Donor Stories

Landmark donors share our passion for education and helping students with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, thrive in and out of the classroom. Read about what drives our donors to action and how they are furthering Landmark's mission.

The DiGiovanni Family P'20

“Dad, come get me NOW!,” said Matt DiGiovanni’s tearful daughter, Jessica, as she called him from her middle school. She had just received a poor grade on a test for which she had studied hard. Her dad knew this because they had worked on it together. Yet there she was again, not seeing academic results that matched her arduous efforts.  ...READ MORE

Courtney and Andy Stephenson P’21

Since their first daughter started preschool, Courtney and Andy Stephenson P’21 have been involved with their children’s education. Courtney helped with school events and fundraising and was on a first-name basis with many teachers. They were on a seamless course to graduation—or so they thought! ...READ MORE

Bryan and Katherine Bottarelli P'23

The journey to Landmark involved extensive testing, tears, and emotional family decisions. Throughout that process, Bryan and Katherine Bottarelli realized that their younger daughter, Paige ’26, would also benefit from Landmark’s approach. Thus began the maiden voyage to Manchester-by-the Sea, Mass., where the family eventually docked. ...READ MORE

George Ratermann ’79, P’10 

George Ratermann ’79, P’10 is friendly, approachable, fast talking, and can be counted on to sport one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts. He’s also one of four alumni/ae on Landmark’s Board of Trustees. George came to Landmark in the “early days” from South Carolina for a summer after third grade. He remembers being “a bright and happy child” until school got to be “just too hard.” ...READ MORE

Father and Son: Daniel '83 and DJ '22 Roberts

When their son, DJ, was just 14 months old, Daniel and his wife, Sandy, knew that their child had difficulty processing language that would make traditional school a challenge. After many years of frustration and disappointment, they turned to Landmark for the program that had been so effective for Daniel when he was struggling with school decades earlier. ...READ MORE

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