Board of Directors

President, Donna Hejtmanek

Donna Hejtmanek retired after 41 years of teaching special education and serving as a reading specialist/ interventionist. She has served as president of the Literacy Task Force of Northern Wisconsin, was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2014 to Wisconsin’s Read to Lead Literacy Council and served on The Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia in 2018. This resulted in Wisconsin’s first dyslexia bill, Act 86, signed into legislation in 2019. Hejtmanek was awarded the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award in 2016. She currently serves as legislative chair for the International Dyslexia Association Wisconsin branch. Now, in her third year of retirement, she spends her days creating professional development opportunities for teachers and administers on her Facebook group, Science of Reading—What I Should Have Learned in College.

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President Elect, Nancy Dressel

Nancy worked a library media specialist, educator, technology integration coach, instructional coach, and curriculum specialist before retiring from K-12 schools to support her own dyslexic children and launch an educational coaching and consulting company. Nancy is severely dyslexic herself. She served on The 2018 Legislative Council Study Committee on the Identification and Management of Dyslexia which resulted in Wisconsin’s first dyslexia bill, Act 86. In addition, she is an advisory council member for the WI Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions and a contributor to the WI Dyslexia Roadmap.

Secretary, Jeanne Schopf

I have been a public school educator for 32 years having taught third, fifth, sixth and seventh grades with a focus in literacy. I earned a Masters of Reading degree from UW-Oshkosh, a National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English, and a CERI Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist certification. I am a mom of a child with dyslexia, and I’m passionate about spreading the Science of Reading throughout the Badger State. Currently, I am Reading Specialist/interventionist/literacy coach at TJ Walker Middle School in the Sturgeon Bay School District. I am working with Carrol College as a Dyslexia Practicum Supervisor this fall, as well as, facilitating a Reading Teacher’s Top Tools Wisconsin cohort in 2021-2022. Besides my CERI certification, I have been trained in IMSE Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading Systems, and the Sonday System.

Treasurer, Phil Hejtmanek

Phil is a retired electronics engineer and manager, who spent his entire career involved in television technical operations, news and sports broadcasting with a major TV network and several prominent television station groups. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Illinois, and has served on the board of another non-profit organization as chairman of the Finance Committee.

Phil enjoys reading, listening to music and working on his ham radio station in his spare time. He also hosts a regular classical music radio program on his local public radio station.

Board Member, Sara Adamovich

Sara Adamovich earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education through the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a Master’s of Science Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin Stout. She holds a Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist Licensure through Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. In addition, Sara completed Louisa Moats’ Literacy Instruction Certificate program and has received specialized training as a dyslexia screener and consultant. She is Wilson Reading System Level I and Level II Certified, resulting in certification as a Dyslexia Therapist. As a Wilson Reading System in-district trainer, Sara provides training opportunities and coaches school district staff through the Level I Certification process. Sara is CERI certified as a Dyslexia Specialist and is a private tutor, advocate and consultant.

Sara has worked as a special education teacher since 1998 and is currently an elementary Multicategorical Special Education Case Manager. In this position, she provides support to both students and staff in the areas of emotional behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, autism and other special education needs. This fall, Sara joined the adjunct faculty for Carroll University’s Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist program. Sara instructs Badges 3 and 4 and supervises teachers during their practicum experience.

Sara is a former board member of the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She currently holds memberships in the Reading League and International Dyslexia Association. Sara was a contributing member of DPI’s advisory committee for the Dyslexia Guidebook, was a focus group member for Identification of SLD, a Stakeholder for Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations, a member of Promising Practices for Students with Disabilities, and was member of ELA Content Guidelines workgroup.

Board Member, Connie Hicks

Connie is the Applied Technology instructor at Gogebic Community College where she teaches developmental English and math. Connie is also the lead CDL instructor. She has a degree in Technical Accounting from Nicolet; a BS in Natural Science from Northland College, and Masters of Science and Mathematics with computer emphasis from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Connie completed both the beginning and advanced level literacy trainings in 2007. (W) 906-932-4231; (H) 715-762-3574; email (school year only):