ADAA Staff

Meet ADAA's committed and passionate team members.

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Susan K. Gurley
Executive Director

Susan Gurley is the Executive Director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), a non-profit international mental health association. She is a lawyer and advocate with 25 years of leadership experience working in the mental health and access to justice fields, international development and legal reform, and higher education administration.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Gurley held senior-level positions in several U.S. government agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ms. Gurley served as both the Assistant Dean for International and Graduate Programs, at the Georgetown University School of Law and as an Adjunct Faculty Member. While at Georgetown she created the International Human Rights and National Security Law Certificate Programs. Ms. Gurley also worked as the Deputy Executive Director of Equal Justice Works, and as the Director of Legal Reform at the East West Management Institute (EWMI), where she managed several overseas offices, created  EWMI’s first land reform program, and expanded programming to Asia. She also ran the Association of Corporate Business Travel Executives, where she opened the association’s first office in Latin America and testified before Congress on privacy issues. 

Ms. Gurley has extensive non-profit Board experience. She has served on the Boards of Film Aid International, on the Board of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). She is also a member of the Board of Directors of INMED Partnerships for Children and serves on the Advisory Committee for Her Wealth, an organization promoting financial literacy for women. 

Over the past five years, she has served as a technical expert volunteer on capacity building projects in Cambodia, Philippines, and Tanzania. For her volunteer work, she has been awarded the Frank Pace award by IESC as well as the 2020 Innovator of the Year award by USAID’s Farmer- to- Farmer program. 

Ms. Gurley is a Phi Beta Kappa and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar. Ms. Gurley has worked in 30+ countries and speaks French, German, and Hungarian. 


Lise Bram
Deputy Executive Director

Lise Bram is the Deputy Executive Director of the Anxiety And Depression Association of America (ADAA), a non-profit mental health association. Ms. Bram is a mission-driven marketing and communications professional with many years of non-profit and for-profit sector experience designing and implementing successful marketing and communication strategies.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Bram worked at the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) as the Marketing and Communications Director. While at APSE, Lise was responsible for enhancing and expanding marketing and communications to diversify revenue streams, grow membership, accreditation and other business models.

Ms. Bram also spent 14 years as the Chief Marketing Officer at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) where she designed, developed and implemented the metro-DC nonprofit agency's internal and external marketing and communication strategies.

Ms. Bram earned her BA degree in art history from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England.

Vickie Spielman
Associate Director, Membership and Education

Vickie Spielman is the Associate Director of Membership and Education of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Ms. Spielman brings over 17 years of association management experience focused on membership and marketing strategy and programming.

Ms. Spielman is focused on developing strong member relationships which encourage member engagement and thoughtful participation within nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Spielman worked at the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition where she was solely responsible for membership recruitment, benefits development, and retention. She was also responsible for engaging with underrepresented populations within the industry to encourage a broader and more diverse membership.

Ms. Spielman also has extensive background in event and conference planning as well as communications and web content management.

Ms. Spielman earned her BA in government and politics from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and her MS in legislative affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and has also completed certificate programs in legislative studies and meeting, event, and exposition management. 

Sasha Sicard

Membership and Education Manager

Sasha  Sicard is the Membership and Education Manager at the Anxiety and Depression Association (ADAA).  She is a cause-driven advocate of social, mental, and environmental health and wellbeing issues.

Prior to joining ADAA, Ms. Sicard spent five years dedicated to the growth of New York City non-profit organizations as a manager of a development team at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, a social media coordinator for a supportive housing organization, and as an event planner.

Ms. Sicard has extensive experience in client-facing relations, database management, donor recruitment, and event planning, and production. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Masters in Arts in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University. 

 Lauren Blaustein

ADAA Intern

Ms. Blaustein will be working with ADAA on membership, conference, outreach, and marketing projects. 

“After hearing about ADAA’s mission, I was intrigued and recognized just how important this organization is in providing vital resources to those with anxiety, depression, and co-occurring disorders, especially during such a challenging time around the world.” Ms. Blaustein attends Emory University where she double majors in Psychology and History.  In addition to her studies, she is a contributing writer for The Emory Wheel, Emory’s only independent student-run newspaper. 

Interested in interning with ADAA? Please contact Lise Bram for more information.

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Senior Advisor, Professional Education 

Barbara W. Kamholz, PhD, ABPP is a career-long educator, with 20 years of experience in professional training, clinical care, and research related to cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) for mood and anxiety disorders.

She is certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in behavioral and cognitive psychology, and has particular expertise in interprofessional education. As such, she is currently Director of CBT Training at Boston University Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program and was previously the Chair of the Sub-Committee on Medical Education for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Dr. Kamholz has developed curricula for courses, training rotations, and broad training experiences. She serves as Associate Editor, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, as well as Coordinator for Convention and Continuing Education for ABCT. She has also served as Workshop Chair for the ABCT Convention Committee, and Clinical Sub-Committee Co-Chair and Career Development Chair for ADAA’s Convention Committee.

Dr. Kamholz has published broadly on topics relevant to CBTs, and has presented her perspectives on interprofessional training of CBTs and other career development issues at conferences, in print, and in other academic settings.

Dr. Kamholz received her doctorate from the University of Miami, completed internship at VA Boston Internship Consortium, and post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University School of Medicine. She is currently Associate Director of Outpatient Mental Health Services at VA Boston Healthcare System and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. 

In Memoriam

Alies Muskin, Executive Director
Jerilyn Ross, Co-founder and President