“Oxford Messed Up” Author and Chicago Executive Join OCD Chicago

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Jeanne Ettelson, president of OCD Chicago, announced that Andrea Kayne Kaufman and Richard R. Callahan have joined other mental health advocates as members of OCD Chicago’s Board of Directors.

Andrea Kayne Kaufman and Richard R. Callahan join OCD Chicago’s Board of Directors, according to Jeanne Ettelson, its president.

“I am very excited that Andrea and Rick have joined the OCD Chicago Board. I know that they will be instrumental in helping us expand the services and resources that we provide to OCD sufferers and their families “said Ms. Ettelson.

Andrea Kayne Kaufman is the author of Oxford Messed Up, which was hailed by experts as one of the first books to present the inner workings and treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder accurately. Andrea is Chair of the Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum at DePaul University College of Education. A professor and an attorney who earned a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Education from Harvard University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Ms. Kaufman is an award-winning expert in the area of school law. She has published and spoken widely about special education law, education civil rights, the No Child Left Behind Act, cyber bulling, and other legal and political issues having an impact on students and schools.

Richard R. Callahan is the owner of R. R. Callahan Co. and a partner and director of Equity Asset Services. For over 30 years, he has been buying, selling and managing real estate throughout the U.S. and abroad. His other ventures include condominium construction, land developments, and shopping centers. Most recently he and partners began a business development group focusing on sustainability in agriculture. He has been active in mental health and educational endeavors for many years, serving on the boards of charter schools and a mental health association. Mr. Callahan has also launched school and library projects including chess clubs, robotics clubs, book drives and story telling. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from the University of Illinois.

OCD Chicago’s Board of Directors governs the leading consumer-friendly provider of resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD. OCD Chicago supports the informational and emotional needs of people with OCD, their families, educators, clergy, and the mental health professionals who treat them. OCD is a neurobiological disorder that affects one in 40 adults and one in 100 children of all racial cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. OCD Chicago reaches out with compassion and encouragement to assure people with OCD that they are not alone and help them manage the disorder.

For more information on OCD Chicago or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, visit http://www.ocdchicago.org. On its web site, the organization offers detailed facts about OCD, resources, expert perspectives, personal stories from individuals with OCD, and free, downloadable OCD Guides in English and Spanish for all age groups. For specific information on OCD in school, parents and educators may visit http://www.ocdeducationstation.org. People can also call OCD Chicago at 773-661-9530 to speak with someone knowledgeable about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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