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.
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 of the struggles dyslexic students face in our schools.
My name is Kevin Ruschman and I am a father of 2 boys, ages 9 and 7. My oldest, Liam, was diagnosed with severe Dyslexia in the second grade and changed the trajectory of our lives. I have experienced the struggles first hand of being a parent and wanting to help your child in any way possible but not knowing where to begin. I came across the IDA Kentucky website and found a nearby Dyslexia simulation which my wife and I attended. Since that day I have continued to learn more about how truly incredible Dyslexia is and, along with my son’s great attitude, we are now going full steam ahead. I have made it my mission to not only help my son have every opportunity possible but to also help to educate parents, teachers, administrators, and anyone else who will listen about Dyslexia. The difference between having the proper knowledge and being lost as a parent can truly change a child’s life and I plan to do anything I can to help be on the positive side of that.
Shirley Carter has just joined the ranks of those carrying the torch for dyslexia. She lives in Lexington with her husband, Austin, and is a lifeline for her granddaughter. Not only does Shirley provide transportation for her granddaughter to her tutoring sessions, but she has begun tutoring herself, using the Barton Reading & Spelling method. One of the most meaningful things she has done on granddaughter’s behalf is to jump in wholeheartedly to learn everything she can about dyslexia. Shirley has attended IEP meetings and conscientiously stood her ground in obtaining classroom accommodations, has purchased a Livescribe pen to encourage the use of technology, and is looking for ways to tutor and advocate for other children with learning differences. Shirley has poured her professional skills into making a difference where it really counts.
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.
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.
Rachelle Schmitz, MA, CCC-SLP, CALT, CDT is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Speech-Language Pathology (9 years) and the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center (for the past 5 years). She is the mother of three wonderfully crazy children. Her main clinical specialty areas of language and reading disorders led her to fulfill a two-year vice president position for the International Dyslexia Association-Kentucky Branch from 2014-2016. Training and certifications include an IMSLEC accredited Orton-Gillingham prog, Certified Academic Language Therapist, and Certified Dyslexia Therapist. Her passion is educating and empowering families. Helping children access the grade-level curriculum and demonstrate their knowledge to their fullest ability.
Dr. Maggie Wright
Dr. Maggie Wright, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and founder of The Wright Psychology and Learning Center in Louisville, KY. Dr. Wright has been specializing in the assessment and treatment of dyslexia for over ten years in her private practice, and is passionate about raising awareness of dyslexia throughout the state. Dr. Wright is a vocal advocate of early screening and identification of dyslexia, and has helped several schools in the Louisville area to implement early intervention programs. Dr. Wright is excited to serve on the International Dyslexia Association – Kentucky Branch Board of Directors. Dr. Wright lives with her husband and three school-age children in Louisville.
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