NHIDA Board of Directors
Aileen Cormier, Branch President
Aileen Cormier has worked at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua since 1998; she has been the Director there since 2002. During this time period, She also accrued 5500 tutoring hours in private and public schools. Aileen is a certified trainer of teachers at both the initial and advanced levels of Orton Gillingham; she was the Advanced Trainer for the Northern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania region from 2004-2009. She also has initial and advanced Wilson certifications as well as LiPS training.
Brenda Peters, Branch Vice President
Brenda Peters is the Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center – Seacoast Learning Center located in Rochester, NH. She is NH certified as a Learning Disabilities Specialist, Reading and Writing Specialist, and Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (SAIF). She is responsible for training and certifying Orton-Gillingham scholars at the initial, advanced, and trainer levels. Brenda has ten years of case management experience in public schools and over 2000 hours of Orton-Gillingham teaching experience. In addition to her work as an evaluator of dyslexia, Brenda enjoys working with schools and families to develop and implement scientifically-based reading interventions that work.
Susan Hourihan, Branch Vice-President Elect
Susan Hourihan, the Center’s Associate Director, began her Initial Level Orton-Gillingham training in 2006, graduation in 2007. Over the next two years, she continued with the Advanced Level Orton-Gillingham training while tutoring students at the Children’s Dyslexia Centers – Seacoast Learning Center in Rochester. She became a supervisor and trainer of the Initial Level. Over the past five years, she has been the lead trainer in the Center’s school-based Orton-Gillingham collaboration that trains and certifies area teachers. Susan also has a thriving tutoring practice. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreating. Susan lives in Maine with her husband and three adult children. Her interests include traveling, family, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles and solving murder mysteries on television.
Elizabeth Paul, M.Ed., Branch Secretary
Elizabeth Paul is a Reading and Writing Specialist for the Goffstown School District. She has been in public education for over twenty years. Beginning as an English teacher, she quickly realized she wanted and needed to be better able to address the needs of her struggling readers, especially those with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia. Elizabeth is a Wilson Reading System Dyslexia Practitioner, is trained in Visualizing and Verbalizing, LiPS, and Project Read’s Framing Your Thoughts, and has recently completed her initial certification in Orton-Gillingham. She feels very strongly about advocating for learners with language-based learning disabilities and dyslexia and wants to help effect positive educational change to ensure students get the services they need.
Karyn Hubbard, Branch Treasurer
Karyn Hubbard earned her BA in Business Administration at Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. She has been an Orton-Gillingham tutor with the Seacoast Learning Center since 2012 and holds the positions of Supervisor and Initial Level Trainer. Karyn’s enthusiasm and passion for Orton Gillingham was ignited by the struggles her children experienced in learning to read. Karyn has served as a Supervisor for the Rochester School District O-G Cohort for the past 5 years. This program is a collaborative effort by the Rochester, NH school district and the Seacoast Learning Center in which district teachers learn about dyslexia and receive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach, including a year-long practicum.
Jayne Beaton, Member at Large
Jayne Beaton, M.Ed. earned her NH Certification as a Reading and Writing Specialist from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, Massachusetts. She is NH Certified in General Special Education and received her B.S. from Merrimack College. Jayne holds the Initial Level Orton-Gillingam teacher Certificate (IMSLEC) and teaches Multi-Sensory Reading for the Manchester School District.
Bebe Casey, Member at Large
Bebe Casey is a resident of New London, NH and is a cofounder of Decoding Dyslexia of New Hampshire. She has a child with dyslexia who started showing signs of struggle as a first grader. As a family, the Casey’s tried to work with the public-school system but had to send their child to private school to obtain the services he needed. Bebe was instrumental in working with the NH State Legislature and Governor Hassan in passing NH’s dyslexia law in 2016. Bebe continues to work with the NH Department of Education in the implementation of this law.
Jennifer Dysart, Member at Large
Jennifer Dysart lives in Hampden, Maine. She is a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor and works at the Children’s Dyslexia Center in Bangor, Maine in addition to tutoring privately. She is currently taking the MSLE Advanced Training in Bangor and anticipates receiving her advanced certificate in the spring. Jennifer’s oldest son is dyslexic and went to the Bangor, Maine Dyslexia Center many years ago. She realized how well the O-G approach worked and after many years of homeschooling her two children, Jennifer went back to school and finished her degree so that she could pursue this career.
Anne Eaton, Member at Large
Anne Eaton is the parent of a daughter diagnosed with dyslexia in the second grade who subsequently learned to read and spell through Orton-Gillingham instruction. Inspired by her daughter, Anne pursued O-G training which led to a mid-life career change (and the best job ever). Anne is certified as an Associate by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and has tutored students with dyslexia in the greater Concord, NH area since 2003. A graduate of the University of NH, Anne joined the NHIDA Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as Branch President and Treasurer.
Brittany Lovejoy, Member at Large
Brittany Lovejoy is a writer, the mother of four children with dyslexia, and a State Leader of Decoding-Dyslexia Vermont. A dedicated advocate for her children and others with dyslexia, Brittany has a graduate degree in the Foundations of Education/Dyslexia Studies and an undergraduate degree in Business Management. She graduated from the Snelling Early Childhood Leadership Program and has worked as a special educator for two years. Brittany’s previous employment history includes business owner, behavior interventionist, and Immigration Law Officer.
Nancy Kring-Burns, Member at Large
Nancy Kring-Burns is a Special Education Reading Teacher/Learning Disabilities Specialist at the Hollis Primary School. Nancy became interested in learning disabilities and dyslexia when her own children struggled with learning to read. She earned MSEd and EdS degrees at Simmons College in Special Education and Assistive Technology. Nancy is a Dyslexia Practitioner, having completed Wilson Reading training IMSLEC accredited training through Children’s Dyslexia Center in Nashua. Nancy is also trained in Lindamood Bell Programs and Language Circle Programs. Nancy uses what she learned from the NH Parent Information Center Volunteer Advocate training to help families as they navigate their way through the special education world.
Dale Vincent¸ Member at Large
Dale Vincent is the mother of a successful adult daughter with dyslexia who was tested and identified in kindergarten. Private Orton-Gillingham tutoring for years, a move to private schools in 7th grade, and her daughter’s determination to success enabled her to graduate from high school and college. As age 30, her daughter has a management position with a national company and even finds pleasure in reading. As a retired journalist, Dale was happy to join the NHIDA Board in 2016 in hopes of helping to ensure that other dyslexic students obtain the educational resources they need to be successful readers.
Heidi Zollman, Member at Large
Heidi Zollman is a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coach in the Rochester, NH School District. Her strong background in literacy was developed through her work as an elementary teacher, reading and writing specialist, and Reading First Coach. Heidi is a certified trainer in DIBELS Next and LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
Rebecca Nelson-Avery, Member at Large
Rebecca Nelson-Avery, is a Special Education Administrator and teacher at Strong Foundations Charter School in Pembroke, NH. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Southern NH University and is certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and LiPS, Framing Your Thoughts, Visualizing & Verbalizing, and Report Form. In addition to service on the NHIDA Board, Rebecca volunteers as an Educational Surrogate Parent for children in foster care and has been an IEP Team Meeting Facilitator for the NH Dept. of Education. She and her husband are former foster parents through NH DCYF and have adopted five special needs children, the oldest of whom is dyslexic.
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