Denine Torr joined Dollar General in the fall of 1999. As Senior Director of the Community Initiatives division, she oversees corporate and foundation giving, employee volunteer engagement efforts, and assists with the development of cause related partnerships for Dollar General’s forty-three state market. Denine has designed and executed funding initiatives for Dollar General that have raised more than $100 million for charity. She has been instrumental in the creation of Dollar General’s Employee Assistance Foundation and growth of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $143 million to literacy initiatives that have helped more than 9 million individuals learn to read, receive their high school equivalency or learn English.
Jose Cruz is the chief executive officer for the San Diego Council on Literacy, a model urban literacy coalition. He has 26 years of experience in the literacy field and is known in the national literacy network for his leadership in organizing collaborative efforts for literacy. He is the recipient of the 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune, “Educator of the Year” award, and has served as president of the National Alliance of Urban Literacy Coalitions and the San Diego Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. He is a two-time recipient of the International Reading Association's "Celebrate Literacy Award," and, in 2007, was recognized by KPBS and Union Bank as a Hispanic Heritage Month “Local Hero,” in the Education category. Jose is a native San Diegan, a graduate of the University of Southern California, and a product of the San Diego Community College District.
Jack is an equity member in the accounting firm of Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. He has over 40 years of audit and accounting experience and has developed a wide range of industry specialties. Currently, he serves as the firm’s chief financial officer. He has also served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and was the head of the Quality Assurance Committee.
Morgan Battle is the director of Tucker Capital. He has worked as lead strategic advisor to both public and private companies. He represents his clients in mergers and acquisitions processes and negotiates complex strategic partnerships. His sector expertise has focused on educational publishing, educational technology, consumer products, and media. Morgan’s clients have ranged from entrepreneurial start-ups like GenomeWeb, BenchPrep, and LearnBig, to influential not-for-profits such as National Geographic, The American Council on Education, Battelle Memorial Institute (the largest independent nonprofit in the world), and PBS, where he helped the organization reimagine its commitment to education.
Additionally, Morgan is passionate about working with emerging educational technologies and purposeful entrepreneurs. He currently serves as an advisor to Princeton University’s Keller Center for Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Tucker, he was an executive at FOX Sports, where he negotiated media partnerships for the network’s core properties, such as the Daytona 500, NCAA College Football, and the Super Bowl. Morgan received his BA in History from Lafayette College.
Ruth J. Colvin is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), which she started in 1962. In 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy to become ProLiteracy. Ruth is an honorary member of the board of directors of Literacy New York and a member of the board of directors and a tutor at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse.
She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, the nation’s highest civilian award. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993 and received the U.S. President’s National Volunteer Action Award in 1987. She is the author of
Tutor 8th edition, READ, I Speak English 5th edition, A Way With Words, and In the Beginning Was the Word. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and nine Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
Ginger has served as the executive director of Literacy Services of Wisconsin in Milwaukee since 2014. This year, she led the organization through a strategic merger with Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services and now leads the combined organization. Ginger previously held the role of director of development and marketing at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During her 10 years as a member of the leadership team there, the organization grew tenfold, adding two new neighborhood centers and developing 50 acres of urban land into natural areas dedicated as outdoor classrooms. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector she served as the senior director of production at Reiman Publications/Reader’s Digest, and as the production director at Milwaukee Magazine. Ginger holds a BA in business from Michigan State University and an MBA from Alverno College. In 2016, she was awarded the competitive Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin scholarship for Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management executive education course at the Harvard Business School.
Sherrie Claiborne is president of Nevils Realty and The Nevils Group. She also has her own private company, Sherrie Claiborne & Associates. A retired educator, Sherrie taught high school English, drama, and debate for 18 years, while also working with at-risk students. She served for 22 years as an administrator in an adult education program and was a certified Laubach Tutor Trainer.
Sherrie has written more than $50 million in grants for adult education. She developed the Tennessee Model Adult High School and ran a 10-county mobile GED Testing Center that was recognized as one of the leading adult education programs in the nation. Sherrie has also served as president for three prominent literacy organizations: the Tennessee Association of Adult and Continuing Education, the Commission on Adult Basic Education, and the National Coalition for Literacy.
Steven Lux is the Director of Executive Education at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, where he is responsible for overseeing the School’s mid-career graduate degree programs and developing and managing various executive management trainings for both domestic and international audiences. Steve also teaches graduate level courses at the Maxwell School on subjects related to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society.
Prior to his work with the Maxwell School, Steve spent 12 years living and working in Southeast Asia, the first year as an English teacher through WorldTeach and ultimately as Regional Director of a Thai NGO—Population and Development International—overseeing projects in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Steve’s first job out of college was with Computer Science Corporation (CSC) as an information systems analyst. Steven Lux has an AB degree in Economics from Harvard College (1989) and a MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (1997). He currently serves as President of the Board for the DeWitt Community Library Association.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s from Lebanon Valley College.
Kathleen A. Hinchman
Kathleen is a professor in the Reading and Language Arts Department at Syracuse University. She teaches courses and seminars in literacy methods, and is a co-editor of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Among her achievements are grants, articles, and books, including work on Reconceptualizing the Literacies in Adolescents’ Lives, Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction, and the Adolescent Literacies Handbook of Practice-based Research. Her current work explores policy implications of literacy-related school reform and the use of formative design of assets-based literacy instruction methods. Long involved in community literacy initiatives in Central New York, Kathleen has also served as a board member and president of the New York State Reading Association and the Literacy Research Association.;
David J. Rosen
David was executive director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston—a greater Boston adult education professional development and training center—from 1986 to 2003. Since then, David has worked as an independent consultant and has has recently provided education and evaluation services to World Education’s Education Tech Center, Jobs For the Future on competency based higher education, TERC as an evaluator of the Massachusetts SABES adult basic education mathematics professional development center, and Essential Education developing an online guide to blended learning for adult educators. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Integrating Technology and Program Management. He is also a co-moderator of Adult Educators Using Facebook for Education (AEFE) as well as an online group focusing on competency-based/proficiency-based adult education.
Tom is a partner with Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse, N.Y. He is a labor and employment law attorney and deputy chair of the firm's labor and employment law department. He graduated from Cornell University and The University of Chicago Law School. Tom has served as counsel to ProLiteracy since 2012. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Central New York, Inc. and for the Huntington Family Centers, Inc. in Syracuse. He was president of Huntington’s Board from 1998-2002.
Steven C. Toy
Steve Toy is General Manager of Apalon, a leading mobile development company that creates apps for App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore with 40 million active users per month worldwide. Over the past 25 years, Steve has been part of leadership teams that have brought five digital product and service businesses to untapped revenue and enterprise growth. Steve has made adult literacy the primary cause that he supports with his time and resources for the past 20 years. In the mid-90s, Steve was asked to join the board of Vision Literacy, a program he has remained connected to despite several moves around the country.
As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse, N.Y., Kate oversees 12 departments, 14 programs, honors and core curriculum, and 130 faculty members in humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. She is the author of
Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and the editor of two critical editions, one of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla, with Syracuse University Press (2013) and the other, Norah Hoult's Poor Women!, with Anthem Press (2016). Her latest monograph, Trauma and Recovery in the 21st-century-Irish Novel, is forthcoming with Syracuse UP (May 2018).
Maria is senior director of digital publishing for Aptara Inc. She oversees interactive e-book design and development across multiple platforms and devices. She has a wide range of experience in educational publishing, e-learning, and digital technology. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005, Maria spent her first several years helping big publishers such as HMH and Pearson grow sales with leading-edge e-book production and digital solutions. Having driven the development of a highly skilled team of 250 interactive e-book specialists, she has a significant amount of experience managing on and offshore resources. Over the past five years, she has led the development of unique workflows and scalable production models to produce over 10,000 advanced digital solutions for tablets, mobile devices, and web browsers for leading clients in both publishing and enterprise.
Nadia Naviwala is an independent American researcher and freelance development journalist based in Islamabad. She investigates and writes about foreign assistance, local philanthropy, civil society, and education in Pakistan. She is the author of "Pakistan's Education Crisis: The Real Story." Her work has appeared the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Devex, and Dawn, and has been cited in the Economist. Nadia moved to Islamabad in 2012 as Pakistan Country Representative for the United States Institute of Peace. At USIP, she started the Peace Innovations Fund to give small, flexible support to social startups. Prior, she served as a Pakistan Desk Officer at USAID and a National Security Aide in the U.S. Senate. She taught U.S. foreign policy at the National Defense University in Islamabad in 2014.
Nadia holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School, which she attended on two merit-based scholarships as a Belfer International and Global Affairs Fellow and a Public Service Fellow. She was also an associate with the Carr Center Program on State-Building and Human Rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Lynn Reed, happily retired, is the former Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Inc. (LVMC), a position she held for 18 years. During her tenure, the agency grew to become one of the largest providers of adult education services in Arizona. While Lynn was director the agency was designated the Affiliate of the Year by Literacy Volunteers of America in 1998, and in 1999, the agency was awarded the Secretary’s Award from the U.S. Department of Education as one of the ten outstanding adult education programs in America. Lynn served on the Governance Council for ProLiteracy from 2003 to 2008 serving as chairperson from 2006-2008. She also served on the ProLiteracy Board of Directors from 2006-2008. Lynn always chuckled that the nonprofit world was one of the few places she could use all her degrees which are in social work, psychology, and accounting. She owned her own tax accounting firm for 15 years before joining LVMC. Lynn is a world traveler, an avid reader, and, along with her husband, the proud owner of a miniature schnauzer.
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