Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

Carolee Dean, Albuquerque, NM

Carolee Dean is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with students of all age groups, and  is currently moving to the Denver area.  Carolee is an award-winning (IRA and YALSA) young adult author. Her third novel, FORGET ME NOT, explores cyber bullying and suicide and was released this past fall.  She served as the branch NEWSwida editor prior to assuming the Presidency when Cathleen Tomlinson had to step down due to health problems.  Carolee will serve as president through December 2017.

Claudia Gutierrez, Albuquerque, NM
Vice President

Claudia Gutierrez currently serves as the Special Education Director of Student Achievement for Albuquerque Public Schools. She oversees the Special Education Department units of Assistive Technology, Universal Design for Learning, and Reading, Writing and Math Services. Her experience in supporting students with dyslexia has been as a teacher and tutor, and as a trainer of Orton-Gillingham based methodology for published programs. She has a passion for helping students become successful in reading, but also learning to utilize tools to help them be successful in their careers.

Claudia will serve as President of SWIDA for the 2018 year, completing Carolee Dean’s second term. 


Martha Steger, Taos, NM
Recording Secretary

Martha Steger is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, recently retired from the Penasco Schools. Previous to that she worked for over a decade with Taos Municipal Schools.  Martha served as SWIDA President from 2007-2009; in returning to the Board, she served as the Scholarship Committee Chairperson until taking on the job of Conference 2015 Chair. Martha has a private practice; she also works for Anansi Charter School in Taos.


Erin Brown, Albuquerque, NM
Corresponding Secretary

Erin Brown is a Certified Academic Language Therapist now in private practice. Erin has worked as a classroom teacher, a Reading Interventionist, and a Math Recovery Specialist for Albuquerque Public Schools. She is currently in training to become an instructor for the Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM.

Erin has served as the Chair of SWIDA’s annual conferences since 2016.


Cammie Archuleta, Las Cruces, NM

Cammie Archuleta graduated with a double major: a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management from New Mexico State University (NMSU).  While at NMSU, she was awarded the 2005 SWIDA college scholarship. For  a four years she worked for a public accounting firm auditing New Mexico state agencies before moving to Las Cruces where she is Finance Director of NM State University.

Steven Sanchez, Ph.D., Las Cruces, NM
Board Representative

Steven Sanchez, a classroom teacher for 23 years, recently retired as the Deputy Superintendent for the Las Cruces Public Schools. Dr. Sánchez also serves on the NMSU Board of Advocates for the College of Education and the New Mexico North Central Association Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Steve now chairs the  Multisensory Training Committee which will be organizing mini-conferences throughout the SWIDA region.

Directors at Large

Sara Blair, Arroyo Hondo, NM

Sara Blair is a Certified Academic Language Therapist in the Taos, New Mexico, area. She received her BA in Sociology from Hanover College, Indiana. She completed her MA at New Mexico Highlands University. She then finalized her CALT training in 1999 and became a Certified Academic Language Therapist with ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association) in 2000. She worked as a Special Education teacher for close to 25 years for the Taos Municipal Schools. After retiring, she now works part-time as a CALT therapist/tutor at the Taos Academy Charter School. She is a SWIDA (Southwest International Dyslexia Association) Board member, serving as the Scholarship Chairperson.

Douglas Cox, Albuquerque. Doug recently retired and is an experienced Certified Public Accountant.  He has served on several boards (ARCA, NMACI, NMSCPA) as a committee chair as well as a treasurer.  He is currently serving on the Budget Committee.


Tara DeBuck, Albuquerque, NM

Tara became involved with SWIDA when her youngest son was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia in 2011. Originally from California, she has volunteered for a variety of charitable organizations assisting women and children in several states. Pairing that experience with her education in English, Tara serves as a member of the conference committee.

Sue Fitzmaurice, Las Cruces. Sue served as a very active SWIDA Board Member from 1998-2001 and then from 2004-2008.  She is an SLP and CALT who practiced in Albuquerque before moving to Las Cruces.  Recently retired, Sue is ready to serve again and is most interested in “working toward the development of training programs in our institutions of higher learning in New Mexico.”  She’s a frequent guest speaker at NMSU and would like to help SWIDA develop “guest speaker” service.



Gina Hawryluk, Arroyo Seco, NM

Gina Hawryluk has been affiliated with SWIDA and its members since 2005, when her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. She has spent the past twelve years as a board member for a non-profit organization that supports outdoor education for children in Northern New Mexico.  With a background in financial planning, Gina is the chair of the Budget Committee as well as the chair of the Exhibitor/Advertising Committee.


Mary Poirier Gilroy, San Cristobal, NM

Mary Poirier Gilroy taught secondary level students with dyslexia for Taos Municipal Schools from 1989 through 2011.  A nationally Certified Academic Language Therapist and Qualified Instructor through ALTA, she is an instructor with the  Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM and provides dyslexia therapy services as a volunteer at UNM-Taos Adult Learning Center.  She is the Technology Outreach Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, the NEWSwida editor, and the Historian.

Amy Miller, Santa Fe, NM

Amy Miller has taught English, reading, writing, theory of knowledge, and study skills on the elementary, middle, high school, and college levels for twenty years.  Amy is a nationally Certified Academic Language Practitioner through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and is also a certified multi-sensory language teacher through the International Multi-Sensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC). She is a trainer for the SEE Multi-Sensory Language Teaching Program through Shelton School in Dallas. Amy is the Executive Director of The May Center for Learning.


Tamara Ogilvie, Silver City, NM

Tamara Ogilvie lives and works in the Silver City area of New Mexico. She is the Lead Instructor for and a co-founder of The Learning Center for Dyslexia and Academic Success, a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization that serves Grant County.   Tamara also serves as an adjunct faculty instructor for Western New Mexico University, teaching in the areas of Reading, Special Education, and Early Childhood Education.  She has recently licensed as an educational diagnostician.  Tamara is passionate about helping people with dyslexia and has experienced working with them as a mother, employer, teacher, and therapy provider.

Katrina Radosevich Gallegos, Clovis, NM

Katrina Radosevich Gallegos teaches early intervention children (3-4 years old) in a Learning to Learn classroom in Clovis, NM. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, graduating with honors in Early Childhood Education. She later completed a Masters Degree in Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum through Lesley University. Dyslexic herself, Katrina brings to SWIDA a deep understanding of the strengths and challenges of individuals with dyslexia. She currently serves as the chairperson of the Membership Committee and handles the Fundraising table at our annual conferences.


Glenda Rodriguez, Las Cruces, NM

Glenda Rodriguez is the Executive Special Education Director for the Las Cruces Public Schools. During her span of 37 years, she has served as an elementary, secondary, and special education teacher, educational diagnostician, and special education coordinator. Glenda has also served on the New Mexico School for the Deaf Task Force, and has received several state grants to support children with Autism.

Steven Sanchez, Ph.D., Las Cruces, NM

Steven Sanchez, a classroom teacher for 23 years, recently retired as the Deputy Superintendent for the Las Cruces Public Schools. Dr. Sánchez also serves on the NMSU Board of Advocates for the College of Education and the New Mexico North Central Association Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. Steve now chairs the  Multisensory Training Committee which will be organizing mini-conferences throughout the SWIDA region.

Amy Stanton, Santa Fe, NM

Amy Stanton began her career working in rehabilitation settings with children, teens and adults with mental health disorders. After eight years working in mental health, she earned a teaching certificate and became a first grade teacher. Today, Amy is a nationally certified multi-sensory language teacher through ALTA and IMSLEC, and she is certified in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk through Shelton
School in Dallas. Amy is committed to helping children with learning differences experience education in a rewarding and meaningful way. She is a teacher at The May Center for Learning.


Michelle Wick, Albuquerque, NM

Michelle Wick is a kindergarten teacher at Manzano Day School in Albuquerque, NM. She holds a masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Arizona. She has served in early childhood and elementary classrooms for 20 years as a special education and regular education teacher in New Mexico and Arizona.

Chamisa Roehrig
Administrative Assistant

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Trish Aragon, Albuquerque,  has a Masters in Special Education and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. She began her career initially as a special education teacher and then a general education teacher. Her interest in reading instruction, led her to return to school to complete a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.  Currently, she works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in the schools with the Central Regional Educational Cooperative. She is working on completing her hours in order to certify as an Academic Language Therapist.  She’s a proven hard worker and well-organized.  


Angelia Henderson (Angie), Taos, is a nationally certified Academic Language Therapist working at Taos High School and in private practice  in Northern New Mexico. Certified by the Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM, she has degrees in Journalism/Mass Communication and Special Education. Angelia holds New Mexico licenses in Elementary and Special Education. She has taught at therapeutic boarding schools, in the northern pueblo day schools, and middle school in Taos.  Angie has already presented Dyslexia 102 at two SWIDA annual conferences, as well as co-presented at the recent Taos event.

In the past, she has served on the Anansi Day School and Acacia Community School boards. She attended board meetings, discussed and decided on budgetary items, facility and infrastructure, faculty, non-profit status, organization memberships and responsibilities.


Jose I. Maes, Las Cruces, is currently the administrator for the Behavioral Intervention Classroom Program for the Las Cruces Public Schools. He has been a bilingual educational diagnostician for over 11 years and has serviced students from all parts of the state. Mr. Maes has been heavily involved with research, assessment and services for students with Dyslexia. Mr. Maes has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, a Masters degree in Special Education and Educational Diagnostics, and also a Masters degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Maes’ research interests include literacy development in young children, special and early childhood education, behavioral interventions, and assessment and implementation of intervention programs for students at risk for academic failure. Mr. Maes is one of eight administrators in LCPS implementing Restorative Practices in his program.


Daniel Shanley, Albuquerque,  has been an English Language Arts Teacher at Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1999.  He earned his Bachelor of Science at the Indiana University School of Education with a major in English, and in 2004 he became a National Board Certified Teacher.  Although he teaches general education classes in American literature, film as literature, and Shakespeare, every year he has students with a variety of disabilities and particular needs, and he has learned to make adaptations to his coursework for each individual, especially those involving technology, while maintaining high standards for all his students.  In February 2016 he presented for the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA) in Albuquerque, and in November 2012 for the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE) conference in Scottsdale about the impact of Bookshare in the general education environment.


Megan Shanley, Albuquerque,  is an Occupational Therapist and RESNA-certified Assistive Technology Practitioner who graduated from Indiana University’s Occupational Therapy Program in 1998 and now works for the Universal Design for Learning team for Albuquerque Public Schools and Southwest Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health.  Megan is experienced in Assistive Technology evaluations and treatment for individuals with disabilities.  She has presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver, the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE) conference in Scottsdale, West Texas A&M University’s Distinguished Speaker Series, the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (SWIDA) and the New Mexico Technology Assistance Program (NMTAP) on multiple occasions, and on several webinars for Atomic Learning, and she conducts Assistive Technology trainings throughout the southwest.  A self-professed “geek” and a Dyslexic who uses Assistive Technology herself, she has a unique understanding of the power and challenges of integrating AT into everyday life.




Board meetings are held on Saturdays, usually at the SWIDA office, 3915 Carlisle NE.   SWIDA members are welcome to attend these board meetings as observers.  Call the SWIDA office (505-255-8234) if interested. Some of our hardest working Board Members were guests who came to volunteer their services.

  • January 27, 2018
  • Annual General Meeting February 24, 2018
  • April 7, 2018
  • August 25, 2018
  • October 20, 2018
  • December 1, 2018

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