NAPSEC 2020 SPEAKERS

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

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 Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith empowers leaders and teams to thrive. She is a Good Housekeeping Top 100 Medical Expert, Best-Selling Author, Corporate Trainer, Board-Certified Physician, & TEDx Speaker. She

is an international wellness expert featured in numerous media outlets including Prevention, MSNBC, FOX, Women’s Day, FOX, and Redbook. She has been featured in 2019 in Psychology Today and as a guest on Dr. Oz show. She is the author of numerous books including her ground-breaking new book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity, including ground-breaking insight on the seven types of rest needed to optimize your productivity, increase your overall happiness,

overcome burnout, and live your best life.

Kevin Brown

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Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. With a street-wise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades Kevin was a sales and marketing executive that helped grow a little known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching two billion dollars. After a career in franchising, Kevin decided to retire from corporate America and pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect™ message to as many people and organizations as possible. Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world class organizations and high performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results.

Sim B. Sitkin

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 Sim B. Sitkin is Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Professor of Management and Public Policy, Faculty Director - Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics, and Director - Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and the Society for Organizational Behavior. He is Co-Founder and Co-President of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association, and Editor of its journal, Behavioral Science and Policy. His research focuses on leadership and control systems, and their influence on trust, risk taking, accountability, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His most recent books are Organizational Control, The Six Domains of Leadership and The Routledge Companion to Trust

Natasha M. Nazareth, Esq.

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Natasha Nazareth, Esq., is an attorney-educator who has represented schools, students and families for over 20 years. Natasha is a former Managing Attorney for Advocates for Children’s Services (a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina), an adjunct law professor at North Carolina Central University, General Counsel to a University of North Carolina system campus, and General Counsel to the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. At Bullis she also led the strategic initiatives, the human resources department, and the K-12 learning support program. Currently in private practice with McMillan Metro, P.C., Natasha focuses on Corporate & Business Law, Employment Law & Litigation and Education Law. Natasha offers principled advice and practical strategies to assist schools with labor and employment issues, contracts, crisis and risk management, regulatory compliance, non-profit and tax-exempt law, governance, bylaws and board policies. She also serves individual families, students and faculty/staff to assert their rights in public and private schools and universities. A former Fulbright Scholar, Natasha is a graduate of Duke University, cum laude, and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. 

Steve Morrill

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 Steve Morrill is the Director of Technology & Cyber Science at Loyola Blakefield in Towson Maryland. Prior to joining Loyola Steve worked at Stevenson University as the Manager of Enterprise Systems and an adjunct professor in Information Technology. In addition to founding Loyola’s award-winning Cyber Science Program and traveling the globe to educate other countries in cyber, Steve was also recognized as the Nation's First Cyber Teacherin 2016. One of the many topics covered is a digital and social media awareness campaign for youth, parents, faculty and school administration.  

Marcus Adrian

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  An Architect with Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, Marcus has spent decades of his career designing innovative classrooms, residence halls, and schools for children with a wide range of sensory and cognitive abilities. To educate the public and advocate for special needs populations, Marcus has presented at numerous conferences, including a talk delivered at TEDx Gateway Arch in 2017, and a US Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in 2009.

Matthew Palermo

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 Matthew Palermo has been managing food services operations for the past 15 years. He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University with degrees in food services management and culinary arts. He has served as food director at private schools and universities. He is has received numerous awards and honors during his career. He coaches lacrosse in his free time. 

Harry Schaeffer

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  Harry Schaeffer is currently semi-retired and does some consulting work. Prior to that he spent over 35 years in senior leadership at an organization that provides services to individuals with significant developmental disabilities. Programs offered include Early Intervention, School, Adult Day, and Group Homes for children and adults. Harry’s responsibilities included operational oversight of all programs and services, budget development, strategic planning, quality assurance and quality improvement as well as serving as Director of the school program. He is an NCASES site reviewer and has participated in numerous reviews over the past few years.

Dr. David Stone

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David Stone serves as the AVP for Operations at Kennedy Krieger School Programs. He has worked at Kennedy Krieger for nearly 20 years. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Charter and Community Schools for Baltimore City Schools and as a Community School Executive Director in San Francisco. Dr. Stone also served as Vice Chairman of the Baltimore City School Board, including chairing the Operations Committee. He lives with his wife and three boys in Baltimore City.

Kevin Symons

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A graduate of the Illinois School for the Deaf and National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Kevin brings powerful programming and design insight into Mackey Mitchell’s education projects. Informed by his own developmental background as a deaf person, and deeper as a parent of a child with autism and low-vision, Kevin brings unique perspective to elevate his teams’ awareness and challenge our design ideas. Whether serving on the Board of Advisors at Missouri School for the Deaf or teaching American Sign Language to co-workers, Kevin is always working to break through barriers and build greater connections across human ability.

Philip Peisch

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 Phil Peisch is a founding partner of Brown & Peisch PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington, DC that represents clients in a range of matters relating to federally-funded health and benefit. At Brown & Peisch, Phil both advises clients on matters relating to Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and represents clients in litigation stemming from the operation of those programs. Phil has extensive experience representing state agencies in litigation relating to the Medicaid program, including representing state agencies in: appeals of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) actions before the HHS Departmental Appeals Board; Administrative Procedure Act actions seeking to invalidate HHS agency action; and lawsuits challenging state agencies’ operation of their public assistance programs. 

Tanya Guild

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 Tanya Guild, co-founder, and principal of Virtual Connections Academy has spent her career in the private sector within therapeutic day school settings.  Virtual Connections Academy is a state board approved private school for students with school anxiety/refusal, medical fragility, or other barriers preventing school attendance.  It provides 3 different educational service delivery models for students to access their education. Virtual Connections Academy may sound familiar to some of the NAPSEC members as it was awarded for Leadership and Innovation in Special Education in 2018. Dr. Guild has participated as a site reviewer in NCASES accreditations where she focused on IEP procedures and curricular sections.  She has learned so much from each experience and been able to bring back ideas used in different programs to help build up her program. She has especially learned about the safety and security of buildings and how the guidelines and laws vary between states.  Last year, Dr. Guild updated emergency procedures and policies in collaboration with local police and fire personnel to ensure the safety of therapeutic day school settings. This year, all the updates are coming to fruition, so she is excited to share her experiences with the NAPSEC community and hear about other NAPSEC members’ experiences. 

Dan Zola

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Dan Zola’s devotion to UX principles began nearly 20 years ago, as a key player in the MovieFone experience. Since then, he’s developed digital products and lead teams across a variety of industries, ranging from healthcare to entertainment. Most notably, Dan has spent five years at MTV working to deepen the emotional connection with television viewers and digital users (ask him about his run-in with Justin Timberlake).

Dan then extended his expertise to the pharmaceutical industry, working to provide a smoother experience for patients who are taking a more active role in their healthcare in the digital space. Dan is Managing Partner & Research Director of Sway UX, an award-winning a user experience research & design agency that creates websites and mobile apps with a focus on healthcare & technology. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English, Dan lives in ChapelHill, NC with his wife and two children.

Kerry Thompson

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Kerry is an award-winning designer who has been researching, designing, and architecting web and mobile experiences for over 20 years. She is obsessed with digital products and the people who use them. She has led UX and creative efforts for national and global entities in finance, pharmaceutical, campaign fundraising, and retail industries. Her past work includes a wide range of clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Fidelity Investments, and EMILY’s List.  Kerry lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her aerialist sister.

Erika Mayerle

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Erika Mayerle is an experienced omni-channel marketer with fifteen years of experience helping brands win in both B2C and B2B. From coast to coast, Erika has worked on some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical brands, hospital systems of every size, major health insurance providers, and understands marketing and delivering care to many different audiences. At Minneapolis-based advertising agency, Preston Kelly, Erika, is a Vice President, running the Account Management group and overseeing the agency’s work for the Kennedy Krieger Institute.