ADHD Awareness Chair
Volunteer Engagement Chair
Research Committee Chair
Joyce Kubik – President
Katherine Jahnke — Treasurer
Katherine Jahnke trained as a coach with CTI in 2007 and is currently working on her certification. She is the coordinator of two CHADD support groups – one for parents and one for adults. She is the mom of a son with ADHD and her husband has ADHD also. She lives in a college town and has had the pleasure of coaching college students and coaching parents about the realities of ADHD. Before her coaching career, Katherine working in the fundraising field for Texas A&M University and a local hospital and has also served as a Human Resources Director for several companies. Her strengths lie in communication, human resources and organization. She has a real love for people and a passion to help those who are hurting and need support.As Treasurer, Katherine is responsible for the finances of the ACO. She additionally takes on tasks as requested by the ACO Board.
My goal as the Treasurer is record keeping to the best of my ability. My goal is to have all ACO records accurate and timely. Membership will be able to stay informed on board decisions. I will try to resolve any questions or concerns in a timely manner.
Michel Fitos & Sherri Cannon — Conference Co-Chairs
Michel Fitos is a writer, educator, and transformational coach in the Boston area, whose clients range from children to executives to highly successful entrepreneurs. Prior to becoming a coach, Michel worked in the technology field as a systems architect. He is passionately committed to technology access, and works with the World Wide Web Consortium to ensure access for users with physical and cognitive disabilities.Michel struggled with ADHD, but was diagnosed only a few years ago. Michel’s very serious about credentials and continuing education. Michel’s completed JST Training’s Coaching Children with ADHD, and completed the ADD Coach Academy’s Advanced ADHD Coach Training. As soon as possible, Michel will be taking the ICF Professional Certified Coach exam.
Sherri’s work with individuals and organizations blends the power of clear and shared goals, authenticity and candid conversation about the right topics. The result is a highly engaged work place delivering excellent business results.Before founding the company, Sherri moved rapidly through five levels of sales management with Procter & Gamble where she led the company’s second largest consumer market to record sales. Before that, she earned her BA in Journalism from Indiana University.
Sarah D. Wright — Circle Editor & Past President
Sarah D. Wright, M.S., A.C.T., earned her B.S. from Stanford University, her M.S. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her ADHD Coaching credential from the Optimal Functional Institute. She is a former scientist, engineer, and executive, and a founding board member of the ADHD Coaches Organization. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, co-author of the popular books, Fidget to Focus and 365 Ways to succeed with ADHD, and a founding member of the San Diego–based coaching and consulting company, Focus For Effectiveness, LLC. She applies her strong management and executive skills, combined with her broad knowledge of ADHD and coaching, to help develop and guide the ACO.
Christopher Mulhare—Membership Chair
When i was living with an ex who has a daughter that has ADHD. The interaction between them were often times frustrating to witness. The pain and torture in listening to them have it out, was like fingernails on a chalkboard. They each were saying the same thing, but differently heard. Often times the homework issue was more than a super challenge. The “yes mom, I got it”; followed by, “I can’t find it now”. The pencil monster was regularly misplacing those blasted pencils just when you needed them most. Or the getting ready in the mornings for school days. Time was the monster. Forgetfulness seemed a common occurrence. There is a friend I have known for over 15 years. Her daughter also has ADHD. While having phone conversations with her, there is almost every time, the topic of frustration seeping through her voice. She has found coping skills and more importantly, ways to better assist her daughter in getting ready for school, or bedtime rituals, homework assignments that are due. Or closer to home, from my adopted family, one of my siblings has a son who also has ADHD. Phone conversations or yearly visits to their home was stop and start moments. Challenges to get him to do those simple household chores, also his almost overdue homework assignments. i mean they were due the next day; with weeks in advance knowledge. My sister mentioned she too has ADHD. I had always been tight with her. Throughout the younger years we always talked on the phone. There were some touchy moments in trying to clarify the varied topics. Or the sometimes going off track from where our focus had been. Recently while we were chatting over the phone, she mentioned she always felt that our Dad had ADHD. His forgetfulness from time to time. Certain projects where he was super focused.As I reflect back to my days of teaching in the NYC system. I most definitely remember several students in each of my years of teaching third grade, there were several students who had ADHD. I vividly can recall my of my former students who was always acting up or acting out in class. Each day stating he would do better. When one day after a doctor’s visit, I drastically noticed his behavior changed. The medication assisted him to focus better. He was able to get assignments completed, homework handed in on time.
Even today in my coaching practice I have a couple of clients who continually get frustrated by the daily challenges they face at work and/or at home. They are in denial about their condition. They have many of the generalized conditions of ADHD.
As Membership Services Chair, I envision strengthening the partnership between the ACO and it’s members by highlighting benefits, promoting participation and interacting with members to ensure the ACO continues to deliver the highest possible value in support of our coaching community.
Lisa Boester – ADHD Awareness Chair
Lisa is a business professional with a background in financial services, sales management, advertising and marketing.Becoming diagnosed with inattentive ADHD in adulthood has informed Lisa’s coaching wisdom as much as her professional training. Her experience as a wife, mother, highly sensitive person and career professional give her a unique perspective into the lives of her clients and their pursuit of a fulfilling life of balance and accomplishment.
Participation in a course taught by esteemed Harvard Professor John Ratey entitled “Harnessing the Psychiatric Impact of Exercise” opened Lisa’s eyes to the personal power each of us has to engage our bodies in ways that can change our brains through exercise and movement.
She uses this knowledge in her coaching. She believes in a combination of modalities for treating ADHD and coaches her clients to be open minded.
Recognizing and addressing how ADHD can erode one’s sense of power and confidence is an area requiring skill and sensitivity for the process to be successful. Lisa excels in this area.
Terri Reinhard — Secretary
Terri has advanced professional coach training through ADDCA, ADD Coach Academy, the first ADD/ADHD coach training program to earn the Accredited Coach Training Program, ACTP, designation from the ICF, International Coach Federation, the governing body for the coaching profession. Conflict Coach Training as well as Mediation Training through Phoenix Strategies School of Collaboration, Approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Education Private Occupations School Board!
My goal as Secretary is to advance awareness of the ACO by performing my duties to the best of my ability and being involved in spreading the word of hope to the ADD community.
Abigial Wurf — Volunteer Engagement Chair
Dr. Tamara Rosier — Research Committee Chair
Dr. Tamara Rosier has been a college administrator, a professor, a leadership consultant, a high school teacher, and a national public speaker. As a co-founder of Acorn Leadership Consulting, Tamara has successfully worked with numerous companies, churches and nonprofit organizations to develop stronger teams, create strategic plans, and facilitate leadership and organizational development. She coaches individuals as they enhance interpersonal effectiveness, increase social intelligence, capitalize strengths, and bridge performance gaps. She received her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Leadership.Her specialty areas is coaching adults and adolescents with ADD/ADHD. She facilitates her clients success as they understand and apply your personal strength, develop time management skills, create structures, systems, and tools to stay on track, and their improve school/work performance. Her expertise, attentiveness, sense of humor and practical approach help her clients make positive changes in their lives.
The Research Committee regularly presents summaries of relevant studies to the ACO community in order to both provide members with the latest ADHD and coaching research. The Research Committee continues to support the ADHD coaching community by fostering additional research on the efficacy of ADHD coaching. In addition, this committee looks for opportunities to collaborate with other groups, research facilities, and funding sources.