Board of Directors

Nancy Roberson, Board President

Nancy Roberson, President of the Board of Directors for Teach My Kid To Read (TMKTR), provides leadership to TMKTR as it transitions from a newly formed 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization into a sustainable global entity.  Nancy has had a life-long passion for education as her first job out of college was a junior high school teacher.  She believes “reading” is at the foundation of all life-long learning, and that reading should be taught so that all children learn to read.  Nancy is an engaged, energetic leader focused on TMKTR’s mission and its overall management. Nancy has spent most of her career in the educational publishing and lifelong learning sectors where she has served in key leadership and executive roles at major companies including AMA/AMACOM, Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Williams & Wilkins (Wolters-Kluwer), Scott/Foresman (Pearson), and Mosby (Elsevier). Read more…

Faith Borkowsky, Board of Directors

Faith Borkowsky is the founder of High Five Literacy and Academic Coaching and the author of Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention.  With thirty years’ experience as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and private tutor, she has seen first-hand what truly works. Ms. Borkowsky is a Certified Wilson and IDA Dyslexia Practitioner, is Orton-Gillingham trained, and has extensive training and experience in a number of other research-based, peer-reviewed programs that have produced positive gains for students with Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and a host of other learning difficulties. Read more...

Tara French, Board of Directors

Tara French is a big believer in the power of the written word and is passionate about everyone having the ability to read, no matter what obstacles they must overcome. Tara received her BA from Ohio University in Creative Writing, where she also took graduate level courses in Reading as well as Computers in the Classroom. Having parlayed that degree into many years as a successful writer, she later became a publishing sales professional. She acquired an MA in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix as she realized that as important as books are, technology is equally important in ensuring learning goals are met. Currently, she is pursuing an MA in Ethical Leadership while working full-time at GE as a Senior Technical Writer. She is active in her community, has been involved with fund-raising and after receiving extensive Board training from the United Way, she is eager to parlay her writing and relationship-management skills into helping to build TMKTR.

Pam Fuller, Board of Directors

Pam’s career has been in higher education publishing, imagining and developing resources that address the learning needs of all students in college, including those who struggle with learning disabilities. Many students continue to struggle with dyslexia while enrolled in college, and instructors are challenged to support their needs. Currently an educational consultant, Pam developed educational resources at Harcourt College Publishing, Thomson, Cengage and Pearson. She earned a Graduate Certificate in Online Learning from the University of Wisconsin in 2013. Pam Fuller experienced the struggle that children with learning disabilities have through her daughter, who struggled through elementary, middle school, high school, and college, and carries the stigma as an adult. Pam experienced the pain, frustration, and helplessness as a parent. Read more…

Sheila Healy, Board of Directors

After earning a B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Sheila moved to New York City to undertake a consultant position with the United Nations. She began her work in state government in the International Division of the New York State Department of Commerce (now called the Department of Economic Development) before being recruited to join the New York State Public Management Intern program in Albany. She worked for the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor before moving to the Division of the Budget to prepare policy papers for the Governor Carey/Governor Cuomo transition team and then to work on public authority financing, capital budgeting, and later health and social development issues.

Susan Simpfenderfer, Board of Directors

Susan Simpfenderfer is no stranger to reading challenges. Her oldest child is dyslexic, and while trying to help her daughter, she discovered her husband is dyslexic. The knowledge and resources available to her daughter were very limited and nonexistent when her husband grew up in the 60s and 70s. As a result, she is an impassioned Board Member and is excited about the direction and goals of TMKTR. Susan has two undergraduate degrees from Rutgers and has worked in educational publishing since 1985. For the last 16 years, she’s owned and is founder of a small edutech content company that provides educational content to the major educational publishers in the US.

Tiana Wyrick, Board of Directors

Tiana Wyrick, Treasurer and interim Secretary of the Board of Directors. Tiana has spent 12 years in public health driving change through partnership building and facilitating collaborations. Tiana has extensive experience in identifying key partners to implement evidence-based strategies to improve key project outcomes. This experience includes contract management and budget development and management. Tiana has an Associates in Applied Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse from Maria College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the State University of NY.

Advisors

David B. Giminiani, CPA, PLLC

Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq.