Inspired by her previous career as a teacher, Dr. Neena Saha founded Elemeno™ to help bridge the research-to-practice gap in early literacy. Neena taught reading to children with exceptional needs for several years before returning to school for graduate training in educational neuroscience from Columbia University. She received her doctorate in special education from Vanderbilt's Peabody College, where her focus of research was on individual differences in decoding skill acquisition. Her research can be found in The Journal of Learning Disabilities, Annals of Dyslexia, and Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal.
Daniel Hudson, MBA
Dan has broad experience in corporate finance, M&A, and financial consulting through his time at PwC and Deloitte. Dan graduated from Fordham's Gabelli School of Business in New York City. Dan's prior experience in entrepreneurship includes owning and operating a bar (which he later sold for a profit) while attending college at Florida State University.
Laurie Cutting, PhD
Laurie E. Cutting, Ph.D., is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education, Psychology and Human Development, Radiology, and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University. She is also Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. She has authored or co-authored over 100 publications focusing on reading, and reading disabilities. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious NIH Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award.
Freddy Hiebert, PhD
Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) has had a long career as a literacy educator, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in California and, subsequently, as a teacher educator and tenured professor. Her research, which addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts, has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. Dr. Hiebert has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, developed/consulted on several reading curricula for companies such as Scholastic and Pearson, and advised ten state education agencies on how to structure early reading programs. Dr. Hiebert’s contributions to research and practice have been recognized through awards such as the American Educational Research Association’s Research to Practice award (2013).
Tim Odegard, PhD
Tim Odegard is a tenured Professor of Psychology and holds the Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. He leads the efforts of the Tennessee Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia. Tim is the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Dyslexia, and has also served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Wilson Language Training Corporation.