The Brain Parade Advisory Board, comprised of committed parents, professionals, and industry experts, actively contributes to strategic company direction and product design. Their real world experience, education, and varied perspectives provide a unique view into what solutions are needed and how best we can deliver them.
Adam is a well-respected ed tech entrepreneur and business leader. Most recently, Adam served as president of SkillsTutor, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. After selling his former company, Impact Education, to HMH in 2010, Adam spent the next two years ensuring SkillsTutor’s successful integration.
Adam received his B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and worked in investment banking at JP Morgan in New York City prior to co-founding Impact Education in 2000.
As the rapid advancement of technologies continues to present new opportunities and challenges to educators and learners, Adam considers it his passion and avocation to help stakeholders in navigating the best course to meet their specific needs.
His new company, Nervanix, is pioneering practical applications of brain science technologies in the education market through products that adapt to learners’ attention levels while simultaneously helping teachers refine their craft.
Adam is currently serving his 3rd consecutive term on the board of directors for the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is an active member of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) where he serves as Auction co-chair.
He volunteer coaches freshman football in his home-town of Fort Myers, FL and serves on the school board of his local Catholic High School. He and his wife Angie are proud parents of 3.
Debra was an analyst for Special School District until she formed her own company, ABA Consulting Services, LLC, in 2001. Debra continues to serve children with autism and related disorders today in her practice.
In 2004, she formed the Comprehensive Learning Institute for Challenged Kids, a center for children to receive a variety of services, including social skills groups. In 2011, Debra became inspired by the interest and needs of her clients with regard to the usage of the iPad for communication and in a therapeutic setting. This inspiration led her to found the Touch Technology Applications for Children with Special Needs in 2012. Debra is also a member of Who’s Who Worldwide and volunteers with the Young Friends of Children’s Hospital group.
Jennifer is president of Shore Strategies LLC, a consultancy that helps build brands and trains brand champions. She designs and delivers strategic communication and training solutions, including branding, talent development and engagement, business strategy and career-coaching. From start-ups to established businesses, Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in marketing and counseling, at organizations including Landor Associates, Simon & Schuster/Kaplan Educational Centers, Fordham University, Sarah Lawrence College, and the United Nations International School.
As the mother of a son on the autism spectrum, Brain Parade’s mission resonates with her personally. Jennifer has served as a parent member for the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) for her school district in Westchester County, NY.
Jennifer holds a MSEd in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University and a B.A. in Psychology from Bucknell University.
Robin’s passion and expertise on the subject of special needs children comes from her education as well as her first-hand experience. Robin received her Bachelors degree in Human Services from Southern Vermont College and her Masters degree in Special Education from Fairfield University. She is blessed with a supportive husband and two beautiful boys. Her eldest son was born with hydroceplus and is on the autism spectrum. Building upon the advocacy work and her willingness to help others when it comes to their children with special needs, Robin helped form Stamford Education 4 Autism, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support to the families with members on the autism spectrum in the greater Stamford, CT area. Robin works very closely with the public school system, volunteers her time to parents as a parent advocate, and is a founding member of the Parent Advisory Council to the Director of Special Education for the city of Stamford. It is Robin’s belief that “all children laugh in the same language and, therefore, all children have the same rights and should have the same opportunity to become active contributing members of the community!” Through Robin’s efforts she hopes to make that a reality.