The event was chaired by NCLD Board Member, Cassia Schifter. Other members of the Host Committee included: Jesse Corradi, Carter Gray, Joanna Merrill, Allyson Smith, Natalie Soud, Julia Steers, Rachel & Robin Thebault, Doug Weeden, and Josh Wexler.
The night provided an opportunity for attendees to connect with others who have shared similar experiences because of their LD or from supporting friends and siblings with LD. Host Committee Members Cassia Schifter and Josh Wexler spoke during a short program, each sharing some of their personal experiences growing up with LD. The presentation was extremely meaningful for other young people with LD in the room and enlightening for those newer to the experience of LD. Both Schifter and Wexler agreed that despite the challenges they’ve faced because of their learning disability, there are also great strengths to be associated with it.
NCLD Executive Director James Wendorf also spoke during the short program, sharing more about NCLD’s important work to ensure that all children with LD get the tools and resources they need to succeed.
The reception garnered very positive feedback from guests in attendance, many of whom were excited to get more involved with the work of NCLD. Overall, the night was a great success, serving as a kickoff for future NCLD events and programs engaging these and other young professionals excited about the work of NCLD.
Chris Hathaway, Kellen Carter
NCLD Executive Director James H. Wendorf with Summer Soiree attendees.
Dana Silberstein, Josh Wexler, Brad Bambara
Jesse Corradi, Cassia Schifter
Marcus Soutra, Alexandra Connell
Sharanya Pathmanaban, Josh Mika, Garrett Ho
Molly Unterseher, Taylor Lawson
Bobby Hodgson, Dan Poston
Cassia Schifter, Amanda Mattei, James H. Wendorf
James H. Wendorf, Kari Tejeria, Rachel Thebault, Doug Weeden, Michael Lasky
Attendees listen as Executive Director James H. Wendorf speaks about NCLD priorities.
Cassia Schifter, James H. Wendorf