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Judging Panel

Shire extends its appreciation to the panel of judges who are donating their time to the ADHD Scholarship Program to review and select the scholarship award recipients.

 Evelyn Polk Green

Evelyn Polk Green, MSEd, is the immediate past president of ADDA, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. Evelyn is an adult with ADHD and the mother of two adult sons, Perry and Robert, both of whom were also diagnosed with ADHD. She has served as a leader representing the family voice in the ADHD and mental health communities in many capacities, including as a member of the Network on Children’s Mental Health Services funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She frequently represents the family/consumer perspective on mental health issues and often speaks to audiences and the media on a variety of topics. Active in ADHD and mental health advocacy for more than 20 years, Evelyn is also past president of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). She is the recipient of several honors for her volunteer work in mental health including the Beacon College Achieving Lifetime Vision and Excellence (ALiVE) Award for her advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with learning differences and ADHD. Evelyn works as an administrator with the Chicago Public Schools, planning professional development programs. She holds bachelor and master’s degrees from National Louis University and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University.

Michael F. MacKay, JD, CPA, MSIA

Michael F. MacKay, JD, CPA, MSIA is a retired health care executive living in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife, Jane, are the proud parents of two exceptional sons. When their younger son was diagnosed with ADHD, they began their personal journey of challenge and growth in understanding the impact of ADHD. This culminated in their appreciation for and Mike’s volunteering to work with CHADD in 2010. After serving on and then chairing the Finance Committee, he was elected to the Board and now serves as President.

Mark Rus

Mark Rus is Shire’s Vice President – Neuroscience, and leads the company’s global commercial Neuroscience-specific commercial teams and strategy. Mark has extensive experience in the Neuroscience space in general, and ADHD space in particular, gained primarily over his past 10 years at Shire. He is currently based in Lexington, Massachusetts, but is originally from Canada. He has worked across US, Canadian, European, Asian, and other global markets. Prior to Shire, Mark worked for several years in the Canadian federal government as a Ministerial staffer, policy advisor, and on election campaigns. He holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) from Huron University. He is appreciative and privileged to be participating as a team member of the Michael Yasick Scholarship Program, and being inspired by the students it partners with every year.

Kaaren Ruth

Kaaren Ruth is Director, US Patient Advocacy at Shire. She has over 15 years in the healthcare field having held various marketing positions across multiple therapeutic areas for medical device and pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca and Allergan. Kaaren has been recognized by the industry trade organization, DTC Perspectives, as a Top 25 DTC Marketer for leading award-winning, multi-channel integrated consumer marketing campaigns that educate and connect patients, caregivers, and medical professionals. Throughout Kaaren’s career, she has worked with patient advocacy organizations on various issues and understands the value that these organizations bring to patients.

Abby Grasso

Abby Grasso is motivated by helping people and making connections. As the Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Pennsylvania Montgomery County, Abby is committed to helping people live their best life through identifying supportive connections in their communities.

Trained as a Clinical Social Worker, Abby brings roughly two decades of experience in partnering with those who live with mental illness and their families.  Prior to her appointment at NAMI of PA Montgomery County, Abby worked with individuals and families affected by mental illness as the Clinical Supervisor of a youth shelter, a mobile therapist, a social worker/ assessor at an inpatient hospital, and the Director of Business Development for an inpatient hospital.

Abby feels with certainty that we are all impacted, whether directly or indirectly, by mental illness and that we need to properly educate and support our communities to strengthen programs, treatment, and resources.  Abby’s passions include seeing that our communities are equipped to support those in need of mental health support, to help others identify the very best in themselves, to support each individual in their own recovery, and to end the crippling stigma that attaches to those living with mental illness and their families.

"Most of my life I have been battling ADHD on my own. College would prove difficult for me, but when I got this scholarship, I felt like I finally had some help."

Jeremy Waldron
Closter, NJ