PRESIDENT: Barb Langeloh, MA, ET/P
Barb is an educational therapist and consultant. She has an M.A. in Special Education from Santa Clara University as well as bachelors and masters degrees from Biola University. Barb has been in in private practice for the past 30 years, is a past president of the Northern California Branch of IDA, and former Region Representative of IDA's Pacific Region.
Treasurer: Stephanie Funk
Stephanie has always had a passion for education! She received her B. A. and teaching credential from Cal State, Long Beach and taught Kindergarten and 4th grade in Long Beach USD. Stephanie began her career at Lindamood-Bell in 2011 where She is currently the Executive Center Director of the Pacific Palisades and Santa Barbara Learning Centers.
SECRETARY: Grace Brown, MA
Grace is a learning specialist working with highly intelligent, college bound students with learning disabilities and AD/HD. She has a B.A. in Classics and Fine Arts from Harvard University and an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. Grace has worked for over 22 years in middle and high schools across the United States and abroad as a learning specialist. She also has worked in inner-city academic enrichment programs and provided professional development to teachers in the United States, South Korea, and South Africa. Currently, she works at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, as the school’s first learning specialist.
Immediate past President: mara wiesen, ma, et/p
Mara Wiesen is an educational therapist in private practice in Santa Monica. A native New Yorker, she received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Masters in Special Education from CSUN. She specializes in helping students with Dyslexia and early reading acquisition and consults with schools to facilitate the early identification of students with reading difficulties. She is passionate about keeping abreast of research and its implications for intervention.
Debra attended California State University Northridge where she received her BA in Liberal Studies. She spent the next seventeen years as a financial consultant.
Debra served as past president of the Park Century School Parent Association as well as Chair of Annual Giving. She is a Sustainer of the Junior League of Los Angeles, is a member of their Leadership Legacy Circle, sits on the ‘LLCs’ Executive Council and as the Secretary. As a mother, daughter, sister, cousin and niece of a dyslectic she has become quite energized by the need to advocate.
Emma Greenbaum Nationally Board Certified Learning Specialist, MA, ET/A, Dyslexia Practitioner
As a learning specialist and certified dyslexia practitioner, Emma began her career in 2003 after graduating from Indiana University with a dual degree in elementary and special education. She was hired as a learning specialist for a public school in the city of Chicago. Go Cubs go! During that time, she achieved the National Board Certification (NBCT) in Exceptional Learning and earned two masters degrees in education administration and curriculum instruction and design.
She is currently in the private practice as an educational therapist and the founder of TLC-Thriving Learners Co. on the west side of Los Angeles.
Jane lord, ba hons; lpc
Jane is from the northeast of England and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Policy from The University of Warwick, England. She went on to study law practiced as an Entertainment and Media lawyer. Since arriving in LA, Jane has volunteered as an attorney at Learning Rights Law Center (and also sits on the Advisory Council), a legal services non-profit that fights for a child’s right to education. Through personal family experience of dyslexia, Jane has become a passionate advocate for students who struggle to read, believing strongly that all children have a right to learn.
Nikki Young Lebow
Nikki is the parent of a dyslexic student and dyslexic herself. She serves on the Advisory Board of Miriam House and the Board of the Open Temple in Venice. She is also Past President of the Park Century School Parent Association.
jeri rochman, J.D, MS
Jeri began her career as an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and became involved in the field of education when her now adult children started school. After earning a Masters Degree in School Counseling in 2004, Jeri joined Westmark as the School Counselor from 2004 - 2016. In 2016, Jeri opened her private practice as a Parenting Educator in addition to part time work as a Life Skills Coach with The Help Group’s Advance LA program. She is a National Board Certified Counselor, a Certified Parent Educator, and a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line. Jeri is delighted to be the facilitator for the IDA-LA San Fernando Valley Parent Group as she is passionate about empowering parents to feel confident in their ability to support their children’s academic journey.
Megan Jensen, MA
Megan Jensen directs a USDOE-funded professional development program for the Literacy Design Collaborative. Her work supports 60 LAUSD schools in creating assignments to develop student literacy skills in all content areas. Megan has worked in Los Angeles as a reading interventionist for students with learning differences in grades K-12, both in school and clinical settings. Under a Fulbright grant, she worked with a South African high school to develop its on-campus library and literacy programming. She holds a B.A. in English from UCLA, and an M.A. in International and Comparative Education with a specialization in Literacy and Language Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jennifer Kalan, MA, ET/P
Jen, an educational therapist since 2001, received her master’s degree in learning disabilities from Northwestern University. She works with children with a variety of learning differences and currently has a private practice in Agoura Hills. Jen specializes in early intervention for reading disorders and strives to remediate her client’s learning challenges while enhancing self-esteem.
Elizabeth Lutsky, MA, ET/PPast President, IDALA
Elizabeth, a Chicago native, received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and went on to earn her Masters degree in learning disabilities from Northwestern University. Over the past 11 years, Elizabeth has worked in private practice as an educational therapist helping children with learning disabilities develop the skills and strategies needed to overcome their learning challenges. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked in various educational settings as a special education teacher, learning specialist, and reading coach. Elizabeth enjoys helping her clients understand their strengths and challenges as they strive to become confident, independent, life-long learners.
Wendy Schall, MA, CCC/SLP
Wendy received her undergraduate degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Masters degree in Communication Disorders from Northwestern University. She has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for over 30 years and has a private practice in Santa Monica, California. She currently serves on the Board of The School of Communication at Northwestern University. Wendy specializes in working with children with articulation, fluency and language disorders.