Board of Directors


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Board of Directors


The IDA Iowa leadership and board member participation is on a volunteer basis. If you’re interested in servicing as either a board member or part of our leadership team, please e-mail us for more information.


Denise Little
President

Teacher

Denise Little received her bachelor of arts in elementary education with a minor in special education from the University of Northern Iowa.  After receiving this degree, Denise moved to Seattle, Washington where she spent the next four years teaching at a private school for students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.  She also received training there to direct teachers in the Slingerland Multi-Sensory Approach to Language Arts. Following that experience, Denise taught special education in Phoenix, Arizona and at College Community School District Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  She also taught 2nd grade general education at College Community School District. Denise graduated in 2010 from Mount Mercy College with her masters in elementary education with an emphasis in reading. Currently, Denise is teaching Title One Reading at College Community.


Tammy Wilgenbush
President Elect

Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor

Tammy Wilgenbusch graduated with her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2002 and is a licensed psychologist in Iowa as well as a National Health Service Provider in Psychology. She has worked as a pediatric psychologist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital since 2005 specializing in diagnostic assessment of attention and learning disorders as well as neuropsychological assessment of children with various medical conditions that affect cognitive skills. In 2016 she was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor to the Carver College of Medicine and currently has teaching and clinical responsibilities.  Dr. Wilgenbusch has experience with many different learning disorders, but has developed a special interest in dyslexia over the years and has a desire to become more active in the dyslexia community.


Janice Rosaurer
Vice President

Teacher

Tammy Wilgenbusch graduated with her PhD in School Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2002 and is a licensed psychologist in Iowa as well as a National Health Service Provider in Psychology. She has worked as a pediatric psychologist at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital since 2005 specializing in diagnostic assessment of attention and learning disorders as well as neuropsychological assessment of children with various medical conditions that affect cognitive skills. In 2016 she was appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor to the Carver College of Medicine and currently has teaching and clinical responsibilities.  Dr. Wilgenbusch has experience with many different learning disorders, but has developed a special interest in dyslexia over the years and has a desire to become more active in the dyslexia community.


Kara Heying
Treasurer

Developmental Optometrist

Dr. Kara Heying graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1998.  Upon graduating, Dr. Heying received highest honors in the area of pediatric clinical training and also received the Cribb Scholarship for exemplary patient care performance. After graduating, she returned to her home town of Cedar Rapids and began in private practice. Building upon her interest in vision related learning disorders, vision therapy and visual performance she developed an emphasis within the private practice she joined including children’s vision care.

Today, she is a fellowship trained Developmental Optometrist with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), serves as a past president of COVD, contracts as the sports vision performance coordinator for the University of Iowa Department of Athletics and consults on Vision Therapy related services through the Williams Consulting Group. She lectures both nationally and internationally to Optometrists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Students and Teachers. She is married and has 3 daughters, 2 of which have been diagnosed with Dyslexia.  She is personally affected and empowered by learning and advocating for children and adults with Dyslexia.


Genevieve Monthie
Secretary

Instructional Strategist


Kirsten O’Sullivan
Nominating Committee

Teacher


Emily Ownby
Board

Teacher

Hi! I am Mrs. Ownby. I am from Independence. I went to St. John in Independence Kindergarten-8th grade. I then went to Independence High School. Upon graduation I went to Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids where I received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Reading. I am certified in Orton-Gillingham and Slingerland, both of which are multi-sensory approaches to reading. I taught kindergarten for two years and first grade for one at Bosco Catholic School System. I then went to St. John to teach first grade for one year. I am now teaching 3rd grade back at Bosco Catholic School System! I have a Master’s in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Development through Buena Vista University as well.


Kim Schmidt
Board

Teacher

I am Kim Schmidt from Arthur, Iowa. My husband and I have five grown children and eleven grandchildren that we are very proud of. My position at OABCIG (Odebolt Arthur Battle Creek Ida Grove) Middle School is Special Education Teacher and At Risk Teacher. This is my 20th year as a special education teacher at this district. For seven years before that I was a para in the special education room. I work primarily with students with reading disabilities, especially those with dyslexia tendencies. I am passionate about helping students with dyslexia learn to read. I am also a member of the Dyslexia Task Force for the state of Iowa. 


Sue Neverman
Board

Teacher

Sue Neverman is a teacher and tutor at the Bosco Catholic Schools.  She has taught 38 years with the last 32 in first grade. Sue graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Elementary Education and has been trained in Slingerland (three years) and currently is pursuing certification to be a Slingerland trainer.  She has seen firsthand the need for structured daily instruction to be provided in the classroom for all students, especially those who may be Dyslexic.


Deborah Reed
Board

Professor

Dr. Reed spent the first 10 years of her career as an English language arts and reading teacher as well as a reading specialist, working primarily with students exhibiting serious reading difficulties. Since 2003, she has been a researcher and technical assistance provider in numerous states. Dr. Reed earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and, after having worked at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and the Florida Center for Reading Research, she became the Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center in 2015. She also is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa. Dr. Reed has published extensively and continues to research methods for improving reading instruction and assessment, particularly for vulnerable populations.


Samantha Zehms
Board

Parent


Richard Bradford
Regional Rep

Richard Bradford is an engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.  He and his wife Diane are the parents of five grown children, four of whom have dyslexia.  Richard has previously served as president of the Iowa Branch of IDA. Currently he serves as the IDA Regional Representative for the Midwest.


Abby Petrzelka
Student Rep

Teacher


Board Meetings are held quarterly at Masonic Lodge #112, Mt. Vernon, IA.  All Iowa Branch members are welcome to attend. Contact us via e-mail or phone to verify date.

Annual meetings are held during Leadership Group in October located at Grand Wood AEA. Please visit the IDA Iowa Leadership Group page for more information.

Executive meetings are held monthly.

 


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