Dr. Karen Kohler is an educational leader with expertise in early childhood/elementary education, family engagement, and literacy. She was the former founder and executive director of early childhood literacy programs that focused on professional development for pre-kindergarten and Head Start educators and parents in Texas and California. Dr. Kohler started her career in education as an elementary school teacher and later a family specialist known for increasing and sustaining parent involvement and family engagement on Title I campuses. Currently, Dr. Kohler is an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University, San Antonio, and the University of the Incarnate Word. In addition to teaching classes in Reading, Literacy, and Instructional Methods for pre-service teachers, she was hired to research and develop new program minors for the University of the Incarnate Word. Dr. Kohler is passionate about educating parents and guardians to be engaged in their children’s education process. She holds a Master’s in Education with an emphasis on Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Reading and Literacy. Her research interests include family engagement in education, the collaboration between classroom teachers and speech-language pathologists, and best practices for supporting secondary special education teachers and staff.
Rachel Krueger is the mother of three children, one of which has Learning Disabilities. Currently, Rachel works for the Learning Disabilities Association of America as their Director of Affiliate Relations. She is a former preschool teacher and has training in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Pediatric Occupational Therapy. Rachel is also a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, and a Board Certified Special Education Advocate. She has worked with children who have bipolar issues, are on the Autism Spectrum, and have Oppositional Defiance Disorders. She is Co-Chair of the Mental Health Committee, and Chair of the 59th International Conference, all with the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
Rachel is passionate about educating parents about learning disabilities and how to have their child diagnosed at an earlier age. She is thankful for LDA of America and is grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization.
Rachel lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and three beautiful children.
Julia Rivera, Col (USAFR), is a retired attorney. She practiced law before Federal District Courts, state courts, the Merit System Protection Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other forums. Her clients included young offenders, neglected children, abusive parents, and Federal agencies. She authored policy for the Department of Defense and the Air Force. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and identified the Outstanding Reserve Judge Advocate of the Air Force. Prior to pursuing her law degree, Julia was a social worker for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, where she licensed residential and daycare facilities, negotiated contracts with the same, and provided adoptive, foster placement, and child protective services. She is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law and Kansas State University (B.S in Social Work, cum laude).
Julia and her husband live in Coppell, TX with their son, age 17, who is diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Jenn Cohen has been in the test prep trenches for almost 20 years, but she prides herself in never feeling too comfortable calling herself an expert. She is always learning from her students, families, other pros, and the research literature. She’s a lover of art and science and believes the world is a better place with both. Meeting Neil deGrasse Tyson is on her bucket list.
She has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, ADDitude Magazine, and Good Morning Texas, as well as numerous blogs around the web. She has also been a presenter at the Learning Disabilities Association national conference, as well as a speaker at high schools and parent associations. She is the leading national expert on test prep for students with special needs. If you don’t believe her, just ask Google. She is also the owner of Word-Nerd.com, an awesome SAT vocabulary website. She is a graduate of Duke University and completed graduate work in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She is a hardcore Duke sports fan, and general sports junkie, so she gets a particular kick out of her student’s sports victories. Jenn lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and business guru, Gary, and her daughter, Erin. She enjoys cooking, museums, ’80’s bands, and playing “fake Pac-Man” with Erin. It’s just as much fun as it sounds!
Anneke Schreuder is a Dutch pediatrician and neonatologist, with a special interest in the field of developmental epidemiology. It brought her to several hospitals and research centers in the Netherlands, South Africa, and Oxford, UK. After the family moved to Texas, her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. This brought her deeper into the world of learning disabilities which she had already looked into for her Ph.D. research. For several years, she worked as a dyslexia tester/tutor at UT Health Science Center.
Seeing how many students struggled as much in math as in reading, she decided to return to her all-time favorite area of math. Math is her true passion, awareness, communication, research, and remediation of Dyscalculia are her mission. In 2010, she started Dyscalculia Services to provide assessments and in-person and online tutoring for children and adults. She is a frequent speaker on Dyscalculia and a consultant to various local schools who does podcasts and shares her experience through webinars and a series of online courses.
She lives in Katy TX with her husband and enjoys traveling, art, and theater performances.
Beth McGaw became an outspoken advocate for children with learning disabilities after her youngest son was diagnosed at an early age. She has been an active member of LDA for over 10 years and in 2012 was elected to the LDA Board of Directors, currently serving as co-chair of the Communications Committee. Other activities within LDA include Marketing, Affiliate Support, Adult Topics, and VP of LDA Georgia. Although Beth started her career as an Industrial Engineer, she pursued her passion for education by obtaining her M.Ed. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She co-founded the Atlanta-based, award-winning magazine Kids Enabled in response to her frustration in locating appropriate resources for her son.
Beth currently lives in Dallas and works as an Independent Educational Consultant at Launch Pad Consulting Group, which assists families and their students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and/or autism spectrum disorders locating post-secondary options, including college, job search, and residential living options. She also volunteers for LaunchAbility, a Dallas nonprofit that offers supportive employment services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Beth and her husband have three adult sons, one in New York, another in California, and the third in Arkansas. They enjoy adventurous vacations with their family to stay connected.