Parent Advocates and Education Professionals

The Pennsylvania Dyslexia Literacy Coalition is a group of volunteer parent advocates and education professionals  who have joined together with the goals of: 


1- Raising awareness and to create an accurate understanding about Dyslexia.  


2 -Ensure  ALL children learn to read by supporting teachers training in evidenced based  Reading instruction.


3- Support early screening and interventions in evidence based Reading instruction.



Dyslexia is a language based learning disability that is neurological in origin and affects not only reading, but also writing, spelling, handwriting, certain aspects of math, learning a foreign language, hearing and reading directions, understanding spoken language and the ability to express oneself. 


In the classroom unidentified struggling readers and dyslexics are often thought to be lazy, not trying hard enough, or not paying attention.  These children feel stupid, which has a negative impact on their emotional well being throughout their lives. 



PB IDA - Pennsylvania Branch - International Dyslexia Association -

Learning Ally -

Decoding Dyslexia PA -

Literate Nation -


Christina Bogler– Dyslexia Advocate, Pittsburgh area


Edward Bray - Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, Learning Ally    


Tina Marie DeLong - Educational Advocate,Parent, Founding Member Decoding Dyslexia PA  


Jean Ferketish – Parent; Vice President of the Board of the “in-progress”  Provident Charter School for Children with Dyslexia 


*Eugenie Flaherty – Past President PBIDA, Psychologist


Carrie Gardner–PBIDA Board member, PBIDA Finance representative Pittsburgh area, Parent and wife of dyslexic


Lisa Goldstein – Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Parent, PBIDA Officer


Karen Kelly – Developmental/Educational Neuropsychologist


*Diane Reott – AMNSD Parent Group Head/PBIDA Board Member


Rosette Roth – Parent, Founding Member Decoding Dyslexia PA


Julia Sadtler – President PBIDA, former Admissions Director, The Crossroads School


Nancy M. Scharff  M. Ed. Special Education, St. JosephUniversity, IDA accredited program; Board Member and Academic Committee Chair,   KIPP Philadelphia; Board Member and Former Executive Director,   


Christine Seppi - O-G tutor and the Chair of the Pittsburgh Region - PBIDA


*Monica McHale-Small – Superintendent of Saucon Valley School District, National IDA Board Member, Monica has spent twenty four years in public education as a school psychologist and an administrator with a passion for teaching all students to read.


Eileen Tait-Acker - Parent, Decoding Dyslexia PA Regional Representative (Upper Bucks County), former Social Media/Communications Manager


Mary Ellen Trent - Director of Admissions, Delaware Valley Friends School; PBIDA Board Member and 2015 Annual Conference Chair; Spouse and Parent of individuals living with dyslexia


*Daphne Uliana – Parent, PBIDA Board member, The Gow School, Board member, former PA House of Representatives staff and campaign consultant.


*member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Advisory Committee for the Dyslexia Literacy Pilot.