WABIDA Board Members
Kristie English - President
Kristie English is the current Educational Therapist at Learning Landscape, Private Practice and Insurance Broker, Owner of English Insurance Group, an Independent Brokerage. Kristie enjoys connecting with professionals in the education field, and the families we serve. Being on the board provides me with the opportunity to learn from others who share my passion for teaching students how to read, particularly those with language-based learning disabilities. Kristie holds a B.A. - Bachelors of Arts in Business Mgmt. / Human Resources, M.Ed. - Masters in Special Education with Learning Disabilities Concentration
Jessica Ruger - Vice President
Jessica is currently the Director of Enrollment Management and School Counselor at Hamlin Robinson School. She is excited to be on the board to help find and promote reliable resources to benefit those with dyslexia, as well as to aid in spreading awareness and education to the greater community. Jessica has a Master in Education in Guidance and Counseling and a Washington State ESA Certification in School Counseling.
Beverly Wolf - Treasurer
Bev is a current Educational Consultant and on the Board and Faculty Senate of Slingerland Institute for Literacy. She also has a current seat on the IDA Advisory Council. Bev holds a MED and a certificate as a Slingerland Trainer of Teachers. Beverly J. Wolf, M.Ed. is a former classroom teacher; Dean of Faculty for the Slingerland© Institute for Literacy; and head of an elementary school for dyslexic children, teacher of the Slingerland© Adaptation of the Orton Gillingham Approach and related courses and author of articles, books, and guides for teachers.
Bonnie Meyer - Secretary
Bonnie is currently the Reading Specialist/Vice Principal of Our Lady of the Lake Parish School and the Executive Director of the Slingerland Institute for Literacy. Bonnie wants to Support the mission of WABIDA by serving the families and children who would benefit from resources, support, and encouragement. Bonnie has a BA from the University of Washington and is a Certified Slingerland Instructor of Teachers.
Catey Roe - General Board Member
Catey is the current middle school teacher and summer school coordinator for Hamlin Robinson School. Catey has been a classroom teacher and tutor of students with learning differences for 8 years. She loves her work, and is dedicated to her professional growth and development. She wanted to join the WABIDA board to enhance her work by providing perspective outside her school and to allow for wider-scale learning and collaboration. In addition, she felt that her extensive training in working with students with learning differences and her academic background in cognitive science would be a positive contribution to the board. Catey has her MS inclusion Childhood Education from the University of Rochester and a WA state Certificate in elementary and special ed.
Wendy Popa - General Board Member
Wendy Popa graduated from the University of Utah with a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology and has been practicing in the field since 2003. She is co-Founder, co-CEO, and Director of Language and Learning at Winston Center for Attention, Language and Learning in Spokane, WA. Mrs. Popa is a licensed speech therapist in the state of Washington and maintains a certificate of clinical certification through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Since her own child's diagnosis of dyslexia, she has chosen to specialize in reading and written language intervention. Mrs. Popa is a Certified Dyslexia Advocate and currently serves as a board member of the Washington Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, Decoding Dyslexia Washington, and Enlighten: Dyslexia Understood, a Spokane-based nonprofit providing education to parents and professionals.
Crystal Blackman - General Board Member
Toni Altug - General Board Member
Toni currently lives in Turkey and is working on adapting the Slingerland approach for the families in Turkey. Toni wanted to be involved in an organization that raises awareness about dyslexia. It was also a chance to get involved in providing proper learning opportunities for people with dyslexia and those who work with them. Toni is Slingerland trained and holds a BA in Education and Special Education.
Maria Kaplan - General Board Member
Maria Kaplan is a parent, business person, and IDA/WABIDA member since 2012. Experience with her own children's education inspired her to work on behalf of students with learning differences, and she joined the WABIDA board in 2014.
Her mission both with WABIDA and with her own advocacy work is to increase the level of factual understanding about the learning process for 95% of us, which includes those with "specific learning differences," and the imperative to bring research based instruction to all students in our public schools, from General Education to Special Education.
Jamie Geddis - General Board Member
Jamie is the current Center Director at Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Bellevue
As a member of the WABIDA board, I am looking forward to connecting those impacted by dyslexia to information, resources, and most importantly, to each other. WABIDA not only provides excellent information about dyslexia, but also brings together educators, families, students, and adults with dyslexia as a community with a common goal. I am looking forward to taking on an active role in expanding the WABIDA community and promoting WABIDA's mission. Jamie has a MA in Linguistics from the University of Washington.
Andrea Archer - General Board Member
Management Consultant Professional, Owner Archer Consulting Group, has been a member of the Board of Directors, International Dyslexia Association, WA Branch since 2013. Andrea and her husband, Jon have a middle school child who is dyslexic, and attends Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle, WA. Andrea worked for several years in executive management for the State of Washington and over 17 years with Northwest Airlines previously. Andrea has been active in the Non-Profit community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Hamlin Robinson School. Andrea attended Seattle University for her undergraduate and is pursuing graduate studies there today.
Stacy Turner - General Board Member
Josiah D. Colombo - General Board Member
Josiah is currently a learning specialist at Bertschi School. Over the past 9 years he taught K-12 in the private, public and charter school settings. While he doesnât have a favorite grade, he loves teaching reading. His various experiences have increased his passion for working with students from diverse ability, academic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Josiah is excited to learn and work with other passionate professionals to increase awareness and education about dyslexia. He is Orton-Gillingham and Wired for Reading trained and holds a BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, M.Ed from Loyola University Chicago and a Learning Behavior Specialist Certification.