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Our People

Autism Advisory Board


Business Executive, Philanthropist and Mother to Autistic Son
Bridget Harrell founded Velocity Solutions in 1995 and served as its Chairwoman until the sale of the company in December 2017. Velocity Solutions is the leading provider of revenue enhancement solutions to regional and community banks and credit unions across the country. Velocity’s solutions are designed to drive new accounts, increase transactional activity, generate new sources of fee income, foster account holder loyalty and address regulatory scrutiny.

Bridget has been passionately involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) since her son Carr was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in April 2008. She has served on the board of directors for JDRF in the Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter and the Coastal Carolina branch and has been a key supporter of JDRF’s Artificial Pancreas Project initiative. She has also served on the board of The Bellamy Mansion Museum of Fine Arts and the advisory council at The Episcopal High School. Bridget currently serves on the board of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which inspires, mentors and enables youth through culinary, nutrition and arts education.

Bridget is a native of North Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Appalachian State University. She currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina and Winter Park, Florida with her son Carr, and is an enthusiastic supporter and ambassador of Camp Southern Ground.


Chief Science O cer, Autism Speaks
Dr. Frazier is a licensed clinical psychologist who until recently was the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. He is best known for his research on improving early identification by understanding autism symptom patterns and through the development of objective markers of autism using remote eye gaze tracking. Dr. Frazier is also the father of a 13-year old son with autism. On April 1, 2017 Dr. Frazier joined Autism Speaks as Chief Science Officer.


Director, Marcus Autism Center
Ami Klin, PhD is the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Professor. He obtained his PhD from the University of London, and completed clinical and research post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center. He directed the Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine until 2010, where he was the Harris Professor of Child Psychology & Psychiatry.

Dr. Klin’s primary research activities focus on the social mind and the social brain, and on aspects of autism from infancy through adulthood. These studies include novel techniques such as the eye-tracking laboratories co-directed with Warren Jones, which allow researchers to see the world through the eyes of individuals with autism.


Professor & Vice Chair for Research Strate & Development; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Duke university School of Medicine
Dr. Scott Kollins is a tenured Professor and Vice-Chair for Research Strategy and Development in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Scott is the Global Lead for ADHD and Substance Use Disorders at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). He is also the Director of the Duke ADHD Program. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University in 1992 and earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University in 1995 and 1997, respectively. Scott completed his clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where he served as Chief Intern. Following internship, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University for three years, before joining the Duke faculty in 2000. Scott has published more than 130 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Over the past 15 years, Scott’s research has been supported by 7 different federal agencies, including NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, NIEHS, NINDS, FDA, and EPA. In 2016, Scott received nearly $2 million in NIH funding for his work, ranking him among the Top 100 Psychiatry faculty members in the US. He currently holds a K24 career development award from NIDA. Scott has also served as PI on more than 40 industry-funded clinical trials and is a consultant to a number of pharmaceutical companies in the area of ADHD clinical psychopharmacology. Scott is an elected member of both the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). He has served as a standing member of the Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities study section and also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for 10 additional NIH study sections and 7 international granting agencies. He is the former Associate Editor for the Journal of A ention Disorders and has reviewed for more than 50 different peer-reviewed journals. Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a practice through the ADHD Program’s outpatient clinic. Scott’s research interests are in the areas of psychopharmacology and the intersection of ADHD and substance abuse, particularly cigare e smoking.


Founder, Brain Balance
As a clinician, professor, brain researcher and bestselling author, Dr. Robert Melillo has been helping children overcome learning and developmental challenges for over 25 years. His areas of expertise include ADHD, Learning and Behavioral Issues, Processing Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In 2004, Dr. Melillo published Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, a working theory textbook on developmental disabilities. In 2009, Dr. Melillo’s published his best-selling book Disconnected Kids that brings a fundamental and new understanding of how to address these issues through his revolutionary Brain Balance Program ®. He has since published two additional best-sellers, Reconnected Kids and Autism — The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders. His most recent released is The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.


Executive Director and Founder, Jacob’s Ladder
Ms. O’Dell holds a degree in Activity Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Clemson University. She is a licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia and South Carolina and also has extensive experience in a variety of clinical settings. Beginning as an intern with Shephard Spinal Center in Atlanta, Ms. O’Dell has held the positions of Director of Activity Therapy and the Director of Adolescent Psychiatric Services at Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital in Clayton, Georgia.
Following the birth of her son, and recognizing that he would require additional help and support to succeed, Ms. O’Dell’s focus shifted in order to care for Jacob’s unique needs. She began intensive training on the Neurodevelopmental approach, cumulating in certification as a Neurodevelopmental Consultant. This training led Ms. O’Dell to further research and develop the Jacob’s Ladder Methodology, incorporating the process of evaluation, program design, and therapeutic implementation into a cohesive model.
After founding Jacob’s Ladder in 1998, Ms. O’Dell has had the privilege to serve over 4,000 children with diagnoses ranging from developmental delays, seizure disorders, genetic or chromosomal diagnoses, or emotional/social/behavioral disorders. After realizing that the need for therapeutic interventions is not limited to the United States, Ms. O’Dell is currently developing an additional arm to Jacob’s Ladder; one with a global impact. Thru the creation of a global ministry, Jacob’s Ladder hopes to reach children from impoverished nations who may not have access to modern medicine. By aiding children and their families both local and abroad, Ms. O’Dell hopes to continue improving the quality of life and inspire HOPE for more children and their families.


George Washington University, Professor and Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute and Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC.
Dr. Kevin Pelphrey is Carbonell Family Professor and Director of the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at The George Washington University (GW) and Children's National Health System (CNHS) in Washington, DC. As a neuroscientist, his research investigates the brain basis of autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. The goal of his research is to understand the causes of autism to help get the right treatment to the right individual at the right time. Dr. Pelphrey is the Principal Investigator of the NIH Autism Center for Excellence—Multimodal Developmental Neurogenetics of Females with Autism network that spans GW/CNHS (the lead site), Yale, Harvard/Boston Children's Hospital, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Denver, and University of Washington/ Sea le Children's Hospital. Dr. Pelphrey's research is supported by the National Institutes of Health, Autism Speaks, the Autism Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation. His contributions to the field have been recognized by receipt of a NIH Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, a John Merck Scholars Award, the Microso Corporation's Breakthrough Award and the American Psychological Association's Boyd McCandless Award for distinguished early career theoretical contributions to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Pelphrey is the father of five children, including two children on the autism spectrum. As a father and advocate, he serves at the request of the Secretary of Health and Human Services as a public member of the Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee.