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Presenter Bios

Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D.

Marilyn B. Benoit, M.D.
Dr. Marilyn Benoit is a child & adolescent psychiatrist and Chief Medical Officer at Devereux, the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral healthcare provider. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and has been on the faculties of the medical schools of Howard University and George Washington University. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Benoit has lectured internationally and has published widely on several issues pertinent to children’s behavioral health.

Rand Coleman, Ph.D.

Rand Coleman, Ph.D.
Rand graduated from Hahnemann University with a degree in clinical psychology, specializing in neuropsychology.  He has worked in a residential program serving adults with brain injury or developmental disability and in a residential autism unit with children under age 12. He has experience in neuropsychological testing, BHRS evaluations, SSI evaluations for Pennsylvania, CBT, and attachment focused family therapy. He works at Devereux as a residential campus family therapist, serving youth with autism and their families. Rand and his wife Anne have three children.

State Representative Margo L. Davidson

State Representative Margo L. Davidson
A graduate of Temple University, Representative Davidson was raised to appreciate the value of hard work and giving back values which shaped her commitment to public service. She started two non-profit organizations one to support small businesses and the other to help children whose parents were addicted to drugs. She has been honored for her service by the Community College of Philadelphia and is the first Democrat, first African American and first woman to represent the 164th Legislative District. She and her husband reside in Upper Darby.

Ira M. Fingles, J.D.

Ira M. Fingles, J.D.
Motivated by his experiences with his sister, who has multiple disabilities, Ira has devoted his legal career to representing those with disabilities and their families. He has argued precedent-setting cases in federal and state court, and written extensively on topics related to disability law. His areas of focus include educational rights for children with disabilities, benefits and services for adults with disabilities, guardianship, and estate planning. Ira is Immediate Past President of the Autism Society of America – Greater Philadelphia Chapter, and a member of the Penn Autism Network Advisory Committee. He received his JD from Temple University School of Law and is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars.

Laurie Flynn

Laurie Flynn
Having a family member with a serious mental illness drives Laurie’s work as a tireless advocate. She is a former national executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and now serves as Board Policy chair at NAMI in New York City. Laurie was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Bioethics Advisory Commission and spent more than a decade as a Board member of The Mind Research Network and an advisory committee member at Johns Hopkins University's Center on Severe Mental Illness. She has written articles and contributed to many books on mental illness and the family. She is a regular speaker on advocacy, mental health policy, integrated care and family support programs.

Evan Kaplan

Evan Kaplan
Evan leads Child and Family Connections (CFC), a behavioral health non-profit that helps improve the lives of families living with parental mental health challenges. Evan and his staff at CFC work directly with families, teaching parents, children, and families how to build trust, strengthen relationships, and foster resiliency. Evan is certified as a Peer Specialist by the City of Philadelphia and is a frequent speaker at conferences, in classrooms, and at community events. His proudest accomplishment is raising his teenage daughter.

Amy Kelly

Amy Kelly
She is a mother of three whose 12 ½ -year-old Annie was diagnosed at 2 with severe autism, intellectual and developmental delays, verbal apraxia (nonverbal) and motor dyspraxia.  Amy is Director of Family Supports and Services for Devereux PA Community Services and serves as a family representative on several autism boards.

Michele A. Leahy, MS

Michele A. Leahy, MS
Founder and CEO of M. Leahy, Associates, Michele dedicates her time to life planning for persons with disabilities and their families. She combines her corporate savvy and experience managing grants for people with disabilities to navigate governmental benefits including Social Security. Michele creates a holistic approach to blending and braiding community supports for state waiver recipients. She serves on the boards of Plan of PA Foundation and Spina Bifida Association of Delaware Valley. She created the slogan “Say Yes to Access” for the Philadelphia Mayoral Commission on People with Disabilities. She enjoys rowing in her spare time.

Paul A. LeBuffe, M.A.

Paul A. LeBuffe, M.A., Director, Devereux Center for Resilient Children
For the past 25 years, Paul’s work at Devereux has focused on the assessment and promotion of social-emotional strengths and resilience in children, youth, and adults.  The resources that he and his colleagues at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children have developed have been used by parents and teachers throughout the world to benefit millions of children.  As the parent of a child with multiple disabilities, Paul has a particular interest in promoting the resilience of families who have a member with special needs.

Maida R. Milone, J.D.

Maida R. Milone, J.D.
Maida is Devereux’s Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development.  She is a former director at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Maida is a member (and former Chair) of the Advisory Board of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania; a member of the Board of the Wistar Institute, and a member of the Women’s Health Leadership Council of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She has been involved with the Support Center for Child Advocates and the St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children.