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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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CANDACE SAHM, MA Ed 

Executive Director

Candace Sahm has a special interest in helping clients with ADHD successfully navigate the transition into and through college. She is a tireless advocate for raising awareness about ADHD. She leads workshops for conferences and community groups. Ms. Sahm is a coach, educator, and she has first-hand experience with ADHD. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Vocational Education from GWU and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of Maryland. Ms. Sahm has over 200 CEU credits in the areas of ADHD/LD/GT, Coaching, Executive Functioning, and Remedial Reading. She was also a coach and Study Strategies Teacher for the Lab School of DC, the Norwood School, and the Bullis School, to name a few. She is a

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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RANDI M. WILLIAMS, PhD, MPH

Chair

 

Randi M. Williams is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Williams holds a strong research interest in developing multilevel methods to address racial disparities in smoking and lung cancer. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Williams is receiving training in smoking cessation strategies and community-based approaches to address cancer disparities. Dr. Williams received her PhD in behavioral and community health from the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health. Dr. Williams obtained her Master’s of public health from Emory University and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Syracuse University.​ Randi is from Takoma Park, Maryland, currently lives two miles from her childhood home in the Takoma, DC neighborhood, and loves to introduce friends to the "Berkeley of the East".

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MARLENE POVICH

Vice Chair

Marlene Povich, is the owner and creative Director of Povich Design. She is a graphic designer and marketing professional for over 30 years. Marlene believes that design and social media presence is an integral part of the success of any marketing campaign. She has design and marketing for a wide range of associations, foundations, healthcare organizations and small business in the Washington Metropolitan area. She earned her BA in Advertising and Design from the University of Maryland, has won an ADDY, and received awards from and holds memberships in AIGA, Art Directors Club, Production Club of America, and Association Trends. She has also served on numerous boards over the years and is involved in many charities. In her free time, she enjoys travel, many outdoor sports, and spending time with friends and family.

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EMILY ACKERMAN

Secretary of the Board

Emily Ackerman, a graduate of the University of Delaware and native of Elkton, Maryland, moved to Montgomery County in 1963, beginning her career at Northwood High School teaching English and history.  While raising three girls, Emily worked as an Executive Secretary for Robert Greenstein at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and for the U.S. Congress as clerk of two subcommittees of the House Interior Committee.  She returned to teaching as a home and hospital teacher where she is currently employed and where she represents home teachers in their union, MCEA. In addition to this position, she is an instructor at Montgomery College, teaching reading and writing to students seeking to enter college and U.S. history to special needs students in the Graduate Transition Program.  In her spare time, Emily participates in political activities as a precinct chair and enjoys reading, swimming, and staying in touch with her five grandchildren.

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 AARON RABIN

Treasurer

Aaron Rabin is a professional accountant at a Bendler & Company, PC, a public accounting firm in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Rabin specializes in forensic and not-for-profit accounting and financial planning & analysis. Prior to his accounting career, Mr. Rabin worked in education as a tutor, teacher, and finance & operations officer. Mr. Rabin received his B.A in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Aaron is from Rockville, Maryland with his growing family. 

PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

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SHERRY D. GOLDMAN, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Sherry D. Goldman earned her M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1979. She then went on to complete her first residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in 1982 followed by a Chief Residency in Pediatrics at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (1983). Knowing how much she loved mental health, child development and behavior, she decided to do a complete residency in General Psychiatry at G.W. (1986) and then a Fellowship and Chief Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital (1988). She is Board Certified in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

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RANDI WORTMAN, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Wortman is a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. She has maintained a full-time clinical psychotherapy private practice in Silver Spring, Maryland for over 25 years diagnosing and treating individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Wortman specializes in treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief, trauma, and those with a chronic medical or mental illness. Her office is LBGTQ welcoming. In addition, Dr. Wortman has worked as a part-time staff psychologist at the University of Maryland-College Park campus in the counseling center helping undergraduate and graduate students find constructive solutions for their emotional and academic challenges, as well as assisting those in need of accessibility and disability services for their mental, emotional, or ADHD diagnoses. Dr. Wortman has

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CAROL BINTA NADEEM LCPC, CCTP, ACS

Clinical Psychologist

Carol Binta Nadeem views the individual holistically and focus the counseling goals on mental, physical and spiritual well being. In the beginning of the therapeutic process she take the first few visits to gather information about the concerns you have, the area of your life that you would like to change and the goals you have for yourself. Carol uses certain assessment tools as appropriate including but not limited to the Adlerian Lifestyle Assessment. After the assessment has been completed in about three sessions, we will agree upon treatment goals for therapy. She also relates to her clients in the here and now; therefore remaining present for responding to situations in therapy as they arise. In this way you are free to deviate from a specific treatment protocol whenever an issue surfaces that requires immediate attention. She specializes in recovery from trauma using mindfulness techniques and visualization.

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JAY BENDER

Fundraising

Jay Bender is currently is working as an EMT-B for Lifestar Response in Howard County. He has previously worked as an Assistant Vice President and head of Security Operations for a local Community Bank and for over 30 years worked in the Commercial Construction industry as a Senior Estimator and Senior Project Manager. He also has volunteered for 45 years as a Firefighter/ Paramedic/ EMT-B for the Bethesda Chevy Chief Rescue Squad. He has served on numerous Board of Directors for local organizations and been involved in fundraising for same. He also has delivered Meals on Wheels during the Pandemic for JSSA.  Jay has also been a College and High School Football Official for 33 years and officiates Girls High School Lacrosse and Fast Pitch Softball. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family and dogs.

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DAVE DYSON

Entertainment

Dave Dyson achieved the "outstanding bandmember" award during his high school senior year. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk and Go-Go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and supportive of his matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued. Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today's most promising artists. Dave is interested in helping raise money for low-income youth receive the services the CSahm Foundation offers. He will also be offering bass lessons to enrich the lives of the under-served ADHD community.

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DINA JACKSON

Fundraising & Marketing

ACADEMIC TUTORS

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BARBARA McLAIN—Barbara McLain has worked in education for nearly 20 years, teaching on both the high school and college levels. She recently helped to develop online composition courses at the University of South Florida, and personally piloted the first courses. In addition to teaching and course development, Barbara trained instructors to teach both in person and online. Barbara holds both a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in writing and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Towson University. She later earned an MA in rhetoric and composition from the University of South Florida, focusing primarily on the teaching of composition. Barbara currently lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and three children. When she’s not busy at work or wrangling her kids, you can find her reading or sneaking away to the beach.

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OLLEN DOUGLASS—Ollen is from Potomac, Maryland, and is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Applied Mathematics. He has been tutoring for over 13 years and is proficient in math up to Calculus 3. He also teaches SAT, ACT, and PSAT test-taking skills. In his free time, he enjoys dancing, DJing, and playing soccer. What he enjoys most about working with students is helping them to find their best learning method that allows them to succeed.

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KENNY HAGINSKenny graduated from Morehouse College in 2018 with a BA in Kinesiology. He is also a graduate of Gonzaga College High School here in Washington DC. Kenny also works as a Paraeducator for Montgomery County Public Schools, working with students at Thomas Pyle Middle School.

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STEFAN McVEY—Stefan has been a biology teacher for 10 years in Fort Wayne, IN at R. Nelson Snider High School. He has taught all levels of biology from remedial to AP. He currently teach Honors Freshman Biology and Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW).  He loves the natural world and expressing that love through teaching is my lifelong dream. As a teacher, his favorite part of his job is the growth he sees in his students. Outside of education, he has 4 rowdy boys. They are what allow him to be a compassionate teacher. 

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CLAIRE McVEY—Clare has a BA in History with a minor in Biology and a MS in Education with a concentration in Special Education. She taught high school special education in Indiana for four years before becoming a history teacher for a total of 8 years in the high school setting. Clare teaches a variety of social science courses including Honors World History, AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP United States Government and Politics. When she is not teaching, she is coaching the boys and girls track and field teams at her high school and is an advisor for Model UN.

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KIM STINSON—Kim has a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She has studied in both Spain and Mexico and has been teaching Spanish for 14 years. She likes to make the different language concepts as easy for her students as a possible to understand by breaking it down into smaller parts for them. She also color codes concepts to make it more visual for the students. So when working with Kim, it’s a good idea to have 3 different color pens or highlighters.

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DAVID WALTER

 

STAFF

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GABY MERCADO

Marketing Assistant 

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LOLITA JONES

Administrative Assistant