ALTA Leadership — Officers and Board of Directors, 2017-2019

2016-2018 Board of Directors

ALTA 2016-2018 Board of Directors

Officers | Board of Directors | Past Presidents

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Officers

Janna Curry-Dobbs

Janna Curry-Dobbs, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: President
Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 1985
Company / School Name: SMU and MTS Publications
What I Love About ALTA: I am so proud of what ALTA represents; an organization of professionals in the field of dyslexia who are highly qualified as therapists and practitioners. I love being able to communicate, share and associate with individuals who are concerned and caring educators. ALTA represents excellence in our field.
Karen Vickery

Karen S. Vickery, Ed.D., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: President Elect
Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 1986
Company / School Name: SMU Learning Therapy Program
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is a wonderful professional organization that helps bring a level of professionalism that is unmatched.
Jo Ann Handy

Jo Ann Handy, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: VP Membership
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2003
Company / School Name: The READ Center
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA provides an opportunity for me to network with others who work in the field of dyslexia. Most people have no idea of what we do and it's nice to be able to talk and learn from others with similar training and experiences. ALTA also provides legitimacy to our profession. Being a member of ALTA lets the public know that we are highly qualified to provide dyslexia services.
Susan Louchen

Susan Louchen, M.S., CALT

Board Position: VP Public Relations
Term: 2017-2019
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!
Tim Odegard

Tim Odegard, Ph.D., CALP

Board Position: VP Programs
Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 2008
Company / School Name: Tennessee Center for Dyslexia, Middle Tennessee State University
Cherie Howell

Cherie Howell, M.Ed., LDT, CALT

Board Position: VP Website
Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 2005
Company / School Name: Frisco ISD Dyslexia Coordinator
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA because its members are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children. I have learned so much and met so many amazing educators through ALTA. The experience and training that I have received through this wonderful organization help me to advocate for dyslexic students in my school district.
Joyce Pickering

Joyce Pickering, SLP/CCC, CALT,QI, LDT, AMS/EC

Board Position: VP Long Range Planning
Term: 2017-2019
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.
Ginny Little

Ginny Little, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: Treasurer
Term: 2017-2019
ALTA Member Since: 1990
Company / School Name: Payne Ed. Center
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is an organization that not only provides legitimacy for its members through its certification, but also creates an atmosphere for shared information and professional relationships in our chosen field of dyslexia education and remediation.
Christine Bedenbaugh

Christine Bedenbaugh, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: Secretary
Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 1994
Company / School Name: June Shelton School and Evaluation Center
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA continuously strives to provide its members with the knowledge necessary to give students access to their intellects.
Marilyn Mathis

Marilyn Mathis, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Board Position: Past President
Term: 2014-2016
ALTA Member Since: 1991
Company / School Name: Children's Dyslexia Center of Allentown
What I Love About ALTA: Membership in ALTA gives me a true sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that our organization represents the highest quality in standards, excellence and professionalism in the field of dyslexia. ALTA has provided me the opportunity to receive years of continuing education at annual conferences and to build strong professional networks and friendships throughout the years. Most importantly, ALTA members share a common bond in making a difference by changing the lives of children and that's what I really love about ALTA!

Board of Directors

Kathleen Carlsen

Kathleen Carlsen, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 1998
Company / School Name: Children's Dyslexia Center of Philadelphia
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA membership and serving on the board allows me to collaborate with like minded colleagues. I live in an area of the country that has been slow to recognize dyslexia. ALTA provides a reliable resource for families to locate one of our highly qualified members to provide proven effective intervention for dyslexic children.
Paul Entzminger

Paul Entzminger, LDT, CALT

Term: 2017-2019
ALTA Member Since:  
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.
Janet Flory

Janet Flory, M.A., LDT, CALT-QI

Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 1997
Company / School Name: Scottish Rite Learning Center of South Texas
Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: Newsletter Chairman
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 1997
Company / School Name: Masters Elementary / Judson ISD, San Antonio, TX
What I Love About ALTA: I love that ALTA has led us into becoming licensed and causing our profession to grow with respect.
Kim Haughee

Kim Haughee, M.A.E., CALT, ICALP

Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA has established, continues to maintain and promote, the highest standards of education and practice for professionals who provide multisensory intervention for individuals with language disorders such as dyslexia. Continued professional development opportunities are made available which allows members at all certification levels to obtain the necessary and most current knowledge to provide effective intervention and training for those in need. It also demonstrates continued collegiality and support for its members. It is my privilege to be a member of ALTA and serve on the board.
Carin Illig

Carin M. Illig, M.Ed., CALT, I-CALP

Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 2009
Company / School Name: Clinical Director for the Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA is a professional organization that sets and maintains high standards for credentialing individuals. ALTA offers its members the opportunity to share in a community of like-minded professionals and to participate in high quality professional development activities. I am honored by the opportunity to serve on the ALTA Board of Directors.
Mary Lou Johnson

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

Term: 2017-2019
ALTA Member Since: 2007
Company / School Name: Mississippi College M.Ed. Dyslexia Therapy Program, Choctaw Tribal Schools Dyslexia Therapy Program
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.
Vicki King

Vicki King, QI

Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2001
What I Love About ALTA:  
Maureen Martin

Maureen K. Martin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CED, CALT-QI

Term: 2016-2018
ALTA Member Since: 2010
Company / School Name: DuBard School for Language Disorders, The University of Southern Mississippi
What I Love About ALTA: ALTA stands for commitment to quality services, and its members are inspiring professionals. I appreciate that!
Michelle Qazi

Michelle Qazi

Term: 2017-2019
ALTA Member Since: 2012
Company / School Name: Children's Hospital Colorado
What I Love About ALTA:  
Lesha Stallons

Lesha Stallons, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Term: 2016-2018
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.
Tammy Tillotson

Tammy Tillotson, D.M., Ed.S., M.S., CALP-I, CDP

Term: 2017-2019
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.

Past Presidents

Jamie Williams1986-1988
Corinne Tycher1988-1990
Sherry Malphurs1990-1991
Avril Greenberg1991-1993
Peggy Thornton1993-1995
Nell Carvell1995-1997
Barbara Fox1997-1999
Elizabeth Cantrill1999-2001
Martha Sibley2001-2002
Kay Peterson2002-2004
Melanie Royal2005-2006
Nancy Coffman2006-2008
Michelle Bufkin2008-2010
Helen Macik2010-2012
Karen Avrit2012-2014
Marilyn Mathis2014-2016
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