The Founders Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community was instituted in 2011 to honor those who have made a unique, impactful, selfless contribution to ADHD coaches, ADHD Coaching, and/or the ACO. Honorees of the ACO’s Founders Award together represent a Hall of Fame for the ADHD Coaching Profession.

Founders Award History

ACO co-founder and founding board member Ken Zaretzky came to the ACO Board of Directors in 2010 with the idea of creating an ACO outstanding service award and naming it for fellow founding board member, Glen Hogard. Sadly, Ken died in early 2011. Desiring to honor Ken and his vision for an outstanding service award for the profession, the Board initiated The Glen Hogard Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community, and presented the inaugural award to Glen Hogard himself at the 2011 conference in Chicago, IL.

In 2014, desiring to recognize and honor both Ken Zaretzky and Glen Hogard as co-founders of the ACO, and all of the founding board members— Ken Zaretzky, Glen Hogard, Sarah D. Wright, Kerch McConlogue, Laurie Dupar, Jan Delaura, and Kathy Jantzen—the board of the ACO voted to change the name of the award to The Founders Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community.

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Ken Zaretzky
Creator of the Award
Sarah D. Wright
2012
and Glen Hogard
2011
Kerch McConlogue
2013
Madelyn Griffith-Haynie
2014
Nancy Ratey
2015
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David Giwerc
2016

Previous Honorees

  • 2016 — David Giwerc — Founder and President of the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA)
  • 2015 — Nancy Ratey — Co-founder of the ADHD Coaching profession, author, and teacher of researchers.
  • 2014 — Madelyn Griffith-Haynie — Co-founder of the ADHD Coaching profession and teacher of teachers.
  • 2013 — Kerch McConlogue — Founding Board Member of the ACO and for many years Webmaster, Communications Chair, Editor, and Conference Chair of the ACO.
  • 2012 — Sarah D. Wright — Founding Board Member of the ACO and for many years President of the ACO.
  • 2011 — Glen Hogard — Founding Board Member and Co-Founder of the ACO.

Criteria for This Award

The recipient of The Founders Award for Distinguished Service to the Professional ADHD Coach Community is someone who is making or has made a unique, impactful, selfless contribution to ADHD coaches, ADHD Coaching, and/or the ACO. The recipient must be a current or past professional member of the ACO and must demonstrate and promote the values and vision of the ACO and its tenets.

Making a Nomination

If you have someone you’d like to nominate for this honor, please complete the following form. Don’t forget to click the “Submit” when you’re done. The ACO’s Board of Directors will select this year’s honoree from the nominations received, and will announce the honoree at the conference.

Deadline for making nominations is February 1st.

Nominations for Founders Award

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