Susan K. Gurley
Executive Director
Susan-Gurley_websize.jpgJoining the ADAA staff in 2015, Susan has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the access to health and justice-centered nonprofit sector, international development, and higher education administration, as well as in global membership-association management. She has held senior-level positions with organizations such as Georgetown University School of Law, Equal Justice Works, the East West Management Institute, and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Susan has been involved in strategic planning, operations, finance, HR, communications, event planning, as well as program design, development, and delivery. She is a member of the Board of FilmAid International and the International Executive Service Corps. Her law degree comes from the University of Virginia School of Law, and she is a member of the Virginia Bar. She speaks French, German, and Hungarian. Email Susan.

Leslie Anderson
Outreach Coordinator and Staff Support
Leslie assists in conference coordination, managing public outreach, identifying partners and sponsors, and providing support to the ADAA staff. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University and MA from the University of Maryland, College Park; she began working at ADAA in 2015. She has been a consultant to a housing partnership and has worked in urban planning, communications, and educational organizations. Email Leslie.

Mary Duckett
Communications and Business Development Coordinator
MaryDuncan-websize.jpgMary handles ADAA’s social media and college outreach campaign, along with assisting in all marketing, business development, and communications efforts and keeping the website up-to-date. She joined the ADAA staff in 2015, shortly after graduating with a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Email Mary.

Sarah Gerfen
Director of Finance and Operations
Sarah is responsible for all financial and office operations, including office management, human resources, benefits administration, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She previously worked at Biscoe and Futrowsky, CPA. She earned her BA in mathematics from Mt. Holyoke College and MBA from the University of British Columbia. Sarah joined the ADAA staff in 2007. Email Sarah.

Mary E.L. Gies, MSW
Program Director
MaryGies-websize-120x120.jpgMary manages the initiatives that foster the professional development of ADAA members and advance the organization’s mission. She received her BA in sociology from Arizona State University and MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Mary joined ADAA in 2014, bringing with her 14 years of experience with health and human services at the local, state, and federal levels. Email Mary.

Lisa Patterson
Membership Director
Lisa-Patterson-website.jpgLisa is in charge of member engagement, recruitment, and renewals. She is also involved in ADAA educational outreach programs and the annual conference. She received her BS in family studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the ADAA staff in 2010, Lisa worked in the field of women’s health. Email Lisa.

Jennifer Richards
Meetings Director
Jennifer-Richards-website_0.jpgJennifer manages all aspects of the annual conference, including site selection and hotel contract negotiation, speaker submission and content management, vendor contracting, exhibits, sponsors, and marketing, and she serves as the staff liaison to the Annual Conference Planning Committee. She is the CE and CME contact for approvals from NASW, APA, NBCC, APBN, and joint sponsorship with Blackwell Futura Media Services for CME. She is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 25 years of experience in association and convention management. Jennifer received her BA in journalism from Ohio University, and she joined the ADAA staff in 2011. Email Jennifer.

Jean Kaplan Teichroew
Vice President, Communications
Jean-167x167_0.jpgJean oversees the ADAA website content, educational and marketing communications, public education webinars and publications, social media, and online fundraising campaigns, and she is the media contact. She interviews experts for the ADAA podcast series, manages video production, and works with ADAA partners. She joined the ADAA staff in 2007, after serving as the editorial director for the education division of Discovery Communications, Inc., and holding editorial positions for a variety of books and magazines at the National Geographic Society. Jean’s MA is in folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington, and her BA in anthropology comes from the University of California, Berkeley. Email Jean.

In Memoriam
Alies Muskin, Executive Director

Jerilyn Ross, Co-founder and President


Updated May 2016