Board and Staff Members
Board of Directors
President: Alison Brindle
Past President: Diane Vandenbossche, HDSB SEAC rep.
Vice-President: Christa Keating-McKay
Director: Maureen Pangan
Director: Tim Hewitson, HWCDSB SEAC rep.
Director: Francesca Rollo
Director: Tammy Beattie, HCDSB SEAC rep.
Katie Jacobs, BA, MA
Katie’s background is in Child and Youth Development, having obtained both a Bachelor of Arts degree (2012) and a Master of Arts degree (2014) in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University. She had a special interest in Special Education prior to attending post-secondary, and during her time studying at Brock University, Katie’s undergraduate and graduate research focused on Learning Disabilities; specifically the social-emotional component. Katie both volunteered and partnered with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR) during this time; having participated in the Reading Rocks program as a tutor and research assistant, partnering with them for her research projects and facilitating an after school program she had created which was offered through the United Way of Niagara. It was her relationship with the LDANR that introduced her to the world of the Learning Disabilities Associations.
Katie joined the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton in August 2014 where she was appointed to the Board of Directors; specifically serving on the program committee. In August 2015, she became the Executive Director, providing leadership and overall management of the organization by overseeing all programs and services in accordance with the mission statement of the Association.
Katie is passionate about the field of Learning Disabilities and highly motivated to support children, youth, and adults with Learning Disabilities as well as their families.
Erica joined the organization in early 2018 and oversees our Operations and Human Resources functions. Dedicated to the success of our programs and support services, she is accountable for the resources that our members and the community at large depend on, and acts as the first point of contact for many who come to our association looking for assistance and support.
Previously Erica spent time in the nonprofit sector supporting the Human Resources and volunteer recruitment strategies at a number nonprofit organizations in both the USA and Canada. She also brings with her 15 years in the Corporate (for profit) sector working as a Senior Specialist and Manager within Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and Training & Development. She is passionate about volunteer work and giving back to the community.
Debbie Levy-Stock, BA, BEd, ECE, Certified OG
Certified Orton-Gillingham Tutor
Debbie joined the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton as a parent and volunteer in 1998. The organization was instrumental in providing support to be an effective advocate. In 2003 she received training organized by the organization in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a research based methodology. Since then she obtained certification through the Orton-Gillingham Academy and has been working in the tutorial program as an instructor helping students to become accomplished in all areas of language and at the same time discussing students’ needs and progress with parents and educators.
Debbie has over 30 years of experience working with children and is a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators and the Ontario College of Teachers. Debbie is a certified Member of the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Educators and Practitioners and, she is dedicated to equity and skill development for students with learning disabilities.
Afshan Parvaiz, BA, Associate OG
Associate Orton-Gillingham Tutor
Afshan has been associated with the Learning Disabilities of Halton-Hamilton since 2004 providing one on one tutoring.
Afshan has over thirty years of teaching experience in primary and secondary schools covering a wide variety of subjects including English Language, English Literature, World History, Science, Maths etc. She spent three years in UK (1998-2001) going back to school to study GCSE courses in English and Mathematics. While in the UK she pursued and completed a one year Certification Course in Special Needs (Dyslexia) from John Hunt Institute, accredited with Oxford/Cambridge Universities and Royal Society of Arts (UK). Afshan completed a Diploma in Dyslexia from Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in London, UK.
She moved to Canada in early 2002 as a landed immigrant and is now a Canadian Citizen. She has a working knowledge of Orton-Gillingham, Hornsby and Hickey methodologies in supporting children with learning disabilities (Dyslexia). Afshan is an Associate of the Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory approach, having completed her Associate level coursework (60 hours) and her supervised practicum.