Washington State Branch
Serving: Washington, Idaho and Western Montana

Board Members

Jessica Ruger

Jessica Ruger

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.

Catey Roa

Catey Roe

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.

Toni Altug

Toni Altug

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.

Bonnie Meyer

Bonnie Meyer

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.

Wendy Popa

Wendy Popa

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.

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica Schwartz

Jessica has been involved with IDA since 2008, serving as a board intern and then board volunteer for the New Jersey Branch (NJIDA). During her time at NJIDA, Jessica provided public relations consultation and event assistance. She also designed and managed the New Jersey branch website from 2010 to 2017. Now living in Seattle, Jessica is excited to continue her involvement with IDA at WABIDA. Jessica has a BS in Communication from Boston University and is currently completing her Masters in Public Administration at the Evans School at the University of Washington (expected graduation June 2018). Her focus is nonprofit management and social innovation, with a particular interest in literacy and education.

Dite Bray

Dite Bray

Dite Bray is the owner of Ladder Learning Services, a dyslexia tutoring business based in Atlanta. As a child, she attended a school for children with learning disabilities in Iowa because of her dysgraphia and dyscalculia. Helping students with learning challenges realize their potential has always been a passion, so when she was hired to work for a dyslexia tutoring non-profit in 2008 after getting her Master’s in Social Work, all the pieces came together. Since then, she has worked on learning all she can about how to best help students and adults with dyslexia as well as helping their parents access the best services. She is excited to use her background in non-profit work to help further the mission of the IDA through the board. Currently, she lives in Olympia, WA with her husband, two cats, and one dog.

Wendy Nelson

Wendy Nelson has an MA in Sociolinguistics from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and an MS in Communication Disorders from Eastern Washington University. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist and owner of Tiny Dog Dyslexia & Language Strategies in Everett. She joined the board to raise awareness about dyslexia and find ways to help people access the services they need to become successful readers. Before becoming an SLP, she taught English to international students in the USA, Poland, and Turkey.