Meet Our New Board Members

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Congratulations to the four dedicated individuals who were elected in January to three-year terms of office. NCBIDA relies on board members to provide our programs and services. We are a true “working board,” and we thank them for their willingness to serve our Northern California community.


Andrea Shuel, MA, Vice President

Andrea resides in San Francisco where she recently retired from San Francisco Day School after teaching for the past 20 years, first as a classroom teacher, and for fifteen years as a learning specialist. Before moving to California, she taught in the public schools of Indiana for 16 years. Andrea joined both The International Dyslexia Association and the board of NCBIDA in 1998. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham and Slingerland Approaches and is now in private practice.



Jessica Corinne, BA

Jessica was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Pacific, earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Education. She had the pleasure of being an elementary school classroom teacher for a few years until she pursued her involvement with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. For nearly a decade, Jessica has held a variety of positions for Lindamood-Bell, including the role of consultant for both Learning Center and School Partnership divisions. She is currently serving as executive director of the Saratoga and Monterey Learning Centers and regional manager for a number of additional locations. For two years, Jessica served IDA on the Los Angeles County Executive Board as secretary. She is excited to now have the opportunity to contribute as a member of the board in Northern California.


Mary Kay DiMaggio

Mary Kay DiMaggio lives with her husband, 12-year-old son, and 10-year-old daughter in Roseville, CA. She works full-time as a senior risk control analyst for an insurance company. She connected with NCBIDA in the process of finding help for her daughter who has dyslexia and is committed to helping to provide information to parents and educators in the Sacramento area.


John Santonastaso

East Bay educator John Santonastaso has many years of experience as an elementary special education and classroom teacher, and he has also served as vice principal at Warwick Elementary School in Fremont. He is currently a response-to-intervention teacher at Azevada Elementary School and Maloney Elementary School in Fremont. Last summer, John completed his first year of
 Slingerland training.