The mission of ALTA-MS is to promote and protect the mission of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and act as a resource for those living with dyslexia and other language-related disorders within our Mississippi communities.
We are dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities that promote the professional growth of our members. Events are worth continuing education hours (CE) to use towards ALTA membership requirements.
Find a Mississippi Professional
Our members are made up of individuals with the CALP, CALT, ICALP, or CALT-QI distinction. Find an ALTA-certified professional in your area that represents the highest quality services to those individuals with dyslexia.
ALTA-MS is made up of therapists and practitioners dedicated to providing rigorous evidence-based multisensory structured language education (MSLE) therapy to individuals with dyslexia. Meet the leadership team.
Ashley Runnels, M.Ed., LDT, CALT
Ashley Runnels attended Millsaps College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Remedial Reading and Special Education. She was a Special Education teacher for six years. She attended Mississippi College where she received her Master’s of Education in Dyslexia Therapy. She is currently serving as the Director of Learning Services for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She lives in Brandon, Mississippi with her husband and daughter.
Jenny King, M.Ed., CALT, LDT
Jenny King is a veteran teacher. She attended Mississippi University for Women and received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an add-on license in Mild/ Moderate handicaps. She attended Mississippi College and received her master’s degree in Dyslexia Therapy. Mrs. King is the co-founder and Dyslexia Therapy Administrator of Kaleidoscope Heights Academy, a school for students with all capabilities, located in Jackson, MS.
Mindy Boyd, M.Ed., CALT, LDT
Mindy Boyd earned her BS in Elementary Education from Delta State University and earned her Masters of Education in Elementary Education from Belhaven University. After teaching in the classroom and serving as an Academic Interventionist, she went on to earn her Masters’s of Education in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College in 2012. She served as Director of Student Services/Dyslexia Immersion Program Coordinator for First Presbyterian Day School (FPDS) in Jackson, MS for nine years but has recently relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, where she will be serving Briarwood Christian School as their Director of Student Services. She has worked with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) serving on the Reading Panel and Dyslexia Advisory Panel. She and her husband, Eddie, have three beautiful children: Landry, Lleyton, and Liam.
Chevis Taylor, M.Ed., CALT, LDT
Chevis Taylor is a 2012 graduate of the Mississippi College Dyslexia Therapy Program. While earning her master’s degree, she worked as a dyslexia therapist and classroom teacher at the 3-D School in Petal. She has also served as a dyslexia therapist at Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, Jackson Academy, and is currently the Reading Interventionist at Tri-County Academy in Flora. Chevis is happily married to her husband Marc of 21 years and they have two daughters. She currently lives in Madison.
Leah Ferretti M.Ed., LDT, CALT
Legislative Committee Chairperson
Leah Ferretti attended Delta State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis on Reading and Science. She was a classroom teacher for 10 years and has assisted her husband in developing and growing several start-ups. She attended Mississippi College where she received her Master’s of Education in Dyslexia Therapy. She is currently serving as the Director of the Center of Learning and Therapy Services (COLTS) at Bayou Academy. Mrs. Ferretti serves as a dyslexia advocate for the state and has testified for the state’s Senate and House Education Committees. She lives in Cleveland, Mississippi with her husband Blake, sons, Thomas and Henry, and daughter, Blake.
Kate Sistrunk, M.Ed., CALT
Kate Sistrunk attended the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English and History. She attended Mississippi College where she received her Master of Education in Dyslexia Therapy. She is currently serving as the Dyslexia Therapist at Madison Ridgeland Academy. She also serves on the National Board for the Academic Language Therapist Association. She lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband and her two kids.