Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of ADD Management Group, LLC
Author of Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD
Director of the Virtual AD/HD Conference®
Senior Certified AD/HD Coach
From the time I was very young, people described me as a confident “go getter.” And while this certainly seemed true from the outside, on the inside I felt like I was barely holding everything together. Sure, I got good grades in school, landed great jobs and made a nice living. But no one knew how much I struggled on the inside.
I was constantly stressed out, and I was incredibly critical of myself. I was never happy with what I accomplished. I always thought I could be doing more, and doing it better. Getting to work on time seemed like the greatest struggle of my life! In fact, getting anywhere on time was difficult. My home was always in shambles. The refrigerator was never full and the laundry was never done. And sometimes I just couldn’t stop myself from zoning out during really important meetings and conversations.
It seemed like everyone else around me was thriving and enjoying their lives, while I was barely holding it all together.
When I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at 25, my life suddenly made sense. I now had an explanation for why certain things were difficult for me, and why I felt so different from everyone else.
I embraced this diagnosis, and went to work on myself. I read every book I could find. I went to ADHD support groups and educational presentations. I got therapy, coaching, and medication. And the more I learned about ADHD, the more fascinated I became by the fact that there are some incredibly successful ADHDers in the world! I wondered, what makes this group of people so much more successful than others? I decided to find out.
What I found was that successful adults with ADHD had developed a set of skills and tools that they relied on to manage their ADHD. I began to build these skills for myself. And when I one day looked in the mirror and found that I was managing my challenges and actually using my ADHD to help me achieve what was really important to me, I knew that I could help others do the same.
I quit my job in corporate America and began coaching full-time in 2003. It’s the best decision I ever made.
If my credentials are important to you, then here they are: I’m one of the few coaches who has been designated a Senior Certified AD/HD Coach. I’m also the author of the Amazon.com Best Seller Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I minored in Philosophy. I also graduated from The ADD Coach Academy, and I’m certified by the Institute for the ADvancement of AD/HD Coaching.
I have a history of extensive volunteer work for ADDA (the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Association). I previously served as Managing Editor of ADDA’s quarterly newsletter, FOCUS Magazine, and as the Chairperson for the Communications Committee. I was honored to receive the “2006 Volunteer of the Year Award” for my work with ADDA.
I’m also a frequent conference speaker on the topic of managing adult ADHD. I was profiled on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2009. My work has also been featured in various international media including The New York Times Magazine, The Times of London, and ADDitude Magazine, just to name a few.
What I think is more important, however, if the fact that I have ADHD, I’ve learned to manage it, and I’m living my dreams. If you were to ask me, I’d tell you that this is what makes me a great coach and a leader in this field, not my credentials.
I live in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley with my partner, our daughter, and our two dogs. Life with a family and a business can get hectic, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Managing Partner and Chief Operations Officer of ADD Management Group, LLC
My background is in Marketing and Business Development. I joined the ADD Management Group, LLC as a Managing Partner in 2007.
As Chief Operations Officer, I oversee everything that happens behind the scenes to ensure that all of our endeavors run smoothly. I’ve been described as “the glue that holds everything together.”
Managing the Virtual AD/HD Conference® and our other events is a big part of my job. I also manage our Affiliate Program and our relationships with vendors and contractors.
I’m great when it comes to organizing projects and creating systems, which is a big plus for a company that helps people with ADHD! I enjoy building new relationships and utilizing my skills in a company that I find truly inspiring.
Customer Service Assistant
I’m a Virtual Assistant and I work with Erin and Jen to provide great customer service support for ADD Management Group, LLC clients and customers. I’ve been working with the ADD Management Group, LLC since 2009.
I think my mild ADHD actually helps me juggle so many things at once because I am never at any one task long enough to get bored and distracted!
Born and raised in sunny California, I am a happy wife of 23 years and a mother of three grown (and almost grown) kids. I home-schooled all three of my children through junior high school and started my career at 36, which was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and yet, has been an incredible confidence booster! I’ve learned how to be organized, disciplined, and outgoing!