Board of Directors

President:

Leigh Kahn
President, Kahn Research, Inc.

Leigh is President of Kahn Research Inc, a marketing research firm specializing in consumer and shopper research. She received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and completed her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Prior to forming Kahn Research, she held positions with several top national marketing research firms, was Research Director for National Demographics and Lifestyles (a subsidiary of RL Polk, now Equifax), and was Consumer Insights Manager for Coors Brewing.

Leigh’s past board and volunteer experience includes president of the Colorado American Marketing Association, as well as serving on the Chicago American Marketing Association Board of Directors. She and her husband established a golf tournament fundraiser for Denver Academy, and Leigh served as Chair of the event for 5 years. She has also served on the Castle Pines Village Homes Association Board of Directors, and chaired several committees for the Association. Leigh has 3 children, and lives with her husband in Castle Rock, CO.


Secretary:

Tim Hoyman
Realtor, Prestige Realty Group

Tim is a musician, a Realtor®, a native Coloradoan, and a dedicated community volunteer. In addition to serving as president of the SPDF board of directors, Tim currently serves on the board of the Aurora Association of Realtors board of directors and as chair of the Aurora Association of Realtors grievance committee. He is past president of the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and has served on the board of directors for Canto Deo Choir. A classically trained musician, Tim has performed with a number of orchestras, choirs, and chorales over the past 30 years. He currently plays bassoon in the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and sings tenor in the Cherry Creek Chorale. He served proudly with the Colorado Army National Guard for more than 20 years before his retirement from the military. Tim and his wife Barbara have one child, Ian. Tim is currently with Prestige Realty Group as a licensed Realtor® and is founder of the Denver Home Run Team, helping small business owners grow their business.


Treasurer:

Bruce Baron
Owner/CPA, Bruce S. Baron CPA, PC 

Bruce Baron received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and an MBA in operations research from the City College of New York. After working for several years as a civil engineer and computer programmer, he joined the New York City accounting firm, David C. Wiener & Company. Discovering a passion for financial consulting, Bruce went on to earn a second MBA in accounting from New York University. He passed the CPA exam and became a partner of the firm.


Members:

Ron Blair
CFO, Renco Properties, Inc.

Ron Blair attended Santa Clara University, where he received his bachelor of science in management. After graduation, Ron worked for a market research firm for several years before returning to Santa Clara for his law degree and his master of business administration with concentrations in finance and international business. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a graduate student for his outstanding scholarship. After working in education a few years, Ron joined a fellow college alumnus as a partner in a venture capital firm in the Silicon Valley

For the last five years, Ron has been a partner and chief financial officer for Renco Properties Inc., a commercial real estate firm that owns property in Colorado and California. He is the managing member for Blair Family Investments, LLC, and serves as an officer for a non-profit foundation that focuses on education and children's causes. Ron is married and the father of two daughters. He lives in Parker, Colorado. Ron joined the STAR Institute Board of Directors after learning about how many children are affected by this disorder and about the progress STAR Institute is making in increasing knowledge through research and raising awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder.


Howard Cohn M.D
President, European Branch of Helen Keller International

Howard Cohn M.D. is currently President of the European Branch of Helen Keller International, an NGO dedicated to the eradication of preventable blindness and malnutrition in 22 countries worldwide.  

Begun in Paris in 1915 to rehabilitate soldiers blinded in the First World War, current international programs have evolved to be a mix of prevention of blindness (20%) and malnutrition (80%). This includes vitamin A supplementation (to prevent xerophthalmia, the most common cause of blindness among young children in developing countries), homestead food production, breast feeding education, improvement of maternal and child health, and treatment of tropical diseases, particularly the blinding ones, such as onchocerciasis and trachoma.

Howard is a graduate of George Washington University Medical School and an ophthalmology residency and glaucoma fellowship at the Eye and Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh.  

Howard’s international experience began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia. He and his wife, Nicole, also a physician, finally settled in Paris. He is currently winding down a 30+ year career as ophthalmologist at the American Hospital of Paris. A board member of HKI NY for 30 years, he was recruited to lead nation-wide blindness prevention programs in Vietnam in the 1990’s and in Burma from 2000 on.

Howard and Nicole have three daughters, living on three continents, and five grandchildren.  He is an amateur member of the French magician’s society and an expert RC aviator.

One of Howard’s main concerns is to give all children, in all countries, their chance to develop healthy productive lives.  Having known our founder, Dr. Lucy Miller, for over 40 years, Howard was happy to bring his talents to the STAR Institute board of directors.


Edward Goldson, M.D., FAACP
Children's Hospital Colorado

Dr. Goldson is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. A practicing pediatrician involved in the care of children with special needs, he serves as a specialist in the Child Development Unit, works in the area of child maltreatment, and currently serves as the coordinator for the child development rotation of the pediatric residents. In the past, Ed served on the governor's Interagency Coordinating Council for IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and on the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. Ed currently serves on the Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health as well as on one of the panels developing the Bright Beginnings documents of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He assists the STAR Institute on conceptual issues related to the diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder and volunteers as the physician expert on the physician pages of the STAR Institute website.


Laura Mathews
Laura A. Mathews Law, P.C., Attorney

Laura A. Mathews brings with her more than eleven years of experience as an elder law attorney, special needs planner and probate litigator. Laura’s practice is focused on representing clients in creating a long-term care or a life-care plan designed to span over several years. Laura is experienced in using various types of disability, special needs, and supplemental needs trusts to help clients and families establish a long-term care or life-care plan that maximizes the hope for their situation. Laura works collaboratively with accountants, financial advisors, and other professionals to help build a strong support system of advisors for her clients.


Kathryn E. Miller, Esq.
Attorney-Neutral, Littleton Alternative Dispute Resolution, Inc.
Former President, SPD Foundation

Katy Miller graduated from Dartmouth College in 1977 and received her law degree in 1980 from the University of Denver College of Law. Katy began her legal career with Holland & Hart, primarily emphasizing employment and labor law. Since 1985, she has been with Miller & Steiert P.C., representing both employers and employees in workplace disputes. In 1997, Katy founded the Littleton Alternative Dispute Resolution group and now devotes all of her professional time serving as a neutral mediator, fact-finder, or arbitrator in employment and other legal conflicts. She has been named in The Best Lawyers in America since 1990 in the area of Labor and Employment Law and has lectured extensively to lawyers and human resource professionals on a variety of employment and ADR issues. Katy is the co-managing editor of The Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Employment Law, published in December 1998 (revised 2001, 2004, 2006) and has served on many boards, including the Board of the Faculty of Federal Advocates and the Colorado Judicial Institute. Katy has been an officer since the organization was originally formed. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Englewood, Colorado.


Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L
Founder, STAR Institute

Dr. Lucy Miller is the founder of STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder (formerly the SPD Foundation and STAR Center). Dr. Miller was the executive director of the SPD Foundation from 1979 to 2012. She also directs the work of STAR Institute’s Treatment Center.

An occupational therapist and research scientist, Dr. Miller was awarded an NIH career award to investigate sensory processing disorders in children. She developed the SPD Scientific Work Group, which is composed of researchers from Harvard, Yale, Duke, and twelve other research institutions. She is a professor of Pediatrics at Rocky Mountain University and an associate clinical professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Miller has authored nine nationally standardized assessments for children with special needs and more than fifty peer-reviewed articles and chapters on SPD. Her groundbreaking book on SPD for parents and professionals, Sensational Kids: Help and Hope for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (New York: GP Putnam's Sons), was published in 2006 and released in paperback in 2007.

Dr. Miller obtained her bachelor of science degree in psychology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, her master's in occupational therapy from Boston University, and her doctorate in special education (educational research emphasis) from the University of Denver. In 2005, she received the Award of Merit from the American Occupational Therapy Association, the highest award in the OT profession. In 2006, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the state of Colorado.

Dr. Miller's work has been featured on 20-20 (ABC), The Today Show (NBC), and The Early Show (CBS), and in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, and numerous other national and regional publications.


Marla Roth-Fisch
Author, Illustrator

Marla Fisch's professional background includes positions in marketing and operations for Los Angeles-based Westfield Corporation, one of the world's top owners and managers of major regional shopping centers. Prior to her experience at Westfield, Fisch founded and ran Raiders' Benefit Basketball, a California-based organization that recruited professional athletes for charity basketball and softball fundraisers. Raiders' Benefit organized more than 500 sporting events with proceeds benefiting schools and other causes promoting the health and well-being of children and teenagers.

Marla, a happily married mother of two children, lives in Highland Ranch, Colorado. She wrote and illustrated the book Sensitive Sam as a read-together book for parents and children with SPD. The book, written from a child's perspective, is told in rhyme and illustrated with bright colors and empathetic scenes designed to hold attention and foster better understanding of kids with SPD and their parents.

The mother of a son with SPD, Marla Fisch is committed to making an active and positive personal contribution in her future involvement as an SPDF board member.


Pam Savage-Sims
Owner, Lime Restaurant Group

Pam has a long and extensive career in the music industry starting at Baylor University as a musical theater scholar. She has sung jingles for national and local advertising campaigns, recoded projects with noted artists such as Danny Seraphine ( Chicago), been on Grammy nominated Children's recordings and has opened for many national concerts acts. 

She and her husband, Curt opened Lime in 2001 basing it on recipes and menus that she created researching Southwestern cuisine. They use their restaurant platform supporting local charities such as the Kempe Foundation, Horizons at Colorado Academy, The Children's Hospital Colorado and Sense of Serenity. 

Her main focus has been raising her two sons, Woody and Lucas. Woody was diagnosed with sensory issues at the age of five and with intervention and the support of the SPD community and STAR Institute is now thriving as a junior majoring in Computer Science at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Lucas is a Dean List scholar majoring in Business and French at Gonzaga University in Spokane. 

With her sons in college, she has joined the board of the SPD Foundation to "use her powers for good!" with a focus on fundraising and awareness and support of SPD in older children and young adults.


Carol Stock Kranowitz
President, Out-of-Sync Child, Inc.

During her 25-five year career as a preschool teacher, Carol Stock Kranowitz introduced Sensory Processing Disorder to parents and educators around the world through her groundbreaking book, The Out-of-Sync Child.  This first book in the “Sync” series has sold over one million copies and has been selected by Brain,Child Magazine as one of the top ten books about children with disabilities.

Carol is in constant demand as a speaker, nationally and internationally, and is tireless in explaining Sensory Processing Disorder’s effect on children’s learning and behavior and how families, teachers, therapists, and other professionals can help.

A graduate of Barnard College, Carol earned her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development degree from The George Washington University.  She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, is an accomplished classical cellist, and dotes on her five grandchildren.


William R. Whalen, M.D.
United Eye Centers

Bill has been a practicing ophthalmologist for the past twenty-five years. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in biology and from Dartmouth Medical School and Harvard Medical School with an MD degree. Bill has won numerous national awards for screenwriting. His younger daughter, Marty, is a senior at George Washington University. His older daughter, Nicole, graduated from the University of Southern California and is a touring singer-songwriter, living in Nashville.