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Board of Directors


NOBIDA offers multiple resources, educational events, and an optimistic support network for dyslexic individuals and all advocates seeking a better understanding of dyslexia. Comprised of educators, researchers, and invested community members, we pledge to work tirelessly until everyone can read.

We are a branch of the International Dyslexia Association with an active and passionate board and we serve the northern Ohio community. Whether you are dyslexic or know someone that is dyslexic, we are here to offer hope, support, and resources to help you on your journey.


Andrea Thomas, M.Ed., CALT
President

Andrea Thomas received her Masters of Education Degree from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University. Andrea’s personal connection with dyslexia began in 2004, with the diagnosis of one of her children. This event proved to be a turning point in Andrea’s professional career. She began a quest for information and education about dyslexia, and entered her training at Southern Methodist University.

Andrea has had the opportunity to work in many capacities in multiple states. Her experience includes developing and maintaining a private practice, contracting with schools to implement multi-sensory instruction, teaching Educational Psychology at the university level, serving as the Secretary for the Kentucky IDA Board, working as an instructional specialist at the Learning Center at The Lexington School, and serving as an academic language therapist at West Side Montessori.

 


Nancy Osko, M. Ed.
First Vice-President

Nancy Osko, M. Ed., received her Masters Degree from University of Nevada at Las Vegas with a focus on Educational Leadership. She is a Regional Early Literacy Specialist (RELS) with State Support Team Region 2, serving leaders and educators in districts located in Erie, Huron and Lorain counties. Mrs. Osko has vast knowledge in instructional methods and systemic leadership around the Science of Reading. She is a Certified Local Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling Facilitator (LETRS). She began her journey as a classroom teacher with students from many cultures and diverse backgrounds including English Learners. She was a principal in several buildings across Nevada, and Texas before returning to her native Ohio roots. Mrs. Osko has had additional training in Wilson Reading, Orton Gillingham methodologies to support her passion and work around Dyslexia. She has been a member of the Northern Ohio International Dyslexia Association for the past 7 years and recently appointed to NOBIDA Executive Board serving as 1st Vice President.

 


Jennifer Scaffidi, M.Ed., CALT, QI:
2nd Vice-President

Jennifer Scaffidi is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Multisensory Math Instructor.  She is currently working in the Plain Local School District as well as assisting Marilyn Zecher in teaching her online Multisensory Math courses.  She privately works with students in both reading and math.  Jennifer also presents professional development workshops on Multisensory Reading and Math strategies.

Jennifer holds a master’s degree in School Administration from Ashland University and a BS in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University with a minor in Psychology.  She is a member of the Academic Language Therapist Association.

 


Tammy Alexander, CALT

Secretary

Tammy Alexander is the owner and director of a reading clinic originally founded by the Medical College of Ohio, now called Alexander, Armus Reading Specialists. She has been certified and/or trained in many Orton-Gillingham based multisensory structured language programs, such as the Orton-Gillingham approach, Wilson Reading System (Level II; Wilson Dyslexia Therapist), Alphabetic Phonics, as well as Lindamood-Bell programs, such as Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing, Seeing Stars, and Visualization and Verbalization.  In addition, she has training in other reading and writing programs, including Framing Your Thoughts, Read Naturally, RAVE-O, among others.

Tammy came to the United States from Toronto, Canada, where she earned a B.Ed. from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto. After teaching for nine years for North York Schools with a professional focus in Learning Disabilities, Gifted Education, and Gifted/LD Education, she moved to Toledo, Ohio, and worked as a reading instructor for Jean Armus at the reading
clinic she now owns.

Tammy is committed to providing explicit, systematic, multisensory language instruction to students and to heightening awareness of dyslexia in the Toledo/Northwest Ohio area. Tammy has done many presentations on dyslexia-related topics to educators and parents.

 


David Buchanan 

Treasurer

David Buchanan has built a successful career as an executive in the banking industry. He serves as a District Manager with US Bank ensuring that district branches run smoothly and remain successful. David is a “servant leader” focusing his attention on listening, empathy, stewardship, and community involvement in his life and work. Though very successful, he faced challenges in his educational journey due to undiagnosed dyslexia. Nevertheless, he practiced resiliency, found support, and achieved his higher education goals. As his daughter began to navigate her own academic journey, David recognized her similar challenges, and her dyslexia was identified. He advocated for her to receive the structure, tutoring, and support she needed. She has taught him that dyslexia is not a weakness, rather a strength.


Theresa Kaska, M.Ed., CALT, CDT

Past President 2019-2020

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 a 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. 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


Board Members

  • Denise Adams
  • Kerry Agins
  • Heather Campbell, M.Ed.
  • Mara Byers
  • Michelle Elia
  • LaMonica Davis
  • Alec Greenfield
  • Betty Marko, Ed.S.
  • Laura Gregg
  • Jenny Lambert
  • Debbie Nagel
  • JoAnn Sicafuse
  • Katie Whyte
  • Kaitlyn Wooten

Advisory Council

  • Morgan Amend, M.Ed, CALT
  • Ellen Brick, MA
  • Katie Bodnovich, CALT
  • Karen Dakin, M.Ed., Board Liaison
  • Barbara Ekelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Gordon, MA
  • Monica Gordon Pershey, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
  • Joyce Hedrick, M.Ed.
  • Lori Josephson, MA
  • Pam Kanfer, MS, CALT
  • Sr. Marcia Kiser, M.Ed.
  • Jennifer LaHaie, M.Ed., CALT
  • Donna Levine, M.Ed.
  • Mary Heather Munger, Ph.D.
  • Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed
  • Rebecca Rowell-Malinas, M.Ed., MA
  • Jean Tobias, MS, NCSP, CALT
  • Rebecca Tolson, Ph.D., CALT, QI
  • Gretchen Walsh, MS.Ed.

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