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.

Editorial Director
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.

Program & Event Manager
Christine Kurpiel, M.A., is a former educator and PTA President & Executive Board Member, who currently serves as the Committee Chair for Westport Troop 36, and is the parent of children with LD.

Contributing Editors
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 has recently retired 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

Marc Hoffman, President
Christopher Bogart, Ph.D.
Kyrsten Bravo
Sari B. Canell
Judy Grossman
Laura Heneghan
Sharon Miles
Kathleen O’Hare
Lisa Pannone
Gregg Pauletti
Kate Pearce
Stephanie Victor
Jane B. Ross, M.S. Ex officio

Honorary Board Members
Henry Winkler, Honorary Chairman
Anne Ford, Chairman Emeritus, NCLD
Dannel Malloy, former Governor of Connecticut
Ben Powers, Head, Eagle Hill Southport

Professional Advisory Board

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist and Senior Director of Research, AFSP

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

Candace Cortiella
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

Audrey Ludemann, M.S.Ed
Principal, The Bertram Group Educational Consulting

Jonathan Mooney
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