ALTA Leadership

Officers & Board of Directors 

Officers

Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: President
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 1993
Company / School Name: Colorado Literacy and Learning Center
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA represents the highest standards in the intersection of the fields of dyslexia, reading, linguistics, psychology, and literacy. ALTA members share a common bond in their commitment to excellence in their own education, and to making a difference in the lives of those who struggle with reading.

Linda Gladden, CALT

Board Position: Executive President Elect
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 1992
Company / School Name: Private Practice / TX ALTA Past President
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA members share a passion for helping individuals with dyslexia and are committed to maintaining the highest level of professional training and practice. ALTA members represent the gold standard for providing effective intervention for those with dyslexia.

Paul Entzminger, M.M., LDT, CALT

Board Position: Secretary
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2015
Company / School Name: Sue Crouch Intermediate School
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA loves, with fervor and commitment, people with Dyslexia and those who want to help those with Dyslexia. This commitment includes comradery, collaboration both within our membership and with governmental entities, and rigorous standards of preparation and continuing education. ALTA gives me professional context as a therapist, that I am part of a large family committed to the same people and principles.

Rebecca Gould

Board Position: Treasurer
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2002
Company / School Name: Private Practice
What I Love About ALTA: I love the mission of ALTA, and that is to certify individuals trained in the remediation of written language skills. A student remediated by an ALTA Certified Professional is in the care of a highly trained individual, who is an expert in dyslexia.

Vice Presidents

Michelle Qazi, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Board Position: VP Programs
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Boulder Valley School District
What I Love About ALTA: The focus of ALTA is on children. Everything ALTA does has children at its center.

Christina Fry, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Board Position: VP Membership
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Private Practice / Learning Solutions
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is an outstanding professional organization dedicated to maintaining high standards in academic language therapy. We have members around the world and I am proud to be counted as one of these and to serve on the board representing them. Being an ALTA member promotes communication and collaboration with the goal of helping dyslexic students.

Joyce Pickering, Hum.D, LDT, CALT-QI, SLP/CCC, AMS/EC

Board Position: VP Long Range Planning
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2006
Company / School Name: Shelton School and Evaluation Center
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA for the remarkable work the organization has done since 1981 in providing credentials to Academic Language Therapists and Practitioners, which assures the quality of services being provided to students with dyslexia. The services the organization provides to trainees, in offering the Alliance Exam and keeping records on each certified member, are invaluable. ALTA was also instrumental in the success of achieving licensing for dyslexia therapists and practitioners. Without ALTA the state of Texas would not be unique among the states in the services offered to individuals with dyslexia.

Susan Louchen, M.S., CALT

Board Position: VP Public Relations
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2015
Company / School Name: Key to Reading & Writing, LLC
What I Love About ALTA: Parents know that those who have earned the prestigious ALTA certification are the best prepared to enable struggling students to gain real-world skills! ALTA established and continues to maintain the highest professional standards for training, with a wealth of continuing education opportunities. I’m proud to belong this dynamic group, which has such a profound positive impact on the world!

Lesha Stallons, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Board Position: VP Website
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2010
Company / School Name: Frisco ISD
What I Love About ALTA: I love that we have an organization that allows dyslexia therapists to work together to improve upon what we know so that we can better serve the students that we teach.

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., CALT

Board Position: VP Exams
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 1988
Company / School Name: Literacy How, Inc.
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA because of its rich history and the diversity of its members. As my primary professional organization, I have stayed connected with many members and value collaborating with them.

Board of Directors

Julie Bohannon, CALP, RN, BSN, MSN

Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2016
Company / School Name: Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis
What I Love About ALTA: As a registered nurse I love ALTA’s focus on the diagnostic and prescriptive application of Multisensory Structured Language to mitigate or remediate written-language disorders, including dyslexia.

Dolores DeVore, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2014
Company / School Name: Alamo Heights ISD
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is a beacon of hope for individuals with dyslexia and related learning difficulties. ALTA is a professional community of advocacy for individuals, families, and Certified Academic Language Therapists.

Patricia Elkins, M.S.Ed., LDT, CALT

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2017
Company / School Name: Little Rock Christian Academy
What I Love About ALTA: As a therapist, I appreciate the standards that are in place to ensure that each Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has completed a rigorous training program, completed supervised clinical teaching hours that consists of detailed observations from their qualified instructor, as well as passing a qualifying exam. The members of ALTA care deeply about the remediation of written language issues in individuals and never stop improving their therapy practices. ALTA members network and consult with each other to provide the best services for their clients. If your loved one struggles with dyslexia, I recommend that you seek remediation from a member of ALTA.

Jo Ann Handy, CALT-QI

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2003
Company / School Name: Adjunct Lecturer Southern Methodist University
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA leadership and members strive to uphold the highest standards. A parent can feel confident that a certified member of ALTA has had quality training and has kept current in the field of dyslexia. I treasure the initials after my name that indicate I am a member of such a dedicated and professional association.

Cherie Howell, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2005
Company / School Name: Frisco ISD
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is dedicated to certifying professionals with the highest standards in the field of dyslexia and multisensory literacy instruction. I love that ALTA is comprised of therapists all over the nation dedicated to helping students with dyslexia achieve success in reading. ALTA members are changing the lives of students every day.

Mary Lou Johnson, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2007
Company / School Name: Adjunct Instructor, MS College M.Ed Dyslexia Therapy Program and Lead Dyslexia Therapist, Neshoba Central Public Schools
What I Love About ALTA: As a professional, ALTA represents a group of colleagues who encourage high standards and value their personal mission of providing quality literacy instruction and training. ALTA members strive to develop skills through professional development, promote collaboration, and encourage fellow members. The Academic Language Association sets the highest standards for credentials and services for their members. As a parent of a dyslexic child, I appreciate the meaning of ALTA high standards for professionalism, continued educational development and accountability of its membership.

Kara Lee, Ed.S., CALT-ICALP

Board Position: Chapters Chairman
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Horton Educational Services, LLC
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA because it represents the highest standards, superior practioners, therapists, and trainers, and professional development and camaraderie that is second to none.

Kayla Reggio, CALT-QI

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Dyslexia Resource Center and Louisiana Key Academy
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is comprised of an amazing group of professionals that uphold the highest standards in regards to educating individuals with dyslexia. I love being a part of a community that encourages me to continue to learn and grow professionally, values collaborative input and puts the interests of dyslexia education first. I value the opportunity ALTA provides to its members to continue their education and connect with other dyslexia professionals in our unified mission of serving our bright and intelligent students.

Jennifer H. Rowland, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2011
Company / School Name: Colorado Literacy and Learning Center
What I Love About ALTA: A quarter of a century ago, those with dyslexia were incredibly misunderstood and often experienced oppressive classroom situations. Thanks to current research, exceptional curricula, and dedicated, passionate professionals, ALTA and its members are empowering this extraordinary group of individuals to shine!

Kate Sistrunk, CALT

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2015
Company / School Name: MS College M.Ed. Dyslexia Therapy Program, President of ALTA–Mississippi Chapter, Dyslexia Advisory Board for Mississippi Department of Education, Dyslexia Therapist – Madison Ridgeland Academy
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA represents the profession’s recognition of self-discipline, advocating, and professional competence. ALTA members maintain the highest standards of integrity while representing a special connection with other professionals that are experts in our field. Being a member of ALTA is an extreme privilege and I am honored to be a part of this incredible organization.

Tammy Tillotson, D.M., Ed.S., M.S., ICALP, CDP

Board Position: Newsletter Chairman
Term: 2019-2021
ALTA Member Since: 2013
Company / School Name: Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin
What I Love About ALTA: What I love about ALTA is that we are afforded opportunities to engage with other professionals who have the knowledge, passion, and drive to ensure reading is a right for everyone. It is an organization that promotes high standards of quality in reading instruction that support that right.

Jacqueline P. Valadez, Ph.D., LDT, CALT-QI

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2015
Company / School Name: Texas Dyslexia Center, LLC
What I Love About ALTA: What I love about ALTA is the recognition of Certified Academic Language Therapists as highly qualified specialists in the field of dyslexia. The high standards placed on ALTA members sets the expectation for all professionals servicing persons with dyslexia. To be part of a well-informed, prestigious, and passionate group of professionals is an honor and an achievement to be proud of.

Past Presidents

Jean Colner 2018-2020
Janna Curry-Dobbs 2016-2018
Marilyn Mathis 2014-2016
Karen Avrit 2012-2014
Helen Macik 2010-2012
Michelle Bufkin 2008-2010
Nancy Coffman 2006-2008
Melanie Royal 2005-2006
Kay Peterson 2002-2004
Martha Sibley 2001-2002
Elizabeth Cantrill 1999-2001
Barbara Fox 1997-1999
Nell Carvell 1995-1997
Peggy Thornton 1993-1995
Avril Greenberg 1991-1993
Sherry Malphurs 1990-1991
Corinne Tycher 1988-1990
Jamie Williams 1986-1988

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FAX

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EMAIL

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ADDRESS

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PO Box 152075
Austin, Texas 78715-2075

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