Embrace Dyslexia is a small, hard-working nonprofit organization based in Ohio. Established in 2012, we hit the ground running with our direct approach to finding success. Raising awareness and identifying resources for our parents and educators is vitally important to us.  We celebrate the different thinking abilities of people with dyslexia!  The following are a few people trying to make a difference.  We also have people in the technology, medical, and education fields helping us as well as family and friends of people with dyslexia.
Laura Whiteman
Founder and Executive Director

Laura has a varied technical and business background.  Fundamentally, she is a parent who has been on a journey with her son who has dyslexia and dysgraphia and is committed to helping others in a similar situation. Prior to creating this nonprofit, she has over 30 years in consulting, software development and process improvement activities with major companies in the Cleveland area.  She holds BS/BA and CISA desnignations.  She has served on several school Boards in the last two decades.

She created this nonprofit to be in a position to help others in their own journey be successful.  

Beth Tomoff

Beth is a CPA, MBA.  Her varied business experience includes large public companies as well as small non-profit organizations.  She is active in the community and; along with her husband, Don; a parent to two teenagers in high school.

James Whiteman
Board of Directors

James brings more than 30 years of experience working in various technical positions.  He possesses a strong technical background in physics, electrical engineering and software development and is working on some apps for the android system and Xbox systems.  James knows firsthand what it is like to experience dyslexia and is instrumental in working with his son with dyslexia and dysgraphia.  James completed undergrad studies at Purdue Univ and graduate studies at Harvard Univ.


Currently, James is Director of Operations of Millennium Control Systems.  

Melissa Dlugos
Board of Directors

Melissa received her Master’s Degree in Audiology and Hearing Impairment from Northwestern University.   She has worked for over 20 years as a Clinical Audiologist with a focus on identification, remediation, and management of hearing impairments in the pediatric population.  Melissa and her husband are parents to three sons, the youngest of which suffers with dyslexia and dysgraphia.


“We're a small and growing nonprofit organization. We look forward to hearing from you and either helping you with awareness or resources, or pointing you in a better direction! So what are you waiting for, let's meet

Laura Whiteman, Founder and Executive Director

Embrace Dyslexia