Board of Directors


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Board of Directors


Lori Pickett
President

Lori Pickett is a co-founder of IDA-Alaska and a longtime Alaskan with years of experience in advocacy, adult literacy, and volunteer management.  Both a dyslexic and parent of a dyslexic, she is passionate about improving reading instruction and the school climate for all children.

 


Anna Neidig
Vice President

Anna Neidig is a graduate of West Anchorage High School and the University of Puget Sound. She has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, most recently working with member-based organizations. Anna is currently an at-home parent, volunteers at Aquarian Charter School, and works to advocate for her dyslexic son.

 


Heather Walton
Secretary

Heather Walton received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Auburn University and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the University of Montevallo in Speech Language Pathology.

Heather spent 12 years working in the public school system working with pre-school through high school. Heather gained a passion for language-based learning disabilities through her work in the schools. She has earned an award for continuing education from the American Speech and Hearing Association. She is trained in all of the Lindamood-Bell Programs, is certified at the Master’s Level in The Barton Reading and Spelling Program and believes strongly in using a multisensory approach toward treatment.

 


Posie Boggs
Treasurer

Posie Boggs is an active advocate for educating students, parents, educators, and policymakers on the necessity of improving literacy in our nation and the world. She has emphasized that providing comprehensive research-based literacy education early to all our students and adults who struggle with literacy is essential to increasing our nation’s educational outcomes. Equally important is providing educators extensive, rigorous, and multidisciplinary training in the knowledge and practice of teaching the “3 Rs.”

 


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Kristi Fuller
Director

Kristi Fuller, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist who has been practicing in the Anchorage area for 20 years. She developed a specific interest in dyslexia after evaluating many children who were undiagnosed and had developed secondary behavioral and emotional problems that could have been avoided had they received appropriate remediation.

 


Nancy Simpson Martin
Director

Nancy Simpson Martin is a graduate of Juniata College and the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing. She is a lifelong champion of children from her early work at Head Start and Camp Fire to her day to day advocacy work on behalf of her own children. In addition to homeschooling for several years, Nancy co-founded a charter school to offer students an opportunity for success in a non-traditional educational environment.

 


Dee Dee Feghali
Director

Dee Dee Feghali studied Psychology and Education and thought she knew everything.
Then she became a mom and realized she knew nothing.
When her daughters began struggling with reading, she knew she had to do something!
So she began studying and advocating.
She has lived in Alaska a short time and hopes to see legislation soon to help all who have dyslexia reach their full potential.

 


Janet Donnelly
Director

Janet Donnelly taught elementary school for 27 years and been tutoring for 36 years. She completed all three levels of the Slingerland Approach instruction; a classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham method. She is also trained in Lindamood Bell.

 


Martha Gingras
Director

Martha Gingras resides in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, Richard Gingras and their three sons. Two of her sons have dyslexia. As a parent with dyslexic children, she is passionate about dyslexia awareness and has served as AKBIDA Board Member and as Treasurer. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis.

Jennifer Hall Jones
Director

Jennifer Hall Jones is the parent of a son diagnosed with dyslexia in the fifth grade who subsequently learned to read and spell by working with a private tutor using a variety of instructional methods from Lindamood Bell to Orton Gillingham. Advocating for her son’s needs, she works to help raise all school-aged children’s reading proficiency in Alaska. She serves as a librarian in a small alternative middle and high school in Anchorage, AK.

 


Hermine Baker
Past Director

Posie Boggs
Past President

Vicki Campbell
Past Director

Meghan Clark
Past Director

Donna Dart
Past Director

Bonnie Friedman
Past Director

Martha Gingras
Past Director

Anita Gomez
Past Director

Jennifer Hall Jones
Past President

Anne Hazelton
Past Director

Sue Heinz
Past Director

Vicki Hodges
Past Director

Sonja Kerr
Past Director

Jan Maki
Past Director

Kimberly McCotter
Past Director

Jon Meisener
Past Director

Brandy Phares
Past Director

Kelsey Ratcliffe
Past Director


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