Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. Elects Four New Board Members to Support Providing Action-Oriented Information to Parents of Children with LD and ADHD

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Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD), the Westport, Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, announces the election of four new board members. The four are Tom Lozier and Kristina Woods of New Canaan, both team members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Connecticut Community Partners; Linda Sceles-Straubel of Darien, CT; and Dr. Devon MacEachron, co-director of the CT Center for Exceptional Children in Madison, CT. Two have worked professionally on pro bono projects for Smart Kids. Two are parents with children challenged with learning disabilities.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. (SKLD), the Westport, Connecticut-based nonprofit organization, announces the election of four new board members. The four are Tom Lozier and Kristina Woods of New Canaan, both team members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Connecticut Community Partners; Linda Sceles-Straubel of Darien, CT; and Dr. Devon MacEachron, co-director of the CT Center for Exceptional Children in Madison, CT.

Tom Lozier and Kristina Woods, as part of the HBS Club of Connecticut Community Partners, helped create a plan to support the development of the Smart Kids organization as a leading online resource for parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit-disorders (ADHD). The HBS Project focused on determining the key informational needs of the targeted group and how best to serve them via the SKLD website, eNewsletter and social media outlets as well as professional and parent-based organizations.

Tom Lozier, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, holds an MBA from Harvard University. His military service includes numerous positions in the operations, logistics and financial management arena. A former Senior Vice President for Operations and Loss Prevention, Finlay Fine Jewelry Corporation, he now consults with the U.S. Department of Defense as well as in retail and distribution worldwide.

“I am honored to join the board of Smart Kids, an organization that combines the talents of both parents and professionals, seeking to help the millions of children in this country who struggle daily with learning challenges,” said Tom Lozier, who lives with his wife and two children in New Canaan, CT.

Kristina Woods, an MBA graduate from Harvard Business School, earned her BA in Economics from Wesleyan University. Earlier in her career, she served as a management consultant in the U.S. and United Kingdom, gaining a wide range of experience with The LEK Partnership, a global business strategy consulting firm. Today, she is an independent consultant, specializing in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields.

“I began working with Smart Kids as part of the HBS Project,” said Kristina Woods, who lives with her husband and two young boys in New Canaan, CT. “I am thrilled to be able to continue my efforts to help this important organization to expand its reach and impact.”

The third board member, Linda Sceles-Straubel graduated from Hood College, majoring in Economics, and Fordham University Business School, with a master’s in Finance. She spent nine years with the New York Stock Exchange Member Firm Regulation Division. Most recently a Vice President in the Regulatory Examination Group at Morgan Stanley, she coordinated regulatory examinations and provided compliance reports to various business units, among other things.

“As a mother of a child with a learning disability, I understand the critical role that well-informed parents play in their child’s success,” said Linda Sceles-Straubel, who is an SKLD Parent Advisory Board member and an active member of the Darien/Norwalk Junior League. “I am excited to contribute as a board member to SKLD, an organization that provides smart, positive strategies to help children and fosters a supportive environment for open dialogue about reducing the stigma associated with LD issues that parents face.”

New board member Dr. Devon MacEachron, co-director of the CT Center for Exceptional Children in Madison, CT, holds a PhD in School Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Wharton School. She is a licensed school psychologist in Connecticut and California. At one time, she served as a psychologist at the Learning Matters Foundation in New Delhi, India. As a national and international speaker, she specializes in reading acquisition, giftedness, LD and children who are “twice-exceptional.”

“Twice-exceptional” or “2e” is a term to describe gifted children, who despite their high potential or intellectual gifts are challenged by dyslexia, visual or auditory processing disorders, or other learning disabilities that interfere with learning effectively in an ordinary classroom environment. Dr. MacEachron and her husband are the parents of two college-age children, both twice-exceptional.

“Smart Kids is at the forefront of recognizing that children who learn differently are by no means less capable than their peers,” said Dr. MacEachron, who specializes in diagnosis and educational planning for twice-exceptional learners. “As a professional, and as a parent of two such children who are succeeding despite the odds, I could not be more delighted to join the efforts of this dynamic non-profit in helping children fulfill their potential.”

About Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc.:
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. is a Westport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention deficit disorders (ADHD) via its educational programs, website, blog and free e-newsletter at http://www.SmartKidswithLD.org. Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is an Honorary Board member, and Henry Winkler, Golden Globe award-winning actor, director and author, serves as the organization’s Honorary Chairman.

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