Advisory Board Members

Eric Arnold Eric is the Executive Director of Hale Reservation, a private, non-profit educational organization that manages over 1,100 acres of woodlands in Westwood and Dover, Massachusetts. He holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Lesley University.  Prior to coming to Hale in 2001, Eric was the Director of Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA; teacher at Beaver Country Day School, a private day school in Chestnut Hill; Director of Camp Kennebec and the Crescent Lake School in Waterville, Maine.  He has also held the positions of President, American Camp Association in New England - 2008 - 2011; President, Massachusetts Camping Association, 2008; American Camp Association Accreditation Visitor, 2000 - current.
Eileen Costello, M.D. Eileen Costello is a pediatrician in practice in Jamaica Plain, MA.  She is a former board member and current executive advisory committee member at the Asperger's Association of New England.  She recently finished an autism fellowship at Boston Medical Center.  A frequent speaker to groups around issues related to individuals on the autism spectrum, she is the co-author of "Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In" (Ballantine, 2004)
Priscilla Gandel Priscilla works with organizations to promote products and services and to build brands.  Priscilla is a senior executive with 25+ years of experience in driving innovative solutions, leading projects, launching products, and managing organizations.  She has a proven track record of creating and executing successful programs with outstanding financial results in multiple product categories.  Known for her forward-thinking problem solving skills, Priscilla is an expert in marketing, brand management, business strategy, new product development, research, analysis and financial reporting.

As a consultant, Priscilla has been given the authority by companies such as American Express to lead complex, high profile projects from the conceptual stage to final production through marketing strategy and launch.  Priscilla has managed development of several new, cutting-edge Amex products.  On these projects, as on others, she has added tremendous value by cutting across functions, boundaries and levels within the organization to facilitate progress and gain internal support.  By creatively collaborating with key players from multiple internal and external resources – research, strategic analysis, data processing, finance, manufacturing, industrial and graphic design, general counsel, product and purchasing – Priscilla consistently orchestrates the success of teams and drives projects forward to completion.  She understands her clients' visions and has a unique ability to turn those visions into reality.

Priscilla has managed projects for many clients, in addition to American Express, including Barnes & Noble, multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, HealthAxis, Prudential Life, and Dreyfus.  These projects include strategic development and implementation of marketing plans and programs, identity systems and guidelines, websites, marketing and brand training and multi-channel promotions.

Priscilla's background also includes corporate positions at American Express and Fleet Bank and agency positions at Ayer and FCB.  She received a BA in political science from Tufts University.

Fred Golinko Fred Golinko has over 35 years experience in the areas of brand development, corporate and product identity, package design, sales and marketing communications, name creation, website and exhibit design.  Fred's strength is his ability to work closely with clients, understand their business/marketing needs and translate them into effective, impactful and memorable visual solutions without compromising design quality and creativity.  He is equally adept at managing complex projects as well as basic ones, synthesizing the various elements and organizing them into an integrated visual statement that resonates with the target audience.

Prior to opening Golinko Design, Fred directed the branding and visual communication design team at Design Continuum, Inc. in a wide range of programs for clients including BASF, Picture Tel, Genzyme, MapInfo, Samsung Electronics, Champion, Polaroid Corporation, Enox Technologies, Triboro Quilt, and Stride Rite.  As the Senior Project Director for BrandEquity International, he designed and managed over 100 projects for clients such as Wilson Sporting Goods, The Sheraton Corporation, The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, H.P. Hood, Liberty Financial, Eastman Kodak, General Cinema and the Brigham & Women's Hospital.

In addition Fred was Principal Partner in Daedalus, Ltd., a joint venture design firm specializing in museum and exhibit design and Senior Designer for Museum Planning, Inc. focusing on exhibition master planning, graphic design and related services to museums and educational organizations.  Fred's work has won more than 40 national and international awards.

Fred completed his undergraduate work at Harvard College and attended the Pratt Institute of Design.

Leigh Jackson, M.D. Leigh is an Emergency Medicine Pediatrician at Newton Wellesley Hospital.  She has experience treating children with a wide range of developmental differences and a strong understanding of how these differences can affect life at school.  She is a current board member for The Weston Drama Workshop in Weston, Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband and two sons.
Kristen Jacobsen,
M.S., CCC/SLP
Ms. Kristen Jacobsen is a certified speech-language pathologist who graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston.  She is a specialist in pediatric and young adult speech-language pathology with interests in the areas of language learning disabilities, literacy, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention, executive dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders and social pragmatics.  Ms. Jacobsen has worked as a speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools, and hospital settings.  Ms. Jacobsen provides teacher training, school consultation and parent coaching.  Prior to establishing a private practice, she worked with colleagues to create and implement comprehensive group therapy programs for language and cognition at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Ms. Jacobsen was the recipient of the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award.
Timothy B. Lee, ED.M. Timothy B. Lee, ED.M. is the Director of AHP Educational Consulting and oversees services to all clients at AHP, including independent school clients, college-bound students, at-risk teens and those with special needs.  After working in several school settings, Tim Lee realized that developing longer and deeper relationships with students and their families was the most rewarding aspect of his work.  Working independently allows him the freedom to focus on what is best for each student, and the leeway necessary to assure the best possible fit between student and school or college.  A Certified Educational Planner, Tim has guided young people to make informed educational decisions for three decades.  Before joining AHP, he was an associate director of admissions as well as a placement advisor at two leading New England schools.  Tim graduated from Harvard College and received a Master of Education in adolescent development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He is currently president of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and has served on the board for five years.  He also is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners.
D. Scott McLeod, Ph.D. Scott is the Executive Director of Aspire at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Aspire supports social skill development for children, teens and young adults with Asperger's Syndrome and related challenges.  Dr. McLeod is a clinical psychologist with degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University.  His professional experience as a clinical psychologist with Massachusetts General Hospital; Executive Director of Aspire; Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School as well as his practice in individual and family psychotherapy are indispensable for the needs of a school that puts strong emphasis on the social and emotional development of a diverse student population.  Dr. McLeod is also on the Board of the Asperger's Association of New England.
Luke O'Neill In 1996, Luke served as CEO and Founder of Shackleton Schools, Inc., a Boston-based residential high school with a challenging, expedition-based curriculum with roots in the philosophies and methodologies of Outward Bound.  The school's "basecamp" was located on a 60-acre hilltop farm in Ashby, Massachusetts.

More recently, Luke served as the Vice President for Western U.S. Operations for Meritas, LLC, an international, for-profit educational venture, and as President of Meritas' K-12 school in Henderson, Nevada.

Luke's work in expedition-based education began when he joined Outward Bound in 1990 as both an instructor and a development professional.  Since that time, he has continued to instruct sea kayaking, sailing, and backpacking courses in Maine and Washington while also serving as a facilitator in Outward Bound Professional programs.

Luke also served as the Assistant Executive Director at the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford, Connecticut.  Prior to that post, Luke worked for four years as a corporate attorney at Whitman, Ransom, Breed & Morgan in Greenwich, Connecticut during which time he performed pro bono legal work for indigent juvenile court defendants.

Luke holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.  He lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Jerry Sparby After serving 37 years as a public school teacher and principal in Minnesota, Jerry's current mission in life is to serve our youth and learning community, to model for them personal responsibility, love for learning and the joy of living a love-filled life.

Currently, Jerry serves as Executive Director of Building a World of Love coaching parents of intense kids on strategies to help them to feel and be more successful in dealing with their children and each other.  He consults to school administrations, coaches teachers on curricular and classroom management/leadership techniques, and advocates for special needs children and their families.

Jerry also collaborates directly with teachers in the classroom identifying resources, developing child-specific teaching strategies, creating flexible schedules to improve student success, meeting expected outcomes for math and reading fluency, counseling students and parents on inappropriate behavior management, implementing before and after school programming, and modeling teaching techniques to reach all children.

Since 2006, Jerry has held an appointment as an adjunct professor/facilitator at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota where he teaches graduate-level courses on Classroom Community Building Strategies and Non-Linguistic Strategies.  He also serves on the committee developing a doctorate program for school administrators.

Jerry has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead and an MS in Elementary Education and a 6th Year Specialist Degree in School Administration from St. Cloud State University.  At Adler Graduate School, he received his Parent Coaching Licensure and is currently getting certified in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Gail Sullivan, M.A. Gail opened her own firm in 1991 to integrate high quality architectural design with a collaborative process that engages clients in planning and design.  From its inception, Studio G Architects has reflected Gail's passion to deliver architecture which serves the public good, enhances community and creates an enduring sense of place.  A leading voice in the Boston area for socially and environmentally responsible buildings for youth and children, Gail takes particular delight in integrating art, nature and science into her designs to encourage young people to explore, imagine and investigate their world.  She has designed early childhood centers, K-12 schools, after school and youth centers.  Her designs include Montessori and Reggio Emilia-inspired programs, such as MIT's Technology Children's Center at Stata, and Copper Beech Montessori.  She has designed independent, pilot and charter schools, and is currently working with Boston Latin School on a sustainable roofscape learning center.  Gail's ability to engage stakeholders in the planning and design process helps shape each school design as a reflection of its educational philosophy and culture.  Her education designs have been published in Progressive Architecture and Young Children magazines and she has presented at a number of conferences on design for early education.

Gail has a Master's Degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Peter A. Vaughn, M.B.A. Peter is Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management and Marketing for American Express.  He is responsible for developing, managing and monitoring the overall brand strategy for the company, including brand architecture, visual brand identity and brand asset management.  He serves as a strategic thought leader for a broad variety of B2C and B2B marketing efforts across the company.

Joining American Express in 1992, Peter worked in their London office as Director of Marketing for UK Banking Products and later in the International Consumer Card Group, holding various positions in marketing, product management and global product development.  In 1999, he moved to New York's American Express Small Business Services Division as Vice President for Acquisition & Advertising and then as Vice President & General Manager of Lending in the Small Business Services Division.

In 2002, Peter became responsible for directing all North American marketing initiatives for the Travelers Cheque and Gifting product lines, including the launch of the American Express Gift Card business.  In 2005, he joined the company's Global Advertising and Brand Management Division where he eventually assumed his current role as Senior Vice President, Global Brand Management and Marketing.

Prior to joining American Express, Peter spent five years with The Boston Company, Inc., a leading New England bank, where he advanced to become Assistant Vice President and held key roles in investment research, and international private banking.

Peter graduated from Brown University with a BA in Business Economics, and received an MBA in International Marketing from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  He resides in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Sarah Ward,
M.S., CCC/SLP
Sarah has over 14 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems.  Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.  Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of academic placement and treatment programs.

She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an emphasis on the treatment of executive functions.  She subsequently began to train graduate students in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on symptoms and treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain based disorders.

Sarah is the immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, is a member of the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board, the National Institutes of Health Model Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.  She holds a guest faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students on assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for, and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with brain based learning differences.  A popular speaker, Sarah presents locally and nationally on the topic of executive function to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.  She has presented and consulted with over 200 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.

Lauren K. Weeks, Psy.D. Lauren is a clinical Psychologist who holds degrees from Boston College and Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She is a Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Certified Consultant for families with an ASD Child.  She regularly conducts school consultations for children with ASD as well as neuropsychological evaluations.  She is the member of numerous organizations including the APA, MPA, and Autism Association of America.  Ms. Week's deep knowledge of children, as well as her understanding of family dynamics as they pertain to special-needs students, strongly support the philosophy of the Collaborative Learning Project and Tremont School's approach to education.