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Our Team

The Empower™ team consists of a dedicated group of professionals who are committed to improving the literacy skills of children, adolescents, and adults everywhere.   

Dr. Maureen Lovett, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Director, Learning Disability Research Program

Léa Lacerenza, M.Ed. 

Senior Author, Trainer and Mentor

Maria De Palma, M.A. 

Manager, Senior Trainer and Mentor  

Karen Steinbach, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc. 

Manager, Senior Trainer and Mentor 

Meredith Temple, M.A., C. Psych. Assoc. 

Coordinator, Senior Trainer, and Mentor

Shannon Mack, M.A. 



Sue Butler, M.Ed. 

Trainer and Mentor  

Susannah Peace, B.Ed. 

Debbie Boland, B.Ed. 

Senior Trainer and Mentor 

Anita VanOorschot-Settle, B.Ed. 

Senior Trainer and Mentor 

Special Education Teacher, WRDSB 

Edie Edwards, B.ASc., B.Ed. 

Trainer and Mentor 

Nancy Hastings, B.Ed. 

Nancy Carisse, B.Ed. 

Anne Woolner, B.Ed. 

Gemma Battista, B.Ed. 

Maureen Chapman, B.Ed.  

Brenda Rockburn, B.Ed. 


Judy Skochinski, B.Ed. 

Vlasta Sohaj-Nichie, B.Ed. 

Naomi Badger 

Learning Disabilities Research Program, Administration