Kevin Gailey, Chair
As the Head of School for Midwest Academy and as a parent of a child with learning differences, Kevin’s focus is keeping the child at the center. His passion is providing a progressive education for kids with learning differences since he has seen the tremendous difference that it makes in their lives. After being drawn to these complex learners as a teacher over 25 years ago, he believes that progressive education fits with students’ unique stages of development. Kevin received his B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College; an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Lesley University; and his M.A. in Administration/Exercise Sports Science from the University of North Carolina. He has also earned Certificates in Fundraising Management at the IU School of Philanthropy; Non-Profit Business Management at IU Kelley School of Business; and Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. He enjoys coaching soccer, tinkering with tools, reading, kayaking, hiking, and fly fishing.
Monica McHale-Small, Past Chair
Monica McHale-Small, Ph.D., is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Temple University. She retired from public education after twenty-seven years of service in Pennsylvania. Monica started her career as a school psychologist but spent the last fourteen years in a variety of administrative positions including, most recently, Superintendent. She earned her doctorate and masters’ degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. Dr. McHale-Small has long advocated bringing sound research into practice in public schools. One example of this is her role on the advisory committee for Pennsylvania’s Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot; designed to support researched based structured literacy instruction and intervention beginning in Kindergarten. Dr. McHale-Small is an advocate for responsible inclusion and equity for historically underserved students including racially, culturally and linguistically diverse students and students with disabilities. She co-founded the Greater Lehigh Valley Consortium for Equity and Excellence and she currently consults with the ACLU of PA on School to Prison Pipeline issues. Monica has served on the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association, the International Dyslexia Association, and the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. Monica serves her own community as a board member and volunteer advocate for Coatesville Citizens Who Seek Educational Equality.
Gabrielle E. Miller, Vice Chair
Gabrielle E. Miller, EdD, is the Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Services and Executive Director of the SALT Center; Student Support and Retention Innovation (SSRI) at the University of Arizona. In her role as Assistant Vice Provost, Dr. Miller leads UA’s SALT Center, Think Tank and Wellness Services. Using a strengths-based entrepreneurial approach, evidence-based practices, and robust assessment; she is responsible for strengthening the capacity of units to support student learning. She is also responsible for engaging a wide range of UA and external stakeholders in support of fundraising efforts to build programmatic and financial sustainability of SSRI learning services.
As Executive Director of the SALT Center she leads one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for undergraduates who learn differently. The SALT Center consists of a large multi-disciplinary team of professionals providing a comprehensive range of services to students with learning and attention challenges. She also oversees the newly formed applied, multidisciplinary research unit within the SALT Center, Bartlett Labs.
Dr. Miller began her career as a special education teacher in Queen Anne’s County Maryland public school system where her interests in transition at all stages of development (early education, adolescent, and post-secondary), family engagement, and research to practice began.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Delaware and completed her Masters and Doctorate in special education and administration at The Johns Hopkins University.
Vincent Alfonso, 2nd Vice Chair
Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Education at Gonzaga University. Most recently he served as Interim Dean of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. He is past president of Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and Fellow of Divisions 16, 5, and 43 of the APA. He is also Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. In February 2014, he received the Outstanding Contributions to Training award from the Trainers of School Psychologists and in August 2017, he received the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from Division 16 of the APA. He is co-author of Essentials of WISC-V Assessment, Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment (3rd Edition), co-editor of Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification (2nd Edition) and Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for the Unique Learner all published by Wiley. In addition, he is co-editor of Healthy Development in Young Children: Evidence-based Interventions for Early Education published by the APA and Psychoeducational Assessment of Preschool Children (5th Edition) published by Routledge. Finally, Dr. Alfonso serves on several regional and national boards and committees including the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs, Learning Disabilities Association of America, KSPS TV, and Child Care Aware of Washington.
Charles (C.J.) Pascarella, Treasurer
C.J. Pascarella is a Senior Vice President of PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group. He is a Sales Leader within PNC’s Corporate Bank overseeing $5+ billion of commitments covering Western Pennsylvania based companies ranging from $50 million to over a $1 billion in revenue. Since joining the Bank over twelve years ago, C.J. has worked extensively on leading a sales team, client management, prospecting, risk identification, negotiating, problem solving, and complex credit analysis and structuring.
In addition to banking, C.J. has over five years of public accounting experience assisting clients with comprehensive merger and acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition integration strategy, forensic accounting investigations, litigation support, complex insurance claim recovery, and audit services.
Prior to joining PNC Bank, C.J. worked as a Manager in the Transaction Advisory Services group of Grant Thornton, LLP in Charlotte, NC. During that time, C.J. managed numerous transactions for financial and strategic buyers, sellers, and lenders in various industries, ranging from $10 million to $3.5 billion in acquisition value. C.J. also spent nearly three years with Deloitte in Pittsburgh, PA.
C.J. holds a degree from the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and minor in Management Information
Systems. C.J. is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a PNC Certified Women’s Business Advocate.
Bev Johns, Secretary
Bev Johns has been an active member of the Learning Disabilities Association for many years serving as a State President and State Presidents’ representative. She is very active in the Healthy Children Project. She has over 35 years experience in speciaL education in the public schools in Illinois. She is now a Professional Fellow at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and is a learning and behavior consultant. She has chaired legislative committees for a number of professional organizations and was the recipient of the 2000 Outstanding Leadership Award of the Council for Exceptional Children. She is the author of over 20 books in the area of special education and working with children with challenging behaviors.
Donna Brigham currently lives in Memphis, TN where she is the Director of Special Education for three charter schools. She received her masters degree in education and has been in the field for 27 years serving in both the General Education & Sped Population & public/private schools. Having served in various populations, Donna is able to bring to LDA a wide range of experience. Donna has devoted the last 16 years to advocating for students with learning differences. Donna has been married for over 25 years to her husband, Keith & has two adult daughters. One of her daughters was diagnosed at an early age with ADHD which led to researching the effects of ADHD and academic performance & advocating for her daughter. Donna has lobbied on several occasions in Washington, DC for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. Donna has been a member of LDA for over 15 years & has served on the Board of Directors & multiple committees. When Donna is not working, you can find her traveling, gardening, reading on the beach, or spending time with her family.
As Executive Vice President of External Relations and Chief Development Officer of Easterseals Midwest, Tom is responsible for guiding and developing the organization’s relationships with external stakeholders through strategic marketing, government relations, and philanthropic endeavors.
Tom is an expert in the field of organizational leadership, specializing in developing nonprofit strategies as it relates to fundraising, advocacy, communication, and stakeholder engagement.
Tom brings nearly 20 years of experience in philanthropy, advertising, and government relations. He has spent the last ten years focused on health-care and intellectual and developmental disabilities within social justice organizations.
Tom is the recipient of many industry accolades, including Fundraiser of the Year (2012), State Public Affairs Award for Leadership (2013), Annet Ruiter Award for Leadership and Service (2014). Tom lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jaumeiko Coleman, PhD, CCC-SLP, FNAP is the Director of Clinical Services at the Atlanta Speech School. Her responsibilities include supporting the implementation of audiology; occupational therapy; reading, writing, and mathematics intervention; and speech-language-pathology clinic programs for children and adults. Her current position and past work in school-based settings, universities, a research unit, a continuing education accrediting unit, and as Director of School Services for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association have included a strong interprofessional practice focus.
Joan K. Teach
Joan K. Teach, PhD has been a special educator working with the LD/ADHD population for over 50 years. As the former Director of Lullwater School, a center for students with neurobiological needs, she investigated techniques that increase success and survival for individuals. Her passion is to initiate strategies that lead to personal understanding. She facilitates support groups for parents, adults, and women with LD/ADHD. Upon retirement, she developed a client specialty with late adolescents–young adults and women–with the specific goal to help them overcome interference with learning and attention difficulties, allowing them to discover their inner strengths. As a gamer, she develops games and simulations for the learning community. Nationally she has served on the AIGE, CHADD LDA Boards, and is involved with CHADD GA, LDA GA. She has lectured on 5 continents, in 22 foreign countries and in over half of the contiguous states. Her passion is to make a change in individuals’ lives to facilitate a richer and fuller life.
Fern Goldstein, President of G Whiz Educational Resources and the LDA 2009 Sam Kirk National Special Educator of the Year, holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a master’s degree in Special Education and has spoken at national, regional, and state conferences for ASAH, CEC, IDA, and LDA, among other organizations.
As former Vice President and Recording Secretary of LDANJ and now President of LDA Delaware, she has been active in LDA since 2005, speaking at conferences, organizing regional conferences, writing and editing the newsletter, organizing fundraising dinners, evaluating scholarship applications and more.
Since moving to Delaware, Ms. Goldstein has launched an educational consulting business, G Whiz Educational Resources, to use her over three decades of experience as a master teacher of English Language Arts and literature and in writing curriculum for students with learning disabilities in grades 2-12, to continue to train and mentor other teachers. She is the author of “Exceptional Resources for Exceptional Students” available on her website including: Looking Glass Spelling, G. Whiz! I Finished My Homework, and Oops: Grammar in Context.
Anne Huntington is President of Huntington Learning Center, the nation’s leading tutoring and test prep provider. Since 2015, Anne has led Huntington Compensatory Education Services, a program designed to support special education students who have been denied their federal right to a free and appropriate education. Before joining Huntington Learning Center in 2014, Anne launched and remains the Principal of AMH, a creative agency for contemporary art and culture. In this capacity, she has curated over 30 exhibits across the country with organizations to help build awareness and raised over $30 millions of dollars for various causes. Her involvement with LDA began in 2014 and has included speaking at the annual conferences, company sponsorship of local (New Jersey) and national events, as well as serving as head of the Development Committee. Anne is an active chair and member of other education and arts-based groups such as the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum, the Future Leadership Council at the Whitney Museum, the Women’s Franchise Committee for the International Franchise Association, NYC’s Coalition for the Homeless, Teaching Matters, CHADD and COPAA. Anne received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.
Kaci Smith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and has 26 years of experience instructing students with disabilities in a wide range of settings and across multiple content areas. She currently teaches in the Springdale Public School District where she empowers teachers to utilize technology to equal the playing field in the classroom for students who not only have learning disabilities but also are English Language Learners. Kaci is the past President and current Secretary of LDA of Arkansas and strives to strengthen Advocacy and Public Policy within her state. Kaci is a mom of three, one of whom has learning disabilities and autism. She values the importance of advocacy and works with other parents to bridge the path from school to adult transition.
Bob met Dr. Charles Drake, Landmark’s founder, while he was a student at Bates College, which led to him working in “pre-Landmark” summer programs held in Maine in the late 1960s. Bob was inspired by Dr. Drake’s method of teaching students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities and joined a small group of hard-working, passionate educators when Landmark opened its doors in the fall of 1971, on the current High School campus in Beverly, Massachusetts.
He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in developmental psychology and his master’s degree from Boston University in psycho-educational training. At Landmark, Bob’s roles evolved from teacher, supervisor, department head, house parent, residential coordinator, founding director of the Outreach Program for educators, founding director of the Prep Program, to head of the High School. He was elected as Landmark’s head of school in 1990 and is one of the longest-serving heads of school in New England. Bob plans to retire from his role in June 2022.
He served on the Learning Disabilities Association of America Board of Directors from 2000 to 2006 and 2011 to 2017, and contributed in a variety of other capacities: as a member of the Program, Finance, and Nominating committees, as vice president, and he held a seat on LDA’s Professional Advisory Board. Bob is deeply invested in the educational field locally and nationally. He is currently serving on the board of Build Health International, as well as the City of Beverly Mayor’s Race Equity Task Force. Bob and his wife, Maida, enjoy hiking, kayaking and boating, and entertaining family and friends.
Along with serving on LDA as the Professional Advisory Board Chair/Member and President of LDA-CA, EunMi has been a Special Education Researcher, Professor, and Program Coordinator at Sacramento State and Parent Advocate in her community. She is also a Founder and Coordinator, “One Mind Group: Parents Support Group” in Northern California since 1998 and has been developing Special Education Teaching Credential Programs and training teachers in Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Philippines, China, S. Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Mexico since 2002.