Advisory Board

Stanley C. Alexander, MA

Mr. Alexander retired as the Deputy Director for Youth & Family Services a Division of Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, where his responsibilities included oversight for Child Protective Services, Family Intervention Services, Sexual Abuse Investigations, and after-hours Protective services for the children who are placed in the legal custody of the county. As a volunteer, his passion is family health, social, mental and physical.

Lillian Cruz

Ms. Cruz has over 30 years of professional experience in executive nonprofit management. She is the founder of a Connecticut agency, Humanidad, Inc., that serves Latino persons with complex developmental disabilities. She has worked in the Philanthropic sector first as a program officer for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and later at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as a director of community impact. While at the Community Foundation she developed and managed its grant evaluation and dashboard reporting programs, and investments in urban neighborhoods. She has served on multiple local, statewide, and national boards including Unidos US, CT Funders’ Collaborative for Hispanics in Philanthropy, CT Association of Nonprofits. Her passion is adolescent coaching.

Joyce Balls-Berry, Ph.D.

Dr. Balls-Berry, is a psychiatric epidemiologist and health educator. Her primary research focuses on applying community and patient engaged research principles in diverse populations to reduce health disparities and increase health equity. Much of Dr. Balls-Berry’s research centers on determining ways to increase diversity and inclusion in clinical and translational science. Her new role is Lead, Knight ADRC Health Disparities and Equity Core, Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

Pearl Davies Shaw

Ms. Shaw, is a fund development strategist and nationally syndicated writer with management experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She is the president and co-founder of Saad & Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services. She works directly with diverse nonprofit leaders conducting feasibility studies, designing fundraising programs, and conducting fundraising training sessions that engage board members, volunteers and staff. Prior to forming Saad & Shaw, she lead her own firm, Phrased Write, providing proposal writing, executive coaching, and strategic fund development services. She has also served as development director of the Women’s Funding Network, an international association of women and girls’ foundations.

Elaine F. Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Walker is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Emory University. After a postdoctoral fellowship, she joined the faculty of Cornell University in 1980, moving to Emory University in 1986. She previously served as president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) and chair of Emory’s Department of Psychology. She leads a research laboratory that has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and private foundations for over 30 years to study risk factors for major mental illness. She heads the Emory site for the NIMH North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study, and has received NIMH Career Development awards, the WT Grant Faculty/Scholar Award, Zubin Memorial Award, the Gralnick Award, Cattell Foundation Award, SRP Lifetime achievement Award, APS James McKeen Cattell Lifetime Award, the SRP John Neale mentorship award, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the advancement of Science. Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Director, Mental Health and Development Program.

David Giwerc

As President and Founder of the ADD Coach Academy, Mr.Giwerc has expanded his ADHD coach training programs reaching domestically and internationally. As a keynote speaker, he continues to be a spokesperson for ADHD Coaching and the amazing success stories that have occurred because of good coaching and education.

As a person who has ADHD and is dedicated to empowering others to find their true purpose, he is involved in events and programs that minimize the ignorance and negative labeling of ADHD to let the world know ADHD does not mean you are broken. It is a unique brain wiring that needs to be honored and embraced. The focus in his coaching practice has been Entrepreneurs and business professionals with ADHD.

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