Kristin Barbour, EdD, CCC-SLP, Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET)
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. Kristin recently completed her EdD at Johns Hopkins University in the Mind, Brain, Teaching program.
The NILD Board of Directors congratulates and honors our Executive Director on the successful completion of her doctoral studies in May 2019 from the Johns Hopkins University. These exhausting years of rigorous and demanding study while serving as an active and fully engaged leader of NILD have prepared Dr. Kristin Barbour for greater levels of service to the needs of students, therapists, and schools. Join the Board of Directors in congratulating Kristin for this outstanding accomplishment.
Derek J Keenan EdD, NILD Board Chair
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.
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.
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.