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Dr. Peter Heyman
Pediatrician for 17 years with the practice Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, Terry and Rowe.
Dr. Norman J. Geller, Ph.D. NCED
Dr. Geller teaches at the VCU school of education and U of R Law School in the disability law clinic. He works on the autism assessment team through Commonwealth Autism and the adhd/mood disorders clinic at VTCC. He has an assessment and training company called autism and educational diagnostics, llc that provides assessment in psychoeducational assessment and autism and am a national trainer for autism assessment. Also, he is on the CEDC board for diagnostics and board of autism society of central Virginia.
Dr. Harry L. Gewanter, MD, FAAP, MACR
Dr. Gewanter is a pediatrician, pediatric rheumatologist and dad to 4 chronological adults. A graduate of Duke University and Wayne State University School of Medicine, he received his pediatric and rheumatology training at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital. He has practiced in Richmond, VA since 1983 and was the first Walter Bundy, Jr. Professor of Community Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University, first pediatrician to receive the Paulding Phelps Award from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and was recently named a Master of the ACR, one of its highest honors. He’s a member of many local, state and national organizations and boards. With 3 of his children having IEPs (the fourth was labeled “Gifted & Talented”) he has been a passionate advocate for improving the special educational experience. With Colleen Kraft, the 2017-18 American Academy of Pediatrics president, he helped found Medical Home Plus, a nonprofit dedicated to providing information, support and referral services for families who have a child with special health care needs. One of its main activities is providing special educational services to families.
Ruth Nathanson Greene
Ruth Nathanson Greene is an attorney focusing her practice on representing individuals in workers’ compensation litigation and other health care and benefit matters. She is currently of counsel at GreeneHurlocker, PLC.
Sherrina Gibson-Reid is a senior policy analyst at a health strategy consulting firm. Her expertise includes grants management, health analytics, program evaluation, statistical modeling and visualizations. She enjoys volunteering; her experience includes being an advocate in the Richmond Food Allergy community, the 2010/2011 chair of the Greater Richmond SCAN Board of Young Professionals, and a former member of the Junior League of Richmond. She is the proud mother of talented daughter with special health care needs due to extensive food allergies.
Hilary joins Friendship Circle RVA to lead the Junior Board with 12 years of experience as a special educator in Deaf-Blind and inclusive education in New York City and London, UK. Over the past few years, Hilary has expanded her understanding of inclusive coaching practices to support teachers in building skills and mindsets to best support students and determine appropriate learning supports. She has also had the opportunity to work with pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor in the Hunter College Multiple and Severe Disability graduate program and looks forward to continuing this work at VCU in the Spring semester. Hilary recently moved to Richmond to join the Virginia Project for Children and Young Adults with Deaf-Blindness as the Technical Assistance Specialist and is enjoying getting to know her new city (and welcomes any tips or recommendations). Outside of work, you can find Hilary training with the half marathon, on the yoga mat or at the park with her dog Sciutto. She is excited to have found a community in Richmond committed to building inclusive communities grounded in friendships and can't wait to work with the Junior Board!
Dr. Nathan Zasler, MD
Dr. Nathan Zasler is CEO & Medical Director for Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., as well as CEO & Medical Director for Tree of Life Services, Inc. and Vice-Chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA). Dr. Zasler is board certified in PM&R, fellowship trained in brain injury and subspecialty certified in Brain Injury Medicine. He is an affiliate professor in the VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, VA, and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He also currently serves as Vice-Chairperson of IBIA. Dr. Zasler has published and lectured extensively on TBI related neuromedical issues and edited 6 textbooks including “Brain Injury Medicine: Principals and Practice”. He is co-chief editor of “Brain Injury”, “NeuroRehabilitation” and “Brain Injury Professional”. Dr. Zasler serves on over 10 international journal editorial boards. He is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with acquired brain injury and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant and board member roles. Dr. Zasler is an advocate, educator, clinical researcher, inventor, entrepreneur and busy practicing clinician who is involved with community based neurorehabilitation, chronic pain management, and health care consultation, both clinical and medicolegal. .
Andrea Costanzo is a special education teacher at a private day school.