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.
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.
Jaumeiko Coleman, Board Liaison
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.
Elizabeth Alves, Chair, Council of State Leaders
Elizabeth Alves is a dedicated humanitarian who’s work focuses on educating professionals at the state, national, and global level to impact positive post graduate outcomes. Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in 2006 with a concentration in Elementary Education, a MAT in 2007 from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. She has since had her Masters endorsed in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Supervision from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She holds teaching certificates in P-12 General and Special Education and Supervision.
Within the state of New Jersey Alves works at Benway School, a therapeutic out of district placement special education school for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. She has developed a Transitional Program, coached teachers on Career Ready Practices, Literacy Intervention, and STREAM. She also collaborates with administration and staff to provide engagement activities. Alves started as the Treasurer and Scholarship Chair of the Learning Disabilities Association of NJ and recently has become the President. Alves serves as a member of the NJ Special Education Advisory Council where she is on several committees related to Recruitment and Retention, Internal Engagements, and External Engagements. Additionally, Alves serves as an Advisory Member for Rutgers Boggs Center Person Centered Approaches in School and Transitions Project. At the national level she was named the Affiliate Council Chair for LDA and works diligently to facilitate dialogues pertaining to our affiliates priorities. Finally, Alves is the lead in a lesson planning working group within the Pre University Coordinating Committee for IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. In addition to leading a group she participates in several other groups within the Educational Activities Board with a focus on empowering volunteers to empower our youth by creating course content, evaluating grant proposals, and utilizing strategic planning. Alves’ personal mission is to aid in the progress of filling the 30% gap in the engineering workforce by diversifying the field with women, underrepresented cultures and neuro-diverse students. She envisions leveraging her position at each level to work collaboratively toward shared goals.
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.
Mark DiPietro is Vice President for Marketing & Communications at Landmark College, the first college for students with learning disabilities and attention challenges. Prior to joining the college in 2013, he had been an editor, a newspaper reporter, and a public relations consultant with Gehrung Associates, whose clientele includes many colleges and universities. At Landmark College, Mark has been responsible for international brand-building efforts across digital and traditional media outlets. He has organized media appearances, speaking engagements, and panel presentations for Landmark College faculty and staff, and he has presented on topics related to marketing and enrollment, including at the National Association of College Admissions Counselors’ national conference. Mark has also served on the steering committee of the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity. In 2023, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Mark earned a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and is currently enrolled in Landmark College’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, with whom he has two adult children, and he enjoys outdoors activities, physical fitness, and the arts.
Dr. Gad Elbeheri is the Founder and Managing Director of Global Educational Consultants (Egypt). Previously, Dr. Elbeheri was the Dean of the Australian College of Kuwait (2012/2017) and the Executive Director of the Centre for Child Evaluation & Teaching (2006/2011). An applied linguist who obtained his PhD from the University of Durham, UK, Dr. Elbeheri has a keen interest in cross-linguistic studies of specific learning difficulties and inclusive education. Dr. Elbeheri has made over 40 conference and seminar presentations around the world. He has published over 9 books in both English and Arabic in the field of dyslexia, and over 10 peer reviewed journal articles on dyslexia and its manifestations in Arabic. He has participated in producing nationally standardized tests and computer-based screening programs in Arabic.
Dr. Elbeheri brings a global perspective to learning disabilities assessment and intervention. He presented at the October Science to Practice Forum on how RTI is being implemented in the Arabic world. Dr. Elbeheri believes there are many individuals in the Arabic world that would benefit from learning of the work of LDA.
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.
Kristina Scott Quinlan
Dr. Kristina Scott-Quinlan, Ed.D. is an associate dean, professor, and program director for the special education and autism programs at Salem State University. She teaches courses to prepare early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education teachers to enter today’s diverse classroom environments. She also oversees all areas of education licensure and works with partner districts to develop, provide programming, and redesign preparation courses at the university to reduce the theory-to-practice gap. Kristina’s research focuses on teacher preparation practices and developing social skills alongside academic content knowledge for academic and career success in preschool through university classrooms. She regularly presents at both national and international conferences. She also works nationally to evaluate teacher preparation programs. She has worked with seven different state education departments to provide technical assistance and training, ensuring high-quality teacher preparation experiences for all teacher candidates to meet the needs of the K-12 students they serve.
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.
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.