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.

Membership Development Manager
Alison Brown is an information specialist, host of a podcast and the parent of a child with learning disabilities.

Art Director
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.

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
Christopher Bogart, Ph.D., President
Michael Beck
Sari B. Canell
Andrew Danyluk
Heather Dennis
Beth Feldman
Claire Haft
Jim Kabakow
Michael P. Mahoney
Kathleen O’Hare
Stephanie Victor
Jane B. Ross, M.S. Ex officio

Associate Board Member
Michael Sullivan

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

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