Ross Faulkenberg, President
Ross is currently a Portland State University student, pursuing his Masters in Special Education. He is also the Admissions Coordinator at Ethos. He volunteers with many local organizations such as Write Around Portland, Lines For Life, IRCO, and Piano.Push.Play. Ross is passionate about improving literacy and dyslexia coursework for pre-service teachers. Ross recently completed Orton-Gillingham training and is currently doing his practicum.
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
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 journies with dyslexia. She is passionate about showing kids that dyslexia is a true advantage for them. Tracy is the founder of the Decoding Dyslexia Kids Network.
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.
Lisa Lyon, MPH, Founder & Community Outreach Director
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.
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.
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