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    Expert Roundup: Summer Safety

    Friday, May 19, 2017, 1:55 PM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts from the ProfNet network who are available for interviews for your summer safety articles. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    Fireworks Safety
    Jenny Ziembicki, M.D.
    Medical Director, UPMC Mercy Burn Center
    Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Faculty Member, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
    “Each year, around 4th of July celebrations, we treat many people, especially children and teens, who have been injured by fireworks. Many of those injuries involve an amputation of a limb or loss of vision. We want to remind everyone that fireworks should only be handled by professionals and enjoyed at a safe distance.”
    Dr. Ziembicki has a special interest in the development of the comprehensive outpatient burn therapy program at UPMC Mercy, which allows patients a more expedient return to a productive lifestyle. She also is a dedicated advocate in burn injury prevention, especially in the geriatric and pediatric population.
    Contact: Stephanie Stanley,

    Skin Damage and Car/Home Windows
    Darrell Smith
    Executive Director
    International Window Film Association
    "Whether you're spending the summer on the road or enjoying the warm sunshine streaming through your home's windows, you may be doing serious damage to your skin without even realizing. The average window only blocks about 25% of UV rays from passing through and car windows aren't much better -- blocking about 40% of UV rays. In America, nearly 53% of skin cancer cases occur on the left, or driver’s side, of the body. Why? Because, we enjoy sunshine but aren't fully protected against damaging UV rays -- and spend a lot of time in the car! Professionally installed window film can help block up to 99% of UV rays from passing through a window, ultimately protecting your skin and eyes from cumulative damage."
    Contact: Amber Joy Dempsey,

    Fabric and Clothing Tips for Summer
    James Pruden
    Senior Director
    Cotton Incorporated
    Pruden can provide expert summer safety tips when it comes to anything and everything summer clothing, including what to wear for the best UV protection; what fabrics keep you cooler during the warm summer months; and the health benefits of natural fibers vs. synthetic fibers. Says Pruden: “All apparel provides some degree of UV protection. UV protection in apparel is dependent on a variety of factors, including thickness of fabric (thicker fabrics absorb more UV rays), tightness of construction and the fabric’s color (darker colors provide more UV protection).”
    Pruden is senior director of public relations at Cotton Incorporated, where he oversees brand image management for the not-for-profit company.
    Contact: Caleb Fernandez,

    Pool Safety Tips for Parents, Children and Pets
    Tom Casey
    Vice President of Sales
    Anthony & Sylvan Pools
    Casey is available to share pool safety tips for parents, children, and pets: “Pools are fun for the whole family, and pool safety is crucial when it comes to enjoying your pool to its fullest. By following just a few safety tips, you’ll be sure to keep this season fun and safe.”
    Casey is vice president of sales for Anthony & Sylvan Pools, the leading swimming pool and spa builder in the U.S.
    Contact: John Reynolds,

    Tips for an Injury-Free Summer
    Dr. Benjamin Domb
    “As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, adults and kids alike love to engage in outdoor sports and fitness activities. This increase in physical activity can lead to an increased risk of injury.”
    Through his experience working with athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as fitness enthusiasts like CrossFitters and runners, Dr. Domb is available to provide effective tips for an injury-free summer. Dr. Domb is a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the hip, shoulder and knee.
    Contact: Rachel Prude,

    Summer BBQ Safety Tips
    Peter Duncanson
    Director, Disaster Restoration Business Operations
    ServiceMaster Restore
    Duncanson is available for interviews on summer BBQ safety tips, including proper charcoal grill safety, how to use a gas grill wisely, and how to practice good grilling habits: “Set your grill up at a safe distance from structures and overhangs, including your main building, shed, garage, trees and other potentially flammable objects. Never use your grill inside, in a tent or under an outdoor awning or carport. Doing so can pose a serious fire hazard and potentially cause carbon monoxide poisoning if you're using a gas grill. Light your gas or charcoal grill using special long-length lighters or long matches to avoid getting burned. Keep all ignition sources out of the reach of children. Never leave an actively burning grill unattended, and let your grill fully cool before you cover or store it. Clean your grill thoroughly and often to reduce flammable buildup inside.”
    Contact: Bristol Whitcher,

    Summer Safety
    Jared Staver
    Staver Law Group. P.C.
    Staver is available to discuss various summer safety topics, including sun glare accidents, motorcycle safety, pool/water safety, heat exhaustion and more. On motorcycle safety: “During the summer months, drivers and motorcyclists should take extra precautions to avoid accidents. Statistics show that more than 50% of motorcycle accidents involve riders with less than five months of riding experience. To minimize the risk of accidents, motorcyclists should always wear protective gear including proper eyewear and helmets. Make sure your bike is properly maintained before taking it out for the first summer ride and keep a toolkit on your bike at all times. Mechanical defects can contribute to road crashes.”
    Staver is a Chicago personal injury attorney and owner of Staver Law Group, P.C. His practice focuses on representing people seeking compensation after being hurt in the Chicago area, whether by a car accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, dog bite, or from an act of medical malpractice. An experienced and dedicated litigator, Jared has recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients.
    Contact: John Branham,

    How to Stay Safe on the Job/Keep Employees Safe
    David Quezada
    Vice President of Loss Control
    “Working in hot and sunny environments or near heat sources all day can wear employees down. To help employees rest and recharge, encourage them to take regular breaks in the shade or other cool environments. Build break times into employees’ schedules to help enforce the practice. Make sure employees know how to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and the immediate steps they need to take to help themselves or their co-workers. In the event of a medical emergency, contact 911 immediately, but also train employees so they can be proactive before professional help arrives. Fostering a safe and comfortable work environment is an important commitment every day of the year, but especially when new risks, such as extreme heat, are introduced.”
    EMPLOYERS is a specialty workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
    Contact: Alexandra Gardell Kreuter,

    Managing Medications During the Summer
    Jon Michaeli
    EVP of Marketing and Business Development
    Michaeli is available to discuss the importance of managing your medications during the summer months, whether it’s during vacations or ensuring that your children are keeping up with their medications while they’re at summer camp. Managing medications essentially helps you to manage your conditions, resulting in improved outcomes.
    Contact: Kendra Lee,

    What to Do During a Power Outage
    Keith Pinkerton
    Mr. Electric, Huntsville, Ala.
    Pinkerton is available to discuss weather precautions and backup generators during storm season. He can advise homeowners what to do when there is a power outage and how to ensure electrical safety around the house in general. He is the owner of the Huntsville, Ala., branch of Mr. Electric, a national brand of electrical installation and repair centers.
    Contact: Elise Rose,

    Safety When Completing House Projects
    J.B. Sassano
    Mr. Handyman
    Sassano is available to discuss safety when completing house projects, such as using power washers, power drills, climbing on ladders for gutter cleaning, etc. He is president of Mr. Handyman, the nation’s leading home repair and maintenance franchise.
    Contact: Elise Rose,

    Injury Trends
    Darshan Patel, M.D.
    Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
    Dr. Patel can provide commentary on a wide variety of summer conditions and their recommended treatment, as well as injury trends. As Section Chief, Dr. Patel serves as head of the Pediatric Emergency Department. He and his team are the first line of care for children in needing immediate care after injuries or at the onset of illnesses. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, is the Level 1 pediatric trauma center for a region with more than 3 million people.
    In the past, Dr. Patel has been a media resource for summer safety topics, including ATV and water safety, as well as injuries caused by trampolines and fireworks.  He has also contributed to reports regarding dehydration and heat stroke. He has television, radio and print media experience, and is adept at breaking down complex medical topics for families. He is available for media interviews when requests do not interfere with patient care.
    Contact: Andy LaGuardia,

    Water Safety Tips
    Ann Marie Buerkle
    Acting Chairman
    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    Buerkle is available to discuss the many steps that parents can take to improve safety in and around water. As acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Buerkle offers a unique perspective into the importance of safety in and around water. One of the national public education campaigns the Chairman oversees is the Pool Safely campaign, which is aimed at reducing child drownings and non-fatal submersions, as well as entrapments in public swimming pools and spas. The campaign was launched in 2010 and has a network of over 1,000 partners that are dedicated to promoting and benefitting from the campaign.
    Contact: Christina Saull:

    Expert Roundup: Pet Tips

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 10:39 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various topics regarding pet health and pet care. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    Bryan Bailey
    Animal Behaviorist
    Raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Bailey -- aka The Wolf Whisperer -- grew to appreciate the wildness of the land and its abundant wildlife. In particular, he developed a fondness for the gray wolves that roamed the vast mountain ranges and forests near his home. Under the guidance of a Special Forces Survival Instructor, he spent years studying the social interactions of wolves in their packs and discovered that, beyond obvious physical similarities, there were also behavioral similarities between the wolves and the sled dogs that were his family’s pets.
    Bailey’s unique qualifications include: nationally certified Master Trainer and Pharmacotherapy Behaviorist, decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy, working extensively as a supervisor and trainer for the U.S. Navy’s dolphin and sea lion projects, honor graduate of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy with duties including training supervisor of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department K-9 narcotics detection, and search and rescue teams, and trainer for the Indiana Department of Health and Social Services to train service dogs for children with Muscular Dystrophy. He has also studied canine problem solving and pharmacotherapy at Cornell and Tufts University, wolf behavior and social dynamics at Battleground Indiana and Ely Minnesota wolf conservatories, is a certified Veterinary Technician, and has professionally shown dogs in AKC Obedience, Conformation, Schutzhund and Ring Sport. Bailey and his wife, Kira, reside in Memphis, Tenn., with their children, dogs, and cats. Together, they own ProTrain Memphis and Taming the Wild. His second book, “The Hammer,” will be available in late 2016.
    Contact: Marissa Madill,

    Shawn Simons
    Founder and Headmistress
    Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats
    Prior to starting Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a groundbreaking feral cat socialization nonprofit in Los Angeles, Simons was a television writer and producer who was extremely allergic to cats. By taking the creative tools from her lifelong relationship with the arts, she created an organization that wraps its mission in accessible branding and brings a creative approach to the work catapulting the organization into the limelight allowing them to not only fulfill their promise to the feral cats of Los Angeles, but push the boundaries of progression in rescue and charity. Simons came upon the work accidentally after buying a house that came with a feral cat colony. Now having socialized and adopted out over 1,000 cats from the street, Simons is a leading expert on progressive training for cats. Her approach balances the physiological understanding of feline emotions and animal behavior. The organization is committed to solving the feline overpopulation issue by taking a proactive approach and participating in community education and Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). She is available to discuss socialization, leash training, transitions, introducing new pets, rescue, bottle feeding, feral cats, and TNR.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,

    Brian Ogle
    Beacon College
    Ogle is an anthrozoology instructor with specialties in zoos, aquariums, animal shelters, human-wildlife contact and pet/animal ownership at Beacon College in Leesburg, Fla., the first college accredited to award bachelor's degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Ogle has created and will launch a new academic major in anthrozoology this fall. He has written for Humane Education Quarterly and is an executive member-at-large for the Association of Professional Humane Educators. He has been quoted this year in PetMD,, and Areas of interest: birds in a zoological setting for education programs and animal shows; visitor perceptions of aquariums and the animals displayed in aquariums.
    Contact: Darryl E. Owens,

    Clive D.L. Wynne
    Professor of Psychology
    Arizona State University
    Wynne also teaches a free online course about Dog Behavior and Cognition. He received his B.Sc. from University College London and his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University in 1983 and 1986 respectively. Specific topics he can weigh in on include: dog olfaction (sense of smell); dog reasoning about the physical world; dog social reasoning; the difference between domestication and taming; the importance of critical periods for social imprinting; behavioral development; hunting vs. trash scavenging as the mechanism of domestication; Belyaev’s foxes; how to critically assess different methods of dog training; what temperament tests are and what they are used for.
    Contact: Samantha Cartagena,

    Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM
    Dr. Osborne is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. The first veterinarian in the U.S. to be certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine for humans, Dr. Osborne has applied her knowledge in the field to pioneer the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease, as well as promotion of optimum health and performance, for pets. After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Osborne completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly thereafter, she launched a very successful private practice. She offers traditional and alternative veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments. Her first two books, “Naturally Healthy Cats” and “Naturally Healthy Dogs,” hit the international bestseller lists. The multi-faceted Dr. Osborne is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist. She has gained national prominence through her frequent appearances on popular shows, including “Fox & Friends,” “Today,” Discovery’s Animal Planet, and “Good Day L.A.,” where she was the on-camera staff veterinarian. She has also been featured in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Woman’s World, InStyle, PetMD, Dogs Naturally,, and the New York Daily News.
    Dr. Osborne is available to discuss holistic treatments for pet ailments; pet nutrition and recipes; anti-aging in pets; avoiding holiday hazards; cold-weather woes; reducing your pet’s carbon pawprint; and more.
    Contact: Steve Allen,

    Don Sullivan
    Master Dog Trainer, “The DogFather”
    "We’re witnessing a virtual aggression epidemic, with over 1,000 dog-bite victims sent to an ER each day -- and that’s in the United States alone! Yet, people don't want to hear the connection between treat training and behavioral problems. Handing a dog a treat (or any piece of food from your hand) instantly says that the dog is the leader and you're the follower. You see, in the animal kingdom, the dog that gives up his food to another is the submissive one. Now, multiply this by the number of tasty morsels you ‘lovingly’ offer your pet day after day and you suddenly realize why your dog is challenging you in many areas of your life with him. Sure, yes, you might have an advantage over him in terms of size and weight, but take away the restraints like the leash, baby gates and shut doors, and who knows what disasters will quickly ensue?"
    Sullivan ("The DogFather") is on a mission to get people to ditch the dog biscuits. He wants to see dog owners adopt truly effective training techniques that can prevent aggression -- and all kinds of behavioral problems -- from ever developing. Sullivan hit the world stage in 2008 with his globally televised “Secrets to Training the Perfect Dog” system. He's renowned for achieving amazing behavioral transformations in even the most extreme "bad" dog behavior cases, with positive changes seen in just minutes.  Sullivan teaches how to reward a dog’s good behavior with lots of physical and verbal praise, exercise and play; and he empowers dog owners to realize that a bit of discipline is not a bad thing, it's the best thing. From Sullivan’s vantage, the Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method is the key to curing an aggressive dog, and it can save countless canines from being given up on every year due to disobedient and destructive behavior. According to the Humane Society of the United States, the number of annual reported dog bites in the U.S. is a staggering 4.7 million, nearly 4 million dogs enter domestic shelters each year, and approximately 1.2 million dogs are euthanized. Sullivan is sickened by these woeful statistics. He sees there's something clearly wrong with the way the masses are heading in terms of dog ownership and training, and he wants to help people turn the tide from dog-related disasters to true master/best friend harmony.
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    Kurt Venator, Ph.D.
    Veterinarian, Nestlé Purina
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, New York
    Dr. Venator and his team of eight veterinarians at Nestlé Purina speak across North America on the topics of small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine. He works closely with all U.S. veterinary schools to provide nutrition education and professional development for the veterinarians of tomorrow. His team also works actively with veterinary clinics across the country to advance the role of nutrition in clinical practice and help pets live long, healthy lives. Lastly, he directs the Purina Advisory Council, a 19-member group of world renowned veterinarians from various medical specialties who help us to advance pet nutrition, health and wellness around the globe.
    The inspiration for Dr. Venator’s career in veterinary medicine came from his first dog, Acadia, an overly intelligent and somewhat irreverent yellow Labrador Retriever who hailed from the small town of Luling, Texas. Memories of this special dog continue to fuel Dr. Venator’s lifelong passion for pets of all shapes and sizes.
    Dr. Venator resides in upstate New York with his wife and children and three yellow Labrador Retrievers. When not working for Purina, he enjoys spending time with his family, or fly fishing on a winding river, and he still finds time to practice medicine. He is available to discuss small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine; the human-animal bond; pets at work; and pet welfare.
    Contact: Erick Morelos,

    Margo DeMello
    President, House Rabbit Society
    Program Director for Human-Animal Studies, Animals & Society Institute
    DeMello, an expert on human-animal relations, has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, teaches masters-level courses in anthrozoology, and co-wrote "Stories Rabbits Tell.” The House Rabbit Society is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization with two primary goals: to rescue abandoned rabbits and find permanent homes for them, and to educate the public and assist humane societies.
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    Contact: Anne Isenhower,

    Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor’s from Tufts University, a DVM from Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and a PhD in nutrition from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. As a professor at Cummings, she teaches veterinary students, practitioners and pet owners about proper feeding for their animals, especially ones which are too sick to eat or who have chronic diseases such as heart and kidney disease or cancer. She conducts research on nutritional effects on heart disease and is director of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute's One Health Program and the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She is available to comment on general pet nutrition and special nutrition considerations for sick patients, particularly those with heart disease, as well as human-animal interaction.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Deborah Linder, DVM, DACN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Linder is a 2009 graduate of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and head of the Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals and Associate Director of Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction. She is board-certified in nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr. Linder's interests include obesity management and effective client education. Dr. Linder has focused her research on safe and effective weight loss strategies for pets as well as how human-animal interaction affects health and wellness, particularly the impact of human-animal interaction on child and pet obesity. She also has new research out on the effects of reading assistance dogs on reading ability and attitudes in elementary-aged school children. She is available to talk about pet nutrition, pet obesity and human-animal interaction focused on animal-assisted reading and pet and childhood obesity.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Cailin R. Heinze, MS, VMD, DACVN, Clinical Nutrition
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Heinze is a 2004 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and currently serves as an assistant professor of nutrition at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After veterinary school, she worked in private practice for three years before pursuing a residency in clinical nutrition at the University of California, Davis from 2007–2009. Dr. Heinze earned a Master’s degree in Nutritional Biology at UC Davis in December 2010. She is board-certified in nutrition by the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Her professional and research interests include canine and feline obesity, nutritional management of renal disease, and long chain fatty acids. She is available to speak about pet nutrition, pet obesity and nutritional management of renal disease.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM
    Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University
    Dr. Borns-Weil earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. Prior to joining the Tufts, Dr. Borns-Weil owned a behavior house call practice in the Boston area. She is currently a resident in animal behavior at Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic which treats many common animal behavior problems, including aggression, anxiety, compulsive disorders, species-typical behaviors, and nuisance behaviors. She has had a lifelong interest in companion animal behavior, with a special interest in aggression issues. She is available to answer behavior-related questions (why does my dog or cat do X?) and provide tips for managing these issues in pets.
    Contact: Taraneh Pettinato,

    Expert Roundup: The Olympic Games

    Friday, April 22, 2016, 4:28 PM [Expert Alerts]
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    Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss various topics regarding the Olympic Games taking place this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    You can also find experts by sending a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it’s easy and free! Just fill out the query form to get started:

    The Games:

    John K. Coyle
    Olympic Silver Medalist and NBC Olympic Analyst
    “Every two years brings us another Olympic Games full of fanfare and spotlight. Yet many of the ‘behind the scenes’ stories at the Games sensationalize relatively trivial events (condom distribution in the Olympic village, Sochi accommodations) while missing out some the most important events and activities (the Ikkos award, visits to the USA house and other countries' houses, secret parties and ceremonies). The Olympics is the biggest and best party on earth if you know how to navigate it.”
    Based in Chicago, Coyle is available to share an insider's view to the Olympics. He is the founder of The Art of Really Living, one of the world’s leading experts in innovation and design thinking, and a thought leader in the field of horology (the study of how humans process time). He is a two time TEDx presenter, an NBC Sports analyst, SVP and professor of innovation, author and sought-after keynote speaker. He is also an Olympic medalist -- an achievement he attributes directly to his design thinking background.
    Contact: John K. Coyle,

    Gale Bernhardt
    Olympic Cycling and Triathlon Coach
    Bernhardt, a two-time Olympic coach and leading athletic trainer, is the author of six books, including “Fat Burning Machine” (see link below). In 2014, she was honored by being selected as one of Men's Fitness magazine’s top six online trainers for providing dedicated workouts and advice for athletes. She is certified as a Level I Coach by USA Cycling and a Level III Coach by USA Triathlon. She served on the USA Triathlon National Coaching Committee from 2000 to 2006.
    Bernhardt is available to discuss: how a sport becomes an accepted Olympic sport; the history of triathlon becoming accepted as an Olympic sport (and the people involved); the process for teams to attend the Games; security measures taken; and more.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,


    Athlete/Attendee Health:

    Dr. Becca Rodriguez
    Medical Director, High-Performance Center
    Team USA
    Dr. Rodriguez is an osteopathic physician board certified in family medicine and sports medicine, with a specialization in dance medicine. She will serve as the medical director for the high-performance center for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She has been awarded Top Doctor of San Diego for 2014 and 2015 in San Diego Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez is currently serving a three-year term on the USA President's Council Science Board for Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition.
    Dr. Rodriguez is also the company physician for the San Diego Ballet, The Academy of Performing Arts of San Diego and The San Diego Symphony. She participates in team coverage for the California Ballet, San Diego State University Athletics, San Diego Pro Rugby, and the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Prior to her medical training, she danced professionally for 12 years, and has worked with Disney, Paula Abdul, MTV, “Star Search,” and Warner Brothers’ “Power Rangers.” She has also started her own nonprofit organization, LatinaStrong Foundation, to help Latina women shape their culture through healthy diet and exercise to prevent disease.
    Dr. Rodriguez is available to discuss concussions, Zika, preventive care, dance medicine, and high-performance training. She is also available to Spanish-speaking media.
    Contact: Jessica Bardoulas,

    Dr. Naresh Rao, DO, FAOASM
    Head Team Physician
    Men’s USA Water Polo
    Dr. Rao is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in sports medicine. Dr. Rao currently serves as head team physician for Men's USA Water Polo, as well as medical liaison to the US Olympic Committee. He has been selected to the Sports Medicine team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He serves on the Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee for the World Triathlon Corporation (Ironman, International). He most recently served as a sports physician for Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games.
    Dr. Rao is currently serving as clinical assistant professor at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as clinical faculty at NYU School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Family Medicine Residency, and Northwell Plainview Hospital Sports Medicine Fellowship. He recently published a book on sports performance for the everyday athlete, “Step up Your Game: The Revolutionary Program Elite Athletes Use to Increase Performance and Achieve Total Health” (Sports Publishing, February 2016). He has also been a contributing author for several medical books and articles for scientific journals, and lectures frequently on sports medicine and wellness-related topics. He is a competitive tennis player and played water polo at Colgate University. His love for sports thoroughly pervades his professional and personal life. He is a swimming and water polo coach for the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program.
    Dr. Rao is available to discuss concussions, manipulative treatment, Zika, preventive care, sports performance, and water polo.
    Contact: Jessica Bardoulas,

    Dr. Karen Roos
    Neurologist and Infectious Disease Specialist
    Indiana University Health
    Dr. Roos is also a professor of neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She can comment on the Zika virus and what Olympic attendees can do to protect themselves, such as liberally using repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants.
    Contact: Linda Jackson,

    Dr. Karen Roos
    Neurologist and Infectious-Disease Specialist
    Indiana University Health
    She is also a professor of neurology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Roos can comment on the Zika virus and what Olympic attendees can do to protect themselves, such as liberally using repellant and wearing long sleeves and pants.
    Contact: Linda Jackson,

    Economic Impact/Issues:

    Joseph P. Fuhr
    Professor of Economics
    Widener University School of Business Administration, Chester, Pa.
    Fuhr is available to discuss the economic impact of new construction for the Olympics on the Brazilian economy: “There will be both long-run and short-run gains for the Brazilian economy as a result of new construction to accommodate the Olympic Games. The short-run gains will be as a result of the jobs created from the building of infrastructure. This will create many construction jobs before the event. Also, during the games, there will an increase in tourists, which will have a tremendous economic impact on the hotel, restaurant, retail and transportation industries. The long-run effects from the infrastructure are the ability of Brazilians to use these facilities and the possibility of attracting future events as a result of this infrastructure in place. However, there are various negative effects from having the Olympics. One is the crowding-out effect. This occurs as a result of tourists who would have visited during these times but won’t as a result of higher prices and congestion. Also, inflation will result from the increase in demand during the games. For example, it is estimated that hotel rooms could increase by 500 percent during the games. While new infrastructure will increase the ability of the country to have greater economic growth, this new infrastructure is only a benefit if it can be used after the events. To the extent that some of the infrastructure will inevitably become ‘white elephants’ -- infrastructures that have little use after the events they are constructed to host -- will harm the economy. For example, 12 stadiums, instead of the required eight, were built or renovated for the recent World Cup in Brazil. This has added to the cost, and some of these stadiums will have little use now that the World Cup is over. These white elephants will actually result in a drain on the economy, since they will need to be maintained. Economic analysis of stadiums shows that they generally lose money.”
    Contact: Allyson Roberts,

    Jonathan Willner, Ph.D.
    Professor/Chairman of Economics
    Oklahoma City University
    Dr. Willner is available to discuss the economic impacts of the Olympics. He specializes in three main areas: sports economics, international trade, and industrial organization. Additional areas of expertise are those related to intellectual property rights and natural disasters. His research in sports economics deals with the economic impacts of the Olympics and U.S. Major League franchises. His industrial organization research deals with conglomerate effects in Korea, as well as domestic issues associated with legal structures. He teaches courses in a variety of fields including international economics and game theory.
    Dr. Willner is a member of the American and Southern Economic Associations, Western Economics Association, and Southwestern Economics Association, of which he is the past-president. He has spoken at venues in Oklahoma City, numerous locations throughout the United States, Indonesia, China, and Singapore. He has taught in numerous countries and done consulting work in Ukraine, as well as Oklahoma City. He has published work in diverse outlets from academic journals such as The Journal of Economic Perspectives, The International Journal of Stress Management and Foreign Affairs, and more mainstream outlets such as PRNews Asia (online journal), Korea Times, and Blueprints. He is actively engaged with undergraduate research assisting and mentoring students through published research in a variety of fields. He also serves on the Oklahoma City Bar Association’s Fee Grievance and Ethics Committee.
    Contact: Rod Jones,

    Mark Davidson
    Graduate School of Geography
    Clark University (Massachusetts)
    “The hosting of the Olympics continues to entice many cities to enter a hyper-competitive bidding process. However, recent host cities have a mixed record of success in terms converting Olympic facilities into important municipal additions. This varied record of host city outcomes is, in part, explained by the different governance approaches cities have adopted.”
    An urban geographer with expertise in urban politics, urban change and social theory, Davidson has conducted sponsored research on the long-term impacts of the Olympic Games on host cities and has also worked on the post-Games developmental challenges and strategies faced by cities and regions.
    Contact: Jane Salerno,

    Albert Goldson
    Executive Director
    Indo-Brazilian Associates LLC
    Indo-Brazilian Associates is an NYC-based boutique global advisory firm and think tank that provides international investment strategies and geopolitical risk assessments. Goldson has contributed numerous articles, including a prescient blog in May 2015 on Petrobras, Brazil's Watergate. Additionally, he is a regular guest panelist on the award-winning international TV program “Fresh Outlook,” and participated on several programs with respect to the impacts of the Ebola virus.


    Legal/Ethics Issues:

    Mark Conrad
    Director, Sports Business Concentration; Associate Professor, Law and Ethics
    Gabelli School of Business
    Fordham University
    Conrad comments in the major media quite often on national and international sports. He can discuss the following: 1) eligibility issues (e.g., PED violations by athletes); 2) legal Issues -- bribery allegations, public health and safety liability (e.g., Zika virus); 3) security; 4) ethical Issues (related to legal issues).
    Contact: Gina Vergel,



    David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP
    Director, Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation; Human Performance Center
    Logan University
    Dr. Parish is available to discuss Paralympics, ParaPowerlifting, coaching the U.S. ParaPowerlifting team, chiropractic sports injury care and rehabilitation, and the challenges a Paralympic athlete must overcome. He has served as a physician at the Paralympics in London in 2012 and recently hosted a training camp for ParaPowerlifting athletes at Logan University. One of the athletes he’s trained has qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio for ParaPowerlifting, and Dr. Parish will be attending the games as coach for the U.S. ParaPowerlifting team. The Paralympic Committee is partnered with the Olympic Committee, and the Paralympics were created for Para athletes to participate in the Games. The Paralympic Games will take place in September 2016 in Rio.
    Contact: Maria Lemakis,


    Payments/Fraud at the Olympics:

    Seth Ruden
    Senior Fraud Consultant
    ACI Worldwide
    Ruden is a fraud/payments expert who can speak to a wide range of topics within the payments space as it relates to the Olympics. More specifically, he can also address payments fraud, credit card security, ATM skimming, cash vs. credit card use, buying tickets online, and the possibility of gas pump fraud.
    Ruden is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and has been working with banks in the detection and mitigation of financial crimes since 2004, in the compliance department of one of the largest global banks. Since then, he has worked with law enforcement, regulators, executives and analysts in consulting positions beyond the United States, extending to financial services organizations in Asia, the Middle East and North and South America. Interests include payments security, financial crimes, fraud, money laundering, cybercrime, biometrics, authentication, data breaches, compromises, risk management, hacking and technology innovation.
    Contact: Marie Matta,



    Dr. Jeffrey Cantor
    Defense Coach University
    Dr. Cantor is one of the country’s leading experts on personal and international security, including kidnap and ransom response, active shooter and terrorism preparedness, and personal security operations. His experience includes successfully leading security teams and event security for large crowd, high-risk venues where bomb threats had been received. He has served as a subject matter expert advisor to governments, militaries, law enforcement, corporations, security professionals and individuals in such areas as active shooter and terrorism preparedness, kidnap and ransom, kidnap-to-kill, threat assessment, risk and crisis management, travel security and dignitary protection. He is also the founder/CEO of the TRS International Group, a highly successful private security, defense intelligence, risk management and training firm. Through TRSIG, he has used his unique skills and real world experience to work for governments, corporations, organizations and private parties around the world supporting a myriad of security objectives and low signature operations including hostage recovery, terrorism, personal security operations, covert surveillance, asset transport and relocation and close and dignitary protection.
    Websites: and
    Contact: Linda Popky,


    Technology and Broadcasting:

    David Jones
    Digital Performance Expert
    "Global events like the Olympics draw an increased amount of traffic to web and mobile sites, which impacts the speed and availability of all the news and other content sites in both the lead up to and during the games. Companies that prepare in advance will yield the best results from a digital standpoint. As more companies embrace digital performance strategies, it allows them to deliver exceptional end-user experiences and anticipate for some of the busiest times of the year.”
    Jones is an APM Technical Evangelist and has been with Dynatrace for eight years. He has close to 20 years’ experience working with web technologies at organizations such as S1 Corp (Atlanta), Broadvision (Bay Area), Interleaf/Texcel (Waltham), i4i (Toronto) and SoftQuad (Toronto). He is an expert in user experience management; mobile and web performance; real user monitoring and synthetic monitoring/testing. Jones is available to discuss website and mobile performance surrounding the 2016 Olympics, as Dynatrace will be monitoring the website and mobile performance of the major advertisers, broadcasters and partners of the Olympics.
    Blogs: and
    Contact: Laura Paine,

    Jonathan Wilner
    VP, Products and Strategy
    Wilner has more than 15 years of technology leadership experience in online video and interactive TV, and has helped Ooyala partner with some of the largest broadcasters in the world. He previously founded the broadband pay TV platform Unlimited Football and was vice president of technology at He is available to discuss sports video streaming and viewership analytics.
    Contact: Viviane Ford,

    Expert Roundup: Autism Awareness Month

    Monday, April 4, 2016, 8:49 AM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts who can discuss various topics related to autism. To find additional experts, send a ProfNet query -- it's easy and free. Just fill out this quick form: ProfNet Query Form.

    Dr. Temple Grandin
    Autism Advocate and Author
    Dr. Grandin, inarguably the most well-known person with autism in the world, is the person who redefined autism with her first book, “Thinking in Pictures,” by illustrating how those with on the autism spectrum (ASD) think differently. Now, in her last two books, “The Loving Push” and “Temple Talks . . . About Autism and the Older Child,” Dr. Grandin continues to “revise” attitudes, focusing on how young children should be raised differently than they have been so they can become self-sufficient and able to enter the job market. The unemployment rate for those with ASD is in the 85% range, even though a substantial number of those are talented, bright, and, often, extraordinarily capable. Dr. Grandin received the “hero award” from Time magazine when they recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010, the year that HBO won the “Best Movie of the Year” with the biopic about Temple’s life. She is a regular contributor to and on the board of the Autism Asperger’s Digest.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Dr. Jim Ball
    Chairman of the Board
    Autism Society of America
    For the last six years, Dr. Ball has been chairman of the board of the ASA, the oldest organization in support of those who care for children and adults with autism, and is on the board of the longest-published magazine on autism, the Autism Asperger’s Digest. He is well-known as a national and international speaker, and is the author of a triple-award-winning book (including Book of the Year), “Early Intervention & Autism: Real-Life Questions, Real-Life Answers,” as well as for his extensive network providing educational, residential, and employment services to children and adults affected by autism. A Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, he has been in the autism field for over 25 years and was appointed by the Secretary of Health & Human Services to the interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, which oversees allocation of resources for those on the autism spectrum nationally.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Teresa Anne Power
    Children’s Yoga Expert
    “A recent study found that elementary school kids with autism spectrum disorder who participated in a daily yoga program had reduced aggressive behavior, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity. Children with autism who practice yoga begin to feel more calm and comfortable in their bodies. As a result, they experience less anxiety and it becomes easier for them to control their behavior and emotions. As well as some of the benefits typically associated with yoga such as improved strength, concentration, and flexibility, there are three additional benefits for kids with autism: reduced anxiety; less obsessive and aggressive behavior; more control in regulating emotions. Children with autism are visually oriented, so colorful pictures depicting how to do yoga poses can be very helpful. The capability to understand one’s actions and imitate those actions are directly correlated to the development of social-communication skills.”
    A yoga teacher for more than 10 years and practitioner for more than 30, Power is an internationally recognized children’s yoga expert and the bestselling author of “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids.” Available in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Danish, her book has won multiple awards, including The Mom’s Choice Award, Family Choice Award, Living Now Book Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and National Best Books Award. Power has since released yoga pose cards, a calendar, coloring book, and posters. Her newest book, “The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Teachers,” is scheduled to be released on Kids’ Yoga Day, an inaugural international day Power created to celebrate the health and wellness of our youth worldwide through the practice of yoga. She has appeared on both local and national television and radio, and has been featured in/on Parenting Special Needs Magazine,, Girls’ World, MindBodyGreen, Sirius XM,, Yogi Times, and more. She currently writes articles about children’s health and fitness on
    Contact: Marissa Madill,

    Robin LaBarbera
    Director of Special Education, Graduate School of Education
    Biola University's
    "I talk frequently about the importance of educators and families working together to continue what was learned at school in the home environment. The learning day shouldn't end when the child leaves the classroom. It takes extra effort for teachers to train and support parents to implement strategies at home that were implemented in the classroom, but it is worth the effort. Anything we can do to extend classroom learning into natural environments (home and community) will benefit our students."
    Dr. LaBarbera started her teaching career in inner city Los Angeles as a kindergarten teacher, 3/4th combination class teacher, and finally as an educational therapist working with children in K-5 with learning difficulties. She has two bachelor’s degrees in business administration/marketing and criminal justice, two master’s degrees in education and special education/autism, and a Ph.D. in educational studies. Her dissertation focused on psychological variables that affect the college completion rate for individuals with learning disabilities. She is currently earning her School Psychology (PPS) credential as well. She serves Biola students as the director of special education, implementing a fully online Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential program. She is currently writing a textbook for educators on how to collaborate with families of students with autism, and is available to discuss: educating students with autism; social skills development; behavior supports; environmental supports; collaborating with families.
    Contact: Jenna Loumagne,

    John Elder Robison
    Scholar in Residence
    College of William and Mary
    Robison, who co-teaches annually a course on neurodiversity, is the New York Times best-selling author of “Look Me in the Eye, Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian” and “Raising Cubby.” He is an autistic self-advocate and an appointed member of national and international scientific and science policy-making bodies, including the federal government’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Autism, the World Health Organization, and the International Society for Autism Research.
    Contact: Justin K. Thomas,

    Dr. Teresa Garate
    President and CEO
    Anixter Center
    Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities. Over the years, it has matured into an assemblage of 37 programs that serve over 7,400 children and adults with disabilities, including autism. Garate’s focus is on growing the breadth of services provided, as well as the number of people served, with an intense focus on service quality and accountability. She is a recognized authority and advocate in the fields of disabilities, education, human services and public health, and has an extensive background in government, nonprofit and private sectors. Prior to coming to Anixter Center, Dr. Garate held senior-level positions at Neumann Family Services and the Illinois Department of Public Health and Chicago Public Schools, among other organizations. She is very active in the community, serving on the Steering Committee of Kennedy Forum Illinois, the boards of HDA (Health & Disability Advocates) and the Illinois Community College Board, and co-chair of the state task force for Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities (EEOPD). She is also a faculty member in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has been a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad on the issues of disability and empowerment. She is available to speak to the center’s involvement in advocating for people with autism by proving job training, job coaching, housing, learning, basic skills to improve their lives, etc.
    Contact: Victoria Walden,

    Susan Hyman, M.D.
    Professor of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    University of Rochester Medical Center
    Dr. Hyman, former chair of the AAP’s subcommittee on autism, is an expert on clinical management of children and adolescents with autism, how diet and nutrition can affect autism, and comorbidities that can exist alongside autism.
    Contact: Sean Dobbin,

    Dr. Dean Mooney
    Maple Leaf Clinic
    Dr. Mooney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist – Doctorate and a Licensed School Psychologist in the state of Vermont. In addition, he is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. He is co-author of “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success” (May 2006), “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Guide to School Success – The Teacher’s Manual” (September 2007), “A Train Ride to Grandma’s (With NO Chocolate Donut!)” (September 2009), and “A Snapshot of Me – A Student with NLD” (2016). He has lectured on the topic of nonverbal learning disabilities for local and national organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Additionally, he serves on or has served on the following boards: The Professional Advisory Board for the College Internship Program at The Brevard Center, Melbourne, Fla., and The Berkshire Center, Lee, Mass.; The Medical Advisory Board for the Turner Syndrome Foundation; The Medical Advisory Board for the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States; Child First Advocacy Center of Rutland County; Brain Injury Association of Vermont; Vermont Autism Task Force; College Steps Program.
    Maple Leaf Clinic provides a wide variety of services to the community, including neuropsychological, educational, psychological, and speech and language assessments of children, adolescents and adults. Therapy (psychological, and speech and language) for people of all ages is also available. The clinic also provides social skills development for all ages, educational or clinical consultation (in person, by phone, or through iChat/Skype), and professional development. The clinic also hosts Camp Maple Leaf, a summer camp that caters to the social needs and relaxation skills of campers with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), High Functioning Autism (HFA), or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).
    Contact: Rebecca Majoya,

    Dr. Clara Lajonchere
    Chief Scientific Officer
    The former VP of clinical programs at Autism Speaks, Dr. Lajonchere is the chief scientific officer of Cognoa, a digital healthcare company that helps parents assess and support their child’s development. She can speak on everything autism, i.e., proactive tips for families, different ways socioeconomic factors affect diagnosis, and new tech available to support early detection.
    Contact: Sydney Hirst,

    Marguerite Elisofon
    Autism Advocate
    Elisofon, author of “My Picture Perfect Family: What Happens When One Twin has Autism,” is the mother of now young-adult girl/boy twins. Her daughter Samantha is on the autistic spectrum, and most experts weren’t optimistic about her chances for leading a “normal” life. Samantha’s twin brother Matthew is neurotypical. Despite jumping over many hurdles, their story is truly an inspiring one. Samantha graduated from college with honors, is an amazing singer, and is in a short film about love/relationships and autism.
    A graduate of Vassar, Elisofon blogs about parenting young adults and disability related issues in The Never Empty Nest, which was featured on Fox 5 News in NYC, and her essays have been published in various literary magazines. She is available to discuss: how to advocate for your autistic child; the impact that raising a child on the spectrum has on a mother, father, marriage and family; how to keep your marriage/relationship together even if the focus is on your autistic child; the various approaches to treating autism in children; the gender disparity (why autism is diagnosed more in boys than girls); what advantages of schools where majority of students have ASDs vs. mainstream schools; misinformation about the abilities and potential of children on the spectrum; programs available to help students with ASDs transition to a higher education setting; how a young adult on the spectrum can search for employment; how an autistic person approaches social situations and potential romance differently than someone not on the spectrum; how parents of ASD students can protect their child and educate their classmates to promote greater understanding; red flags that a school may poorly control, or even promote, bullying; and more.
    Contact: Tracy Minsky,

    John J Cannell, M.D.
    Vitamin D Council
    Dr. Cannell, Phi Beta Kappa, activist, researcher and author of “Autism Causes, Prevention and Treatment: Vitamin D Deficiency and the Explosive Rise of Autism Spectrum Disorder,” is an internationally recognized practitioner in the field of autism causes, treatment, and prevention. Routinely quoted in academic and research circles, Dr. Cannell maintains a private practice in San Louis Obispo working with newly diagnosed autistic children and their parents. In addition, he focuses extensive effort on the poorly understood effects of widespread chronic Vitamin D deficiency in the human body and its relationship to the accelerating rise of autism throughout the industrialized world. He can provide the most comprehensive and compelling explanation to date regarding the causes, prevention strategies, and treatment protocols that, in many cases, reverse autistic symptoms. He draws on decades of research to make the strong case that vitamin D is very important in preventing autism and that high doses of vitamin D can be quite successful in treating some people with an autism spectrum disorder. He provides a thorough explanation of the relationship between autism and vitamin D, dispels many of the existing theories related to causes of autism, and presents a solid foundation for a revolutionary new approach to preventing and treating autism. Also included is a thorough discussion about obtaining safe levels of vitamin D through supplementation, sunlight, and diet.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,

    Amanda Selogie, Esq.
    Selogie & Brett, LLP
    Selogie is a civil rights attorney who focuses her practice on advocating for the educational rights of children living with disabilities, including the Autism Spectrum. She ensures that all children, including those living with disabilities, are provided with an equal opportunity to an equitable education so that they may reach their potential and grow to become independent, functioning members of society. She also supports children and families through conservatorships and special needs trust developments to ensure that children living with disabilities are protected as they age out of the school system. She can weigh in on the legal educational rights of children living with autism -- from their eligibility for special education and related services, to the different types of special education and related services available to these children -- including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis therapy, assistive technology, physical therapy, social skills training, vocational skills training and more. She can also weigh in on the differences between educational placements for students living with autism, from special day classes to full inclusion settings in the general education environment to non-public schools. Further, she can weigh in on the importance of protecting children living with autism through legal methods such as conservatorships, power of attorney, and special needs trusts.
    Contact: Barbara Teszler,

    Thomas W. Frazier, Ph.D.
    Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism
    Over his short tenure, Dr. Frazier has received awards from National Institute of Mental Health Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorders to implement advanced statistical methods in the study of pediatric psychopathology and from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression to study genetic and structural neural abnormalities in pediatric bipolar disorder. Most recently he received a National Institute of Health career development award (KL2) to train as a multidisciplinary clinical researcher studying the downstream effects of genetic changes leading to autism. Specialties: His primary clinical interest includes the assessment and behavioral treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. However, Dr. Frazier also specializes in the assessment and differentiation of pediatric bipolar disorder, ADHD, and other disruptive behavior disorders in his clinical practice.
    Dr. Frazier received his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude in psychology from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at Case Western Reserve University. His post-graduate training includes an internship in clinical neuropsychology at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Section of Neuropsychology. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for more than 40 professional and peer-reviewed journals, and previously served as an associate editor for Assessment, a journal specializing in research on psychological assessment methods. He is a member of the International Society for Autism Research. He has published more than 30 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, several invited articles and a book chapter, and has contributed more than 80 abstracts and presentations at national and international professional meetings. He has been an invited speaker at multiple local, national, and international professional organizations as well as local and national media outlets on topics concerning autism, pediatric bipolar disorder, ADHD, and on issues related to clinical assessment.
    Contact: Alana D. Wyche,

    Rebecca Landa, Ph.D.
    Founder and Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders
    Kennedy Krieger Institute
    The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) provides research, clinical, intervention, and training programs to improve the lives of individuals with autism and their families. CARD is the largest center dedicated specifically to autism research and treatment in the country. Dr. Landa's research focuses on neuropsychological, learning, and communication processes in autism across the lifespan, with a major emphasis on very early detection and intervention for autism. This year she is hosting the International Meeting for Autism Research as well. She is available to discuss early detection and intervention in autism, myths and misconceptions about autism, how to effectively treat autism, and more.
    Contact: Hannah Cox,

    Rupert Isaacson
    Isaacson, born in London to South African parents, is the author of “The Healing Land,” the story of his time with the San Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and the adventure of helping them regain their ancestral hunting grounds; and “The Wild Host: The History and the Meaning of the Hunt”; and “The Horse Boy,” the international bestseller about his quest on horseback across Mongolia to find help for his autistic son, which has been translated into 30 languages. Isaacson’s feature documentary, “The Horse Boy,” was screened on television worldwide and in American cinemas, and his journalistic work has appeared in national newspapers in the United States and United Kingdom. A human rights activist for the Kalahari Bushmen, he also founded and runs The Horse Boy Foundation, which specializes in The Movement Method, in which through kinetic learning and movement, nature and animals can help release children living on the autism spectrum from their most debilitating symptoms. Dr. Temple Grandin said of Rupert’s new book, “The Long Ride Home” that it “provides many insights into individuals with autism using horses, movement and immersion in the natural world. Rupert’s novel teaching techniques using play equipment, a car ride, even time on a couch can be done anywhere by anyone -- and they work.”
    Contact: Deb Zipf,

    Susan Kabot, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
    Director, Autism Consortium; Director, Clinical Programs
    Mailman Segal Center for Human Development, Nova Southeastern University
    Kabot is the executive director of The Autism Institute at NSU’s Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. She oversees the Baudhuin Preschool; Starting Right, a parent-child early intervention program for children 18-36 months; the Autism Consortium, which provides outreach services to school districts around the country; and the Unicorn Children’s Foundation Clinic. She also teaches autism courses at both the master’s and doctoral level at NSU and serves as a dissertation chair and member. She has been active at the local, state and national level in a variety of organizations addressing the needs of individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who serve them. She has spent nearly 30 years developing and administering programs in the area of autism. Her graduate training was in the areas of special education, speech-language pathology, and management of programs for children and youth. She is a Florida and Tennessee licensed speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
    Kabot is also the author of “Setting up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders” and “Building Independence: Structured Work Systems for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” both published by Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC). She has graduate degrees in special education and speech-language pathology, and a Ph.D. in Management of Programs for Children and Youth. She is a Florida licensed speech-language pathologist and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech/Language/Hearing Association. She is active in community autism organizations, serving on the Panel of Professional Advisers for the Autism Society and the Advisory Committee for the JAFCO Family Resource and Respite Center in Fort Lauderdale. She was appointed to the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council by former Governor Charlie Crist, where she is the Chair of the Program Planning and Evaluation Committee and serves on the Health Care and Self-Advocacy Leadership Task Forces. She is also the parent of an adult son with autism.
    Contact: Marla Oxenhandler,

    Ann Eldridge, M.Ed.
    Executive Vice President and COO
    Early Autism Project
    Eldridge is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with more than 20 years of experience designing learning environments for persons with autism and developmental disabilities. For 15 years, she was a special education teacher in the South Carolina public school system and was encouraged to look into Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy because of the positive impact it can have on children with autism spectrum and related disorders. ABA therapy is considered the most effective, highest quality, evidence-based treatment for autism. She received extensive training in applied behavior analysis and autism from Dr. Glen Sallows, BCBA. Nationally renowned therapist Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, BCBA-D, provided her with the training and clinical mentorship that led to her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She was amazed at the gains children made as a result of ABA therapy and it inspired her to help co-found Early Autism Project (EAP) in 2002. Now, as executive vice president and chief operating officer of EAP, one of the largest providers of therapeutic services for children with autism in the country, she oversees and directs the company’s clinical operations.
    Over the years, Eldridge has helped design individual ABA programs and speech protocols that have helped thousands of children across the country reach their full potential. In addition to her impressive clinical work, in 2009, she helped facilitate the passage of “Ryan’s Law,” requiring commercial insurers to provide autism treatment coverage in South Carolina. For the past two decades, she has worked to provide ABA therapy to children and young adults. Her goal is to create access to ABA therapy for as many children, families and school districts as possible. She is one of the leading authorities on autism therapy, so she can speak to a wide range of topics, including: the importance of teaching verbal behavior to children with autism; ways to teach children with autism language; helping children with autism integrate into the community; using sign language to develop a communication system with children with autism; how to develop friendships among children with autism; using reinforcement systems to motivate children with autism; how to create and maintain meaningful family support groups (parents and siblings).
    Contact: Robin Embry,

    Michele Patestides
    Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor
    Beacon College, Leesburg, Fla.
    “Individuals with ASD are some of the most interesting, vulnerable and quirky people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. My recommendations for working with students with ASD relates to knowing them well. For instance, I always prepare them for any changes or variations in schedule or procedures, am on time and structured so they always know what to expect from me, and provide them with clear guidance (often breaking down larger, challenging tasks) with an ample dose of kindness, mindfulness and love. I have many more tips and recommendations to share, including some recent successes with using mindfulness and mediations with students with ASD to relieve anxiety.”
    Beacon College is the first accredited college to award bachelor's degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and high-functioning autistic-spectrum disorders. Patestides earned her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her masters in varying exceptionalities from Nova Southeastern University. She specializes in special education, learning disabilities, and mindfulness in education. She has worked one-on-one with ASD students at the high school and college level for more than 15 years.
    Contact: Darryl E. Owens,

    Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Bahr is the “go-to” certified speech-language pathologist for infant children and adults with speech and language disorders. She works with medical personnel, clinics, hospitals, and educational institutions and programs, nationally and internationally. Since 1980, she has taught at the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing educational levels. Her books on the subject of early intervention and pediatric treatment for feeding, facial development, oral sensory-motor function, assessment and treatment are definitive works in the field. Since the publication of “Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development,” she has focused on informing parents on their decisions regarding a young child’s feeding and swallowing capabilities, speech, and language, all of which are primarily tied to their child’s first years of life.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Raun Melmed, M.D.
    The Melmed Center, Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Dr. Melmed, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is also the medical director at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, as well as a senior researcher at the Translational Genomics Institute in Phoenix. He is well-known for his work with difficult children and his use of novel, therapeutic agents in the treatment of ADHD and autism. He also has been instrumental in setting up nationally recognized physician training programs for early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns. He is a native of South Africa who completed his postgraduate studies in Israel, New York City and Boston, where he also was an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Dr. Jed Baker
    Behavioral Consultant
    Dr. Baker, well-known for his “Social Skills Picture Book” series and his books “No More Meltdowns” and “Overcoming Anxiety,” is an educational consultant focused on teaching children on the autism spectrum, as well as how to deal with the transition into adulthood and a productive life, the subject of other popular books by Dr. Baker. As a behavioral consultant, he has been interviewed as an autism expert on numerous TV programs, including ABC News and Nightline.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Joanne Lara
    Autism Movement Therapy
    Lara trains, certifies and licenses dance therapy internationally because of its beneficial role in speech, language, behavior, and cognitive development for those on the autism spectrum. She is a major contributor to the Autism Asperger’s Digest, the first magazine in autism in the U.S. She is an adjunct professor on autism at National University, LA, CA, and earned her master’s in special education, Moderate/Severe and Multiple Disabilities, from California State University, Northridge and a BA in Dance from the University of South Florida. She has taught in the LAUSD for over 10 years, where she worked exclusively with students with autism. She was the producer of the movie documentary “Generation A: Portraits of Autism and the ARTS” with Temple Grandin, Stephen Shore, Ed Asner, Elaine Hall, et al. and has recently created AutismWorks Now, a nonprofit that trains and helps ASD students/adults to obtain jobs as well as support systems and programs that support hiring those on the autism spectrum. She was the autism expert and technical advisor/autism consultant for Kiefer Sutherland’s FOX TV show “Touch.” She also authored the methods book “Waking up the Brain! Autism Movement Therapy® Method.”
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Ellen Notbohm
    Notbohm is the best-selling author of “Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew,” a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year; and “Ten Things Your Student with Autism  Wishes You Knew,” also a Book of the Year Finalist.  She co-authored with Veronica Zysk the hugely popular “1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s,” which won the silver medal in the 2010 Independent Book Publishers Awards, and is a popular columnist writing from a mother’s perspective for the Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine since 2004.
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Beth Aune
    Desert OT for Kids
    Aune, is a pediatric occupational therapist and owner of Desert OT for Kids, a pediatric outpatient clinic that works with kids on the autism spectrum and at-risk children with sensory processing disorder, developmental delay, feeding dysfunction and other at-risk conditions. She is a speaker on the topic of practical solutions and strategies for teachers to address challenging behaviors in the classroom. She emphasizes helping children achieve their highest potential and works in partnership with parents, caregivers, and teachers. She is also co-author of a book teachers and parents really love: “Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom: See A Behavior, Look it up!” which resulted in her authorship of two more books, “More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom” and “Behavior Solutions at Home and in the Community.”
    Contact: Lyn Dunsavage Young,

    Kevin Gersh
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Gersh Management
    An autism education pioneer, Gersh has opened schools and initiated programs that have had profound impact on the lives of many students with autism and their families. A visionary and leader in today’s autism education sector, Gersh has dedicated his professional life to strengthening and improving the lives of children on the autism spectrum through customized education and life skill lessons, as well as experiences. His vast educational institutions and programs are based on his philosophy that all children, with the right educational environment, appropriate instruction and highly trained staff, can learn and thrive despite their challenges.
    Gersh is available to provide practical strategies and real-life examples of students with autism who have benefited from his approach and philosophies, including getting non-verbal and socially challenged students to speak and engage, as well as helping student overcome behavioral challenges.
    Contact: Allison Gayne,

    Dr. Don Colbert
    Medical Director
    Divine Health & Wellness Center
    Dr. Colbert has been board-certified in family practice for over 25 years and practices anti-aging and integrative medicine. He is a New York Times bestselling author of numerous books with over 10 million books sold. In his latest book, “Let Food Be Your Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven to Prevent or Reverse Disease” (Dec. 15, 2015), Dr. Colbert changes the way people treat their chronic diseases, like autism, by helping them heal from the inside out. He has worked with numerous patients that have autism and ADHD, and by adjusting the foods that they eat, he’s seen countless patients experience dramatic improvements in their symptoms, and in some cases, a complete recovery.
    Dr. Colbert is available to discuss the following questions and more as it pertains to ADHD and autism: What are the trigger foods that contribute to ADHD and autism and why? What are the foods that usually relieve ADHD and autism? Is it really possible to cure autism? What suggestions does he have for those kids that fight the food changes? What is a typical craving for those who have ADHD or autism? What is a great alternative to pizza from the pizza shop for these cravings? What is an Alcat Test and why does he recommend it for severe cases of ADHD, autism, and ADD? Why is it important to talk about motivation with your child? He can also share personal patient stories where they’ve seen success and improvements.
    Contact: Sharon Farnell,

    Dr. Pamela Rollins
    Associate Professor
    University of Texas at Dallas
    Dr. Rollins and a team of robotics experts have developed a robot, Milo, to encourage interaction skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Milo now is used in 60 school districts around the country, reaching about 300-400 children. Says Rollins: “You can deliver a social skills lesson in a less threatening way, and the robot can deliver the same lesson multiple times. Some preliminary data has shown that individuals with autism start talking to the robots when they don’t talk to other people. The robot can sense when a child begins to get frustrated or agitated and can react accordingly. There is even a module designed to teach children how to calm themselves down when they’re agitated.”
    More information:
    Contact: Phil Roth,

    Celeste Gagliardi
    Gersh Academy, West Hempstead, N.Y.
    Gagliardi is an autism education leader and expert who has dedicated her professional life to strengthening and improving the lives of children with autism through an approach that is focused on individually customized educational.  The school and staff she manages focuses on a curriculum that is specifically tailored according to the different needs and learning styles of students. Her history in educating students with autism stems from her relationship with a family member who has special needs. At age 13, while volunteering at this relative’s school, she discovered her passion for helping individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Her two decades of experience in working with children with autism has had a profound impact on many lives, including the 150 students she currently works with and their families. Every day, Gagliardi interacts with students and staff in the world of autism. She and her team know what approaches work, how students must be treated and how they must be educated. The programs, approaches and caring environment provided at Gersh Academy have seen remarkable results, and some students who were once running out of options have found a home at Gersh Academy.
    Gagliardi can provide practical strategies, success stories and real life examples of students with autism who have benefited from the approach and philosophies she has upheld at Gersh Academy under the direction of Kevin Gersh a pioneer in autism education.
    Contact: Allison Gayne,

    Roseann Schaaf, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
    Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions; Faculty, Farber Institute for Neurosciences
    Thomas Jefferson University
    Dr. Schaaf is an expert on autism, in particular, sensory difficulties in children with autism.  She also studies autonomic nervous system activity and occupational therapy. She is available to speak about evidenced-based interventions for sensory difficulties in children with autism and an NIH-funded study which will look at how occupational therapy can address difficulties process and integrating sensation for children with autism using a brain biomarker to assess changes in multisensory integration.
    Contact: Gail Benner,

    Dr. Steven Blaustein
    Assistant Professor of Speech and Language Pathology
    Touro College School of Health Sciences
    “Adults with autism are the forgotten patients. They more likely to live in poverty with less access to medical care. They have difficulty navigating a health care system that relies heavily on verbal communication. In a 2012 survey of healthcare professionals, the vast majority said they felt they were inadequately trained to deal with individuals with autism, and they wanted more training. Adults with ASD are a growing patient-based population and that is why we are having this conversation today.”
    Dr. Blaustein is a nationally recognized expert on Autism Spectrum Disorder, with over 44 years of clinical experience, including 18 years at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He was the key speaker at a recent Autism Spectrum Disorder workshop, Assessments and Interventions for Language and Social Skills in Children with ASD, and was a lead advisor for this year’s Interprofessional Education Symposium at Touro College, which addressed issues in multi-disciplinary healthcare delivery, particularly in the acute care setting, to people with autism.
    Contact: Deborah Anders,

    Dr. Alex Lopez
    Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy
    Touro College School of Health Sciences
    Dr. Lopez is also the founder of Inclusive Sports and Fitness, Inc. (ISF), an after-school program for children with autism, featuring activities ranging from golf and yoga to indoor surfing. A research study presented at Touro College showed that the ISF program significantly improved motor skills of children with ASD. Additional research conducted by Dr. Lopez has included autism, sensory integration, and occupation. Most recently, he has served on the advisory committee for this year’s Interprofessional Education Symposium at Touro College, which addressed issues in multi-disciplinary healthcare delivery, particularly in the acute care setting, to people with autism.
    Contact: Deborah Anders,

    Expert Roundup: Earth Day

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:25 PM [Expert Alerts]
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    Following are experts who can discuss various topics related to Earth Day. To find additional experts, send a ProfNet query -- it's easy and free. Just fill out this quick form: ProfNet Query Form.

    Agriculture, Soil Nutrient Management
    Dr. Howard Brown
    Director of Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship
    GROWMARK, Inc.
    "Improved nutrient stewardship is not just about accountability, it is about profitability. Nutrients lost to the environment are an added expense to crop production. Improved nutrient stewardship will not be achieved with a focus on reducing nutrient use; it will be achieved with a focus on utilization of what is applied. There's nothing wrong with M.O.M.: Minimizing environmental impact of nutrient use by Optimizing harvest yield and Maximizing nutrient utilization."
    Dr. Brown is available to discuss agriculture, soil nutrient management, water quality, and farming. His mission is to help improve environmental stewardship within the GROWMARK system of member cooperatives by working with the GROWMARK System of member cooperatives and divisions and by working with other organizations focused on nutrient stewardship at the farm gate. He received his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University, his M.S. degree from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. He has served production agriculture in various positions throughout his career. He has served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois for the past 15 years, instructing courses such as Soil Fertility in Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management and Environmental Stewardship in the off-campus master's program. He is a past chair of the International Certified Crop Adviser Board and serves on many other advisory groups and committees involved in agriculture production and nutrient stewardship.
    Contact: Matt Wettersten,

    Air Quality
    Ziv Lautman
    Co-founder and CMO
    Lautman is co-founder and chief marketing officer of BreezoMeter, a company recently named one of the 20 most promising startups in the world. BreezoMeter's mission is to improve the wellbeing of billions of people worldwide by changing the way smart cities and businesses of the future think about their control over the air we breathe. In 2008, after hiking all over the world and seeing massive environmental degradation, Lautman refocused his passion on studying environmental engineering at the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology. After graduating summa cum laude in 2012, Lautman joined the Ministry of Environmental Protection, interning at the office of the senior deputy to the Director General's office, as part of the Milken Institute Fellows program. Towards the end of the fellowship, Lautman received a phone call from a colleague who had a problem: finding the healthiest place to live in Israel. Lautman's solution: BreezoMeter.
    Contact: Deana Cardona,

    Climate Change
    Cameron P. Wake, Ph.D.
    Research Professor in Climatology and Glaciology
    Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
    University of New Hampshire
    Wake is available to discuss climate change, health impacts, sustainability as it relates to climate change, and the importance for preparedness and building community resilience. He leads a research program investigating regional climate and environmental change through the analysis of ice cores, instrumental data, and phenological records, with a focus on the northeast United States, the Arctic, and central Asia. His collaborative research on several regional climate assessments in the northeast United States has been shared with state and federal agencies and representatives, has been covered widely in the media, and has been cited by several as motivation for policy action. His recent involvement in climate change research looking at the New Hampshire seacoast had him commenting that "New Hampshire's climate is already changing and having an impact on people's lives. It's hotter and wetter, there are more extreme precipitation events, our sea levels are rising and our health is being affected." Wake is also the Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow in Climate and Sustainability at UNH's Sustainability Institute, and the director of Climate Solutions England (CSNE New).
    Contact: Robbin Ray,

    Eco-Friendly Lifestyle
    Alba Garcia
    Garcia, aka "SunKissAlba," is a social media celebrity whose content focuses on living a healthy, non-toxic lifestyle. The motto of all content produced by Garcia is "Where Beauty Meets Health." On YouTube, the SunKissAlba channel has over 661,000 subscribers and has received over 34 million total video views. She is widely known by the millennial, young adult audience, and can serve as a great expert for Earth Day on pieces related to the importance of recycling and how it relates to beauty and living an eco-friendly lifestyle.
    Contact: Brooke Franco,

    Eco-Friendly Toys
    Jeff Freeland Nelson
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer
    Nelson, inventor of the YOXO sustainable building sets, is a part-time carpenter, designer, electrician, musician, sculptor, painter and restorer of old barns. He has 20 years of leadership experience in creative and executive roles across the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors, including the Minnesota Children's Museum and American Public Media. He was recently recognized as Catalytic Leader of the Year by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and as one of the Twin Cities' most successful professionals under age 40 by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. He holds a BA in theater from Hamline University and an MPA from Harvard University. He is available to discuss eco-friendly toys for kids.
    Contact: Stacy Duke,

    Energy Awareness and Sustainability
    Mitch Moore
    Marketing and Outreach Manager
    Energy Upgrade California
    Moore is marketing and outreach manager for Energy Upgrade California, a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. He promotes energy awareness and sustainable practices to California residents and small business owners through retail programs, mobile events, and partnerships.
    Contact: Casey Brogan,

    Energy Efficiency
    David Cohen
    Manager Programs & Partnerships, Statewide Marketing, Education and Outreach
    Energy Upgrade California
    Cohen leads the planning, coordination and implementation of integrated statewide marketing, education and outreach (ME&O) for seven Financing Pilot Programs designed under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) to facilitate the uptake of energy efficiency and demand response upgrades. These pilot programs are marketed in coordination with the Energy Upgrade California statewide marketing, education and outreach program and in coordination with local and regional programs and program partners, including the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and contractors and other affiliated partners. Cohen leads the implementation of this plan to include such tasks as oversight of training of contractors and affiliated professionals, development of educational information and tools for contractors and consumers, and ongoing support to contractors and financial institutions through a variety of channels such as cooperative marketing campaigns.
    Contact: Casey Brogan,

    Energy Reduction and Climate Change
    Pamela Wellner
    Senior Outreach Manager, Statewide Marketing, Education and Outreach
    Energy Upgrade California
    As senior outreach manager for the Center for Sustainable Energy, Wellner provides strategic communications and brand management for Energy Upgrade California, a state initiative to help Californians take action to save energy and conserve natural resources, help reduce demand on the electricity grid, and make informed energy management choices at home and at work. She engages with and educates residential and small-business consumers about energy concepts and stimulates their interest in demand-side energy management. She is also the program manager for the CoolCalifornia Challenge, a statewide program that encourages residents and communities to work together to achieve California's energy reduction and climate change goals through a statewide city-to-city competition and collaboration.
    Contact: Casey Brogan,

    Energy Use in Buildings
    David Underwood
    American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
    ASHRAE is a non-profit organization with over 50,000 members worldwide who volunteer their time to develop standards of energy efficiency and indoor air quality for the built environment. Underwood, a practicing engineer from Canada, can speak about energy use in buildings. ASHRAE's energy standard serves as the basis for the U.S. energy code, and its focus is saving energy in commercial and institutional buildings. Buildings use 40 percent of the energy in the United States -- more than transportation or any other sector. Finding ways to reduce that energy use should be part of any conversation on Earth Day.
    Contact: Jodi Scott,

    Energy/Water Usage
    Michael Quinn
    AM Conservation Group
    AM Conservation Group has facilitated some of the largest and most effective conservation programs, products and consulting in U.S. history, working with major utilities, government agencies, energy contractors and municipalities. Quinn can discuss: 1) types of gadgets for a home that will significantly reduce utility bills this winter (as a third-party source); 2) lifestyle changes that are easy to implement, yet proven to decrease energy and water usage; 3) how and why utilities are encouraging Americans to use less energy and water and, contrary to popular belief, do not benefit from peak seasons; 4) what we can expect in energy and water demands in 2016 and how it will affect the everyday consumer.
    Contact: Laura Fiala,

    Environmental Science
    Dr. Monty Hempel
    Professor, Environmental Studies
    University of Redlands
    Hempel is available to discuss environmental science, environmental politics, sustainability concepts and practice, environmental documentary filmmaking, climate disruption, climate science, policy and ethics, Maine environmental studies, global environmental governance strategies, human population stabilization, solar energy policy, international coral reef protection, sustainable community development, and solar energy development.
    Hempel joined University of Redlands in 1999 and has served as chair of the Environmental Studies Department. Before his appointment to Redlands, Hempel directed the graduate program in public policy at Claremont Graduate University for 12 years. He has a Ph.D. in Government – Environmental Policy, Claremont Graduate University; an M.A. in International Environmental Policy, Claremont Graduate University; and a B.A. in Ecology and Public Policy (joint degree UWW, 1974), University of Minnesota. He teaches a broad set of courses including marine environment studies, global environment, climate disruption and environmental policy.
    Contact: Jennifer M. Dobbs,

    Environmentally Conscious Living
    Logan Strenchock
    Environmental and Sustainability Officer 
    Central European University
    "Environmentally conscious living begins and ends with consuming less: use less, buy less, use all of what you have throughout its functional lifetime, fix what is repairable, get new life out of what you already have, and then, if you are really left with the dilemma of making a purchase, buy something directly from the person who made it while being able to confirm their socially and environmentally responsible principles through personal contact."
    Strenchock is available to discuss recycling, upcycling, conscious farming and consumption, reducing energy consumption, and sustainability. He is the environmental and sustainability officer at Central European University, the recipient of first BREEAM environmental certification for a higher education institution in Central/Eastern Europe for new campus design.
    Contact: Colleen Sharkey,

    Fracking and Climate Change
    Lance Simmens
    Politician, Educator and Author
    Simmens is a Washington political insider, author, lecturer, and environmental activist. He was summoned by Vice President Al Gore to be a climate change messenger, and has spoken to organizations, corporations and colleges throughout the country on how we can be proactive in slowing global warming and bettering the planet. Simmens is releasing a new book called "Fracktured" (March 2016), a fictional tale based on factual events that occurred during his time serving Governor Ed Rendell and dealing with the water crisis in Dimock. "Fracktured" summarizes the disastrous effects fracking has on the environment, as fracking becomes more and more widespread and its effects are now beginning to surface with the recent Porter Ranch Gas leak. Simmens would love to share more on this man-made crisis, the negative effects of fracking and what we should do about it to invoke positive change.
    Simmens has spent nearly four decades involved in public service at all levels of government: federal, state and local. He most recently served as the California State Director for Gasland Grassroots, an organization devoted to public education on the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and promotion of the current HBO documentary "Gasland 2," and was California State Director for the Citizens' Trade Campaign, organizing efforts to defeat the Trans Pacific Partnership. He has served two presidents, two U.S. senators, two governors, the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He also served as senior advisor on the President's Council on Y2K Conversion in 1999, and was appointed by President Clinton to help establish the federal government's first Office of Sustainable Development in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1993. Over the years, he has written extensively, drafting statements for the Congressional Record and Committee publications, op-ed articles, and speeches. He has published nearly 180 articles in Huffington Post; co-authored an article for the Loyola Entertainment Law Review; and is regularly quoted in newspapers and magazines. He has also appeared in several political documentaries, including "14 Women," "Electile Dysfunction" and "Gasland 2."
    Contact: Dana Lewis,

    Green Living
    Paige Wolf
    Author, Green Living Expert
    Paige Wolf Media and Public Relations
    Wolf is a publicist, author, and green living expert who uses her media savvy and personal moxie to promote manageable eco-chic living. Her firm, Paige Wolf Media and Public Relations, is a B Corporation certified eco-friendly PR firm focused on sustainable clientele. She is the author of "Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt." She regularly appears on television as a green living expert, and she has been featured in publications including Boho,,, and She frequently speaks at green living conferences and expos and has written about green living for several publications. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, two children, and an American Hairless Terrier.

    Greenhouse Gas (Methane) Emissions
    Ruth K. Varner, Ph. D.
    Associate Professor in Biogeochemistry
    Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and the Department of Earth Sciences
    University of New Hampshire
    Varner was part of a team of researchers that looked at data from previously reported measurements of emissions and found that naturally occurring emissions of methane, a more effective, or potent, greenhouse gas from far northern bodies of water may be larger than previously thought. The research, published earlier this year, shows that freshwater lakes and ponds at high northern latitudes are one of the largest natural sources of methane and they estimate that annual emissions from the over 700 northern bodies of water included in the study were a dominant source and will increase by 20 to 54 percent before the end of the century if ice-free seasons are extended by 20 days. Says Varner: "Much of the focus of methane emissions in these regions has been on the wetlands, but this review puts the spotlight on the lakes and ponds. The naturally occurring methane being released from these northern lakes and ponds is significant and should be taken into account when talking about understanding climate change."
    Varner's work also includes carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide exchange using autochamber technology in terrestrial ecosystems: boreal (BOREAS, NASA), temperate and tropical forests (LBA, NASA). Currently, her research focus is on the measurement of trace gas emissions from agricultural and wetland ecosystems with funded projects from the USDA, USGS and NSF. Ruth is also the director of the Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates program, an NSF-funded REU site. She is available to discuss methane emissions, greenhouse gases, climate change (as it relates to emissions).
    Contact: Robbin Ray,

    Light Pollution
    Dr. Tyler Nordgren
    Astronomer, Associate Professor of Physics
    University of Redlands
    Nordgren is available to discuss astronomy, space exploration, national parks, light pollution, night sky events, NASA and Mars exploration. He earned his BA in Physics from Reed College and an MS and Ph.D. in Astronomy from Cornell University. Before coming to the University of Redlands, he was an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona where he helped build a new type of telescope to directly observe the size and shape of such household stars as Pollux and Polaris (the North Star). In 2004, he was part of small team of seven astronomers and artists who converted the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rover camera calibration targets into functioning sundials and saw them land safely in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum. He continues to be involved in scientific research and outreach to the public. All told, this work has taken him from Alaska to Australia and the Hopi Reservation to the downtown streets of Rome. Since 2007 Tyler has been a member of the National Park Service Night Sky Team working closely with astronomers and park rangers around the country to protect our park's dark skies and promote astronomy education through their continued enjoyment. In 2010, he wrote "Stars Above, Earth Below: A guide to astronomy in the national parks." In 2015, he was invited to design the poster for the White House Astronomy Night and visit the White House to participate in the event.
    Contact: Jennifer M. Dobbs,

    Making Wastewater Solids Safe for Re-use
    Jennifer Becker
    Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Michigan Technological University
    Research being done under a Water Environment Research Foundation award could help small-town water resource recovery facilities inactivate disease-causing viruses and bacteria, making the organic solids from wastewater treatment safe for other use.
    News release about the research:
    Contact: Jennifer Donovan,

    Organizational Sustainability
    Jennifer deHart
    Chief Sustainability Officer
    Unity College
    deHart can weigh in on a host of issues pertaining to organizational sustainability. Prior to coming to America's Environmental College in 2015, deHart led sustainability efforts on college campuses throughout the country, including Harvard University and her most recent post as sustainability coordinator for Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where she engaged diverse audiences in sustainability initiatives. She also has served as an industrial program associate for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency in Boston. She is certified in the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program; accredited by the Green Building Council; an energy manager in the association of Energy Engineers; and a member of other recognized environmental and sustainability organizations. She holds a Master of Science in Facilities Management from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy; a Master of Arts in Teaching from the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Swarthmore College.
    Contact: Bob Mentzinger,

    Organizational Sustainability
    Alan France, CS-P, CSR-P
    Director of Sustainability, Environmental Services
    ABM Industries
    France can share advice for businesses on how they can be more environmentally conscious. He has helped design, plan, and manage sustainability efforts for many ABM clients, including AEG, Staples Center, Levi Stadium, Kings Stadium, and Hudson Yards. He can speak to sustainability, green cleaning programs, and LEED-certified commercial space programs.
    Contact: Donna St. Jean Conti,

    Organizational Sustainability
    Ann Calamai
    Director of Sustainability
    "Businesses can make a more concerted effort to be environmentally conscious by measuring their impact on the environment. From there, they can begin to strategize ways for reducing that impact through various methods like increasing recycling or adjusting the energy supply. Since environmentally conscious changes often require an investment -- both with time and money -- it's important to present decision-makers with something measurable to help them understand what that investment is worth in the long run, including potential cost savings down the line."
    Calami is available to discuss retail supply chain sustainability, circular economy, challenges and opportunities around recycling e-waste, engaging employees around sustainability, and more. She leads Optoro's efforts to build out environmental impact models for clients, to help quantify sustainability benefits that retailers can achieve with the Optoro solution. Prior to joining Optoro, Calamai worked at the EPA's Office of Research and Development on the hydraulic fracturing task force. Her earlier research focused on natural resource taxation, renewable energy subsidies, and regulatory frameworks for nanotechnology. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and earned an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College.
    Contact: Shamiram Barooshian,

    Physiological Ecology
    Dr. Lei Lani Stelle
    Associate Professor, Biology
    University of Relands
    Stelle is available to discuss physiological ecology and behavior of marine mammals, marine biology, gray whales, marine mammals, river otters, whale watching, anthropogenic effects on marine mammals. She joined the department of biology at the University of Redlands after spending six years as an assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She has taught both non-majors and majors courses in introductory biology, along with upper-division courses in comparative animal physiology, animal behavior, marine biology, marine mammals, and research. She is an advocate for study abroad and has led her own travel courses to Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada. Her research interests are the physiological ecology of aquatic mammals. Her current projects focus on the genetics and behavior of river otters utilizing marine habitats and the distribution and diving physiology of gray whales. These projects require technologies such as remote field cameras, PCR, theodolites, SCUBA, and GIS analysis. She includes students in her research locally along the California coast and on expeditions to Baja, Mexico and British Columbia, Canada. She recently partnered with a master's graduate student to develop Whale mAPP, an app for users to track and document whale sightings.
    Contact: Jennifer M. Dobbs,

    Recycling and Community Beatification
    Jennifer Jehn
    President and CEO
    Keep America Beautiful
    Keep America Beautiful is the nation's leading nonprofit that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. In her role as CEO, Jehn is tasked with providing the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America's communities through Keep America Beautiful's national network of more than 600 community-based affiliates. She has also held several leadership positions within Dow Jones & Company. She currently serves on the board of governors for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, and board of directors for Trinity Café and RENEW International. She is an associate board member of the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union and a trustee of Northland College. She is available to discuss recycling importance and best practices, as well as community beatification and the positive impact of greening programs.
    Contact: Brooke Franco,

    Renewable Energy, Fracking
    Dr. Tim Krantz
    Professor, Environmental Studies
    University of Redlands
    Krantz is available to discuss renewable energy systems, endangered species, physical geography, natural history, birds, wines, flora of San Bernardino mountains, endangered species of the San Bernardino mountains, endemism, Salton Sea, physical geography, restoration efforts, natural history of French Polynesia, invasive species issues in French Polynesia, endangered species of California and Hawaii, biogeography of birds of the world, sustainability, environmental impact, green energy, renewable energy. He is a recognized authority on flora of the San Bernardino Mountains; as well as the geography of the Salton Sea, where he served as the Salton Sea Database program director for eight years, overseeing a $4.7 million federal-assistance grant to develop a regional geographic database for the area. He served on the Salton Sea Science Subcommittee, an inter-agency panel established by then-Secretary of Interior Bruce Babbitt; is the senior editor of the Salton Sea Atlas, and author of several encyclopedia entries on the Salton Sea and related topics. More recently, he has been speaking and writing about the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," in California.
    Contact: Jennifer M. Dobbs,

    Solar Energy
    Suvi Sharma
    An industry thought leader in solar PV innovation, Sharma is responsible for overseeing the growth of Solaria and leading its strategic expansion as it extends the applications of its technology. He joined Solaria in 2003 and recruited a world-class management team, developed partnerships with industry-leading solar companies and raised close to $200 million from strategic financial investors. He is a seasoned entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in company formation, fundraising, talent recruitment, business development and global operations of innovative companies in renewable energy, information technology and private equity. He started his career as an associate at the venture capital firm Geocapital Partners, a $500 million international private equity firm; and founded and ran IVUS, an outsourced CRM provider. Prior to his life in technology, Sharma worked in rural development in India, with an emphasis on political development. He founded COMPASS, a volunteer organization that trains college students to teach in inner-city schools. He holds a B.S. in Statistics from Northwestern University.
    Contact: Susan DeVico,

    Solar Energy
    Dan Shugar
    Shugar has spent over 28 years advancing solar and renewable energy industry. Before founding NEXTracker, Shugar was the CEO of Solaria. Prior to taking the reins at Solaria, Shugar was president of SunPower Corporation, Systems. Prior to that, during his tenure as president of PowerLight (acquired by SunPower), Shugar oversaw revenue growth from less than $1 million to over $800 million and was responsible for the completion of approximately 500 solar projects serving commercial, industrial, and utility clients worldwide, including FedEx, Lowe's, Target, Toyota, Johnson and Johnson and the U.S. military. Shugar has invented various PV system applications, holds multiple U.S. patents and has published over 50 technical papers. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Golden Gate University. He has been active in solar power and environmental protection since 1988.
    Contact: Susan DeVico,

    Solar Energy
    Joshua Pearce
    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Michigan Technological University
    With a focus on solar energy, Pearce's interdisciplinary research into materials and electrical systems shines when it's put to use. Embracing 3-D printing and open source in his Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Lab, he wants to make solar better and available to more people and businesses.
    Contact: Jennifer Donovan,

    Supply Chain Sustainability
    Toby Brzoznowskik
    Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
    LLamasoft, Inc.
    "The supply chain landscape is constantly changing, and while the U.S. is beginning to expand into areas such as Cuba or even in dealing with moving goods through areas that have experienced natural disasters or political unrest, there are pretty intense effects on the environment to consider. One of the most important, almost instant ways businesses can both save money and cut down on environmental impact is by modeling their supply chain for CO2 emissions."
    Brzoznowskik can share some real-world examples of what this type of modeling looks like, as well provide real-world examples of how organizations have done so to decrease emissions and increase savings. LLamasoft is a provider of supply chain design, analytics and optimization solutions for major brands worldwide.
    Contact: Liz Erk,

    Sustainability and Resource Effectiveness
    Betsy del Monte, FAIA, LEED BD+C
    Founding Principal, Transform Global
    Adjunct Professor, SMU Lyle School of Engineering
    As a registered architect, del Monte's experience and expertise includes high-performance building design, sustainable and resilient community design, and fully integrated project delivery. She was formerly a principal architect and director of sustainability for The Beck Group. She helped create and teaches a Master of Sustainability and Development course at the Lyle School of Engineering of SMU. She has been a visiting lecturer at University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, Rice University, University of Virginia, and Boston Architectural College. She is past president of AIA Dallas and North Texas Green Building Council. She sits on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, bcWorkshop and The Trinity Commons Foundation. She is involved at national, state and local levels with the ULI, AIA and other groups focused on sustainable environments. She has been named a Fellow by the AIA and a Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council. She is a national instructor of volunteers for ULI's Urban Plan exercise. Del Monte received her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. Her experience includes work at architecture firms in Atlanta and Houston, as well as nine years with Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York. She founded Transform Global to engage communities through collaboration, advocacy and education, while protecting the environment and natural resources. She is available to discuss efficiency, sustainability, resource effectiveness and resilience.

    Sustainable/Impact Investing, CSR
    Lisa Woll
    US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
    Woll can discuss topics related to sustainable, responsible and impact investing, such as the growth of SRI (up 76% to $6.57 trillion, according to US SIF data, or one out of every $6 under professional management in the U.S.), how to get started and types of investments. She can also discuss environmental, social and governance issues, such as corporate social responsibility and corporate diversity, and their impact on investors. US SIF is a Washington, D.C.-based professional organization that advances sustainable, responsible and impact investing through research and policy initiatives. US SIF members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community investing organizations, nonprofit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners. 
    Contact: Michelle Manoff,

    Sustainable Packaging, Recycling
    Elisabeth Comere
    Director, Environment and Government Affairs, U.S./Canada
    Tetra Pak Inc.
    Comere is available to discuss sustainable packaging, recycling (with a strong focus on carton recycling), renewable resources, responsible sourcing of paperboard and sugar-cane, bio-based plastics, climate change (post-COP21, etc.), life-cycle assessments, circular economy, bio-economy, low carbon economy, and disruptive/environmental innovation. She serves as director, environment at Tetra Pak US and Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as environment manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the U.S., focusing on advancing Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the U.S. and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the rollout of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the U.S. and Canada serving as vice president, government affairs. Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a member of the European Parliament in Brussels, and headed the environment department of Food & Drink Europe, a European trade industry organization in Brussels. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated from Law School of Bordeaux University in France and Cardiff Law School in the UK (LLM) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University.
    Contact: Kendall Huber,

    Sustainable Winegrape Growing
    Aaron Lange
    Elected Chairman
    California Association of Winegrape Growers
    Lange is also the head of Viticulture Operations for LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards, which was awarded the 2014 Botanical Research Institute of Texas Award of Excellence for Sustainable Winegrowing and was the first recipient of the California Leopold Award for Environmental Conservation and Dedication in 2006. He is an expert on sustainable winegrape growing in draught-ridden California; endangered species recovery; resource conservation; sustainable pesticide regulation.
    Contact: Jessica Glackin,

    Textile Waste/Recycling
    Tony Shumpert
    Vice President of Sustainability
    Behind big oil, the fashion and textile industries are quickly becoming some of the largest polluters in the world. This Earth Day, consider the environmental impact of textile waste. Shumpert leads supply chain operations for Savers, an international thrift store chain with 330+ stores. Among other related topics, he can speak to: what consumers can do to reduce textile waste; why choosing to shop and donate thrift is one of the easiest ways to be green this Earth Day, and every day; how Savers keeps 650 million pounds of reusable goods out of landfills each year.
    Shumpert has 15+ years of experience managing supply chain operations with a focus on textile reuse, and is an active member of national associations and councils that promote high standards and best practices for reducing solid waste through the reuse and recycling of textiles.
    Contact: Nick Stubberfield,

    Turning Trash Into Environmental Treasure
    Gerard Caneba
    Professor, Chemical Engineering
    Michigan Technological University
    As a chemical engineer, Caneba knows how to take trash -- whether bauxite tailings, rust or oil spills -- and turn them into something useful. His work through the Sustainable Futures Institute focuses on materials with multiple uses and emphasizes their environmental impact.
    Contact: Jennifer Donovan,

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