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.

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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 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. 

Chapter Resources


Colorado Dyslexia Handbook 

Colorado Dyslexia legislation

Colorado passed House Bill 19-1134 (PDF), Identification And Interventions For Students With Dyslexia, was signed into law May 31, 2019 by Governor Jared Polis. 

Colorado passed House Bill 08-1223 (PDF) (C.R.S.22-2-133) Concerning the Provision of Technical Assistance Pertaining to Colorado Public School Students with Literacy Challenges that Include Dyslexia, which encourages the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to provide support and training to educators in literacy. Specifically, the statute promotes technical assistance and training in the assessment and scientifically based interventions for students with literacy challenges, including dyslexia. 

The Department of Education provides an annual report to the education committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Colorado passed House Bill 12-1238, The READ Act. The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (Colorado READ Act) was passed by the Colorado Legislature during the 2012 legislative session. The READ Act repeals the Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA) as of July 1, 2013, keeping many of the elements of CBLA such as a focus on K-3 literacy, assessment and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The READ Act differs from CBLA by focusing on students identified as having a significant reading deficiency, delineating requirements for parent communication and providing funding to support intervention. Other components of the Colorado READ Act include a competitive Early Literacy Grant and a resource bank of assessments, instructional programming, and professional development.



Dyslexia Information / Literacy Resource Center / English Language Arts/Literacy / Content and Curriculum (

Idaho Dyslexia Handbook

Idaho Dyslexia Handbook

Idaho Dyslexia Legislation

PDFs: (

Idaho Dyslexia Update



Utah Dyslexia Handbook


Utah Dyslexia Legislation 

SB0117 creates a dyslexia pilot program in a multi-tiered intervention structure. SB0117 ( 




Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees all children with identified educational disabilities access to a free and appropriate public education.

The Exceptional Children’s Educational Act (ECEA) (PDF) provides Colorado more detail and added rights and protections to IDEA.


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. 

Lisa Crellin, M.A.T., CALT

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.

Cara Avallone, MAT, CALT

Cara Avallone, MAT, CALT


Cara Avallone, M.A.T., CALT, began her journey in the field of dyslexia intervention after a series of events led her to join a cohort of educators for the 2009 Dyslexia Specialist Program at Penrose-St. Francis Hospital (now the Literacy Intervention Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) at Colorado College). She achieved membership in ALTA  at the Practitioner level in 2010, and the Therapist level in 2011. Cara has applied her learning in private practice (2009-2013), in the public school system as a literacy intervention specialist and literacy coach (2013-2016), and as a learning specialist at the Children’s Hospital Colorado (2016 to present). She has also been privileged to serve as a co-instructor for a number of LISCP cohorts. Cara has previously served on the ALTA-RMC Board in the positions of Secretary, Vice-President, and President. Cara is thankful to have found such a worthy purpose in life. What joy there is in working alongside children and witnessing their first experiences of success in reading!

Cara and her husband live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. They have three grown children, two sons-in-law, and four grand-dogs. She enjoys hosting family get-togethers, going on road trips, and time spent in the mountains with her husband and their dog, Millie. 

Monica Peeler, MA, MAT, CALP

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.

Angela Williams, MAT, CALP

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.

Faith Dincler, MAT, CALT

Faith Dincler, MAT, CALT

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Faith Dincler, MAT, CALT has been a member of ALTA since 2018. After serving as a classroom teacher for several years, she earned her master’s degree in Literacy Intervention through Colorado College. Faith is now the Literacy Specialist at The Classical Academy North Elementary in Colorado Springs, and LOVES her job. She is excited to work with the ALTA-RMC board, as they strive to raise awareness regarding dyslexia and provide helpful resources to families in our communities. Faith also enjoys hiking, reading, baking, and doing pretty much anything with her 3 awesome kids.

Martha Stender, MA, MAT, CALT

Martha Stender, MA, MAT, CALT

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Martha has been a resident of Black Forest, CO, for 30 years. She received a BS in Rehabilitation Services and an MA in special education from the University of Connecticut, and an MAT in literacy from Colorado College. Martha has been a special education teacher and literacy specialist in the Colorado Springs area school districts. She currently is a Learning Specialist II with Children’s Hospital Colorado, primarily doing dyslexia therapy remotely with children at various locations around and outside of the state of Colorado. Martha is currently co-chair of the Diversity Health Equity and Inclusion Committee for Therapies at Children’s Hospital. Martha is passionate about encouraging early literacy skills and sharing information on literacy and dyslexia with the public and area organizations, including Pikes Peak Library District and school districts.

Martha decided to pursue a MAT and certification as a CALT because she firmly believes that improved, research-based reading instruction is the future of education and the only way to appropriately serve our folks with reading difficulties who are receiving special education services as well as those who are not.

Martha enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and spending time with her three (adult/nearly adult) children, whom she homeschooled, and her dogs and horses.

Elizabeth M Barnes, MAT, CALP

Elizabeth M Barnes, MAT, CALP

VP Community Outreach

Elizabeth M Barnes, MAT, CALP, lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has been a member of ALTA since 2014. Along with earning her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through Colorado College, she attended the Literacy Interventionist Specialist Certification Program (LISCP) and became a Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP). She started her private practice Connecting the Dots Education, LLC in 2014. Since 2016, she has also been working part-time as the literacy interventionist at one of Fountain-Fort Carson’s elementary schools.

Elizabeth became passionate about learning more in-depth about dyslexia due to working with her dyslexic son throughout his childhood and young adult years. Seeing him grow as a reader and carry out his academic goals, including graduating from college, gave her the continued drive to help others with a learning difference thrive academically and socially.

For fun, Elizabeth loves going to the park with her husband and dog, Willow, baking, traveling to the ocean, and spending time with family and friends.

Cindy Kanuch

Cindy Kanuch

VP Professional Development

Brianna DeLorme

Brianna DeLorme

VP Membership & Membership Events

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