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.
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.
Vicky Clark – Board Member
Vicky has been with Hilliard City School district since 1994 where she has served the district as a teacher, Special Education Coordinator, Principal, Student Support Services Director, Elementary Curriculum Director, and presently serves as the Assistant Superintendent overseeing curriculum and instruction. She works with just about every aspect of a student’s life. Her main areas of focus are on parent satisfaction, data, support services, curriculum, professional development, registration and human resources. Above all, she collaborates with all stakeholders to make sure all students have a personalized experience and is ready for the next step in life.
Kirsten Drummond – Board Member
Kirsten is a special education instructional coach in Westerville Local School District. She received her Orton-Gillingham training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center and is providing multisensory reading training in the Westerville School District. Kirsten is certified as an Academic Language Practicioner through the Academic Language Therapy Association and is currently working on obtaining her therapy license through ALTA. Kirsten received her bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in Special Education and Elementary Education and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The American College of Education. She has been a teacher since 1996.
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.
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.
Leslie Kelly – Board Member
Leslie currently is the Director of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction in the Columbus City School District. She has over 22 years of experience in the educational field where she has served as a teacher, a building administrator, and district leadership. Working in both Suburban and Urban settings across the K-12 spectrum Leslie has broad understanding of the challenges educators and families face as we all strive to ensure students have access and opportunities to learn and excel. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Ohio Northern University and a Master of Arts in Education Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University along with a Superintendent Licensure from Ashland University. As the parent of two children with unique learning needs, Leslie is an advocate for students and families not only through the lens of an educator but also through the lens of a parent.
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.
Ashley Williamson – Board Member
Ashley is a half time intervention specialist in grades 6-8 and a half time intervention specialist coach grades 6-12 in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District. She received her initial and advanced Orton-Gillingham training through the Children’s Dyslexia Center. Ashley is certified as an Academic Language Practitioner through the Academic Language Therapy Association and is currently working on obtaining her I-CALP and therapy license through ALTA. Ashley received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College in Special Education and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ohio Dominican University. She has been a teacher since 2009.
Sara Morman – Board Member
Kelly Holbrook – Board Member
Melissa Weber_Mayrer – Board Member
Cherie Sanders – Board Member
Maria Goldman – Board Member
Brett Tingley – Advisory 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 Our Dyslexic Children 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.
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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