Meet the Board

Karl Shaikh
Chairman of the Board

I believe in the latent potential we all have.
I have helped some of the largest organizations in the world, as well as some of the most promising startups and non-profit organizations with their strategy, strategic thinking, and planning. I totally get entrepreneurs & Non-Profit Orgs, and they get me! I work with leaders to help them address strategic issues, and unleash organizations' latent potential.

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Heather McGehearty Founder / Board President

Heather is the mother to four young children all dyslexic. Heather started organizing parent support groups in 2013 when her oldest was identified with dyslexia, these efforts later grew into the nonprofit StandUpLD in 2016. She is not new to advocacy or school struggles, as she herself has dyscalculia, and had to advocate for herself to receive accommodations in college math. Heather now holds a bachelor's degree in Social science from the University of the Ozarks.

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Eric McGehearty
Co-Founder / Spokesman

Eric McGehearty is the CEO of Globe Runner, a top-performing, full-service digital marketing agency based in Dallas, Texas. The company, founded in 2009, is one of the most prominent digital marketing companies in Texas and continues to grow.

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Julie Chance
Board Secretary

One of her gifts is seeing the uniqueness in each individual. She believes full potential is best achieved
by leveraging these unique strengths. She is passionate about helping bring this message to young
people – especially those with learning differences whose unique gifts are too often overlooked.

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Julie Chance
Board Secretary

One of her gifts is seeing the uniqueness in each individual. She believes full potential is best achieved
by leveraging these unique strengths. She is passionate about helping bring this message to young
people – especially those with learning differences whose unique gifts are too often overlooked.

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Beth McGaw, M.Ed.

After her youngest son was diagnosed with learning disabilities and attention issues, Beth McGaw has been an outspoken advocate for individuals with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders for the past 24 years. She believes in the power of finding each individual’s strengths to help them succeed in whatever they decide to pursue in life.

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Stand UP LD Is..

a non-profit support network for parents and educators seeking resources to support and inspire children with learning differences.

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