Rocky Mountain Chapter
In service to our communities in Colorado, Utah, and Idaho, we build awareness in the field of dyslexia by providing professional development and community outreach through our expertise and leadership.
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 Rocky Mountain Professional
Our members are made up of individuals with the CALP, CALT, ICALP, or CALT-QI distinction. Find an ALTA-certified professional in Colorado, Utah, and Idaho that represents the highest quality services to those individuals with dyslexia.
ALTA-RMC 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.
Alison Santa Maria, MA, CALT
Alison earned membership to ALTA in 2014 at the Practitioner level and advanced to the Therapy level in 2016. In 2015, Alison was awarded the National ALTA Therapy Level Scholarship, recognizing her contribution to improving services for those with dyslexia. She has served on the ALTA-RMC board since 2015 in many positions including Membership, Marketing, and President-Elect. She has loved her board service since the beginning and is proud to serve alongside such brilliant, talented, and inspiring women. Alison helped the board find their “north star”, the vision and mission statements that both anchors and guides as they conduct all board business. The vision and mission of ALTA-RMC have since been carried out and into the lives of teachers, students, and community members, which makes Alison incredibly proud of what can be accomplished when you work together with purpose.
Alison works full-time in the private practice she founded, Springs Literacy Center. She has three wonderful employees that help her achieve a personal mission of helping dyslexic students in the Colorado Springs community succeed through research-based tutoring and intervention. In her free time, Alison loves spending time inside her second business, Meadowfound Ceramics studio, or outside on the trails with her husband, Skye, and their beloved dog, Hoagie.
Lisa Crellin, M.A.T., CALT
Lisa Crellin, M.A.T., CALT is a private therapist at the LIT Lab in Heber City, Utah. She divides her time between Salt Lake City and Heber each week and sees students in both locations. Lisa graduated from Colorado College with her Masters of Teaching. She was a Reading Interventionist for Ben Franklin Academy and a Learning Specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado both in Highlands Ranch. Lisa moved to Salt Lake City in 2018 where she has continued her private practice. Lisa has been a guest speaker at the University of Utah, for the Wasatch Reading Summit, and at a variety of community outreach events. She is in her second year of training to become a Qualified Instructor. Lisa is currently realizing one of her goals of assisting her grandchildren capture and love the written word. She cherishes the time when her grandchildren rest their heads on her shoulders as she reads to them. Lisa also enjoys interior design, cooking for family and friends, walking, and reading.
Monica Peeler, MA, MAT, CALP
Monica Peeler, MA, MAT, CALP has been a member of ALTA since 2018. She earned her Master of Arts in Literacy Intervention in 2020 from Colorado College. Monica also earned a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2018. She began serving on the ALTA-RMC board as secretary in 2021. Monica currently works in public education as a reading interventionist at the elementary level. Prior to becoming a reading interventionist, she taught many grade levels in public education for 14 years. In addition to working in public education, Monica also works with students in private practice, where she provides one-on-one therapy for children and adolescents. Monica has also obtained a Reading Specialist endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. When she has downtime, she enjoys spending time with her son, Quentin, and almost any type of physical fitness activity.
Stacie Barkes-Turley, MAT, CALT
Stacie Barkes-Turley, MAT, CALT, lives in Park City, Utah, and has been a member of ALTA since 2015. She attended the Literacy Interventionist Certification Specialist Program (LISCP) offered through the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center and became a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) in 2017. She also received her Master’s of Teaching degree from Colorado College. Stacie is currently a Reading Therapist at Elizabeth Academy, an Inclusive Elementary school in Utah, and also has an active private practice. In her free time, Stacie enjoys doing activities in the beautiful outdoors, traveling, and hiking with her dogs Bear and Ziggy.
Angela Williams, MAT, CALP
Angela Williams, MAT, CALT has been a member of ALTA since 2017 as a Certified Academic Language Therapist. She received her MAT in Literacy Intervention at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Angela is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she taught elementary grade levels for over ten years. Since moving to Colorado in 2009, she has taught for five years with a focus on Literacy Intervention. Angela holds a teaching license in Elementary Education and has obtained a Reading Specialist endorsement from the Colorado Department of Education. Presently, Angela has opened her own dyslexia and learning center, Away with Words. She is passionate about helping dyslexic students succeed through small group intervention, and online. In her free time, Angela loves spending time with her husband, Jason, and her three wonderful children: Abigail, Dean, and Blake.
Tammy Jacobson, MA, MAT, CALT
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Tammy Jacobson, MA, MAT, CALT has been a member of ALTA since 2018. She received her training through the Colorado Literacy and Learning Center in conjunction with Colorado College from which she earned her master’s degree in Literacy Intervention. Tammy also earned a master’s degree in special education from UCCS. Tammy holds licenses in Special Education, Elementary Education, and Reading Specialist from the state of Colorado.
Tammy is the founder of The READ Center in Colorado Springs where she provides therapy and evaluations for children and adolescents with dyslexia. Tammy is proud that her work with the community has led The READ Center has been named to the “Best of the Springs” two years in a row.
In her free time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling. She is passionate about running so you will frequently find her running mountain trails near her home in Colorado Springs.