Board of Directors – Executive Committee
Claudia Gutierrez, Albuquerque, NM
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.
Erin Brown, Albuquerque, NM
Erin Brown is a Dyslexia Therapist and Certified Academic Language Therapist who works in private-practice in Albuquerque, NM. As a dyslexia specialist and experienced educator, Erin has trained in a variety of researched-based programs and techniques related to structured literacy.
Erin serves as an instructor for the Multisensory Language Training of NM, where she works with dyslexia therapists in-training. She also provides dyslexia presentations and workshops to public and private schools, parent groups and other organizations.
In addition to numerous other roles, Erin has served as the Chair of SWIDA’s annual conferences since 2016.
Amy Stanton, Santa Fe, NM NM
Amy 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.
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.
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.
Board Representative: to be appointed by president
Zoe Ann Alvarez, Albuquerque, has been an educator for 23 years, teaching at the elementary and middle school levels in both Special Education and Co-Teaching positions. She is currently the district reading specialist for Albuquerque Public Schools, providing professional development in the areas of Structured Literacy, Reading, and English language arts for both general and special education teachers. Among her accomplishments, Zoe is a Wilson Language Trainer and a Certified Wilson Language Therapist. She has presented at a number of conferences, including SWIDA, NICHD, and the Council for Learning Disabilities. Zoe is on the advisory board for New Mexico Highlands University, where she teaches graduate level reading courses through a partnership program between APS and NMHU.
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.
Sara (Sally) Blair, Arroyo Hondo, 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.
Sue Fitzmaurice, M.S., CCC-SLP,CALT,QI, Las Cruces, is a licensed speech/language pathologist and a dyslexia specialist, currently working with children and adults with dyslexia through her private practice in Las Cruces. She holds certifications through the Academic Language Therapy Association as an academic language therapist (CALT) and as a teacher trainer and trainer of dyslexia therapists (QI). Sue has over 25 years of experience working with children with speech, language, and reading disorders, including dyslexia, and she is experienced as a teacher trainer and clinical supervisor in post secondary settings. Sue re-joined the SWIDA Board in 2017, having served previously as an Albuquerque resident. She is strongly committed to disseminating information about dyslexia and reading deficits and to bridging the gap between research and practice in the public schools and in college and university teacher training programs.
Montine Gibbons, Albuquerque is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Academic Language Therapist in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked as an SLP in the Albuquerque Public Schools for 20 years and as a CALT, providing private dyslexia therapy, for 9 years. Prior to rejoining the Board in 2019, Montine served on the Advisory Council after 8 years on the SWIDA Board of Directors as Newsletter Chair, Technology Outreach Chair, Conference Committee Chair, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President and President.
Montine is the current Conference 2019 Chair, a job she has held multiple times.
Gina Hawryluk, Arroyo Seco, 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 and Finance Committee after serving several years as the chair of the Exhibitor/Advertising Committee.
Mary Poirier Gilroy, San Cristobal, 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 maintains a small private practice. She served on the SWIDA Board from 1993-2004 in many capacities, including President from 2001-2003. Mary rejoined the Board in 2009. Currently she is the Technology Outreach Committee Chair, out-going Nominating Committee Chair, the NEWSwida editor, and the Historian.
Angelia (Angie) Henderson, 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. She is the Exhibitor/Advertizing Chair for the 2019 conference.
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.
Amy Miller, Santa Fe, 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.a deep understanding of the strengths and challenges of individuals with dyslexia.
Tawnya Yates, Albuquerque, is a Certified Academic Language Therapist who attended the Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM after the enactment of HB 230, New Mexico’s “dyslexia law.” She has worked as a reading interventionist in the Albuquerque Public Schools, serving students with dyslexia in both general and special education settings. While in this role, she taught teachers to observe students’ reading behaviors and analyze assessments in order to determine instructional steps. She currently supports special education teachers, helping them understand the reading research of effective instruction for reading acquisition. Tawnya’s goal is to influence teachers’ perceptions of students with dyslexia so that they see the potential within their students to comprehend and participate in lessons utilizing complex grade level text.
BOARD MEETINGS in 2019
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 26, 2019
- Annual General Meeting at the Conference, February 22, 2019
- April 6, 2019
- August 24, 2019
- October 19, 2019
- December 7, 2019
Would you like to be considered for a Board position in the future? If so, please CLICK HERE for a Nominee Information form.
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