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Bonnie Dougherty

Head of School, Lexis Preparatory School

 

Bonnie took over as Head of Lexis Prep School in February, 2010, following a thirty-one year career in the Montgomery County Public School System (MCPS) in Rockville, Maryland. During her career in MCPS, Bonnie was an elementary school principal for 15 years and a program coordinator for the Division of Speech and Language Programs where she oversaw the provision of speech and language services in 60 elementary and secondary schools. In 1978, she also implemented the first speech and language resource program in MCPS at the secondary level where she provided therapeutic and diagnostic services to students in 9th through 12th grades. Prior to working in the public schools, Bonnie taught at two private schools for students with learning disabilities in McLean, Virginia, and in Potomac, Maryland. During Bonnie’s career, she championed a team-oriented and collaborative environment where all students could learn at high levels given equal opportunities and appropriate accommodations. While in MCPS, Bonnie was also the recipient of the 2007 ESOL Principal of the Year Award in MCPS and received Honors of the Division of Speech and Language Programs in 1994. Bonnie holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in New York and a master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She has also completed postgraduate coursework in administration, supervision, leadership training, curriculum development, counseling, and educational law.  When not at Lexis, Bonnie enjoys reading, taking photos, exercising, learning how to cohabitate with the Arizona wildlife and watching her husband fly fish on the Snake River in Idaho.

Jennifer T. Gatt, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Gatt is an Arizona licensed psychologist specializing in children, adolescents and young adults presenting with academic/occupational, social, psychological or adaptive functioning concerns.  Dr. Gatt received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University, after which she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. Her early experience as a school psychologist and subsequent specialization in neuropsychology have led to a broad understanding of educational and medical models. The focus of Dr. Gatt’s work is obtaining a clinical understanding of the presenting condition and then creating a “roadmap” for parents to pursue interventions both privately and within the school setting.  Her goal is to provide evaluations that are comprehensive based on each child’s needs and convey the clinical findings to families using understandable language in a comfortable forum. Dr. Gatt has enjoyed helping students of all ages understand their strengths and potential while also advocating for the accommodations needed in order to help them be successful.  Throughout her career Dr. Gatt has been hired to share her knowledge with public and private schools and families regarding documentation and accommodations for the SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT, and many other professional tests. Dr. Gatt also serves as a consultant to several educational institutions and lectures on child development, learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She has been involved in various professional and community organizations and has served as the treasurer of the Arizona Neuropsychological Society. Special interests include early intervention, learning and processing disorders, “underachieving students,” autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders and attention/regulation deficits. Dr.  Gatt regularly mentors and supervises doctoral students within her practice from surrounding universities.

Joseph A. Gentry, PhD, BCBA-D

Licensed Psychologist

Certified School Psychologist

Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral

Dr. Gentry obtained his doctoral degree from Illinois State University, specializing in consultation, assessment, and developmental disabilities. He completed his pre and post-doctoral fellowships at the May Institute in Massachusetts, working with and evaluating children with Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury and other severe learning challenges.  Dr. Gentry has been working with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families for over 12 years.  In 2009, Dr. Gentry and his wife opened a private practice, Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services serving the metro Phoenix area, as well as other cities and towns throughout Arizona. Specializing in the evaluation of Learning Disabilities, Autism, Behavior Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, the Gentry’s also provide training and consultation to parents and school districts regarding behavioral support planning and IEP development. As a licensed behavior analyst and psychologist in the State of Arizona, Dr. Gentry serves on a number of different non-profit boards, including the Board of Directors of Intermountain Centers for Human Development and the Arizona Autism Charter Schools. When not working, Dr. Gentry loves running and rock climbing and enjoys swimming and roughhousing with his two young daughters.

Dana Herzberg, M.S.

Owner, On-Track Tutoring

Head of School, On-Track Academy

Ms. Herzberg is owner and president of a rapidly growing business, On-Track Tutoring and Family Support Services, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Ms. Herzberg purchased On-Track Tutoring in 1999 with the vision of helping students achieve academic success. Able to overcome her own learning challenges and to recognize her potential through strategic learning approaches and the help of excellent tutors, it is her aspiration that the On-Track tutors and coaches provide the same support to individuals and families struggling at any level. A key factor in the organization’s success is Foundations, a study skills and organization program Ms.  Herzberg created to provide students with tools and strategies required for long-term, independent academic and life success.  Ms. Herzberg earned a master’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on brain-based learning, twice exceptionalities and multisensory curriculum from ASU, where she also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education.  She has been a certified instructor in Elementary Education (K-8), Special  Education (learning disabilities, emotional disabilities and mental retardation,  K-12), and Gifted Education (K-12).  Ms. Herzberg provides educational recommendations on neuropsychological/psych educational evaluations for several Arizona clinicians, educational consulting and advocacy, and is a CHADD group facilitator in the name of Dr. Clare Jones. Ms. Herzberg’s professional affiliations include the Council for Exceptional Children; CHADD (Children and Adults with AD/HD); the International Dyslexia Association; the International Reading Association, and the National Tutoring Association.  Ms. Herzberg resides in Phoenix with her husband, David and son, Nathan.

Jenifer Kasten

Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Decoding Dyslexia Arizona

A former board member of PEN Phoenix, Jenifer is a parent, consultant, and disability rights activist.  She earned her B.A. in government (cum laude and with distinction in all subjects) from Cornell University, studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earned her J.D.  from the Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Jenifer concentrated on civil rights and disability discrimination law and practiced as a student attorney in the area of juvenile justice. She has worked as a legislative analyst in the Washington D.C. office of the California State Department of Education, as a policy associate for the Mental Health Policy Resource Center; as a law clerk for three federal judges; and as a general litigation associate with the Washington D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Currently Jenifer offers consulting services to other parents of children with learning differences and collaborates with several education-related parent groups.  She has served on the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids and is a parent contributor to "LD Insights," the blog of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Daniel B. Kessler, MD

Developmental Pediatrician

Daniel  B. Kessler, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with over 30 years of  experience, serves as medical director of Southwest Human  Development's Children's  Development Center where  he works with a trans disciplinary team to provide comprehensive, integrated care  for young children with developmental and behavioral problems and their  families. Dr. Kessler served as the director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children's Health Center of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for over 21 years. At the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he has an appointment as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.  In 2013, Dr. Kessler received the Phoenix Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes Award in the Physician category and has also been recognized as a "Top Doc" by Phoenix Magazine and nationally in the Best Doctors in America list on multiple occasions.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Pediatrics and Fellowship training in Child Development and Family Violence/Child Abuse at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York and the Children's Hospital in Boston where he trained with noted "Baby Doctor" T. Berry Brazelton.  In addition to his abiding interest in babies and the earliest relationships, Dr. Kessler has expertise in autistic spectrum  disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related  co-morbidities, problems of learning and emotional adjustment, feeding and  self-regulation.  Dr.  Kessler’s private practice, Daniel B. Kessler, M.D. and Associates, where he provides evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents, is located at Southwest Human Development. Dr. Kessler is assisted in his practice by long-term colleague Lynn Aiken, RN, MS, PNP.

Lori Long, PhD, NCSP

Licensed Psychologist

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Dr. Long received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Ohio State University and doctorate in school psychology from Arizona State University. While in graduate school, Dr. Long spent four years working on a grant providing training and support to schools throughout Arizona implementing positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) and taught several courses in PBIS and educational psychology.  Additionally, she gained extensive experience in assessment, therapy, and consultation while working in school districts, an autism center, and a private practice. Dr. Long completed her training with an internship in the Washington Elementary School District and a post-doctoral residency at Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services. Dr. Long is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents ages 2-19 with learning disabilities and dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and giftedness. Dr. Long has published and presented nationally on topics including positive behavior supports, response to intervention, and the educational impact of cancer and other chronic illnesses. She has also served as adjunct faculty at Arizona State University teaching courses on the educational assessment of exceptional children.

Abbey  Ross  

Executive Director, New Way Academy

After   working with students in grades K-12 with learning differences for several   years, Abbey Ross has eagerly taken on her newest role as Executive Director of New Way Academy.   A graduate of the University of Oregon, Mrs. Ross received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political  Science before she joined Teach for America, a nationally acclaimed and  highly selective teaching program.  While a member of Teach  for America, Mrs. Ross taught 8th grade for two years at Dysart  Elementary in El Mirage, Arizona, where she developed a comprehensive  academic support program for students with learning differences in  preparation for AIMS testing.  After her Teach for America teaching commitment,    Ross began teaching at New Way Academy, where she saw firsthand the need for a post-secondary support program for college students with learning differences.    She spent two years leading the development and design of the Bridgeway College Success Program, which currently serves Valley students that attend local colleges.  Most recently, Mrs. Ross has transitioned into the Executive Director role at New Way.   With a campus expansion complete, Ross is committed to providing every opportunity imaginable for students with learning differences

Anita Werner, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner and President, Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists

Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Werner is the founder of Pediatric Speech and Language Specialists, in Scottsdale, AZ.  She brings over 24 years of extensive clinical experience to the practice and is widely recognized for her work in speech and   language therapy.  A frequent lecturer and consultant, she has extensive experience diagnosing and providing speech therapy for children, working to better educate parents, supporting teachers and interfacing with pediatricians.  Some of her other honors include:

  • Master of Science, summa cum laude Southern Methodist University    
  • Bachelor  of Science, cum laude Arizona State University
  • Certificate  of Clinical Competency in Speech Pathology, American Speech/Language/Hearing  Association (ASHA)
  • Member  of the American Academy Private Practice in Speech Pathology  (AAPPSP)
  • Member  Arizona Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA)
  • Ms.  Werner specializes in pediatric speech and language disorders; she has received several Continuing Education Certificates awarded thus far in her career.

 

  

Jenifer Kasten

Jenifer is a parent, consultant, policy analyst, and disability rights activist. She earned her B.A. degree in government (cum laude and with Distinction in all Subjects) from Cornell University, studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earned her J.D degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Jenifer concentrated on civil rights and disability discrimination law and practiced as a student attorney in the area of juvenile justice, representing children in delinquency proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She has worked as a legislative analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of the California State Department of Education and for the Mental Health Policy Resource Center; as a law clerk for three federal judges; and as a general litigation associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Currently Jenifer offers consulting services to other parents of children with learning differences; serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit, parent-based organization; and collaborates with several education-related, parent groups.  She brings to the Board years of experience navigating complex educational and medical systems, an intellectual fascination with the science of learning, and a natural inclination to foster positive relationships and build community.

Jenifer Kasten

Jenifer is a parent, consultant, policy analyst, and disability rights activist. She earned her B.A. degree in government (cum laude and with Distinction in all Subjects) from Cornell University, studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earned her J.D degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Jenifer concentrated on civil rights and disability discrimination law and practiced as a student attorney in the area of juvenile justice, representing children in delinquency proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She has worked as a legislative analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of the California State Department of Education and for the Mental Health Policy Resource Center; as a law clerk for three federal judges; and as a general litigation associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Currently Jenifer offers consulting services to other parents of children with learning differences; serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit, parent-based organization; and collaborates with several education-related, parent groups.  She brings to the Board years of experience navigating complex educational and medical systems, an intellectual fascination with the science of learning, and a natural inclination to foster positive relationships and build community.

Jenifer Kasten

Jenifer is a parent, consultant, policy analyst, and disability rights activist. She earned her B.A. degree in government (cum laude and with Distinction in all Subjects) from Cornell University, studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earned her J.D degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Jenifer concentrated on civil rights and disability discrimination law and practiced as a student attorney in the area of juvenile justice, representing children in delinquency proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She has worked as a legislative analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of the California State Department of Education and for the Mental Health Policy Resource Center; as a law clerk for three federal judges; and as a general litigation associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Currently Jenifer offers consulting services to other parents of children with learning differences; serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit, parent-based organization; and collaborates with several education-related, parent groups.  She brings to the Board years of experience navigating complex educational and medical systems, an intellectual fascination with the science of learning, and a natural inclination to foster positive relationships and build community.

Jenifer is a parent, consultant, policy analyst, and disability rights activist. She earned her B.A. degree in government (cum laude and with Distinction in all Subjects) from Cornell University, studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and earned her J.D degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.  In law school, Jenifer concentrated on civil rights and disability discrimination law and practiced as a student attorney in the area of juvenile justice, representing children in delinquency proceedings in the District of Columbia Superior Court. She has worked as a legislative analyst in the Washington, D.C. office of the California State Department of Education and for the Mental Health Policy Resource Center; as a law clerk for three federal judges; and as a general litigation associate with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Dickstein,Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP.  Currently Jenifer offers consulting services to other parents of children with learning differences; serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids, an Arizona nonprofit, parent-based organization; and collaborates with several education-related, parent groups.  She brings to the Board years of experience navigating complex educational and medical systems, an intellectual fascination with the science of learning, and a natural inclination to foster positive relationships and build community.

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