Claire Noyes, Coordinator
Claire is the founding member and coordinator of BuxMont CHADD, since 2009. She is the mother of two sons who were diagnosed with ADHD as young children and are now young adults. Her drive to help families and individuals with ADHD comes from her own experiences with the educational and emotional challenges of raising children. Through her work with CHADD, she has seen the impact of ADHD from childhood to adult and uses that knowledge to help others find their own strengths to live well with ADHD.
Larry Maltin, Treasurer
Larry has been an active member of CHADD at the local and national level for over 13 years. He joined the Board of the original Elkins Park CHADD (now BuxMont CHADD) when his granddaughter, now a college Junior, was diagnosed with ADHD, and served as Program Coordinator for its Parents Group until mid-2019.
Larry has served as a member of several CHADD national committees on the development and support of CHADD’’s affiliates, and establishment of its current Chapter Advisory Board. He also led the effort to create CHADD’s “Teachers Card” (Recognizing ADHD in The Classroom), a new tool for educating teachers and parents to help students with ADHD.
In collaboration with The Center for The Management of ADHD at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Larry helped to create a new CHADD affiliate in Philadelphia. He continues to serve as an advisor to the group.
Larry currently serves as a Caregiver Stakeholder in CHOP’s four-year research project “Partnering to Achieve School Success”.
Chrissy Mathis, Parent Programming Coordinator
Chrissy resides in Bucks County with her husband and three children. She joined BuxMont CHADD in 2018 when her oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD. A year later, at the age of 38, she received her own diagnosis. Both her experience with ADHD and her former position as a special education teacher have helped her in supporting parents who are navigating their children’s needs and understanding of ADHD. In her role as the parent programming coordinator, she facilitates monthly parent meetings and provides resources to parents whose children are diagnosed with ADHD.
Baylie Sappir, Adult Programming Coordinator
Baylie is a young professional residing in Montgomery County. She is a graduate from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education, and a Masters in Deaf Education. Baylie has been a member of Buxmont CHADD since 2014 and a member of the board since 2016. She joined CHADD to gain a deeper understanding of ADHD and how it impacts her life. In her role as adult programming coordinator, she facilitates monthly meetings and provides resources to other adults with ADHD.
Ov Nick Vitale, Online Support Group Moderator
Nick resides in Bucks County and is a father of four children. After retirement, he completed coaching courses at the ADD Coach Academy in 2019. He is pursuing his coaching certificate while actively coaching.
He is intensely moved by helping others with ADHD and coordinates the monthly meetings for BuxMont’s CHADD’s online support group.
Heather Maltin, Communications Coordinator
Heather has experience as a parent and an educator with a professional background in healthcare and education. She has worked in the public school system as a classroom teacher and is currently getting her reading specialist certification. In 2006, her daughter was diagnosed with severe attention deficit and this started Heather’s journey in learning as much as possible about ADHD. In 2010, she and her husband took CHADD’s parent-to-parent class, and they have been using CHADD’s resources ever since.
Currently, Heather raises awareness about ADHD through social media and by working with parents in the community in order to help them gain access to providers and other important services. She serves as a parent representative on the ADHD research team of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), manages the Buxmont CHADD Facebook page and is editor of its monthly newsletter.
Tawnya Luna, Website Manager
Tawnya is a mother of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. She’s worked in the media and technology field for more than 20 years conducting user research and managing large websites. She joined BuxMont CHADD in late 2020 and oversees the website experience and content updates. She brings with her a passion for creating user-centered, easy-to-read websites and aims to create a simple, easy-to-use experience for the visitors to the BuxMont CHADD website.
Michael Cassano, Ph.D., Professional Advisor
Dr. Michael Cassano is a licensed psychologist in the State of Pennsylvania. After completing an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Dr. Cassano served for eight years as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University where he taught and supervised students pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical psychology.
While at Widener, Dr. Cassano co-founded the Widener Child Therapy Clinic and directed the Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy Concentration. Dr. Cassano left his full-time position on the Widener faculty to focus on private practice.
Dr. Cassano’s areas of expertise include individual and family therapy. He has extensive experience using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness techniques to address concerns related to parenting challenges, ADHD, learning and homework problems, oppositional defiant disorder, aggression, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Cassano regularly collaborates and consults with schools, physicians, and other adults who play major roles in the lives of children and teens, and has conducted research in several areas related to clinical and developmental psychology. His specific research interests include family influences on children’s ability to manage emotions and the development of effective treatments for children, teens, and young adults coping with ADHD, anxiety, and depression.