Coalition Announces New Board Members and Officers

Coalition Announces New Board Members and Officers

The National Coalition for Literacy welcomed four new members to the organization’s Board of Directors in September: Jean Fleming, representing the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE); Silja Kallenbach of World Education; Deborah Kennedy of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL); and Amy Schmitz of ProLiteracy.

Jean Fleming will serve as AAACE’s president for 2014-2015. She has over 30 years of experience in adult, community, and higher education, including positions in adult basic education, in workforce oriented community based organizations, and as a faculty member and advisor in higher education.

Deborah Kennedy, Associate Vice President for Adult English Language Education at CAL, leads CAL’s programs and activities in English language acquisition for adults from ABE/ESL to business and professional English. A specialist in English for specific purposes, she has extensive experience in designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating workplace communication skills programs and professional development courses for adult educators.

Silja Kallenbach, Vice President of World Education’s U.S. Division, has more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, professional development provider, program developer, researcher, and teacher. Silja is the author of numerous reports and articles that bring the lessons of her diverse project work to the field.

Amy Schmitz is the Director of Marketing and Communications at ProLiteracy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education. Her work focuses on rebranding and strategic communications; developing advocacy and public policy messaging; and developing and disseminating unified messages and priorities, including the organization’s social media strategy.

The new board members were installed as of September 11, 2014, and will serve three-year terms.

In addition, the Board of Directors elected new officers at its September board meeting. Jeff Carter, Director of Adult Education Initiatives at Digital Promise, was elected President. Jeff Fantine, representing COABE, was elected Vice President. In addition, former NCL President Marty Finsterbusch of VALUE and Margaret Patterson, Senior Researcher at Research Allies for Lifelong Learning (R-Ally), were elected Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

Board members whose terms expired in September include Marcie Foster of CLASP; Jane Hugo of ProLiteracy; Geri Mulligan, recently retired Director of the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment at the University of Tennessee; and John Segota of TESOL.

“Serving on an active, hands-on board like this one requires dedication, time, and a genuine commitment to the idea that working together across organizations makes our field stronger and better,” noted incoming NCL President Jeff Carter. “Our members are incredibly grateful for their service. In particular, we are deeply appreciative of Marty Finsterbusch’s willingness to step in and serve as President of the Board for multiple terms. Without his dedication we wouldn’t be in the position of strength we are in today.”

Carter continued: “I’m looking forward to working with the new members of the board, who bring with them a unique set of talents and a fresh perspective. I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to our board and to the coalition as a whole.”


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