Eileen Norton – Co-President. Eileen has her doctorate from Loyola University Chicago in clinical psychology, is on the board of Resource Association in Special Education (RAiSE 102), a community organization in La Grange, and is the parent of a teen with dyslexia.
Jennifer C. Zvi– Co-President. Jennifer received her doctorate from Northwestern University in the field of learning disabilities and her post doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Jennifer is currently an Adjunct Professor at Lewis University teaching undergraduates and graduates in the newly established Early Childhood Education Program.
Danielle Baran–President Elect. Danielle has a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a Psychoeducational Diagnostician at Advocate Medical Group/Advocate Children’s Hospital in the Educational Consultation and Evaluation Services. She was a presenter at our inaugural Spring Parent Conference.
Sharon Kacmarcik–Vice-President. Sharon is a lawyer who has been in private practice for over twenty years. She is also a co-chair and one of the founders of the “Resource Association in Special Education” (RAiSE), an association organized to support the educational success of children with special needs and learning disabilities in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Laura Harty — Treasurer. Laura holds a masters in education as well as a masters in business. She is a Project Manager for Blue Cross Blue Shield and previously worked as a Special Education Teacher with the Chicago Public Schools.
Cindy Waltenspiel — Secretary. Cindy is a returning board member having previously served from 2001-2007. Cindy holds a bachelors of arts in elementary education and special education (Behavioral Learning Specialist I) and a master’s degree in reading from Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently a Diagnostician/Special Education Teacher in Barrington School District 220.
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Susan Barkhausen holds a masters in learning disabilities/behavior disorders and is currently a Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher at Everett School in Lake Forest.
Ann Denoyer is an eighth grade Special Education Teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Decatur and holds an M.S. Ed in Counseling. She is an IMSLEC certified Level I Teacher via the Springfield Masonic Children’s Center.
Jessica Douglas holds an M.S. in educational psychology, an Ed.S. in school psychology, and an ED.D in human learning and development. She worked as a School Psychologist in a suburban school district for seven years and has been in private practice for three years.
Kathryn Elsesser has an M.S. in learning disabilities and recently retired from CUSD 200 where she was an Elementary Resource Teacher.
Lauren Fay has a long tradition of community service through volunteer work in her local school district, church, and Misericordia. She is active in a parent group that advocates for students with dyslexia in their local schools, is an adult with dyslexia, and also has a son with dyslexia. She holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Michele Griffin holds a bachelor of arts in special education. She is currently a Special Education Teacher in Chicago.