Board Members

Lisa Lyon, MPH, Founder & Interim President 
As the parent of a 10th 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. 

Paula Byrd, Secretary
Paula Byrd is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated at Portland State University with a Bachelors of Arts and completed her Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at the University of Illinois. She joined the Board of in 2013 and recently became the Executive Director in 2019. She is committed to the educational literacy of youth and adults. She desires to change the lives of all young people she works with and drives them to be their best. Paula serves as the  Decoding Dyslexia Oregon Equity Council Co-Chair.

Kelly Ravsten, Treasurer 
Kelly is an Independent Consultant/Advisor who provides operational expertise, organizational advice and process improvement planning to organizations and individuals. Kelly is a parent of a child with dyslexia and is passionate about raising dyslexia awareness and  improving resources and access to resources for students with dyslexia in Oregon schools.

Cézanne Tyner
Cézanne Tyner is a former classroom teacher with a passion towards education success – especially with dyslexia. Her experience in teaching spans countries such as Kenya, Nicaragua, Romania and Japan. Cézanne has an undergraduate degree in Family and Human Services and a Masters in Teaching with an emphasis in English language arts and English as a Second Language.

She has been able to assume roles with public, charter, alternative, and catholic schools in Oregon and abroad. Cézanne’s love for education includes her learning and growing as well. She is a product of a Portland Public Schools education and determined to give back. Cézanne is a member of the Decoding Dyslexia Oregon Equity Council.
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Dr. Elizabeth Barker
Dr. Elizabeth Barker is an Accessibility Research Manager for NWEA a not-for-profit organization. At NWEA, Dr. Barker is part of the Collaborative for Student Growth where she is devoted to using data-driven insight to remove barriers for students with disabilities.

In addition to her work at NWEA, Elizabeth serves as an instructor at the University of Portland, providing instruction around assessment and special education topics. Prior to her work at NWEA and UP, Elizabeth was a K-12 special education teacher in Oregon, Colorado, and Michigan with a focus on students with learning disabilities. Having dyslexia herself, Elizabeth has dedicated her career to the improvement of reading instruction, accessibility to curriculum and assessment, and providing an education to all students. She is passionate about advocating for children and families with dyslexia and other disabilities.
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Julisa Rodriguez
Julisa Rodriguez is a product of Salem Keizer Public schools in Salem, Oregon, which is where she currently serves as an elementary bilingual classroom teacher. She received Bachelor degrees from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her bachelor degrees include a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Bilingual (Spanish ) Education and a Bachelors in Mexican – American studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Education – Dyslexia Specialist program from Colorado College. Julisa is passionate about dismantling the school to prison pipeline by way of literacy justice. Julisa is a member of the Decoding Dyslexia Oregon Equity Council.

Dr. Scott Smith
Dr. Scott Smith has been in education for the past 40 years. Growing up in Eastern Oregon he struggled with school. His fifth-grade teacher told his parents he needed to find a trade because he would never be able to read or spell or write and attend college. Dr. Smith is a third-generation successful dyslexic.

His parents knew with the support that would not be the case. He obtained his Bachelors Degree from Western Oregon University, Masters from Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA and his Doctorate from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He spent 26 years in elementary classrooms in Umatilla, Oregon, finishing his experience there as their Reading Coach. He then became an Assistant Professor at Eastern Oregon University in the Elementary Pre-Service teacher program. He worked as an instructional coach for the InterMountain ESD serving 18 rural school districts area of focus is pre-reading skills and reading instruction and dyslexia along with classroom instructional support. His book “Discovering Effective Reading Reading Instruction” (2019) he explains the hows and whys of Science-Based reading instruction. Scott contributes to Decoding Dyslexia as the Parent Support Coordinator for the Parent to Parent program.
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Dr. Shaheen Munir-McHill
Dr. Shaheen Munir-McHill is an assistant professor of practice at Portland State University and the coordinator of the PSU Special Education K-12 license and endorsement programs.

Shaheen has served in a wide range of roles in the education system, including an elementary resource room teacher, a school psychologist, a DIBELS mentor, a reading interventionist, a student teaching coach, and the coordinator of a reading intervention clinic. Shaheen is passionate about supporting all learners to become successful readers.  Her interests include the use of formative and diagnostic assessment tools to drive reading instructional practices, early screening for potential reading challenges, multi-tiered systems of instructional support, and working with families to navigate special education systems and reinforcing evidenced-based instructional practices at home. Shaheen is a member of the Decoding Dyslexia Oregon Equity Council.
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Tracy Morgan
Tracy is the Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association. As the parent of two children with dyslexia, Tracy loves helping bring resources to families as they navigate their journeys with dyslexia. She is passionate about showing kids that dyslexia is a true advantage for them. Tracy is the founder and coordinator of the Decoding Dyslexia Kids Network. She enjoys creating a program that allows children to connect with others and embrace their dyslexic advantages.

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Diana Sticker, MPH, Founder & Marketing Director
Diana is a former research professional with a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She and her daughter have dyslexia. Diana is passionate about creating systematic change that supports children with dyslexia and manages the marketing, communications and operations efforts and contributes to the legislative arm of Decoding Dyslexia Oregon.

Ross Faulkenberg, Staff
Ross joined Decoding Dyslexia Oregon in 2019. He is a teacher in SW Portland and an Orton-Gillingham trained linguistics tutor. In 2010, he graduated from Portland State University with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

For ten years he worked as a piano technician with Classic Pianos in southeast Portland and spent the following three years as a music educator with the local non-profit Ethos Music Center. He has volunteered with many local organizations such as Write Around Portland, Lines For Life, and IRCO. Ross completed his Masters of Special Education at Portland State University in Spring 2021. He is originally from Plainfield, Indiana or as some like to call it, “corn country”.
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