ALTA Leadership

Officers & Board of Directors 

Officers

Lynne Fitzhugh, Ph.D., CALT-QI

Board Position: President
Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 1993
Company / School Name: Colorado Literacy and Learning Center/Colorado College
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.

Kayla Reggio, CALT-QI

Board Position: Treasurer
Term: 2021-2023
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.

Vice Presidents

 Anna Middleton, Ph.D., CALT

Board Position: VP Academic Affairs
Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2008
Company / School Name: Scottish Rite for Children
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is committed to attaining the best possible outcomes for children with reading difficulties. This is achieved by setting rigorous standards for instructional excellence and supporting the practicable integration of scientific evidence into therapy.

Kara Lee, Ed.S., CALT-ICALP

Board Position: VP Outreach
Term: 2021-2023
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.

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., CALT

Board Position: VP Standards & Practice
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.

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.

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.

Board of Directors

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.

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.

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

Term: 2020-2022
ALTA Member Since: 2015
Company / School Name: TX Dyslexia Center, LLC / South San Antonio ISD, San Antonio, Texas
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.

Cherie Howell, CALT

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2005
Company / School Name: Frisco ISD
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is dedicated to changing the lives of individuals with dyslexia. I love being part of an organization committed to the highest standards of excellence in the science of teaching reading. ALTA members share a common bond and work together toward a goal of continuous improvement. 

Karmyn Reimer, CALT-QI

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Little Axe Public School
What I Love About ALTA: I love that I have support from colleagues who are passionate about teaching kids to read.   I love that I have a place to collaborate with leaders from across the states. The benefits of membership far outweigh what other organizations have to offer. 

Cyndi Meeks, M.Ed., CALT

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2019
Company / School Name: Smithville Middle School
What I Love About ALTA: I love the level of professionalism this organization has!  I love the networking and the endless possibilities for change in the lives of all students. 

John Hodges, CALT

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: June Shelton School
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA’s dedication and high standards in training and certification, make it a reliable and well-respected source for the dyslexic community. I love knowing I can recommend any ALTA-certified professional, and a student will be getting the best quality help they need. As someone with dyslexia, I have experienced first-hand the impact dyslexia therapy can have on a person’s life, so I love being a part of the ALTA community – who is truly making a difference for those with dyslexia.

Perry Stokes, CALT-QI

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2004
Company / School Name: Rawson-Saunders
What I Love About ALTA: I cherish the fact that ALTA has certified me at the QI level. I am so very proud of these long sought-after credentials vouched for by ALTA. I am honored to affiliate with this professional organization of my peers and colleagues. Because I am connected to this widely known and well-respected organization, I confidently believe that I am raising the level of academic language therapy excellence I offer my students. At the same time, I am maximizing the value of the structured language training I provide to teachers, tutors and future academic language therapists.

Samantha Bailes, M.S., CALT

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2017
Company / School Name: Vienna Dyslexia
What I Love About ALTA: I love the community of dedicated professionals that ALTA fosters.  We share resources, ideas, and knowledge to ensure that we continue to uphold the high standards that our ALTA membership indicates.  Parents and other practitioners can rest assured that ALTA professionals strive to be the best in our field.

Missy Schraeder, Ph.D., CALT-QI

Term: 2021-2023
ALTA Member Since: 2010
Company / School Name: The Dubard School for Language Disorders
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA provides an outstanding resource for people looking for quality services for individuals with dyslexia. ALTA allows me, as a professional, to network with other like-minded people to share ideas. ALTA provides opportunities for continuing education which leads to professional growth.

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

Contact Us

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(512) 488-9897

FAX

(512) 851-1433

EMAIL

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ADDRESS

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Austin, Texas 78715-2075

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