Sheryl Benjamin joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and STAR Center Foundation in July 2012 as the Executive Director. She has over 30 years of experience in marketing and education in the medical field. As the first Executive Director of the Vascular Disease Foundation, Ms. Benjamin led the organization from its beginnings in 1999 to become the preeminent nonprofit organization to increase awareness and provide education about vascular disease by 2011. She served on the board of Colorado Health Strategy and Management (CHSM) from 1995 through 2003 and served as its President from 1998-2000
Executive Director, SPD Foundation & STAR Center Foundation
Ms. Benjamin graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and received her undergraduate degree from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, which included a year of study at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.
CFO, Renco Properties, Inc.
Ron Blair attended Santa Clara University, where he received his bachelor of science in management. After graduation, Ron worked for a market research firm for several years before returning to Santa Clara for his law degree and his master of business administration with concentrations in finance and international business. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a graduate student for his outstanding scholarship. After working in education a few years, Ron joined a fellow college alumnus as a partner in a venture capital firm in the Silicon Valley.
For the last five years, Ron has been a partner and chief financial officer for Renco Properties Inc., a commercial real estate firm that owns property in Colorado and California. He is the managing member for Blair Family Investments, LLC, and serves as an officer for a non-profit foundation that focuses on education and children's causes. Ron is married and the father of two daughters. He lives in Parker, Colorado. Ron joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation board of directors after learning about how many children are affected by this disorder and about the progress the SPD Foundation is making in increasing knowledge through research and raising awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder.
Edward Goldson, M.D., FAACP
The Children's Hospital of Denver
Dr. Goldson is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. A practicing pediatrician involved in the care of children with special needs, he serves as a specialist in the Child Development Unit, works in the area of child maltreatment, and currently serves as the coordinator for the child development rotation of the pediatric residents. In the past, Ed served on the governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. Ed currently serves on the Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health as well as on one of the panels developing the Bright Beginnings documents of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He assists the SPD Foundation on conceptual issues related to the diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder and volunteers as the physician expert on the physician pages of the SPD Foundation web site.
President, Kahn Research, Inc.
Leigh is President of Kahn Research Inc, a marketing research firm specializing in consumer and shopper research. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and completed her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to forming Kahn Research, she held positions with several top national marketing research firms, was Research Director for National Demographics and Lifestyles (a subsidiary of RL Polk, now Equifax), and was Consumer Insights Manager for Coors Brewing.
Leigh’s past board and volunteer experience includes president of the Colorado American Marketing Association, as well as serving on the Chicago American Marketing Association Board of Directors. She and her husband established a golf tournament fundraiser for Denver Academy, and Leigh served as Chair of the event for 5 years. She has also served on the Castle Pines Village Homes Association Board of Directors, and chaired several committees for the Association. Leigh has 3 children, and lives with her husband in Castle Rock, CO.
Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR
Founder, SPD Foundation & STAR Center Foundation
Dr. Lucy Miller is the founder of the SPD Foundation. Dr. Miller was the executive director of the SPD Foundation from 1979 to 2012. She also directs the work of the Foundation's clinical research partner, the Sensory Therapies And Research (STAR) Center.
An occupational therapist and research scientist, Dr. Miller was awarded an NIH career award to investigate sensory processing disorders in children. She developed the SPD Scientific Work Group, which is composed of researchers from Harvard, Yale, Duke, and twelve other research institutions. She is a professor of Pediatrics at Rocky Mountain University and an associate clinical professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver.
Dr. Miller has authored nine nationally standardized assessments for children with special needs and more than fifty peer-reviewed articles and chapters on SPD. Her groundbreaking book on SPD for parents and professionals, Sensational Kids: Help and Hope for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (New York: GP Putnam's Sons), was published in 2006 and released in paperback in 2007.
Dr. Miller obtained her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, her master's in occupational therapy from Boston University, and her doctorate in special education (educational research emphasis) from the University of Denver. In 2005, she received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association, the highest award in the OT profession. In 2006, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the state of Colorado.
Dr. Miller's work has been featured on 20-20 (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), and The Early Show (CBS), and in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and numerous other national and regional publications.
Gina St. Aubin
Gina began her involvement in the special needs community in 2003 when her eldest son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at nine months of age. Beyond Cerebral Palsy, her son is now diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays.
With her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and as a former Victim's Advocate, Gina turned to advocate for those with intellectual and physical challenges. She is the editor and author of Special Happens, a special needs community resource and blog focusing on Autism, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Processing Disorder and Developmental Delays. She regularly contributes to a number of media sites including 5 Minutes for Special Needs. Gina is a mother of 3, wife, writer, and special needs advocate.
William R. Whalen, M.D.
United Eye Centers
Bill has been a practicing ophthalmologist for the past twenty-five years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in biology and from Dartmouth Medical School and Harvard Medical School with an MD degree. Bill has won numerous national awards for screenwriting. His younger daughter, Marty, is a senior at George Washington University. His older daughter, Nicole, graduated from the University of Southern California and is a touring singer-songwriter, living in Nashville.