Jennifer Cappalonga, M.Ed., President
Jennifer is a former high school science teacher with special education training. She is also the parent of a child with dyslexia. She is currently working on the implementation phase of HB 2412 and SB 612. She is a member of the Oregon Department of Education Dyslexia Advisory Council.
Diana Sticker, MPH, Co-Vice President
Diana is a former research professional with a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She and her daughter have dyslexia. Diana supports media and communication efforts and contributes to the legislative arm of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon.
Lisa Lyon, MPH, Co-Vice President
As the parent of a 6th grade son who has dyslexia, Lisa feels passionate about increasing public awareness of dyslexia. She enjoys connecting with other parents and sharing resources to make their journeys with dyslexia a little easier and more efficient. Currently, Lisa coordinates the monthly lecture series and supports the development of new Oregon Decoding Dyslexia chapters.
Meg Hagan, Licensed Tax Preparer, Treasurer
Meg was introduced to dyslexia through her son who was diagnosed in 3rd grade. Her husband, father, and nephew also have dyslexia. Meg is passionate about children receiving appropriate and early dyslexia services in public school. She enjoys discussing the intricacies of IEP’s with parents and sharing information on how to access the programs their children need. In addition to her duties as treasurer for DD-Oregon she is also the treasurer for the Special Ed PTA (SEPTAP) of Portland Public Schools.
Morgan Bulson, MS, National Board Certified Teacher, Secretary
Morgan is a special education teacher with over 10 years of experience working in public and charter schools both in New York City, and in Oregon. Morgan became interested in dyslexia when she encountered bright students through her work that weren’t able to read and write at a rate that matched their intelligence. With little training about dyslexia in her formal education, she began to seek out information and resources on her own. Morgan is passionate about working with kids and families with dyslexia, and helping to foster productive discourse between families and schools. Morgan is the co-chair of the Decoding Dyslexia Ambassadors Program
Emily is an Advertising and Marketing Strategist who partners with C-level executives and Founders to help them grow their professional brands and increase sales. Emily was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade and was given the tools needed to succeed. She wants to learn more about how kids are diagnosed in the public school system and the steps that are needed to make sure children in need are not left behind. Emily holds a BA in English and Russian Literature from University of Washington.
Mary Grossi, MS
Mary is a Senior Program Manager at New Relic Software in Portland. She is also the parent of a daughter with dyslexia. Mary supports technology and communication efforts and is the co-chair of the Decoding Dyslexia Ambassadors Program.
Tracy is the Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association. As the parent of a ten year old son with dyslexia, Tracy loves helping bring resources to families as they navigate their journey with dyslexia and passionate about showing kids that dyslexia is a true advantage for them. Tracy is a founder of the Decoding Dyslexia Kids Network.
Thank you former board members:
Moira Finnegan, MS, CCC-SLP, Dyslexia Specialist for serving two years on our board and for being a visionary and founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon. Your clear and moral guidance helped define our overarching goals. Moira is a speech-language pathologist with Portland Public Schools. Moira is committed to working towards the day when students with dyslexia will be given the supports they need within the public school system to succeed.