ISCRD 2018

A flagship event for educators, therapists, physicians
and healthcare professionals who work with
individuals who have cognitive disorders.

Feb. 26 – 27, 2018 | World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL | In-Person & Online
Education and healthcare providers are invited to attend a high-energy Ted Talk-style conference that connects you with decision makers and experts in the field of cognitive disorders. Distinguished international presenters will include cognitive scientists, neurosurgeons, master educators, top researchers, and more. ISCRD will provide knowledge to help align products and services with innovative trends and best practices. This connection will promote collaboration that will have immediate impact and improve the quality of care and lives of individuals with cognitive disorders. Attendees can also accrue 14 CEUs.

Leading Cognitive Experts From All Over The Globe

will introduce the latest research on cognitive disorders such as Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury and more.

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TED Style High Energy Presentations

Over 40 cognitive experts will introduce the latest research and findings in the field of cognitive disorders. Presentations will help educators and therapists better understand how to manage cognitive disorders in the classroom and introduce healthcare professionals to new research-based strategies for managing patients with cognitive disorders. In addition, all ISCRD 2018 attendees will have the opportunity to view a LIVE brain surgery performed by several internationally recognized neurologists.
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NEW 2018: Collaboration Sessions Designed To Expand Your Knowledge

In addition to highly engaging TED-style presentations, all attendees will also have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the areas that interest them most. Each of the 90-minute Collaboration sessions will be facilitated by leading experts who will take attendees through a deep dive into a specific topic. Each session will be delivered in a collaborative style that promises to engage, invigorate and push attendees to expand their knowledge.
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NEW 2018: Community Education Event

On Monday evening, we have added a Community Education event that is FREE for ISCRD 2018 Attendees. In addition, we have invited caregivers and parents of children with special needs in the community to join us for an educational event. With the help of our partners at Mayo Clinic, University of North Florida, Baptist Health, Florida Blue, and Jacksonville University, this event will expose participants to the latest research and technology in cognitive health and education.
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Innovation Zone

One of the major draws for ISCRD each year is the Innovation Zone. The Innovation Zone is a live interactive area that exposes attendees to cutting -edge research and technology from some of the most innovative companies in the world. For example, attendees will see first-hand how robots are allowing children with Autism to communicate in the classroom, how wearable technology is helping patients with Parkinson’s to manage their medication, and how large corporations are designing special programs to accommodate individuals with cognitive disorders.
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Win a Trip to Beaches® Resorts

Beaches Resorts are the leading All Inclusive Luxury Resorts in the Caribbean. They have a long history of innovation and community involvement. Over the last year, they have been working with IBCCES to create an industry-leading travel program for families with Autism and other cognitive disorders. Each attendee at ISCRD 2018 will be entered to win a trip for two to one of the Beaches Resorts. Register for ISCRD 2018 and your name will automatically be entered into the drawing. The winner will be announced during the Community Education event at ISCRD.
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ISCRD Speakers

ISCRD is the premier international symposium for cognitive research and cognitive disorders. As a result, each year ISCRD attracts the best speakers from around the globe. Below you will find details on a few of the ISCRD 2018 presenters:

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Bruce E. Wexler, MD

Yale School of Medicine; Connecticut Mental Health Center

Professor; Director of Neurocognitive Research Laboratory

Bruce E. Wexler is a Professor at Yale University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, studied psychiatry at Anna Freud’s Hampstead Clinic, neurology at Queen’s Square Institute of Neurology, and psychiatry at Yale. Author of over 125 scientific articles, Professor Wexler is a world leader in harnessing neuroplasticity to improve cognition through brain exercises. He and colleagues developed the first program that integrates computerized brain exercises and physical exercises to improve executive function in young children, a program in use by thousands of children in schools across the U.S. Dr. Wexler and colleagues have also developed programs that are effective treatments for ADHD and geriatric depression. Dr. Wexler was a visiting professor at Peking University in 2008, and has given multiple invited lectures throughout China, Korea, Japan and Europe as well as North and South America.

Stephen Shore, EdD

Adelphi University School of Education

Internationally-recognized Autism Speaker, Professor

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. He is a current board member of IBCCES, Autism Society of America, and Autism Speaks.

Benjamin Brown, MD

Mayo Clinic

Neurosurgeon

Dr. Benjamin Brown is a neurosurgeon at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and has been in practice almost 10 years. Dr. Brown specializes in Neurological Surgery, and has received the Dr. John Jackson Award for best clinical research presentation at the Louisiana State Neurosurgical Society Meeting, and the 2011 TEAM Recognition Award at LSU Hospital, where he was awarded for “commitment to excellence in the care and treatment of our patients.”

Eric Haas, MD

Florida Blue

Senior Medical Director, Clinical Affairs

Dr. Haas is Florida Blue’s Senior Medical Director of Clinical Affairs. In this role, Dr. Haas is responsible for strategic and operational effectiveness of the Medicare Advantage membership. He is also is the clinical lead for the new Place of Delivery Model that brings a local care team focus on the highest risk Medicare Advantage, ACA and Fully Insured Commercial membership.

Dr. Haas is a physician leader with over twenty years of clinical, hospital, pharmaceutical and managed care experience. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Haas earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and his Medical Doctorate from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He then completed his Family Medicine Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of training Dr. Haas practiced two years in Washington, D.C. Dr. Haas remains actively Board Certified in Family Medicine since 1988.

After relocating to Florida, Dr. Haas served as managing partner of his six doctor Family Practice group. Once his practice merged into a Physician Hospital Organization, he was elected Chairman of Board of this 150 doctor organization. Post 12 years in clinical practice Dr. Haas transitioned into pharmaceutical research and then managed care.

As the Senior Regional Medical Scientist of Glaxo Dr. Haas was responsible for setup of phase 3 & 4 research studies, development of key thought leaders and interface with manage care on pharmacoeconomics. Next in his career track Dr. Haas took on the role of Network Medical Director and Aetna/Prudential serving a commercial population then onto WellCare Health Plans where he oversaw the Medicare and Medicaid population. In these roles Dr. Haas was responsible for improvement in quality, as well as cost of medical care. He also was instrumental in NCQA and AAAHC accreditations and Aetna and WellCare respectively.

Prior to joining Florida Blue, Dr. Haas served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs of FPG/ Family Physicians Group where he provided Medical Director Leadership to a 90 doctor MSO in Central Florida.


Brandy Killian

St. Johns County Schools

Psychologist

As a success coach and nationally certified school psychologist, Brandy Killian believes in helping others to achieve and be at their best. Brandy has served children in special education for over 15 years. As a parent herself to a child with Down syndrome she has developed a passion for understanding this engaging and remarkable population of students.

Ricardo A. Hanel, MD, PhD

Baptist Health System

Endovascular Neurosurgeon

Ricardo A. Hanel, MD, PhD, neurovascular surgeon with Lyerly Neurosurgery and Baptist Health, is director of Baptist Neurological Institute at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. He is internationally known for his skills in treating brain aneurysms, acute stroke and cerebrovascular conditions with ground breaking, minimally invasive techniques performed from inside the blood vessel. His areas of expertise are endovascular neurosurgery, brain aneurysms, brain & spinal arterial venous malformations, brain & spinal arterial venous fistulas, acute stroke intervention, cerebrovascular disease and skull base neurosurgery. Dr. Hanel obtained his medical degree from Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil and did his fellowships at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Kevin Wildenhaus, Ph.D.

Johnson & Johnson

Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Science Lead, Janssen Disease Interception Accelerator

Kevin is responsible for leading behavioral science innovation and research within Janssen’s Disease Interception Accelerator organization. He is the pre-venture lead for both Perinatal Depression. Prior to this role, he was the Behavioral Science Lead in the Consumer Innovations group after serving as Head of Behavioral Science for SocialWellth, a health technology startup where he led the development of the first consumer focused mHealth app Certification Standards and Review process for use by health plans and retailers. Previously, he was Senior Director of Science and Innovation at Wellness & Prevention Inc. where he led a team of clinical, organizational and educational psychologists, physicians, health educators and biostatisticians. He was also the Director of Behavioral Science and Data Analytics at HealthMedia, Incorporated. He is the former Director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine with Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. With his expertise in health behavior change and brief treatment interventions, Dr. Wildenhaus has consulted with many organizations that provide wellness, behavioral health, and disease management services, conducting program reviews and providing staff training in behavioral science models and behavior change techniques. He has given many national lectures, presentations and workshops. In addition to his specialization in health psychology and behavioral science, Kevin has served as Team Psychologist for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2001.

Eric Sauvageau, MD

Baptist Health System

Endovascular Neurosurgeon

Eric Sauvageau, MD, neurovascular surgeon with Lyerly Neurosurgery and Baptist Health, is director of the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville. Dr. Sauvageau specializes in minimally invasive endovascular and cerebrovascular techniques and skull base neurosurgery for the treatment of stroke, brain aneurysm, cerebrovascular disease, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), arteriovenous fistulas and carotid artery disease. He also has expertise in the treatment of microvascular compression syndrome, including trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm.
Dr. Sauvageau obtained his medical degree from the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada and did his fellowships at the State of New York at Buffalo and the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix.

Michael E. Kelley, PhD, BCBA-D

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology

Executive Director

Michael E. Kelley leads the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a 501c(3) facility with a three-part mission of ASD research, clinical service and training located on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Kelley is also Professor of Psychology in the Behavior Analysis Program in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Tech. In addition to administrative oversight of the Scott Center, Dr. Kelley leads the Scott Center’s research program and his research interests include assessment and intervention for severe behavioral disorders, pediatric feeding disorders, the symptoms of autism, and treatment relapse. He has served on the Board of Editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and has served as Associate Editor for JABA.

Boyd H. Mark, MBA

The Scott Center for Autism Treatment, Florida Institute of Technology

Director of Telehealth

Mark is a leader in digital business transformation and directs the telehealth initiative at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment, a 501c(3) facility with a three-part mission of ASD research, clinical service and training located on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology. As Director of Telehealth, he collaborates with clinicians, industry partners and healthcare organizations to improve and transform ASD outcomes by leveraging technology and innovation. A Silicon Valley veteran and successful technology entrepreneur, Mark has also held senior positions with Microsoft, Intuit and PeopleSoft.

Nima Aghaebrahim, MD

Baptist Health System

Interventional Neurologist

Nima Aghaebrahim, MD, interventional neurologist with Lyerly Neurosurgery and Baptist Health, specializes in ground-breaking endovascular therapy that can be performed from inside the blood vessel to treat cerebrovascular disease. His areas of expertise are acute stroke intervention, brain hemorrhages, brain aneurysm, carotid or vertebral artery disease, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) and arteriovenous fistulas.
With a medical degree from the University of South Carolina, Dr. Aghaebrahim did fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and is board certified in board certified in both neurology and vascular neurology.

Michael Richardson

Wounded Warrior Project

VP, Independence Services and Mental Health

As Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) independence services and mental health vice president, Michael is responsible for the Independence Program (IP), Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP), Warrior Care Network and WWP Talk Program.

The IP program provides extensive support and services to the most severely wounded, ill, or injured warriors suffering from moderate-to-severe brain injury, spinal cord injuries, or other neurological conditions, who are most at risk of being institutionalized. CSRP provides services to warriors and families that address mental health needs and the key issues linked to combat stress, including stigma and access to care. Warrior Care Network is comprised of four leading academic medical centers providing innovative treatment for the invisible wounds. Michael is the Chairman of the Executive Steering Committee for the Warrior Care Network as well. WWP Talk connects and serves warriors and families through telephonic emotional support to empower them to increase resilience, self-efficacy, quality of life, and psychological well-being. Before assuming this role, Michael served as the physical health and wellness director for WWP.

Michael begin his military service in 1981 as a 17-year-old private and retired 32 years later in 2013 as a medical service corps lieutenant colonel. He last served as the director of the disability evaluation system for Army Medicine as part of the Army staff. He also commanded the Warrior Transition Battalion for Europe from 2010 to 2012, where his relationship with WWP began.

During his change of command, Michael noted that WWP was pivotal in the development of the battalion’s effective adaptive sports and fitness program, which positively affected the lives of warriors and their families.

During Michael’s career, he had numerous combat and operational deployments to Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, and Bosnia. Of note, during his last 15-month deployment to Iraq, Michael served as the Iraq theatre medical regulating officer and was responsible for the coordination of all patient movement within and departing from Iraq. His awards include two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal; and various other medals and decorations. Michael is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit for Army Medicine.

Michael holds a master’s degree in public administration (health) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Hawaii. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife Beth, who is also a retired army officer. They have two grown children, Michael II and Monique.


Mae Barker, PhD, BCBA-D

Parent Training Solutions, and Florida Autism Consultants and Educational Services

Behavior Analyst

Dr. Mae Barker is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over fifteen years of experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She earned her doctorate in the Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences from The Florida State University in 2005 and obtained board certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2002. Her past professional experiences include Clinical Director of the UF-Jacksonville Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, in-home behavior therapist, residential care staff, and school-based behavioral specialist. Since 2005, Dr. Barker has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Florida, teaching graduate coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism. She has published research on child safety, contributed to the professional literature on inclusion of students with autism, and developed a training CD to help teach parents how to play with their young children with ASD. At present, she provides ABA services to children, families, and school personnel through Florida Autism Consultants and Educational Services and Parent Training Solutions. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, running, reading, and playing in the dirt.

Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, LD/N

University of North Florida

Director of DCN Program/Assistant Professor

Lauri Wright is an assistant professor at the University of North Florida and the director of the Doctorate in Clinical Nutrition program. Through her research, she works with food insecure individuals, globally with malnutrition, and the nutritional needs of people with AIDS. Wright has consulted with seniors in the Meals on Wheels program, providing nutrition education and counseling. She formerly worked as a clinical dietitian for the Veterans Administration, providing medical nutrition therapy for veterans with chronic disease. Wright is past-president of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves as a Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Wright earned an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate from University of South Florida.

Jason S. Orrock, Ph.D., LPC (AL), NCC

Jacksonville University

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Dr. Orrock is passionate about the connection of mind, body and spiritual work as it pertains to mental health and wellness. He is currently licensed in the state of Alabama as an LPC and will be seeking licensure in Florida. Dr. Orrock specializes in marriage and family, military personnel and student athlete (mental toughness & performance) counseling. He currently volunteers his time with Red Cross providing assistance to service members as they re-integrate into civilian roles post deployment. He ran a small private practice in Alabama for four years while serving as an assistant professor at Troy University. During this time, he worked with active duty service members and their families from Fort Rucker, Maxwell Airforce Base and Fort Benning. Previously, he worked at the Children’s Medical Hospital in the adolescent clinic seeing individuals and families with the primary client being between 12 to 25 years of age that were victims of sexual abuse and assault. He has been a special education teacher in public schools, has worked professionally as a home based therapist, and has had several intensive internships in mental health clinics, working with a variety of populations to include adolescents, adults and severe mental illness. Dr. Orrock’s research interests have focused on the influence of perceptions of masculinity, as related to: oppression, SES, abuse, trauma, military culture and families, identity development, interpersonal relationships and general mental health of males. Additionally, he is specifically interested in the mind, body, and spiritual connection as it relates to healing for combat veterans and their families. Thus, his work and professional interests focus on family, improving mental health systemically and promoting wellness. He believes in building alliances across professional settings including medical, community mental health and schools to promote greater wellness for marginalized populations. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves spending his free time on the water pursuing his passions of fishing and surfing.

Christine Sapienza, PhD

Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University

Dean

Since 2014, Dr. Christine Sapienza serves as the Dean of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University. Under her leadership, JU has launched enhanced health sciences program offerings to address emerging market demands, and has raised the standing and reputation of both the University and the BRCHS in the region. Through her vision, the College of Healthcare Sciences has been reorganized into a cohesive brand that includes School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Orthodontics.
Dr. Christine Sapienza serves as the Dean of the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences at Jacksonville University. Through her vision, the College of Healthcare Sciences has been reorganized into a cohesive brand that includes School of Nursing, the School of Applied Health Sciences and the School of Orthodontics.

Jacqueline Green, JD, MSCC, EMT

The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville, P.L.

Attorney

Jackie received her Bachelors of Science from Florida State University in 1995 and was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society. In 1998, Jackie received her juris doctorate from the California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1998 and the Florida Bar in 1999. She first served as an Assistant Public Defender in Jacksonville, where she spent most of her time in the courtroom, litigating. She then spent a decade in the corporate world defending insurance companies and employers against workers’ compensation injury claims, while spearheading the Medicare Compliance Department for a large multistate law firm, with eleven offices. While at the firm, she began incorporating family law and disability work into her practice as a result of her desire to serve individual clients on more personal matters.

In 2013, six months pregnant with her one and only child, a daughter, Daisy, Jackie founded her own law firm, The Green Law Firm of Jacksonville, P.L., concentrating in family law and disability. Having spent so many years in litigation, and seeing the sad effects on children (and adults also), as well as experiencing the fallout of divorce in her own extended family, she has identified her passion, collaborative family law.

Jackie is an active member of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Northeast Florida, and is currently serving on the Judicial Outreach Committee, developed to enlighten the judges and magistrates of Northeast Florida about the collaborative family law alternative finally codified into the law of the State of Florida in late 2017. She gives frequent community presentations on the collaborative law option, and also volunteers as a presenter for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid’s free clinic on family law matters. She has taught countless seminars to other professionals and has lectured for the Florida Bar. Jackie is also honored to be an active member of the distinguished Florida Family Law Inn of Court, and has presented to the Inn, made up of practicing lawyers and presiding judges, about the collaborative law process. Her goal is to put an end to families in court and see a day when all family matters are resolved in a holistic manner, with a team of professionals, so that the parties and their children can me made better, rather than worse, from the experience.


Carol S. Weinman, Esq.

Weinman Law Office

Attorney and Legal Consultant

Carol S. Weinman is an independent attorney, autism specialist, author and founder of Autism Advisors and Advocates LLC. A seasoned attorney, practicing over 25 years, Ms. Weinman specializes in criminal law and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She represents the interests of those with ASD who are arrested in the state and federal courts. Ms. Weinman began her legal career as a Philadelphia Prosecutor and in 1998 embarked on a new path after she diagnosed her 3 ½ year old son as autistic. Combining her legal and autism expertise, Ms. Weinman serves as an Autism Legal Consultant for lawyers, psychologists, educators and parents. She conducts trainings and presentations to community, law enforcement, universities, lawyers and professional audiences on Autism and Criminal Law.

Dr. Michael Pizzi

University of Florida

Medical Director of Neuroscience ICU, Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Michael Pizzi is currently the medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit and assistant professor of neurology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville. Dr. Pizzi completed his neurocritical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic, after completing his residency in neurology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville where he also served as chief resident. During medical school Dr. Pizzi was selected for a clinical and research externship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where his work on nanoparticles to facilitate axonal regeneration won the Sara Baskin award for best research project. Prior to medical school, Dr. Pizzi conducted research on axonal regeneration for his master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation. Dr. Pizzi has multiple publications in the fields of neuroscience, neurology and neurocritical care from neurochemistry and molecular biology to societal barriers affecting patients with epilepsy.

Tracy L. Johnston EdD, LMHC

Family Matters

Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator

Dr. Johnston is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and Qualified Parenting Coordinator with over 20 years’ experience helping families with the conflict resolution process. Dr. Johnston offers an array of conflict management services to families, including divorce coaching, mediation and parenting coordination. Dr. Johnston received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Johnston is also adjunct faculty at Florida State College Jacksonville where she teaches courses in General Psychology, Human Growth & Development, and Human Relations in Business and Industry.

Dr. Johnston, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Board Certified Coach has spent her professional career as a mediator, private practice psychotherapist, communication coach, and corporate trainer. She has extensive experience working with private, and not-for-profit organizations in a variety of settings and roles, ranging from family mediation and individual coaching to organizational training exercises. Her community service work includes serving on the Board of Directors for several local non-profit organizations.


Susan L. Hartman, JD, CPWA, CDFA, CFP, IIMC

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Branch Manager

As a wealth manager in private practice, Susan specializes in working with individuals and families to preserve and protect their wealth. She works with clients and their other advisors to more fully integrate their retirement, tax, estate and comprehensive financial planning. A disciplined, systematic investment strategy may be used to optimize after-tax, risk-adjusted performance in client portfolios. Her approach emphasizes client education and communication with the client’s other advisors. The objective is to have a positive impact on her client’s financial well-being and help them achieve their financial goals for themselves and through the generations.

Over the years, Susan’s responsibilities at Raymond James have included educational and technical financial planning support for Associates and Financial Advisors of the firm’s parent company Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE-RJF). She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of South Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law.

Susan has specialized in high end tax, estate and financial planning and in the design, implementation, operation and legal compliance of ERISA Qualified Retirement Plans (QRPs) and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) since 1993. She has authored various articles in and has been quoted in various industry periodicals such as On Wall Street, InvestmentNews, Financial Advisor, Investment Advisor and Bank Investment Consultant magazines. She addresses various memberships such as the AHCA/NCAL, and various CPA and Bar Associations across the country at their local, regional and national conferences, as well as through webcasts and other professional CE programs for Financial Advisors, Attorneys and CPAs at both the intermediate and advanced levels on Retirement, Estate, Education, Risk Management, Qualified Retirement Plan Administration and Design, Required Minimum Distribution Rules and Income Tax Planning topics. Susan has represented Raymond James and its Financial Planning and Wealth Solutions Groups in media interviews, Home Office Visits (HOVs) attended by Financial Advisors from other financial institutions and on the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s (SIFMA’s) Retirement and Savings Committee, the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and the Financial Planning Association. She continues to frequently consult with other Raymond James Financial Advisors, their clients and the clients’ other advisors (Attorney, CPA, etc.), oftentimes in face-to-face meetings hosted by the Financial Planning Group’s By Invitation Only (BIO) program and held in the Raymond James International Headquarters in Saint Petersburg Florida.

In addition to her work in the financial services industry and the Financial Planning Group of Raymond James, Susan serves on the Board of the Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club and is a past president of the Pinellas County chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar association, the American Bar Association (ABA), as well as several other professional, equestrian and community organizations.


Kerry Magro

KFM Making a Difference

Disability Advocate

Kerry Magro is an award-winning disability advocate, best-selling author, movie consultant, non-profit founder and full-time employee at Autism Speaks. Magro who was completely non-verbal until 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4 had to overcome countless challenges. Today Magro travels the country as a national motivational speaker discussing his journey on the autism spectrum. In 2014, based on his speaking efforts he received accreditation from the National Speakers Association as one of the only professionally certified speakers with autism in the country. His career in speaking which has included giving 2 TEDxTalks later led to a stint in television where he hosts his own local cable TV show called the “Different is Beautiful Show” to highlight people who overcome adversity in their local communities.

Lida Citroën

LIDA360

International Branding Specialist

Lida Citroën is an international reputation management and brand specialist who designs and enhances the identities of companies and executives globally. After a 20-year career in corporate branding, strategic marketing and international communications, in 2008 Citroën formed LIDA360, a Colorado-based consulting firm, to meet the demand of international professionals seeking to differentiate themselves and their businesses in increasingly competitive and global markets. In 2009, Citroën began leveraging her expertise to help transitioning military service members build their civilian careers. Citroën is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO), writes for Military.com, collaborates with LinkedIn on veterans’ issues, and volunteers with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR).

Billy McLaughlin

World-class Guitarist & Inspirational Speaker

Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, Emmy Award winning composer and inspirational keynote speaker who has appeared on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart. Previously signed to Virgin Records’ Narada label, McLaughlin has 14 CD releases, 3 National Campus Entertainer of the Year Awards*, 5 Minnesota Music Awards and his decades of national concert touring earned him the Hall of Fame Achievement Award*.

But in 1999 McLaughlin vanished from sight as his career crumbled due to a little-known neuro-muscular disorder called Focal Dystonia. After suffering several years without a cure or even a diagnosis, this right-handed guitarist embarked on an unlikely attempt to regain his career by re-learning his instrument….left-handed! His remarkable comeback is captured in the independent documentary film Changing Keys (seen on PBS stations in 2010) and a concert film called Coming Back Alive featuring McLaughlin with string orchestra and a reunion of his longtime rock band. KPBS (San Diego) produced the 2013 Emmy Award winning live concert program called Starry Night – Billy McLaughlin with Orchestra Nova highlighting McLaughlin’s extraordinary talent as both guitarist and inspirational speaker.

Now serving as Ambassador for Awareness for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, McLaughlin is the winner of the 2010 Public Leadership in Neurology Award** whose previous winners include Paul Allen, Julie Andrews, Leon Fleischer, and Michael J. Fox. McLaughlin has resumed an international schedule of concert appearances and keynote speaking. He resides in his home state of Minnesota where he is proudly raising two boys.

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“Research has over-and-over demonstrated the importance of cognitive problems in limiting success in school and life. Now new research is establishing increasingly effective methods to help children and adults with cognitive deficits succeed despite the deficits, or even reduce the deficits themselves. This conference brings together many people who are in the forefront of these important efforts.”

-Dr. Bruce Wexler, Senior Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine; Director of Neurocognitive Research Laboratory, Connecticut Mental Health Center

ISCRD 2018 Schedule at a Glance

ISCRD is the premier international symposium for the top neuroscientists, cognitive researchers, and educational thought leaders from all over the globe to present and collaborate on the rapidly growing area of cognitive disorders. Educators, therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals have the option to participate in-person, online through live webcast, or simulcast at one of our partner sites around the globe. Last year, the in-person session sold out and attendees from 14 different countries joined in through live webcast to participate and collaborate.

Knowledge – High energy, engaging and informative TED-style presentations from some of the worlds leading experts on cognitive disorders. Every 25 minutes a new expert will take the stage and wow you with the latest research and industry knowledge.

Innovation – Welcome to the ISCRD 2018 Innovation Zone. Innovators are organizations who provide cutting-edge technologies to help improve the lives of those with cognitive disorders. Attendees will be exposed to the latest research and tools that will assist them in improving the lives of individuals with special needs.

Collaboration – ISCRD 2018 will be attended by over 1200 educators and healthcare professionals who are thought leaders in the area of cognitive disorders. Each of the collaboration events will be set up as a 90 minute session designed around a specific topic. During these session attendees will be able to collaborate and learn from their peers from all over the globe.

MONDAY AGENDA – DAY 1
February 26, 2018

TUESDAY AGENDA – DAY 2
February 27, 2018

Learn More About the Community Education Event on Monday Evening

*Agenda is subject to change.

ISCRD 2018 Educational Strands

The following 15 educational strands were carefully selected by the ISCRD 2018 Executive Planning Committee. To assist the 2018 planning committee in selecting the most relevant and engaging topics, we surveyed nearly 1,000 attendees from ISCRD 2017 to see what topics they would like included in 2018.

Alzheimer’s Down Syndrome Soft Skills
ADD/ADHD Dyslexia Stroke & Cognition
Autism Executive Function Suicide
Dementia Inclusion Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Depression Parkinson’s Universal Design for Learning

ISCRD 2018 Executive Planning Committee Members

The ISCRD 2018 Executive Planning Committee is composed of leading neuroscientists and master educators from around the world who are known to be leaders in their field. As a team, they chose the 15 educational strands for ISCRD 2018 and played a major role in the development and format of the symposium.


T. Richard Fort, PhD

Cerescan

Founded, Psychologist

Dr. Fort began his career in the space shuttle program at Kennedy Space Center where he worked for Martin Marietta, Lockheed and NASA in the areas of organizational development, leadership and total quality management. In 1995, he founded Education Sales Management, which quickly grew into the premier enrollment center for Sylvan Learning Centers, proprietary colleges, and online programs across the country. Recently, he served as President & COO and as Chief Science Officer of CereScan Corp. CereScan is a brain imaging company that specializes in advanced technologies for diagnosing a wide variety of brain dysfunctions. Today, he continues to serve on the CereScan Board of Directors and on the Boards of several other life science companies.

Lida Citroën

LIDA360

International Branding Specialist

Lida Citroën is an international reputation management and brand specialist who designs and enhances the identities of companies and executives globally. After a 20-year career in corporate branding, strategic marketing and international communications, in 2008 Citroën formed LIDA360, a Colorado-based consulting firm, to meet the demand of international professionals seeking to differentiate themselves and their businesses in increasingly competitive and global markets. In 2009, Citroën began leveraging her expertise to help transitioning military service members build their civilian careers. Citroën is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organizations (NAVSO), writes for Military.com, collaborates with LinkedIn on veterans’ issues, and volunteers with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR).

Brandy Killian

St. Johns County Schools

Psychologist

As a success coach and nationally certified school psychologist, Brandy Killian believes in helping others to achieve and be at their best. Brandy has served children in special education for over 15 years. As a parent herself to a child with Down syndrome she has developed a passion for understanding this engaging and remarkable population of students.

Dawna Bobersky

Brevard Schools

Director, Exceptional Education Program Support

Bio coming soon….

Carol S. Weinman, Esq.

Weinman Law Office

Attorney and Legal Consultant

Carol S. Weinman is an independent attorney, autism specialist, author and founder of Autism Advisors and Advocates LLC. A seasoned attorney, practicing over 25 years, Ms. Weinman specializes in criminal law and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She represents the interests of those with ASD who are arrested in the state and federal courts. Ms. Weinman began her legal career as a Philadelphia Prosecutor and in 1998 embarked on a new path after she diagnosed her 3 ½ year old son as autistic. Combining her legal and autism expertise, Ms. Weinman serves as an Autism Legal Consultant for lawyers, psychologists, educators and parents. She conducts trainings and presentations to community, law enforcement, universities, lawyers and professional audiences on Autism and Criminal Law.

Kevin Custer

ARC Capital Development

Founding Principal

Kevin offers more than 25 years of experience in launching and growing successful education and disability companies. Custer is a founding principal of Arc Capital Development, a private equity and advisory firm that invests in and operates companies that serve school districts, health agencies, practicing professionals, students and parents. The products of his companies have been installed in more than 50 percent of the K-12 schools in the United States with over 10 million online users each week. Under his leadership he took a small Internet company public through a reverse-takeover of Canada’s seventh-fastest growing public company.

Mr. Custer serves as Board President of the Autism Society of Colorado as well as a member of the national board for the Autism Society of America. Additionally, Custer serves on Colorado’s statewide committee for Autism and Neuro-disabilities, Recently, Mr. Custer was the CEO of AutismPro, they provided online resource and training to help schools build the capability to educate children with Autism. In 2009 he participated in Colorado’s Autism Commission, which developed the state’s 10-year strategic plan for autism. He is recognized as an expert in building public and private partnership to serve the disability community.

As a nationally recognized speaker, Custer has presented to many state and national associations, including Autism Society of America, Council for Admin of Special Education, Assoc, of School Business Officers and Council for Exceptional Children, Software and Information Industry Assoc and COMDEX Asia. Custer received a bachelor’s of science in computer information science and a bachelor’s of science in marketing from the University of Northern Colorado.


Stephen Shore, EdD

Adelphi University School of Education

Internationally-recognized Autism Speaker, Professor

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. He is a current board member of IBCCES, Autism Society of America, and Autism Speaks.

Eric Haas, MD

Florida Blue

Senior Medical Director, Clinical Affairs

Dr. Haas is Florida Blue’s Senior Medical Director of Clinical Affairs. In this role, Dr. Haas is responsible for strategic and operational effectiveness of the Medicare Advantage membership. He is also is the clinical lead for the new Place of Delivery Model that brings a local care team focus on the highest risk Medicare Advantage, ACA and Fully Insured Commercial membership.

Dr. Haas is a physician leader with over twenty years of clinical, hospital, pharmaceutical and managed care experience. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Haas earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and his Medical Doctorate from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He then completed his Family Medicine Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of training Dr. Haas practiced two years in Washington, D.C. Dr. Haas remains actively Board Certified in Family Medicine since 1988.

After relocating to Florida, Dr. Haas served as managing partner of his six doctor Family Practice group. Once his practice merged into a Physician Hospital Organization, he was elected Chairman of Board of this 150 doctor organization. Post 12 years in clinical practice Dr. Haas transitioned into pharmaceutical research and then managed care.

As the Senior Regional Medical Scientist of Glaxo Dr. Haas was responsible for setup of phase 3 & 4 research studies, development of key thought leaders and interface with manage care on pharmacoeconomics. Next in his career track Dr. Haas took on the role of Network Medical Director and Aetna/Prudential serving a commercial population then onto WellCare Health Plans where he oversaw the Medicare and Medicaid population. In these roles Dr. Haas was responsible for improvement in quality, as well as cost of medical care. He also was instrumental in NCQA and AAAHC accreditations and Aetna and WellCare respectively.

Prior to joining Florida Blue, Dr. Haas served as Vice President of Clinical Affairs of FPG/ Family Physicians Group where he provided Medical Director Leadership to a 90 doctor MSO in Central Florida.


Rolf Engmann

KGI Capital, Inc.

Principal/Mentor Capitalist

Bio coming soon….

Catherine Christi

Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida

Associate Dean

Dr. Catherine Christie is Associate Dean in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida. She is a Past President of the Florida Dietetic Association and co-author of four books including The Latino Food Lover’s Glossary, Fat is Not Your Fate, Eat to Stay Young and I’d Kill for a Cookie. Dr. Christie is also Editor of the Manual of Medical Nutrition Therapy which is updated and published by the Florida Dietetic Association each year.

A Registered Dietitian and Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Christie earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University and served for six years as the Chairman of the Dietetics and Nutrition Council which regulates the nutrition profession in the state of Florida.


Al Emerick

Value Mapping

Founder/Value Geneticist

Al Emerick is a leading expert on value and brand communication. He is the founder of Value Mapping; a patent-pending methodology which helps companies more deeply understand and authentically communicate their Value to accelerate growth. He has been a spokesman for more than 10,000 radio & TV commercials as well as touring nationally as the brand spokesman for Home Depot, Publix Supermarkets and the National MS Society. His diverse career has included senior leadership positions for both non-profit and large corporations as well as leading the training and development for start-ups as part of One Spark, formerly, the World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival. A graduate of Jacksonville University where he earned an Executive MBA in Leadership, Al has dedicated his life to helping individuals and organizations reach a state of “betterment” through the actualization and sharing of value.

Pamela R. Rollins, MS EdD, SLP

University of Texas at Dallas

Professor & Robotics Researcher

Dr. Rollins, Associate Professor, is a faculty member in the Communication Disorders program within the School of Behavior and Brain Sciences at UTD/Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Dr Rollins’ early research focused on the critical evaluation of language measures and the development of new communication tools that could be used with typical children and children with ASD. She uses these tools to define learning and communication processes associated with acquisition of social communication and language. Her current focus is on developing and evaluating interventions for children at risk for and diagnosed with ASD. In addition, she works with a team of autism experts and robotics designers to create Robots4Autism and conducts research to understand the effects of Robots on communication skills in children with ASD.

Kerry Magro

KFM Making a Difference

Disability Advocate

Kerry Magro is an award-winning disability advocate, best-selling author, movie consultant, non-profit founder and full-time employee at Autism Speaks. Magro who was completely non-verbal until 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4 had to overcome countless challenges. Today Magro travels the country as a national motivational speaker discussing his journey on the autism spectrum. In 2014, based on his speaking efforts he received accreditation from the National Speakers Association as one of the only professionally certified speakers with autism in the country. His career in speaking which has included giving 2 TEDxTalks later led to a stint in television where he hosts his own local cable TV show called the “Different is Beautiful Show” to highlight people who overcome adversity in their local communities.

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