Board of Directors
Tyson Smith, Chairman
President of Reading Horizons, Tyson has guided the North Salt Lake-based company into becoming a national and international education publishing enterprise. Since its inception over 28 years ago, Reading Horizons has had a firm focus on its goal to publish and market industry-leading education products, centered on the Reading Horizons reading strategies. Tyson received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Utah and his MBA from Brigham Young University. He first joined Reading Horizons in 1998 as Executive Vice President with an emphasis in marketing and sales. He assumed the role as President of Reading Horizons in October 2001 and since that time has overseen steady sales growth and a myriad of improvements to the Reading Horizons line of products. Tyson has worked with thousands of educators across the world to help make dramatic improvements in literacy rates for their students. He has also presented at education and technology conventions throughout North America and Internationally.
Neil J Anderson, PhD
Neil J Anderson is a Professor in the Department of English Language Teaching and Learning at Brigham Young University—Hawaii. His research interests include motivation in language teaching and learning, second language reading, language learner strategies, learner self-assessment, and ELT leadership development. Professor Anderson is the author or co-editor of three teacher education texts in the area of second language reading: Exploring Second Language Reading: Issues and Strategies (1999, Heinle/Thomson), Practical English Language Teaching: Reading (2008, McGraw Hill) and L2 reading research and instruction: Crossing the boundaries (2009, The University of Michigan Press). He is the co-editor with Christine Coombe, Lauren Stephensen, and Mary Lou McCloskey of Leadership in English language teaching and learning (2008, The University of Michigan Press). In addition he is the author of an EFL reading series ACTIVE Skills for Reading, 3rd edition (2013, National Geographic Learning/Cengage). Professor Anderson served as President of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. from 2001-2002. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of The International Research Foundation (TIRF) from 2002-2008, serving as the President of the Board from 2004-2006. He has been a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar in Costa Rica (2002-2003) and in Guatemala (2009-2010). Professor Anderson is the 2014 recipient of the prestigious James Alatis Service Award to TESOL. Professor Anderson’s hobbies include running, photography, and, of course, reading.
Blaine K. Stratton
Blaine K. Stratton graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Finance in June of 1971. His career encompasses every facet of business development and management, including startup companies all the way through established business enterprises. He is actively involved in searching for companies whose growth has stagnated due to lack of control, management, sales and forecasting which provides a unique opportunity to formulate a business plan to grow the business and make it a viable entity. He is fluent in Spanish and has given more than 7 years of humanitarian service in Peru.
Brian C. Ludlow, Ed. D.
Brian C. Ludlow has a doctorate degree from Brigham Young University with double emphasis in literacy and psychometrics. His specific areas of course instruction include foundations of American education, instructional design, program evaluation, student assessment and NCLB legislation, content area literacy, literacy foundations, teaching writing in elementary and middle school settings, social foundations of education, and literature in the classroom. His academic employment history includes assistant professor, graduate literacy & education generalist, director of graduate literacy programs at Bemidji State University, and teacher for 10 years– elementary, secondary and alternative programs. He has been a participating member of numerous education related organizations including the Minnesota Reading Association (past president Northlands Chapter), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, American Educational Research Association, Association of California School Administration, and International Reading Association (past president of Mary Jemison Council). He is currently a member of the Reading Endorsement Committee for the Utah State Office of Education, and serves as a member of the Southern Utah University-Iron County School District Partnership Board. His professional strengths include benchmarking, data collection & analyses, early assessment/diagnosis/intervention, closing the gap through equitable opportunities in education for disadvantaged populations, content area reading comprehension processes, and elements of literature frameworks.
Nicole B. Carpenter
Nicole B. Carpenter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations from Weber State University in 2002. Nicole is a speaker, podcast host and author of the book "52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: five-minute messages" (Cedar Fort, 2015). As owner of Nicole Carpenter Media, LLC, she has been running the communications show for her own brand, MOMentity, and past clients since 2008. Currently Nicole is the communications and operations manager for the Women's Leadership Institute, a nonprofit helping to elevate women in business. Nicole also has experience in human resources, employee management, training, sales, marketing, and customer services. But her biggest accomplishment continues to be raising her four great kids and keeping her secret stash of chocolate-covered toffee hidden from them.