Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

ThibeauJanet Thibeau

Janet Barlow Thibeau has been a board member since 2014 and serves on the Program committee. She is President of BTA Education, an advocacy, college consulting and coaching firm based in West Newbury, MA. She has 15+ years experience working with families of students with all abilities.

LegorCaroline Legor
Member at Large

Caroline Legor Salas, M.S., CCC-SLP has been a board member since 2012. She serves on the membership committee and is invested in IDA Massachusetts Branch’s Group for Adult Professionals with Dyslexia.  Caroline is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with experience working in urban public schools, private practice, and teaching at the graduate level.

Jodi Bertolino

Jodi Bertolino has worked in the LBLD field for the past 20 years. She joined the MABIDA board in 2016. She has a BA from St. Ambrose University and is currently the Controller at Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA. She brings a financial prospective to board. She has been a board member since 2016.


ChristodoulouJoanna Christodoulou
Member at Large

Joanna Christodoulou, EdD, joined the board in 2010. She holds positions as Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Adjunct Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received the 2014 Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award from the Learning & the Brain Foundation and the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society. Her experiences include clinical work, teaching at undergraduate, graduate, and professional development levels, and research using cognitive neuroscience tools.

CommerfordSarah Commerford
Member at Large

Sarah Commerford is the co-owner of MetroWest Educational Advocates, a comprehensive special education advocacy practice serving children and heir families in and around Metrowest, Massachusetts since 2003. Sarah specializes in working with children with Dyslexia, as well as children with complex mental health needs and/or multi-agency and court involvement. Prior to starting her business, she worked for ten years as the Development and Community Outreach Coordinator at Boston Medical Center’s Children’s AIDS Program (CAP). Sarah holds a B.A. in English, and Masters in Counseling and Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston.

Nathan Doty
Member at Large

Nathan Doty is a licensed child psychologist with expertise in the assessment of neurological, developmental, learning, and emotional difficulties from early childhood through young adulthood. His areas of specialty include autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, mood/anxiety disorders, learning disorders, and acquired brain injury.

FeldmanLiza Feldman

Liza Feldman has been a board member since 2013 and serves mainly on the Program Committee. She is an 8th grade writing teacher, administrator, and basketball coach at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA. She brings a school perspective as well as experience working with students with Dyslexia and other language learning differences.

GreenJoseph Green
Member at Large

Joseph B. Green, J.D., is an attorney whose practice includes special education law. He also represents students at private schools and colleges in disciplinary proceedings. Mr. Green has served on the Governor’s/MBA Commission on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children, the Governor’s Child Support Commission, the Commission on Violence Against Children.

Adam Hickey
Member at Large

Adam Hickey is the Landmark School research coordinator and a Landmark Outreach consultant. Previously, Adam taught American literature in addition to his administrative role as an academic advisor. Adam is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he studied language and literacy development. While studying at Harvard, he taught at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge as a reading specialist and explored the influence of early intervention on struggling readers at the elementary level. He also holds a master’s degree in education from Simmons College. Adam is a licensed reading specialist and moderate special needs educator.

NazzaroPatricia Kelley-Nazzaro
Member at Large

Trish Nazzaro has dual teaching certification in Massachusetts as both a Speech Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist, and is member of the faculty at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She joined the IDA Massachusetts Branch board in 2016. She has extensive experience both hospital and school settings working with clinical populations.

LundeCharlotte Lunde
Member at Large

Charlotte Lunde, M.S. CCC-SLP, has been on the IDA Massachusetts Branch Board of Directors since 2012.  You may have spoken to Charlotte as she has been volunteering her time answering questions about dyslexia from members and the public through the IDA’s phone line.  Additionally, Charlotte is part of the Program Committee and assists in planning all events.  She brings her experiences as a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist. Charlotte works at the school for the deaf in Boston. Also, she has a private practice in the greater Boston area.

McCarthyNicole McCarthy
Member at Large

Nicole McCarthy has been a board member since 2016.  She is responsible for responding to emails on the MABIDA website.  She currently works as a Researcher for the Boston Search Group Team Ventures, has a Masters of Science in Human Resources from Villanova University and worked for Accenture for 7 years in a variety of cross functional HR roles. She is currently launching the YES! program, a youth dyslexia advocacy group in Massachusetts in coordination with the Learning Ally organization.

MoorMichelle Moor
Member at Large

Michelle Moor is a graduate of Vassar College and Northeastern University School of Law. Attorney Moor’s practice is devoted entirely to working with families to ensure that students in Massachusetts receive the educational services to which they are entitled. She routinely consults with families about educational and civil rights matters, represents families during negotiations with school districts, as well as at disciplinary and manifestation hearings, hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals, and in state and federal court. Attorney Moor has been named as a Rising Star among attorneys in New England by Super Lawyers in 2010-2012, 2014 and 2015. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), the Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN), as well as the Massachusetts Bar Association.

PoulinHeidi Poulin
Member at Large

Heidi Poulin is a Speech/Language Pathologist, a Reading Specialist, a Certified Academic Language Practitioner, and an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner.  She is also an Orton-Gillingham Trainer and a member of the Advisory Board for Western Massachusetts Learning Centers for Children.  Heidi was recognized by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) when she was presented with their Innovator Award as the Outstanding Multisensory Language Education Teacher of 2014.  She joined the IDA Massachusetts Branch Board of Directors in 2014 and serves on the Membership Committee.  Currently she is the Reading Resource Teacher for the Hatfield Public School System in Hatfield Massachusetts.

Trevor Smith
Member at Large

Carolyn Wilson
Member at Large

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