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March 17, 2011

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Index of Speakers  for the 2011 ACO Conference

Elizabeth Almstrom
Cheryl Almstrom
Chuck Blocher
Jay Carter
Tiffany C. deSilva
Laurie Dupar
Maya Echegaray
Suzanne Evans
Robb Garrett
David Giwerc
Alan Graham
Ava Green
Kricket Harrison
Lynne Kenney
Ian King
Chana Klein
Gregg Krech
Joyce A. Kubik
Andrew Lewis
Barbara Luther
Maureen Nolan
David D. Nowell
Daniel G. Pruitt
Nancy Ratey
Rudy Rodriguez
Linda Roggli
Laura Rolands
Jodi Sleeper-Triplett
Candace Taylor
Jerry Wistrom

About the Speakers

Cheryl Almstrom

An ADHD Coach’s Guide to Virtual Assistance

Business-Building and Practice Development

Cheryl Almstrom is owner of Effective Office Services, (EOS) a very successful Virtual Assistant business based in Massachusetts. EOS works with a diverse client base; non-profit organizations, a specialty food business, a leadership development and consulting firm, several business and personal coaches, an ADD/ADHD coach training academy, and more. Cheryl is a skilled Virtual Assistant with over 27 years of office management background, much of her experience has been gained from her work as a retail business owner, executive assistant, bookkeeper, and office manager. Cheryl is an active member of her church and community, has two grown children and has been happily married for 33 years.

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Elizabeth Almstrom

An ADHD Coach’s Guide to Virtual Assistance

Business-Building and Practice Development

Elizabeth Almstrom is Office Administrator & Virtual Assistant for Effective Office Services. Liz has a wide range of skills including powerful presentations, document management and form creation, social media and blog management, and proficiency in MS Office suite, QuickBooks, Adobe Acrobat and more. She is a certified Social Media Marketing Specialist, certified through VA Classroom. Liz provides lead/front office customer service for current clients and manages most client projects. Liz, alongside her husband and two pups, volunteer their time and home with New England All Breed Rescue, a 501c3 rescue organization, saving and fostering dogs.

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Chuck Blocher, Ph.D., ACC, CPCC, PACG

Chuck Blocher

Coaching Unique Brain Styles:

ADHD & Co-existing Disorders,

Co-existing Conditions, and Behaviors

Neuroscience and ADHD

Chuck Blocher, Ph.D., ACC, CPCC, PACG, has been coaching individuals with unique brain neurology since 2005 and holds a passion around seeing individuals succeed in meeting their potential.  Chuck holds a Ph.D. with a concentration in psychology and a specialization in leadership.  He received his coach training at the Coach Training Institute and holds ADD Coach Academy’s Advanced Coach Training PACG specializing in AD/HD.  His diverse business and technical back-ground includes the military, corporations, and technology.  He is a successful adult with both dyslexia and ADD.  His philosophy is to empower his clients to enjoy a contented, successful, and highly effective life emphasizing such areas as organization, study skills, learning styles, and values clarification.

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Jay Carter, MBA, ACG

Jay Carter

Working with ADHD:

An Insider’s view of Accommodations,

Challenges, and Success in the Workplace

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Friday Workshop

ACO Coach Jay Carter has a passion for personal productivity and ADHD issues in the workplace. As a manager of a Fortune 100 company, he has gained his knowledge of workplace ADHD from the inside out and currently chairs the Disability Advisory Committee for the company. Jay currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Minnesota affiliate of the US Business Leadership Network, a non-profit that helps companies and individuals with disability issues in the workplace. As an ADDCA graduate, Jay works with a select group of ADHD clients and companies through his company, Hyperfocused Coaching Systems, LLC

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Tiffany C. deSilva, MSW, CPO-CD

Tiffany C. deSilva

Productivity for Profitability:
The Key to Confidently and Effectively
Growing Your Coaching Business

Business-Building and Practice Development

Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPO-CD is a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization, Productivity Expert, ADHD Coach, and Business Coach. Her business, Order and Balance, LLC is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and professionals to get organized, get focused, and boost their productivity so they can strategically build wildly successful businesses and still have time to live the life of their dreams

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Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC, CPCC

Laurie Dupar

MEDS: Is Not a Four Letter Word

Neuroscience and ADHD

Laurie Dupar, PMHNP, RN, PCC, CPCC is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach who began coaching in 2002 after 25 years in the mental wellness field. Prior to becoming an ADHD coach, Laurie’s education and experience included undergraduate degrees in both Nursing and Psychology and a career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Through coaching ADHD clients of all ages Laurie appreciates the full spectrum of this lifelong disorder and the struggle it takes to effectively manage its symptoms. Laurie advocates for those living with ADHD through active membership in professional associations and by presenting on ADHD and ADHD Coaching worldwide.

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Maya Echegaray

Maya Echegaray

Passion to Action

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Maya Echegaray is the mother of two boys, both with ADHD. She herself has ADHD, discovered after her sonss’ diagnoses. Educated first as a lawyer, then as social worker, Maya brings a broad set of skills, experience, and spirit to her coaching.  She is trained in facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and mediation. She learned about coaching following the receipt of a diploma in human resource management. She was trained as an ADHD coach by Beatriz Duda, founder and President APDA. Maya Echegaray currently serves as Vice President of APDA. She coaches children and adults, is active  in the training of coaches, and continues to spread the word about coaching through publications and presentations in Peru and South America.

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Suzanne Evans

Suzanne Evans

How to Make Millions While Making a Difference

Business-Building and Practice Development

Suzanne Evans, owner and founder of Suzanne Evans Coaching, LLC, is the tell-it-like-it-is, no fluff boss of business building. She supports, coaches and teaches over 30,000 women enrolled in her wealth and business building programs. Having surpassed the seven figure mark herself in just over three years, she’s coached her private clients to total revenues exceeding eight million dollars. This year she will launch her Global Impact Project, a not for profit serving women worldwide in education, entrepreneurship and equality.

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Robb Garrett, MA, MCC, ACT

Robb Garrett

Masterful Coaching Demonstration

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Robb Garrett, MA, MCC, ACT Robb has over a decade of ADD coaching experience. He currently serves as Vice President of the ACO and as a Chadd coordinator. Garrett is also an active member of ADDA. He uses non-diagnostic and optimal brain assessments in his programs with individuals and corporate teams. Garrett speaks publicly at conferences and symposiums on ADHD and he mentors coaches for skill development and practice building.

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David Giwerc

David Giwerc

SDD and ADHD:
Successfully Managing Your ADHD
to Reveal your Hidden Spirit

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

David Giwerc, MCC, is the Founder/President of the ADD Coach Academy, the world’s largest ADHD comprehensive coach-training program and the only ADHD coach training program accredited by the International Coach Federation, the governing body for the coaching profession. ADDCA’s coach training programs are designed to teach the skills necessary to powerfully coach individuals with ADHD.

David is a Master Certified Coach, MCC, with the International Coach Federation, and has been coaching Entrepreneurs and business professionals with ADHD for over a decade. He is also a member of the Professional advisory board for PAAC (Professional Association of ADHD coaches).

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Alan R. Graham, PhD, PCC, SCAC

Alan R. Graham

Positive Psychology and ADHD Coaching:
Focusing on What is Right with People

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

As a consultant, coach, educator, author and presenter, Alan has over two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals, families and organizations navigate life’s challenges, and gain the tools to manage personal and professional issues. Uniquely trained in business, education and psychology, Alan has taught at all levels of education, and is one of the nation’s leaders in the ‘Positive Psychology’ movement.

Alan serves in leadership positions with the American and Illinois Psychological Associations. He teaches ADHD Coaching Master Classes for MentorCoach. His book on leadership and resilience is planned for a 2011 release.

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Ava Green

Ava Green

ADD & Loving It?!
Sunday Noon Special Session

Ava Green is an accomplished video editor and producer, both roles that draw upon, and showcase, her organizational abilities. She is “so not ADD.” It’s sad in a way because she has no idea of the craziness she’s missing out on.
Because Ava is married to Rick Green and step-mother to a son with ADD, she reflects the world of the family who deals with ADD and this comes across in her ability to understand a different perspective.
She is the heart of the Totally ADD team and one that ADDers will feel in the flow of information. Ava represents all of the advocates who carry the burden of the family on their shoulders and who truly want to understand.
If you’ve had to deal with ADHD in someone you love, you’ll recognize Ava’s challenges. And you’ll admire her patience. How does she manage? Ava seeks to find the levity in situations and laughs better and louder than most. She has a killer sense of humour.
“Being married to Rick Green has given me insight and understanding to his life with ADD. Education, support and a game plan has made our lives easier and enriched our relationship.”

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Kricket Harrison, CPCC, ACC, PACG

Kricket Harrison

Powerful Presentations for Profit

Business-Building and Practice Development

Kricket Harrison, ACC, CPCC, PACG, and the founder of Bright Outside the Box, LLC, is a Professional Coach and Motivational Speaker with a passion for helping innovative ADD and ADDish minds – including entrepreneurs, professionals and students – shine. She helps her clients maximize their creative potential by developing strategies and structures for success based on their individual learning styles.

A sought-after speaker, Kricket is known for her dynamic and interactive presentations. Understanding that “Outside the Box” thinkers need space to process and create, she delivers engaging workshops that are both informative and entertaining, often to standing room only crowds.

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Lynne Kenney, PsyD

Lynne Kenney

Calming The Caveman To Manage The Thinker:
Practical strategies for everyday practice

Neuroscience and ADHD

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a mother of two, a practicing pediatric psychologist  in Scottsdale, AZ, and the author of The Family Coach Method. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology. Dr. Kenney is currently a featured expert in Parents magazine and Parenting magazine. Since 2006, she has co-produced three television shows and six DVDs with Baby First TV, and hosted the Baby First TV show “Baby Basics.” Dr. Kenney is a recognized “mom media expert,” a featured contributor on Twittermoms.com and hosts Dr. Lynne Weighs In on BlogTalk Radio. She is currently the parenting expert on ABC15’s Smart Family. Her Better Living Content has appeared on the Montel Williams Show, and various child/family websites.

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Ian King

Ian King

Is Your Cleaning Staff Running Your Business?

Business Development Track

Ian King, founder and principle of King Solutions, Inc., is a coach, consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator specializing in ADHD and Gifted coaching for adults and teens, leadership development, individual /executive coaching, and business coaching and consulting. Ian currently serves as President of The ADHD Coaches Organization and is Past President of ICF Chicago.

Ian is an entrepreneurial owner, manager, and business developer. He has an extensive background in sales, marketing, management, team building, and leadership development…all with heart.

Ian’s experience spans several industries including finance and insurance, general contracting and construction, automotive, restaurant and food service, and medical fields. A successful coach with a thriving practice, Ian passionately embodies his vision of “Inspiring the Courage to Make Conscious Choice.”

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Chana Klein, MSEd, PCC, EEMCP, ACG, PACG, DIABMCP, NET, AGI

Chana Klein

Beyond Medication… Beyond Possibility …:
Energy Medicine for Challenges of ADHD and ASD

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

Chana Klein has had more training than any coach and/or alternative medicine practitioner on the planet. She continues to gobble up new certifications, integrating them to help her clients.

Chana went from being illiterate with the nickname of “Simple” in high school to becoming trilingual and a proficient speed-reader. Chana had a 34-year career as a licensed educator of elementary school, a certified High School Spanish Language Teacher and a Teacher of Hebrew Studies. She has overcome illiteracy, compulsive overeating, impulsivity, disorganization and more. She used her physical disability as an opportunity to help others overcome theirs.

Chana is a professional, certified storyteller. You may read her original life-lessons stories about her journey in overcoming various disabilities on her website www.thespectrumcoach.com.

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Gregg Krech

Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

Gregg Krech is the Director of the ToDo Institute near Middlebury, Vermont. Gregg is one of the leading authorities on Japanese psychology in the United States and the author of several books including the award-winning book, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press). His work has been featured on public TV and radio, and in books, professional journals, and magazines such as Body & Soul, Utne Reader, Cosmopolitan, SELF, Tricycle, and Counseling Today. He is the Editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal of Purposeful Living and frequently conducts programs for audiences ranging from Zen Center students to mental health professionals. “Life is a Matter of Attention”

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Joyce A. Kubik

Joyce Kubik

A Family Affair: Coaching Families

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Joyce Kubik, founder of Bridge To Success, holds degrees in Psychology and Communications. She coaches ADHD Adults, college students and Families. Since 1998 she has been presenting workshops and seminars throughout Ohio to schools, colleges and hospitals, using her personal experience as an ADHD adult to demonstrate how ADHD, when understood, can be a positive quality in our lives. Joyce is the author of 4 books and has written numerous articles locally and nationally. She is the author of Efficacy of ADHD Coaching for Adults with ADHD (JAD, March 2010), and now trains other coaches on her method of coaching.

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Andrew Lewis

Andrew Lewis

A new positive “Working Model of ADHD”

Neuroscience and ADHD

Andrew Lewis is an ADHD Coach, a graduate from ADD Coaching Academy and is based in London, UK. Andrew, who formerly ran several IT companies, was late diagnosed ADHD in his forties. He now coaches a wide variety of ADD clients: from psychiatrists and CEOs to students and artists, across the UK and as far afield as Japan and Saudi Arabia. Andrew is the winner of the Top 20 ADHD Blog Award for his website www.simplywellbeing.com, writer of a successful newsletter and presents widely on ADHD at lectures, workshops and at his ADHD Adult Support Group in London, the largest in the UK. His ambition is to write a book called: Understanding, Accepting and Embracing your ADD, but first he needs to stop procrastinating about it…

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Barbara Luther, MCC

Barbara Luther

Embracing Our Neurodiverse Minds
as a Challenge to the
Negative Perceptions and Prejudices
Surrounding the ADHD Label

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

Barbara Luther, Master Certified Coach, is Director of Training at the ADD Coach Academy and the founding President of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches. Over the last 15 years, Barbara has been coaching creative, driven adults with ADHD, training and mentoring coaches in skill and business development, and serving as a certification assessor. She has also developed and co-led a program to educate and create ADHD-aware virtual assistants. She is author of The Heartful Business Plan. Barbara provides an ongoing coach learning community at www.SoaringCoachesCircle.com, and she has developed a program, based out of her personal experience and understanding of ADHD related to weight issues, which she calls the Distraction Diet Program

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Maureen Nolan, ACC

Maureen Nolan

Intuition at Your Fingertips:
Introduction to Practical Intuitive Techniques

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

Maureen Nolan, ACC is a natural intuitive who avoided the acknowledgment of it until a practicing Buddhist moved in with her in 2010 and introduced her to the enriching, sometimes exciting and even rocky relationship possible with Enlightened Beings, intuitive resources who had been with her all her life. Maureen lives with ADHD and acknowledges she did not pay attention to the gift while surviving in a linearly organized world, but has always known about it. Now Maureen is outing herself as intuitive while permitting participants to learn about their own gift in a safe and fun environment.

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David D. Nowell, Ph.D.

David D. Nowell

Lend Me Your Brain:
How Coaches Support Disorganized Students and Adults

Neuroscience and ADHD

David D. Nowell, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist who teaches workshops internationally. His passion for teaching has its roots in his work with disorders which limit an individual’s ability to apply self-understanding to day-to-day organization and planning. A unique aspect of Dr. Nowell’s clinical work is his attention to body-based felt experience – what success or happiness “feels like.” He maintains a private practice and consults to patients in acute rehabilitation and inpatient psychiatric settings. He writes a blog as one of the PsychologyToday experts. Learn more at www.DrNowell.com.

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Daniel G. Pruitt, PCC, CPCC, SCAC

Daniel G. Pruitt

Coaching Unique Brain Styles:
ADHD & Co-existing Disorders,
Co-existing Conditions, and Behaviors

Neuroscience and ADHD

Daniel G. Pruitt, Jr., CPCC PCC SCAC has, for ten years, been working as a professional coach at Parkaire Consultants, a neurological clinic that serves infants through adults. He helps adolescents and adults with neurological impairments obtain their goals. He holds the Certified Co-Active Coach designation (CPCC) from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and the Senior Certified ADD Coach (SCAC) from the Institute for the Advancement of ADD Coaching (IAAC).

Dan’s coaching is for independent adolescents and adults who are interested in fixing the impact of their neurological disorders on everyday life.

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Nancy Ratey, Ed.M, MCC, SCAC

Nancy RateyMasterful Coaching Demonstration

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Nancy Ratey, Ed.M, MCC, SCAC Nancy is a Strategic Life Coach specializing in coaching professionals with ADHD. She has a Masters Degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a Master Certified Coach and a Senior Certified ADHD Coach. Nancy served as past president of the ADDA and on the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. For over 20 years Nancy has lectured and trained internationally and written extensively on the topic of coaching. She has co-authored 3 books with her latest being The Disorganized Mind, (St. Martins Press, 2008). Nancy runs a private practice in Boston, MA.

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Rudy Rodriguez
Position Yourself As a Local and Global ADHD Expert !

Technology and the On-Line Community

Rudy Rodriguez is the founder of the ADHD Center for Success, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Intrinsic Coach®. He has been working with children who have ADHD since 1981. As an ADHD adult, he brings a very personal experience blended with a wealth of clinical experience and coaching expertise to his working with ADD/ADHD children, adolescents and adults. Rudy brings his passion and commitment to partner with ADHD adults to co-create successful experiences in their lives, their relationships and careers. Rudy frequently presents seminars regarding adult ADHD and specializes in coaching individuals, business professionals and entrepreneurs struggling with ADHD.

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Linda Roggli, PCC

Full Presence Communication:
the ADHD-friendly path to enlightenment … er, calm

Positive Psychology and Spirituality

Linda Roggli, PCC is the founder of the A-D-Diva Network, a whimsical and supportive connection for women (and a few exceptional men) with ADD-ish tendencies. She created her women’s garden retreat center, GardenSpirit, from a suburban house in her back yard in central North Carolina. She trained as a spiritual life coach before stepping into ADHD coaching in 2005. She is vice-president of the Board of Directors for ADDA and conducts their weekly webinars, facilitates a 550-member ADHD support group and (in her spare time) teaches organic gardening and plays with her three Shelties and one husband. Oh, and she finally finished her book- yay!

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Laura Rolands

Position Yourself As a Local and Global ADHD Expert !

Technology and the On-Line Community

Laura Rolands is the founder of My Attention Coach. Her passion is to support and inspire independence and success for people who have either been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD or who are facing other attention-related challenges. Her clients include individuals with attention challenges and/or their parents. Laura presents workshops locally and virtually, has been featured on Twitter chats, interviewed on the radio shows, listed as one of 50 Special Ed Teachers and Experts Worth Following on Twitter and recognized as an ADHD expert by OrganizedWisdom.com.
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Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC

Masterful Coaching Demonstration

Advanced Coach Training and Mentoring

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett is seen by many of her peers as the foremost expert in the field of ADHD coaching for youth. She is the president of JST Coaching, LLC, a premiere coach training and coaching company focused on ADHD youth coaching. She developed the first training course focused on coaching youth with ADHD, now offered as a Spanish language teleclass. Her book, Empowering Youth With ADHD, Specialty Press, 2010, covers the foundation of her coaching model and details the value of coaching youth with ADHD. Jodi completed her coach training with the Coaches Training Institute, Success Unlimited Network, and American Coaching Association. She graduated from the BDIC Program at UMASS Amherst, with a B.A. in Human Services/Mental Health.

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Candace Taylor

Position Yourself As a Local and Global ADHD Expert !

Technology and the On-Line Community

Candace Taylor is an ADHD Coach and founder of ADDmirable Woman Coaching. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Guelph, a bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, received coach training at the ICF accredited Adler School of Professional Coaching, and is a graduate of the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA 14). Most recently she served on the ADHD Awareness Week Committee and was a participating coach in the Edge Foundation research study. More information about Candace can be found on her humorous but informative website, www.addmirablewoman.com.

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Jerry Wistrom, PCC

Jerry Wistrom

An ADHD Coach’s Guide to Virtual Assistance

Business-Building and Practice Development

Jerry Wistrom, PCC is a seasoned coach, teacher and speaker. He teaches at the ADD Coach Academy and for Coach U. He is an ICF Assessor and past Chair of the ICF Global Membership Committee. He is very active in his community as President of the Board of Trustees at Unity of Greater Hartford, a past president of the Windsor Rotary Club and served on the Board of Directors for the Windsor Chamber of Commerce. He is married to his college sweetheart and makes his home in Windsor, CT.

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