October 23, 2017

The Team

Coach Linda Walker, founder of ADHD Heroes

“The idea to create a place where ADHDers could find models of success and be inspired by the possibility of living their full potential despite or because of their ADHD, came to me, early on in my career as an ADHD Coach in 2005. I met many ADHDers who were resigned to living a life that was less than their possibility and it frustrated me.

I’ve always believed that we are all connected and that each person has talents and strengths and that when you develop them, you can make a huge contribution in the world. As a result, I believe that your family, your friends, your community and society as a whole is negatively affected when you never put your talents to the service of others. It is this belief that inspired me to create ADHD Heroes. I finally decided to bring this project to fruition as part of a community project in Landmark Educations’s Self-Expression and Leadership program that I was participating in. The project is currently completely volunteer based and we hope it will continue to grow and be offered in several languages.

You CAN make a difference when you share Who you are to the world and Unleash Your Creative Genius.”

  

David Giwerc

David Giwerc, M.C.C., is Founder and President (of the ADD Coach Academy, founded 1998), the world’s foremost ADHD coach training program. The ADD Coach Academy is the only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited with the ACTP designation granted by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the governing body for the coaching profession. David is a Master Certified Coach, also accredited by the IC F. He serves as an advisor to the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC), and he is a past president (2003-2006) of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA), the world’s leading organization supporting adults with ADHD. During his tenure at ADDA, David played a role in creating National ADHD Awareness Day, now celebrated annually. David has been featured in numerous publications, radio and television programs and is a recognized spokesman for ADHD and ADHD coach training on the national stage.

  

Duane Gordon

Duane Gordon, Editor

“I was diagnosed with ADHD myself shortly after my youngest daughter was diagnosed in kindergarten.  It was only when trying to understand what my daughter was facing that I read Hallowell’s Driven to Distraction.  My wife and I immediately recognized my symptoms,  perhaps even more than my daughter (she was just getting started, after all!)  I struggled for many years (in school, to keep jobs, to manage my finances, personal relationships and so on) before being diagnosed.  To this day, I feel people struggling with undiagnosed ADHD due to misinformation and stigma is an enormous tragedy.  I’ve struggled, worked hard, learned to adapt and had some success, but I made the most progress when, working with an ADHD coach, I discovered that the real secret to success for someone with ADHD is to work with your strengths and do things in a way that works for you, regardless what anyone else says, recommends, suggests or dictates!  For a long time, I looked for ADHD success stories on the Web, but all I ever found were lists of famous people (mostly dead) with ADHD.  But all I knew about these people was that they were famous for their genius or their talent.  No one was famous for having or for overcoming ADHD.  Sure, they didn’t allow themselves to be defined by their ADHD, but I didn’t find it very inspiring.  How could I know that I and my daughter weren’t destined to struggle our entire lives simply because we didn’t have some extraordinary talent or genius? As I watched my daughter and other people I knew with ADHD get knocked down and always get back up and keep chugging along, I realized these were the success stories I’d been searching for, these were the real ADHD Heroes. I got involved in the ADHD Heroes project to share stories of people living with their ADHD, some succeeding and some still struggling, but not one of them surrendering.”

  

Judy Brenis

“Judy Brenis is an ADHD Coach and the mother of a 22-year-old daughter with ADHD. Aryn was diagnosed with ADHD at age 5 and through the years, Judy has seen awareness about ADHD grow. There is, however, still such a need to do so much more to educate and inform, she believes. Judy is also a journalist and has been thrilled to be able to use her love of writing to help create more awareness, as well as record the stories of people with ADHD, highlighting their personal struggles and successes. Judy writes for the ADDA-e-newsletter and the ADHD Heroes website. She is currently working hard to establish a Santa Cruz, CA Associated Support Group of CHADD, (Children and Adults with ADHD), and hopes in time to earn full chapter status. Judy is passionate about helping those with ADHD create successful, happy and healthy lives. You can read more about Judy and her philosophy as an ADHD coach at www.judyadhdcoaching.com.”

  

Marc Asselin

Marc Asselin

“I’ve always found a lot of advantages in using both sides of my brain to attack any challenge. I received a diploma in Art in 1988, but soon discovered the creative potential in computer programming (and this was even before ‘interactive’ and ‘multimedia’ became part of our vocabulary. I returned to school to get a certificate in computer programming in 1990, and I’ve been working in the field ever since. I began designing Web pages in 1996 and founded my own Web design company, ‘Image-i-natif,’ in 2000. My son has ADHD and watching him struggle through challenges, never giving up, has made him a hero to me, so I was immediately drawn to help build this Web site as a part of the ADHD Heroes project and jumped in with both feet and with all my heart.”