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.

Board

VCLD Board Members, 2022 – 2023

Executive Board

Mindy Gumpert, Ph.D.  Adjunct Assistant Professor Old Dominion University, Virginia Wesleyan University

President Elect – Sierrah Chavis (we need to see what affiliation she would like us to list

Vice President – Lenette Hillian, Portsmouth Public Schools

Secretary – Judith Fontana Ph.D.  Literacy Coordinator, VDOE TTAC George Mason University

Treasurer – Ponthetta Taylor

Committee Chairpersons

Awards, Honors, and Nominations    Cindy Buckley, Ph.D.  Literacy Coordinator, VDOE TTAC George Mason University
Membership/Communications     Meaghan Sekinger, Literacy Coordinator, VDOE TTAC George Mason University
Web Curator/Communications     Cindy Buckley
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