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CERTI Advisory Council

Chesapeake Bay Academy is committed to the establishment of the Center for Education Research and Technology Innovation (CERTI) to expand educational offerings and bolster financial sustainability across independent schools. The mission of CERTI is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate new programs and practices utilizing innovative, student-centered technology in partnership with institutions of higher education and in collaboration with select member schools of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

CERTI Advisory Council

J.D. Ball, Ph.D.
ABPP, Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dr. J.D. Ball holds a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychologists. He served for 35 years as a neuropsychologist performing clinical services, teaching doctoral level clinical psychologists, mentoring and conducting clinical research, and assuming various administrative leadership roles. At the time of his retirement from EVMS, he was Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, having attained over a dozen local, state and national teaching awards and having mentored 24 doctoral dissertations.  Dr. Ball has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, 5 book chapters, and an edited book; he was the principal investigator for 15 funded research projects, and he has given over 100 professional presentations.  He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal, Perceptual and Motor Skills and Vice Chair of the Virginia Board of Psychology.  He is continuing a service period on the Board of Trustees for Chesapeake Bay Academy that has spanned 30 years.

Mindy Gumpert, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education, Virginia Wesleyan University, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
Dr. Mindy Gumpert has been an educator for over 24 years. She was a kindergarten through 12th grade special education teacher for 18 years before resigning to pursue her doctoral degree. Dr. Gumpert has taught classes at the university level for the past six years.  Dr. Gumpert earned both her M.S. degree in Education and her PhD in Education with a Concentration in Special Education from Old Dominion University. Dr. Gumpert has leadership experience in several professional organizations. She is the President of the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD). VCLD designed and implemented a series of six free webinars for general educators, special educators, pre-service teachers, and university faculty across Virginia. The webinars provided professional development to over 800 educators in 2020-2021. Dr. Gumpert has presented at 27 national, state, and local conferences and has several publications and manuscripts in preparation. Dr. Gumpert is a member of the Norfolk Women Leaders and serves as a board member on the Virginia Wesleyan University Elementary Education Advisory Board, the Diversity Committee for the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, the Special Needs Advisory Board for the National Science Teachers Association, and the Reading Enriches All Children Board of Directors. Dr. Gumpert conducted her dissertation research at Chesapeake Bay Academy and is excited for the opportunity to give back to CBA through her work on the CERTI Advisory Council. Also, Dr. Gumpert is the Principal Investigator for a research team examining the relationship between special education placement and student academic outcomes.

Taryn Myers, Ph.D.
Director of Academic Effectiveness and Associate Professor of Psychology, Virginia Wesleyan University
Dr. Taryn A. Myers earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Director of the Psychological Clinic. She received her B.A. in Psychology with an interdisciplinary minor in Women's and Gender Studies from Kenyon College. A native Midwesterner, Dr. Myers completed her clinical residency at the Medical College of Georgia and the Charlie Norwood Veteran's Affairs Medical Center prior to moving to Hampton Roads in 2010. She chose to come to Virginia Wesleyan because of her passion for teaching and the liberal arts. Dr. Myers' research interests include risk and protective factors for body dissatisfaction and disordered eating. She enjoys integrating stories from her clinical work and findings from her research into her teaching to make the material come alive for students. She also engages in editorial activities for such journals as Body Image and Sex Roles. In addition, Dr. Myers enjoys sharing her research with students through independent projects and encourages them to present their work at state and national conferences. Dr. Myers is currently serving as Director of Academic Effectiveness for the University as well as Co-Chair of the Women's Issues Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She is the 2017 recipient of an Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2018 recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Teaching award from VWU, and the 2019 recipient of the ABCT Women's Issues Special Interest Group Early Career Award.

Mary Roberts, Ph.D., LPC-ACS, ATR-BC, ATCS
Associate Professor, Art Therapy and Counseling, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Dr. Mary Roberts began her appointment to the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) as Program Director and Assistant Professor on June 17, 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. She is a graduate of Eastern Virginia Medical School, with a Master of Science degree in Art Therapy in 1997 and from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art in 1995, after completing studio art foundations and sculpture work at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1991-1993. In May 2013, Dr. Roberts completed her Education Specialist degree from the Curry School at the University of Virginia. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education at Old Dominion University in 2018.

Judy Jankowski, Ed.D.
Head of School, Chesapeake Bay Academy
Judy Jankowski, Ed.D., began her tenure as Head of School in 2013. Dr. Jankowski has over 35 years of experience in education, serving first as a special education teacher and later as an administrator in independent schools outside of Chicago and Washington, DC. Dr. Jankowski received her Doctorate in Education at National Louis University and completed post-graduate study in Leadership for Independent Schools at Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves on the boards of Horizons Hampton Roads, the Westminster-Canterbury Foundation, Vanguard Gifted Academy, and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) where she serves as the Board Liaison to the Advocacy committee. Most recently, Dr. Jankowski was the recipient of a Klingenstein Fellowship at the Teacher's College at Columbia University in New York City, and was selected as a 2020 Woman of Distinction in the category of Community Champion by the YWCA of South Hampton Roads.