krista k. gauthier
Krista first conceived of SDSquared when, as a parent of a dyslexic child, she noticed that the access she was able to provide her daughter in both remediation and STEM enrichment was denied to so many for a variety of reasons.
Krista has over 10 years of experience in education, both as a teacher and as a researcher in educational theory and curriculum. Most recently, she gained valuable nonprofit development experience as a development director at a Northern Virginia private school. Krista has taken those two professional experiences and used them to found and build this one of kind program for children with dyslexia.
& At-Large Board Member
Joyce is a certified elementary and special education teacher. She has been teaching for 22 years with a focus on supporting children with dyslexia. She first became interested in educating children with dyslexia while watching a family struggle with reading. Joyce earned her certification to teach Alphabetic Phonics, an Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and spelling, from Teachers College at Columbia University in 1998. She soon thereafter began a successful private practice tutoring children with dyslexia. Joyce is excited about being apart of Sliding Doors and its ability to reach more students. She is eager to share her knowledge and years of experience with other adults who are passionate about serving students with dyslexia.
Our board of directors
I come from a family dedicated to education and community service. I loved teaching elementary and middle school, and am currently serving as Principal of St. Bernadette Catholic School in Springfield, VA. I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Catholic School Leadership Graduate Program at Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
Schools can be vibrant places that shape young hearts and minds, but they can’t do everything for everyone. Families who are challenged with their children’s special learning needs deserve our support. I am proud to be a part of this innovative program. It is my hope that SDSquared will provide the opportunity for these brilliant young people to thrive!
Deanna Doan is co-founder and managing partner of Eleccion LLC. She has 20 years of corporate growth, program management, and organizational improvement experience, as well as deep expertise in strategic planning, business transformation, and change management. Prior to founding Eleccion, she was vice president at Allegheny Science & Technology, managing a diverse portfolio of programs across the Intelligence and DoD markets. Deanna has served in a number of program management and customer delivery roles at Northrop Grumman and TASC (now Engility), including advising senior intelligence community leaders on strategic planning, process improvement and communication initiatives.
Deanna is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Acquisition Management and Technology & Innovation Councils. In addition, she serves on the board of directors for Sliding Doors STEM and Dyslexia and Fairfax Futures, where she chairs the Development committee. Previously, she served 5 years as Chair the Title I Parent Advisory Committee Executive Board for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Deanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Operations Research from George Mason University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma green belt.