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Board of Directors

We are a branch of the International Dyslexia Association and we serve the northern Ohio community. Whether you have dyslexia, or know someone with dyslexia, we are here to offer hope, support and resources for personal success to people with dyslexia and those who interact with them in northern Ohio.  We believe it is never too late to provide remedial services to individuals with dyslexia.

As an active and passionate board, we provide resources and events to help those navigate their journey through dyslexia. We strive to consistently meet our community’s needs in understanding dyslexia. We welcome you to contact us for additional information.

We thank you for support,

Theresa Kaska, M.Ed., CALT, CDT
IDA Northern Ohio


Theresa Kaska, M.Ed., CALT, CDT

Theresa Kaska is a graduate of Mount Union College where she obtained a bachelor of science in sports medicine and education. She holds a master of education from Notre Dame College and is a licensed intervention specialist for students with mild/moderate learning disabilities in grades K–12. She is also a certified Academic Language Therapist, a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association, a Certified Dyslexia Therapist, and member of the International Dyslexia Association. Her training as a therapist is highly specialized in multi-sensory, structured language techniques, grammar, verbal and written expressions. Currently, she teaches at the Lawrence Lower School, in Broadview Hts, Ohio. She has additional training in Lips, Keys to Literacy, Wilson Reading System, FUNdations K and 1st grade, and she completed Multisensory Math 1 and has started Multisensory Math 2 with Marilyn Zecher. Currently, she teaches at Lawrence Lower School in Broadview Hts, Ohio.

Sue Boettler, CALT
First Vice President

Sue Boettler is the parent of a son with dysgraphia.  She is certified in the Orton-Gillingham method and is currently a reading tutor at the Canton Masonic Learning Center.  She is the administrator of a parent support group, Decoding Dyslexia Canton Ohio.  Sue is dedicated to improving education for the dyslexic community.  She runs a small family business with her brother in North Canton.


Cheryl Kleist, M.B.A.

Cheryl Kleist became involved with dyslexia advocacy when she testified in front of the Ohio Senate Education Committee for dyslexia legislation in October 2011.  At the time, she was struggling to get the school district to acknowledge her son’s reading disability.  She decided to get training in both special education law and structured literacy so she could better advocate for her son.  She has completed over 150 coursework hours from The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and Orton Gillingham International.   She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Ohio and creator of the website,  She became a board member for the Northern Ohio International Dyslexia Association in 2013 and is Co-Chair of the Ohio IDA Executive Legislative Committee, which is comprised of Ohio’s 3 IDA branches:  Northern, Central, and Ohio Valley.  She was appointed to the Ohio Department of Education State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children (SAPEC) in June 2015.

Cheryl’s background is accounting and she worked for many years in the automotive industry.  She started off working with engineers in the quoting of new business and financial forecasting and worked her way up to the financial controller position in a manufacturing plant, before becoming a stay at home mom.

Jennifer Elliott, M.Ed,

Jennifer Elliott is a graduate of Cleveland State University where she obtained a bachelor of science in education. She holds a master’s of education with a focus in literacy from Baldwin Wallace College and a license in elementary education. Additionally, Jennifer holds two other licenses in educational leadership and curriculum instruction and professional development. Jennifer’s connection to dyslexia began with the students in her class, which led her to seek out additional training in reading instruction. She went on to receive training in Levels K-3 Fundations and became a Level I Wilson instructor. She currently works as a Literacy Specialist for North Olmsted City Schools and is dedicated to ensuring that all children learn to read and write.

Jennifer LaHaie, M.Ed., CALT
Immediate Past President

Jennifer LaHaie has her masters in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development from Malone University. Her initial journey into dyslexia began with Level I and II certifications in the Wilson Reading System. Pursuing a deeper interest in dyslexia and structured language, Jennifer completed the Academic Language Therapy program at Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist. Her varied teaching experience in private and public schools has proven valuable as a literacy coach and therapist. Jennifer’s YouTube channel, “Dyslexia is Not a Dirty Word,” provides valuable information about dyslexia and other related topics.

Her passion is to ensure that students receive the instruction they deserve and empower teachers through support and knowledge sharing.

Amy Colaco
Service Coordinator

Amy Colaco has a B.S. in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a professional Human Resources background with emphasis in health and welfare employee benefits.   As an employee with two major international corporations, she served in national corporate endeavors, and as a client-serving consultant for businesses, unions, non-profit and school district administrations across Northeast Ohio.

Amy became involved in the dyslexia community after the many years of learning and life challenges associated with her dyslexic son.

Board Members

  • Denise Adams
  • David Buchanan
  • Heather Campbell, M.Ed.
  • Maribeth Connor, M.Ed.
  • Susan Croy
  • Michelle Elia
  • Emma Elliott
  • Susan Moyer
  • Heather Petruccelli, CALT, ICALP
  • Jennifer Scaffidi, CALT
  • Jo Ann Sicafuse
  • Andrea Thomas, M.Ed., CALT
  • Katie Whyte

Advisory Council

  • Tammy Alexander, MA, CALT
  • Morgan Amend, M.Ed, CALT
  • Ellen Brick, MA
  • Katie Bodnovich, CALT
  • Karen Dakin, M.Ed.
  • Barbara Ekelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Gordon, MA
  • Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
  • Trish Harpring, M.Ed., MA
  • Joyce Hedrick, M.Ed.
  • Lori Josephson, MA
  • Pam Kanfer, MS, CALT
  • Sr. Marcia Kiser, M.Ed.
  • Donna Levine, M.Ed.
  • Mary Heather Munger, Ph.D.
  • Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed
  • Larry Orrach, M.Ed.
  • Carol Perry, CALP
  • Heidi Peters, M.Ed.
  • Rebecca Rowell-Malinas, M.Ed., MA
  • Judith Saltzman, JD
  • Jean Tobias, MS, NCSP, CALT
  • Rebecca Tolson, M.Ed., CALT, QI
  • Gretchen Walsh, MS.Ed.
  • Steven Wexberg, MD

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