Our 2nd Annual Donut Dash for Dyslexia will be March 28th, 2020!


Joan Portelli


Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

Carol Anderson

Andrea Mills


Linda Erickson

Linda Erickson

Jayne Cawthern


Kelly McConnell

Kelly McConnell

Board of Directors

Katharine Donnelly Adams, Ph.D.

Katharine Donnelly Adams

Board President

Teri Linder

Terri Linder

Vice President

Amy Bader



Pam Hough



Carol Anderson, Ph.D.


Carol Anderson is a retired speech-language pathologist, specializing in child language disorders and literacy.

She received her M.A. from Case-Western Reserve University in Speech-Language Pathology and also received her Ph.D. and SLP-CCC from Penn State in Linguistics.

She has been a Certified O-G tutor, since 2013.

Walt Mills


Walt Mills is a science writer for Penn State. He was also a regular columnist for the Centre Daily Times for 17 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in English literature. He is married to Andrea, who is a tutor at the Dyslexia center.

Michelle Hutnik, Sc.D.


Dr. Michelle Hutnik was born and raised in State College, and is a graduate of State High. After completing her undergraduate degree at Penn State, she obtained a Doctorate of Science in Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), were she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Chemical Engineering. After working in multiple positions focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical competitive analysis and strategic planning, Michelle returned to Penn State where she is currently the Director of Research Analytics and Communications in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research.

Keith Jervis, M.Ed.


Keith began his career as a tutor of students with learning disabilities at the Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts. He has been a vocational rehabilitation counselor in the states of New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania assisting individuals with disabilities to gain employment. Most of his career has been as a postsecondary disability services professional at two postsecondary institutions, Dickinson College and his alma mater Penn State University. At Penn State University, he was the Executive Director of Student Disability Services. 

Keith holds a B. A. in Liberal Arts from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, having majored in psychology. He completed graduate studies M.Ed., in Counselor Education, Rehabilitation Services from Penn State University. He also completed graduate training at Leslie University to qualify for teacher certification in Elementary Education in the State of Massachusetts. He has also qualified for certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania (both currently inactive).  

His interest in assisting individuals with learning disabilities to realize their potential arises from his own difficulties learning to read and inspiration derived from educators who assisted him. 

Keith retired from Penn State University after 12 years in July, 2019. He lives in Ferguson Township with his wife, Karen, also retired. They have two daughters, Christine in Portland Oregon, and Kali in White Plains, NY. 

Student Advisor

Sarah Shearer


We are excited to welcome Grace Prep student, Sarah Shearer, on board as our Student Advisor!

Sarah brings us a the young adult's perspective on dyslexia and we can't wait to see what happens!