Board of Directors


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Board of Directors


Nathan Doty
President

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.


LegorCaroline Legor
Vice President

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
Treasurer

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.

 


LundeCharlotte Lunde
Secretary

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.


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.


Melissa Feller

Member at Large

Melissa is a dual-certified Speech-Language Pathologist/Literacy Specialist. She is a Curriculum Specialist at Lexia Learning Systems, an educational technology company that creates personalized learning products to support reading instruction in K-12 classrooms. Prior to her work at Lexia, Melissa was the Director of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language and an Instructor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has also worked collaboratively with psychologists, special educators, and learning specialists at a private interdisciplinary practice – the Institute for Learning and Development in Lexington, MA.  Melissa has extensive experience providing individualized intervention and consultation services for elementary and adolescent clients with language based learning disabilities and has presented locally and nationally on topics related to intervention and strategy instruction for struggling readers and writers.


Green

Joseph 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. 


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.


Kendra McCuine 
Member at Large

Kendra McCuine has spent well over a decade teaching and tutoring students with LBLD. She is currently the Director of the Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School and previously ran a public school language-based program.  Passionate about enabling all learners to overcome their challenges and cultivate their gifts and passions, Kendra is excited to reach an increased number of families through her work with MABIDA.


Dinan Messiqua
Member at Large

Dinan Messiqua has worked in the field of LBLD for over 15 years. She is currently a special education teacher in the Brookline Public Schools, working with children with reading differences, and also has a private practice as a tutor and consultant. Previously, she worked at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA for eight years as a Language Arts teacher. She has an M.A. in Child Development from Tufts, where she worked with Maryanne Wolf, and an M.A. in Education from Lesley University.  She is eager to support children, parents, and adults through her work with MABIDA.


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.


Trevor Smith
Member at Large

Trevor Smith B.A. M.A. M.Ed, CLL is founder and CEO of Blue Sky Consulting, a training and development company in Springfield, Ma. With more than 15 years of experience as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and mental health practioner, Trevor designs and conducts workshops that promotes personal and professional development in a variety of occupational and community settings.

As an Employee Improvement Consultant and a Certified Laughter Leader (CLL), Trevor supports organizational leaders and teams by helping them build productive relationships through strong communication skills and creative thinking. Trevor teaches an innovative personal development method called Therapeutic Laughter and specializes in helping organizations thrive in a culture of productive collaboration, respectful communication that cultivates a positive “On the job” attitude. Trevor is a member of the World Laughter Tour, an international clearinghouse for the global grassroots laughter movement. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Curry College, a Master’s Degree in Counseling psychology from Lesley University, and a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Springfield College in Springfield, MA. In his spare time, he likes to travel, read and go biking.


Carolyn Wilson
Member at Large 

 


ThibeauJanet Thibeau
Northeast Regional Representative

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.

 


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