Our Approach

Our Story

Our Story

Dyslexia Institutes of America was founded in 1997 by Dr. Elaine B. Jett, a graduate of the University of Illinois with a doctorate in early childhood education and a minor in reading and psychology. Dr. Jett, author of three basic reading programs for Sylvan Learning Systems, recognized a problem in the clients she observed as owner of her three Sylvan Learning Centers. These students, in spite of the outstanding educational programs offered by Sylvan, were not successful. These students did not match the growth of others in the program, and often failed to achieve even minimal success with their academic plan.

Through observation, study, and research with actual clients, Dr. Jett  developed a multi-sensory program which successfully diagnosed and treated those with dyslexia in a clinical setting.

Meet the Team

In 2018, more than 20-years after founding Dyslexia Institutes of America, Dr. Jett decided to retire from the day-to-day operation of our organization. She handed the reigns off to a very talented team of professionals. Dr. Jett remains active in our organization as an educational consultant.


Karen S. Bourne


Karen is the Clinical Director of clinics in Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield, IL. She is a leading expert and lecturer in the area of dyslexia. Ms. Bourne, a certified teacher, has taught in preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms. Her extensive academic training, which includes 30-plus years in the special educational field as a teacher, special education tutor, and educational consultant. Ms. Bourne provides continuing education seminars across the nation on the subject of dyslexia.


Joel A. Greff


Joel A. Greff is the Director of the clinic in Columbus, OH and serves Central Ohio and beyond. He has taught at the College-level and is the proud parent of a child with special educational needs. His educational background consists of a B.S. in Actuarial Science from The Ohio State University and an MBA in Finance and Organizational Dynamics from Franklin University. Mr. Greff has served on the boards of several private companies, schools, and non-profit agencies and is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and the National Association of Special Education Teachers.


Stacey Renard-Young


Stacey Renard Young, M.Ed, PLET, NCED, is the Director of the clinic in Broussard, LA, Stacey is a certified teacher and the parent of a child with special educational needs. Her clinic brings specialized resources to the greater Lafayette area. Ms. Young taught for 10 years in private elementary schools and has opened a dyslexia-friendly school in Lafayette. She is a Professional Licensed Educational Therapist and National Certified Educational Diagnostician. Ms. Young has dedicated her life to helping learners achieve their highest potential despite hidden learning problems.

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