Advisory Board

J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D.

Stuart is the Director of Think:Kids in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon co-founded the Center for Collaborative Problem Solving where he also served as Co-Director from its inception until 2008. Dr. Ablon is co-author of Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach and author of numerous articles, chapters and scientific papers on the process and outcome of psychosocial interventions. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Ablon was recently ranked #5 on the list of the world’s top rated keynote speakers in the academic arena.

Dr. Ablon’s research has been funded by, amongst others, the National Institute of Health, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute, and the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Dr. Ablon received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ablon trains parents, educators, and clinicians and consults to schools and treatment programs throughout the world in the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.

Eric Arnold

Eric is the Executive Director of Hale Reservation, a private, non-profit educational organization that manages over 1,100 acres of woodlands in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.  Prior to coming to Hale in 2001, Eric was the Director of Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA; teacher at Beaver Country Day School, a private day school in Chestnut Hill; Director of Camp Kennebec and the Crescent Lake School in Waterville, Maine.  He has also held the positions of President, American Camp Association in New England – 2008 – 2011; President, Massachusetts Camping Association, 2008; American Camp Association Accreditation Visitor, 2000 – current.

Joe Cofield, M.S.W.

Joe has spent a career focused on major gifts fundraising and development management within higher learning and education institutions.  He has served as the Senior Philanthropic Advisor at the Olin College of Engineering, a National Senior Philanthropic Advisor to the American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in New York, and the Vice President for Advancement at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  He has also held senior development and advancement positions at the University of Massachusetts Foundation, Emerson College, Babson College, Boston College and Brandeis University.

He currently works as the Senior Philanthropic Advisor to the President at Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is dedicated to building strong volunteer leadership engagement and bringing a major gifts culture to philanthropic boards and committees.  Joe is experienced with all phases of capital campaign management and aligning fundraising goals with institutional priorities.

Joe earned a Master of Social Work from Boston University in addition to pursuing postgraduate studies in Theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He enjoys coaching and mentoring development professionals and is currently the Director of the Needham Educational Foundation.

Leigh Jackson, M.D.

Leigh is an Emergency Medicine Pediatrician at Newton Wellesley Hospital.  She has experience treating children with a wide range of developmental differences and a strong understanding of how these differences can affect life at school.  She is a current board member for The Weston Drama Workshop in Weston, Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband and two sons.

Kristen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC/SLP

Ms. Kristen Jacobsen is a certified speech-language pathologist who graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston.  She is a specialist in pediatric and young adult speech-language pathology with interests in the areas of language learning disabilities, literacy, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention, executive dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders and social pragmatics.  Ms. Jacobsen has worked as a speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools, and hospital settings.  Ms. Jacobsen provides teacher training, school consultation and parent coaching.  Prior to establishing a private practice, she worked with colleagues to create and implement comprehensive group therapy programs for language and cognition at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Ms. Jacobsen was the recipient of the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award.

D. Scott McLeod, Ph.D.

Scott is the Executive Director of Aspire at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Aspire supports social skill development for children, teens and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and related challenges.  Dr. McLeod is a clinical psychologist with degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University.  His professional experience as a clinical psychologist with Massachusetts General Hospital; Executive Director of Aspire; Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School as well as his practice in individual and family psychotherapy are indispensable for the needs of a school that puts strong emphasis on the social and emotional development of a diverse student population.  Dr. McLeod is also on the Board of the Asperger’s Association of New England.

Joseph Moldover, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph Moldover is a developmental neuropsychologist practicing independently in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His interests include the evaluation and management of children and adolescents with learning disorders, developmental disorders, neurological injuries, and psychiatric disabilities.

Dr. Moldover is a graduate of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, where he completed dual concentrations in neuropsychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. He also completed graduate level training in health services administration at the Widener University School of Business Administration. Following graduate school, Dr. Moldover completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s Evaluation Center, in Newton, MA.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Moldover has written for both professional journals and for a general audience. He regularly presents to parent and professional groups on topics pertaining to his work and consults with patient advocacy organizations and with schools. He has been active in the clinical training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Dr. Moldover is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society; is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology; and is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Luke O’Neil

In 1996, Luke served as CEO and Founder of Shackleton Schools, Inc., a Boston-based residential high school with a challenging, expedition-based curriculum with roots in the philosophies and methodologies of Outward Bound.  The school’s “basecamp” was located on a 60-acre hilltop farm in Ashby, Massachusetts.

More recently, Luke served as the Vice President for Western U.S. Operations for Meritas, LLC, an international, for-profit educational venture, and as President of Meritas’ K-12 school in Henderson, Nevada.

Luke’s work in expedition-based education began when he joined Outward Bound in 1990 as both an instructor and a development professional.  Since that time, he has continued to instruct sea kayaking, sailing, and backpacking courses in Maine and Washington while also serving as a facilitator in Outward Bound Professional programs.

Luke also served as the Assistant Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Connecticut.  Prior to that post, Luke worked for four years as a corporate attorney at Whitman, Ransom, Breed & Morgan in Greenwich, Connecticut during which time he performed pro bono legal work for indigent juvenile court defendants.

Luke holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.  He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Jerry Sparby

After serving 37 years as a public school teacher and principal in Minnesota, Jerry’s current mission in life is to serve our youth and learning community, to model for them personal responsibility, love for learning and the joy of living a love-filled life.

Currently, Jerry serves as Executive Director of Building a World of Love coaching parents of intense kids on strategies to help them to feel and be more successful in dealing with their children and each other.  He consults to school administrations, coaches teachers on curricular and classroom management/leadership techniques, and advocates for special needs children and their families.

Jerry also collaborates directly with teachers in the classroom identifying resources, developing child-specific teaching strategies, creating flexible schedules to improve student success, meeting expected outcomes for math and reading fluency, counseling students and parents on inappropriate behavior management, implementing before and after school programming, and modeling teaching techniques to reach all children.

Since 2006, Jerry has held an appointment as an adjunct professor/facilitator at St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota where he teaches graduate-level courses on Classroom Community Building Strategies and Non-Linguistic Strategies.  He also serves on the committee developing a doctorate program for school administrators.

Jerry has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead and an MS in Elementary Education and a 6th Year Specialist Degree in School Administration from St. Cloud State University.  At Adler Graduate School, he received his Parent Coaching Licensure and is currently getting certified in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Gail Sullivan, M.A.

Gail opened her own firm in 1991 to integrate high quality architectural design with a collaborative process that engages clients in planning and design.  From its inception, Studio G Architects has reflected Gail’s passion to deliver architecture which serves the public good, enhances community and creates an enduring sense of place.  A leading voice in the Boston area for socially and environmentally responsible buildings for youth and children, Gail takes particular delight in integrating art, nature and science into her designs to encourage young people to explore, imagine and investigate their world.  She has designed early childhood centers, K-12 schools, after school and youth centers.  Her designs include Montessori and Reggio Emilia-inspired programs, such as MIT’s Technology Children’s Center at Stata, and Copper Beech Montessori.  She has designed independent, pilot and charter schools, and is currently working with Boston Latin School on a sustainable roofscape learning center.  Gail’s ability to engage stakeholders in the planning and design process helps shape each school design as a reflection of its educational philosophy and culture.  Her education designs have been published in Progressive Architecture and Young Children magazines and she has presented at a number of conferences on design for early education.

Gail has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Peter Vaughn, M.B.A.

Peter is the President of Vaughn Consulting Group where he advises a range of non-profit and for-profit companies in Brand Management, Marketing and Product Development.  Prior to launching his own practice, Peter spent 27 years at American Express in a variety of marketing and general management roles, primarily focused on the launch and growth of new businesses around the world.  Alongside his professional endeavors, Peter serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Vail Resort and the Board of Trustees of Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.  He is also a former Head of School Review for the Northeast School in Montclair, NJ.  Peter received his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France and his BA in Business Economics from Brown University.

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP

Sarah has over 14 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems.  Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.  Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of academic placement and treatment programs.

She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an emphasis on the treatment of executive functions.  She subsequently began to train graduate students in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on symptoms and treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain based disorders.

Sarah is the immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, is a member of the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board, the National Institutes of Health Model Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.  She holds a guest faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students on assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for, and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with brain based learning differences.  A popular speaker, Sarah presents locally and nationally on the topic of executive function to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.  She has presented and consulted with over 200 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.