Susan Headshot August 2018_0.jpgSusan K. Gurley
Executive Director

Joining the ADAA staff in 2015, Ms. Gurley has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the access to health and justice-centered nonprofit sector, international development, and higher education administration, as well as in global membership-association management. She has held senior-level positions with organizations such as Georgetown University School of Law, Equal Justice Works, the East West Management Institute, and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Ms. Gurley has been involved in strategic planning, operations, finance, HR, communications, event planning, as well as program design, development, and delivery. She is a member of the Board of FilmAid International and the International Executive Service Corps and speaks French, German, and Hungarian. A member of the Virginia Bar, Ms. Gurley’s law degree comes from the University of Virginia School of Law. Email Susan.

Lise Bram_0.jpgLise Bram
Deputy Executive Director

Lise 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, Lise 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. Prior to her tenure at APSE, Lise 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. Lise received her BA degree in art history from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England. Email Lise.

Barbara Kamholz headshot June 2018_0.pngBarbara Kamholz
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. Email Barbara.

Astrid Headshot April 2017_0.jpgAstrid Masfar
Senior Education and Outreach Coordinator

Astrid manages ADAA's Professional Education Program while also assisting with special marketing and communications projects, outreach, website management, research and conference organization. Astrid received her BS degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park.  Email Astrid

gabby headshot_0.pngGabriella Oved
Senior Event and Business Development Coordinator

Gabriella received her BS degree in Food Service and Event Management from Johnson & Wales University. She has previous experience working in the event and hotel industry, and joined the ADAA team in 2017. Gabriella is responsible for conference coordination along with exhibit management, sponsor agreements, and conference/sponsorship website management. Email Gabby

KeshaHeadshotcropped_0.jpgKesha Patel
Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Kesha joined the ADAA team in the summer of 2017. Kesha works with the ADAA staff on external communications and media relations, website management, social media and fundraising strategy and overseeing the organization's online support community.  She received her BA in biological sciences with a minor in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country, and her MPH from the George Washington University. Email Kesha.

Lisa-Patterson-website.jpgLisa Patterson
Membership Director

Lisa oversees member engagement, recruitment, renewals and customer service. She also manages the annual event registration both online and on-site. She is the staff liaison for many ADAA Special Interest Groups and collaborates with marketing to enhance engagement and member benefits. Lisa received her BS in family studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the ADAA staff in 2010, Lisa worked in the field of women’s health. Email Lisa.

Sharon Southerland Smith head shot 2019_0.pngSharon Southerland-Smith
Director of Finance and Human Resources

Sharon is a seasoned non-profit executive with more than 25 years of experience in the field of accounting, finance and operations. She possesses expertise in leading highly impactful nonprofits in advancing their mission and exceeding their goals. She has been consistently rewarded for her leadership and accomplishments through promotions and increased responsibilities. During her 17 years tenure at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), she’s served in several leadership roles to include the Director, Finance, Deputy Executive Director and the Senior Director, Operations. In her role as the Deputy Executive Director and Senior Director, Operations, she serves as the second in command and chief operation/staff executive. She supported the Executive Director with overall management of the staff as well provided support to the National Executive Board. She had an impeccable track record of ethical behavior and strived to make a positive impact on the members of NSBE.
An experienced Executive Consultant, the core of her expertise is in accounting and finance. She strengthened her knowledge in accounting and finance at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Fairfax, VA. IAFC provides leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community. While at IAFC she progressed from the Accounting Assistant to the Director of Finance. She has a demonstrated history organizational management, business process improvement, strategic planning and communications. Email Sharon.

In Memoriam
Alies Muskin, Executive Director

Jerilyn Ross, Co-founder and President