2017 IDAKY Ballot Candidate Information

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Vice President Candidate:

Jamie L. Miller is the district level 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 minor in the area of Learning Disabilities from Purdue University. She received 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 the Multisensory Approach to Reading Success (MARS), The Language Tool Kit, Orton-Gillingham, and Reading Recovery Literacy Lessons. In recent years. Jamie serves as a member 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 stakeholders is a key component in promoting the objectives set forth by IDA.  Her goal is to have everyone working together and moving toward real solutions will bring the changes she wishes to see .. A Future Full of Readers!


President Elect candidate:

Kayla Steltenkamp has been a member of IDA-KY for 3 years. Recently she completed her PhD in the area of Education and Social Change with a research emphasis on teacher knowledge of dyslexia. She is passionate about helping others understand dyslexia and begin to implement change for our future readers in Kentucky. Kayla also works as a professor at the university level in the special education department.


5 Director Candidates:

Mary Balthaser

Mary 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 dePaul School for over 18 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.


Kellie Culp

I am a mom of a 15 year old dyslexic son, and a 9 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

It is with great pleasure that I be considered to serve on the KY Board of the IDA. At present, I am the LEAPS (Learning Enrichment at Anchorage Public School) reading and writing teacher, serving students in grades K-8 at Anchorage Public School. This school year begins my 25th year in the field of education. I am National Board Certified in Exceptional Needs, have been awarded many public and private educational grants to better serve the students that I teach, and was a Teacher-of-the-Year for the Mason City Schools as a 7/8 Special Education teacher. I am trained in both Orton-Gillingham and Barton Reading and Spelling instruction, and I have instructed countless bright students in reading, spelling, and written expression.


Rosanna Gabriele

I live in Anchorage, Kentucky with my husband and our four children. My two sons have dyslexia. When my first son was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 8, I made it my mission to learn all I could about dyslexia and to advocate for better access to screening and remediation in our schools.  I look forward to working with the Kentucky branch of the international dyslexia association to help our students succeed.   I am a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in History.


Tina Bojanowski

I am a special education teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools.  I became a special education teacher after dealing with the difficulties with reading that all three of my children experienced.  My understanding of dyslexia was expanded as a doctoral student in special education at Bellarmine University – particularly through following the research of Kayla Steltenkamp.  My goal is to drive change for students with dyslexia in JCPS in two ways.  First, by guiding the screening and intervention process for the students within my school with reading difficulties.  Second, by advocating for all students in JCPS at the district level. The Bellarmine Ph.D. program had a strong emphasis on driving social change.  To the best of my abilities, I will advocate for students with reading difficulties to be accurately identified and appropriately taught to meet their learning needs.


2 Nomination Committee candidates

Maggie Wright

Dr. Maggie Wright is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of The Wright Psychology and Learning Center, PLLC in Louisville, KY.  Dr. Wright has been specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of Dyslexia in her clinical practice for the past 9 years, and has been asked to present on Dyslexia for multiple schools, parent groups, and professional organizations throughout this time.  She has a passion for early identification of Dyslexia, and works to educate parents, teachers and other professionals on Dyslexia’s early warning signs.  Dr. Wright is excited by this opportunity to serve with the Kentucky Board of the IDA.

Kim Ford

I am a mother of two young girls with dyslexia. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 7. I live with the struggles of dyslexia daily and see the challenges that my children face in school. I have been an avid advocate for both my daughters in and out of the school system and am passionate about spreading awareness to those who do not understand dyslexia. I am looking forward to serving on the  Kentucky branch of the IDA. I am a graduate of UK with a degree in Social Work.