Mission

The Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities (VCLD) is a statewide organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy within the Commonwealth. VCLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.

Vision

 Our Goal is to increase and improve educational opportunities and quality of life options for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning. To accomplish this, our vision is to include all educators, researchers, administrators and support personnel who work or interact with said individuals.

Goals

  • Stimulate communication and collaboration among preservice and inservice professionals working with individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning.
  • Provide a forum for identifying and examining current field-related issues.
  • Provide opportunities for and/or information on ongoing professional development 
  • Advocate for continued program development and/or improvement for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning. 
  • Promote excellence and contributions within the profession. 
  • Support the dissemination of research, current understandings and advancements in the field of disabilities.

2022-2023 Board

President Mindy Gumpert, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan University  

President Elect Sierrah Chavis

Vice PresidentLenette Hillian, EdS

Instructional Technology Specialist, Portsmouth Public Schools

Secretary Judith Fontana PhD

Professor Emeritas, George Mason University 

Treasurer Ponthetta Taylor

Committee Chairpersons

Awards, Honors, and Nominations    Lenette Hillian, EdS

Instructional Technology Specialist, Portsmouth Public Schools

Ponthetta Taylor

Membership/Communications     Meaghan Sekinger, MEd

Literacy Coordinator, VDOE TTAC George Mason University

Web Curator/Communications     Cindy Buckley, PhD

Senior Content Creator, Lexia Learning

Professional Relations Liaison     Open

Virginia Regional Representatives

South Central and Central     Nicci Dowd, Marymount University

Eastern     Open

Northern     Saskia Alemar

Southwest and Far Southwest     Open