People

Much of Lexia's work is done by volunteers from the community. The founders of Lexia are John Anton, Jerome Elkind, and Carol Murray. Many other people with an interest in learning disabilities have contributed to its programs. The Board of Directors of Lexia is composed of Jerome Elkind, ScD, chair; John Anton, PhD, president; Will McKinney BS; Linda Elkind BA, secretary-treasurer; Octo Barnett, MD; and Carolyn Compton, PhD.

John Anton, Ph.D., President

Dr. Anton received his B.S. degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Fulbright Fellowship to Karlsruhe Universität, and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. He has held technical and executive positions at several high technology companies from 1970 until his retirement in 2013. In 1988, he co-founded the Lexia Institute with Dr. Elkind and has served since as its president while also leading the development of Lexia's LessonPlanner and WordSpring software products designed for literacy teachers.

Jerome Elkind, Sc.D., Chairman

Jerome Elkind is chairman of The Lexia Institute. He received his S.B. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. He has done research on and development of interactive computer systems and has held management positions at several companies in the computer industry. In 1988 he co-founded The Lexia Institute where he has worked on computer reader and speech recognition technology for people with learning disabilities and on Lexia's WordSpring software for teachers.

William McKinney, B.S., Director email symbol

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Will McKinney received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder. Will brings to Lexia over 30 years of leadership and of marketing and technology management experience in organizations spanning early stage start-ups to large enterprises. His experience includes the definition and delivery of multiple successful software products within a variety of markets, including health/wellness, cost accounting, internet tools, and chip design/validation. A goal throughout his career has been to deliver easy to understand solutions using technology to help better the lives of individuals.

Carol Murray, M.Ed., Curriculum Advisor 1990-2010

Carol Murray, M.Ed., devoted 35 years to the education of children, adolescents, and adults with specific language disabilities as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and instructor of teacher education courses. She wrote numerous educational materials including diagnostic tests for older students and Scope & Sequence for Literacy Instruction. At Lexia, she worked on the development of LessonPlanner and WordSpring, computer software tools to aid teachers plan phonics-based literacy lessons, and on computer readers to accommodate and improve the skills of poor readers. Carol passed away in August 2010. Her last contribution to Lexia was to specify the content of WordSpring 3.0, the new version of Lexia's word list software.

Linda Elkind, B.A., Director

Linda Elkind received her B.A. degree from Smith College in 1957. She has devoted years of service to nonprofit community activities, and has been widely recognized for her work in environmental protection and education for the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a member of the Planning Commission of the town of Portola Valley, CA. She served as a legislative advocate for the Committee for Green Foothills. She has been a Director of Hidden Villa Foundation, the Committee for Green Foothills, and the Peninsula Conservation Center Trust.