Board of Directors
Annette Fallon served as the Director of Admissions at Baltimore Lab School for 10 years, 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. She also currently serves on the Finance Committee for the IDA Board of Directors.
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 has served on the national Branch Council as 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).
Dr. Janice Lepore
Dr. Janice Lepore is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Lutherville, Maryland. She specializes in psychoeducational assessment and school consultation, and values a collaborative, strengths-based and comprehensive approach to understanding student needs, planning and implementing supports. A graduate of Loyola University of Maryland and Baylor University, Dr. Lepore has provided assessment and therapy services across a broad range of settings, public and private schools, hospitals and clinics. In addition to her direct clinical work, Dr. Lepore works with parent groups, school teams, and professional organizations to support the application of psychological science and knowledge to program development and public policy. www.janiceleporepsyd.com
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.
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.
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.
Katrin (Kate) McElderry, M.A.
Being diagnosed with a math learning difference at a young age, Kate McElderry has been drawn towards learning about, understanding and helping students who learn and think in non-traditional ways. She’s from Baltimore, but first began her teaching career in northern California. She then joined the Peace Corps where she worked with educators in Paraguay, South America designing curriculum and workshops. Afterwards, she did a graduate assistantship at UMBC and completed her master’s in education with an emphasis in curriculum development. She taught in Baltimore City for three years and worked with Johns Hopkins University doing an after-school tutoring program. Later, she joined The Odyssey School, where she currently tutor dyslexic students in language skills as well as “soft skills,” like self-advocacy training. In addition to teaching, she engages in advocacy and outreach for students with dyslexia and other learning differences. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham and Phono-Graphix. A committed life-long learner, she is always seeking out ways to acquire and share best practices in the field. Besides being an educator, she is also a mom to three young kids.
Diagnosed with dyslexia after many challenging years of early education, Alison Napolitano intimately understands the highs and lows of living with dyslexia. She and her two brothers (who are also dyslexic) benefited from teachers and parents who dedicated their lives to understanding and working through the demands of living and learning with dyslexia. Because of this, Alison has become a passionate advocate. She believes that dyslexia is an asset and that dyslexics are vital contributors to society and every team as creators, problem-solvers, and providers of unique, diverse insights. Alison currently works for 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology that seeks to improve lives through better education by building, delivering, and supporting online graduate programs and short courses for lifelong learners. As a former collegiate athlete, Alison gives back to the sport that helped her through college by coaching rising athletes. In her spare time, Alison enjoys traveling and chasing waterfalls around the globe.
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