||Susan Goodkin, Executive Director
Ms. Goodkin is a graduate of Harvard University,
Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where
she was a Rhodes Scholar. A former appellate attorney,
Susan lectures and writes nationally on education
issues. Her articles have appeared in the Washington
Post, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Enquirer, Sacramento
Bee and Houston Chronicle, as well
as many other publications. She is also an
Associate of the Negotiation Strategy Institute,
and has lectured widely on negotiation and gender,
as well as legal ethics.
National Advisory Board:
|David Gold (California): Mr. Gold holds Harvard undergraduate and graduate degrees focused in applied economics, as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. David taught economic theory at Harvard College, and his work on negotiation, economics and game theory led to his appointment to the Harvard Law School research faculty as the first Harvard Negotiation Project Fellow. David is currently Managing Director of the Negotiation Strategy Institute. In addition to lecturing nationally on strategic issues in negotiation, David writes widely on both negotiation and education issues.
Shannon McGuire (Kansas): Ms. McGuire is the parent of a gifted learner and a child with learning disabilities. Shannon has been actively pursuing the rights of children who are gifted or have learning disabilities for over 10 years. During this time, she has worked with her local superintendents, PTA, the State Board of Education, and Families Together Inc., to ensure that her children, and others like them, receive an appropriate education.
|Sonja Montiel (California) Ms.
Montiel is a former college admissions officer at
UC Santa Barbara, founder of the college admissions
counseling firm College Confidence (www.collegeconfidence.com)
and the creator of the "College Road Trip" admissions
planner. Sonja has a Masters Degree in Education
from USCB. In addition to college counseling, she
helps younger students identify and work with their
learning styles, understand their learning weaknesses,
and focus on their strengths.
|Ben Paris (New York): Mr. Paris
is a national test preparation expert, with over
15 years experience in the field. He is the former
Curriculum Director for Kaplan Test Prep, and creator
of the award-winning Peterson's Test Prep SAT Online
course. His recent publications include SparkNotes' SAT
All-Nighter and ACT All-Nighter. Ben
is also a personal tutor for students preparing for
the SAT, and has helped thousands of students to
do their best on standardized tests.
|Judith C. Smith (Oregon): Ms.
Smith is the parent of adult children and a grandparent.
She has been an advocate for gifted children for
more than 20 years through active participation in
local, regional, and state organizations. As a facilitator
for SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
model parent discussion groups she has heard many
stories of the joys and frustrations of living with
gifted children. She believes that sharing experiences
will help families better meet children's needs.
|Judith Vida, MD (California):
Dr Vida has been a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
for over 30 years, and was one of the founders of
the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los
Angeles. She served on the school board of South
Pasadena, and owes her commitment to the concept
and practice of gifted education to both her sons.