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Thriving With ADHD Symposium

Featured Presenters

Laurie Dupar

Keynote Speaker

Nurse Practitioner, ADHD Life Coach, Founder–International ADHD Coach Training Center

Laurie Dupar is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach, a Certified Mentor Coach and trained Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. At Coaching for ADHD, she combines her coaching and medical training to offer specialized ADHD Coaching for clients that is rooted in an understanding of how the ADHD brain works and a deep appreciation for the gifts that come along with it. She is the creator and editor of the ADHD Awareness Book Project and author of Brain Surfing & 31 Other Awesome Qualities of ADHD and Unlock the Secrets to Your Entrepreneurial Brain Style. In 2015 she founded the international ADHD Coach Training Center (IACT Center) where she trains and mentors emerging ADHD Coaches to help them build a successful and profitable coaching business they love..

Lawrence Choy, MD

Concluding Speaker

Medical Director, Elite Focus Clinic

A San Francisco native, Dr. Choy earned his Bachelor’s Degree with Honors from UC Berkeley, where he graudated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Molecular and Cell Biology. He studied Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. After receiving his medical degree, he returned home to the Bay Area to complete his medical and psychiatry training at Stanford.

After finishing his schooling and training, Dr. Choy learned that he himself has adult ADHD. Discovering his own diagnosis after struggling through years of living with a disorder unbeknowst to him, he has made it his personal and professional commitment to help others recognize and manage the lifelong condition. His unique treatment approach incorporates the most up-to-date medication strategies, while combining his expertise in clinical neuroscience, psychotherapy, and wellness practices.

Judy Brenis

Thriving with ADHD Symposium Co-Executive Director, ADHD Coach

Judy Beth Brenis attended the ADD Coaching Academy, graduating with a AAC designation, and has been working with teens and adults with ADHD since 2000. She also runs two ADHD Support Groups, one for Adults with ADHD and one for parents of children and young adults with ADHD.. She is also the author of ADHD Heroes. Judy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Kent State University and worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer for many years. Judy’s interest in ADHD began when her now 28-year-old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5. She is passionate about helping clients develop the tools and strategies to overcome challenges and acknowledge the strengths and hidden gifts ADHD brings. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Judy moved to La Selva Beach, CA, in 1985 where she lives with her husband, two Golden Retrievers, and whichever of her three daughters happens to be visiting at the moment.

Hannah Jones, MA, ACC

Thriving with ADHD Symposium Co-Executive Director, ADHD Coach

After many years of teaching high school English, most recently at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills, where she served as English Department Chair, Hannah transitioned to ADHD and Executive Function coaching in Summer of 2017. Her own midlife diagnosis of ADHD inspired Hannah to undergo ADHD coach training through JST Coaching and to start her own business, Seabright Coaching. Hannah coaches both teens and adults with ADHD and Executive Function challenges, focusing on leveraging the wonderful strengths of ADHD while developing strategies to overcome the frustrations. Hannah holds a BA in English from Oberlin College, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Southern Maine. She earned her ACC in June of 2017. Hannah loves reading, creative writing, playing tennis, and singing in her band, Honeytone.


Gerard Chambers, Psy.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Gerard Chambers has served children, adolescents and adults with a multitude of mental health concerns. Most of his career has been focused on the neuropsych evaluation of mental disorders. Dr. Chambers trained under renowned behavioral psychologist and Autism expert Dr. Charles Stevens. Dr. Stevens is the psychologist that worked with the original “Rainman,” the basis of the 1980’s movie that highlighted the life of the autistic savant. Dr. Chambers also has an extensive forensic background and appeared as a guest forensic expert on the LMN show Killer Kids Season 3, Episode 3. He also lectures nationally and has been an adjunct faculty at Eastern Florida State College since 2004 teaching online, on campus and hybrid classes in the subject areas of Abnormal Psychology, Human Adjustment, Developmental Psychology and General Psychology.

Peggy Church

Counselor and Faculty Member, Cabrillo College

Peggy Church has been a college counselor serving students with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and other learning disabilities for over twenty years. Currently, she is a counselor and faculty member in the Accessibility Support Center at Cabrillo College. Previously, she was the Director of the Disability Resource Center at UCSC for over twelve years. During that time she built a strengths-based college success course and a peer mentoring program. She also enjoyed teaching study skills and counseling students with disabilities at San Jose State College, West Valley College, and Monterey Peninsula Cottage.

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