IDA Oregon ♦ Board of Directors 


Danielle Thompson

Danielle Thompson – President

Danielle’s journey into dyslexia began when people she cared about found out they were dyslexic and she realized she needed to learn more.  The more she learned of the science of dyslexia and the science of reading, the more she began to understand why many of her high school students continued to struggle with reading, writing, and spelling despite their best efforts over the years.  A public high school teacher for over 20 years, and a dyslexia screener and tutor, Danielle joined the Board of Directors of IDA-Oregon Branch out of a desire to improve the life of the next struggling student in her classroom, as well as all students and adults with dyslexia, and to share best practices with the educators, parents, and professionals who want to learn more.

Shelbe Park – Vice President

Shelbe Park is a native Portlander and now lives in Vancouver Washington with her husband, daughter, and son.   She became active in the Oregon branch of IDA 13  years ago when her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.  Shelbe has served as a  Board of Directors, Vice-President, and two terms as President.  Her daughter is now a successful college student and Shelbe contributes that to the support she received from IDA.  Shelbe is a full-time tutor for students with Dyslexia and believes that it is important to teach students with dyslexia to advocate for themselves.  She is in awe of the amazing students she has met and mentored.

Tanya Haas – Treasurer

Tanya Haas is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (BS) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (MS), and has had the privilege of living and traveling around the world for both work and pleasure.   A proud mother of 2 boys with dyslexia provided first-hand experience of living and navigating the world (and public school) with learning differences.  For the last 28 years Portland, Oregon has been home and Tanya’s mission is to help, educate and support the next family that finds themselves on the same dyslexia journey.


Michele Barnett – Secretary

Michele is driven to help families and schools understand both the advantages and challenges that dyslexia creates, and to implement practical plans that empower dyslexic students to excel.  Michele is Certified as a Dyslexia Screener and Consultant, Dyslexia Advocate, and  Certified Barton Tutor.  Michele is a Decoding Dyslexia Ambassador and the Co-Founder of the Lake Oswego Parent Dyslexia Community.  Michele’s background includes over 20 years in consultative sales and client management in the healthcare industry. She holds an MBA from St. Mary’s College, and a B.A. from Cornell University with a major in Psychology.

Ebonee Bell – Director

Ebonee Bell graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language, and received her Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ebonee has been an Amazon Diversity series speaker, a Multnomah County Black History Month speaker, and a speaker at the Tualatin Martin Luther King Day celebration. She has spoken at the Rosewood Initiative, the Tribute to Toni Morrison, and the Tribute to Ursula Leguin. She works for the Books2U literacy promotion program — a program that encourages reading for public school kids in the 3rd – 5th grades, and she provides library services to pre-adjudicated minors in juvenile detention. Ebonee has dedicated her career to advancing the education of children and youth through the various literacy initiatives she promotes locally and nationally. She believes that books have the power to change lives.

Jesse Cox – Director

Hello, I am Jesse Cox, a dyslexic working professional with a master’s degree, and I still hesitate to try to spell dyslexia every single time. Dyslexia never goes away, and although I still struggle with it every day, I am excited to share my journey with others and give some insight into how I found joy and success despite lifelong hardships trying to navigate traditional education systems.  I spent much of my adolescence with debilitating anxiety because I was never able to measure up in the classroom. I learned that asking for help, building a community of support, and advocating for myself was the only way I would ever find success, and ultimately happiness, in a world that was not made for brains like mine. 
I was my great privilege to work as a Student Affairs professional in higher education,  and it is my great passion to help young adults discover who they want to be and realize the dream of a college education despite any challenges they have to overcome. After ten years at universities, I am proudly working as the Director of Post-Secondary Transitions at my alma mater, Edison High School. This is a small school for students with learning disabilities and truly where my heart is within the education world.  I relocated back to Oregon with my husband and one-year-old son, Sullivan in 2021.  I am so thrilled to be working with The International Dyslexia Association- Oregon Branch to help develop the Professional Dyslexia Network, a virtual monthly live chat, to help build connections among adults with dyslexia to help them discover tools to live fulfilling lives as students or as professionals in the workplace. Learning differences do not disappear at 18, and we want to help people navigate adulthood living with dyslexia. 

Larissa Whalen Garfias (PA-C) – Director

I became interested in dyslexia when my 5th-grade son was diagnosed in 2017. I realized that I knew very little about dyslexia despite working in primary care. Through that experience, I learned first-hand the challenges that face children, parents, and educators when identifying and supporting kids with dyslexia. I also began to see how the secondary consequences of reading disabilities such as dyslexia were affecting my patients. Working at Virginia Garcia with families served in the Federally Qualified Health Center, I immediately saw the need to advocate within my organization for sweeping changes to better identify children with reading disabilities and promote dyslexia awareness among my colleagues. I believe that we as a medical system could do far better in identifying dyslexia, advocating for individual and system-wide change, and letting our patients know that they are not alone – just as we have done for autism, ADHD, substance use and depression. It is a failure on our part to treat a 15-year-old boy who is failing school for depression and suicidal ideation when we could have intervened at age 6 or 7 to identify dyslexia and provide the support he needed. As part of this effort, we are partnering with members of the IDA-Oregon Branch to create low-literacy Spanish language materials – materials that are severely lacking throughout the country.

Lynn Lamping – Director

Lynn became interested in learning about dyslexia when one of her four children struggled to learn to read, write, and memorize math facts. She discovered a genetic marker for dyslexia in her family history. Over the next decade, Lynn learned effective methods to help her child learn how to read, write, spell, and achieve success in math. She is a licensed K-12 Special Education Teacher in the state of Oregon. Lynn earned her Fellow Level with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) in November 2018, and her Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist with the International Dyslexia Association. Lynn is the director and trainer for the Oregon Dyslexia Institute. She spends her time training Oregon teachers how to recognize dyslexia, understand the foundational skills of the English language, and how to intensify instruction to meet the needs of struggling readers, including dyslexia, in compliance with the Oregon State Approved Dyslexia Training.

Myrna Soule – Director

I have been involved with IDA since 1977. After teaching for 49 years I now am a tutor. Presently I tutor 21 students each week (K- high school and adults) I started three private schools for students with specific educational needs. I am a Slingerland Teacher Training Director  and on the Slingerland Faculty Senate. I was on the LDA National Board for 20 years. I was Secretary of the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools also for 20 years and just recently retired from that position. Presently I am active in my church as an AWANA leader for 3rd thru 5th graders.


Katie Vincent – Director

Katie Vincent, Ed.D is a native Oregonian and a long-time educator in the Portland area. Having held positions as a teacher, in administration, and as a higher education faculty member, Katie is committed to making certain that educators have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to ensure that each of their students has the literacy skills required for success.  Katie currently serves as Associate Faculty at Prescott College, Prescott AZ and Adjunct Faculty at Warner Pacific University, Portland OR.




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