Executive Team

Chris Harris, MEd
Director of CHC Schools & Head of Esther B. Clark School

  • Chris Harris, MEd

    Chris has developed and implemented specialized programming for children with learning, socio-emotional and attention challenges. He has also directed three specialized schools for children with moderate learning disabilities and emotional challenges.

    Chris also lectures at San José State University. In the past, Chris served as executive director at The Janus School, Children’s Health Council and The Chartwell School.

    Education and Degrees

    • MEd, Boston College
    • BA, Trinity College

    Professional Affiliations

    • California Association of Private Special Education Schools
    • International Dyslexia Association

    Recent Presentations

    • “Don’t Forget the Siblings.” CHC Parent Education class, 2007.
    • “Four Stages of Remediation.” San José State University presentation, 2008.
    • “Setting Expectations for Intervention.” CHC Parent Education class, 2008.

Cindy Lopez, BS
Head of Sand Hill School

  • Cindy has more than 20 years experience in K-12 education, as a classroom teacher, a curriculum developer in educational publishing, and as Director of Curriculum Development and Professional Growth at a school for students with lnaguage-based learning differences. With a deep understanding of what works and doesn’t work for children who don’t fit the mold of a traditional classroom, Cindy has poured her wisdom, experience, and commitment into the founding of Sand Hill School. Outside of school, Cindy enjoys watercolor painting, walking her two Golden Retrievers and spending time with family and friends.

    Education and Degrees

    • B.S., Child Development/Family Studies, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    • California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
    • Specialized training in reading intervention programs: Lindamood-Bell, Fundations (Wilson language program)
    • Specialized training in mathematics: Making Math Real

    Professional Affiliations

    • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    • Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
    • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
    • International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
    • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD
Chief Psychiatrist & Medical Director

  • Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD

    Dr. Elliott diagnoses and treats severe psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. An internationally known expert in psychoactive medications, he is the author of Medicating Young Minds: How to Know if Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child.

    Before joining Children's Health Council , Dr. Elliott was Director of the Children's Center at Langley Porter, University of California, San Francisco, for over 17 years.

    Education and Degrees

    • MD, Stanford School of Medicine 
    • PhD, Stanford School of Medicine (Neuro- and Biobehavioral Sciences)
    • Psychiatry Intern, Stanford School of Medicine                                            
    • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
    • Macy Fellow, Harvard University, Health Policy
    • MacArthur Fellow, Harvard University, Mental Health Research
    • General Psychiatry Resident, McLean Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident, Stanford School of Medicine
    • BS, Michigan State University (Chemistry)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Medical License
    • Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)
    • Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

    Professional Affiliations

    • UCSF faculty, currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    • Stanford School of Medicine, Clinical Professor (Affiliated) Psychiatry


    • Listed in Best Doctors of America
    • Recognition for service from The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Teaching Award from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford
    • Teaching Award, from General Psychiatry Residents at University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
    • UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Community Service

    Recent Presentations

    • Presentations on topics related to medication use for behavioral and psychiatric problems in child and adolescents as well as autism, bipolar disorder, and ADHD

    Recent Publications

    • Elliott, G.R., with Kelly, K.  Medicating Young Minds:  How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, (2006).

Joan Baran, PhD
Licensed Psychologist & Director of Community Clinic

  • Joan Baran, PhD

    Dr. Baran has over 20 years' experience working with young children in a variety of settings. Her expertise includes infant and young child assessment, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. She speaks Spanish.

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)
    • License #PSY14679

    Professional Affiliations

    • Staff privileges at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital


    • Spanish

    Recent Presentations

    • "Childhood Obesity.” 
    • “Mental Health Needs of Children with Developmental Disabilities.”
    • “What is Autism?”
    • “Parenting 101.”

Ramsey Khasho, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist & Director, The Center

  • Ramsey Khasho, PsyD

    Dr. Khasho has over 20 years’ experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He specializes in pediatric anxiety and depression, ADHD, ASD, forensic assessment and family therapy.

    Dr. Khasho is a court-appointed expert for the State of California, and has provided testimony about the psychological evaluations of children and adolescents.  He has over 10 years of non-profit executive management experience and is actively involved in the supervision and training of graduate students.

    Dr. Khasho is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching graduate level courses for the School of Education, Counseling Psychology Department. 

    In his free time, Dr. Khasho loves to spend time with his family, read non-fiction, eat ethnic food and drink Starbuck’s coffee.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • MA Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology
    • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • PSY18575 California Board of Psychology
    • 34084 Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (Inactive)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association

    Recent Presentations

    • Understanding Conflict with Children and Adolescents
    • Law and Ethics
    • Working with the Legal/Court System

Rosalie Whitlock, PhD
Executive Director

  • Rosalie Whitlock, PhD

    Rosalie Whitlock spent nine years on Children's Health Council's Board of Directors--two of those years as Chairman--before becoming executive director.

    In her 25+ years' experience, Dr. Whitlock has become a leader in learning. As Head of Charles Armstrong School for 11 years, she led the development of cutting-edge curriculum to help kids with learning differences succeed based on their strengths. Dr. Whitlock's experience has given her an intimate understanding of parents' concerns and the impact on the whole family when a child struggles with learning differences, anxiety, ADHD or autism.

    Dr. Whitlock is a former member of the International Dyslexia Association's Board of Directors and is also a founding and current board member of Parents Education Network (PEN).

    Education and Degrees

    • PhD, University of Maryland (Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching in Mathematics and Reading Education)
    • MA, University of Maryland (Education)
    • BS, Ohio State University (Elementary Education)

    Professional Affiliations

    • Current Member of Board of Directors, International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
    • Past-president and Current Member of Board of Directors, Children's Health Council (Palo Alto, CA)
    • Current Member of Board of Directors, Parents Education Network (PEN)
    • Current Member of Board of Advisors, D.C. Prep (Washington, D.C.)
    • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Terry Boyle, CPA
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer

  • Terry Boyle brings 34 years of executive financial leadership for mission-driven organizations, including a variety of leadership positions for multi-million dollar non-profit, privately held, and corporate organizations

    Terry is a certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California; holds an MBA in Finance, and a BS in Accounting.

    Terry was honored as the CFO of The Year in 2010 by the Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal for Small Non-Profits (Under $25 million) in recognition of his substantial results-oriented expertise in financial management, analysis, planning, implementation, control, and business development.