Nicole de Beaufort

Nicole de Beaufort is a social entrepreneur based in Detroit, Michigan.  She leads EarlyWorks, llc., a strategic communications and community engagement consultancy focused on building awareness and public support for children’s issues.  She is also co-founder of Cadre Studio, a service design collaborative using human-centered design methods with philanthropists to increase impact and effectiveness. De Beaufort co-founded the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network, a mentoring network of more than 1800 women in the Detroit region that was formed promote inclusive and diverse women’s leadership. Prior to this, de Beaufort served as vice president of Excellent Schools Detroit, an education coalition. She previously founded and led Fourth Sector Consulting, Inc., and served as communications director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 


Jane Holmes Bernstein

Jane Holmes Bernstein, PhD, is a staff neuropsychologist at Boston Children's Hospital who has helped to develop, apply and teach a “whole-child” assessment model for the behavioral observation of children with learning and behavioral disorders. She is the co-editor of the popular book, Mind, Brain and Education in Reading Disorders, and is the namesake of the annual Jane Bernstein Lecture in Neuropsychology at Boston Children's. Also an associate professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Bernstein divides her time between her teaching and research responsibilities and her professional work with children in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies.


Allen Gee

A Nebraska native, Dr. Gee pursued medical school and a PhD.    His Doctor of Philosophy thesis work focused on the interactions the brain and behavior have upon the immune system (the body's defense against disease). Dr. Gee completed his PhD defense and graduated from graduate school in 1994. He completed his final two years of medical school during 1994-96. 

In 1997, Dr. Gee began his Neurology Residency at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He was elected Chief Resident in his final year and completed residency in 2000. 

Dr. Gee began private practice in Sheridan, WY in July of 2000 and subsequently created Bighorn Neurology, LLC in 2001. Frontier Neurosciences, LLC has developed from the growth and expansion of Bighorn Neurology, LLC. 

In 2002, Dr. Gee moved to Rapid City, SD and in 2004 Dr. Gee's focus turned to the Big Horn Basin area, where he now has his main office based in Cody, Wyoming. 

Dr. Gee is a strong advocate for neurological patients and has participated in numerous Academy of Neurology advocate events. He is currently is a member of the AANPA Government Relations Committee. 

Dr. Gee is married and has four daughters. He and his family live in Cody, Wyoming. 

Bob Sornson

Bob Sornson, Ph.D. is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. He is a best-selling author and international speaker, trainer, and consultant.

As a teacher and school administrator, Bob recognized the importance of early learning success in the development of patterns of learning success which affect students for life. In Northville, MI he developed a model which decreased the need for special education placement and saved millions of dollars each year for the district. After founding the Early Learning Foundation in 2001, he developed a comprehensive early learning success model which includes identifying essential skills in each of the domains of early childhood, systematically measuring progress towards competency, and giving each child the time and instruction to develop essential skills