International Dyslexia Association Central Ohio
2018 Board of Directors
IDA Central Ohio’s all-volunteer Board of Directors meets regularly during the year to manage the operation of the Board.
Mike McGovern – President
After discovering his youngest son had dyslexia he joined the growing community of dyslexia advocates fighting for change in our education laws and school policies. He works to provide resources and information for families, teachers, organizations and others seeking help with dyslexia. Mike has been on the board for IDA Central Ohio for six years and is also on the board for Marburn Academy a school that specializes in dyslexia and ADHD.
Blythe Wood – Vice President
Blythe is an instructional coach in the special education department in the Pickerington Local school district. She has received Orton-Gillingham training at the Children’s Dyslexia Center and is providing training in the Orton Gillingham methodology within the school district.
Chris Lowe – Secretary
Christine has been a passionate advocate of dyslexia awareness since two of her children were diagnosed with dyslexia. She wants to make a difference in areas that would have helped her family in this journey which are early identification, appropriate intervention as well as available resources. Parents are their child’s first advocate so being knowledgeable in dyslexia will make a positive difference in their child’s success. She’s been involved on the board of IDA Central Ohio for several years and is proud of being part of this dedicated group of individuals.
Diana McGovern -Treasurer
Diana is the Treasurer for IDA Central Ohio, a dyslexic advocate and proud mom of a son with dyslexia. She has assisted the Board for many years and is excited to help continue to bring awareness about dyslexia to the central Ohio communities.
Leslie is currently the Orton-Gillingham Language Specialist, Tutoring Coordinator and the Specials Team Leader at Marburn Academy. She has been at Marburn Academy for 26 years in various leader/supervisor, teacher and tutor positions. Along with her long professional history in dyslexia and education, she is very passionate for the field and her commitment to advocacy for effective literacy instruction in our schools. Leslie has served hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students over her years at Marburn Academy, but is all too aware of the devastating effects of reading failure on students who do not gain access to a program like Marburn’s program. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed making public presentations about reading instruction, early identification of reading disabilities and effective remediation. Her public speaking experience includes co-presenting at a National IDA conference, presenting at several local conferences, providing Professional Development for the Wellington school lower school teachers and delivering guest lectures to Ohio Dominican College early childhood education classes. Leslie welcomes the opportunity to put these skills to use in the fight for early identification and remediation of dyslexia in Ohio.
Gisele is Superintendent at Par Excellence Academy in Newark Ohio. Dyslexia is very close to her heart. During her 25 years of being an educator she has seen the struggle of students with dyslexia and has tried to get them help in finding solutions to the many obstacles they experience as well as getting students the support they deserve.
Janel is currently an intervention coach for the Gahanna Jefferson school district. In this role, she supports intervention specialist with planning, analyzing data and developing IEP’s She is also a partner with Mayerson Academy to train Gahanna intervention specialists in the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory method. Outside of work, Janel has three boys that keep her very busy.
Marty has over 24 years of experience in education. He spent his first 14 years as an intervention specialist teaching at the elementary, middle school, and the high school level in the Coshocton City School district. He has over 10 years experience as an administrator, four years as an assistant principal in Coshocton City School, 3 ½ years as an assistant principal at Olentangy High School, 1½ years as the Director of Pupil Services at Marion City Schools, and is beginning his 2nd year as the Director of Pupil Services in the Olentangy Local School District. He obtained his bachelors degree from Muskingum University in Elementary Education and his Masters degree from Muskingum University in Educational Leadership. He works closely with the Olentangy Dyslexia Network to promote dyslexia awareness to all stakeholders. He has a high interest in participating on the Board of Directors to continue to promote dyslexia awareness through teacher training and parent education programs. His wife, Dawn, is an Intervention Specialist and they have one son Marcus. He enjoys spending his free- time outdoors, working in the yard, walking, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Brett is the parent of three amazing children, one who has dyslexia. She has Master’s Degrees in Engineering and in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She is a real estate investor and start-up business consultant. She is the president of Upper Arlington Kids Identified with Dyslexia (UA-KID), a parent advocacy group dedicated to ensuring dyslexic children in the Upper Arlington School District reach their full potential.
Christine is a speech/language pathologist and an OG trained therapist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital specializing in the area of evaluation and treatment of dyslexia. She is the mother of five children, two that have dyslexia, and has a personal and professional passion in the area of dyslexia. Christine presented at the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)’s national conference regarding the speech/language pathologist’s role in the evaluation and treatment of dyslexia. She has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of settings including schools, private practice and in the clinical setting. In addition, she earned her LD/BD (Learning Disability/Behavior Disorder) certification from The Ohio State University. She is currently serving her second term on IDA Central Ohio board.
Martha is a special education advocate and owner of Kids First Parent Advocacy, LLC. Her mission is to assist families in obtaining appropriate services for their struggling students. She started her business after years of advocating for her own son who has dyslexia and ADHD. Martha and her two teenage sons live in Worthington Hills.
Beth is married and has two children. Her oldest child was diagnosed with severe dyslexia in first grade which was what prompted her to start learning and advocating for a proper education for him.
Professionally, Beth is part of Southern Methodist University’s Ohio cohort that graduated in 2013. S.M.U.’s Learning Therapy graduate program required six semesters of coursework and 700 supervised practicum hours. After passing a national exam through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) she became a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). Beth is also certified by the International Dyslexia Association as a Dyslexia Therapist.
Beth is also an active board member for the Olentangy Dyslexia Network in the Olentangy Local School District. Beth currently works for Olentangy Local School District as an Orton-Gillingham Tutor and has a private practice in Dublin, Ohio where she re-mediates students, consults with parents and educators, and presents various programs to groups about dyslexia and literacy.
Karen is passionate about communication to school districts about the unique challenges faced by students with dyslexia. As a parent of a child with dyslexia in the Hilliard City Schools district she has seen first hand the positive change that is possible when schools are open to understanding more about what dyslexia is, as well as what it isn’t. Karen hopes to build stronger bridges between education professionals and parents, and is especially committed to improving early detection of dyslexia in the public schools.
Tonya has over 30 years experience in special education. She has earned both her undergraduate degree and Master’s degree at The Ohio State University in Early Childhood Education and Special Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. She has been a special education teacher at The Nisonger Center at OSU, And Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has worked as a contracted consultant for DCBDD as a behavior specialist. Served for many years as a volunteer area coordinator and presenter at conferences for Joni and Friends helping to develop, support, and educate area churches in Ohio to include persons with disabilities and their families into church families. Tonya has been a Special Education Supervisor in Dublin City Schools and currently in Olentangy She is married to Doug and has two middle school children. Both of her children have dyslexia. Tonya is passionate about advocating for children who learn differently. It is imperative that we increase awareness of dyslexia and interventions that can support those with dyslexia.
Barb is a licensed school psychologist, a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) with 35 years of experience as an educator. Prior to retirement, she was the school psychology consultant for the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education and the office contact for questions and information related to dyslexia. Barb is a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP).
Pam is the parent of two teenagers. Both Pam and her daughter have dyslexia/ADHD which is why she joined IDA Central Ohio. She is devoted to advocating for children and adults with learning disabilities. Her special interests are teaching students how to advocate for themselves and educating anyone abut dyslexia.
My name is Rachel I have been involved full-time in the field of education for thirteen years focusing on children with special needs. I am currently employed in the preschool at the Olentangy School Systems. Prior to working full-time professionally in education, I volunteered and worked in assisting and developing programs for individuals with physical and developmental needs. I have experience in working with children with autism, Down’s Syndrome, and young children with a broad range of learning and physical disabilities including those developmentally behind in areas of reading, language and perceptual motor skills. Currently serves as a Consultant of Education and Provider Services assisting students with an IEP goals and daily living skills. I coordinate with support agencies in Delaware and Franklin Counties to create and implement programs to help individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. I am passionate about exploring multiple avenues, including music and dance, to help students with special needs improve motor skills that are essential to learning. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Ohio Dominican University and an Associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Columbus State Community College. I am licensed by the State of Ohio to teach Pre-K students and have an Early Intervention Specialist Assistant license through the Ohio Dept. of MRDD. I also received a license from OAE in Assessment of Professional Knowledge Pk-3. Being on the board as a member for The Central Ohio Branch of the International Dyslexia Association has giving great insight into the world of reading. I have been part of the board for several years. In my spare time I enjoys riding my bike, walking, and hiking. I love being with my family and going to the beach.
As the Project Manager Missy, as a non-board member, supports the IDA Central Ohio Board and helps support the Board’s mission.
She joined in Spring 2016 and supports board members and works on special projects. Missy is a native Kentuckian and graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Marketing Degree. She worked for Bank One/Chase Bank for 12 years. Missy has two children. Her youngest has dyslexia and continues to give her unique insight into those that learn with this challenge. She’s thrilled to be a part of this organization.
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