Joan is a 50-year veteran working with those with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. She is the former Director of Lullwater School and currently the Director of the Community Resource Center that provides the Georgia Area a support system for attention and learning disabilities. She facilitates monthly support groups for parents, adults and women with LD/ADHD. She has designed numerous workshops including Know Your Child, and Mindfulness as a Strategic Approach. She designs Parent Programs helping them to be strong parent advocates. She feels the biggest gift coming from these groups is the wealth of what she has learned from others.
Dr. Teach has an earned doctorate from Georgia State University, a MS from Purdue and a BS from Wittenberg, has published in the field of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders as well as for the interactive learning community. As an ADHD adult, raising a family of four with four grandchildren she shares her experiences through a lifetime.
Board Vice President
Dena Kitchens graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors in Special Education and has worked for many years in the areas of Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Music and Arts Education and Christian Education. In all settings, Dena has found herself to be passionate about the children in her class whose needs are different than other children, often asking for particular students who had been struggling in other classes.
When LDA GA received a grant from the Learning Disabilities Foundation, Dena was instrumental in helping to develop the KNOW YOUR CHILD curriculum. She assisted in developing an understanding of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and was helpful in presenting parents the needed aspect of understand their child’s many ways of learning and their abundant strengths . She wrote an article for Kids Enabled that outlined the multiple intelligence aspects in learning.
Currently, Dena is pursuing her call in Christian Education, and has just graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary with a Masters of Practical Theology. Her dream is to develop curriculum to reach all learners, especially those that do not fit the cookie cutter mold.
Paula Daniel has spent most of her career supporting non-profit organizations and working for the United Methodist Church. Paula has a strong desire to make a difference in the life of her community. She has mentored a child who was struggling with traditional education and is excited about the prospect of helping other children find their own passion for learning.
In addition to her career work, Paula also volunteers with the youth at her church. She works to adapt the standard curriculum to reach out to the strength’s her students bring to class. In a recent position, Paula was the direct liaison to the community. Her door was always open, and the preschoolers and parents who passed by were always greeted with welcome, and they planned visits to see Ms. Paula. Her bright spirit and community service, along with her business acumen make her an asset as our Treasurer.
Bailee Lauersdorf is the newest addition to our board. A native of Atlanta, Bailee is a product of the Gwinnett County School system where she navigated her learning differences to earn an International Baccalaureate degree from Norcross High School. She then graduated with honors from Mercer University with a BA in Philosophy. Bailee is passionate about serving disadvantaged children and youth, often giving special attention to those who are otherwise overlooked.
Bailee has just begun her graduate work at UNC Charlotte and will earn a degree in Social Work, allowing her to work even more effectively with children and youth.
Young Adult Liaison
Denise Harrison is one of our newest Board Members for LDA GA and brings to us a background in finance and accounting. She is a financial Management CEM –HQ AFRC and lives in the Warner Robins/Macon area. She has an earned doctorate in Psychology that she earned as an outgrowth of her interest in serving the variation of disabilities in our communities. Her focus is on furthering her understand and in serving the LD community.
Denise’s strong understanding of working boards comes from the years she has served both in the military and in other board positions. This gives her a foundation in using operational, tactical and strategic points of view giving her a much broader perspective. Her research study with adults and her work with the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center gave her a quest to find preventative as well as remedial support for our young adults. She is also interested in bringing knowledge of learning disabilities and what can be provided to our lower income families. Please welcome Denise with her many talents.
With our commitment to this Hispanic outreach, you may now view our website in English or Spanish.
Katie Cyphers has served two terms on the national Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, as well as chaired the Nominating Committee and co-chaired the Membership Committee. For nearly a decade in both Georgia and NYC, Katie has devoted her time to the private practice setting through her learning center, Academics Plus, which provides cognitive and educational therapy, as well as one-on-one homeschool instruction for children with learning disabilities. Katie is also the founder of Education Cures, a nonprofit committed to developing and improving teacher education programs. The current focus of EC lies in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where you will find a precious 9-year-old boy, Mohamed, who has truly captured her heart.
Katie attended the University of Tennessee, where she obtained a M.S.Ed. in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and a B.S. in Special Education. She currently serves on the University of Tennessee Dean’s Board of Advisors for the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
Neal Arnoff is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has been a big brother of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He was a volunteer coordinator for Access for Youth special fundraising program working with TV cast of FAME in Austin Texas. He worked with reading with children at an elementary school through the Jonquil City Kiwanis Club. He received the Georgia District Hero Award for service within the Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the Smyrna History committee.
At present he has his own business Robert Neal Catering, representing various restaurants in the area. He also is a sales representative for athletic apparel.
Neal was diagnosed with ADD about 10 years ago. He has a thorough understanding of the disease. He strives to help others understand ADD. He would like to help others celebrate ADD experiences with the hope of helping them achieve their potential.