Board of Directors


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Heidi Turchan, M.Ed., CALP, CDP

President

Heidi is a Literacy Specialist for Battle Creek Public Schools; is a National LETRS Professional Learning Consultant, has a Masters Degree in Reading/Literacy; and is the parent of two children with dyslexia. She is passionate about teaching reading to individuals with learning challenges and educating teachers about the science of reading.


 

Lynn Jessel

Treasurer

Lynn is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated from Western Michigan University with a BBA and has been in private practice for more than 35 years. Upon selling her accounting and tax business, she became a reading tutor to reciprocate the assistance her son was given when he was a struggling reader.

 


 

Shannon Koenen, M.Ed.

Secretary

Shannon is a former middle school teacher with a passion for teaching students with dyslexia. When her son was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, she switched her focus to dyslexia and founded Bright Minds Tutoring. She feels privileged to educate families about dyslexia while teaching her students to read, write, and spell. Shannon received her B.A. in Education from Smith College and her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington.


Jennifer Olmstead, LMSW, C-ACYFSW, RPT, CAAC, TF-CBT, Certified Dyslexia Practitioner

Jen resides in Sault Ste. Marie and is in private practice at A Therapy World and The Dyslexia Center. She has over 25 years in behavioral health and is a Registered Play Therapist; an Advanced Certified Children, Youth and Family Social Worker; a Certified Children’s Trauma Therapist; a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor; and Certified Dyslexia Practitioner. With her extensive work with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, FAS/FAE and Dyslexia, she has found various similarities, yet differences, that have assisted her in differentiating diagnoses. She has worked within schools, tribal, medical, community mental health and public health, social services, criminal justice, and private sectors.


Lauren Radtke-Rounds, Ph.D.

Lauren is a fully licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Brighton, Michigan. Dr. Radtke-Rounds provides comprehensive psychological evaluations, with a focus on diagnosis and treatment of a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, including, ADHD, Dyslexia, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a member of IDA and joined the Michigan IDA Board in January of 2019.

 

 

 


Susan Schmidt, M.A.

Susan is a veteran educator who has served students and adults with learning disabilities for over 35 years in rural and urban areas in several states. As a result of extensive training at the Michigan Dyslexia Institute, she has incorporated the Orton-Gillingham method into the classroom setting for the past 20 years with exceptional results. With a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Educational Policy and Research from The Ohio State University and five years working in the Michigan Legislature, Susan is equipped to help lead the fight to get dyslexia legislation passed in the State of Michigan.


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