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Professional Advisory Board

NCLD's Professional Advisory Board (PAB) includes leading educators, psychologists, researchers, physicians, and advocates. The PAB guides NCLD program activity and advises the staff and Board of Directors on educational needs, program opportunities, public policy development, and strategic planning.



Donald D. Deshler, PhD
Director, Center for Research on Learning
University of Kansas

Vice Chairman

Judy Elliott, PhD
Former Chief Academic Officer
Los Angeles Unified School District


George Batsche, PhD
Professor and Co-Director, Institute for School Reform
University of South Florida

Debra Jennings
Executive Co-Director
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
Laura Breeden
Davis and Chapman Career Management and
Outplacement Firm
Joanne Karger, JD, EdD
Policy Analyst & Research Scientist
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Katherine Brodie, Esq.
Director of Government and Legal Affairs
Career College Association
Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
Tamu Lucero, EdD
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Stamford Public Schools
Mary Brownell, PhD
Professor, Special Education
University of Florida
College of Education
Margaret J. McLaughlin, PhD
Assoc. Dean, College of Education
University of Maryland

David Chard, PhD
Dean, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Southern Methodist University

Karen J. Miller, MD
Tufts Medical Center
Center for Children with Special Needs
Bob Cunningham
LD Programs Advisor, Poses Family Foundation
Former Head of School, The Gateway Schools
Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann, EdD
Co-President and Director of Research
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Louis Danielson, PhD
Managing Director
American Institutes for Research

Colleen Riley
Director, Early Childhood, Special Education & Title Services
Kansas State Department of Education

James Paul Gee, PhD
Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies
Arizona State University

Brenda Taylor
Deputy of Specialized Instructional Services
The School District of Philadelphia
Susan Gorin
Executive Director
National Association of School Psychologists
Martha Thurlow, PhD
National Center on Educational Outcomes

Noel Gregg, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor & Interim Associate Dean of Research
University of Georgia

Matthew Wicks
Vice President, State Relations & Legislative Policy
Connections Education

Tom Hehir, EdD
Professor of Practice
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Honorary Professional Advisory Board Members

Stevan Kukic, PhD
Director, School Transformation
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Mark J. Griffin, PhD
Former Headmaster
Eagle Hill School
Betty Osman, PhD
Child & Adolescent Service
White Plains Hospital Medical Center