Dr. Lisa Berghorst

Lisa Berghorst, Ph.D., founded Cognitive Behavioral Growth, LLC, a psychotherapy practice in Chicago that specializes in evidence-based treatment for anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is also on faculty at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, where she lectures and mentors graduate students in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to returning to Chicago, she gained clinical and research experience at Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC; the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research at McLean Hospital; the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard University; and the Pediatric and Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Berghorst has a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Duke University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University.

Dr. Matthew Biel

Matthew Biel, MD, MSc is Chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He co-directs the Early Childhood Innovation Network, a citywide effort to improve developmental outcomes for children and families in Washington, DC. Dr. Biel was selected as an Aspen Ascend Fellow in 2018. His work addresses the impact of adversity and stress upon children and families, with research centering on reducing health disparities, improving access to mental health care for underserved children and families through projects based in primary care and school settings, and developing clinical interventions focusing on trauma and resilience, anxiety, and autism. His clinical efforts focus on children and adolescents with anxiety and stress disorders, trauma-related conditions, autism spectrum disorders, and complex medical illnesses. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is involved nationally in psychiatric education and advocacy for children’s mental health. Dr. Biel received his medical degree and a master’s degree in Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He trained in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine.

Mike Durso

Mike Durso had a 44-year career in public education that included being a high school principal in Washington, D.C., Arlington, VA, and Montgomery County, MD. Following retirement in 2009, he was elected to the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education serving two four-year terms. From 2016 – 2018, he was the BOE President.

Phyllis Fagell

Phyllis is the school counselor at Sheridan School in Washington, DC, a therapist who works with kids and families in private practice, and an author and journalist. She’s the author of “Middle School Matters” and a frequent contributor to the Washington Post. She also writes for Psychology Today, Working Mother, U.S. News & World Report and Your Teen, and her ideas have been shared in outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and NPR. Phyllis lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children.

Sarita Harris

Sarita Harris is the Director of Marketing at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). In her role, she leads a team that provides marketing and creative support for the planning, implementation, and assessment of the association’s marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining AGB, Sarita worked as an Independent Consultant for more than a decade building and executing hundreds of winning marketing plans for nonprofits, startups and established brands. Her successes include AARP, American Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Friends of the National Zoo, Choice Hotels, and Blackboard. Sarita holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in International Management from University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly University Maryland University College.

Dr. Anne Hayes

Dr. Anne Hayes is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Hayes completed medical school, residency, and fellowship training at Georgetown University. She worked in the Community Mental Health setting for many years before transitioning to a full-time private practice. Her hope is to bring the Resilience Builder Program into the juvenile justice system in some capacity in the future.

Dr. Giorgio Kulp

Dr. Giorgio Kulp, medical director and founder of Metropolitan Pediatrics, LLC (founded May, 2004), and current President of Mid Atlantic Pediatric Partners, LLC, a 13 provider, 2 division pediatric conglomerate, was raised just outside San Francisco, California. He received his B.A. in behavioral sciences from the University of Chicago and graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine, after which he received his residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is board certified in Pediatrics and has a special interest in developmental/behavioral health.

Dr. Stephanie Mayrant

Stephanie Mayrant, MD is a board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. She joined Inova Kellar Center in 2011 and provides pediatric psychiatric evaluations, medication management, consultations, and developmental guidance. Her areas of interest includes Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorder and expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She enjoys working with culturally and neuro diverse children and families.  Dr. Mayrant received her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She completed her residency at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC. She served as chief resident for the 2010-11 academic year.

Anne McGrath McManus

Anne McGrath McManus is a journalist who recently retired as Executive Editor at U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C., where she oversaw events programming and several annual special issues in higher education and medicine, including Best Graduate Schools, Best Colleges, and Best Hospitals. She served for a number of years as health editor for both the weekly news magazine and usnews.com, and, as a reporter, wrote extensively on education, personal finance, and investing. Previously, she worked at Forbes magazine in New York. She earned her degrees at St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University and lives in Silver Spring, MD.

Renae McPherson

Renae McPherson, M.Ed, is an educator, currently serving as a Pupil Personnel Worker in the state of Maryland. In this role, she provides service and assistance to students and families by acting as an advocate, consultant, and community liaison to support student success and achievement. Renae earned her B.A in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her M.Ed in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also currently serves as the Chair on the Commission on Children and Youth through the Montgomery County (MD) Council.

Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff

Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin. He also directs the Institute for Early Life Adversity Research within the Department of Psychiatry as part of the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. Prior to joining Dell Med, Dr. Nemeroff was chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and clinical director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He received his medical degree and doctorate degrees in neurology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine. He is President-elect of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

Dr. John O’Flahavan

Dr. John O’Flahavan is Associate Chair in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, in the College of Education, University of Maryland, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education and learning and schooling. His research interests include PK-12 literacy teaching and learning, peer discussion about text, comprehensive school-wide literacy programs, continuous school improvement and teacher preparation.

Dr. Daniel Pine

Dr. Daniel Pine is Chief, Emotion and Development Branch in the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. Dr. Pine moved to this position in 2000, after 10 years of training, teaching, and research at Columbia University. Since graduating from medical school at the University of Chicago, Dr. Pine has been engaged continuously in research on pediatric mental disorders, as reflected in more than 600 peer-reviewed papers. Currently, his group examines the degree to which pediatric mood and anxiety disorders are associated with perturbed neural circuitry function. Dr. Pine served as the Chair of the Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee for the Food and Drug Administration, Chair of the Child and Adolescent Disorders Work Group for the DSM-5 Task Force, and President of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Distinguished Investigator, and he has received many other awards.

Dr. Maria Zimmitti

Maria Zimmitti, Ph.D. is the Founder and Clinical Director of Georgetown Psychology with offices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Dr. Zimmitti is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience evaluating and treating children, adolescents, and families with a focus on ADHD and anxiety. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Zimmitti mentors and supervises early career psychologists and has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Ph.D. Program at George Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and committees to support education and mental health care, including the State Advisory Panel on Special Education for the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Psychological Association, the DC Rape Crisis Center, and Resilience Across Borders.