National Institute for Learning Development - NILD

Faces of NILD

Kristin Barbour, M.S. Ed, CCC-SLP, Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET)

Executive Director

Kristin's passion is bringing life-long learning to life and developing independent learners. She is an internationally respected educator and keynote speaker. In addition to being an NILD educational therapist, Kristin is an authorized trainer in the Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program. Prior to becoming NILD's Executive Director, Kristin was the Director of Discovery Program, Inc (DPI) a community-based organization providing intervention services to students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADHD in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  Kristin has also worked as an inpatient speech-language pathologist at Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. Currently, Kristin is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain, Teaching program.

    Allison Jenson, M.A., Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET)

    Program Development Manager

    Allison is NILD's Program Development Manager.  She seeks to impact the lives of all learners through education, and she is committed to equipping classroom teachers and educational therapists with the tools enabling them to unlock the potential in every student. During her 15 years as an educator, she has served as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, educational therapist, school administrator, and DPI leadership team member. She is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist and has 10 years of educational therapy experience. She is an instructor for NILD, teaching courses and presenting seminars and workshops nationally and internationally.

    Stephanie Ashworth

    Business Operations Manager

    Stephanie holds a MBA from Liberty University and is passionate about learning and business development.  She has over 16 years of business management and operations experience.  Stephanie has been married to Cameron for over 15 years and they have two wonderful children, Bella and Jonah.

    Shannon Kuschel, M.S., LPC, Professionally Certified Educational Therapist

    Research and Development Coordinator

    For more than twenty years, Shannon has worked with children and their families from a wide variety of backgrounds. She has served in both public and private schools, as well as private practice, specializing in approaches to assist all learners in realizing their fullest potential and developing a love of learning. She is a licensed counselor, a professionally certified NILD Educational Therapist, and has served as a Discovery Program Director in Florida.  She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and is currently earning her Ph.D. in Education from Regent University. Her greatest passion as an educator is to see students become self-directed learners that can step into their life callings with confidence and excitement.

    Shannon is from Merritt Island, FL, but has lived in the Hampton Roads (Virginia) area for the last five years. She has been married to her husband Robbie for 25 years. Robbie currently serves as the Director of Counseling & Disability Services at Regent University, where both he and Shannon are also adjunct professors. Together they have two young adult sons, Bryce and Evan.

    Monica Fraser

    Operations & Services Coordinator

    Monica Fraser has served as the Operations & Services Coordinator at NILD since 2016. Prior to joining the NILD team, she held retail management positions with the Dillards Corporation and served in development and fundraising in two Christian schools in the Milwaukee area. She holds a BA in Professional Studies with a concentration in Literature from Regent University. Monica is a mother of five with two grandchildren. Her youngest son received great benefit from NILD therapy. She and her husband live in the East Beach area of Norfolk, VA.

    Zenilda Thompson

    Administrative Assistant

    Zenilda began working for NILD in 2016. She is our Administrative Assistant helping to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.  She also administers NILD's social media accounts and works hard to find relevant, interesting, and inspiring content for our community of educational therapists.  Originally from California, she has lived in Chesapeake since 2012. She is married to Seth, a Navy Chief, together they have 3 young children.  Zenilda is a passionate conservationist and wants to educate others about the devastating effects of “single-use plastics.”

    Susie Hartung

    Susie Hartung

    Program Operations Coordinator

    Susie Hartung began working for NILD in 2004. Prior to working at NILD, she worked for 27 years in the medical field. She has been married to Brad for 45 years, has 3 adult children and 5 beautiful grandchildren that she loves spending time with. The love of her life, her 14 year old moderately severe, autistic grandson, Taylor inspires and blesses her every day.

     

    Welcome to NILD

    Whatever the reason that brought you to our website ~ we are glad you have found us! NILD’s website was designed for you – the seeker, the parent, the educator – to get accurate information on learning disabilities, dyslexia, and […]

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    Fostering Students’ Sense of Belonging to Improve Achievement and Resilience

    Join us July 17th @ 12 noon EST for a webinar featuring Jacquie Beaubien, Ed.D. Feeling like one belongs in academic settings is known to have a significant impact on academic performance and resilience (Walton & […]

    The Power of Critical Thinking Webinar

    Join us as we revisit The Power of Critical Thinking, a joint webinar by IRI & NILD.  View the archived webinar at your convenience then join us for Live Q&A on June 25th at 12pm.  Discover […]

    Identifying and Dealing with Motivation to Build Resilient Children

    NILD is pleased to announce May’s 60 minute webinar, Identifying and Dealing with Motivation to Build Resilient Children, presented by George Selig and Alan Arroyo May 7th at 1pm Teachers, parents, and leaders are constantly trying […]

    Announcing NILD 2018 Summer Courses

    Register Now for Summer Courses and Workshops The summer is packed full of opportunity for great training including NILD Level courses, a full range of FIE courses, all our Rx Workshops, Search & Teach, Woodcock-Johnson IV, and our brand new Executive […]

    Join NILD’s New Online Workshop!

    Learn how to become an NILD Teletherapist! March 29, 2018 (12pm-2pm Eastern). Click here for more information and to register. REACH students who are homebound, geographically remote or otherwise not able to engage in face-to-face therapy EXPAND your therapy practice […]

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