Gayle Sweeney and Ann Shanahan are ADHD and Executive Functioning Coaches who specialize in working with teens, college students, and young adults who have ADHD and other executive functioning issues to help them set goals and create strategies to achieve them.  They also coach moms and other adults who want to explore new ways they can define and prioritize their goals, move past their obstacles, and find new strategies to create a vision around their life’s purpose and what they really want to accomplish. As co-creators and authors of the new program Behind the Wheel With ADHD”, Gayle and Ann hope to share their passion for helping people focus on specific strengths and weaknesses in a remarkably tailored driver education experience.

To learn more about Gayle and Ann’s ADHD coaching practice, visit their website:

Gayle and Ann were trained in the Rush Neurobehavioral Center Executive Function Skills Program© through Rush University Medical Center, completing certification in 2014.

They are both graduates of “Coaching Teens and College Students With ADHD” training program through JST Coach Training, LLC.

Gayle and Ann have been Guest Experts for various webinars and blogs, most recently guest bloggers for Impact ADHD. See our blog post here.

Gayle and Ann taught Special Risks Associated with the ADHD Driver to the Illinois Driver Educators Association (IDEA), November, 2013 and they created the training workshop, “Effective Self-Advocacy in College” for the Services for Students with Disabilities department at Loyola University, Chicago.

Ann Shanahan  was a professional in the field of driver safety and management. Ann began as a UPS driver upon her graduation from college. She quickly was promoted into the management ranks becoming one of the first female Managers of the brown package car drivers you see in your neighborhood in the North Illinois district. Becoming adept to the UPS defensive driving ways she became the North Illinois Safety Manager, responsible for the training and development of the fleet of drivers and brown trucks you see on the street every day. After 15 years with UPS Ann took some time to learn all she could about executive functioning and the challenges of ADHD.”

Ann and her family became involved in a “Summer Miracles Program” a program that brings older adoptable children to the United States for 5 weeks each summer. Ann and her family adopted a 10 year old son from Kazakhstan.  Soon they were faced with 2 teens eligible for a driving permit. Ann feels that everything she has done in her life has lead her to this point. Her vast experience training UPS drivers, her education degree and her 2 teenage children  eligible to drive within the same year. She is looking forward to being part of educating parents and Driver Ed professionals as they work together towards safer streets for our young people.

Gayle Sweeney is a graduate  of the Coach Mentor Training Program for trained ADHD Coaches and has a  Certificate for  Advanced Coaching Skills Practicum; JST Coach Training, LLC.

Gayle enjoyed a successful career in commercial real estate in Chicago with CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis) and then chose to stay home to raise her four children.  In fact, she decided to homeschool them through the 8th grade.  All four went on to attend the University of Illinois and all have successful careers in law and advertising and finance.  Inspired by others who walked before her in the homeschooling endeavor, Gayle chose to forge an academic path for her children that integrated many of the same values she brings to her coaching practice including individual feedback, customized programs, and spending time on the things that really matter to the individual.  One of her favorite quotes that inspired her through the homeschooling years and certainly continues to inspire her now in her coaching career:   “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” ~ Thoreau