Virginia (Ginger) Duiven is director, institutional relations for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Ginger leads a team to raise more than $10 million each year from foundations, corporations, and government, adding critical resources to the agency’s $230 million budget to provide support to New Yorkers most in need. Prior to joining the Jewish Board, Ginger has held executive director roles with the Academy for Systems Change and Literacy Services of Wisconsin. Her experience includes strategic planning and successful execution, mergers, innovative program development and partnerships, and fundraising. Ginger holds a BA in Business from Michigan State University and an MBA from Alverno College. She was awarded the competitive Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin Scholarship for Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Executive Education at the Harvard Business School.
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.
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.
Kate is professor of Modern Irish Literature and former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. She is the author of two monographs,
Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and Trauma and Recovery in the 21st-Century-Irish Novel, as well as the editor of two critical editions, one of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla and the other, Norah Hoult's Poor Women! As current president of the American Conference for Irish Studies—the oldest Irish academic organization in the world—she interacts frequently with the Irish Embassy, as well as with academics from all over the world. Kate currently serves as the first female editor of the Syracuse University Press Irish line—the oldest such series in North America.
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 CNY
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, In the Beginning Was the Word, and My Travels Through Life, Love, and Literacy. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and nine Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.
Denine leads strategic development and execution of national, regional, and local philanthropy-related programs and initiatives for Dollar General’s 17,000+ store communities, corporate headquarters, and distribution center network. In her role, she oversees corporate and Foundation giving, in-kind donations, employee engagement, and cause marketing partnerships.
As a frontline ambassador for Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, she works to enhance employee pride and consumer affinity through philanthropic partnerships. In addition to traditional corporate and foundation philanthropy, Denine is also responsible for disaster relief efforts and the company’s Employee Assistance Foundation.
Under her leadership, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has flourished as a national thought leader and has invested more than $203 million in programs that have helped more than 14.8 million individuals learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency test, or learn English.
Denine has 20 years of experience in corporate philanthropy. She currently serves as a director on the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Television, and Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation boards.
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 recently provided education and evaluation services to World Education’s Education Tech Center, Jobs For the Future on competency based higher education, and TERC as an evaluator of the Massachusetts SABES adult basic education mathematics professional development center. He developed online guides to blended learning for adult educators for New Readers Press and for Essential Education. 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.
Steve Toy is COO at Memrise, a language learning platform that helps people acquire a language so they can interact with the world around them. 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 remains connected to despite several moves around the country.
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 onshore 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.
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, the proud owner of a miniature schnauzer.
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