dr. Martha Bridge Denckla is a research scientist and director of the Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and holds the Batza Family Endowed Chair at Kennedy Krieger. She is also a professor of neurology, pediatrics and psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is currently conducting NIH-funded research on reading disabilities in children grades 3-8, including identification, treatment, prevalence, neuro-cognitive characteristics, as well as the influence of ADHD on reading. Dr. Denckla is a past president of both the International Neuropsychology Society, and the Behavioral Neurology Society. She is the recipient of some of the most prestigious prizes in the field, including the Lucy G. Moses Prize in Clinical Neurology at Columbia University, the Norman Geschwind Memorial Lectureship at Orton Society and the Rita G. Rudel Memorial Lectureship at Columbia University.
Siobhan O’Neil Hannes
Dr. Hannes is a psychologist specializing in adolescent and adult psychotherapy, psychological assessments, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder and coping with stress. She also provides assessment services for Sidwell Friends School. Before starting her own practice, she was a partner at The Wake Kendall Group. She received her doctorate in psychology from George Washington University with a concentration in assessment, adolescent & adult psychotherapy. She completed her internship at Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health with rotations in forensic evaluation, emergency services, individual & group psychotherapy. Dr. Hannes earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.
Britt Rathbone, L.C.S.W.
Britt Rathbone is one of Washington, D.C.’s best therapists for adolescents. A licensed clinical social worker, specializing in the treatment of adolescents, Mr. Rathbone is known for his keen ability to treat difficult adolescents who have previously failed other treatments. He’s an active trainer of other therapists, speaker to both professional & lay groups on issues of adolescence while teaching graduate students at Catholic University of America. Washingtonian Magazine consistently names Mr. Rathbone as one of D.C.’s “best therapists for adolescents.” Mr. Rathbone is a 1986 graduate of the School of Social Work at Columbia University.
Ranit Schmelzer has more than 25 years of communications experience at the highest levels of government, in the nonprofit community, and the private sector. She has served as an advisor, senior strategist, and spokesperson covering some of the nation’s most complex issues and has led a wide variety of public affairs campaigns. Schmelzer’s broad experience includes a distinguished career on Capitol Hill, where she held several senior communications positions including Communications Director to U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. After her tenure on Capitol Hill, Schmelzer joined the National Women’s Law Center as Vice President for Communications. In January 2009, she served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, running communications for nominees to OMB and the Council of Economic Advisors. Schmelzer then joined the Administration as head of public affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). In the fall of 2011, Schmelzer left the Administration to established Schmelzer Strategies, a communications consulting firm specializing in communications strategy, issue advocacy, crisis communications, and media relations. Ranit Schmelzer earned her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Rochester.
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James Holland is co-founder and Executive Chairman of backcountry.com. A focused Internet retailer in the Outdoor and Action Sports industries, Backcountry.com and its sister sites sell nearly 1,000 brands and see an average of 13 million unique visitors each month. Backcountry has over 1,000 employees in Utah, Virginia and Costa Rica. Internet Retailer Magazine has repeatedly recognized Backcountry as among the Best of the Web Top 50 Retail Sites. Jim contributes a wealth of knowledge in e-commerce, business management and venture initiation. While attending the University of Vermont, Jim competed in the Albertville and Lillehammer Winter Olympics as a Nordic ski jumper. Jim is based in Park City, Utah where he oversees corporate strategy and acquisitions as Chairman of Backcountry.com.
Visit Mr. Holland’s website: Backcountry.com
Rhona M. Gordon, M.S., C.C.C./SLP
Rhona Gordon is a recognized expert in organizational skills for children and adults. She specializes in time management, studying strategies, note-taking and written language. Author of “Thinking Organized for Parents and Children: Helping Kids Get Organized for Home, School & Play,” Gordon emphasizes the thought processes that go into clear writing and learning. Founder of Thinking Organized, a practice based on the idea that “the chaos around you is the chaos in your head,” Gordon believes that goals are accomplished successfully once ideas are organized effectively and clients learn to approach thinking in a novel way. Gordon is an ASHA certified speech and language pathologist with more than thirty years of experience recognizing and treating language-based difficulties in children and adults.
Caroline Adams Miller
Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is a highly credentialed performance coach, educator and speaker who works with clients around the world to set and achieve their goals to maximize their well-being and ability to live a flourishing life. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and was one of the first people in the world to obtain the cutting-edge Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania (2006). Miller is an adjunct lecturer of Positive Psychology in the Executive and Professional coaching certificate program in the School of Management at the University of Texas/Dallas. She has written six bestselling books, including My Name is Caroline, Bright Words for Dark Days, Creating Your Best Life, and Positively Caroline, which have been translated into foreign languages. She was the first to bring Positive Psychology to satellite radio with her “Positive Tip of the Day” on XM Radio’s Channel 155, and has appeared in worldwide media including the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, US News and World Report, Success Magazine, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Martha Stewart Living and dozens of other radio and television shows. To learn more about her work and experiences, please visit www.carolinemiller.com.
Bill Stixrud, Ph.D.
Dr. Sitxrud, one of Washington, D.C.’s leading clinical neuropsychologists, has specialized in brain development and psychological/educational assessment of children/teens for over 20 years. An adjunct faculty member of the Children’s National Medical Center and Asst. clinical professor of Psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Stixrud also served as consultant to the Div. of Neuropsychology at NIH. A frequent lecturer on topics ranging from learning & executive disorders, brain development, brain-based learning, motivation, to the effects of stress & sleep deprivation on the brain, he also wrote the book, Plain Talk About Early Education and Development. Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, completed his pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric and Clinical Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School, and received his post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Tufts New England Medical Center.
Visit Dr. Stixrud’s website: www.stixrud.com
Or contact his office for an appointment: 301-565-0534
Peter Sturtevant, Jr., M.A., M.A.L.S.
Mr. Sturtevant has been the Director of the School Counseling Group since 2000, after 18 years of teaching, coaching and leadership roles in independent schools throughout the MD, VA, and Washington DC area. Peter was the Head of School for The Gunston School & The Gunston Day School in Centrerville, MD, a Humanities/English teacher, Upper School coach & Senior Master at the Maret School in Washington, DC. A native Washingtonian, Peter is a graduate of the Landon School, Bowdoin College (B.A.), Middlebury College (M.A.), and Skidmore College, (M.A.L.S./Counseling Philosophy). Mr. Sturtevant is a member of WISER, NACAC, and IECA.