Board of Directors

Nancy Roberson

President of the Board of Directors

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.  Teach My Kid To Read (TMKTR) supports teachers so that they can teach kids with reading issues like dyslexia how to read.  TMKTR is focused on initiatives that promote science-based approaches to reading and address gaps where proper training is lacking. 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, an accomplished executive, 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 President & Publisher of AMACOM (the non-fiction business/leadership publishing division of the American Management Association), Executive Vice President for Career & Professional Division of Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Williams & Wilkins (Wolters-Kluwer), Scott/Foresman (Pearson), and Mosby (Elsevier).  She is recognized for success in strategic planning, new product acquisition and development (for both print and digital), operational management, new business development, establishing strategic partnerships/alliances and accomplishing overall company financial goals.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas and a Masters degree in Education from the University of Tulsa.

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.  New York State-certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Reading, Ms. Borkowsky stays current, is always learning, and continually attends professional development in brain-based, holistic disciplines. Honing her skills over years and redefining strategies through trial and error, she has been a trainer in school districts across Long Island and has presented at literacy workshops and conferences for federal and state-funded initiatives. Her philosophy and practice include educating and empowering her students to be self-sufficient learners.  Ms. Borkowsky works with all ages, preschoolers through adulthood, utilizing meta-cognitive strategies and multisensory instruction in a collaborative, non-threatening style, where parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the learning process.

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.  Pam has been the Mayor of the Village of Greenwich, New York since 2016; her passion is to improve the quality of life for Village residents by improving economic conditions and uniting the community. Her strength and passion is in organizing and bringing people together toward shared vision.

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.

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

Patti Croop

Grant Advisor

Patti spent her 40-year career working for social change and continues to be involved with projects that support social equity. Early in her career, she was a founding member of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Hunger Action Network of New York State, and Regional Food Bank of North Eastern New York. She shifted her focus from advocacy to proposal writing in the late 1990s, serving as the Program Development and Policy Director for the Worker Ownership Resource Center (WORC) in Geneva and then Coordinator of Grants and Corporate Fundraising at Northeast Parent & Child Society in Schenectady. The last 15 years of her career was spent as a grant writer at Excelsior College in Albany, where she developed a strong grants team that secured approximately $13 million over this time.  The grants made possible such projects as the multimedia Online Writing Lab (OWL), Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills, end-of-life care certificate, and courses on diaspora. 

Today, she is an adjunct faculty member for Empire State College and an active member on the National OWL Advisory Committee. She continues to look for ways to make higher education affordable and accessible.

David C. Schiffman, Ph.D.

Advisor

David C. Schiffman, Ph.D., is a NYS licensed psychologist. He is an alumnus of MIT and Bard College and received his doctorate degree from Yeshiva University. Dr. Schiffman is currently on the medical staff of Northern Duchess Hospital and is in private practice. He was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York. In private practice, Dr. Schiffman conducted neuropsych evaluations, predominantly for learning disabilities, for children and college students, in order to obtain accommodations under the anti-discriminatory provisions regarding learning disabilities. Dr. Schiffman is looking forward to using his experience with learning differences to help guide Teach My Kid to Read to fulfill its mission to provide parents, educators, and anyone interested in literacy education with the tools to help all children, including those with dyslexia, learn to read.

David B. Giminiani, CPA, PLLC

Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq.

Jill Rembetski, Volunteer Coordinator