MEET OUR TEAM

We are teachers, educators and innovators, collaborating to increase the reading ability of adolescent students with our phonics app for kids. Through a research-supported and design-driven approach, we’ve created See Word Reading. It simplifies the steps to learn to read to support struggling readers and accelerated ones alike. Aligned with the Common Core and Orton-Gillingham methods, See Word Reading is a phonics app for kids that helps improve how students learn early reading principles.

Reneé Seward
Reneé SewardDesigner
With her expertise in Universal Design for Learning, Reneé Seward is the founder of See Word Reading®. Seward is an Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (also known as DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati, one of the most prestigious and highest-ranking design schools in the world. Seward brings both visual communication design and interaction design methods and experience to the development of See Word Reading a top phonics app for kids. She has dedicated her life to helping at-risk readers.
Ben Meyer
Ben MeyerDesigner
Ben Meyer is an Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Meyer brings an expertise in interaction design to the development of See Word Reading, specifically the interaction and programming strategy for the literary platform. His work on our phonics app for kids includes the original development.
Dr. Beth O’Brien
Dr. Beth O’BrienEducational Contributor
Beth O’Brien, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute Of Education, Singapore. O’Brien brings her extensive experience in researching interventions for children with dyslexia and reading disorders to support the development and testing of the See Word Reading platform and phonics app for kids. With her expertise in research design, text processing and developmental disorders, O’Brien has been instrumental in designing the research methods used to support See Word Reading’s effectiveness.

Dr. Allison D. Breit-Smith
Dr. Allison D. Breit-SmithEducational Contributor
Allison D. Breit-Smith, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Breit-Smith brings a breadth and depth of literacy experiences and early childhood portfolio work to the See Word Reading phonics app for kids. She oversees the fidelity of the work of the GA’s who collected the data for the See Word Reading research and testing. Breit-Smith has been instrumental in ensuring the platform has been designed and developed to meet the needs of teachers.
Nancy Koors
Nancy KoorsAdvisor
Nancy is an active investor, advisor and mentor to startups and organizations with growth potential. She thrives on working with companies in the technology and professional services industries with a goal to ignite growth. She has been in roles as CEO, President, COO, CMO and CSO at companies ranging from $2MM – $55MM+ in various industries. That experience helps her to connect dots easily, see the big picture, and devise action plans that are executable. Her work on the See Word Reading phonics app for kids has been key to achieving our goals of helping bring this to market to support at-risk readers.
Rodney D. Swope
Rodney D. SwopeAdvisor
Rodney serves as Director at the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA), an economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. This organization is designed to accelerate the development of minority businesses and strengthen and expand the regional minority entrepreneurial community. The MBA leverages and supports the work of other organizations within Cincinnati USA’s economic and innovation ecosystems to help them grow.