The Board of Directors
My name is Kayla Steltenkamp. I am a wife, mother, and special education teacher. I taught for almost seven years before learning about Dyslexia. It is now my passion, and my PhD research interest to promote, educate, and be a resource about dyslexia. I would be happy to serve on the IDA board and help as the treasure to organize finding and be sure that IDA-KY can be a positive influence for our state.
Jamie L. Miller is an Elementary ECS Instructional Coach for Oldham County Schools. With twenty years of classroom, consulting, and coaching experience, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities from Purdue University and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from San Diego State University. Her primary focus is to support teachers, parents, and students by utilizing her expertise and training in Multi-sensory Approach to Reading Success (MARS), The Language Tool Kit, and Orton-Gillingham. The past year, Jamie has played an integral part of Oldham County’s Dyslexia Task Force and has reached out to key community experts and parents in partnership. She believes that partnering and collaborating with these audiences is a key component in promoting the objectives set forth by IDA. Having these entities working together and moving toward real solutions will bring the changes we wish to see .. A Future Full of Readers!
My name is Denise Myers, and I am a licensed psychotherapist in Louisville, KY. Over the past seven years, I have specialized in the psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of language-based learning disorders. Additionally, I’ve earned certification in advocacy through the Dyslexia Training Institute, as well as certification at the Master level in the Barton Reading and Spelling System. Within the past year, I opened a private practice with the goal of increasing the availability and access to dyslexia-related services within the Kentuckiana area. I look forward to the opportunity to share my knowledge, experience, and passion in order to continue to raise much-needed awareness for dyslexia.
Tiffany Ballard has struggled with reading since elementary school. She was told that she had a problem with reading comprehension. These struggles became worse during high school. She was diagnosed with dyslexia her senior year of high school. She had 3 meetings before she was given a 504 Plan. She started receiving tutoring at The Learning Center in Bowling Green. After receiving the proper tutoring, her ACT scores improved and she met all benchmarks. This summer she told her story at a public forum held by the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children. This panel then developed a recommendation for KDE for children with dyslexia. Since then, she has contacted and met with a local senator to discuss the lack of services for children with dyslexia in the school system. She is currently looking at HB 69 and if this has been implemented correctly. She wants to continue to advocate for children like herself. She is now a freshman in college. She is honored to be on the IDA Kentucky board.
Mary Balthaser is an adult with dyslexia, who was not identified until the end of 11th grade, because of the struggles she faced with her own learning, she has dedicated her life to educating children like herself. She has a special ed degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and has worked at The de Paul School for over 17 years. She is interested in serving on the IDA-Kentucky Board to help educate those who do not understand dyslexia and to be a part of the solution.
I am a mom of a 16 year old dyslexic son, and a 10 year old daughter. I want to help spread dyslexia awareness so that every child can learn to read. My goal is twofold: to help parents navigate their dyslexia journey in the best possible way for their child/children and family, and to see the public education system in the state of Kentucky acknowledge and provide appropriate educational strategies for dyslexic children.
Susanne Hannigan is the owner of Literacy Links of Louisville, providing research-based literacy support to individuals, families, schools, and organizations interested in identifying and developing literacy abilities. She is a National Board Certified Teacher-Exceptional Needs, with over 25 years of public and private school teaching experience as a special educator and literacy specialist. Throughout her many years of teaching, Susanne has been awarded several public and private education grants to better serve her students, and she has been named a Teacher-of-the-Year for her collaborative work with teachers and exceptional needs students. Trained in Orton-Gillingham, Barton Reading and Spelling, and other research-based structured literacy methods, Susanne has instructed countless bright students in reading, spelling, and writing. Most recently, Susanne has become a field observer for Georgetown College, with the role of providing direct support, feedback, and professional development to student teachers in the field of LBD. Susanne’s mission with the IDAKY Board is to work collaboratively to increase dyslexia awareness and knowledge, to support the need for appropriate early assessment, identification, intervention, and progress monitoring practices for dyslexic learners, and to provide advocacy to students and families throughout the state of Kentucky.
Laura Noe is the director of Learning Boost Educational Services located in Louisville, KY. She is also a clinician with Lexercise providing structured literacy therapy to students around the United States. She has 25 years of teaching experience and graduated from Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville.
Certifications: EEG, EP, and IOM, Neuro-diagnostic Technologist, full time. My husband, oldest daughter and father-in-law have dyslexia. I am very interested in the latest research involving dyslexia. I believe this research is key to obtaining an early diagnosis which would result in early intervention. I want to help KYIDA be a viable resource for parents and professionals in our community and state.
Rosanna Gabriele lives with her husband and four children in Anchorage, Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Rochester, Rosanna is thrilled to serve on the board for the Kentucky Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Both of her sons have dyslexia and dysgraphia. She is dedicated to spreading dyslexia awareness and creating greater understanding for the struggles dyslexic students face in our schools.
Mrs. Brenda McCray is a self-employed Dyslexia Consultant with a master’s degree in Reading & Writing K-12. Upon leaving the classroom 6-1/2 years ago, to teach independently, she became certified by Susan Barton to screen for dyslexia. Mrs. McCray provides dyslexia simulations that give people firsthand experience as to what it feels like to have the learning difference. Besides playing the piano and organ for her church, she tutors in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, Robert, and makes it a mission to enlighten and encourage parents and kids at every opportunity.
My name is Ashley Wright and I’m currently employed as a school psychologist in a small rural district in South Central Kentucky. As part of my role, I assist with completing evaluations for students suspected of having disabilities that would enable them to receive special education. A common request or interest from parents is whether their child who is struggling with reading could have dyslexia. This has led me to spend time reading more about dyslexia on my own time so I am better equipped to answer questions from both teachers and parents. I am also curious about ways to help students who may struggle with reading despite not qualifying for special education with a specific learning disability in reading. As you can imagine, this outcome can be frustrating for everyone involved. I’ve been able to help the elementary school in my district obtain an intervention program that is designed for children with dyslexia, and I’m currently implementing this program with an elementary school student for 30 minutes a day. At this time we have 2-3 other staff members trained to implement this program, and they are doing so in an one-on-one setting with a handful of students. As a professional in a school district, I can empathize with the frustration felt by parents, and provide information on the perspective of schools and state regulations that staff are required to follow.
I am a wife to a dyslexic husband and a mom to two dyslexic children, ages 8 and 10. My first child was diagnosed in second grade with dyslexia, and dyscalculia. My second child was diagnosed this year with the same learning difference. I am passionate about spreading dyslexia awareness in our community and within our school system. I also love learning to be the most effective advocate for my children. I look forward to helping others become knowledgeable about dyslexia and hoping to help implement early diagnosis within our school systems.
Amy Wayne Broyles is a mother of dyslexic child and a former teacher. She is passionate about spreading dyslexia awareness.
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