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.
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.
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
Sari B. Canell
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
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
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