Board of Directors


Board of Directors


Alisa Matteoni

Alisa Matteoni – President

Alisa Matteoni holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a former elementary school teacher with experience in both the public and private school sectors. Alisa discovered her own dyslexia during her journey identifying three of her four children as dyslexic. Alisa became affiliated with Decoding Dyslexia Johnson County and the IDA in an effort to find effective teaching methods for her family. Now, Alisa is trained as an Orton-Gillingham classroom educator and is certified in the Barton System. Currently, she is serving as the IDA representative for the Kansas Task Force on Dyslexia.

Cathy Denesia – Past President

Paula Juelich

Paula Juelich – Vice President

Dr. Paula Juelich earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2002.  She has specialty training in health psychology and clinical neuropsychology and has worked with and advocated for people with neurological illness and injury, chronic medical conditions and learning disabilities throughout her career.  She worked for 13 years on inpatient and outpatient neurorehabilitation interdisciplinary teams for SSM Rehab in St. Louis, Missouri.  As the primary psychologist for the stroke team, she worked closely with the St. Louis University Department of Neurology faculty and residents and collaborated in clinical training, teaching, clinical research projects, presentations, and publications.  She also supervised clinical psychology Ph.D. practicum students.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the International Dyslexia Association.

Robin Reed – Treasurer

Jessica Burkhalter – Secretary

Jessica Burkhalter has joined the IDA Board of KS-MO as Secretary. She holds dual degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a Masters in Education from the University of Kansas, is certified as a reading specialist and as a classroom educator in Orton-Gillingham. She worked as a reading mentor for Reading Rockets on “First Year Teacher”. First Year Teacher is a web-based and in-classroom support training tool used to provide teachers with information in teaching reading effectively. Mrs. Burkhalter has worked as a kindergarten/first grade teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach.

Richard Bradford – Regional Representative from Branch Council of IDA

Michelle Berg – Advisory Board Member

Lorrie Wolf

Lorrie Wolf – Advisory Board Member

Lorrie Wolf is the director of the Educational Therapy Center in Parkville, MO near Kansas City. There she trains and oversees her employees who use the Orton-Gillingham Approach of structured literacy instruction as they remediate dyslexics of all ages and abilities. Lorrie is a member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham at the Certified Level, as well as a Certified Dyslexia Therapist by the International Dyslexia Association. She has served on local and national boards for IDA ever since her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia over 25 years ago. Recently she served as the IDA representative on the Missouri Governor’s Task Force on Dyslexia.

Vicki Asher

Vicki Asher – Board Member

Vicki Asher is the Head of School at Horizon Academy, the only private school in Kansas City serving students with diagnosed dyslexia. She holds Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, a Master’s of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in Learning Disabilities from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University. Vicki has 20+ years of experience working directly with students with specific learning disabilities. is an Associate Member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner through the International Dyslexia Association.

Sarah Bartley

Sarah Bartley – Board Member

Sarah Bartley joined KS-MO IDA in 2017. Sarah is a special education advocate who specializes in dyslexia and the cofounder of Dyslexia St. Louis: Learning & Advocacy Center. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and specialized trainings through Wrightslaw. As the parent of a child with dyslexia, Sarah has had to advocate for her son in the public education setting. Her experience with her own son inspired her to open a center for students and families dealing with dyslexia. She desires to help other families find the necessary information and resources to be successful.

Carla Chavez

Carla Chavez – Board Member

Carla Chavez is a Reading Specialist and Wilson Reading practitioner. She is currently an Instructional Facilitator at Auburn Washburn Public Schools in Topeka, Kansas, coaching and training special education teachers and interventionists in her district.  Carla has done professional development and LETRS training for many teachers and schools throughout the state of Kansas over the last 15 years after working as a classroom teacher for many years.

Kristi Ripley – Board Member

Theresa Hime

Theresa Hime – Board Member

Theresa Hime is a reading interventionist at the Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka, KS. She is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, a certified Reading Specialist in the state of Kansas, and a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy, Reading & Language Arts for early and middle childhood. Theresa has been teaching for 18 years in the public schools.

Rachel Libick

Rachel Libick – Board Member

Rachel Libick is the Owner and Executive Director of Applied Learning Processes. She purchased Applied Learning Processes in 2017, when founder Billie Calvery officially retired. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a minor in history. She joined the ALP staff in 2009 and has worked as a clinician, tester, and supervising clinician. During her tenure at ALP, Rachel has helped develop new clinical strategies, create training programs, and recently developed a long-distance program tailored to the intensive treatments ALP provides. She regularly consults with parents and other professionals and writes individualized treatment plans for clients as well as overseeing the clinical staff.

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