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.
Martha Steger, Taos, NM
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.
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.
Amy Stanton, Board Representative (see below)
Trish Aragon, Albuquerque, NM
Trish 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 Blair, Arroyo Hondo, NM
Sally 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.
Carolee Dean, Denver, CO
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.
Sue Fitzmaurice, M.S., CCC-SLP,CALT,QI Las Cruces, NM
Sue 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.
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, SWIDA President (2001-2003), 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 served on the SWIDA Board from 1993-2004, and then rejoined in 2009. Currently she is the Technology Outreach Committee Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, the NEWSwida editor, and the Historian.
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.
José I. Maes, Las Cruces
José 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.
Amy Miller, Santa Fe, NM
Amy 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 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 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.
Amy Stanton, Santa Fe, 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.
On the Ballot for 2019 – Two New Nominees
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.
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 2018
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
Proposed Board Meetings for 2019
- January 26, 2019
- Annual General Meeting 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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