Shelley Hatch is the Founder and Executive Director of Dyslexia Center of Utah, which she created 15 years ago to help children whose reading and comprehension skills are compromised by dyslexia and related learning disorders. She is also Vice President of the Learning Disabilities Association of Utah and a widely-recognized advocate for educational reform to better meet the needs of dyslexic children.
Shelley identified early on the organizational DNA that would best enable students and families struggling with dyslexia. The structure and content of the program would be rigorously designed, yet instruction would occur in an atmosphere of affirmation, encouragement and fun. In the best of settings, the sterling quality of the instructional program would be infused with a joyful energy shared by tutors and students alike.
Under Shelley’s leadership, DCU evolved to embody those two vital dimensions. The technical quality of DCU’s program is unsurpassed. Shelley’s own theoretical foundation in Orton-Gillingham principles, acquired through two years of rigorous Slingerland training, has been enriched over hundreds of hours of tutoring, teaching and ongoing research. Shelley’s insights and techniques have been incorporated in the highly-regarded DCU Curriculum©.
This pedagogy comes to life in vibrant interactions between DCU Tutors and their students. DCU attracts tutors of exceptional qualification, energy and creativity. They sense in DCU’s curriculum the principles of enablement and development that are keys of exceptional progress; and they see in DCU’s culture a kind of delightful stewardship that is critical for trust between students and their tutors.
Under Shelley’s leadership, Dyslexia Centers of Utah has helped hundreds of children regain their academic stride.
Boyd Wold has been a member of DCU’s board of directors since 2013, serving as Chairman for the past year. He leads the organization’s board during an unusual period of time. On one hand, there is an evolving cultural awareness of dyslexia as a distinct learning disability which – if not properly remediated – carries severe social and personal costs. On the other hand, there is little clarity or consensus in the environment with respect to how schools should attack this problem. These dynamics create a strategic opportunity for DCU, but one which requires from its governing board an uncommon amalgam of leadership skills, in-the-trenches experience, and distinctive expertise.
To his role as Board Chairman, Mr. Wold brings an exceptional record of accomplishment ideally suited to this challenge. For more than twenty years in a variety of industries he has deftly converted emerging trends – dynamics in business environments which other observers sensed as auspicious, but had yet to grasp with the clarity needed for intelligent and decisive action. Boyd has thrived in these opportunity-spaces. One example is Wylee Creations, which he founded in 1996. This company was the first hosted database service for websites – providing design, development and management of sites using Microsoft SQL Server to create dynamic web pages. Today, of course, this approach is ubiquitous – but in 1996 it was a new concept. Among related accomplishments of this period, Boyd created the first fully-automated software delivery, payment and support website for independent developers (some 600 hundred throughout the world).
In the following years he created a first of its kind government bond trading platform, a first of its kind securities trading system, and the first online auction for overnight securities. These were ideas whose advent was imminent, but transforming them into successful ventures was another matter altogether. It required deep ingenuity, the ability to evangelize and explain the operational and economic frameworks of the businesses to risk-sensitive stakeholders, the ability to objectively evaluate market demand, to wisely compose and lead the necessary functional teams, and marshall other key resources. Most fundamentally, success required highly-actionable clarity, the poise to navigate uncertainties characteristic of any novel business creation, and sheer determination.
DCU is fortunate to have Boyd as the leader of its Board at this critical time in the organization’s evolution.
The ecosystem of stakeholders whose actions affect services for children with learning disabilities is complex and highly dynamic. Families, teachers, school districts, legislators, regulators, and others play a role in the extent to which the needs of children with learning disabilities are addressed. For an organization like DCU, navigating this ecosystem effectively is mission-critical but would be almost impossible without the help of someone fluent in the languages of these diverse stakeholders. Deanne Shields serves this vital role in our organization. Over the past thirty years, she has been a tireless and peripatetic advocate for children with learning disabilities.
As a longtime leader in the Learning Disabilities Association of Utah, most recently serving as President, she is a prominent spokeswoman for the interests and rights of Utahns of all ages who struggle with learning disabilities. Deanne is a respected figure in the halls of the State Legislature, able to address issues from a stance of genuine expertise and substantial experience. Her stature derives from work over many years as a teacher, both to standard-track and special needs students; as a supervisor and trainer of teachers; as a writer of curricula; as a liaison to school districts, and as a frequent participant in IEP meetings.
Deanne has received training in the Orton-Gillingham Method, Lindamood-Bell, SPIRE, and others. Her certifications include Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom. She holds a Master’s of Education degree (Educational Psychology, Special Education) from Brigham Young University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree (Zoology and Composite Teaching) from the same institution.
Dr. Martinelli is currently the Director for Learning Disability Assessment at Utah Valley University. He has also worked in the disability offices for Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. He graduated in 2005 with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and has been licensed in the State of Utah since 2007. He has presented on disability issues in college settings at state, national, and international conferences. His specialties include post-secondary accommodations, as well as reports for ACT and other high-stakes testing situations (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.).
Randy Lish is an attorney who specializes in business and estate planning. He has assisted in setting up numerous limited liability companies, family limited partnerships and subchapter S & C corporations, and has prepared numerous estate plans for families and individuals. He has also handled public defense for Orem City, Utah for the past fifteen years.
Kristin Eberting is a mother and community volunteer. She has served on the DCU Board since 2010 and has been an outstanding evangelist of the value of DCU’s program. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University.