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About LD OnLine


  • Noel Gunther, Executive Director
  • Christian Lindstrom, Director, Learning Media

  • Shalini Anand, Senior Manager, Web Development
  • Bridget Brady, Web Assistant
  • Lydia Breiseth, Manager, Colorín Colorado
  • Tina Chovanec, Director, Reading Rockets
  • Kelly Deckert, Associate Manager of Online Media
  • Laurie Fry, Publicist
  • Ashley Gilleland, Producer
  • Joanne Meier, Ph.D., Research Consultant
  • Maria Salvadore, Children's Literature Editor
  • Rachael Walker, Outreach Consultant
  • Sarah O'Brien, Social Media and Content Coordinator

Noel Gunther, Executive Director of LD OnLine, has overseen the project since its inception. Gunther has broad experience in radio, television, print, and the Internet. He has co-written and co-produced award-winning documentaries for NPR and Public Radio International, including: Good Morning Vietnam with Adrian Cronauer (Gold Award, Best Culture/Arts Program, International Radio Festival of New York; Ohio State Award); American Voices: Norman Corwin with Charles Kuralt (Grand Award, Best Documentary Program, International Radio Festival of New York); Gray Matters: Depression with Mike Wallace (Gold Award, International Radio Festival of New York); and Drugs, Alcohol and the Brain (Gold Cindy Award, best documentary; Grand Award, Best Informational Program, International Radio Festival of New York).

For television, Gunther's work includes the PBS documentary A Tale of Two Schools, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the five-part public TV series Exploring Your Brain. For the Internet, Gunther created and developed the LD OnLine website, which since 1996 has been the leading website in the field of learning disabilities. LD OnLine won a Clarion Award in 1998 as the best nonprofit website in the country. Gunther is co-author of Beyond Boardwalk and Park Place (Bantam Books), which was named by the New York Public Library as one of the best young adult books of the year. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Washingtonian, American Journalism Review, and many other publications. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Christian Lindstrom produces award-winning television programs, websites, and print materials about reading, learning disabilities, mental health, and brain science. She worked to launch Learning Media's first website, LD OnLine.org, in 1996; it has since become the world's leading site in the field of learning disabilities. She has been a key player in the production and launch of ReadingRockets.org and ColorínColorado.org, both Webby Award Honorees. She directed, co-wrote, and co-produced the PBS documentary A Tale of Two Schools, narrated by Morgan Freeman and winner of a CINE Special Jury Prize. She also wrote and produced several episodes of the PBS series Launching Young Readers, including Reading Rocks!, a special for children with reading disabilities (Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award); and A Chance to Read, with Molly Ringwald (CINE Golden Eagle Award, Gold World Medal at the International Film and Video Competition of New York). Most recently she directed the launch of BrainLine.org, a comprehensive multimedia website about preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury. She executive produces webcasts for ReadingRockets.org, ColorinColorado.org, AdLit.org, and BrainLine.org. She has a master's degree in English Literature from Auckland University in New Zealand.

Joanne Meier, Ph.D. provides research guidance for Reading Rockets. Dr. Meier has more than 15 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. Dr. Meier served on the faculty at the University of Virginia for six years where she trained reading specialists and future classroom teachers. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Meier co-authored three Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) instruments, used today by over 14,000 PreK-grade 3 teachers in Virginia. Dr. Meier has conducted research and published in several professional journals. Her research has been published in journals as diverse as Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Reading Writing Quarterly, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, and Teaching and Change. Dr. Meier is a co-author of the Phonics Friends series, published by Child's World. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she taught elementary school in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Maria Salvadore is Reading Rockets' consultant for children's literature and literacy. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, reviewer for School Library Journal and Capitol Choices, and former member of the American Library Association's Notable Children's Book Committee. She was previously coordinator of children's services for the District of Columbia Public Library system and Cambridge (MA) Public Library. She currently works with PBS's Ready to Learn project, the Kennedy Center's education department, Reading Is Fundamental, and the Catholic Charities Parenting Program.

Maria has chaired or served on various book award committees including the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards, Golden Kite and the Caldecott Committee. She is the co-author with Susan Hepler of Books Kids Will Talk About.


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