Board of Directors

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 Branch President


Aileen Cormier  – Reading remediation was a career change for me. I entered the Initial Orton Gillingham training at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua the year it opened (over 20 years ago.) I am certified in Wilson and received my advanced OG training from Marcia Henry and at Mass. General Hospital. I’ve tutored in public and private schools. I have been the director and primary teacher trainer at the dyslexia center in Nashua for over 15 years.



Vice President

Brenda Peters is the Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center – Seacoast Learning Center located in Rochester NH. She is New Hampshire certified as a Learning Disabilities Specialist, Reading and Writing Specialist, and Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning. 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 two thousand 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.




Rebecca Nelson-Avery earned her BA in Elementary Education from Southern NH University, is certified in Elementary Education and Special Education.  She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and LiPS, Framing Your Thoughts, and Report Form. She is employed as a Special Education Case Manager and teacher at Strong Foundations Charter School in Pembroke, NH.  Rebecca has volunteered as an Educational Surrogate Parent, and IEP Team Meeting Facilitator.  She and her husband are former foster parents through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, and have adopted five special needs children.



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.  Anne is certified as an Associate by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and works as an O-G tutor in the Concord, NH area.  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Anne joined the IDA New Hampshire Board of Directors in 2012, and currently serves as Treasurer and Past President.


Past President

Audrey Burke grew up with two siblings who struggled with dyslexia and, as an adult, became the parent of a dyslexic daughter. Advocating for her daughter’s educational needs led Audrey to her work with NH Connections, a project of the NH Parent Information Center, funded by the NH Department of Education.  Previously Audrey and her daughter served on the NH State Advisory Committee on the Education of Children/Students with Disabilities.





Leslie Benton-Norris holds a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross, and a M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She came to the field of education out of necessity, as the mother of a now college-age daughter with dyslexia who required tutoring as a child.  Leslie is a certified member of The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.  She holds certifications in General Special Education and as a Reading and Writing Specialist.  Leslie works as a Multisensory Reading Teacher in the Manchester School District.  She joined the Board of NHIDA in 2013 and is the Chair of the Conference Committee, where she truly enjoys bringing nationally recognized speakers to New Hampshire!


Jayne M. Beaton, M.Ed., earned 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 Gillingham Teacher Certificate (IMSLEC) and teaches Multi-Sensory Reading for the Manchester School District.




Sue Lurgio is a recently retired special education teacher who taught in public schools for over 30 years.  She received her B.S. from Boston University and M.Ed. from Rivier University.  Sue trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and Wilson Reading Systems and holds certifications at the Associate level from the Academy of O-G Practitioners and Educators and as a Level I practitioner from the Wilson Reading System.  Sue has a son with severe dyslexia who, thanks to the OG method, learned to read, graduated from Penn State University, and is working as a project manager for a computer company in California.



Jill A. Hartmann, M.Ed., S.A.I.F. is an educational evaluator, experienced teacher, and she has been directly involved in the field of education for over 15 years.  As a teacher, she has taught most grade levels from 1st grade through 8th grade and holds multiple certifications.  As an educational evaluator, she has had the opportunity to work with children of all ages to help identify their academic strengths and weaknesses.  By recognizing academic strengths and weaknesses, educational experiences can be tailored to promote individual learning.  Making the connection between evaluation results and appropriate educational interventions is one of her priorities.  In her reports, she strives to make results and recommendations useful and accessible to both educators and parents.  In addition, Jill is currently working on her doctoral dissertation.


Dale Vincent is the mother of a successful adult dyslexic who was tested and identified in kindergarten.  Private Orton Gillingham tutoring for years, a move to private schools starting in 7th grade, and her daughter’s determination to succeed enabled her to graduate from high school and college. At age 30, she has a management position with a national company and even finds pleasure in reading.  As a retired journalist, Dale was happy to join the board of the NHIDA in 2016, in hopes of helping to ensure that other dyslexic students get the educational resources they need to be successful read.




Bebe Casey  is a mother of a dyslexic son, Parent Advocate and co-founder of  Decoding Dyslexia – NH is a grassroots movement driven by NH families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia in 2013.




Heidi Zollman works for the Rochester School Department in Rochester, NH as a Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Coach.   She has developed a strong background in literacy through working as an elementary classroom teacher, reading and writing specialist, and Reading First Coach.  Heidi is a certified Regional LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer as well as a DIBELS Next Trainer.  In addition to her work for the Rochester School Department, Zollman serves as a faculty member at Granite State College in NH.   She received her M.Ed. from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a B.S. in Education from Western Michigan University



Jen Dysart – Maine, Bangor area

Karyn Hubbard – Southern Maine


Advisory Committee

Ehret, Anne
McClure, Beth
Patten, Caryl
Patten, Michael
Leuchter, Valerie
Garvey-Knapp, Kara
Farrall, Melissa
Golda-Dominguez, Claudia
LeCain, Renee
Morbey, Sue
Dixon-Yandow, Shannon
Stinson, Michelle
Nelson, E. Bette



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