Nancie Payne, President
Nancie Payne has served LDA in various capacities including LDA Executive Board and Treasurer, LDA Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board, Adult Topics Committee Chairperson, Program Committee Chairperson and Co-Chairperson. Other board experience includes: LDA of Washington, Commission on Adult Basic Education Region 8 Representative, Washington State Business Leadership Network, Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council (former Chairperson), and the Thurston County Economic Development Council (former Chairperson). Payne’s work experience includes 35 years private-public experience with knowledge and skills involving education, welfare, rehabilitation, veterans and workforce. She is currently the CEO/President of Payne & Associates, Inc., assisting children and adults with non-apparent disabilities and providing professional development throughout United States and Canada. Formerly, Payne was a secondary reading teacher, diversity-equity assistant consultant, and an employment/education director for poverty-based adult programs. Payne herself is an individual with diagnosed LD and AD/HD; a former street kid, delinquent, teenage single parent, welfare recipient, and mother of two outstanding adult children and three grandchildren. Payne holds a B.A. from the Evergreen State College, an M.S. in Organizational Development/Human Resources from Chapman University, and a Ph.D. in Adult Learning/Postsecondary from Capella University. Her published works include Adults Who Have Learning Disabilities: Transition from GED to Postsecondary Activities (2010); Job Accommodations, What Works and Why in Learning Disabilities and Employment, Gerber and Brown, Pro-ed 1997; Informal Assessment of Adults with LD in Learning Disabilities, Literacy and Adult Education, Vogel and Reder, Brooks 1998. Her interests include maximizing resources/opportunities for those without access; postsecondary education, training, and work; and adolescent and adult services.
Ed Schlitt, First Vice President
Ed Schlitt has served in many LDA posts in past years. He has been the VP, 2nd VP, Treasurer, Board representative to the Executive Committee, State Presidents Representative to the Board, LDA of Michigan President, and Conference Chair. He also served, chaired, and coordinated several committees at both the state and national levels. Schlitt’s experience includes his work as an educator. He holds an M.Ed., including an Endorsement in Learning Disabilities. His work positions include ISD Progress Monitoring Consultant, State of Michigan Reading Facilitator, ISD Diagnostic Team/Teacher Consultant, and Special Education teacher. He has also been a presenter to various groups and topics, a facilitator of educational initiatives and programs, a diagnostician, consultant, and coach to teachers. Schlitt’s non-educational experiences include; designing, art, stage managing, civic and community involvements. Learning disabilities have touched his life both professionally and personally. His life credo; is to share the extraordinary gifts in life he’s received from others, with others.
Nanette Schweitzer, Second Vice President
Nanette Schweitzer has been an active LDA member, serving first, as president of her local Howard County (Maryland) chapter, and then as President of the Maryland State Affiliate. Her professional background includes: business management, sales and marketing as the principle of two businesses and as a regional manager for a major jewelry store chain overseeing eighty nine stores. Nanette is passionate about helping those with learning disabilities since it “runs in the family.” Nanette, her father, daughter, grandson, and nephew all experienced the effects of a learning disability. For the last fourteen years she has been a full time volunteer advocate and has served on several local and state disability and education committees, and was recognized on both levels for her advocacy for individuals with learning disabilities.
Beth McGaw, Secretary
It was after her youngest son was diagnosed with a variety of learning challenges Beth McGaw became an outspoken advocate for children with learning disabilities. She has served the LDA Georgia state chapter as Vice President, where she was voted Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Although McGaw started her career as an Industrial Engineer, she pursued her passion for education by obtaining a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and later worked as an online facilitator. She co-founded the award winning Atlanta-based magazine, Kids Enabled, and led its conversion to a not-for-profit digital resource. McGaw helped promote the LDA Healthy Children’s Project through the Brain, Health and Nutrition speaker series in Atlanta. After moving to Dallas in 2010, she received her certification in nonprofit management. In 2012, McGaw was elected to the LDA Board of Directors and currently serves as the Marketing and Advertising Committee Chair and as Secretary on the Executive Committee. As a parent of a child with learning disabilities Beth says, “LDA wants others to know they are not alone. LDA offers resources both locally and nationally to offer support and help navigate this sometimes frustrating and confusing journey.”
Jonathan Jones, Treasurer
Jonathan Jones is Founder and Director Emeritus of S.O.A.R., a non-profit organization providing year-round wilderness adventure and experiential education services for youth with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders. He is a Past President of the LDA of North Carolina and chaired the LDA Adult Issues Committee for many years. He is currently serving on the Finance Committee. Jones has been involved in education for thirty-three years as a classroom teacher, Upper School principal, and program administrator. His diverse background includes military service as an Army officer, convening of international conferences, and advocate work for abused and neglected children. He recently completed coursework and licensure as a Registered Nurse. He is an adult with learning disabilities and has a twenty-two year old son with his own unique mix of LD and ADD characteristics. He is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences which focus on LD and ADD issues. His decades of experience working with LD and ADD youth allow him to convey a unique perspective regarding their strengths and abilities. Jones holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Psychology and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate, with master’s level work in Education. He is a licensed R.N.
Patricia H. Latham, Immediate Past President
Patricia Horan Latham is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator. Her professional experience includes: arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association, handling cases in the employment, corporate, securities, real estate, insurance, medical, banking, and international areas; arbitrator for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA); and lecturer in business planning at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. She has co-authored, with her husband Peter Latham, eight books on learning disability legal topics, including: Special Education Law, Learning Disabilities/ADHD and the Law in Higher Education and Employment, and Learning Disabilities and the Law. She has practiced law for over 40 years, most recently as a partner in Latham & Latham and including three years at Office of General Counsel, U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court. Her Board experience includes: Boards of Watergate West Cooperative, Washington, DC (President, 2006 – 2009), Magnolia Bay Club Condominium (President, 2011 – 2013), and Summit Owners’ Association (Vice President, 2013 – present), Sugar Beach Owners’ Association (Vice President, 2010 – present). She is listed in “Who’s Who in America.” She served as President of LDA (2012-2014) and previously served as Treasurer. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
B.J. Wiemer, Board Liaison
B.J. Wiemer has many years of LDA service in her experience. She has previously served as First and Second Vice-President, Secretary, Board Liaison, State Presidents’ Representative, and member of the Board of Directors, as well as having served on numerous committees, including Affiliate Support, Membership, Education, Public Policy, Bylaws and Policies, Conference Program and Nominating. She has also served as president of her state and local affiliates. BJ is a special educator, national teacher trainer, and educational consultant. She has spent 37 years working in public and private settings with students with special needs, most notably as a specialist in specific learning disabilities, children with behavioral/emotional needs, and the at-risk reader. Since 1997, she has served as Director of Special Services at the Kirk Day School in St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys coming alongside families to provide strong support through proactive instruction and advocacy, along with staff and parent education, an extensive resource library, and community awareness. She trains and consults with teachers and administrators across the country to address the needs of the at-risk learner. She and her husband, Jack, have three grown daughters, one of whom was diagnosed with a learning disability as a young child. Their recreational time is often shared with their two granddaughters. BJ holds a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Saint Louis University.
JoAnna is a lawyer and the parent of a high school student and college student with learning disabilities. She has been involved with LDA since 2002. JoAnna was active in Texas with the Park Cities LDA and was a member of the Board of Directors. She also served on the school district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. In 2005 JoAnna with her family moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She became active in the Special Education PTA, served on her school district’s Special Needs Advisory Council, and served on its 504 Working Group formed to implement the changes in the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the LDA of North Carolina. She is a member of the LDA Public Policy Committee, LDA Affiliate Support/Membership Committee, and LDA Bylaws Committee. JoAnna holds a B.A. and J.D. from Georgetown University, and, although she no longer practices law, is a member in good standing of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars.
Since 1969, Bob Broudo has dedicated his professional interests and career to the field of learning disabilities. He currently serves as President and Headmaster of Landmark School in Massachusetts for students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities. Broudo was a teacher at Landmark during the founding year of the school in 1971, and became a supervisor and department chair. In 1975, he traveled to Israel where he was Director of Special Education for grades K-12 and Assistant Principal of the High School at the Walworth Barbour American International School. Upon his return to the States, he served as founding Director of the Landmark School Outreach and Training Program, founding Director of the Landmark Preparatory School, and Director of Landmark’s High School Campus. Broudo has been President and Headmaster of Landmark since 1990. His previous LDA service includes the LDA Board, Program Committee member and Program Committee Chair. He has served on several external boards and committees, including: the Boards of Directors of Waring School, Glen Urquhart School, and Brookwood School, and the Board of Directors of the Danversbank, among others. Broudo holds a B.A. from Bates College and an M.Ed. from Boston University.
Allen Broyles is the Assistant Head of School and Middle School Principal of The Howard School, a K-12 school for students with language-based learning differences in Atlanta. With 24 years of experience in independent school education, he has held positions that include administration at the lower, middle, and school-wide levels, teaching positions at the lower, middle and high school levels, director of technology initiatives, music and math instruction, and outdoor education. Allen has presented and consulted at regional, national, and international conferences and schools on the topics of applying current neuroscience to teaching, the neuropsychology of math, and how mainstream schools might structure their programs to be more responsive to and inclusive of students who struggle. He holds a M.Ed. in educational leadership and a BA in music and French, and is an active musician playing in bands and recording in the Atlanta area.
Katie Cyphers is the Executive Director of Academics Plus, a private practice specializing in early intervention in order to reduce the prevalence of learning disabilities. Cyphers strongly believes in the core values of Academics Plus: being proactive, believing the brain can change, creating teachable students, developing self-confidence and lifelong learning. Cyphers founded APlus Academy, a day school program designed to help those students in critical need of immediate, concentrated attention before returning to the mainstream classroom. Cyphers is also a partner in the development of Brainjogging, a web-based cognitive processing enhancement software. Cyphers holds a M.S.Ed. in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and a B.S. in Special Education from the University of Tennessee. She remains dedicated to UT, as an active member of the Board of Advisors for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, as well as a Board Member of the UT Atlanta Chapter. She has also been active with the Shepherd Center for nearly a decade. Cyphers is a frequent presenter at conferences around the nation on utilizing the latest neuroscientific research to help combat learning disabilities. Cyphers is currently serving on the LDA Board of Directors, chairing the Nominating Committee, and is a member of the Marketing and Advertising Committee. In past years, Cyphers has served on the Membership and Affiliate Support Committee.
Ernie Florence recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors. He became an active member of LDA in the 1980’s and served his local affiliate, Kane-Kendall LDA, in many capacities including president, vice president, as well as a variety of committees. At the state level, he served two terms as president of LDA of Illinois as well as many committees including Membership, Awards, Nominating, Conference, and others. At the national level Florence served a term as State Presidents’ Representative along with heading several committees including Membership/Affiliate Support, Nominating, and Program. He presently serves as co-chair of the Membership/Affiliate Support Committee and as a member of Mental Health/Juvenile/Criminal Justice Committee. Florence has been actively involved in the development of the Young Leaders of LDA during the past few years. He enjoyed a 33 year career teaching children with behavior/emotional disorders and learning disabilities before retiring in 2009. Ernie and his wife, Ginger, live in Montgomery, IL.
Suzanne Fornaro serves as Chair, Communications and Technology Committee; Co-Editor, THE LD SOURCE; and was President of LDA from 2004-2006. She has served on the Board, Executive Committee, and/or chaired committees for LDA since 1990 and also served on boards and as president of the Alabama state and Mobile County affiliates. Fornaro is the parent of an adult child with learning disabilities. Fornaro is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board and retired as Director of Public Relations with a national engineering firm. She has 30+ years of experience in communications and public relations and expertise in public relations planning, external and internal communications, community and media relations. She has served on the board of directors for Public Relations Council of Alabama-PRCA (President), Southern Public Relations Federation-SPRF (VP and Secretary), and Mobile Public Relations Council (President). Fornaro has received 14 awards from public relations organizations for creation and execution of projects ranging from brochure development to strategic communications planning. She was recognized with the Practitioner of the Year Award, Professional Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from PRCA and SPRF. Fornaro holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism (Advertising and Public Relations) from the University of Georgia, and an M.S. in Communications (Mental Health Information) from Syracuse University.
Vicki Goshon is a leader in the state of Iowa in the field of Learning Disabilities. She is a Past and now current President of LDA of Iowa. Vicki has taught students with Learning Disabilities for 33 years. In addition to her work with LDA, she has served on the Iowa Department of Education’s Special Education Advisory Panel. Throughout her career in special education, Vicki has written several successful grants in order to obtain funding for materials and educational services for her students. An exciting outcome of one of these grants is a literacy project taking place in Iowa Correctional Institutions. She also operates a private tutoring service in order to provide affordable academic support to students. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and an Administrator of Special Education degree. Honors and awards include: 2012 Helping Hands Award – Iowa LDA, 2008 Sam Kirk Award – National LDA- 2009 and 2002 President’s Award – Iowa LDA. Vicki considers it an honor and privilege to lead students with learning disabilities to acknowledge their strengths and become successful adults with meaningful careers.
Candace Joles is a leader in LDA’s Indiana state chapter and serves on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee as Secretary, as well as on the Conference Committee. Her experience includes working with fee-based intensive programs (BUILD Director at University of Indianapolis and STEP faculty at Vincennes University) in Indiana for students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Currently, Joles is the Director of COPE Student Support Services which provides intensive services for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and those at-risk at Vincennes University. She holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Ball State University with transitioning to post-secondary education and special education law main areas of focus. Presently, she serves on the national Adult Topics, Advocacy, Marketing and Advertising, and Conference Committees. Joles’ husband has a learning disability and ADHD which provides an additional insight to individuals with learning disabilities.
Evalynne W. Lindberg
Evalynne (Evie) W. Lindberg has experience in special education, academics, accreditation, and assessments to provide knowledgeable background for the issues facing special education today. During her career she has held the following positions: Assistant professor, Undergraduate Department, College of Education at Oral Roberts University, where prepared special education teacher candidates and published numerous articles and a book chapter. Her most recent accolades: Sutton’s Who’s Who in Academia, 2011-2012; Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Alumni Faculty Award in Leadership. She was a special education instructor for over 30 years; and Psychiatric Adolescent Unit instructor; a visual therapist, and a board member for the Eastland Christian Academy. She also served as a committee member for the National Evaluation Systems and has experience administering in-service training, and diagnostic assessments in the ORU and Tulsa communities. Her LDA positions: include over 30 years as an LDA member; keynote speaker for the LDA of Oklahoma State Convention; Vice-President and Past-President, LDAO Tulsa Chapter; Chair, LDAO Professional Advisory Board. She has co-published “The Healthy Children Project” pamphlet; and was assistant grant writer for young adults with SLD. Currently, she Co-Chair’s on the Education Committee. She has had numerous presentations at the local, state, and national levels. Lindberg holds a B.A. from Oral Roberts University, an M.A. from the University of Tulsa, and an Ed.D., Educational Leadership: Public School Administration from Oral Roberts University.
Loreena D. Parks
Lori Parks is an associate professor in the special education department at Eastern Michigan University. She has degrees from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has acquired a Sp.A. (Specialist of Arts in Curriculum), a M.A. in Learning Disabilities, a B.B.A. in Marketing and a B.S. in Hearing Impairment (K-12) and General Education (K-8). Prior to joining the faculty at Eastern Michigan University, Lori Parks taught and consulted in public and private schools, at the Kindergarten through University level in Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Lori has presented at numerous conferences, written many articles and serves on various volunteer committees such as the Pre-Ed Advising Committee for Henry Ford Community College. Lori has been involved with LDA of America (LDA) and LDA of Michigan (LDAMI) for many years. She started as a member of LDAMI and became quickly involved with LDA. As an active LDAMI member, Lori was on the Board of Directors, Conference Co-chair and was State President for two years. Parks also presented regularly at LDAMI’s fall conferences and contributed many articles for their quarterly newsletter “Outlook”. As an active member of LDA Lori is currently serving a three- year term on the Board of Directors, is on the Membership/Affiliate Support Committee, is on the Education Committee, and is involved with the Healthy Children’s Project at both the state and national levels. Other positions and committees Lori has served on include: Assistant States’ Representative, States’ President Representative, Conference Program Committee, Affiliate Support Committee, and the Nominating Committee. She presents on a regular basis at the national conferences. In her spare time Lori enjoys sailing, reading, her grandchildren, watching cooking shows, and attempting to learn to play the violin.
Dr. Jen Rawley, a licensed psychologist, who specializes in pediatric psychology with a particular emphasis on learning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and behavior/attention disorders. She has worked extensively with this population since 2006. She is currently the Director of the Dallas Academy Diagnostic Center and an adjunct college professor at Argosy University. Dallas Academy is a private school in east Dallas that caters to the academic needs of children with learning differences and learning disabilities. Prior to working at Dallas Academy, she worked in private practice, psychiatric hospitals, private community health clinics, and with at-risk youth. She has a daughter who has been diagnosed with a nonverbal learning disability as well as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and she attends Dallas Academy. Her daughter is her inspiration and source encouragement. Dr. Rawley is new to the LDA Board of Directors and is excited about working with other members in Texas to promote education, support, and tools so that children with learning disabilities can reach their full potential.
Analisa L. Smith
Analisa L. Smith has served LDA for many years, being active at the national and state level. Smith has served on the Advocacy, Marketing, Affiliate Support/Membership, and Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Committee and is currently CoChair of the Affiliate Support/Membership Committee. She is President of LDA of South Carolina and has served in several positions on the State Executive Board of Directors. Smith has worked for 20 years in the public and private education. She works professionally as an education consultant and as a distance education professor. Smith holds a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Columbia College, a M.Ed. in Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Doctorate of Education in Education Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Smith is the author of Transition Toolbox, a book that focuses upon transition issues and services for the mildly disabled individual. She is the mother of two children, with one son having Asperger’s and several learning disabilities. Smith’s passion is to work with LDA to promote advocacy and support for individuals with LD to ease the path of learning for them.
Myrna has been a member of LDA for over 30 years. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and an M.A. in Special Education from Santa Clara University. She has been Oregon’s LDA State President four times and continues to serve on LDA of Oregon’s state board. She is chair of the LDA’s national Bylaws/Policy Committee, chair of its Education Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee (since serving as Treasurer), Development Committee, and Research Committee. She is a Slingerland trained tutor and consultant after teaching for 49 years. She is a Slingerland Director, teaching the Slingerland Courses for 30 years. She has started three private schools for students with learning disabilities. She tutors adults as well as elementary students including those with Asperger’s and autism. Soule also trains literary staff at the Boys and Girls Clubs in her area. Her life is devoted to helping individuals with learning disabilities learn how to learn, and to advocate for them.
Joan is a 50-year veteran working with those with ADHD/LD. She is the former Director of Lullwater School and currently the Director of the Community Resource Center that provides the Georgia Area a support system for attention and learning disabilities. She facilitates monthly support groups for parents, adults and women with LD/ADHD. She feels the biggest gift coming from these groups is the wealth of what she has learned from others. She designs Parent Programs helping them to be strong parent advocates. Teach has an earned doctorate from Georgia State University, a MS from Purdue and a BS from Wittenberg, has published in the field of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders as well as for the interactive learning community. As an ADHD adult, raising a family of four with four grandchildren she shares her experiences through a lifetime. In the early 1960’s she worked for the Achievement Center for Children at Purdue University and became involved the early ACLD, eventually LDA AMERICA. Nationally she has served on the ACLD, AIGE, CHADD, LDA Boards, and is a member of IDA, CEC, and ACO. Locally she is involved with CHADD GA, LDA GA, Kids Enabled, and created GOLD networking the professional community. Her contributions to LDAA include her involvement in Presidents’ Council, Affiliate Support, Mental Health/Juvenile Justice, Nomination plus LDA presentations. Her passion is to make a change in individuals’ lives so they may make choices and develop strategies to become successful.