The Blosser Center Staff

 Executive Director:  Lynn Allmeyer

 

Supervising Fellow:   Karen K. Leopold, MS Ed

Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • Accredited Training Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Certified Dyslexia Therapist, International Dyslexia Association
  • Permanent Certification, New York State Department of Education
  • Orton-Gillingham Teacher Training and Private Tutoring since 1993
  • Supervising Fellow for numerous private academies for 10 years
  • Multisensory Language consultant and teacher for 10 years
  • Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, Board member and Information, Outreach and Communications Director since 2011
  • Author of The Student Notebook I (Basic) and II (Advanced)
  • Co-author of Learning Cursive, Learning Print, and Conquering Spelling Demons I and II

Clinical Supervisor: Leslie Dale B.A.

Certified Member, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • Associate course instructor
  • Associate course designer
  • Practitioner in the Orton-Gillingham Approach since 1999
  • Over thirty years experience as a classroom teacher in public schools grades 2 through 6
  • Current teaching license in Oregon and Washington
  • Parent of dyslexic who has earned a Master’s Degree

Fellow-in-training: Lynn Lamping, M. Ed.

Certified Member, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • Licensed Special Education Teacher
  • Associate Course Instructor
  • Certified Course Instructor
  • Practitioner in the Orton-Gillingham Approach since 2010
  • Perform Pre & Post Testing for students using O-G Approach
  • Assess students for dyslexia characteristics
  • Director for Summer School

Fellow-in-training:  Elizabeth Johnson, M. Ed.

Certified Member, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • Certified Dyslexia Therapist, International Dyslexia Association
  • Slingerland Trained
  • Practitioner in the Orton-Gillingham Approach since 2007
  • Small groups classroom teacher of the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Private tutor
  • Student Assessments

 

Office Administrator: Carolyn Grill

 

Professional Orton-Gillingham Practitioners

Our Orton-Gillingham practitioners all have extensive training and experience using
the Orton-Gillingham Approach. They are either members of the Academy or working towards membership.

Shirley Bolsinger

Emily Dossa, Associate AOGPE

Bronwen Edwards, Associate AOGPE

Julie Fleming

Ginny Hackenbruck

Suzette Kamm, Associate AOGPE

Karin Lourens

Rene Mason, Associate AOGPE

Colleen McCormack

Marta Morris

Sarah Nolan

Jennifer Pultz, Associate AOGPE

Sarah Root, Associate AOGPE (Bend, OR)

Kathy Schumacher

Patty Sullivan, Associate AOGPE

Marianne Sweeney

Nate Voelkel

Cathi Walker, Associate AOGPE

 

 

Founding Instructors

Dorothy Blosser Whitehead M.S.  (1921-2015)

Founding Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

  • Began teaching students and training tutors in the Orton-Gillingham Approach in 1965
    (trained by a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital Language Training Program –
    taught by a founder of the Orton-Gillingham Approach)
  • Author of Unlocking the Power of Print: A Tutor Manual
  • Awarded the highest honor of the International Dyslexia Association: The Samuel Torrey Orton Award in 1991
  • Workshop speaker at numerous lDA national and local conferences
  • Founder of Language Skills Therapy
  • Past president: Oregon Branch, International Dyslexia Association
  • Founder Oregon Branch of Association of Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities

Catherine Wood Wyrick M.S.  (Retired)

  • Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Curriculum designer / Lead course instructor
  • Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University
  • Former Clinic director
  • Practitioner/trainer in the Orton-Gillingham Approach since 1996
  • Conference/workshop speaker
  • Advocate for fairness in high stakes tests
  • Parent of dyslexic college graduate
  • Former Boards of Directors: ORBIDA, Language Skills Therapy, Gately Academy and Portland Public Schools Special Ed Parent Advisory Committee

Sharon Cody Marsh Ed.D. (Retired)

  • Fellow, Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
  • Instructor/trainer in the Orton-Gillingham Approach
  • Former Director, Commonwealth Learning Center, Needham MA
  • Former Director of Education, Carroll School (for dyslexic students) Lincoln, MA
  • Designer of Orton-Gillingham based reading instruction software for Lexia Learning Systems

 

Blosser Center Board of Directors

Leslie Dale

Blosser Center Clinical Supervisor

Patricia Goldberg

Community Volunteer     

Jennifer Pultz

Language Skills Therapy Orton-Gillingham Practitioner

Patricia Sullivan DMD

Community Volunteer

Cynthia Whitehead J.D.

Attorney

 

 

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