Reading in the Rockies 2017 – Our Speakers


We are very pleased to announce our exceptional 2017 speakers!

David A. Kilpatrick

David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology with the State University of New York, College at Cortland. David worked as a school psychologist for 28 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and has done over 1,000 evaluations of students with reading difficulties and disabilities. He has been teaching courses on learning disabilities and educational psychology for 22 years. David is the author of Essentials of Assessing, Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley & Sons, 2015) and Equipped for Reading Success (Casey & Kirsch, 2016).

Diana Hanbury King

Diana Hanbury King is one of the most influential Orton-Gillingham practitioners in history. In the course of her 54 years as a teacher, she has transformed the lives of countless young people with dyslexia, and even received training under Anna Gillingham. She is the recipient of the International Dyslexia Association’s New York Branch Annual Award (1985), the Samuel T. Orton Award (1990), the Margaret Byrd Lawson Lifetime Achievement Award (2013), the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Teachers Hall of Fame (2016), and has published numerous books and manuals. We will be showing Emmy Award winning filmmaker Harvey Hubell V’s documentary, “One by One: The Teachings of Diana King,” chronicling King and her groundbreaking work.

Deborah Lynam

Deborah Lynam is the Director of Partnerships & Engagement at AIM Institute for Learning & Research. She is currently co-chair of the NJ State Special Education Advisory Council and also serves on the Family Engagement Advisory Board for the National Center on Improving Literacy. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia–NJ. She previously worked as a Family Resource Specialist for New Jersey’s Parent Training & Information Center and is the parent of three children, two of whom are dyslexic. Deborah served on the NJ Department of Education’s Dyslexia Handbook Committee and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the NJ Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in 2013. From these many different perspectives, Deborah understands the  issues facing families raising children with learning differences and has a passion to connect and support them in finding the resources and information they need to become successful advocates.

Paula Moraine

Paula Moraine gained her M.Ed. in Educational Studies from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom. She is an educator in private practice in Maryland. She is a tutor, coach, adult educator, speaker, and author. Paula is also on the Branch Council of the International Dyslexia Association, serving as the Eastern Region Representative. She has written books on executive function including, Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Function: The Attention Fix and Autism and Everyday Executive Function.

Carolee Dean

Carolee Dean is a speech language pathologist and certified academic language practitioner. She has worked with young people ages birth through grade 12. She is the current president of the Southwest Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and an award winning author of young adult fiction. Her titles include Comfort (Houghton Mifflin) an IRA/ILA Notable Book, Take Me There (Simon & Schuster) a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Forget Me Not (Simon & Schuster) a novel in verse. Her novels include many different poetic forms. She has given a variety of workshops at national and international conferences as well as individual schools and school districts to teachers, SLPs, librarians, and students.

Robin McEvoy

Dr. Robin McEvoy is a developmental neuropsychologist practicing in Denver. She evaluates and diagnoses a wide range of learning disabilities and learning needs in children, adolescents and adults. This includes the identification of reading disabilities such as dyslexia. She then works with the family to develop a treatment plan to remediate the weaknesses and accentuate strengths. In addition to her private practice, Dr. McEvoy is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and co-author of Child Decoded: Unlocking Complex Issues in Your Child’s Learning, Behavior, and Attention. Dr. McEvoy has authored a children’s book, Buddy: A Story for Dyslexia, (illustrated by her daughter).

In keeping with our tradition of growth, we continue to expand our scope to include sessions about technology, advocacy and data analysis.


We are thrilled to have these superb speakers and more at Reading in the Rockies 2017.