Robert J. Doman Jr.

Founder and Director

Founder of the National Association for Child Development and Chairman, Board of Directors Bob Doman is the Director and Chairman of the Board of The NACD Foundation, which he founded in 1979. He is also the President of the National Association for Child Development, created in 1985. The Association operates eighteen chapters throughout the United States and India. Bob and … Read More

Laird Doman

Chief Operations Officer & Family Liaison

Laird Doman represents the third generation of his family to dedicate their lives to bettering the lives of children, developing our understanding of neurodevelopment and building NACD. Laird’s father, Bob Doman, is the founder and director of NACD. Laird’s grandfather, Dr. Robert J. Doman M.D, was one of the very first physiatrists—a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well … Read More

Ellen R. Doman

Educational Director - M.A., Curriculum and Instruction

Ellen Doman’s involvement in neurological rehabilitation began in childhood under the mentorship of her father, Robert J. Doman, MD, a prominent Physiatrist who developed successful therapies for patients suffering from brain abnormalities and injuries. From age twelve through her teens, Ellen accompanied her father to the rehab clinics where he taught her about diagnosis and rehabilitation, and allowed her to … Read More

Sara Erling

NACD Developmentalist & Coach - M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

When Sara Erling graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Boise State University in May of 1998, her plans for continuing her education were firmly in place. She took the GRE and set a course for her Master’s program to begin the following year. Newly married, she set aside one year to settle in to married life and work “in … Read More

W. Bruce Haslam

Research Director - Ph.D., Social Psychology

Bruce Haslam comes to us from Weber State University, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Brigham Young University. While at Weber State he was a Research Advisor to the Department of Nursing, advised about a dozen faculty members on their dissertation research, worked jointly on several research projects with … Read More

Lori Riggs

Director of Center for Speech and Sound - M.A., CCC/SLP Speech Pathology

Lori Riggs is a certified Speech/Language Pathologist with over twenty years of experience in providing speech therapy, cutting-edge oral motor therapies, and auditory training programs to families around the globe. After graduating from Baylor University in 1990, Lori obtained her Master’s degree from Kent State University in 1992. For the next several years she provided acute care and rehabilitative speech … Read More

Lyn Waldeck

NACD Developmentalist

Lyn Waldeck discovered NACD in 1992 when seeking help for her severely brain-injured child. Now, fourteen years later, she is a senior staff member who views working for NACD as a privilege more than a job. Prior to NACD, with an education background in Real Estate/Finance, Lyn first managed the acquisition, development and disposition of property for a Texas Land … Read More

Prachi Sinha

NACD India Developmentalist/Coach - M.S. Child Development

Prachi Sinha’s association with NACD began when she became a resource for two families on program in India. She helped the families implement their NACD programs while she continued to work on her M.S. in child development. After completing her degree, she worked as a special educator in an inclusive setting while continuing to work with the two NACD families. … Read More

Glenda Girazian


Glenda’s journey with NACD began in 1984 when her firstborn son was diagnosed with Down syndrome. After four months of hearing the “professionals” paint a bleak picture, she was devastated, confused and desperate for some encouraging words. When Brandon was 4 months old, she was made aware of a conference on Down syndrome at the Disneyland Hotel conducted by an … Read More

BJ Owen-Tubbs

Coach - B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education

BJ Owen-Tubbs graduated in 1980 from West Chester University with a B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Counseling. Her graduate studies were in Elementary Education, with a focus in Human Development. She taught preschool for more than 13 years in West Chester. BJ began working and training in the North Regional office in West Chester, PA with … Read More

John McCallum

Director of Multimedia - Project Manager, Design, Music, Social Media & Video

John McCallum is a composer, musician, graphic/web designer, photographer, and videographer and is currently the Director of Multimedia for NACD. He attended the University of Utah where he studied Music, Jazz Composition, and Art. He has worked in Music and Audio Production for 25 years and has been in the Graphic & Web Design field for the last 20 years. He currently … Read More

Vidya Guhan

NACD Developmentalist & Coach - M.S. Communicative Disorders

Vidya Guhan is a Speech Language Pathologist by profession. She graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she studied under top researchers in the field and won many awards in both her undergraduate and graduate studies. For her Fellowship year of supervised practice she worked first with brain-injured children in a residential rehabilitation center, then with … Read More

Teodora Pop, M.A.

Coach & NACD Romania Coordinator

Teo has worked with children since high school. She volunteered in several organizations that worked with children who had a range of disabilities and has been teaching in various capacities for 14 years. She received a BA and then an MA in Painting and Child Education, with the intention of becoming an art therapist and practicing in the United States. … Read More

Sunette Payne

NACD Practitioner and Coach - OTR/L Occupational Therapy

Sunette graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of the Orange Free State in South Africa as the valedictorian of her class. In the United States, she worked in the rehabilitation field for over 10 years, with her focus being brain injury and stroke victims. She fulfilled her role as Brain injury team leader and later as OT team … Read More

Marta Palmes

Coach & Facilitator for Spanish-Speaking Families

Marta Palmes is from Barcelona and has lived and worked in Spain, England, and the United States. She holds degrees in management and education. After pursuing careers in tourism, banking, and executive education, she found her personal and professional passion—child development—when her first daughter, Arianna, was born with an extra chromosome that impacts the way in which she learns and … Read More

Jennifer Virgin


Jennifer has been a mainstay at NACD for the past 30 years. From the early years of working out of Bob’s basement, to housing the office in her own home, to working in the various office locations in Ogden, she has taught program implementation to families, ran the office and been Bob’s right-hand woman all along the way. She currently serves … Read More

Pam Cook


Hi, I’m Pam Cook and I moved back to Utah from Washington State in 2006, when I started working for NACD part time. I now do all the scheduling for NACD.   Having a degree in Early Childhood Education, the wonderful part about my job is all the awesome, dedicated families that I get to talk to on a daily basis and of course … Read More

Carrie Humpherys

Accounting - M.S. Accounting

Carrie Humpherys has been a tax account and in-house company accountant for over 15 years. Carrie has worked for NACD since the summer of 2019. She enjoys helping in the NACD office and getting to know the NACD Families. Carrie earned her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Western Governors University, WGU, in 2017. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Southern … Read More

Kay Ishak

NACD Australia/New Zealand Coach - M.S./MBA Psychology

I discovered NACD in 2011 when I was exploring how to help my three boys love to learn. I knew school just wasn’t cutting it for them, especially one of the twins. He would always be away somewhere and would spark up when something became of interest. I could get some things from him, but then other times he just … Read More

Rubina Mirza

NACD India Physical Therapist - M.S. Physical Therapy, Sports Science & Special Education

Rubina Mirza has extensive experience working with children with disability. After completing her degree in physical therapy, Rubina obtained a Fellowship in Sports Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education. Since 2003 Rubina has worked in hospitals, schools, and has even had her own clinic. In the field of education, she has been involved in teaching life skills … Read More

Lavanya Guhan

Client Services

My name is Lavanya Guhan, and I am a 3rd year student at Bellevue College in the Seattle, Washington area. I have been part of the NACD community for a very long time. I was a client from the ages of 3 to 12 years. I also have fond memories of living in Utah and hanging out at the office … Read More

Cathy Alford, MA, PCC

Professional Advisory Committee

Part-time faculty at Columbus State University Board Chair Teen Advisors Columbus State University Former Board Member of Disability Service Center Columbus, GA

Randy Esters, EdD.

Professional Advisory Committee

President, North Arkansas College Former Associate VP for International Affairs, Dean of Education at Louisiana College.

Sharon Benham, M. D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Tucson, AZ

Hilary Hicks, PharmD

Professional Advisory Committee

Ogden, UT

Debra Hayden, RN,BSN,OTR/L

Professional Advisory Committee

Perryville, MO

Agnieszka Juscinska, M.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Board Certified Family Physician Mount Prospect, IL

Jonathan T. Nassos, M.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon Board-certified, Sports Medicine Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Julian Neil, N.D, Ph.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Los Angeles, CA

Crystal Imperato, D.O.

Professional Advisory Committee

Internal Medicine Wasilla, AK

Arturo Lira, M.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Diagnostic Radiologist/Nuclear Medicine-PET/CT Physician

Ryan Sutterer O.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Perryville, MO

Devanshu Thakore, M.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Hospitalist Physician Director of Hospitalist Program Chief of Medicine (Ridgecrest, CA)

Chinwe Ukauno, M.D., FAAFP

Professional Advisory Committee

Albany, GA

Michael Willoughby, M.D.

Professional Advisory Committee

Board Certified Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Charleston, SC

Natalie Kling

Professional Advisory Committee

Certified Clinical Nutritionist Sacramento, CA