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Cindy Cipoletti, Chief Executive Officer

Education:  B.A. & J.D. from Duquesne University

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Law, Child Advocacy, Social Services and Nonprofit Leadership.

Why LDA? As a parent, I understand how challenging and difficult it is watching your child struggle to learn. You know your child is smart, but yet the challenges to learning are there. You feel helpless, frustrated, and desperate for answers. LDA provides those answers, and helps all individuals with learning disabilities reach their full potential and succeed in school, in the workplace, and in their relationships.

Fun Fact: Proud owner of 2 pet ducks.

Lauren Clouser, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Education:  B.A. in Multimedia from Point Park University

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Design, social media management, marketing, podcasting

Why LDA? I started at LDA as an intern, and got to see first hand all of the programs and resources that directly benefited educators, individuals with learning disabilities, and their families. I’m so excited to work for an organization that is successfully pushing for change and equity in education.

Fun Fact: I like to do all sorts of yarn and fiber crafts in my spare time!

Phone: 412-341-1515

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Nina DelPrato, Administrative Manager

Education:  B.A. Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Global Cultural Studies

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Administrative Management, Global Education, Group Facilitation

Why LDA? After starting my career in global education, I understand the importance of access and equity in education, and I am passionate about creating a healthy, safe, and equitable learning environment for all students.

Fun Fact: I’ve been to the Grand Canyon five times. 

Phone: 412-341-1515, extension 202

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Tracy Gregoire, Director, Healthy Children Project

Education:  B.A. Bates College

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Advocacy, Policy, Organizing, and Education

Why LDA? I believe all children have a right to safe and healthy environments to live, learn, and play which is why I am an advocate for safe products, clean air and water.

Other relevant information: As a parent and advocate, I love working with children and adults, including volunteers from our incredible LDA affiliates and partner organizations across the US.

Fun fact:  My first job was running and teaching at an environmental center for grades K-12. 

Phone: 412-341-1515, extension 208

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Rachel Krueger, Director of Affiliate Relations

Education:  B.A. in Business Management

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Special Education Advocacy, Mental Health Advocacy, Event Coordination, and Relationship Building

Why LDA? After my child was diagnosed with a learning disability, I had no idea what to do next. I needed support and guidance, and I received that from LDA. Connecting with my affiliate helped me get my questions answered to ensure my daughter received the accommodations she needed.

Fun fact:  I can talk backwards! I’m a lot of fun at game nights!

Phone: 412-341-1515, extension 203

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Dr. Monica McHale-Small, Director of Education

Education:  B.A. Cabrini College, M.S. Ed. and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Area(s) of experience and expertise: School Psychology, learning disabilities evaluation and identification, reading instruction and intervention, curriculum development, Special Education advocacy.

Why LDA? My interest in learning disabilities began when I started my career as a school psychologist in the early 90’s and only grew when I later learned that my own children were identified with learning disabilities. In 2010 I had the privilege of presenting at an LDA conference. As I learned more about the legacy of LDA and the passion and advocacy of LDA members, I made a commitment to stay involved.

Fun Fact: I was given the trail name, Rolling Stone.

Phone: 412-341-1515

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Ericka Pardun, Technical and Membership Database Coordinator

Education:  B.A. from Mt. Mary University & MBA from American Intercontinental University.

Area(s) of experience and expertise: Technology management, marketing and online business management.

Why LDA? After watching several people I love struggle with undiagnosed learning disabilities and also working with a variety of online businesses that help individuals with learning disabilities, it’s a natural progression to go to the premier organization devoted helping support, educate and advocate for those with learning disabilities.

Fun Fact: Doesn’t like to be photographed (or on video).

Phone: 412-341-1515, extension 204

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