Board of Directors
Lisa Snider has worked with children experiencing academic difficulties due to reading disabilities, ADHD, and processing disorders as a teacher and private tutor. Learning early on the benefits of Orton-Gillingham instruction, she pursued training in a variety of methods including Wilson and Lindmood-Bell programs. She believes early intervention is critical for a child experiencing academic difficulties and currently works as a curriculum and academic support specialist.
Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Longwood University along with a Master of Science degree in Special Education and has a Post- Master Certification in Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified in Virginia to teach special education in grades NK-12.
Having a child who struggled with reading, Lisa understands the impact of learning disabilities on children and families. She has seen first hand the power of structured remediation and how it can change a child’s outlook.
Catherine Howard Gregory received her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the College of William and Mary, and a Master’s degree in Learning Disabilities from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Cathy has served in public education as a teacher and administrator for 38 years, beginning in Chesterfield County Schools, with over 30 years in Essex County and Hanover County, ending her career in Caroline County Schools. After teaching special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, she became a Lead Teacher Specialist for special education in Hanover, moving to Assistant Director for Special Education. She currently serves at the Director of Special Education in Caroline County, Virginia.
As a director, her role is to develop, implement, assess, and evaluate the PK-12 Special Education programs including curriculum, assessments, SOL’s, IEP monitoring, and program needs. She also works to ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations pertaining to special education. An additional part of her role is to plan and execute extensive professional development opportunities for administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, substitute teachers, and transportation providers, with a continued focus on reading and math instruction.
Although she has worked to enhance educational opportunities for all students with disabilities, her passion remains with learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia.
Lisa Harrah, M.S.
Lisa A. Harrah – A native of the Richmond area, Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master of science in Special Education from Longwood University. She is a licensed teacher in the state of Virginia with an endorsement in Learning Disabilities K-12. She is also a Wilson Language System certified instructor.
Lisa owns a specialized instruction business, All About Words, where she implements individualized, multi-sensory instruction in reading and writing to students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Prior to opening her business, Lisa was the Reading Resource Teacher at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Hanover County where she taught language skills to students with dyslexia and learning disabilities in multiple settings. While with Hanover, she also coordinated reading services for students with learning disabilities within her school, as well as with other Reading Resource Teachers across the County.
Prior to 2006, Lisa served as a Head Start Family Services Coordinator with Hanover County Schools. During her time as a Social Worker, Lisa worked with children and adults with all types of disabilities for Hanover Community Services Board, Chesterfield Community Services Board, and The United Way. Of all of her positions within the community, Lisa has found her passion teaching and advocating for those individuals with dyslexia.
Robin Lawrence Hegner received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. She has served as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia and John Tyler Community College teaching school law and special education law.
Robin is a Certified Level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She owns a tutoring and consulting business, Pathways to Reading Success, in Midlothian, Virginia where she specializes in working with children with learning disabilities. Prior to opening her business, Robin was the Transition Coordinator and a Language Fundamentals Teacher at Riverside School where she taught language skills to students with dyslexia in a one-on-one setting, and assisted students and parents making the transition from Riverside to other schools. Robin has presented numerous workshops on dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and school law topics across the Commonwealth and the nation.
From 1994 until 1998, Robin served as the Director of Legal and Policy Services for the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA). Prior to joining the VSBA staff, she served as Clinical Supervisor of the Youth Advocacy Clinic at T. C. Williams School of Law (University of Richmond) and worked for the Virginia Department of Education as a policy analyst and as the Supervisor of Special Education Due Process Hearings.
Robin has a unique perspective on learning disabilities and the special education process. She has represented parents and school boards in special education matters, served in the special education division of the Virginia Department of Education, taught students with disabilities, and is the parent of a student with learning disabilities. She believes this gives her valuable insight to help children with learning disabilities and their parents.
Cynthia Davis received a degree in developmental psychology from Duke University and a Masters in Cross Categorical Special Education from UNC-G. ver the past 25 years she has taught children with special needs in a number of settings. She was an Educational Therapist at Amos Cottage Children’s Hospital in NC, and she worked as a Learning Disabilities teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools in self-contained and collaborative settings.
She left CCPS to stay home with her children and had a thriving tutoring business, then nine years ago she left private tutoring to work at Riverside School in Richmond, VA. With excellent training from her supervising Fellows, she reached Certified Level certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
In 2014 she began the Fellow-in-Training process for AOGPE, and has enjoyed furthering her education through training and supervision of teachers at Riverside, developing coursework for teachers there, and presenting at the Academy conferences in 2015 and 2016.
It has been her joy and passion to teach children with dyslexia to read using the OG approach, and she has been thrilled to see her knowledge multiply and positively affect the lives of even more children as she trains teachers to use the approach.
Dana Calo received her undergraduate degree in speech language pathology and Master’s degree in Special Education from Old Dominion University. She began her teaching career as a resource teacher for students with learning disabilities and English as a second language at Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia which led to becoming director of the Academic Enrichment Services program for grades K-12.
From 2007-2013, Dana continued her administrative duties as Director of Lower School at Chesapeake Bay Academy, a private K-12 school for students with various learning differences in Virginia Beach. She is now the Director of Enrollment Management at the school guiding families through the admissions and financial aid process.
Dana is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Special Educator, Learning Disabilities, K-12. She is pleased to be a board member of VBIDA and seeks opportunities to bring dyslexia awareness to the Hampton Roads community with local workshops and fundraising opportunities.
Sandra T. Morton is a Virginia certified language arts teacher and school librarian who holds a Master degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Sandra has worked with public school students from levels Pre-K through grade 12. She became interested in dyslexia when she noticed that there were many students who moved through her language arts and library programs who could not read.
Over the last few years, Sandra has completed training in using Orton-Gillingham based instructional tools to work with students who are dyslexic or have a related learning disorder. She recently founded a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide “multi-sensory teaching and tutoring and other related services to students in grades three through twelve who have learning challenges including reading problems and associated language based learning difficulties…”
Sandra works a regular schedule as a volunteer tutoring students at a local junior high school. She is excited to see her time and energy and the student’s hard work have such a notable impact on their reading progress.
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