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The Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, ALIDA, (Al-lie-duh) held its first meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, April 26, 2003.

In 2002 a group of parents, educators, and tutors formed a steering committee to put together a Branch of the International Dyslexia Association for Alabama.

At that point, all IDA members were members of the Georgia Branch. The steering committee worked to define the purpose and goals of the group, and to officially and legally form the group. Huntsville attorney and dyslexic, Fred Simpson, drew up incorporation papers for ALIDA and bylaws for ALIDA were voted upon and approved. Incorporation was approved and the IRS gave ALIDA an identification number.

Saturday, April 26th, 2003 at the Scottish Rite Center in Birmingham saw all those organizational efforts come to fruition. Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Denise Gibbs, opened the meeting with a report on the status of the Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. Dr. Gibbs introduced special guest Tom McDonough, IDA Branch Council Southern Region Representative. Twenty six people were present for this milestone meeting with 44 members of ALIDA as the branch inaugurated.

Officers elected came mostly from the steering committee: President Dr. Denise Gibbs, Vice President Marcia Ramsey, Secretary Angie Hood and Treasurer Laura Promer.

The slate of Board of Directors was filled by volunteers and the Board of Directors approved unanimously: Lynn Cleveland, Angelo Cope, Jo Frances Findlay, Barbara Combs, Lydia Alexander, Paula Williams, Jill Hall, Jerry Burfitt, Joan Keagy, Barbara Cerny and Bob Pritchett.

ALIDA Officers

President - Denise Gibbs

Vice President
- Gladys Schaefer

- Townley Crowe

- Cathy Tichow

Immediate Past President
- Linda Brady

Board Members

  1. Corey Gant
  2. Ramona Rice
  3. Tiffany Borden 
  4. Dr. Laura Fiveash 
  5. Steve Hannum
  6. Dr. Stephanie Denton
  7. Morgan Leonard
  8. Jennifer Barnes
  9. Leslie Melton
  10. Kelly Glaze
  11. Julie Rentz
  12. Dorothy Strong
  13. Sandy Armstrong
  14. Marcia Ramsey


Volunteerism is a great way to support the Alabama Branch of The International Dyslexia Association!

There are many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer your time.

Some volunteer needs are helping at our conferences, selling books, passing out materials, or helping participants find their sessions.

You may also volunteer at fund raisers, Feast & Forums, and Nosh and Knowledge workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us!



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