The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition: www.GBRLDC.org
The Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition is made up of 7 Founding Board Members:
Georgann Mire is an educational consultant in the Baton Rouge area. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (LaBIDA), and works in the Office of Disability Services at Baton Rouge Community College. She is the Professional Development Coordinator for St. Elizabeth Foundation. She is the mother of two adultwith learning disabilities and the Aunt of the late Christopher Wayne Austin,who had dyslexia and was a talented musician and artist who had a passion for helping other young people with learning disabilities. She is the founder of this conference, and organized it singlehandedly for 5 years, before allowing Tracey the opportunity to help. She is our Vice President and Secretary.
Tracey Lyons Tozier, MSS, is a clinical social worker by training. She has worked in inpatient psychiatry, juvenile justice, outpatient psychotherapy, locked residential treatment for adolescents, and early intervention for children with autism and developmental delays. She has also been a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She moved to Baton Rouge in 2011, and has been involved with the schools of her children, both of whom have learning disabilities. She has also volunteered with the Albemarle Spouses Association, the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, Families Helping Families, and is a Board Member of Louisiana Key Academy. She is the President of the Board for the Greater Baton Rouge Learning Disabilities Coalition.
William Daigle, PhD: Dr. Daigle is a clinical psychologist in private practice and a native of Baton Rouge. He has been practicing in Baton Rouge since 1984. He does psychoeducational testing as well as psychotherapy, and specializes in children and families affected by learning disabilities. He has been involved with this learning disabilites conference since its inception. Bill is a member of our board and our assistant website designer.
Belynda Gauthier: Belynda is the mother of a young adult with AD/HD and other challenges. She has served as Coordinator for Louisiana Capital Area Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD (CHADD) since 1990, and is a past member of CHADD's National Board of Directors. She is a long time Board Member for Families Helping Familiies, and has served on numerous other local, state, and national committees and boards involved in special needs and mental health advocacy. Belynda has 33 years of professional Human Resources experience, including 20 years as HR Director for a large organization. She has received the Coordinator of the Year award from CHADD, and the Employer of the Year Award from BACE for her work in employing persons with disabilities.
Brandi McKenzie Newsom, JD: Brandi has worked with children for many years in church, summer camp, and professionally. She is a 2004 graduateof the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU and a member of the Louisiana Bar. She first saw expansive need for early intervention in children with special needs when she was practicing law as a children's attorney for Child in Need of Care cases. Brandi serves as a Board member and legal consultant to the board, and plans to develop workshops to educate lawyers and judges about learning disabilities.
Brenda Dawson, PhD: Dr. Dawson received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Montana and completed her residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Formerly a professor of psychology, she has been in full-time private practice in Baton Rouge since 1992, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children adn adolescents with psychological and learning disabilities. She is a member of the Board, and plans to help develop workshops of in-depth professional development for psychologists.
Mary Dawson is our public relations and marketing expert. She was the Associate Director of the Pennington Foundation before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She has a son with ADHD/ODD and dyslexia who is about to graduate high school. Mary understands first hand what parents and families struggle with regarding finding the right kind of help in this area.