Board of Directors
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. Currently Audrey and her daughter serve on the NH State Advisory Committee on the Education of Children/Students with Disabilities. Audrey became an IDA New Hampshire Board member in September 2013, is responsible for IDA New Hampshire’s website and presence on Facebook, and currently serves as President.
Michelle Stinson is the parent of a son with dyslexia. She is co-founder of the NH chapter of Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots, parent led, nationwide organization that aims to help raise awareness about dyslexia and the teaching strategies that help students with reading disabilities. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS degree in physical therapy. Michelle currently works as a physical therapist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and is working toward a certificate in O-G tutoring. She joined the NHIDA Board of Directors in 2015.
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. 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. Rebecca currently serves as Secretary of the IDA New Hampshire Board of Directors.
Treasurer and Past President
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.
Member at Large
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!
Member at Large
Anne Ehret has over 25 years experience as a public school teacher of dyslexic students. Anne received her Bachelor‛s Degree from Smith College, Masters in Education from University of Delaware, and Educational Specialist Degree from Simmons College Language and Literacy Program. She has completed Advance Orton-Gillingham training and Level I and Level II Wilson Reading System training. Most recently, Anne developed a literacy lab for students who required structured language instruction. She volunteers at an orphanage in Haiti where she has begun working with teachers to incorporate structured language instruction into their literacy program.
Member at Large
Valerie Leuchter earned her M. Ed. from the University of New Hampshire and her B.S. from Springfield College. She is a NH Certified Special Education Teacher and holds a Certificate from Plymouth State College for Learning Disabilities. She completed the Level 1 Certification in the Wilson Reading System and is currently working on the Level II training. Valerie works as a Special Educator/Case Manager at the Deerfield Community School with a strong concentration in the area of reading. Valerie is a member of the IDA and currently serves as member of the IDA New Hampshire Board of Directors.
Kara Garvey- Knapp
Member at Large
Kara Garvey-Knapp earned her CAGS degree from the University of Vermont, specializing in Special Education and Consulting Teaching. She earned her Educational Specialist Degree from Simmons College specializing in Language and Literacy. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham, LiPs, and is Level 1 certified as a Wilson Reading Instructor. Kara is the Academic Dean and Director of Language Program at The Greenwood School, a specialized boarding and day school for young men in grades 6 through 12 in Putney, Vermont.
Member at Large
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.
Member at Large
Michael Patten was diagnosed with dyslexia in kindergarten and attended the Carroll School where he became a proficient reader using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Michael’s College and his Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons College. Michael joined the Board of Directors of the IDA New Hampshire Branch in 2009, served as President from 2012-2014.
Member at Large
Sandy Roberts interest in dyslexia stems from her child’s journey with dyslexia beginning in early elementary school. Sandy joined the NHIDA Board in 2015 and currently serves as Webmaster. Sandy hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Sandy’s career has been focused in the retail business sector with the last 20 years dedicated to being “Chief Family Officer” allowing her husband to focus on the family coin op laundry and car wash business. Sandy has volunteered her time both in the classroom and outside the classroom with various fundraisers, activities and has served on a Parents Executive Board at her daughter’s high school where she worked with the Admission Department. She currently splits her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire so her son can attend a private school for dyslexia.
Member at Large
Sue Morbey, M.Ed., S.A.I.F., has been a teacher since 1977 and currently teaches Wilson Reading and remedial mathematics at Goffstown High School. She has been a Specialist in Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (SAIF) since 2000 and served as president of the ASAIF board from 2004 – 2015. She has experience working with all ages of students having a wide variety of disabilities. Sue has served as a member of the IDA New Hampshire Board of Directors since 2012.
Claudia Golda-Dominguez is a homeschool parent who also coordinates spelling and reading workshops for the St. Kathryn’s Homeschool Group. It was in her role as the parent of a dyslexic child searching for support in the area that brought her to IDA New Hampshire. Claudia, who is fluent in three languages, completed her Business Degree in 2011 and Level I certification in the Wilson Reading System in the summer of 2012.
Beth McClure is a fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and educators with 20 years of experience using the O-G approach with children and adults. Beth has her M.Ed. in Learning and Language Disabilities, an M.Ed. in Administration, and is certified in the State of NH in Elementary Education, Special Education, Learning Disabilities, Reading and Writing Specialist, Principal, and Special Education Administration.
She currently works as a public-school principal in the school she helped to found, Strong Foundations Charter School (SFCS) in Pembroke, NH. SFCS uses the O-G approach to teach reading and spelling to all students, regular education and special education, from age 5 through the 6th grade.
E. Bette Nelson
E. Bette Nelson holds a Bachelor’s of Education degree from Keene State College and a Masters of Education from Notre Dame College. Her educational experience includes 37 years in Elementary and Special Education beginning in the Keene School District, and later the Manchester School District. She recently retired from 11 years of teaching and supervising student teachers for the Education Department at Southern New Hampshire University. Having dyslexic grandchildren created an interest in joining the NHIDA. She is a past Board Member and now serves on the Advisory Council. Tutoring grandchildren now extends her educational experiences.
Melissa Farrall, PhD.
Melissa Farrall, PhD. is an Adjunct Professor in the Language and Literacy Program at Simmons College. She is certified as a Specialist in the Assessment of Intellectual Functioning (SAIF), is the author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition and co-author of All About Tests & Assessments. Melissa has been a member of IDA since 1998 and currently serves on the Advisory Council. Melissa is the Program Manager for Evaluation at the Stern Center in Williston, VT. She has two sons, one of whom is dyslexic.
Renee LeCain M.A., CCC-SLP, is the founder and owner of The Language, Literacy & Learning Center, LLC. She earned her B.S. from Purdue University and M.A. from Northwestern University. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Special Educator and reading clinician. She has completed Basic and Advanced Orton-Gillingham training. She has extensive experience with preschool and school age children. Renee has been a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association for 15 years. She has served as the Past President of the New Hampshire branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Aileen Cormier has been associated with the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Nashua since it opened in 1998; she has been the center’s director since 2003. Aileen is a certified trainer of teachers at both the initial and advanced levels of the Orton Gillingham method of reading instruction. She also has initial and advanced Wilson certifications as well as LiPS training. She is certified through ALTA.
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