Board of Directors
Annette Fallon currently serves as the Director of Admissions at Baltimore Lab School an innovative, arts-based program for bright and creative students in grades 1-12 with learning differences, ADHD and more. Before becoming Director of Admissions for Baltimore Lab School, she worked as a sailing instructor, teaching assistant, counseled high school students in their college search, and led an intensive reading and writing course. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Annette is trained in Positive Discipline, a program designed to promote life skills and respectful relationships. Annette loves to travel and is fluent in french.
Karen Fallon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Karen Fallon is a certified speech-language pathologist who earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Fallon is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program at Towson University. Her teaching, clinical, and research interests include language development, language disorders, literacy, and dyslexia. Dr. Fallon has published articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals and books and presented her research regularly at national and international conferences. Dr. Fallon also provides spoken and written language evaluations and intervention to the Towson University and greater Baltimore community.
Tim Yearick is the Principal of the Forbush School of Hunt Valley.
Cindy Maier is a founding faculty member of the Odyssey School, a school for children with language based learning differences, since the school was started in 1994. Cindy has served as a language tutor, math teacher, and Head of the Math Department. She has previously taught reading and math at the Friends School of Baltimore, taught all elementary school subjects in a chronic care hospital under the School District of Philadelphia, taught cerebral palsied students and preschool special education students, and done clinical research at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology. She has also been a long-standing member of the Haverford College Corporation. Cindy earned her Bachelor’s from Grinnell College, her M.Ed. in Special Education from Temple University, and her M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Paula Moraine is in private practice as an educational consultant and executive function tutor at The Attention Fix Educational Consulting, LLC in Bel Air, MD. She earned her Master’s in Education through the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where she served as co-director of the bachelor’s degree program in Curative Education. Paula has been a teacher of children and adults, ranging from elementary classrooms through university settings in the U.S., Europe, and Great Britain. In addition to being a classroom teacher, Paula has presented numerous workshops and conferences on themes including executive function, Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, curriculum, child development, and parenting. Paula is the author of the books “Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Function – The Attention Fix” and “Autism and Everyday Executive Function”. Paula is the immediate Past-President of IDA Maryland and is serving as the national Branch Council – Eastern Region Representative.
David B. Applefeld is a graduate of Friends School, Baltimore, The University of New Hampshire, and The University of Baltimore School of Law, Cum Laude. David is member of the Maryland law firm, Adelberg, Rudow Dorf & Hendler, LLC., and concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law and insurance coverage law. David serves as national panel trial counsel and special litigation counsel for several insurance companies and businesses. David has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Legal Elite and has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer (2007– 2010).
Henry B. Reiff is Professor of Special Education at McDaniel College. In his 25 years at the College, he has served as Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Special Education, Dean of Student Academic Life, and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. He has published numerous articles on adults and adolescents with learning disabilities and has written or co-written four books, including Exceeding Expectations: Successful Adults with Learning Disabilities, an American Library Association “Top 20 LD Resource.” His most recent book is Self-Advocacy for Students with Learning Disabilities: Making It Happen in College and Beyond. He and his wife, Jacki, reside in Westminster, MD with their two children and two dogs.
Mark Westervelt is a founding faculty member of the Jemicy School since the school’s inception in 1973. Mark has served as a language tutor, athletic coach, Director of Athletics, Head of Middle School, Interim Director, Interim Head of Upper School, and currently Assistant Head of School. In 1989, Mark co-founded Camp Glencoe, a summer program for a population of dyslexic boys and girls in the Baltimore area. He carried his experience to Colorado to help organize Durango Mountain Camp and served as an educational director for ten years. He is certified as a Teaching Fellow with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Carol Dann has worked as a special education teacher and tutor for over forty years. Prior to her retirement from the Baltimore County Board of Education in 2011, she served as an inclusion teacher at Jacksonville Elementary for seventeen years. During her thirty-six year tenure with the County, she also taught students with a wide variety of learning needs in several different settings, including the Infant & Toddler and Home & Hospital Programs and Ridge, White Oak and Chatsworth Schools. Additional teaching experiences have included private tutoring, Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Child Life Program, Sheppard Pratt’s Forbush School and Rosewood State Hospital. Carol graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, earned her Master’s in Education through Loyola College and has acquired extensive educational credits and training in the areas of reading instruction, child development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, educational assessments and behavior management. She has received recognition as an outstanding educator from both TABCO and the Down Syndrome Association.
Dr. Heather Powell is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the neurocognitive assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with attention deficit disorders (ADHD), learning disabilities, psychiatric illness, and emotional and/or behavioral issues. She also has experience working with gifted and talented as well as twice exceptional (i.e., gifted students with learning challenges) students. Dr. Powell holds a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral training in pediatric psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and two years of postgraduate training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following her training, she served as a staff psychologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Vickie Swanson is presently a learning specialist at Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, an all girls’ college preparatory school. She works with both the Middle and Upper School. Prior to working at Roland Park, she taught at The Odyssey School, Baltimore, a school for children with language based learning differences. There she taught Middle School English and tutored all ages. In addition to teaching adolescents and young children, Vickie taught in the School of Education at Loyola University, Maryland. She taught both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as Montessori teachers, in Introduction to Special Education and supervised student teachers in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County. Prior to teaching, Vickie practiced as an attorney with a law firm in Washington, D.C., representing students and families in educational hearings. Her experience as a teacher and an advocate, brings a broad view of children and dyslexia to the IDA Maryland.
Jaclyn Paris is the creator of the FUNNY MIX® Superhero Phonics Game. After graduating with an Elementary/Special Education Degree from Duquesne University, she began her career teaching preschool. As a Special Educator in Baltimore County Public Schools, she found her passion for teaching children with dyslexia to read. She followed her passion and began teaching children Phonics and Comprehension at The Highlands School in Harford County, MD. Jaclyn loves scuba diving and has explored shipwrecks, coral reefs, and caves in several countries.
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