ALTA Leadership — Officers and Board of Directors, 2016-2018

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.
Margie Gillis

Margie Gillis, Ed.D., CALT

Board Position: VP Long Range Planning
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 1988
Company / School Name: Literacy How, Inc.
What I Love About ALTA: It is an organization filled with knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate reading specialists. We have a common language and share a belief that every child has the right to read and that our certification has substance — that is, it includes information about what a teacher must know and be able to do to teach a child to read. What's more important than that??!
Lynne Fitzhugh

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

Board Position: VP Public Relations
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 1995
Company / School Name: Colorado Literacy & 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.
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.
Janice Robson

Janice Robson, M.Ed., LDT, CALT-QI

Board Position: Treasurer
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2002
Company / School Name: Dyslexia Center of Austin and Scottish Rite Learning Center of South Texas
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA because you are surrounded by peers that understand Dyslexia and the importance of advocating for these children and their families. It is an organization that keeps you current in your profession, and provides a venue to maintain the standards of our profession.
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

Judith Birsh

Judith Birsh, Ed.D., CALT-QI

Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 1986
Company / School Name: Relay Graduate School of Education, New York, NY
What I Love About ALTA: Its standards for teacher preparation and practice which they have promoted and certified since the beginning of the organization. Its timeliness and strenuous efforts at legislation to help the field of experts in dyslexia carry out high levels of prevention, intervention and remediation. A model for schools of education to take notice of and a home for all of us who have spent our working years in the field of special education and one-to-one therapy.
Kathleen Carlsen

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

Term: 2015-2017
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.
Jean Colner

Jean Colner, ICALP, CALT, C/AOGPE

Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2006
Company / School Name: Director Children's Dyslexia Center — Columbus, Ohio
What I Love About ALTA: I love ALTA because the organization includes so many wonderful professional colleagues who share my passion for addressing the training needs for teachers who want to provide high quality MSLE intervention for individuals with dyslexia. ALTA certification represents the gold standard for our field.
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.
Vicki King

Vicki King, QI

Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2001
Helen Macik

Helen Macik, QI

Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 1987
Company / School Name: LEAD/Literacy Education & Academic Development Diagnostic Center
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!
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.
Rebecca Tolson

Rebecca Tolson, M.Ed., CALT-QI

Board Position: CEU Chairman
Term: 2015-2017
ALTA Member Since: 2008
Company / School Name: Keystone Literacy, LLC
What I Love About ALTA: Professional community with like-minded goals.

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

Proposed 2017-2019 Slate of Officers and Board of Directors

The slate listed below provides the positions that will be filled this year and the nominees proposed by this year's Nominating Committee. As provided by our bylaws, Article V, Section 1, (b) and (c), additional nominations for officers and directors may be submitted in writing and signed by three active members in good standing at least 15 days prior to the annual meeting. Any submissions should be mailed to the National Office and received by April 19, 2017. At the May 5, 2017, business meeting, active members in good standing will be allowed to vote on those nominees as proposed by the Nominating Committee and any additional nominees submitted by April 19, 2017. Unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by the Executive Committee, no nominations will be made from the floor.

The slate of officers and directors as proposed by the 2017 Nominating Committee includes:

Joyce Pickering (TX)VP Long Range Planning (2017-2019)
Susan Louchen (VA)VP Public Relations (2017-2019)
Ginny Little (OK)Treasurer (2017-2019)
 
Paul Entzinger (TX)Board of Directors (2017-2019)
Mary Lou Johnson (MS)Board of Directors (2017-2019)
Michelle Qazi (CO)Board of Directors (2017-2019)
Tammy Tilletson (WI)Board of Directors (2017-2019)

Officers and Board of Directors returning to complete terms include:

Janna Curry-DobbsPresident (2016-2018)
Karen VickeryPresident Elect (2016-2018)
Christine BedenbaughSecretary (2016-2018)
Tim OdegardVP-Programs (2016-2018)
Cherie HowellVP-Website (2016-2018)
Jo Ann HandyVP Membership (2015-2017)
 
Maureen MartinBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Lesha StallonsBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Carin IlligBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Kathleen CarlsenBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Kim HaugeeBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Janet FloryBoard of Directors (2016-2018)
Rebecca GouldBoard of Directors (2015-2017)
Vicki KingBoard of Directors (2015-2017)

Officers and Board members who completed their terms in 2017 include:

Margie GillisVP Long Range Planning
Lynne FitzhughVP Public Relations
Janice RobsonTreasurer
 
Judith BirshBoard of Directors
Jean ColnerBoard of Directors
Helen MacikBoard of Directors
Rebecca TolsonBoard of Directors

The 2017 Nominating Committee members are:

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