Thriving With ADHD SymposiumFeatured Presenters
Thriving with ADHD Symposium Co-Executive Director, ADHD Coach, and Author
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.
Dr. Kimberly Price, Ph.D
Director of Research and School Programs at The Specialized Foundation
Thriving with ADHD Symposium Co-Executive Director, ADHD Coach, and Educator
Hannah Jones has 25 years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and interests in both public and private schools. At Seabright Coaching, Hannah works with both teens and adults as an ADHD/Executive Function coach. She taught English at Pinewood School in Los Altos Hills and served as Department Chair. She has published several chapter books for young readers and professional development books for teachers. Hannah holds a BA in English from Oberlin College, and an MA in American Studies from USM. She received her coach training from JST’s Empowering Students with ADHD program.
Gerard Chambers, Psy.D., Ph.D.
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.
Mark Neenan, M. Ed.
Recent UCSC Disability Resource Office Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator for University of California, Santa Cruz’s Disability Resource Center, Mark reviewed student documentation for university level ADA academic accommodations. He assisted students coming to terms with learning patterns, strengths, and identification academic supports such as: organizational skills, time management, focusing techniques, course selection and load, finding and acquiring quite and less distractive living/study/writing/testing sites, campus learning center tutors, arranging additional writing/project/test time and other resources for students with ADHD. He helped students and parents understand the sharp dividing line between a minor’s high school IEP’s and college level young adult ADA academic accommodation.
He currently teaches stress reduction as part of NIH research grants for Stanford Medical School, and for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Mark is a certified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction having interned at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center where he completed professional training under MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn.
ADHD Coach, Mentor Coach, and Author
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.
Leslie Tremaine is a human services administrator with a 40+ year career, primarily in public mental health and substance abuse services. In leading several state and local systems she has focused on how community resources could work in a collaborative manner to improve the quality of life for all of those affected by these conditions. As county director here in Santa Cruz she continued this focus, working closely with criminal justice, primary care, social services , education, and housing/employment services to bring together needed resources and supports . Now semi-retired Leslie continues this focus on more integrative approaches by serving as a mindfulness teacher in a range of settings , working with educators, Homeless Service Center staff, and caregivers as well as older people in retirement facilities. Her work builds on research re the effectiveness of mindfulness skills in enhancing well being for people affected by a range of mental health and substance abuse conditions.
Artist and Workshop Facilitator
“Light a candle in that darkness” is a fitting motto for a dedicated artist who pursues his work without fear. Tom Wolver, though academically trained in psychology, offers no apology for his lack of formal artistic education. In fact, it is specifically this freedom from the constraints of method or tradition that allows him to pursue his quest for artistic insight. He emphasizes that his artistic endeavors have more to do with the internal rather than with the external world and he is passionate about turning other artists on to this idea. Tom has spent his entire adult life making art a priority in his life – a must for him is to be in touch with his authentic self.