Marie is an Educational Diagnostician specializing in learning disabilities and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. She has been an educator for 40 years and has 25 years experience in evaluating for learning disabilities. In addition to starting and running the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation, Marie is the founder and owner/operator of Tidewater Learning Center in Virginia Beach. Since 1996 she has been on staff at Tidewater Community College as the Educational Diagnostician for the Office of Educational Accessibility Services. Marie and her family moved to Virginia Beach in 1996. She is the proud wife of a retired Navy Commander, mother of 4, and grandmother of 5 angels.
As a lifelong resident of southside Hampton Roads and having served the City of Norfolk for over 20 years in several capacities, Aarian has a broad familiarity with the region. Her various roles in municipal government and legal arena, have broadened and directed an exceptional career path in the fields of management, public and business administration.
Additionally, she has served the community in numerous capacities over the years, ranging from neighborhood and community engagement endeavors, a political operative on several local political campaigns, developed, structured and launched city wide initiatives such as the Path to Success initiative designed to excite the interest of students in becoming more civically engaged and the Lex Talk Dyslexia Forum designed to help raise awareness on the growing number of students who have dyslexia. Aarian takes great pride in her planning and coordination skills for community-based initiatives and outreach.
Aarian received her under-graduate degree from Hampton University and her master’s in law from Regent University. Aarian has been married to Carey Daniels for 17 years, and they share the proud parentage of four children.
Christin is the eldest daughter of SDF President, Marie Sexton. Christin was a tutor and Office Manager for Tidewater Learning Center for 20 years. During her time there, the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation was established. Christin worked closely with Marie to develop the foundation into what it is today. She had her hand in creating the tutor training methods, assessment reports, fundraising, maintaining financial records, and developing the website. Christin is currently employed by the US Navy as a civilian Acquisition Specialist. Her husband is also a navy civilian. Their daughter, Skyler, is studying Anthropology and Archaeology at James Madison University. Christin is a proud Old Dominion University alumni and football season ticket holder.
Deb is an educational therapist with over 25 years experience in teaching children with learning disabilities. She holds a BA in
English and a Masters of Education. She specializes in helping students with dyslexia and early reading acquisition. Deb feels
blessed to help support students with dyslexia. She has lived in Virginia Beach since 1990 with her husband, and is the mother of two marvelous children.
Keith is excited to join the board and bring his expertise in helping individuals with dyslexia to SDF. As someone with dyslexia, Keith is uniquely qualified to contribute to SDF's mission to identify, remediate, and raise awareness of dyslexia. Keith is a Ph.D. Candidate in the College of Human Ecology for Apparel Design full-time at Ivy League Cornell University. He graduated summa-cum-laude from Norfolk State University (HBCU) with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts/Fashion Merchandising. He earned two Master's Degrees: a Master of Business Administration in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship from L.I.M. College (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising), and a Master of Arts in Apparel Design from Cornell University. In addition, Keith earned a Professional Studies Degree in Product Development Manager from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Keith is looking forward to having the opportunity to partner with the excellent SDF team and serve the Hampton Roads Community.
Barbara is an enthusiastic supporter of SDF and its work in unlocking the world of reading for people with dyslexia. She is excited to join the Board and bring her experiences with non-profit work, strategic planning, and operations management.
She completed the Board of Academy offered by the Center for Non-Profit Excellence and hopes to bring energy and ideas about how to advance the important mission and work of SDF!
Barbara has a passion for teaching to empower learners and has taught at the University of Virginia (UVA) for the UVA Launchpad and UVA Advance programs and at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC). Most recently, she worked as a Senior Consultant for Workforce Planning in Human Resources at UVA. She has leadership experience in managing teams for efficient operations, financial management, customer service, and global strategy. Her education includes a Certificate of Professional Development in Global Strategy and Leadership from The Wharton School and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College
Jake is a founding board member of Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation. He served on the board for 11 years. Jake is a singer, songwriter that recently released his third album, "Eyes on the Horizon". He is best known for playing the saxaphone with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band since 2012. Jake has over 11 years of volunteer work in mentoring and leadership development for Young Life and Christian Surfer organizations. He holds a degree from the Governor's School for the Arts.
We are continuing to work towards making a greater impact within our community. However, due to the recent pandemic, fundraising has become more difficult than ever. With the cancellation of many of our events we are seeking support from individuals like you.