Board of Directors

Nancie Payne, President

Payne NancieNancie Payne is the current Present of LDA of America and 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. She is also an employee of the Thurston Economic development Council where she serves as the Workforce Development Director. 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, incarcerated 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 in Liberal Arts and Education, a 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.

Allen Broyles, First Vice President

Broyles-2015Allen 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.

JoAnna Barnes, Second Vice President

JoAnnaBarnesJoAnna 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.

Evalynne W. Lindberg, Secretary

evieEvalynne (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 she prepares special education teacher candidates and published numerous articles and has authored a chapter, Religion, Culture, Curriculum, and Diversity in 21st Century America. Her most recent accolades: Sutton’s Who’s Who in Academia, 2011-2012; Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, and Alumni Faculty Award in Leadership. Her LDA positions include: over 34 years as an LDA member; keynote speaker for the LDA of Oklahoma State Convention; Vice-President and Past-President of the LDAO Tulsa Chapter; and 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 is secretary on the LDAA Executive Board, and 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.

Myrna Soule, Treasurer

MyrnaSouleMyrna 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, chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the 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.

Patricia H. Latham, Immediate Past President

PatLathamPatricia 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 Catholic University of America Law School. 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 is a contributing author to over ten additional books on disability topics. She has practiced law for over 40 years, during most of that time as a partner in Latham & Latham, and including three years at the 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 other condominium Boards. She is a co-founder of Beacon College (a four year college for students with learning disabilities), Leesburg, Florida, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Beacon College (1989 -1992). She has been appointed to the Supervisory Committee of a federal credit union with over a billion dollars in assets (2014 – present). She served as President of LDA (2012-2014) and previously served as Treasurer of LDA. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from University of Chicago Law School. She is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”

Robert Broudo, Board Liaison

BobBoudoSince 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.

Donna Brigham

Donna-BrighamDonna Brigham holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed., is a mom to two teenage girls, one of which is diagnosed with ADHD and has been a passionate educator for 24 years. She has been involved with both the LDA and IDA organizations and embodies great energy and awareness in her efforts to help make a difference. Donna brings to the LDA board a very strong voice and skills in communicating and networking. She has expanded her efforts to make an impact through lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for Safer Chemicals Healthy Families. Donna is eager to contribute at a deeper level to LDA’s mission and goals and believes strongly that local efforts, such as hers in the Memphis, TN area, are critical for strengthening the national organization. Donna currently serves as the Director of Resource at Macon Road Baptist School and consults with other schools to help improve their Resource Programs.

Esperanza Chandler

Esperanza Chandler is a native of the Texas/Mexico border and is completely bi-cultural and bilingual.  She has spent the last 10 years heavily involved in the non-profit world, serving on several boards and creating an NGO last year to offer an alternative educational and residential program to Honduran children fleeing the violence of their homeland.  The NGO, Gracia Y Esperanza (Gracia, Honduras and Hope), is based in a small town in rural Honduras.  Mrs. Chandler has assisted with several Medico missions to Central America, and, closer to home, has been involved with improving options for children with learning disabilities in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas.  She has been instrumental in convincing school districts to send teachers from the Rio Grande Valley to out-of-state conferences, including LDA and IDA, and in raising private funds to finance those trips.  She also has worked to help establish a program in Honduras to bring awareness of learning disabilities to the Honduran population through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.  Mrs. Chandler is the mother of two children, both with learning disabilities.  Her son is dyslexic and ADHD, an honors high school graduate and currently a college sophomore pursuing a BBA.  Her daughter, who has ADHD, is an honors student in eighth grade.  Mrs. Chandler, who has an AA degree and a Texas real estate license, is a developer and real estate investor.

Katie Cyphers

KatieCyphersKatie 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

Ernie-FlorenceErnie 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.

Vicki Goshon

VickiGoshonVicki 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.

Jennifer Harkins

JenHarkinsJennifer has worked at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, CT, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities, for 21 years.  She began as a special education teacher and moved into administration 7 years ago.  Jennifer has three children and her oldest was diagnosed with ADD in the 6th grade.  Her involvement with LDA includes presenting at the annual conferences, serving on the Program Committee and as the Program Committee co-chair.  Jennifer holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College, a M.S.Ed. in Literacy from University of New England and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University.   Jennifer is particularly passionate about technology and teacher training and looks forward to working with LDA to continue to support those with learning disabilities and the parents and professionals who work with them.

Candace Joles

CandaceJolesCandace 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 and Conference Committees. Joles’ husband has a learning disability and ADHD which provides an additional insight to individuals with learning disabilities.

Patricia Lillie

Pat LilliePat has served as president for her local and state (LDA of North Carolina) affiliates and is an active LDANC Board Member. She has served as an advocate and a liaison to the North Carolina State Board of Education and the State Legislature. She and husband Dave are parents of four children, two sons who have LD/ADD and a grandchild who received benefit from early identification while in preschool. Pat has served on the LDA Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and is a Past President of LDA. She has served on the following committees: Education, Grievance and Ethics, Nominating, Publications and is Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee. As an advocate Pat is committed to helping parents gain a better understanding of State and Federal policies and issues such as Response to Intervention (RtI), Common Core Standards and mandated statewide standardized testing programs. Pat’s interests also include increasing the SLD/ADHD high school graduation rate and insuring students are prepared to enter the workplace or postsecondary education after leaving high school.

Beth McGaw

McGawBethIt 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 Communication Committee Co-Chair. She is also certified as an Independent Educational Consultant with a specialty in LD/ADHD/Autism Spectrum Post Secondary Transitions. 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.”

Loreena D. Parks

Loreena ParksLori 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.

JenRawleyJennifer Rawley

Jen Rawley is 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.

Kristina Scott

k1Kristina Scott is an assistant professor of special education at Salem State University. She has experience teaching special education in grades P-8 in inclusion and substantially separate classrooms in urban districts. She holds a B.S. in exercise physiology and English, respectively, an M. Ed. in special education, and an Ed. D. in educational leadership. Her research areas of interest include: social programming in academic contexts, neuroscience and disabilities, and university teacher preparation. She is the state president of the LDA New Hampshire chapter.


Analisa L. Smith

AnalisaAnalisa 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 Chair of the Early Childhood 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. Dr. Smith is a full time education professor and subject matter expert for Strayer University and consults for Understood. 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.

B.J. Wiemer

BJW-PhotoB.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.

Sylvia Youngblood

SylviaSylvia is the mother of four children, one girl and three boys. All of whom have Specific Learning Disabilities and her 3 boys are on the Autism Spectrum. For over 20 years, Sylvia has been advocating for her children and assisting parents in their advocacy. Her qualifications are not from formal training, they are qualifications from real life experience. Sylvia has attended many conferences, seminars, presentations, workshops, trainings and classes to further her advocacy skills. As the parent of children with special needs, Sylvia finds that you now have to become the educator, doctor, psychologist, therapist, social skills, service provider and attorney for your children in order to understand and best advocate for their unique needs.  By trade Sylvia’s work is in administration, with over 25 years of administrative experience Sylvia has had the opportunity to work for great companies with leadership that allowed for her knowledge and experience to grow on the job. This experience proved invaluable. She applied her administrative skills in IEP’s and when advocating for her children. Sylvia is also the Co-founder and Southern California Administrator of the Community Advisory Committee Leadership Collaborative (CACLC). A grass roots organization dedicated to connecting CAC’s across California and raising awareness in the special needs community on the importance of the legislative process, community involvement, decision making and the important and vital role of public input in the special needs community. She participates in different Collaborative groups and TASK forces’ that address the needs of the Special Needs community… As well as assisting parents, students and adults in their advocacy. Sylvia is a strong supporter of giving back, positive, effective and meaning collaborations, advancing forward and most important bridging and filling the gaps to strengthen and build positive role models and leaders within our special needs community.