RICHARD SOLOMON, M.D., FAAP
Dr. Solomon is the Medical Director of The Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Solomon is Board Certified in General Pediatrics and Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and a Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). Additionally, Dr. Solomon is an adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and Chairman of the Autism Committee for the Michigan chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Solomon was awarded the Pennsylvania ARC Professional of the Year in 1989 for his work in autism services in Pittsburgh. Dr. Solomon has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and his MD, Residency and Fellowship from Michigan State University. Dr. Solomon lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife of 35 years. He has two adult children, and two grandchildren.
WANDA J. SMITH
Wanda J. Smith is the former chief executive officer of HEAD START of Greater Dallas, Inc. having retired in 2012. As chief executive officer, Smith was responsible for the administration and supervision of 700+ employees and the operation of 38 full-day early childhood development centers in Dallas County with an enrollment capacity of 4,259 children. Under her leadership, HEAD START of Greater Dallas has come to be regarded as one of the premier Head Start programs in the country. In March 2005, Head Start of Greater Dallas was recognized as a Program of Excellence by the National Head Start Association.
Born and raised in Temple, Texas, Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Texas, Denton, and has completed 36 graduate hours in early childhood education at Texas Woman’s University, Denton. Smith is also a 1992 graduate of the Head Start Johnson & Johnson Management Fellows program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was named the Johnson & Johnson Outstanding Fellow. For her extensive work in early childhood education, Smith has received numerous awards, including being named to the Head Start Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on only 30 individuals throughout the United States at the time. Other awards include the AMERIGROUP Foundation 2002 Healthy Hero Award and the 2001 Trailblazer Award from the South Dallas Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. In 1980, Smith received the Margaret H. Cone Award from the Dallas Association for the Education of Young Children, and was awarded the South Dallas Professional Women’s Club Award in 1972. Smith resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Elbert, and is the mother of two adult sons and a stepdaughter and a doting grandmother.