Faces of NILD
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
Stephanie Ashworth, MBA, CX
Director of Operations
Stephanie holds an MBA from Liberty University and is passionate about learning and business development. She has over 20 years of business management and operations experience and is an advisory board member for the University of Richmond’s Customer Experience Program. Stephanie has been married to Cameron for almost 20 years and they have two wonderful children, Bella and Jonah.
Bridget Hughes, MEd, PCET
Program Operations Coordinator
A nearly 40-year veteran and specialist in the field of learning differences, Bridget is an NILD Professionally Certified Therapist and has been an instructor for NILD since 1997. Over the course of those years, Bridget has implemented and developed several NILD/Discovery Programs in private Christian schools in Georgia and Texas. She also serves as Board Vice President for Elim Christian Schools in Houston where differences are celebrated. Bridget holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas A&M; an M.E.d in Special Education from Prairie View A&M University; Texas and ACSI Teaching Certifications; and is an IDA Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist. In 2012, Bridget received the NILD “Grace Mutzabaugh Award” for providing excellence in service and leadership in the NILD organization, and for inspiring and helping other NILD educational therapists.
Allison Jenson, M.A., Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET)
Allison 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 NILD 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.
Wendy Bokmiller, MAEd
Curriculum Development Associate
Wendy is passionate about equipping students with the ability to unlock their learning potential and develop skills for a lifetime of learning success. She has been involved in the field of Education for over 20 years. In addition to working as an Educational Therapist for the past 6 years, she has taught ESL, home schooled her 2 college-aged children and developed a variety of specialized learning classes. She is a licensed Educational Therapist who holds a BS in Psychology from Texas A & M University and a MAED from Regent University with a certification in ESL.
Katie Smith, MEd, Professionally Certified Educational Therapist (PCET)
Curriculum Development Associate
Katie is an enthusiastic educator, serving and developing students for the past 14 years as a classroom teacher, mentor teacher, district-level math curriculum specialist, and presently, as an educational therapist. As both a parent and educator of students with learning differences, she is passionate about building competence and confidence in all learners. Katie is a Professionally Certified Educational Therapist, has 6 years of NILD educational therapy experience, and currently serves students at a private, Christ-centered, college-preparatory school in The Woodlands, Texas.
Monica Fraser has served as the Office 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 three grandchildren. Her youngest son received great benefits from NILD therapy. She and her husband live in Norfolk, VA.
Kim began her career as an NILD therapist in 2017. She is passionate about helping children achieve their potential and encouraging them to grow in a love of learning. She homeschooled both of her daughters and moved frequently during her husband’s military career. In addition to providing educational therapy, she works at NILD as the office administrative assistant.