Meet Our Expert Professional Staff
Dr. Carol Utay (Dr. Carol), Executive Director
Dr. Carol is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and an expert in learning disabilities and reading with a doctorate in special education. Dr. Carol has experience as a principal, Orton-Gillingham reading therapist, teacher, consultant, international speaker, professor, author, and mother. She is a founding board member of the Western Pennsylvania International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and board member of Pennsylvania IDA. Dr. Carol is known for putting complicated education information into a parent-friendly language. Dr. Carol has been the recipient of many awards including as a nationally recognized Athena Award winner for community service and an avid Internet-based education community builder.
Dr. Joe Utay (Dr. Joe), Director of Counseling and Evaluations
Dr. Joe is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with over 35 years of experience in psychology and education. Before he and Dr. Carol returned to Pennsylvania to create TLC in 1999, he served three terms as President of the Kentucky Mental Health Counselors Association and was Chief Editor of the state professional counselor’s journal. He is also a former professor at the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he taught school psychology and school and community counseling. Dr. Joe is a certified school psychologist, author, father, and with a Black Belt in Kung Fu, is a long-time Tai Chi practitioner.
Diane Hartman, Senior Director
Diane works tirelessly on behalf of children. Over the past 30 years, she has partnered with multiple child and young adult servicing systems, while serving on more than 25 advisory and planning committees for students with learning differences. While developing educational support and strategic planning goals and objectives for organizations such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Mental Health Association, she consistently aligned efforts with federal and state guidelines on best practices for students with disabilities. Diane was the recipient of the state award for Child Advocacy in the State of Pennsylvania.
Kimberlee Bement, Director
Kimberlee has been helping students succeed at TLC for 15 years. She studied Elementary Education at Pennsylvania State University and completed post-graduate work in reading instruction for special education. She is passionate about helping children learn to read. Kimberlee is known for her combination of being both professional and friendly when evaluating new and current students. That’s why she’s natural for training both new and experienced evaluators and teachers.