Catherine Bray

Catherine Bray

President

Catherine has been an ADHD coach for the past seven years. Her mission is to help  individuals who struggle with ADHD achieve a sense of purpose and find greater focus and direction in their lives. 

Prior to establishing her coaching business , Catherine spent 4 years studying and graduating from Coach U. She then did a specialization at the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). Catherine is member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Association of ADHD Coaches and ADDA. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto with a BA in the arts. She has recently became President of the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC),  the only certifying body specifically for ADHD Coaches.  

After successful careers in training facilitation, advertising and parenting, Catherine has turned her energies towards coaching on a one-on-one basis and assisting individuals to achieve success in their lives. She carries on her practice as a Coach at the Fallingbrook Wellness Clinic. She has a wide variety of ADHD clientele who range from struggling children to adults facing life and relationship challenges. She is keenly interested in helping all of her clients achieve a sense of purpose, focus  and direction in their lives. 

Catherine is an ADDer who  lives in Toronto, Canada with her non-ADHD husband and daughters, her wildly ADHD son, two dogs – a tiny white sheepoo and her 130 pound Newfoundland, Minnie, two cats who don’t get along and a needy turtle with an attitude. 

Feel free to contact Catherine at [email protected]

Roger Dewitt

Roger Dewitt

Vice-President

Roger is a Master Certified ADHD Coach and has been in private practice since 2001and has been training other ADHD Coaches since 2008.  About half of his clients are individuals and families impacted by an ADHD diagnosis. He has a particular love for coaching people who make their living in the entertainment industry — an industry that is near and dear to his heart. Roger started acting professionally at the age of 8 and comes from a performing arts family. His father was a symphonic musician, his brother was an Oscar-nominated, Emmy award-winning film editor and his mother was the original voice of Wilma and Pebbles Flintstone and Rosie the Robot on the Jetsons. Roger continues to nourish his two passions by running a thriving coaching practice in addition to concurrently performing in theater and on television as the opportunities arise.  Roger is a compassionate, direct and intuitive coach who loves to laugh! His clients do too!

Michael B. Cimino

Michael B. Cimino

Marketing Chair

Michael B. Cimino is an entrepreneur, thought-leader, non-profit champion and subject-matter expert in the areas of Marketing, Strategy and Business Development, residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Boca Raton, Florida.

Born and raised in Bucks County, a suburb of Philadelphia, among a family of successful entrepreneurs and marketers, Michael developed a preoccupation for marketing at any early age. He is the Principal and Co-Founder of Cimino Enterprises™ Inc., creator of the Marketing Effectiveness
Indicator Assessment for Professional Attention Coaches (MEIA-PAC), and the Marketing Accelerator, products of Cimino Enterprises™ Inc.

Having spent years in the Corporate sector, Michael has held senior sales, marketing and management roles with Selling Revenues exceeding $15 Million (2009-2016). He also founded CimCity Promotions, Inc., an event and entertainment promotions company (2008-2013). Michael received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University of PA, and has since received a number of advanced certificates from Wharton School of Business and Harvard Business School.

Michael is an Adult with ADHD, who’s own transformative journey empowers his personal commitment to advocate for positive awareness through creative campaigns for Adult ADHD, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Having experienced first-hand the tremendous benefit that incorporating his own performance coach, Jay Perry, MCAC, has enabled him to achieve alongside his healthcare team, Michael is an advocate for coaching as a benefit. Given his unique insight into the field of Adult ADHD and Attention Coaching, and having realized that the majority of these coaches do not have necessary training to effectively market their businesses, Michael created the Coach Marketing Accelerator and Marketing Effectiveness Indicator Assessment for Professional Attention Coaches (MEIA-PAC) based on research, interviews and fieldtested marketing methods.

Jay Perry, MCAC, MCC

Jay Perry, MCAC, MCC

Certification Chair

Jay Perry, author of Take Charge of Your Talent: three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life, is a Master Coach (MCAC), personal champion and creative partner who helps people to take advantage of both business and personal challenges in unique and powerful ways. His clients include Fortune 500 corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and creative artists. He is known as one of the world’s leading mentors for new coaches seeking professional certification.

He is currently on the teaching faculty of ADDCA, The ADD Coaching Academy and works with people who have been diagnosed with ADD to take advantage of their special gifts.

Jay’s clients appreciate his fresh perspectives that help them to see themselves and their situations in a new light. He earned a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from Ohio University. With a background in professional theater as an actor, teacher, director, stage manager, and theater owner, Jay approaches his work with a sense of playfulness and a passion for developing creative communities. In the 1980s, he applied these skills in operating the Actors’ Information Project to empower performing artists to take charge of their careers and lead healthy lives. He also served as CEO of a digital imaging and archiving business with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Jay has coached and led workshops for thousands of people around the world on topics such as business planning, leadership, transformational change, coaching skills, communication, and career planning. In 1991, he began working with legendary coach Thomas Leonard and participated in the creation of Coach University and the International Coach Federation. Jay’s coaching clients include executives at AT&T, Avaya, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, First National Bank of Nebraska, and Schlumberger. 

Linda Swanson, PCAC, MA, PCC

Linda Swanson, PCAC, MA, PCC

Secretary

Linda first learned about ADHD when her husband, Neil, was diagnosed with ADHD at age 60. Much to her surprise, part of what she learned about ADHD in the succeeding years was that she also had the inattentive type of ADHD.  

As a result of her life experiences, Linda had a great desire to help others who were living with the challenges of ADHD, diagnosed or undiagnosed. To that end, she enrolled in training to become a professional ADHD Coach and completed that training in 2013. Since then she has established a coaching practice with Neil (Free To Be Coaching, LLC, based in Warrenton, VA – freetobecoaching.com), coached dozens of wonderful clients, and earned the PCC credential from the International Coach Federation and the PCAC credential from PAAC.

Linda believes strongly in the mission of PAAC to establish and maintain high standards of excellence of ADHD coaches and coach training programs and is grateful for the opportunity to support that mission as Secretary of the PAAC Board. She can be reached at [email protected].

Patty Blinderman, PCAC, PCC

Patty Blinderman, PCAC, PCC

Volunteer Chair

As a former special education teacher and a mom with four kids- three of whom are diagnosed with ADHD- I know firsthand how the challenges of ADHD can get in the way of reaching an individual’s full potential.  Experiencing the strengths and challenges that often come with ADHD led me to become an ADHD coach. I am passionate about working with individuals and families impacted by ADHD.  

As the Volunteer Chair for PAAC I am equally passionate about supporting PAAC’s mission to “establish high standards of excellence in ADHD certification and accreditation programs.” Coaches without ADHD specific coach training, as well as an intimate understanding of how ADHD shows up uniquely in each person, can unintentionally do more harm than good.  As a PAAC certified coach I am passionate about educating individuals looking for an ADHD coach about the benefits of hiring PAAC certified coaches. Want to get involved with PAAC?  Please email me at [email protected].

Neil Swanson, ACC, CACP

Neil Swanson, ACC, CACP

Ethics Chair

Neil was not diagnosed with ADHD until age 60. For decades, typical ADHD traits had challenged his functioning in school, and work, and family life, causing him considerable frustration, confusion, and disappointment. He kept thinking he was simply failing to exercise good self-discipline and just needed to “shape up.” His inability to change in that way, however, baffled him and left him feeling ashamed and discouraged.

Finally, he discovered what was going on for him was completely understandable in terms of ADHD. As he learned more about ADHD, he learned how to respond to its challenges in ways that are productive and satisfying. This learning was so transformative in his own experience that he chose to take extensive coach training to be able to help others experience their own transformation.

As an ADHD coach since 2012, he has been thrilled to be able to play a role in the unfolding of new visions and possibilities in the lives of others. He enjoys partnering with his clients as they gradually discover who they can really be.

Neil and his wife Linda share an ADHD coaching practice called Free to Be Coaching, LLC, in Warrenton, Virginia. They coach most of their clients on the phone and Skype and FaceTime. He can be reached at [email protected].

Neil and Linda have been married for 50 years and have two lovely children and four beautiful grandchildren.

Sandra Schaeffer

Sandra Schaeffer

Treasurer

Sandra graduated from Elizabethtown College with a B.A. in Political Science.  She continued her education with a Certification in Litigation Management from The Institute for Paralegal Training in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Her main employment has been as a Litigation Paralegal for various Lancaster County law firms spanning over 13+ years.  

Sandra shifted her employment focus to office manager, accounts manager and joined The Kael Company.  As a bookkeeper/administrator for The Kael Company, Sandra serves numerous non-profit clients including PAAC.  Sandra joined the PAAC team in 2017.