Board of Directors
Rebekah Dyer graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a dual certification in both regular and special education. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Currently, Mrs. Dyer is pursuing her doctorate degree in special education at Grand Canyon University.
Mrs. Dyer taught special education for ten years fulfilling a variety of roles including: five years in a 6th-8th grade self-contained special education classroom; she taught special education students for a virtual school for six years; she was the middle school resource teacher as well as a middle school self-contained cross-categorical special education teacher. Furthermore, Mrs. Dyer has taught at Phoenix College, and she has been a college supervisor for teacher candidates at Rio Salado Community College and Grand Canyon University. She is passionate about students with special needs, and she enjoys working with future special educators.
Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus
Courtney Gilstrap LeVinus has been a board member since 2015. She is Founder and President of Capitol Consulting, LLC an Arizona political consulting, lobbying and non-profit management firm. Courtney is the mother of a dyslexic child and she is also dyslexic. An Arizona native, Courtney attended Xavier College Preparatory and Texas Christian University where she earned her Bachelor of Business Degree with a Major in Finance and a Minor in Speech Communication.
Courtney has been married to Chuck LeVinus for 13 years and they have one son. In her free time Courtney is a board member of several non-profits, runs marathons and competes in triathlons.
Courtney helped develop and advocate for HB2202 creating Arizona’s first dyslexia handbook for parents and teachers. She is a tireless advocate for dyslexic students in Arizona. Most recently she chaired the 2016 Masquerade for Dyslexia Fundraiser, the first major fundraiser for AZIDA and she is back Chairing the 2017 fundraiser that will be held on Saturday October 7th.
Tina Wildoner, is a parent member having joined the Board in 2017. My husband and I have been married for 27 years. We have two boys. My youngest was diagnosed with dyslexia in Seventh grade. I have an Associates in Applied Science in Paralegal from Everest College and Associates of Arts from Rio Salado Community College. My goal is to continue to learn how best to support my son and help bring awareness about dyslexia to all that will listen.
Heather Caska, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed pediatric speech language pathologist. Heather graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona and she completed her masters in Clinical Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Arizona University. Heather is currently completing her associate certification through the Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE).
Heather has worked as a speech language pathologist for 6 years and currently works in private practice in the southeast valley. She has experience working with children with various communication disorders and language learning disabilities. She is passionate about bringing more awareness to the community and increasing early identification of dyslexia.
Immediate Past President, AZ Branch / IDA Regional Representative for the Pacific Region
Meredith Puls is an educational consultant in private practice in Oro Valley, AZ. She has served as president of IDA Arizona Branch since May, 2013. Meredith has a master’s degree in special education from Boston College. She worked in the Department of Audiology, Speech Language, and Learning Services at The Children’s Hospital in Denver for twenty-two years as a learning specialist and diagnostician. She was Learning Services division manager from 1999 until her retirement in 2008. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham based reading instruction, and has given presentations on dyslexia and reading disorders at numerous local and national conferences.
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