Great Lakes Chapter

The Great Lakes Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association is a volunteer lead organization that promotes and supports instruction in the science of reading. This chapter serves as a regional affiliation for members of ALTA in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

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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. 

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Find a Great Lakes Professional

Our members are made up of individuals with the CALP, CALT, ICALP, or CALT-QI distinction. Find an ALTA-certified professional in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that represents the highest quality services to those individuals with dyslexia. 

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Leadership

ALTA-GL 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. 

Kim Haughee, M.A.E., CALT, I-CALP

Kim Haughee, M.A.E., CALT, I-CALP

President

Graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Education. Worked in the public schools for over 30 years as a general education instructor and a reading specialist. Recognizing the need for more intensive reading intervention options, she enrolled in an IMSLEC-accredited Orton-Gillingham training program. She has spent the last 20 years as a tutor and trainer using the Orton-Gillingham approach to help students make significant academic gains and empower teachers with the skills necessary to create an instructional environment to meet the academic needs of all children.

Lynda Linton, CALP

Lynda Linton, CALP

Vice President

Lynda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Home Economics. She has 20 years of experience in business management. When her daughter entered elementary school, Lynda became a substitute teacher and discovered a natural ability to work with children. She worked as an Instructional Collaborator at Chandler Elementary School for five years. It was through her daughter’s Dyslexic diagnosis and advocating through challenging IEP meetings that Lynda fell in love with the Orton-Gillingham approach. She became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner through ALTA in August 2020. In 2021 she accepted the position of Assistant Director at B.E.A.R. Reading Center, Inc.. In addition to training and mentoring tutors, she continues to work with students and advocates for children with learning differences.

Laura Johnson, C-SLDI, CALP

Laura Johnson, C-SLDI, CALP

Secretary

Laura graduated from Calvin University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She is a post-homeschool mom of five kids, including two with dyslexia. After her children graduated, Laura was trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner with ALTA in 2017 and a Certified Structured Language Dyslexia Interventionist with CERI in 2020. She now tutors privately and, still having a place in her heart for those who homeschool, holds small classes for the homeschool community locally.

Yvonne Kinney

Yvonne Kinney

Treasurer

Yvonne worked as an elementary teacher for 18 years and a tutor for the last 4 years. Newly certified ICALP and Literacy Specialist for South Bend Schools. Loves seeing children grow and learn, but she is most passionate about helping teachers with their reading instruction.

Robin Rovick, CALT

Robin Rovick, CALT

Member-at-Large

Certified as a Certified Academic Language Therapist, Level IV-trained Orton-Gillingham reading specialist, Wilson Level 1 Certified Practitioner, and Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI). Worked as an educator with more than thirty years of experience in nurturing and building the skills of learners of all ages, with a special emphasis on developing the reading, writing, and comprehension skills of individuals with language-based disabilities. Served the IDA-UMB organization as Chair of the Information and Referral Committee, Vice President, and active member of several committees including Education/ Conference and Publicity/ Promotion. Provides remediation and advocacy work through her private practice at MultiSensory Reading Solutions, LLC. Served on the Board of Directors for Orton-Gillingham of MN and works with parent outreach organizations including Decoding Dyslexia to promote the adoption of multisensory, explicit, research-based reading instruction in schools and tutor training programs. 

Dawn Resch, ICALP

Dawn Resch, ICALP

Member-at-Large

Dawn has over 10 years of successful experience as an Orton Gillingham practitioner, along with 6 years as an Orton Gillingham teacher trainer. She spent 15 years as a special education teacher and 5 years as a Literacy Specialist. Currently, she is an Elementary Teaching and Learning Coordinator with a focus on improving outcomes for students who experience barriers to learning. She is passionate about bridging the gap between scientific research around reading and educational practice. Dawn has championed the need to embed the Science of Reading and Structured Literacy practices into professional development and student learning. She is highly trained in the Science of Reading and understands the challenges of making the needed shifts in reading practices in the classroom setting.

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