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Lauren Agoratus
Parent, NJ state and MCH Region II (NJ, NY, PR, VI) Coordinator for Family Voices, NJ CCAN (Caregiver Community Action Network), National Family Caregivers Association, Mercerville, NJ

Mark L. Batshaw, MD
Prof. and Chairman, Dept. of Pediatrics, The George Washington Univ. Medical Center, Washington, DC

Ronald G. Blankenbaker, MD
Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center, Chattanooga, TN; President, American Association on Health and Disability

Jean F. Campbell Principal,
JF Campbell Consultants; Founding Board Member, Professional Patient Advocates in Life Sciences (PPALS)

Henry G. Chambers, MD
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Rady Children’s Hospital; Prof. of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Univ. of California, San Diego

Stephen L. DeFelice, MD
Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Innovation in Medicine (FIM)

Mahlon Delong, MD
Chair, Dept. of Neurology, Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA

Dr. David Fray Associate Professor, Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health, University of Texas School of Dentistry, Houston, TX

Allen Friedland, MD
Pediatrician and Internist Pediatric to Adult care Advisor Wilmington, Delaware

Saadi Ghatan,
MD Assistant Prof. of Neurological Surgery, Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia Medical School, New York, NY

Joan Earle Hahn, DNSc, RN, CS, CDDN
Assistant Adjunct Prof., Univ. of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing; Past President, Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association

Matthew Holder, MD
President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry; Global Medical Advisor for Special Olympics International, Louisville, KY

David Hirsch, MD
Medical Director at UnitedHealthcare

Jerry Hulick, GA Emeritus
Massachusetts Mutual Life insurance Company, Special Care Planning

 Mary M. Keller, ED.D
President and CEO, Military Child Education Coalition, Harker Heights, TX

Bernard A. Krooks, ESQ
Littman Krooks LLP, New York, NY

Gary Liguori
Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); Department Head of Health and Human Performance, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

Patricia E. McGoldrick, CPNP
Pediatric Neurology & Epilepsy, Associate Director, Developmental Disability Center, Roosevelt Hospital, NY

Barbara Mintz MS, RD
Vice President of Healthy Living & Community Engagement, Barnabas Health, West Orange, NJ

Frank J. Murphy
President and CEO, EP Foundation for Education, Atlanta, GA

Kathryn O’Hara, RN
Epilepsy Nurse Clinician, Nurse Manager Child Neurology, Division of Child Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

John M. Pellock, MD
Prof. and Chair, Division of Child Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Vice President of the American Epilepsy Society (AES)

Steven P. Perlman, DDS, MScD, DHL (Hon)
Clinical Prof., Boston University, School of Dentistry, Boston, MA

Robert K. Ross Ed.D., BCBA-D, LBA
President of the Autism Special Interest Group, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Senior VP at Beacon ABA Services of MA & CT

Esther Schleifer, MSW
Clinical Social Worker, Boston, MA Howard Shane, PhD Director, Communications Enhancement Center, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Jo Waldron
President and Co-founder of the Able Kids Foundation and Partner at Brain Basket, LLC, Fort Collins, CO

Steven M. Wolf, MD
Director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY; Director of Pediatric Neurology at St. Lukes Roosevelt Medical Center, New York, NY

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