ISCRD 2018

The premier international symposium for cognitive research and disorders.

Educators   •   Therapists   •   Physicians   •   Healthcare Professionals

February 26-27, 2018

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Knowledge: Global Experts
Innovation: Groundbreaking Ideas
Collaboration: Connect with Peers

FLEXIBLE PARTICIPATION:       ATTEND IN PERSON   •   ONLINE VIA WEBCAST   •   SIMULCAST WITH PARTNERING SITE

MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER DIFFERENCE

ISCRD will immediately help you improve the quality of care to positively impact the lives of those with cognitive disorders.

A High-Energy Ted-Talk Style Global Conference Like No Other

Education and healthcare providers, get everything you need to forward your career in one location over two days! Join live in-person or online.

  • Connect in-person with decision makers and experts in the field of cognitive disorders
  • Gain knowledge to help align your career with products, services, innovative trends and best practices
  • Accrue up to 14 CEUs while immersing yourself in a safe and collaborative atmosphere.

KNOWLEDGE

Leading Cognitive Experts From All Over The Globe

Distinguished national and international presenters including cognitive scientists, neurosurgeons, master educators, top researchers and more will present on a multitude of cognitive disorders including:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Down Syndrome
  • Inclusion
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Parkinson’s
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Executive Function
  • Legal and Family Matters

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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 FOR 2018: Community Education Event

Connect with the Cognitive Community

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

The Innovation Zone: If It’s NEW and INNOVATIVE, It’s Here!

The Innovation Zone give you a front seat into the future. Experience this live, interactive area which exposes attendees to cutting-edge research and technology from some of the most innovative companies in the world.

  • Learn how robots are allowing children with autism to communicate in the classroom
  • Interact with wearable technology which is helping patients with Parkinson’s manage medication
  • Learn how large corporations are designing special programs to accommodate individuals with cognitive disorders

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COLLABORATION

NEW FOR 2018: You Told Us, We Listened

Dive deep with your peers into the issues and topics that matter most to you.

Participate in 90-minute Collaboration Sessions facilitated by leading experts on select topics. This is your chance to connect and explore with peers who share your passion. All sessions are designed in a collaborative and open communication environment which promises to be engaging, invigoration and push attendees to expand their knowledge.
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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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World Renowned Experts

As the premier international symposium for cognitive research and disorders, it is imperative that we provide you with the greatest base of knowledge and access available. Each presenter is carefully vetted and recognized for their expertise.

What’s more, our presenters are approachable. Attendees have the opportunity to meet and connect professionally with the majority of our presenters.

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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.

Joanne Alicea

Ability Tree First Coast, Inc and CampAbility Special Day Camp

CEO and Executive Director

Joanne Alicea is a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Ability Tree First Coast, Inc. and CampAbility Special Day Camp who works with individuals and families impacted by disabilities to find Recreation, Education, Support, and Training (R.E.S.T.). Being a parent of a child with Down syndrome in this community, Joanne believes in the collaboration of individuals, families, and the communities they live in to work together to create a culture of support, inclusion, and personal growth. She has done presentations on disabilities awareness in various settings, including hospitals and schools. Joanne is a certified Waiver Support Coordinator for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), with over 18 years of targeted case management & social services experience working with several non-profits, as well as the Medicaid State Plan and Department of Children and Families. Joanne holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Communications from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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.


Karen Tilstra

Florida Hospital Innovation Lab

Co-founder

Karen wants to live in a world where work is fast, people are free, and chocolate is devoid of calories; but in the meantime she has co-founded the award winning, FHIL, Florida Hospital
Innovation Lab. One year after launching FHIL, she co-created the Orlando Magic’s Innovation Lab. Two years later she co-designed the nation’s first undergraduate degree in sustainable Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Since then, she helped other organizations develop innovation labs and has guided more than 28 global healthcare companies through the design thinking process.

To date, Karen and her FHIL team have facilitated more than 500 design thinking projects with more than 5050 healthcare professionals, students, faculty, executives and community leaders from around the world. Karen is a licensed Educational Psychologist, with a PhD in Innovation, Leadership & Change. She has taught and presented nationally and internationally.

Currently Karen lives in Orlando with her artist husband, while their 3 sons make their mark in the world. Karen is the proud owner of the “world’s wackiest dog” who resembles a cross between a raccoon, weasel & opossum.


Melanie J. Chandler Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Melanie Chandler is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Mayo Clinic and a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist. She received her M.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and completed her fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 2006. She was the recipient of the 2015 Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Early Career Award in Neuropsychology from the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Chandler’s professional responsibilities include a mixture of research, patient care, and teaching. She has had research funding to support studies on behavioral interventions in Mild Cognitive Impairment since 2005. She co-founded the Healthy Actions to Benefit Independence & Thinking® program offered now at 5 major research centers. Currently, she is serving as site PI on multiple behavioral intervention grants for MCI and is Director of the HABIT program in Mayo Florida.


David W. Hammer, M.A. CCC-SLP

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America

PA Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Dave Hammer is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and speech sound disorders. He has been invited to present workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech. He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD. Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations.

Charles Freed, Jr, MD, MHA, FAPA, ABIHM

New Directions Behavioral Health

VP, Regional Medical Director

Dr Charles Freed is a board certified in Child, Adolescent, Adult and Addiction Psychiatry who completed his Residency training at LSU Medical School in New Orleans. Dr Freed has been serving in Sr. Medical Director roles within Managed Behavioral Health Care Organizations for the past 20 years while also maintaining a small private practice as a MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment) provider. Dr Freed consults routinely on MAT related initiatives to both Managed Care and Provider organizations.

Ronald Aung-Din, MD

AfGin Pharma

President/CEO, Neurologist

Dr. Ronald Aung-Din practices General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; and member, American Academy of Neurology.

After studies in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) and Cornell (Ithaca, NY) Universities, he worked for a period as an engineer. He then attended Columbia University in New York City for Premedical studies, followed by Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in Neurology and Neurosurgery were at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a Medical Student Fellowship in Cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK.

Through affiliation with Lovelace Scientific Resources, Inc., Albuquerque, NM and his own clinical practice, he has participated in over 60 pharmaceutical industry sponsored clinical trials. He currently functions as Principal Investigator in a number of ongoing drug research studies in MS, epilepsy, pain, Parkinson’s disease; and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Aung-Din is also active in treating varied conditions using delivery of neuro-active drugs with Direct Effects Therapy, a technology developed by him for which 8 patents have to date been granted in the United States, Europe, and Australia; with others pending.


Julie A. Kellogg, MD FAAP

St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Center

Director of Pediatrics

Dr. Julie Kellogg grew up in California and graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her Pediatric residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Kellogg served as a Pediatrician with the US Navy for 22 years, both in an active duty and then civilian capacity. She has been in the Jacksonville area for almost 18 years. Dr. Kellogg joined the faculty at St. Vincent’s Family Medicine Residency Program in 2016, where she is Director of Pediatrics. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at both Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Florida State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Kellogg is active in the community and serves on the Jacksonville Partnership for Child Health. She loves Pediatric medicine and particularly enjoys partnering with the families of children with ADHD and school difficulties to help their children achieve their full potential. She is also committed to community outreach and providing care to children who may be medically underserved.


Jeanette Betancourt, Ed. D.

Sesame Workshop

Senior Vice President, U.S. Social Impact

Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street. She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. These research-based initiatives are designed to impact children’s early learning, health and well-being, and provide strategies and resources to counteract the effects of trauma while fostering the critical connections that adults have on children’s lives. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt created programs in adult learning and early childhood education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist. She participates on several national and local boards and has contributed to the start of charter schools. Dr. Betancourt has a BA and MA in Speech and Language Pathology; an MS in Bilingual Reading/Special Education, and an Ed.D. in Special Education.

Dr. Andrea Arikawa

University of North Florida

Assistant Professor in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics

Dr. Arikawa holds a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and a master’s in public health from the University of Sao Paulo and a PhD in nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Arikawa’s research interests include the role of bioactive food constituents on prevention of chronic disease. She has previously conducted animal and human studies related to phytochemicals, energy balance, oxidative stress and cancer. Dr. Arikawa’s ongoing research studies include examining: the role of lifestyle interventions on prevention and treatment of chronic disease, the relationship between intake of dietary supplements and biological parameters associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, and the relationship between the composition of the gut microbiota and inflammation. She has recently conducted a pilot study to determine whether consumption of fermented foods can decrease inflammation and modify the profile of the gut bacteria in overweight women.

Devon Nicholl-Ewert

Majestic Oak Kid Connections

Owner

Devon is the owner of Majestic Oak Kid Connections. She studied Elementary Education in undergraduate school and holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Devon has 20 years of experience in pediatrics, the NICU, in and out-patient rehabilitation, schools, and home health settings.
Her personal background and history of Dyslexia and learning disabilities led Devon to pursue the field of child development and pediatrics. Her down to earth personality and passion for her work allow children and parents to feel comfortable and understood. Devon lives in St. Augustine with her husband and three children.

Ron Pettit

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Director, Disability Inclusion & ADA Compliance

Ron Pettit is Director, Disability Inclusion & ADA Compliance at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ron’s goal and passion is to help people with disabilities have the best cruise vacation experience possible.
He is responsible for the accessible guest experience and product development as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance for three global brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. He leads our Access and Accessible Shore Excursions Departments.
Ron was responsible for our Autism Friendly initiative aimed at reaching over 1.5 million individuals with Autism in U.S. and Canada. His efforts resulted in doubling the number of guests with autism and their families from 2014 to 2016 and our company earning the Adam Heavner Memorial Award for Business of the Year by Autism Society of America in 2016 and Disability Matters Marketplace Award in 2017.
In addition, Ron is:
· Employee leader and Chair of our new Disability Employee Resource Group, now called Royal Organization for Abilities Resources (ROAR); a group of over 50 employees with disabilities and their allies in South Florida, Wichita, KS and Springfield, OR.
· President of the Board of Director of the South Florida Business Leadership Network (BLN, a local affiliate of the national U.S. BLN, a business to business organization promoting disability inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain.
· Advisor to the Center of Independent Living of Broward’s Leadership Program, designed to help people with disabilities develop leadership skills to become community and disability advocates.
Ron received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Jacqueline Green, Esq.

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.

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.


Don Hughes

Cogtrium, Encompass Medical Management (Emmdata)

President

Don Hughes is the president of Cogtrium and Encompass Medical Management (Emmdata). Don has been in healthcare IT and product development for three decades. Prior to founding Emmdata in 2004 he served as the CIO at North American Health Plans. Don has been instrumental in many innovations in healthcare management and service delivery including predictive and use modeling, data integration, big data analytics, and telehealth as a service delivery model.

Tracy Underwood

Arbor Terrace Ortega Assisted Living for Memory Care

Senior Care Counselor

Tracy has been working in the senior living industry for the last decade and is the Senior Care Counselor at Arbor Terrace Ortega Assisted Living for Memory Care. Her primary function is assisting seniors and their families transition into senior living for memory care. Tracy and her team specialize in positive physical approaches to working with seniors with dementia by helping them to have success as they travel through the phases of dementia. She spends additional time providing education throughout the community to support many families coping with dementia and changing needs in caregiving.

Rachel C. Morgan, Ed.D., CAS

Consultants For Children, LLC

Author, National Speaker, CEO

Rachel graduated with her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in andragogy from Lindenwood University in 2017. She received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in early intervention in Autism & Sensory Impairments from Lindenwood University in 2013. While pursuing her master’s degree, Rachel worked as graduate assistant for the education department at Lindenwood University (2011-2014). She became a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) in January of 2014. Rachel is the Owner and CEO of Consultants For Community (CFC); an educational consulting firm that assists parents, providers, and educators to collaborate and effectively problem solve in the educational planning of students receiving special education support. Rachel is a proud wife and mother of four amazing children of all abilities! She founded a non-profit organization called the Adam Morgan Foundation (AMF) in 2008. The foundation assists families raising children with autism, and other co-occurring disabilities, in locating resources and funding: summer camps, sensory equipment, and technology.

Dr. Gene Anthony

Regen Center

Executive Director

Dr. Gene Anthony is the Executive Director of Regen Center, a leading adult stem cell center in the treatment of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Asperger’s, autism, cerebellar ataxia, CP, MS, stroke, Parkinson’s and others. The center also works with COPD, cardiac issues, arthritis, anti-aging and Lupus. Dr. Anthony did advanced research and studies in India, receiving his doctorate in homeopathic medicine (HMD),as well as a PhD in alternative medicine. Dr. Anthony oversees the activities of the center and has a team of highly qualified medical specialists who perform the procedures.

Jenny Abramson MSW, LCSW, CBIS

Wounded Warrior Project

Case Manager/Service Coordinator

Since graduating from Oberlin College in Ohio in 2001, Jenny has spent her career working with children and adults with chronic illness and disabilities in a variety of settings, including camps, clubhouses, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Since completing her Master of Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 Jenny has developed therapeutic programs for children with special needs and their families and provided case management services for individuals with brain injuries. Jenny lives in Carrboro, NC with her husband and two young children, and enjoys traveling, hiking, and chasing after her 4 year old.

Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.

Emory School of Medicine

Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., professor in psychiatry, Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, director Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology. She specializes in research and treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly PTSD. Author of over 300 scientific papers and chapters, 5 books and edited 3 others, she is an ABPP Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology, past president of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), serves on the SABs for ADAA, National Center for PTSD, and McLean Hospital, and is a pioneer in the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. A fellow of ACNP, ABCT, and APA’s Division 56, her team was awarded the APA Division 56 2010 “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology” and the ISTSS Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement.

Michael B. Brennan, PsyD.

Road Home Program for Veterans, Rush University Medical Center

Clinical Director

Michael B. Brennan, PsyD., is a board-certified clinical psychologist, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Director of the Road Home Program for Veterans and the Families at Rush University Medical Center. He is also the Chief Trainer for Behavioral Health with a Medical Training Support Battalion in Madison, WI, U.S. Army Reserve. Brennan served five years on active duty in the United States Army and going into his 4th in the United States Army Reserve. He was assigned to San Antonio Military Medical Center, and he became the first psychologist embedded within the 3d Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to the eastern region of Afghanistan for nine months with the Regiment and was responsible for the mental health care of more than 7,000 military personnel. Now, he directs an intensive outpatient program at the Road Home Program with veterans living with PTSD (both combat, non-combat and military sexual trauma related.) The Road Home Program covers all costs for warriors while they are receiving care to include treatment, travel, lodging, food and other miscellaneous items. The program is finding amazing results and broadcasting them to the mental health field through many articles, presentations, and studies. Stay tuned!

Grant L. Iverson, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Grant Iverson is a Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the MassGeneral Hospital for ChildrenTM Sports Concussion Program. He also serves as the Associate Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program. He is a leading proponent of a biopsychosocial model for conceptualizing both good and poor outcome from mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, active duty military service members, and veterans. He has published more than 380 articles, reviews, and book chapters.

Allison Mulgrew

Merrill Lynch

Vice President, Trust and Estate Specialist

Allison Mulgrew serves as a Wealth Structuring Trust Specialist for Merrill Lynch’s team in Jacksonville, Florida. She works with Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors and their clients to provide guidance on fiduciary investment management, trust services, intergenerational wealth transfer planning, estate tax minimization, business succession planning, and philanthropic fiduciary services. She specializes in connecting generations through wealth preservation and transfer.

Supriya Raman

TSA, Traveler Engagement Division

Acting Manager, Disability Branch

Supriya Raman is the Acting Manager for the Disability Branch and the Multicultural Branch within the Traveler Engagement Division in the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement at the Transportation Security Administration. In this role, she assists in leading both branches to ensure all TSA programs and activities for the public afford equal access and opportunity for individuals from all federally protected classes. This scope includes, but is not limited to, TSA’s screening activities at airports, law enforcement and custody operations, and customer service activities.

Alexander Balbir, PhD, MBA

Wounded Warrior Project

Director, Warrior Care Network

Alexander Balbir serves as the director for Warrior Care Network® and Independence Services. Prior to joining Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), he served as a healthcare consultant supporting the Department of Defense Military Health System and as the deputy director and chief of operations for clinical research at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. Alex is a Navy reservist, serving as a healthcare administrator in the Medical Service Corps. He obtained his doctorate of philosophy in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, focusing his research on sleep disorders in brain injury. He also holds a master’s of business administration from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, focusing on organizational management and entrepreneurship.

Al Emerick

Value Mapping

Founder, Value Geneticist

Al is a leading expert and speaker on value and impact. He is the founder of ValueMapping™, a patent-pending methodology which decodes human and organizational value to more deeply understand and authentically communicate value to enhance culture, develop leaders and accelerate sales. He has been an on-camera and voice-over spokesman for more than 10,000 radio & TV commercials as well as a national live-event brand spokesman for brands such as Home Depot, Publix Supermarkets and the National MS Society. Al’s diverse career has included senior Marketing, Sales and Communications leadership positions for non-profit, corporate and small business as well as developing and leading training for hundreds of start-ups. A graduate of Jacksonville University where he earned an Executive MBA in Leadership, Al loves life, his family, his friends and his work and seeks to share that passion through helping others find that same sense of value.

Jennifer Mackinday

Wounded Warrior Project

Spokesperson

Jennifer Mackinday is an award-winning author, military caregiver for her brother, James, and the proud mother of a United States Marine. She is a graduate of Indiana University and spent over twenty years working in advertising, marketing, and public relations. In 2009, Jennifer co-authored Friends for Life: Strangers Brought Together by the War in Iraq, which received an Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Non Fiction.

Jennifer was selected in 2014 as an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow. She is a member the Wounded Warrior Project Warriors Speak® team, and the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary. A proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work with Soldiers’ Angels, The Herald-Times recognized Jennifer as an ‘Everyday Hero.’ She has also been honored with the Girls’ Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Award.


Liz Kaiser

Beaches Resorts

Director, Partnership Marketing

Liz Kaiser is the Director of Partnership Marketing at Unique Vacations, Inc. (UVI) an affiliate of the worldwide representatives for Sandals Resorts International (SRI), parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts, Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, Fowl Cay Resort, Your Jamaica Villas, and the Sandals Foundation. She is high impact Brand Segment Marketing executive with over 30+ years’ experience in providing strategic leadership and tactical support for the Caribbean’s leading Luxury-Included, Five-Star resort destinations.

Under her helm, Kaiser has launched a variety of impressive initiatives featuring distinguished partnerships with: Sesame Workshop, Microsoft’s Xbox, EA Sports, Scratch DJ Academy, Greg Norman, Coca-Cola, Appleton Rum, Martha Stewart Weddings, Martha Stewart Crafts, AARP, Hasbro, Inc., Mondavi Wines and, most recently, IBCCES which created the Caribbean’s first-ever certificated resort program on behalf of Beaches Resorts, the company’s family hotels in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.


Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel

Curry College

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Leonard-Zabel received her Doctoral Degree in Child and Youth Studies-Special Services and Exceptional Education with a focus on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University, a Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, a Masters of Education in Clinical Counseling coupled with a Paralegal Studies concentration from Bridgewater University and a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral and Biological Anthropology with a concentration in the Pre-Medical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She is a full professor of Psychology at Curry College in Massachusetts and is currently designing Psychology undergraduate concentrations in Substance Abuse Disorders. In addition, she is a clinical instructor and clinical supervisor within the KIDS, Inc. Post-Graduate Certifhughesicate Program in School Neuropsychology for the past 11 years. She owns and operates a private practice specializing in School Psychology/School Neuropsychology and Clinical Forensic examining. She provides assessments, consultation, and trainings to schools, families, clinics, law firms, and courts locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds diplomat and fellow certificates/certifications in the field of School Psychology, School Neuropsychology, Forensic Examining & Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Psychotherapy, Addictions, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Disability Analysis, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, and Homeland Security. Several years ago she was recognized in the American Psychological Association-Monitor on Psychology Journal under the personality and achievement section. She was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Circle of Directors from the American Board of Disability Analysts and the title of Honorary Founding Faculty Member for the American College of Disability Analysts. Dr. Leonard-Zabel was asked and unanimously elected to serve on the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress-Board of Directors (LDW). She presented at the 24th World Congress on Learning Disabilities in London, England in 2016 serving as the Opening Keynote Speaker and providing two presentations. In September 2017 she presented three papers and served as one of the four chairpersons for the 25th World Conference on Learning Disabilities. In addition, she spoke at the IBCCES International Symposium on Cognitive Research and Disabilities focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders Assessment in 2017. She serves on three national and international editorial boards in the areas of Psychology and Disability Analysis. She has provided written articles and chapters on Learning Disabilities and Neuropsychology. She was awarded the Curry College Excellence in Teaching ‘Researcher of the Year’. In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel received the ‘Person of the Year’ award from Curry College acknowledging excellence in teaching, mentorship, leadership and community service. Recently, she received the “Dr. Jerrod J. Simon Award for Distinguished Lifetime Career Achievement Award” from the American Board of Disability Analysts and the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians for which she was the third recipient to receive such an award from both associations. Dr. Leonard-Zabel is asked to present nationally and internationally on an on-going basis.

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

Flexibility and access are the headlines for ISCRD 2018! ISCRD 2018 will be attended by over 1200 educators and healthcare professionals who are thought leaders in the area of cognitive disorders.

Knowledge – High energy, engaging and informative TED-style presentations from some of the world’s 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 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 – Each of the 90-minute collaboration sessions are designed around a specific topic. During these sessions, attendees will be able to take a deeper dive and learn from their peers from all over the globe.

MONDAY, FEB. 26 – TED Style Sessions Schedule

Start End Speaker Organization Topic
7:00 8:00 Registration
8:05 8:20 Myron Pincomb IBCCES Opening Remarks
8:20 9:20 Dr. Ricardo Hanel, Dr. Eric Sauvageau, Dr. Nima Aghaebrahim Baptist Health Stroke (Live Brain Surgery)
9:23 9:43 Dr. Jason S. Orrock Jacksonville University Mental Health
9:46 10:06 Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel Curry College Anxiety
10:09 10:29 Dr. Julie Kellogg St. Vincents/Ascension ADHD
10:32 10:52 Dr. Brown Mayo Clinic Stroke
10:55 11:15 Kerry Magro   Autism
11:15 11:45 Innovation Zone + Speaker Q&A
11:45 12:30 LUNCH (Entertainment: Billy McLaughlin)
12:30 12:45 Innovation Zone
12:45 1:05 Brandy Killian St. John’s County Schools Down Syndrome
1:08 1:28 Dr. Kevin Wildenhaus Johnson + Johnson Mental Health
1:31 1:51 Michael Richardson/Roger Brooks Wounded Warrior Project Traumatic Brain Injury
1:54 2:14 Dr. Eric Haas / Charles Freed Florida Blue Medical/Behavioral Integration
2:17 2:37 Innovation Zone + Speaker Q&A
2:40 3:00 Carol Weinman Law Office of Carol Weinman Litigation
3:03 3:23 Lida Citroen LIDA360 Certification/Branding
3:26 3:46 Dr. Melanie Chandler Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s
3:49 4:09 Dr. Christine Sapienza Jacksonville University Parkinsons
4:12 4:32 Rachel Morgan   Inclusion
4:35 4:40 Dr. Stephen M. Shore   Autism
5:00 5:30 Innovation Zone + Speaker Q&A

MONDAY, FEB. 26 – Community Event Schedule

Start End Breakout 1 Breakout 2 Breakout 3 Breakout 4 Breakout 5 Breakout 6
5:30 5:45 Community Event Welcome/Innovation Zone Open
5:45 6:15 Dr. Mae Barker Dr. Christine Sapienza, Jacksonville University Dr. Stephen Shore Joanne Alicea, Ability Tree Northeast Florida Devon Nicholl-Ewert, Majestic Oak Kid Connections Dr. Gene Anthony, RegenCenter
ADHD: Find The Carrot and Benefits of Using Reinforcement to Teach Your Child Parkinsons + The Caregiver Perspective Autism: Transition To Adulthood Empathy and the Hippocratic Oath: What Professionals and Families Need From Each Other Reflex Integration Therapy:
Cutting Edge Treatment for Developmental Delay and Brain Dysfunction
Stem Cell Treatment + Autism
6:15 6:25 Innovation Zone Break
6:25 6:55 Dr. Mae Barker Dr. Chandler, Mayo Clinic Dr. David Hammer, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America  Tracy Underwood, Arbor Company Dr. Julie Kellogg, Ascension/St Vincents Healthcare Allison Mulgrew, Merrill Lynch
Autism: The Essential Toolkit For Parenting a Child on The Autism Spectrum Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment:
The HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit
Independence & Thinking® Program
Childhood Apraxia Memory Care: When is My Help No Longer Enough? Links to ADHD Success: Healthcare Professionals and Educators Special Needs Trust and Other Financial Planning Tools To Help Plan For The Future of Individuals With Cognitive Disorders
6:55 7:05 Innovation Zone Break / Transition to Main Ballroom
7:05 7:20 Wounded Warrior Project Presentation
7:20 7:35 Dr. Benjamin Brown, Mayo Clinic – Acute Stroke: A Patient’s Perspective
7:35 7:45 Beaches Family Vacation Winner Announcement / Wrap-up

 

TUESDAY, FEB. 27 – Collaboration Sessions Schedule

Start End Breakout 1 Breakout 2 Breakout 3 Breakout 4
8:30 10:00 Green Law Firm COGTRIUM/Scotts Autism Sesame Workshop/IBCCES Kerry Magro
    Collaborative Family Law and How it Can Help Your Students and Patients Diagnosing and Treating Autism Using Telehealth in The Classroom Julia, Acceptance and Certification are changing lives for those With Autism and other Cognitive Disorders Workforce 101- Disabilities in The Workplace and What You Need to Know
10:00 10:15 Innovation Zone Break
10:15 11:45 RegenCenter Dr. David Hammer TSA Dr. Stephen Shore
    Stem Cell Therapy – Parkinsons/Alzheimers Apraxia and Effects on Learning Traveling With Autism and Other Disorders Recruiting and Managing Employees on The Spectrum
11:45 12:45 Lunch
12:45 2:15 Florida Hospital Innovation Lab Isodiol Wounded Warrior Project Rachel Morgan
    Mental Health- Burnout in The Workplace Neuro-Modulation: The Potential of Cannabinoids in Neuro-Psychiatric Disorders Improving Outcomes For TBI, PTSD and Other Cognitive Disorders Universal Design
2:15 2:30 Innovation Zone Break
2:30 4:00 University of North Florida   Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel Value Mapping
    The What, Why and How of Nutrition Science For Cognitive Health   The Cerebral Orchestra of Anxiety Leveraging your value to increase student engagement and parental and employer confidence

 

 

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ISCRD Testimonials

ISCRD 2018 Educational Strands

Relevant and Engaging Topics Chosen by You

After surveying nearly 1,000 attendees from ISCRD 2017, our 2018 Executive Planning Committee strategically identified and selected key areas of focus which create the greatest value to improve the quality of care and positively impact the lives of those with cognitive disorders. Earn up to 14 CEUs, develop diverse skillsets, and gain focused knowledge.

Alzheimer’s Dyslexia Parkinson’s
ADD/ADHD Executive Function Stroke & Cognition
Autism Inclusion Depression & Suicide
Dementia Legal & Family Matters Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Down Syndrome Mental Health 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 is a leading expert and speaker on value and impact. He is the founder of ValueMapping™, a patent-pending methodology which decodes human and organizational value to more deeply understand and authentically communicate value to enhance culture, develop leaders and accelerate sales. He has been an on-camera and voice-over spokesman for more than 10,000 radio & TV commercials as well as a national live-event brand spokesman for brands such as Home Depot, Publix Supermarkets and the National MS Society. Al’s diverse career has included senior Marketing, Sales and Communications leadership positions for non-profit, corporate and small business as well as developing and leading training for hundreds of start-ups. A graduate of Jacksonville University where he earned an Executive MBA in Leadership, Al loves life, his family, his friends and his work and seeks to share that passion through helping others find that same sense 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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