Staff & Contributors
Jane B. Ross, MS is the founder and Executive Director of Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, a former publishing executive, and the parent of a young adult with learning disabilities.
Louise Ackerman, MPH., CHES In addition to her work as a publishing executive here at Smart Kids, she is also an adjunct professor of public health, and the parent of a young adult with LD.
Membership Development Manager
Alysa Kabakow is a direct-marketing executive and the parent of a child with learning disabilities.
Ann Pawlick is a graphic designer who works in both print and digital for not-for-profits and small businesses. She is based in Westport, CT.
Eve Kessler, Esq. is president and co-founder of SPED*NET Wilton (CT) and a former Chair of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities. She works as a public defender for The Legal Aid Society in N.Y.C., where she serves as a criminal appellate attorney, representing many clients with LD and special needs.
Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., CIT/ASAP is the founder and President of Literacy Learning & Assessment Center of CT, providing literacy-related consulting services for students with learning disabilities. She has Associate Level certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Board of Directors
Marjorie Castro, Ed.D., President
Danielle DeGrazia, PMP, Secretary
James C. Daly, Jr.
Jim Kabakow, Vice President
Jane B. Ross, M.S. Ex officio
Honorary Board Members
Henry Winkler, Honorary Chairman
Anne Ford, Chairman Emeritus, NCLD
Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Ben Powers, Head, Eagle Hill Southport
Professional Advisory Board
Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D., President
Clinical psychologist and Senior Director of Research, AFSP
Orit Batey, Ph.D.
Neuropsychologist in private practice
Susan Baum, Ph.D.
Co-Director, International Center for Talent Development
Director of Professional Development, Bridges Academy
Nora Belanger, Esq.
Disability rights attorney and presenter
Michelle Berg, Psy.D.
Educational advising and placement for students with LD and other learning issues
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D.
Educational Consultant and Diagnostician
Director, The Advocacy Institute
Peg Dawson, Ed.D.
Psychologist, Center for Learning & Attention Disorders
Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D.
Evaluator and Therapist
Margie Gillis, Ed.D.
President, Literacy How training teachers in research-based reading
Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR
Associate Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family, Ackerman Institute for the Family
Thomas Hehir, Ed.D.
Professor of Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Shelley Lacey-Castelot, ATACP, M.S.
Director, Literacy Solutions
Ellen Littman, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist, author and lecturer on ADHD
Devon MacEachron, Ph.D.
Director, Connecticut Center for Exceptional Learners and
Exceptional Learners Associates
Author, speaker, activist, founding President, Project Eye-to-Eye
Lisa N. Rappaport, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Clinical psychologist in private practice
Lydia Soifer, Ph.D.
Director, The Soifer Center for Learning and Child Development
Alan Wachtel, M.D.
Psychiatrist, FamilyHealth Associates