Board of Directors

Board of Directors

IDA Board Application

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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.

Robin Reed – Treasurer

Vicki Asher – Secretary

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.

Dr. Avner Stern – Advisory Board Member

Avner Stern, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment of learning disabilities in children, adolescents and adults. He received his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed the Postgraduate Diagnostic Program at the Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. Prior to being in private practice, Dr. Stern was Director of ADHD and Learning Disability Services at Saint Luke’s Crittenton Behavioral Health, and Director of Doctoral Intern Training and Clinical Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center. He is managing partner at Midwest Neuroeducational Services, a learning assessment center in Overland Park, Kansas.

Dr. Michelle Berg – Advisory Board Member

Amanda McCaleb – Board Member

Amanda McCaleb is a Literacy Coach Specialist, School Psychological Examiner and Dyslexia Therapist. She is currently the Literacy Intervention Specialist for Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Missouri. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Education from Drury University. Amanda is a PhD candidate in Reading Education at the University of Arkansas Little Rock working on her dissertation “A Study of Classroom Teachers’ Participation in a School-Embedded, Collaborative, Model of Professional Development on Their Knowledge and Self-Efficacy for Teaching Students At-Risk for Dyslexia”. Amanda has 10 years of experience evaluating and developing instructional plans for students with specific learning disabilities. She has a passion for providing professional development and instructional coaching for general education and special education teachers.

Allison Winters – Board Member

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.

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.

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.

Kelley Catterson – Board Member

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.

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.


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