Board of Directors


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Board of Directors

2016 Board


Reid

LaNaye Reid, M.Ed.
President

LaNaye Reid is an educator with eighteen years’ experience in the public school system as a teacher, dyslexia therapist, and intervention specialist. Her expertise is in identifying strengths and weaknesses in struggling learners and implementing effective interventions for student growth and achievement.

She currently serves as the president of the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association where she uses her leadership skills to collaborate to promote education, awareness and advocacy for individuals with dyslexia and related disorders.

Mrs. Reid received both a BA in English and a Master’s of Educational Leadership from Dallas Baptist University. She received a Master’s of Education from Southern Methodist University as well as a graduate certificate from Southern Methodist University’s Learning Therapy Program.  She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) as designated by the Academic Language Therapy Association. She is the author of one article, “Teacher Leaders:  A Future Vision,” which was published in the Journal of Staff Development, June 2011.


Visinsky

Emily Visinsky, M.Ed.
Vice President

Emily Visinsky has worked in private practice as an Academic Therapist specializing in working with students that have learning differences for the last fifteen years.  Emily received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University and her Masters of Education from Concordia University.  Emily believes that there is little else more important than helping students realize their worth and potential.  Although many of her students have dyslexia, she does not exclusively work in that field. Reading, comprehension, written expression, and math are the subjects she covers. Ms. Visinsky utilizes the Lindamood Bell programs in her work as well as customizes a program to strengthen the student’s challenges.

Having had the opportunity to grow up overseas, Emily has a profound appreciation for the freedoms and opportunities that abound in the United States.  Travel is an important part of her life and she enjoys experiencing new cultures and experiences with her teenage daughter.

Ms. Visinsky joined the Dallas IDA board in the fall of 2014 and was appointed to her current role as Vice-President in early 2016.  The scholarship chair position is one of her favorites that she coordinates and she does her best to maintain the website for our local community.


Clack

Misty Clack, M.Ed.
Secretary

Misty Clack is currently a private Academic Therapist in the Richardson area. She  received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Texas Woman’s University and is a Texas certified Educational Diagnostician. Misty has nineteen years of professional experience in working with students with learning differences. Misty has held positions in both academic and in administrative settings. Mrs. Clack is experienced in working with a variety of learning differences including, but not limited to, dyslexia, reading, writing, and math processing difficulties, as well as Asperger’s Syndrome. Misty is trained in various multisensory reading strategies such as the Orton-Gillingham program.

As a Dallas IDA board member, Misty is passionate about providing education and support through the monthly Dallas Dyslexia Information Group meetings, chairing the TeamQuest committee, the IDA national fundraising and endurance training program, in the North Texas regions, promoting literacy for children and adults and bringing awareness of importance of dyslexia identification.


Hawkins

Shanara Hawkins, M.Ed., CALP
Treasurer

Shanara Hawkins has been in the Education field since 2007. She began her career as a Dyslexia Therapist in 2010, and currently serves her campus as the Reading Specialist, Dyslexia Therapist, and Mentor Teacher. She is an SMU alumnus where she received her B.A. in English and her M.Ed. in Reading and Writing. Shanara is an avid researcher of topics related to the inner and outer workings of the English Language and how the human brain works to comprehend it. Language is an immense fascination of hers and she is amazed at the things she knows and the things she has yet to learn about it. Teaching is her passion and her calling; it is one of the moments she feels she is at her absolute best while having a profound impact on student achievement. Shanara has served on the Dallas IDA board since 2012 and is honored to be a part of such a dynamic and progressive organization. In her personal life, she enjoys weightlifting, reading metaphysical books, and is in the process of transitioning to a raw vegan lifestyle. Oh, and, there is this boy in her life who she says has captured her heart and soul. His name is Saint, and he calls her mom.


Inez Freeney Fisher, M.Ed., CALT
Director

Inez Fisher is an educator with 16 years’ experience in public schools.  Thirteen years with Richardson Independent School District as a teacher, Campus Reading Specialist, and Dyslexia Therapist, and three years as a Dyslexia Therapist with Wylie Independent School District.  Prior to becoming an educator, Fisher was a Clinical Audiologist.  She was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association – Dallas Branch in 2017.  She holds a BS in Speech Pathology, MS in Audiology, and MS in Educational Leadership from SMU and Lamar Universities.  Fisher is passionate about reading and helping children and adults unlock the mysteries in learning to read.

Inez has been married to her high school sweetheart for 37 years and has two daughters, a son-in-law, and two grand dogs.  She enjoys spending time with her mother and siblings each Sunday afternoon, and going to track meets all over the state.


Fleming

Tonya Fleming
Director

Tonya Fleming has been in education in some way or fashion over the past 20 years. She has been an English teacher, English as a second language teacher, journalism teacher, volleyball, basketball and softball coach, assistant principal and principal in the north Texas area. Tonya received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Texas Tech University, Masters of Mid Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and is currently working on her Educational Doctorate from Texas A & M University in Commerce, Texas.

Tonya Fleming has been married to her college sweetheart Steve Stump for the past 19 years. They have one daughter, Hollyn, who is in the 6th grade and loves playing softball. Steve and Tonya own The Max Challenge in McKinney, Texas and will be opening up three more in the Plano, Frisco and Allen area in the near future. As a family they love going on adventures and traveling. They have a heart for adopting dogs, mostly older dogs, as they have three small ones at home.

Tonya became a strong advocate for dyslexic children when she learned of her daughter’s diagnosis in 2012. She has attended several International Dyslexia Associations Conferences and has volunteered for the one that was held in Grapevine in 2015. This is her first time serving on the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.


Halpin

Ellie Halpin, LDT, CALT
Director

Ellie Halpin is the Director of Halpin Reading, LLC which provides reading remediation services for children with learning differences. Ellie received her Master of Art in Teaching from Dallas Baptist University in 2014 and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist.  Helping students succeed in education is a true passion since Ellie herself was diagnosed dyslexic in 3rd grade.  This personal gift of dyslexia allows her to compassionately teach and encourage struggling readers.  Ellie joined the Board of the Dallas Branch of IDA at the beginning of 2016 and is looking forward to serving this community.  She is married to Jay and they share two children, James, a seminarian student, and Claire, a college student. In her spare time she enjoys writing icons, gardening and Pure Barre.


John

John Hodges, M.A., CALT
Director

John Hodges is the Outreach and Scholars Coordinator for The June Shelton School and Evaluation Center (Shelton) where he coordinates a Saturday program for kids with dyslexia and offers offsite dyslexia simulations for teachers and parents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He also teaches a third/fourth grade dyslexia class at Shelton.  In May 2015, John received his Master of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University specializing in Teaching Multi-Sensory Education. He is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Instructor of the Teaching Level for the Sequential English Education (SEE) dyslexia method. In February 2015, John joined the Board of Directors for the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. John is most excited about entering into married life in October 2016 to his beautiful fiancé, Rae.

As an individual with dyslexia and ADHD, John understands the unique gifts and challenges that come with being learning different. As a result, he is very passionate about guiding dyslexic students in discovering their unique learning style and unlocking their true potential.


LawrenceJulie Lawrence
Director

 

 


Madu

Evelyn Madu, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI
Director

Evelyn Madu is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Qualified Instructor at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia.  She is also the Dyslexia Laboratory School Coordinator in the Center where she provides dyslexia therapy for students in grades second through eighth.  In addition, Evelyn trains Texas Public School teachers to become dyslexia therapists.

Evelyn serves on the Dallas IDA board and is a member of the Academic Language Therapists Association.  As a Texas Public School certified teacher she has taught grades second through eighth.  She received her B.S. and M.Ed. from Texas A&M Commerce.

She enjoys spending time with her 6 month old grandson and 2 year old granddaughter.


Paul Niemyski, M.S., MBA

Director

Paul Niemyski has been with Texas Instruments for over 20 years and is currently the Director of Foundry Management.   Paul has held several leadership positions at Texas Instruments in the manufacturing and development organizations.  He has been an adult literacy teacher for LIFT since 2013 and currently supports them as a teacher in the high school equivalency program teaching math, science and language arts.   He and his wife Kamela are also the owners of a Primrose Preschool Franchise in Allen TX.

Paul’s advocacy for dyslexia comes from his experience with his daughter and his own struggles.  Paul and Kamela have two daughters, one of whom struggles with several dyslexia associated learning differences.    Paul also believes he was an undiagnosed dyslexic based on remediation he received in grade school for troubles with reading and specifically, phonics.

Paul received his Bachelors of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from North Carolina State University, his Masters of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Engineering Science and a MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.


 

Advisory Board

  • Lexie Barefoot
  • Anna Burton
  • Jone Bycel
  • Gladys Kolenovsky
  • Carla Proctor, Ph.D., NCED, LDT, CALT
  • Harrian Stern, Ph.D., RPED, NCED
  • Margaret Taylor Smith, M.Ed., CALT, QI
  • Karen Vickery
  • Pam Quarterman
  • Terri Zerfas

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