ADHD Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

William W. Dodson, M.D., LF-APA

bill dodson headshotDr. Bill Dodson is a board certified adult psychiatrist that has specialized in adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for the last 25 years. Dr. Dodson has been on the faculties of Georgetown University and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He was a psychiatric consultant to Georgetown University for 14 years and ran the Student Health Services for Georgetown for 4 years.

In recognition of his clinical contributions to the field of ADHD he was named a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 2012. He was also the 2006 recipient of the national Maxwell J. Schleifer Award for Distinguished Service to Persons with Disabilities. He is one of two experts from the US to the World Anti-Doping program for the development of guidelines for the use of ADHD stimulant medications in the world’s athletes.

Dr. Dodson is in private practice in Greenwood Village, CO, specializing in adults with ADHD.

Dr. Dodson has also been a consultant and/or speaker for Shire Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Neos Therapeutics, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Sunovian Pharmaceuticals, Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Highland Therapeutics/Ironshore Pharmaceuticals.

Rick Green, CM, OOnt, BSc.

rick green headshotAfter graduating with a BSC. in Physics, Rick Green created public programs for the Ontario Science Centre.  In 1979 he became a full-time comedian, writing and performing in 700 episodes of television and radio. Rick is the founder of the groundbreaking website TotallyADD.com, as well as the producer of two outstanding documentaries on adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD): ADD & Loving It?! and ADD & Mastering It!

ADD & Loving It?! became a runaway hit on PBS earning critical acclaim, a New York Festivals award for Best Medical Documentary, and kudos from educators, coaches, doctors, and adults affected by Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Since then, Rick has interviewed over 75 of the world’s leading ADHD experts, and produced videos on every aspect of ADHD.

With a gift for blending information and humor, Rick is also well known for his television series History Bites; the alternative fiction literacy series Prisoners of Gravity; the long-running comedy series The Red Green Show; and as part of The Frantics comedy troupe. A frequent public speaker and advocate for adults with ADHD, Rick has been honored as one of The University of Waterloo’s Top 50 Science Graduates, has received the CAMH Foundation’s Celebrity Transforming Lives Award, and the prestigious Order of Ontario. Recently he was proud to be appointed to The Order of Canada.

 

Concurrent Session Speakers

Dr. Joe Ackerson, PhD

Headshot Joe Ackerson

Dr. Joe Ackerson is a pediatric neuropsychologist and chair of the Alabama Statewide Sports Concussion Taskforce.  He is currently in private practice and is the senior clinician at Ackerson and Associates which houses the Ackerson ADHD Clinic.  Ackerson has been serving individuals with ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury (including concussions), and other neurological and psychological disorders for over 20 years.  He has served as director of psychology for Children's Hospital of Alabama and director of pediatric neuropsychology for The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He has 18 publications and over 50 presentations.  Dr. Ackerson has served as a consultant for the NIH, several National Neurocognitive Study Groups for demyelinating and genetic disorders, and is currently on the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology.  He has served as a board member for the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation of North and Central Alabama, and Prince of Peace Catholic Church and School.   

 

Mr. John Willson

John Willson has a Masters in Outdoor Therapeutic Recreation Administration.  He is the Executive Director of SOAR, a non profit school and adventure camp serving youth diagnosed with learning disabilities and ADHD. He is the past President of the Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of North Carolina and served on the national board for CHADD. He has led hundreds of adventure courses with youth diagnosed with LD & ADHD. He actively presents to parents and professionals at local, state and national conferences.

Billie Abney, DC, EdS.

Billie Abney, headshotDr. Billie Abney, an award winning science teacher, instructs high school classes in anatomy, biology, physics, chemistry, and forensics.  As an adult with ADHD, Dr. Abney has developed several creative teaching strategies to actively engage her students. Because of her innovative teaching strategies, Dr. Abney received Georgia’a Teacher of Promise Award in 2009 and National CHADD’s Educator of the Year in 2013. In 2016 she was awarded Georgia’s Outstanding Biology Teacher of the year. Abney was a chiropractor for 20 years and then returned to the classroom. She presents nationally and internationally on effective teaching strategies for students with ADHD/EFD.






Jane Indergaard, DNP, RN.

Jane Indergaard is a licensed registered nurse in ND and MN, and a professor of nursing at Concordia College, in Moorhead, MN. She teaches theory and clinical in Behavioral Health, Advanced Adult Health Critical Care, and Fundamentals of Nursing. She recently completed her studies for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Her doctoral research and clinical implementation project focused on the design, application and implementation of Psychoeducational (PE) programming into provider treatment for ADHD. Jane is the local founder and co-coordinator of the 2014 national award winning Red River Valley CHADD Satellite – a branch of the National Organization: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Over the past 12 years Jane has developed significant personal and professional training and experience in pediatric, adolescent, and adult behavioral health education, and in particular, ADHD advocacy, and support. She is a certified CHADD Parent to Parent teacher and a frequent regional speaker on ADHD. She has presented and provided training at the International Conference on ADHD and is also a graduate of the inaugural Chris Ziegler Dendy Executive Function Training Camp and proud member of the national network of Dendy-trained ADHD advocates. Jane is most proud of her role as a wife and mother of three adult children (whom have ADHD).

Ms. Linda Mays

Linda Mays Welch is a parent to twins, a daughter and son, and knows the battle with ADHD in children ages six to young adulthood. Linda has served on the ADHD Regional Symposium and Conference planning committee, as well as served as a conference speaker, presenter and facilitator since 2012. Years prior, Linda attended as a health reporter. Linda received the first Chris A. Zeigler Dendy Outstanding Service Award at the 2013 ADHD Regional Symposium. CAZD service award is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to promoting ADHD education of children, families, and professionals in the State of Alabama. As a television news health reporter, Linda organized and garnered television coverage of a crisis counseling phone bank of mental health professionals to support tornado survivors. She arranged extended television coverage to promote adoption of Alabama children in foster care and for ADHD education. Linda organized evening news reports on ADHD that included patients and treatment professionals. Linda arranged an additional hour-long call-in phone panel with mental health professionals to answer questions from viewers across Central Alabama. Chris recalls, “Linda has always scheduled us for interviews just prior to conference so we could talk about the featured speakers. She made several announcements about the conference during her noon and evening newscasts. Plus, she posted announcements on the TV station’s website.”
Linda is an award-winning television news anchor and best feature news reporter, as noted by the Alabama Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Alabama Broadcasters Association. She’s been informing, interviewing, listening, writing and telling the stories of the people of Central Alabama for nearly three decades. Linda shares her expertise and experience to train individual and groups to successfully deliver media interviews. This more than 20 year health reporter is an advocate for children’s and women’s health. Her sustained commitment to give-back to her community has not gone unnoticed, an award given by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Office of Women’s health bears her name, the Linda Mays Volunteer of The Year Award. She received the initial award in 2013. Educating and empowering people is one of Linda’s passions. Linda is Founder and Executive Director of Single Mothers Empowerment Conference, Inc. (SMEC), a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. She works to empower single parent women to persevere as family leaders, especially when facing challenges involving finances, legal concerns, parenting, health and wellness, relationships, business, education, career advancement, communication and life transitions. SMEC provides mentorship, resources, motivation and a strong network of support.  The conference brings together single mothers and a variety of experts, like ADHD expert, Chris Dendy.  Chris and her late husband, Tommy, held a breakout session on ADHD education during the conference's inception in 2014.  Linda Holds a B.A. degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  

Ms. Kay Davis, Ed.S.

Kay K. Davis has spent her entire adult life educating children. She holds degrees from Jacksonville State University in: BS Education, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, MS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education, MS in Educational Administration and Ed.S in Educational Administration. She has spent time in the classroom teaching Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, as ARI Reading Coach, and Superintendent of Education for Cherokee County Schools. She is now serving as Administrator of the Cherokee County STAR Program, a day-treatment program for Saving Teens at Risk, a program funded by the Alabama Department of Youth Services. She is married to her husband of fifty years, Gary Davis. They have two sons and four grandchildren. Kay was elected to the Centre City Council two years ago. For the past twenty years, Kay has also serves as Director of the Nettie King Brown Clearinghouse, a program that provides Christmas assistance to the children of Cherokee County.

Brent Cosby

Brent Cosby, headshotBrent Cosby, M.S., native of Luverne, AL, is a graduate from Troy State University with a Master's Degree in Psychology and Counseling.   He is currently employed full time with Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center in Dothan, Alabama in the Marketing, Business Development and Community Education department.  In this position, he has developed parenting programs, professional education workshops, school based prevention programs for at risk youth, Motivational workshop, and customer relations training for the business community.  Mr. Cosby is a nationally recognized speaker for his expertise in developing and operating programs in the areas of child/family mental health, juvenile justice and child welfare. Mr. Cosby lives in Andalusia, AL with his wife Dr. Emma Cosby and 4 boys, Cadyn, Caylor, Hank and Justin of whom he credits for his motivation to save the youth of today. 

Dr. Kathleen A. Duryea, DO

kathleen duryea headshotKathleen A Duryea, D.O. is a board certified osteopathic family physician currently practicing in Cherokee County for the past 20 years. She served 4 years with the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander General Medical Officer and received the Navy Achievement Medal for service. She graduated from the Pennslyvania State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She has been married to Kurt J. Duryea for the 29 years and have two daughters, Carlyle-age 20 and Kendal-age 19.

 

 

 

Dr. Nelson Handal, MD, DFAPA.

Dr. Nelson Handal, PhD.Dr. Handal is the founder, owner and Medical Director of Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic (DBMC) a mental health clinic, which serves approximately 170 patients a day.  He is also founder, owner and Medical Director of Harmonex Neuroscience Research. Dr. Handal participates in extensive clinical research and has been primary investigator in over 80 clinical trials, including several studies for new ADHD medications.  In 2017, he was Chief Medical Officer for an award winning European ADHD study.  He is a national consultant and speaker.  In the late 1980s, Dr. Handal was president of one of the first telemedicine referral services in the world and the system was featured in Business Week.  In May of 2009, Dr. Handal was invited to testify before the Unites States House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs regarding innovative technologies and treatments for veterans.  Dr. Handal spoke about CliniCom®, a patent pending on-line psychiatric assessment tool he has been developing for the past 10 years which is used by nearly 35,000 patients.  CliniCom® was a semifinalist in the Innovation Lab of the American Psychiatric Association in 2017.

Awards include the 2009 Heroes in the Fight Award given by Mental Health America and The Excellence in Public Mental Health Award for 2008 given by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  In addition, Dr. Handal has also been recognized as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2007 and 2008 given by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.  His private practice, Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic, received the 2008 Best of Dothan Award in the Physicians category by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA).  Dr. Handal has also received the 2008 Patient’s Choice Award and the 2007 Mental Health Professional of the Year Award for Alabama.  In 1996 Dr. Handal was presented with the Clinical Scholar Award conferred by the University of Miami School of Medicine.  Dr. Handal is also recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

Dr. Handal attended Medical School in Heidelberg, Germany and Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia where he was born. Completed residency training in General Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, New York.  After that, he completed his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Handal is a member in good standing of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.  At the present time he is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Dr. Ruth Hughes, PhD. 

ruth hughes headshotDr. Hughes has been a national leader in the field of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for many years. During her tenure as the DEO of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), she advocated with Congress and the federal government to ensure the rights and access to treatment for children and adults with ADHD. She instituted the widely recognized Parent to Parent Training Program which has helped thousands of parents learn to manage ADHD in the family and Teacher to Teacher, a training program on ADHD for teachers was launched. She has a son with ADHD who has taught her the most important lessons of living with ADHD.

Dr. Hughes also spent much of her early career helping establish the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, helping people with serious mental illnesses to recover and lead fruitful lives in the community.

She continues to present, train and write about ADHD. Her passion is finding ways to help young people with ADHD transition to adulthood. Her son, now an adult, is thriving.

 Dr. Jay Soileau Jr, M.D., FSAHM

jay soileau headshotDr. Soileau is board Certified in Adolescent Medicine, with additional certifications in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  He has spoken locally, regionally and nationally on ADHD, developmental and behavioral problems and conditions that co-occur with these.  In addition he has served a Co-Chair of the ADHD subcommittee for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine for a number of years. Two chapters in Adolescent Medicine Text Books have been authored by Dr. Soileau including the Neinstein Handbook Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine due out this year. Two chapters in Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews published by the American Academy of Pediatrics were authored by Dr. Soileau, as well, including one on psychopharmacology of ADHD and an update on ADHD developments in 2008 and 2014 respectively. 

Dr. Soileau teaches medical students and residents through Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, New Orleans, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.   He is a board member of the American Board of Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Sub-board.  He continues to see numerous children, adolescents and adults with ADHD and co-occurring conditions in his practice, working to improve conditions in their lives and the lives of their families. 

Dr. Mark Thomas, M.D.

Mark Thomas HeadshotDr. Thomas’ career has been devoted to a passion for providing care and improving the wellbeing of adolescents and young adults. At each stop along his professional journey, treatment of patients with ADHD has taken an ever increasing proportion of his medical practice. After several years at the University of Alabama where he held a dual appointments in the Student Health Center (where he ran a busy ADHD Clinic for university students) and in the University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics (where he held a teaching appointment and was the attending physician for the Adolescent Clinic), Dr. Thomas returned to private practice in 2013 to open Tuscaloosa focusMD.  This practice is devoted to providing comprehensive and accessible care for ADHD and related conditions in adolescents, young adults and children.  In addition to his clinical pursuits, he has continued to make frequent presentations concerning ADHD in adolescents and young adults and has also been involved in related research.  As a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, he has served as co-chairman of the ADHD Special Interest Group and the ADHD Committee.   He is also involved in CHADD, the international support group for children and young adults with ADHD.  Research interest include ADHD services in university student health centers; diversion of stimulant medication in the college setting; and the relationship between ADHD, executive functioning deficits and health risk behaviors.  He has also continued to be active in writing with publications appearing in Journal of Attention Disorders and Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews. For several years, Dr. Thomas has been privileged to co-chaired the organizing committee for this conference. He is very appreciative of the efforts of the wonderful conference staff, the dedicated committee members / volunteers, and the illustrious faculty members with whom he served.

Dr. James Wiley, M.D., FAAP

james wiley headshotDr. Wiley is Board Certified in Pediatrics and practiced general pediatrics for almost 20 years in Dothan, Alabama before moving to Mobile and founding Focus-MD, a network of clinics devoted to evidence based diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and related disorders, in 2008. He attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He did his residency in pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Children's Hospital of Alabama. He is Past President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Immediate Past District X Vice-Chairperson for the AAP. He is currently serving as Content Expert for the AAP Chapter Quality Network QI Collaborative on ADHD. He is listed in Best Doctors and was honored as a Mast Pediatrician by the Children's Health System of Alabama. Dr. Wiley brings the perspectives of a patient with adult ADHD, a parent of children with ADHD and a pediatrician that specializes in ADHD. He enjoys water color painting, fishing and tennis.

 Fran Hershey, M Ed.

Fran Hershey, headshotFran Hershey graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Education with a major in Rehabilitation Services Education and an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling.  She has practiced in the field of vocational evaluation since 1986, providing vocational evaluation services to Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) consumers throughout her tenure.   Currently, she is a Rehabilitation Specialist II for at ADRS Lakeshore, supervising programs in the Vocational Evaluation Services division. She currently serves on the board of Alabama Association of Higher Education and Disability.  Her hobbies and interests include gardening and spending time with her family.  





Melissa Green, M Ed.

Melissa Green is a Technology Accessibility Specialist with the University of Alabama’s Faculty Resource Center, where she helps to ensure that technology users, including those with disabilities, have a functional and accessible technology experience with the university’s web presence and instructional and emerging technologies. Melissa holds an MEd in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in assistive technology from George Mason University and an MLIS from The University of Alabama. Melissa embraces technology’s potential to foster access and inclusion for all, a perspective informed by her work in the disability community, libraries, and information technology.

Paige McKerchar, PhD, LBA, BCBA-D 

Paige McKerchar completed her Ph.D. in 2006 at the University of Kansas under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson. Dr. McKerchar currently serves as chair of the Psychology Department at Jacksonville State University, Executive Director of ALABA, and chair of the AL Behavior Analyst Licensing Board. Further, Dr. McKerchar directs the Center for Behavioral Studies, the mission of which is to support faculty research addressing issues of global importance, while concurrently training JSU students and providing the community with applied behavior analysis services for individuals. Dr. McKerchar also regularly participates in events hosted by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Associate of Professional Behavior Analysts (ABPA), and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB); and she serves as a guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and is a former member of the editorial board for Behavior Analysis in Practice. Most recently, her focus has been on promoting the practice of behavior analysis in Alabama through public policy and university training.

Greg Spoon, M Ed. 

Greg Spoon is a 25-year veteran English teacher. He recently changed positions at his school to become the federal programs coordinator and academic interventionist. Greg has presented at the Southeast ADHD conference in previous years.  Greg earned a M.S.Ed. from Jacksonville State University.  Professional memberships include Alabama Education Association, National Education Association, and Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA).  Greg was previously named one of Cherokee County's Secondary Teacher of the Year, and his work has been published in the ADDitude Magazine.

Ashlie Walker, MS, BCBA, LBA

Ashlie Walker is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst and Birmingham native. She is the owner of Milestones Behavior Group, Inc. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Auburn University. She completed her graduate training and master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida State University. Ashlie and her team at Milestones specialize in integrity-based training on behavior analytic strategies in school settings and Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy for children with autism in their Birmingham, AL clinic. Ashlie is committed to the advancement of the field of ABA with a special interest in making ethical and effective ABA services more readily available in her home state of Alabama. When she is not working with children and staff, Ashlie most enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and their daughters, London and Sailor.

Tiffany Luse, M.Ed., CRC

Tiffany Luse is a Rehabilitation Counselor with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services-Lakeshore Office. She is a Career Readiness Counselor specializing in Transitional Support Services. Tiffany assists with coordinating College Prep programs, facilitating social skills groups and providing individualized study skills training throughout the state of Alabama. Tiffany received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Alabama and has 6 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with disabilities.

Dr. Dale Wisely, PhD.

dale wisely headshotDale Wisely, PhD. is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School in Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham Alabama. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, Dr. Wisely was the Director of Student Services and Community Education for 12 years with Mountain Brook School System, where he continues to serve as a consultant. Dr. Wisely practiced clinical psychology in Birmingham Alabama from 1983 to 2006 which included assessment, pediatric psychology, and psychotherapy. He was named to the 2018 “Top 50 over 50” class by Positive Maturity, a non-profit agency in Birmingham Alabama designed to enhance the lives of adults 55 and older through social service and civic engagement. Dr. Wisely has served on numerous Board of Directors’ including the Crisis Center, the Jefferson County Children’s Policy Cooperative, Alabama Children First, All In Mountain Brook, and the Alabama Child Death Review System. He is also former President of the Birmingham Regional Association of Licensed Psychologists, and the Alabama Psychological Association by which he has received the prestigious “Distinguished Service to Professional Psychology” award three times, most recently in 2018. Dr. Wisely received his M.S. and PhD. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He completed his clinical internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine, in Charleston. Dr. Wisely also earned a Master’s in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College, a Jesuit college located in Mobile Alabama. Dr. Wisely served as senior psychologist at the Vaughan Clinic, now Children’s Behavioral Health, at Children’s Hospital of Alabama for 14 years. Dr. Wisely has taught and held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Alabama, Spring Hill College, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Dr. Wisely writes and operates a public service website, Parenting Teen Drivers, which includes a free parent-teen contract which has been in wide use nationally for more than 10 years. 

Ms. Chris Zeigler Dendy

chris zeigler-dendy headshotChris Zeigler Dendy is a former educator, school psychologist, and children's mental health professional with more than forty years experience in these fields. Perhaps more importantly, she is the mother of three grown children with ADHD. Dendy was inducted into CHADD's Hall of Fame in 2006 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the field. She is the author of four popular books and three videos on ADHD. Her first book, "Teenagers with ADD and ADHD" has sold over 100,000 copies. She was the lead author for the CHADD Educator's Manual and is a co-founder of CHADD's Teacher-to-Teacher training program.

 

Will Lindstrom, PhD.

Dr. Will Lindstrom is the director of the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders at the University of Georgia, an evaluation, training, and research center dedicated to serving postsecondary students with learning-related disabilities. He is licensed as a psychologist in Georgia and Virginia. His primary research interests relate to the assessment and documentation of postsecondary learning-related disabilities. Relevant publications have appeared in the Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Gerri Wolfe, PhD.

Gerri Wolfe, HeadshotDr. Gerri Wolfe, Regional Liaison for the University System Georgia’s Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders, brings 28 years of experience in postsecondary disability services and administration. She specializes in transition, grant writing, policy & program development, alternative media, and working with students with disabilities. Dr. Wolfe earned her doctorate in Rehabilitation and Special Education from Auburn University and was instrumental in organizing the Alabama state organization for disability service providers. She is published in peer reviewed journals and presents at the local and national levels.





Sara McDaniel, PhD. 

Dr. McDaniel is an associate professor of Special Education in the Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities at the University of Alabama and is the Director of the Alabama Positive Behavior Support Office (APBSO). The APBSO is a statewide PBIS technical assistance center that focuses on supporting schools and districts in implementing PBIS in Alabama. She conducts research and teaches in the areas of: (a) secondary tier PBIS, (b) classroom management assessment and coaching, (c) PBIS for alternative education settings, and (d) early prevention for diverse populations of children at high-risk.

Fred George, PhD.

Fred George Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Enterprise Alabama who has been in practice since 1975 after serving four years as an active duty psychologist at Lyster Army Hospital at Fort Rucker. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Ph.D. program at the University of Texas in Austin.(And has been registered as an Irregular Post Graduate at the University of Alabama). His practice has included assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults including performing several disability evaluations a week since the 1970’s and several Vocational Rehabilitation evaluations a month since the early 1980’s.

His clinical practice has centered primarily on children and adolescents since the early 1980’s. Although this has included the full range of mental health difficulties, primarily it has involved evaluation and treatment of those with ADHD and ADD and all of their attendant problems. In the last several years Dr. George has limited his practice to evaluation and feedback of preschool and school age children, of teenagers, of adults with ADHD, evaluations for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and supervision of Mental Health Professionals’ Medicaid patients. He is changing his focus to passing on lessons learned (usually the hard way) which he is calling: Passing it on: Workshops and Consultation.

Dr. George has presented workshops since beginning his practice in ADHD/ADD, evaluating and treating behavior, mood, learning, and emotional problems in children and adolescents, stress management, Thirty Five Years In The Private Practice Of Psychology: Lessons Learned, Managing Oppositional and Defiant Behavior, What do People With ADHD/ADD Do When They Grow Up, ADHD/ADD: Getting Help Through Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Surviving the Ride (as parents with Leslie), Dietary and Complementary interventions for ADHD, ADHD/ADD and the Juvenile Justice System, and Mental Toughness in Sports and Life.

Dr. George is married to Leslie who has been the spouse and child abuse social worker at the Family Advocacy Program at Lyster Army Health Clinic at Fort Rucker for the last twenty five years from which she retired November 30, 2017. She is in part time Private Practice in Enterprise. Prior to that she worked as a child protection worker and supervisor and a community resource specialist at the Department of human resources at Coffee and Dale County. He and Leslie have two children. Kristen Anton age 34 received her B.A. and Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama and is currently working as a Social Worker at Coffee County Family Services Center and is in part time Private Practice in Enterprise. She has been supervised for her LCSW by Dr. Cosby. David age 31 is a Platoon Sergeant (E-6) in the Army MP Corp at Fort Campbell responsible for 44 military policeman. He has been SWAT trained, is a Master Resiliency Trainer, MP instructor, EEO Complaints Representative, and Combatives instructor. David was deployed for a year training Iraqi police, patrolling highways primarily as a machine gunner, and clearing houses of suspected terrorists.

Sabrina Wren, M Ed., CRC

Sabrina Wren is a Senior Rehabilitation Counselor with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services-Lakeshore Office. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor specializing in Career Counseling. Sabrina coordinates College Prep programs for central Alabama and provides individualized career exploration services.  Sabrina received her Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Troy University and has twelve years of experience working with adolescents and adults with disabilities.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a proud Alabama native with a passion for working with people and a full-hearted belief in the healing power of laughter. Matthew has over ten years of experience facilitating group processes and currently serves as Co-founding Executive Director for the AlaQuest Collaborative for Education, a nonprofit dedicated to making Social and Emotional Learning an integral part of education in Alabama. Before co-founding ACE in 2015, he worked as a field instructor for a wilderness therapy program in the mountains of Georgia, served as co-director for the Anytown social justice leadership summit in Central Alabama, taught US history for a traveling school in New England, and worked as an environmental educator for the Cahaba Environmental Center near Montevallo, Alabama. While studying Human Ecology at the University of Alabama, Matthew also served as an AmeriCorps member through the YWCA of Central Alabama and traveled to local schools to facilitate discussions on dating violence prevention and crisis management. Matthew is a certified life coach, teacher and leadership trainer. He is also certified in Transformative Leadership for Organizational Development, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Social Justice Leadership, and Crisis Prevention and Intervention. In his free time, he enjoys digging in the garden, exploring the great outdoors, and working on renovations to the hundred-year-old mountaintop bungalow that he calls home.

 


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