Board of Directors

Board of Directors

IDA Board Application

IDA Bylaws

Rachel Libick – President

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.

Kristi Ripley – Vice President

Currently Vice President of the KSMO IDA branch, Kristi has been an active board member of the KSMO IDA branch for the past 4 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Family Studies. She is a professional member of COPAA, The American Tourette Association, IDA, and Decoding Dyslexia MO. She is a passionate, qualified leader in advocacy with 17 years of accomplished work in advocacy for children and adults spanning a variety of unique needs such as crime victims, foster children, patients in healthcare, and special education. All this work has led her to her passion as a Certified Special Education and Dyslexia Advocate. She is married with two grown children, one grandson, another grandchild on the way, and stays extremely busy
with her active, athletic, and brilliant 12-year-old son that has both Tourettes and Dyslexia.

Allison Winters – Secretary

Allison Winters is the owner and director of SpeechAbility LLC. After earning a B.S. in Speech-Language Disorders from Truman State University in 1995 and a Master’s in Education from Alabama A&M University in 1996, she became a certified speech-language pathologist and has since also gained certification as a structured literacy teacher through the International Dyslexia Association.  Along with serving on the IDA Board, Allison is currently the Vice President of Professional Practices for the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Memberships include the American Speech Hearing Association, the Kansas State Speech-Language and Hearing Association, the American Academy of Private Practice in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, and The International Dyslexia Association.

Mary Howard – Board Member

Mary Howard is an Instructional Facilitator for the Pauline South Intermediate School in Topeka, Kansas. She is responsible for facilitating continuous improvement in classroom instruction by providing instructional support to teachers by demonstrating the alignment of research-based instruction with curriculum standards and assessment tools. Her role also includes the development and implementation of professional development at the building and district levels. Mary is responsible for providing teachers with an understanding of current research along with how to integrate technology into instruction. Mary currently serves on her district’s ELA curriculum committee and is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner. Mary has over 20+ years of experience in the education field as a classroom teacher, interventionist, tutor and literacy coach. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kansas State University, and later a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Dr. Michelle Berg – Advisory Board Member

Christina Smith – Board Member

Jennifer Kidd – Board Member

Jennifer Kidd has 17 years of experience in elementary education as a general education classroom teacher, special education teacher, literacy instructional coach, literacy interventionist, and math interventionist. Jennifer graduated from Baylor University with BS in Elementary Education with reading specialization. She earned a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of North Texas with certification as an educational diagnostician. Jennifer currently serves as an intervention teacher at Jay Shideler Elementary School in Auburn Washburn USD 437 in Topeka, KS. She teaches multiple students with dyslexia utilizing a Structured Literacy approach. When not teaching, her two young children, husband, extended family, and dog bring much joy to her life.

Peggy Greenwood – Board Member

Peggy Greenwood holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Saint Louis University. She is certified in three areas: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. Peggy also holds a Master of Arts Degree from University of Missouri-Columbia in Library Science. Peggy has worked as a classroom teacher for 14 years and is currently substituting in multiple districts. Being active in the dyslexic community is a priority for Peggy. Her experience, as an educator as well as a parent of dyslexic child, offers Peggy the insight to advocate for change from both perspectives. Additionally, she has taken a special interest in the scholarship committee from its inception and has participated in both the ongoing editing process as well as the review of scholarship applications to date. Peggy and her son have invested time and energy as key fundraisers in all three Dyslexia Dashes in St. Louis.

Stephen Schwartz – Board Member

Stephen Schwartz, Ed.D. is certified in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Special Reading. He received his doctoral degree from Lindenwood University where he studied the best practices for teaching reading to students that are considered at risk for dyslexia. His experience includes teaching 1st grade and Kindergarten over the past 15 years. Dr. Schwartz was the Valley Park Teacher of the Year in 2012 and a top 6 finalist for the Missouri Teacher of the Year program as well. He has three children and a beautiful wife. His wife, Sara, is also an educator and she teaches remedial reading.

Patti Haberberger – Board Member

Patti Haberberger holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Missouri – Columbia, a Masters of Arts in Teaching with an Emphasis in Reading from Webster University, and a Dyslexia Therapist Certification from The University of Arkansas. Patti has experience teaching as a general classroom teacher in the St. Louis area. She has been a Reading Specialist for 17 years. This experience includes teaching at the elementary level (kindergarten – fifth grade), as well as at an alternative high school (ninth – twelfth grade). Patti is working towards her CALT (Certification Academic Language Therapist), and is currently teaching at Crestwood Elementary School using a variety of Structured Literacy approaches such as Take Flight, IMSE, Barton, and LETRS. When she is not teaching, her husband Kevin and 4 children – Sam, Joey, Ben and Annie – keep her happy, fulfilled and busy.

Tally Fleming – Board Member

Tally is a reading specialist from La Cynge, KS who has also received Orton-Gillingham training through the KS/MO IDA branch scholarship program. She is currently working on becoming a LETRS trainer and is on the KS Legislative Task Force. She lives in a rural area of SE Kansas and is passionate about educating teachers in rural areas on how best to instruct students with dyslexia. She also understands what it is like to be the parent of a child with dyslexia since her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Rachel Hancock – Treasurer

Rachel is a CPA from Olathe, KS who works as an auditor in a bank. Her interest and passion to contribute to the IDA community has come about since her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. Rachel’s skills lie in finances and she would like to use those skills to help our IDA board achieve our goals. Rachel is passionate and eager to do what she can to help children and adults with dyslexia.


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