International Dyslexia Association Central Ohio
2019 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
Mike is an entrepreneur focused on providing dyslexic children with superior educational and life opportunities. After discovering his youngest son had dyslexia, Mike joined the growing community of dyslexia advocates fighting for change in our education laws and school policies. In addition to his involvement with IDA, Mike is on the Board of the nationally acclaimed Marburn Academy, a school that specializes in dyslexia and ADHD. Mike, whose career spanned banking, credit, retail, manufacturing, transportation, insurance, and publishing, was the Founder and President of Odyssey Consulting Services. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University with a major in Computer Science.
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 (OG) training at the Children’s Dyslexia Center and is providing training in the OG methodology within the Pickerington District. Blythe also serves as the President of the Whitehall City School Board and is a member of the Ohio School Boards Association, the National School Boards Association, and the Ohio Education Association. Blythe received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Special Education and her master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Dayton. She continues to take classes to update her knowledge base. She has served the field of education since 1992.
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: early identification, appropriate intervention and available resources. Chris believes parents are their child’s first advocate so being knowledgeable in dyslexia will make a positive difference in their child’s success.
Diana McGovern -Treasurer
Diana is a proud mom of a son with dyslexia and an advocate for the dyslexia community. She has assisted the Board for many years and is excited to help continue to bring awareness about dyslexia to central Ohio. This journey started when her son was identified as having dyslexia and the school did not know how to properly help him read. Diana’s professional background is in Information Technology (IT) as a computer engineer where she served as a consultant to many firms around the Columbus area. Later she was part owner and solely responsible for AR/AP, Payroll and HR for Odyssey Consulting Services (an IT company) for 20 years. She graduated from the University of Toledo.
Marty Arganbright – Board Member
Marty has over 25 + years of experience in education. He has been an intervention specialist at the elementary, middle and high school levels and an administrator with the Coshocton City Schools, Olentangy Local and Marion City Schools. Marty is currently the Director of Pupil Services in Olentangy and works closely with the Olentangy Dyslexia Network promoting dyslexia awareness to all community stakeholders. He received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in Educational Leadership, both from Muskingum University.
Roger Beggs – Board Member
Roger is an executive with a leading Private Equity firm with 23+ years of private sector experience working across a wide array of industry sectors. His personal tie to dyslexia began when his youngest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in Kindergarten. Over the past 8 years, he has had the opportunity to become exposed to the incredible public and private sector professionals across central Ohio that have supported his daughter. He has seen the impact of highly technical, professional, timely, and sustained intervention in his own daughter’s education, and is passionate about finding creative solutions to fund, scale, and make accessible these resources to parents and children across central Ohio. Roger lives in Dublin, Ohio with his wife Leeanne and three children.
Janel Bowman – Board Member
Janel is currently an intervention coach for the Gahanna Jefferson school district. In this role, she supports intervention specialists with data analysis and developing Individualized Education Plans. She is also a partner with Mayerson Academy, a pioneer of innovative education solutions, training Gahanna intervention specialists in the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory method. She currently has a masters from Mount St. Joseph University in Science of Reading with a Dyslexia Certificate, a masters from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Ohio Dominican. She has worked in public education since 1996. She continues to study evidence-based practices to build her knowledge to better support students.
Leslie Buford – Board Member
Leslie is currently the Orton-Gillingham Language Specialist and Tutoring Coordinator at the prestigious Marburn Academy. She has served at Marburn for 27 years as a teacher, tutor, trainer and curriculum leader, reaching hundreds, perhaps thousands of students over her career. In addition to her extensive professional history in dyslexia and education, Leslie is an advocate for effective literacy instruction in all schools. She is all too aware of the devastating effects of reading failure on students who do not gain access to a program like Marburn’s. Leslie has a BA in English and Theatre from Hanover College, is certified to teach Language Arts Comprehensive 6-12 from Ashland University and is AOGPE Certified/Clinical Supervisor.
Pam Fidler – Board Member
Pam is the parent of two teenagers – Brooke a Junior in High School and Ethan a freshman at Cincinnati. Both Pam and her daughter have dyslexia/ADHD which inspired her to join 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 about dyslexia. Pam earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, specializing in Advertising from the Ohio State University.
Sara Hallermann – Board Member
Sara is the Senior Director for Professional Learning with EdLeader21, a network of Battelle for Kids. She is a former elementary teacher, intervention specialist, and school administrator. Sara is a member of Dublin Dyslexia Parent Network, a grassroots movement driven by parents concerned with early identification and services for students with dyslexic profiles that aims to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children, and advocate for equity for the 1 in 5 students with dyslexia in Dublin City Schools. Sara received undergraduate degrees in elementary and special education from Creighton University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Dominican University.
Gisele James – Board Member
Gisele is Superintendent at Par Excellence Academy, a tuition-free public charter school in Newark, Ohio. With over 20 years’ experience in education, Gisele issues collaborative, creative direction from a professional foundation that draws from both public and private sectors. Gisele initially served as a corporate and police trainer, addressing issues including community policing, conflict resolution, hate crimes recognition and prevention and human diversity. Following the birth of her own child, she bridged her corporate training expertise with K-12 education. Gisele found her passion in identifying and addressing the issues of struggling learners, including those with dyslexia. Gisele has seen the challenges students with dyslexia face, and she works tirelessly to get them the educational experience and support they deserve. Gisele received her master’s degree in Education from Ashland University.
Christine Johnson – Board Member
Christine is a Clinical Lead for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, distinguished as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation by US News & World Report. She is a speech/language pathologist and an Orton-Gillingham (OG) trained therapist. A mother of five children, two that have dyslexia, Christine specializes in the area of 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. Most notably, she has presented at the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association (ASLHA)’s national conference regarding the speech/language pathologist’s role in the evaluation and treatment of dyslexia and at the Ohio Speech Language Hearing Association (OSLHA)’s conference regarding Comorbidities of Dyslexia: ADHD and Affective Disorders. She recently published an article in the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics titled “Pediatrician’s Guide to the Early Identification of Children at Risk for Dyslexia.” Christine also received her Learning Disability/Behavior Disorder certification from The Ohio State University.
Kristen Jones – Board Member
Kristen is the student services coordinator for Marysville Exempted Village Schools serving students from preschool through middle school. She has worked in Marysville to help create a framework that addresses the needs of struggling readers specifically those with dyslexia. Kristen was an intervention specialist for 12 years prior to her current position at the intermediate level. She received a bachelor’s degree in PreK-3 and Special Education at Baldwin Wallace College and a masters degree in both Literacy and Educational Leadership from Ashland University.
Karen Lykins – Board Member
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.
Barb Murphy – Board Member
Barb is a licensed school psychologist, a licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) with over 35 years of experience as an educator. Prior to retirement, she was the school psychology consultant for the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) at the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and participated in the development of the Ohio Dyslexia Pilot Project. While at ODE, Barb provided training and consultation to school districts on the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI). Prior to working in the OEC, Barb was a consultant in the safe and drug-free schools program at ODE working with districts to implement drug prevention and school safety programs. Since retirement, Barb has worked with students to assist them in improving their executive function skills. She received a master’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University.
Martha Orbovich – Board Member
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 students with disabilities. She started her business in 2013 after years of advocating for her own son who has dyslexia and ADHD. Martha completed the year-long SEAT (Special Education Advocacy Training) course and a practicum through COPAA (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates), a professional national advocacy organization for children with disabilities.
Beth Reusser – Board Member
Beth’s oldest child was diagnosed with severe dyslexia in first grade, igniting her career as a Dyslexia Therapist. Professionally, she is part of Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Ohio cohort that graduated in 2013. SMU’s Learning Therapy graduate program required six semesters of coursework and an extensive 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 an active board member of the Olentangy Dyslexia Network in the Olentangy Local School District where she currently works as an Orton-Gillingham tutor. Beth is currently working toward dual certification within the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and has a private practice in Dublin, Ohio where she remediates students, consults with parents and presents various programs to groups about dyslexia and literacy.
Brett Tingley – Board Member
Brett is the parent of three amazing children, one who has dyslexia. She is also a real estate investor and start-up business consultant. As 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, Brett spearheads a movement that is catching fire nation-wide. She has appeared on the All Sides with Ann Fisher radio program, contributed to features from APM Reports and led a successful crowdfunding campaign to develop Dyslexic Victor, a documentary and blueprint for parents across the nation to leverage in seeking school district transformation in service to dyslexic children. Brett received her master’s degrees in Engineering and Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Lisa Duty, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Ex Officio Member
As Executive Director of IDA Central Ohio, Lisa is focused on inspiring action and innovation to transform education for learners with dyslexia. In addition to her leading role with IDA, she is the Founder of Innovation Partners America (IPA), a national education consultancy that has helped launch nonprofits like Imagine Worldwide and counseled global start-ups like Teach the World Foundation. An expert in personalized learning, Lisa has counseled State Education Agencies, Gubernatorial Offices, nonprofits and more regarding education innovation. Prior to IPA, Lisa was a Founding Partner at The Learning Accelerator, Senior Director of Innovation at KnowledgeWorks and an adjunct faculty member at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) College of Education and Human Ecology. Lisa received her Ph.D. in Global Education from OSU.
Missy Grether – Project Coordinator
Missy supports the IDA Central Ohio Board and Executive Director with administration and special projects in support of the Board’s mission. She joined the IDA team in Spring 2016. Prior to IDA, Missy worked for Bank One/Chase Bank for 12 years in Retail Communications where she specialized in online publications to business bankers, telephone bankers and banking centers. Missy also has two children, one with dyslexia. Her experience as a parent continues to give her unique insight into those that learn with this challenge. Missy received her bachelor’s from the University of Kentucky in Marketing. She’s a member of the Dublin Dyslexia Parent Group.
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