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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.

 Carol Caruso

Carol Caruso is Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania Montgomery County. She is a family member of persons living with mental illness and has held administrative positions in the mental health system in the areas of case management, residential and crisis residential services, and future care planning. She is currently serving on the NAMI Board of Directors, where her focus is on early intervention and children’s mental health services. She has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Advisory Committee. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Montgomery County (PA) Emergency Services as well as the Family Co-Chair of Montgomery County CSP (Community Support Program). She is a state trainer for several of NAMI’s signature educational and support programs, including the NAMI Family-to-Family Educational Program.

 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.

 Lawrence Gross

Lawrence S. Gross, MD, MSEd, is a member of the Board of Directors and the current treasurer of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a committee-based organization of psychiatric leaders working to address important issues facing the field of psychiatry. Dr. Gross is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where he is a practicing clinician and teaches medical students and psychiatric residents. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists.

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.

 James Nininger

James E. Nininger, MD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Cornell University Medical College. He has had his own private practice since 1977 and served as a speaker for the APA Assembly in both 2004 and 2005. He also served as President for the New York State Psychiatric Association from 1998 to 2002. At the New York County District Branch, Nininger established the first Task Force on Psychiatry and Nursing Homes, chaired the committee on aging for 14 years, and was among the first group of psychiatrists to volunteer services to the homeless. He volunteered at Pier 94 and Ground Zero with Disaster Psychiatry Outreach following 9/11 and in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.

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.

Gwen Fisher

Gwen Fisher joined Shire in January 2012 and is currently Head of Communications and Public Affairs, ad interim. In this position, she leads the 90-plus person team responsible for global strategic planning and execution of internal and external communications, disease awareness initiatives as well as policy, government relations and patient advocacy for Shire. She reports to Shire's CEO.

Gwen is a proven business leader with more than 25 years' experience in key facets of communications, including corporate, employee, financial, merger and acquisition, advocacy, and marketing communications, as well as top-tier media relations and issues management. She possesses extensive experience developing and implementing strategic global communications plans in complex operating environments and serves as a trusted counselor and advisor to senior business executives. Gwen earned a B.A. in Communications from Washington State University and an MBA from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"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