Advisors

Pedro Diaz-Marchan, M.D.
Dr. Diaz-Marchan is a clinical and academic neuroradiologist and is Chief of Neuroradiology Service at Ben Taub General Hospital. He is Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Education for the Department of Radiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he serves as director for both the Diagnostic Radiology and Diagnostic Neuroradiology fellowship programs. Dr. Diaz-Marchan has been involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows since 1990. He conducts research, and he has produced several peer-reviewed publications in collaboration with other researchers.
Ann Friedman, Ph.D.
Ann is a psychologist who has studied mindfulness intensively with various national teachers since 2007. She received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at UCLA. Ann has also completed courses for teaching mindfulness to children and teens through Mindful Schools, Sitting Like a Frog and A Still Quiet Place.

Ann teaches mindfulness classes for adults, teens, and school districts, often in collaboration with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. She also presents at corporations. In 2018 Ann was sent by UNICEF to teach Mindfulness in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Ann previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Counseling Psychology Graduate Program for over ten years. She holds both a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. She completed her Residency in Clinical Psychology at U.T. Medical School and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Ginger Gates, Ph.D.
Dr. Ginger Gates retired in 2019 as the Director of Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, TX. As a school psychologist in both Texas and Louisiana, she has dedicated her career, of over 37 years, to expanding opportunities for students with disabilities. Dr. Gates also has served her profession through volunteer roles with professional organizations. In addition to being a founding member and Past President of the Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP), she previously has been elected to serve as President to the Gulf Coast Administrators of Special Education, as Director of the School Psychology Division of the Texas Psychological Association, and as a member of the Advisory Board to the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Association of Texas. In 2019, Dr. Gates was the recipient of the TASP Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the profession of School Psychology and the field of Special Education.
Jameson E. Gray, S.SP.
Jameson E. Gray, S.SP. has extensive experience as an LSSP, having worked in school districts within the Houston area for many years. In addition to working with students, parents and staff members in the school environment, Mr. Gray has presented at the local, regional and state levels on topics such as behavior management, autism spectrum disorders, parenting skills and discipline management. He has also trained on strategies for working with individuals who have experienced trauma and developing and implementing behavior intervention plans. Mr. Gray is actively involved in the community and volunteers for several charities benefiting children with serious illnesses and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D.
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice, providing therapy and psychological assessments for children and adolescents. Dr. Mooney has focused on serving traumatized children and families for over 15 years and she has a specialty interest in working with LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences. She has presented locally and nationally about trauma, treatments for trauma in children and families, and ways to prevent and treat trauma in LGBTQ youth. Dr. Mooney is the past President for the Texas Psychological Association and a previous Board member for the Chester Street Foundation. She is also a member of the Houston Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Kristie Moore, Psy.D
Dr. Kristie Moore has a passion for helping children and families and is currently the Coordinator of Emotional Wellness for the Region 4 Education Service center. She has more than 15 years serving educational systems in the Dallas and Houston areas as a school psychologist and district administrator. Dr. Moore joined Katy Independent School District in 2010 as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and additionally served as Instructional Officer for Psychological Services in 2018. Before accepting her current position, Dr. Moore was the Coordinator of Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Support managing the district’s crisis response, family counseling center and mental health intervention team comprised of mental health professionals and police officers. In addition to programming professional development on mental health for district staff and parents, Dr. Moore is an adjunct professor for the University of St. Thomas and Colorado Technical University.