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.
President Elect, Nancy Dressel
Nancy worked a library media specialist, educator, instructional coach, and curriculum specialist before retiring from K-12 schools to support her own dyslexic children and launch a tutoring, coaching, and consulting business. 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. Nancy was also a member of the advisory council for the WI Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions and is a co-author of 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, Dana Glaser
Dana Glaser is the owner of Reading Keys, LLC. She earned a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from UW-Stevens Point and has over 20 years of experience in that field. Dana also completed a reading certification program through UW-Stout and became a Licensed Reading Teacher. Recognizing that children with Dyslexia benefit from a different teaching approach, she began learning more about the Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language Approach. Dana is an Associate of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and has also completed her Certified Level coursework. She is licensed in Speech-Language Pathology in South Carolina and Wisconsin.
Dana currently works full time teaching students with dyslexia and other language learning difficulties. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Dana previously served on the Board of Directors of the IDA– South Carolina branch before relocating to Wausau, WI in 2021.
Board Member, Mary Gordan
Board Member, Jonna Heebink
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 training in 2007.
Board Member, Kelly Plitt
Board Member, Brian Rabe
Board Member, Laura Rhode
Board Member, Mary Rudzinski
Mary Rudzinski is a writer and avid bicyclist living in Plymouth MIchigan. A former teacher and outreach educator, she now writes for children, the most discerning of readers. Education is the center of her passion, and she still believes reading opens doors and creates success!