As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to publicly thank those who have served ADDA with loyalty, dedication, and heart. As 2016 draws near, we would like to publicly celebrate those who are taking on new positions within our organization as ADDA continues to help adults with ADHD live better lives.
“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.”
This certainly is true at ADDA, an organization run solely by a dedicated group of volunteers. Since its inception, ADDA has worked to become the premier source for information and resources exclusively for and about adults with ADHD. We bring together scientific perspectives and the human experience to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of ADHD through a recently revamped website, a well-respected newsletter, consistently helpful webinars, new virtual support groups, and so much more.
ADDA opens doors of possibilities. These doors are built, frame by frame, by volunteers who give generously of their time and energy. Ask any one of them, and they will tell you that in their work with ADDA, they get back as much or more than they give. This is because every board member, every professional advisor, every volunteer lives the mission of ADDA. Their lives reflect the values of this organization: service, connection, and empowerment.
So who are these wonderful people and what is it that they do, exactly?
The Board of Directors guides ADDA in making its mission statement a reality. The Professional Advisory Board makes sure that reality is sound and grounded in best-practices. The committees and workgroups are where the rubber meets the road. This year, we’re really taking off!
The ADDA Board of Directors met on December 6th to elect the organization’s leadership team for 2016.
On January 1, 2016, Evelyn Polk Green, who has served ADDA so faithfully and dedicates her life to advocating for individuals with ADHD, will move into the advisory role of immediate past president and Duane Gordon, former ADDA Communications Committee chairman, will become president of ADDA. Both have much to celebrate!
Evelyn Polk Green will serve as immediate past president in an advisory role and continue to serve on the board of directors.
Michelle Frank, current editor of the ADDA Insider and member of the board of directors, was elected vice president and will also chair the ADDA Communications Committee. She will be taking over for Linda Roggli in the role of Vice-President, who has been a tireless supporter of ADDA over the years and will continue on as a member of the board of directors and advisor to the leadership.
Linda Roggli will serve as immediate past vice president and continue to chair the ADDA Webinar Workgroup.
Melissa Reskoff, founder and head of the ADDA Ambassadors, was elected to the position of secretary, a role previously assumed by the vice president. Melissa and the Ambassadors have grown so much that they need more room and will leave the confines of the Communications Committee to form the brand new ADDA Community Outreach Committee.
Caroline Maguire, a member of the board of directors, will be formally chairing the ADDA Revenue Generation Committee.
Linda Walker will continue to chair the ADDA Workplace Committee, which has plans for big things this year!
Jeffrey Druce will continue to serve as Treasurer and we will remain unable to repay him for all of the hours he has spent creating spreadsheets and keeping us on track.
Celeste Jaque, Ally Martin, Patrick Hawley, Frank Potter, and Douglas Harris will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
Robert Madonna, Principal and EVP Sales & Marketing
Terry Matlen, MSW, ACSW
Phil Parker, M.D.
Russell Ramsay, Ph.D.
Sari Solden, MS, LMFT
Stephen Spector, Ph.D.
ADDA Committees – 2016
Chair: Duane Gordon, President
Mission: To exercise the powers and duties of the Board between Board meetings and while the Board is not in session, and to implement the policy decisions of the Board.
Chair: Michelle Frank, Vice President and Editor of the ADDA Insider
Mission: To effectively and consistently communicate ADDA’s message to the media and general public. Oversees all external communication initiatives and activities, including the website, publications and media contact.
Community Outreach Committee (New for 2016)
Chair: Melissa Reskof
Mission: To provide a forum for ADDA members to connect with each other, find empowerment, solve problems, and cope with life in more efficient and effective ways.
Chair: Jeffrey Druce
Mission: To advise the Board on fiscal affairs and recommend controls, policies, and procedures to maintain the fiscal health of the organization.
Revenue Generation Committee
Chair: Caroline Maguire
Mission: To generate the revenue necessary to ensure that ADDA successfully carries out its mission of providing programs and services that help adults with ADHD.
Chair: Linda Roggli
Mission: To provide information, resources, and networking opportunities for adults with ADHD and the professionals who serve them in multiple locations via telephone and the internet.
Chair: Linda Walker
Mission: To provide resources and education to employers and employees to create successful work environments for individuals with ADHD.