Literacy Lights the Way Luncheon

Thursday, April 18, 2024
Check-in begins at 11:00 a.m. / Program begins at 11:30 a.m
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston

For more than 40 years, Neuhaus Education Center has been a trailblazer in solutions for overcoming obstacles to literacy, including dyslexia, and today we are a nationally recognized leader in the science of reading. Our professional instruction for teachers, referral and resource services for families, and classes for adult learners unlock a brighter future of Literacy for All.

Chaired by Catherine and Edward Crain, the event will be held at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston and honor Betty and Bob Palmquist for their long-standing commitment and support to the mission of Neuhaus Education Center.

Keynote Speaker

Dean Bragonier
Founder & “Executive Dyslexic”
NoticeAbility Inc

Dean Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build self-esteem.

Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia and after struggling through the traditional secondary education system, Dean became a diligent and successful college student who developed a true love of learning at Bates College. Upon graduation, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise. It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his own dyslexic mind.


As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organizations and served as a board member and advisor to many others. Dyslexia is a family affair for Dean with his wife, singer-songwriter, Sally Taylor, daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon, and son, Bodhi, both being dyslexic. Dean and his family founded NoticeAbility as the culmination of their passion for education and conviction that the advantages of dyslexia far outweigh its associated challenges. Dean’s 2015 TEDx Talk “The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind” has over 1.3 million views.

Host Committee

Eddie and Chinhui Allen
Laura and Tom Bacon
Susan and Bob Boykin
Patrick Breen
Marjorie and Walker Cain
Jeanie and Tommy Carter
Cathy Chapman
Kit and Carl Detering
Ellen and Frank Donnelly
Jenny Elkins
Jennifer and Tom Hensley
Ann and Johnny Johnson
Mimi and Rob Kerr
Judy and Frank Lee
Susu and Fred Meyer
Ed and Graham Neuhaus
Lenox and John Reed
Leslie and Shannon Sasser
Mary and Temple Webber
Tracy White Weeden

Unable to make the event? You can still support by donating today!

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Crockett, Associate Director of Advancement, ecrockett@neuhaus.org or 713.725.6249