Meet the reading specialists, special educators, neuropsychologists, teachers, administrators, business executives, philanthropists, technology experts, and nonprofit professionals who bring the Beyond Kids Reading vision to life.
Beyond Kids Reading was founded out of passion and necessity. Dr. Craig Horning is a father of three who found himself on a journey struggling to navigate the path to support two of his children who struggled with learning to read. Networking with parents, teachers, schools, clinicians, and community partners, Craig was inspired to create a new and better way to ease the burden for parents supporting their children. He collaborates with educators and mental health professionals to deliver the best possible care for our children. A social entrepreneur with a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Dr. Horning knows Beyond Kids Reading can help transform how we view neurodiversity as a society and enable us to appropriately educate all students for future success.
Board of Directors
Our entrepreneurial minded governing board oversees the vision, fiduciary, and operational aspects of our organization. We begin all conversations and decision-making processes with a mission-based and child-centered approach.
Christine Boyle, MDiv
Interim Board Chair, Nonprofit Development
Craig Horning, PhD Board President, Founder and CEO
Gayle Nelson, MBA Board Treasurer, Finance and Accounting
Don Lougheed Emeritus
Nick Sorvillo, MBA Board Secretary, Marketing and Business Planning
Business Development Advisory Board
This team of diverse and passionate industry experts has come together with the charge of envisioning a bold future for Beyond Kids Reading. Our organizational goal is to become a national leader in integrated language-based learning services and educational change.
Lori Scanlon, MBA Chair, Marketing and Communications
Danielle Boudreau, MBA Development and Governance
Seth DeAvila, MA Marketing and Data Analysis
Lisa Fries, JD Attorney and Educational Advocacy
Elizabeth Goncalves Wachman, MEd Special Education, ELL, and Reading Specialist
Freya Hurwitz Nonprofit and Technology
John Lloyd, MBA, PhD Nonprofit Strategic Planning and Finance
Makenzie Way, JD BKR General Counsel, Labor & Employment Law
Program Service Advisory Board
This team of exceptionally skilled education and mental health professionals represents the core of our service work. Their unyielding commitment to getting each child what they need for success is the backbone of our mission and the future of our organizational impact.
Leah Arteaga, EdBS Community Organizer and Translator
Barbara Ball, EdM LICSW Social Work and Educational Advocacy
Anna Chaves McDonald, PhD Clinical Psychologist
Julie Gold, PhD School and Private Practice Psychologist
Heather Humphries, MEd Special Education and Reading Specialist
Lana LeBlanc, MEd Reading Specialist
Brandon Tross, PhD Post Doctoral Psychologist
Andi Weiss, PsyD
Psychologist, Special Education, and Educational Advocacy
Our Guiding Principles
We understand the experience of parents of children who struggle with reading.
We recognize the inherent gifts all children possess.
We believe that all children, regardless of their socio-economic status or school system, have a right to be taught to read in a manner specific to their learning profile.
We believe children who struggle with reading need to have direct, explicit, structured literacy instruction.
We believe in working collaboratively with parents, students, schools, service providers, and healthcare professionals.
We believe families and students should not feel alone in their educational journeys.
DISCLAIMER: Beyond Kids Reading (“BKR”) is a 501c3 educational not-for-profit organization. BKR provides comprehensive education and advocacy services. BKR does not provide legal or medical advice or services in any manner or form.