Meet the Confident Kids Camp DC Metro 2021 Team
Camp Leaders

Dr. Lindsay
Scharfstein

Camp Director, CKC- DC

Dr. Scharfstein is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the Rockville Therapy Center LLC. I am proud to bring the Confident Kids Camp for Selective Mutism to the DC metro area for the 2nd year! Our DC Metro camp motto is Using Fun to Override the Fears that children and families coping with Selective Mutism face. I offer practical, personalized, and collaborative care. Outside of work, I enjoy rocking climbing, hiking, outdoor events, and spending time with family, friends, and my dog! As you all already know, I cannot wait for camp this summer!

Dr. Susanna
McQuarrie

Younger Classroom Teacher

Dr. Susanna Crowell McQuarrie is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her degrees from Vanderbilt University and Georgia State University. She had the opportunity to be a camp counselor at Steve Kurtz’s Mighty Mouth Kids Camp held in New York City and is thrilled to be involved in the Confident Kids camp in the DC area. In her free time, Dr. McQuarrie enjoys crafting, cooking, and spending time with family outdoors. Dr. McQuarrie enjoys working with children with Selective Mutism on an individual basis and seeing their amazing bravery grow through treatment!

Meredith Polsky,
LMSW, M.S.Ed.

Older Classroom Teacher

A social worker and special educator currently practicing at Arbit Counseling, I specialize in working with children and teens with Selective Mutism, a passion that emerged when my own children were diagnosed with SM as preschoolers. I am co-author of the I Have a Question children’s book series, and write short picture stores to help kids manage daily challenges. During Covid, I rediscovered an affinity for jigsaw puzzles, reading and yoga! It has long been my goal to teach at an SM camp, and I could not be more excited to join Confident Kids Camp!

Catherine Riskie,
LMSW

Lead Counselor

Catherine is a therapist at Bethesda Counseling Services. She earned her MSW from Columbia University in 2020 and also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University. Catherine has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has completed practicum experiences at Alvord, Baker and Associates, The Lab School of Washington, and Yale Child Study Center. Catherine’s interests focus on evidence-based therapies for youth. Catherine is enthusiastic about participating in the Confident Kids Camp this summer!

Adriana Abadi

I received my Bachelor of Arts from NYU, where I studied Psychology with a focus on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I’m a rising third year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University, where I had the opportunity to offer psychotherapy services at a community mental health clinic and a local bilingual public school, as well as give psychodiagnostic assessments at a private practice in DC. In my free time, I enjoy being creative and making embroidered clothing pieces. I look forward to being a part of Camp this summer, learning from specialists in this field, and to building connections with children that experience Selective Mutism.

Yasmine Boumaiz

Hello! My name is Yasmine Boumaiz and I recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology and a B.S. in Psychology. I am currently a Newcomer and ESOL Math teacher at Patterson High School and I intend to pursue a career in clinical psychology. My current hobbies are painting (acrylic, oil and digital) and I am just starting to learn pottery with air-dry clay! I am thrilled to be involved in Camp and am very excited to meet our campers this summer!

Frances Cooke

Hi CKC-DC! My name is Frances, and when I'm not at camp I am a Clinical Research Coordinator at Children's National Hospital in DC conducting research on the psychosocial impact of food allergy. I hold a BA in Psychology from George Washington University and hope to continue a career working with kids with chronic illness. In my free time, I create recipes for my cooking blog, practice yoga and meditation, play the guitar and sing, embroider, and spend time outside. I'm so thrilled to meet all the campers this summer and see what exciting things camp has in store!

Julie Grammatico

Hi! My name is Julie. I have a B.A. in Psychology and just finished my first year in the PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) program at Loyola University Maryland. I currently work at Sheppard Pratt in the Child/Adolescent Neuropsychiatric Unit as a Mental Health Worker. Outside of school and work, I love exploring new parts of Baltimore and trying new foods! I am so excited for Confident Kids Camp, and I can’t wait to meet you!

Megan Graves

Megan Graves is a third year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at George Washington University, earned a B.A in Psychology and Spanish from Elon University, minored in Latin American Studies and Early Childhood Education, and was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach children in Tenerife, Spain. Megan has worked with diverse youth in bilingual preschools, community mental health clinics, and hospitals, and her clinical and research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Megan also loves to cycle, camp, travel, and spend time with her dogs. She is very excited to meet the campers at the Confident Kids Camp this summer!

Gabrielle Iskin

Hi! My name is Gaby. I am a rising 3rd year, doctoral candidate at The George Washington University Professional Psychology program. I received my BA in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University and am interested in working with children and families to help them achieve developmental and personal goals! I have worked with individuals of diverse backgrounds to foster safe and trusting environments while helping to process and work through challenges that may be experienced. In my free time I enjoy long walks with my beagle Luna, baking sweets, and dancing. Can't wait to meet all of our awesome Confident Kids and families!

Haley Jones

Hi! My name is Haley and I am a current graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Washington DC campus going into my final year before internship! My professional areas of interest include working with those who have severe psychosis as well as working with children. In my free time, I enjoy baking, musical theater, and anything which allows me to be creative. I am so excited to meet this year's campers and help them find their voices and learn to be brave!

Michelle Morel

Hello! My name is Michelle Morel. I have a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling, and am pursuing a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at GW. I aim to serve those who are facing psychological dilemmas. I treated a child diagnosed with SM and this sparked my joy for helping these bright and intelligent children become more comfortable. When I’m not working, I love to be creative: baking, reading, playing games, and having fun! I’m so looking forward to this camp, seeing the growth of these children, and gaining the learning and lasting effects I will receive as a lucky counselor!

Melissa Ruiz

Hello! My name is Melissa Ruiz and I am school psychologist in Montgomery County Public Schools. I obtained my Masters and Educational specialist degree in School Psychology from Lehigh University and I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. My professional interests include early intervention, positive psychology, response to intervention, and social-emotional learning. I enjoy spending time with my family, spending time outdoors, crafting, and reading. I am so excited to be part of this great summer experience and the magic that camp brings!

Ryan Smout

Ryan Smout is a third year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at American University, and earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University. Prior to graduate school, he worked for 6 years in community-based mental healthcare with teenagers and adults, focusing on symptom management and independent living skills. Ryan has a range of hobbies including playing music (French horn, piano, singing), sports (tennis, disc golf), and games of all types (board, card, and video). He’s thrilled to be joining CKC for summer 2021!

Arriel Walker

Hello campers! I am Arriel Walker and I am beyond excited to meet everyone and be a part of this process. I am a Professional Counselor with a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work with adolescents, children, and families for the past three years. I thoroughly enjoy seeing families take away tools that can benefit them for a lifetime. I enjoy laughter, movies, and I tend to spend time with my loved ones chuckling at 90's movies like The Nutty Professor. I look forward to meeting everyone. I hope this experience is something you carry with you for a lifetime.

Eason Weinmann

I graduated from William and Mary with a double major in Classical Studies and Psychology, earned a Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins, and will start a PsyD program at La Salle. I am interested in working with kids with OCD, phobias, tic disorders, and anxiety disorders, in particular Selective Mutism. I’ve worked with a client with SM and volunteered at WeSpeak (a camp for older kids with SM). I love traveling, running, cooking, reading, watching TV and movies, and time with my two cute cats and my fiancé! I'm super excited to help kiddos gain confidence at Confident Kids Camp this summer!!

Feng Xing

My name is Feng Xing and you can also call me Dylan. I am an international student pursuing my doctoral degree in professional psychology at George Washington University. I obtained my BA in Psychology in 2018 at Temple University then I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a master's degree in Counseling. I love music, movies, animals, plants, and video games. I am excited to meet with families coming for the confident camp and get to know their interests as well!