Board of Directors
We currently have three vacancies on the Board of Directors. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the board, please contact a current board member or submit an application online.
Dr. Tammy Tillotson, I-CALP (Chippewa Falls)
Tammy Tillotson is, first and foremost, a parent of a son and wife to a husband who have dyslexia. As a longtime member of IDA Wisconsin Branch, she joined the Board of Directors in an effort to raise awareness of issues surrounding dyslexia. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Family Studies and Human Development, an Advanced Education Specialist Degree in Career and Technical Professional Education, and has recently completed her Doctoral Degree. Tammy originally became an Orton-Gillingham trained tutor to assist her son and other children who are challenged with dyslexia and is now the Center Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin and a consultant for school districts across the state. Her background and experience in directing nonprofit organizations, coordinating advocacy campaigns, and providing high quality training and professional development lends itself to the goals and activities of IDA Wisconsin Branch. Her primary objectives as President of the IDA Wisconsin Branch are to continue the momentum in raising awareness about dyslexia, create opportunities to expand training and education, and to build resources for parents and professionals in Wisconsin that can better support our children.
Dana Brenner (Shawano)
Hello! My name is Dana Kay Brenner and my introduction to dyslexia began when my 7 year old son had difficulty in learning to read. After not being able to find a tutor in my area, I attended the renowned Payne Education Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Payne is a training center for the Take Flight program, an Orton-Gillingham based therapy program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas. After becoming certified, I continued training to become a Qualified Instructor for others who wish to become practitioners and therapists. It is the highest level attainable through the Academic Language Therapy Association. In 2017, I began teaching students online so that struggling readers across the country could have access to dyslexia therapy. My bachelors degree is in Psychology and Counseling and I will complete my Master’s degree this spring. My hobbies include crochet and learning about new technology. In my community, I offer awareness seminars and online conferences to parents and educators. I enjoy working on the IDA board because I enjoy being a voice for positive change.
Kimberly Chan (Madison)
A tutor at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Madison and advocate of dyslexia awareness, Kimberly Chan is dedicated and passionate about helping others to be successful. As a student herself, Kimberly understands the time and effort that goes in to learning and is interested in empowering others to learn.
Mary Brod, CALP, MAT (Madison)
Mary is a tutor, supervisor, and an associate director at the Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison. She has a degree in Secondary Education, and was a volunteer in literacy councils in the Chicago, Waukesha, and Dane County areas before training at the Madison Center, receiving her Orton-Gillingham certification and CALP (Certified Academic Language Practitioner) in 2014. Prior to her training, she had a home-based indexing business, and also worked in museum education. She is dedicated to guiding students toward their potential through the OG program, and delights in watching them gain confidence as they progress. She would also like work to promote the same methods in the public schools – and in teacher-training programs.
Ann Malone M.S., I-CALP (Madison)
Ann Malone is a past Director and is currently a semi-retired Associate Director of Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison. She is certified as an Orton Gillingham Advanced Tutor and as a Supervisor/Instuctor of Tutors. Prior to learning the Orton Gillingham Method of multi-sensory phonics instruction, Ann was a Speech and Language Pathologist and worked in the public schools for 13 years. Her degrees in Communicative Disorders are from the University of Madison and Whitewater, WI. She is also a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (iCALP) through the Academic Language Therapy Association. Ann has attended three national IDA conferences and was a presenter at the IDA – WI conference in 2014. In her community and surrounding area, she has given talks focused on raising the public awareness of dyslexia. As Associate Director of Children’s Dyslexia Center-Madison, Ann is currently heading up a Pilot Teacher Training Program with a select group of public school teachers who are learning the Orton-Gillingham method. Her interests are in the areas of legislative action and action within school systems to promote the use of the Orton Gillingham method in our schools. Ann is also interested in promoting legislation or actions which will improve teachers’ core knowledge of both reading remediation and in-depth knowledge of the English language at the University level.
Libby Wallace (Menomonie)
Libby Wallace is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) through ALTA and holds a Wisconsin Teaching License. She is an Orton Gillingham IMSLEC Accredited Reading Tutor trained through the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin (A Scottish Rite Masonic Charity). With over 1,200 hours of tutoring experience, Libby has tutored over twenty boys and girls age 8 through 16. She is active in her community. Through the Literacy Volunteers she has tutored adults in all areas of vocation. She has tutored an adult female in math, which helped her get her GED. Libby also tutored an adult in reading, and worked in the jail with male and female students in all areas. Libby has experience both serving on and working with boards of various community organizations. She served as president for a local community board. Libby was a volunteer tax aid for the state of Wisconsin, through a community outreach program (AARP). Currently, she serves on the IDA Wisconsin Branch Board as Director and Nominating Committee Chair. Libby is active in Boy Scouts. She is in the process of writing a resource for tutors, teachers, and parents. Although her resource is geared toward how dyslexic learn best, it can be used as a powerful resource for anyone.
Loucricia Carson (Milwaukee) Director
Loucricia Carson is a wife, mother to a 3 year old boy and loves to spend family time singing songs of praise around the piano. Her small family often times creates music together that encourages many people and makes the heart smile. Loucricia is a Milwaukee native who graduated from Wauwatosa East High School. She is also a Marquette University Alumni and soon to complete a Master’s Degree at UW-Milwaukee in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. She has spent several years teaching and tutoring in a variety of settings, and has recently embraced the opportunity to help empower hundreds of teachers, students and families. Her current endeavors include planning and implementing Professional Development sessions, providing both large and small group or 1:1 support to students, educators and other support staff. She has a passion for working with individuals living with special needs such as Autism and Learning Disabilities. Loucricia welcomes opportunities to collaborate in initiatives to increase awareness about both Dyslexia and Autism. Overall Loucricia is a humble person that will do what she can, often times going above and beyond to help others reach a breakthrough in their life to become successful, despite the obstacles.
Michelle Champion (Oregon)
Michele Raasch (Kronewetter)
I am Michele Raasch. I have a son who is dyslexic and also my brother is dyslexic. I grew up watching my brother struggle and persevere. I have been trained as an OG tutor by Marcia Henry when I began seeking ways to help my son learn to read. I realized early on that my son was not going to receive the reading instruction he needed at his school. I went through training to become certified in Wilson Reading System level 1. I have received my Masters in Reading Science from Mount Saint Joseph University. This program has been acknowledged by the IDA as it meets the standards for teachers of reading. I teach second grade and bring my learning into my teaching practice. I spend time during the summer and in the evenings during the school year tutoring children who struggle with reading. I would like to see the level of learning I received in my master’s program become the standard for all of those who are entering the teaching profession. I want there to be high standards kept for teachers and want to educate others on methods to use in the area of reading. I want to dispell the myths that surround dyslexia and educate others about how to instruct our learners who are dyslexic.
Kelly Steinke M.A. Ed., NBCT (Appleton)
Kelly Steinke grew up in the Milwaukee area, where she started her career as a special education teacher. She taught special education, primarily to students with learning disabilities, for almost 20 years in the Midwest, East Coast, and Pacific Northwest. Kelly learned about dyslexia through the advocacy of one of her students. Because of this, she realized that dyslexia was the reason her twin daughters were struggling in school. Learning about dyslexia was a turning point. Kelly pursued training and certification in dyslexia screening and teaching methods so that she could help her daughters and her students using Structured Literacy based approaches. Kelly is passionate about helping students who struggle with reading, writing and spelling. Kelly is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in Exceptional Needs and holds a Master’s of Arts Degree in Education (Administration & Leadership/Director of Spec. Ed.) Six years ago Kelly founded her company, READ Learning Educational Services, LLC. She is now a full time business owner. Her reading clinic is located in Appleton, WI. In this capacity, she serves the community as a dyslexia and learning specialist. Her professional offerings and advocacy work include free monthly speaking engagements, one-on-one reading and spelling interventions (tutoring), educational consultations, courses on executive functioning skills, Silver Moon Spelling Rules Curriculum and professional development courses for parents and teachers.
Dara Atandare (Milwaukee) Director
A Milwaukee Native, Dara Atandare has worked in public education for 27 years. She is an advocate of high quality education experiences for students and families who are traditionally underrepresented or marginalized. She views her work in education as vocational and is humbled to have discovered her life’s purpose early on. Dara began her career in the Milwaukee Public School District where she worked for 25 years and is currently beginning her 3rd year with the Green Bay Area School District. Dara is certified in 6-12 with an emphasis on EBD and SLD. She holds licenses for Principal and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. She is ABD with a concentration in culturally responsive teaching. Dara aims to empower others to unleash the potential they have within and to realize their dreams. Her belief is that through education specifically Reading, students served can receive the critical skill set needed to navigate the terrain of society empowered to make purposeful meaningful choices and decisions. She is married with two adult children and 1 grandchild.
- Anne Malone, Co-Chair (Madison)
- Mary Brod (Madison)
- Tonya Klem (Menomonie)
- Pam Heyde (Verona)
- Cheryl Ward (Bayside)
Membership & Communications Committee
- Dana Brenner, Chair (Shawano)
- Michele Raasch, Newsletter editor (Kronewetter)
- Pattie Huse (Eau Claire)
Conference & Education Committee
- Loucricia Carson, Chair (Milwaukee)
- Tammy Tillotson (Chippewa Falls)
- Pat Dunham (Grafton)
- Vicki Dunham (Franklin)
- Kelly Steinke (Appleton)
Resource & Referral Committee
- Dana Brenner, Chair (Shawano)
- Mary Brod (Madison)
Budget & Finance Committee
- Kimberly Chan, Chair (Madison)
- Vicki Dunham (Franklin)
- Libby Wallace, Chair (Menomonie)
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