ADDA Board of Directors

Duane Gordon, President

Michelle Frank, PsyD, Vice President and Communications Committee Chair

Melissa Reskof, Secretary and Community Outreach Committee Chair

Jeffrey Druce, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair

Melinda Whetstone, PhD, Workplace Issues Committee Chair

Keith Griffin, Technology Committee Chair

Ally Martin, ADHD Awareness Coalition Representative

Michael B. Cimino, CHADD/ADDA Joint Conference Marketing Director

Frank Potter

Duane Gordon, President

Duane-Gordon-Web-150x200Born in 1962 in New Brunswick, Canada, Duane Gordon traveled widely before finally settling in Montreal, Canada. He married Linda Walker in 1984 and is the father of two daughters, one of whom has ADHD.

Duane, an adult with ADHD, has been involved in the ADHD community for more than 15 years. He is a founding member of the Montreal Adult ADD Support Group, a group in continuous operation since 1998, and he joined ADDA’s Communication team in 2005, volunteering as a writer, and later taking on the role of newsletter editor.

In 2011, Duane became the ADDA Communication Committee Chair to continue his efforts to enable people’s full self-expression. It’s a challenge for anyone to find their “voice,” and ADHD can make the obstacle seem insurmountable. Duane’s own experience, and the struggles of many of his fellow adults with ADHD, convinced him we all have a story to tell, a contribution to make, and the world would be a much better place if we all had the opportunity to express our unique gift.

Despite his own struggles with ADHD, Duane’s childhood dream never wavered; he would be an artist. Life imposed detours; he earned his business degree from the Collège Militaire Royal, veered into high technology, first as a programmer, later a teacher and finally rising to the executive level in high technology consulting.

However, in 2007 he determined to “take back his life,” pursuing his art career with the same drive and passion that brought success in other fields. Today, Duane lives in Montreal where he pursues his art, continues to consult in high technology and works to create opportunities for people to be fully expressed.

Michelle Frank, PsyD, Vice President and Communications Committee Chair

Michelle-FrankDr. Michelle Frank is a clinical psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with ADHD. She has extensive training in diagnostic assessment and testing as well as individual and family therapy. Dr. Frank takes an empowering and strengths based approach to help her clients live fully and successfully with their unique set of strengths and challenges. She currently works in private practice as an associate of Sari Solden, MS, LMFT, LPC, in Ann Arbor Michigan at Sari Solden & Associates where she providing psychotherapy and consultation services to adults with ADHD. Dr. Frank is a writer, speaker, and advocate for the empowerment of individuals with differences such as ADHD.

Prior to working with Sari Solden, Dr. Frank developed and implemented an ADHD assessment and treatment program in Chicago where she conducted psychological, neuropsychological, and psychoeducational testing for children, teens, and adults, in addition to providing therapy and consultation. In addition to serving on the ADDA Board, Dr. Frank serves on ADDA’s Communications Committee and is the Editor of the ADDA newsletter.

Dr. Frank is devoted to the work of ADDA because she believes deeply in the organization’s mission and can say, without a doubt, that ADDA changed her life.

Melissa Reskof, Secretary and Community Outreach Committee Chair

Melissa Reskof-close-upMelissa Reskof spent her formative years in a New Jersey shore town, attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts with a focus on Mass Communications and, for the last decade, has resided in Venice, California. She is a project manager for the Los Angeles non-profit organization, Junior Blind of America.

Her interest in ADDA began with her husband, Doug Snyder, being diagnosed with ADHD in his mid-forties. Together, Melissa and Doug attended their first ADDA conference in Detroit in 2013. While ADDA Conferences are known for their family-homecoming atmosphere, at this event, Melissa met a fellow attendee who had not met anyone and still felt alone. Melissa was moved to create the ADDA Ambassadors, a team of volunteers who meet and greet attendees at ADDA conferences as well as do outreach telephone calls to ADDA members to maintain that feeling of connection ADDA is known for between conferences.

The ADDA Ambassadors outreach efforts have been enhanced by the creation in 2015 of the ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group program. ADDA’s Virtual Peer Support Groups are entirely volunteer-driven and topics are suggested by participants. Following a successful pilot program with twice-monthly meetings, the Groups became a permanent fixture at ADDA with support groups meeting weekly.

Melissa has a deep commitment to helping adults with ADHD live better lives by connecting and sharing with their peers.

Jeffrey Druce, Treasurer

Jeffrey Druce has been an ADDA member and served on ADDA’s Finance Committee since 2011. Jeff became ADDA’s Treasurer in June 2014 and continues to keep a tight rein on ADDA’s finances.

Jeff was born in 1954, has over 20 years of experience in commercial bank lending, operations and management, and currently holds the position of Vice President at Metro Bank in Reading, PA.

Jeff has a BA from Millersville University and an MBA from Shippensburg University.

Jeff currently lives in Lancaster, PA with his wife, Jane.

Melinda Whetstone PhD, Workplace Committee Chair

Dr. Melinda Whetstone is an analyst, advocate, and university instructor. She has a background in biomechanics and health informatics. This mix of interests reflects, and deepens her ability to look at an individual and their specific nuances in the context of their broader life. She has conducted research of patients’ needs for information and the usability of electronic health records. She has also developed college courses, and taught both graduate and undergraduate students in online and classroom health care management programs. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she worked as a business process analyst, a software tester, and a software trainer. She has experience working with organizations and the federal government in health care and higher education among other things.

Dr. Whetstone is blessed to live in a neurodiverse household, which includes two teenage boys, and thus has extensive experience working with individuals who are different thinkers. She works with parents, educators, and employers to help provide awareness, promote understanding, and bridge the gap in perceptions.

Dr. Whetstone was drawn to ADDA for their focus on providing support and for the opportunity to give back. She is the Chairperson of ADDA’s Workplace Issues Committee, and is heading up the project to develop online ADHD in the Workplace training materials for managers and HR personnel.

In her spare time, she can be found manning the revolving door for her dog, Jack, trying to keep her plants alive, or fighting with any of her four cats for a space on the couch.

Keith Griffin, Technology Committee Chair

Keith Griffin, ACC is an ICF credentialed ADHD Coach and advocate of thriving with ADHD by focusing on one’s strengths. Keith received his training through The ADD Coach Academy and works with clients worldwide. In addition to his coaching business, Keith serves the ADHD community through his position on the Board of Directors, his leadership role on the ADHD Coaches Organization’s board and by co-leading ADDA’s ADHD + LGBT, Poly Adults Peer Support Group.

Keith has a 20+ year background in the IT field, having served in roles ranging from software development to implementation. Due to his background and wide-ranging technical interests, the clients who choose him tend to have a “technical mind”, are involved in or pursuing a STEM careers and/or are entrepreneurial. As a gay man, he is also well suited to coach ADHDers from the LGBTQIA+ community.

In his spare time Keith enjoys riding his bike, traveling to new places, recording the occasional “This ADHD Life” podcast episode and keeping up with the latest tech trends, gadgets, productivity systems and time-management methodologies. Find out more about Keith through his profile on our Professionals Directory.

Ally Martin, ADHD Awareness Coalition Representative

Ally Martin is an ADHD life coach and founder of Attention Solutions where she works with adolescents and adults to overcome ADHD-related obstacles and create strategies for success. Ally’s journey with ADHD started in the same way as many others. Throughout her life, she knew she was struggling, but she didn’t know why until her oldest daughter started displaying symptoms of ADHD. As she started researching it, she realized that not only did her daughter fit the description, so did she.

It wasn’t long before Ally realized that there was a serious lack of support for people with ADHD in her area. She was left to do the research on her own, and she spent years of trial and error attempts to overcome ADHD-related obstacles. Not wanting anyone else to struggle the way she and her daughter did, Ally vowed to help others with ADHD.

Ally is continuing with her mission to help others with ADHD through coaching and her involvement with ADDA.

Michael B. Cimino, ADDA Marketing Chair

Michael B. Cimino is an entrepreneur, experienced sales management practitioner and marketing director. Since 2009, he has helped organizations generate new revenues exceeding $15MM. Michael serves as the Marketing Director for Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Michael also leads the marketing effort for the 2018 International Conference on ADHD. He also serves as Chairperson for the CHADD/ADDA Joint Conference Committee. Michael is also a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

As an adult with ADHD, Michael has a personal attachment to our mission at ADDA, and the ADHD community. Michael has dedicated himself to his personal development and learning about his ADHD. His journey empowers his commitment to educate and empower individuals living with ADHD. He uses his creativity to promote mental health awareness and compassion.

Michael has held senior sales, marketing and management positions with distributors and manufacturers. He also founded CimCity Promotions, Inc., an event and entertainment promotions company.
Michael holds certificates from the Wharton School of Business in Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Operations and Finance. He also holds a certificate from Harvard Business School’s Program on Negotiation. Michael also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Frank Potter

Frank-PotterFrank Potter is a retired state vocational rehabilitation counselor in Iowa. After a son was diagnosed with ADHD as a junior in high school, Frank realized he had ADHD also. Since his son’s diagnosis, Frank has studied ADHD and given lectures on it including at ADDA conferences.

Frank has served on the ADHD Justice Committee that published a highly-anticipated white paper on the positive outcomes of the ADHD Corrections Project, largely sponsored by ADDA.

Frank has particular interests in ADHD in education, workplace issues, and corrections. In his employment, Frank worked closely with high school and college students, and helped people with ADHD find employment and succeed in the workplace.

Like many people with ADHD, Frank has a myriad of interests including fly fishing (started a club), opera, soccer coaching (produced training DVD for youth coaches), tuck-pointing and history. He has completed a draft of book about a 19th century couple who were Transcendentalists in Iowa. Frank holds a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.