NHF’s Mission is to empower parents to have healthy children free of chronic health conditions
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is composed of distinguished individuals with a diverse set of expertise.
Neurological Health Foundation (NHF) was founded in 2010 and obtained 501 (c)(3) public charity status from the IRS effective March of 2011.
Dr. James Adams, Ph.D.
Professor Adams has authored over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed publications, including 30 on autism.
Dr. Adams will serve as the primary point of contact for the Foundation to craft a strategy to prevent neurological illness in children and to recruit talented doctors and researchers to join in our efforts.
Autism-Related Service and Awards:
- Director and Founder, Arizona State University Autism/Asperger’s Research Program, 2000-present
- President, Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, 2000- present
- President and founder, Autism Conferences of America, 2005 – present
- Evening of Champions Award (for research and service) from national Autism Society of America, 2007
- Autism Service Award, Greater Phoenix Chapter of the Autism Society of America, 2008
- Daniel Jankowski Legacy Award 2009 for teaching, research, and service to ASU
- Board of Directors, Autism Research Institute, 2007-2009
- Co-Leader, Science Advisory Committee, Autism Research Institute, 2008 – present
- Board of Directors, Autism Society of America, 2009-2010
- President’s Professor, Arizona State University, 2010 – present
Dessie Brown, Jr.
Dessie Brown, Jr. has travelled the world as a connector among the most known and well-respected figures in the industries of media, sports, politics and business. As the brainchild of LD Unlimited – a marketing, consulting, and event production company he established 17 years ago, he has loaned his expertise on projects for clients such as AT&T, State Farm, Cheetos, FX, Wingstop, Nissan, Lyft and more. His integrity, talent and pure knack for predicting trends has led him to work with the legendary Tom Joyner, Super Bowl Champions Martellus and Michael Bennett and Former UFC Champion Kamaru Usman. Dessie currently serves as the Head of Digital Programming for actress and producer Marsai Martin’s production company Genius Entertainment where his repertoire includes overseeing projects with Verizon, Facebook, YouTube and more.
Dessie is also Co-Founder of The Franchise Game, the first and only African-American Franchise Symposium. In October of 2023, Dessie joined the Board of Directors of the Neurological Health Foundation to assist in promoting NHF’s programs focused on empowering minority women of color to have healthy, full-term pregnancies resulting in healthier babies free of chronic health disorders.
Richard E. Frye, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Richard Frye is a Child Neurologist with expertise in neurodevelopmental and neurometabolic disorders. He received an MD and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Residency in Child Neurology and Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities at Harvard University/Children’s Hospital Boston and Fellowship in Psychology at Boston University. He also received a Masters in Biomedical Science and Biostatistics from Drexel University. He holds board certifications in Pediatrics, and in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. Dr. Frye is a national leader in autism research. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on several editorial boards.
He has lead several clinical studies on children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including studies focusing on defining the clinical, behavioral, cognitive, genetic and metabolic characteristics of children with ASD and mitochondrial disease and several clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of safe and novel treatments that target underlying physiological abnormalities in children with ASD, including open-label studies on tetrahydrobiopterin, cobalamin and folinic acid and a recent double-blind placebo controlled trial on folinic acid. His ongoing research efforts focus on defining metabolic endophenotypes of children with ASD and developing targeted treatments.
He is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Autism Discovery and Treatment Foundation, Neurologist and Director of Research at Rossignol Medical Center and Principal Investigator and Sponsor at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, all in Phoenix, Arizona.He currently sees American patients at Rossignol Medical Center and many international patients at Neurodevelopmental Precision Medicine. In October of 2023, Dr. Frye was elected by the Board of Directors of the Neurological Health Foundation (NHF) to be the President and Chief Medical Officer of NHF.
Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH, IFM Certified Practitioner
Director of Physician Education and Clinical Trials
Dr. Debby Hamilton, MD, MPH is a Pediatrician with experience in primary care, integrative medicine, research, speaking and writing. She is board-certified in Pediatrics, Physician Nutrition, Integrated/Holistic medicine (ABIHM), and Functional Medicine (IFMCP). Her education includes an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University followed by a medical degree from Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University, where she graduated with honors. She began her career in pediatrics as a general pediatrician in Rhode Island after residency training at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the University of Massachusetts.
In Colorado, she completed fellowship training in pediatric nutrition at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. She was involved in two ongoing pediatric clinics: the Growth and Parenting Clinic treating children with growth and feeding issues, and the Pediatric Obesity clinic. Her training included nutrition training from newborn lactation issues to adult chronic disease. During her nutrition training, she completed her Master of Science degree in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. For her nutrition fellowship and master’s degree, she was funded by a National Institute of Health nutrition training grant focusing on zinc and iron intake in infants 6 to 12 months old.
Dr. Hamilton founded Holistic Pediatric Consulting in Colorado in 2005. Her practice focuses on treating children with chronic disease including neurodevelopment illnesses such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and mood and behavioral disorders along with autoimmune PANDAS/PANS illness, chronic digestive problems, growth issues, allergies, and skin disease. Her training in biomedical treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders and ADHD has been through the Autism Research Institute and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). She also offers preconception and pregnancy counseling based on her book, Preventing Autism and ADHD: Controlling Risk Factors Before, During & After Pregnancy. Dr. Hamilton is the Teaching Physician for the Neurological Health Foundation and co-host of the Healthy Pregnancy Summit (HPS).
Shazi Visram is an entrepreneur and mother committed to bettering the world through business that is socially, financially, and environmentally enlightened. She is the Founder of Happy Family Brands, which she led to become the #1 organic baby food company in the US market with disruptive innovations that have democratized organic food for new families, despite her very humble beginnings.
Shazi is also the Founder of Healthybaby.com, which is the culmination of a life’s work dedicated to protecting children’s neurological health. Healthybaby is a safe space for families to find the knowledge, community, and products to build connected minds and bodies during baby’s early years, a time when they are making one million neural connections every second. Healthybaby is the pioneer of the first ever diaper verified by the Environmental Working Group.
As an advocate of social entrepreneurship, Visram is actively engaged as an investor and advisor to companies innovating for a brighter future. Visram serves on the board of Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and Columbia College, in addition to being a Founding Member of Columbia’s Alumnae Legacy Circle.
Chris Willhite is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors from Baylor University in 1991 with a BBA in Accounting. He started his career in public accounting in Houston where he was a Tax Senior for Arthur Andersen as well as an auditor for Ernst & Young. Chris is involved with multiple business. After working as the Financial Controller of a publicly traded company, he joined Robert Half international back in March of 2000. He is currently a Senior Vice President of Staffing at Robert Half International (www.RobertHalf.com). He is also a Principal and Head of the Investment Committee for Titus Capital LLC, a real estate investment firm headquartered in Dallas, Texas (www.TitusCapital.com). Chris is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Neurological Health Foundation (NHF) and lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Hailee, and their two children.