Hope Finds A Way - the 2021 Augustine Literacy Project Annual Report (released 11-16-21)

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2021 Annual Report

Hope Finds A Way

We can reach more students Dear friends, Last year, we asked you to rise with us to meet the challenge of the moment – and you did. Our aspiring readers and volunteer tutors faced unprecedented obstacles as schools were closed, remote learning became the new normal nearly overnight, schedules were disrupted, and families faced unimagined health crises and economic hardships. You stepped up and enabled ALP to continue serving our aspiring readers through investments in new technology, bolstered staff capacities, and new methods of instruction. Together, ALP aspiring readers, volunteer tutors, staff, board members, and partners adopted a growth mindset. As our students show us every day, we can do hard things that once seemed out of reach. Crucially, your support enabled ALP to make a pivot to virtual training and tutoring. New tutors were recruited and trained virtually, experienced tutors learned new skills, headsets were mailed to students, and zoom licenses were purchased. Thanks to a game-changing gift from one family wishing to honor the memory of a loved one, ALP began implementation of an online learning management system. Because of your gifts, we were empowered to keep reaching aspiring readers. We are mindful of the significant work that lies ahead as we celebrate these accomplishments. Our students experienced a steep learning loss stemming from the sharp reduction of in-person learning caused by COVID-19. ALP tutoring is one of the most effective ways to help students recover lost learning. We can and must recruit, train and retain more tutors so that we can teach more children to read. This challenge before us is clear, actionable and measurable. Please consider increasing your gifts – of time, financial support, advocacy – to support the growth needed for Augustine Literacy Project to help more children master reading skills through ALP tutoring. Thank you for lifting up our aspiring readers. Together, I am confident that we will continue to rise to meet the challenges before us.

Alison S. Houser Executive Director 2

Shared challenges, impacts and goals 57.3% 2019

An urgent challenge faces our community. CMS third graders scoring Proficient in reading decreased from 57.3% in 2019 to 39.6% in 2021 (CMS EOG 2021).

39.6% 2021

Economically disadvantaged 3rd graders scoring College and Career Ready dropped from 29.3% to 13.5% (CMS EOG 2021). Third grade reading scores are a powerful predictor of future success in school and in life.

CMS 3 grade students reading at proficient level. rd


'21 – '22 goals

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'20 – '21 impacts


90% of ALP students make reading gains.

$1.35M 2021




A call to action for our community. ALP’s goal is to raise $1.35M for investments in tutor recruitment, training, support, and technology to meet students’ urgent needs.

$950K 2020

The ALP board and The Stubblefield Foundation have created a challenge match for new and increased gifts over last year up to $80,000 to inspire giving and expand the base of support for students and tutors.

The need for 1:1 tutoring is greater now than ever.


An inspiring story of shared learning A student I was paired with initially disliked reading so much that, when he encountered difficult words, he would simply close the book. But, he did not give up and neither did I – we were in this together. We kept working hard each week through the ALP program. Soon, he was reading more and more words during our tutoring sessions. Then, he moved on to reading entire pages without stopping. Over time, he started to eagerly read full books. As a student/tutor pair, we transformed reading from a barrier in this aspiring reader’s life to a source of pride and empowerment. We learned along the way that reading gains from ALP were not the only benefit for him…or me. As he made reading progress, his confidence at school grew and his overall academic progress did, too. I learned that the feeling of pride I experienced as an ALP tutor was as powerful as any accomplishment during my professional career. I love this story because it brings home how ALP changes lives. Not just the students’ lives, but our lives as tutors, the readers’ families, and, ultimately, our community around us. When we prepare these students through reading, they come back to the community and help raise it up. – Jim Boylan, ALP tutor and Board Chair Jim Boylan became an ALP tutor after retiring in 2017 as Chief Human Resources Officer of Brighthouse Financial, Inc. He now serves as ALP Board Chair.

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“I love this story because it brings home how ALP changes lives.” 4

Why ALP works Training, science-based instruction, and relationships. Training

Multi-sensory instruction



40 Hours Training

Dedicated volunteer ALP tutors are trained by Orton-Gillingham certified instructors.

“The quality of the tutors is amazing. I have never had a tutor who was anything but incredible.” *

2x/ week


See it

Hear it

Touch it

ALP tutors employ multi-sensory instruction that engages visual, auditory, and kinesthetic pathways simultaneously to enhance learning.

Aspiring readers and their tutors work together as a pair, building trust and strong relationships.

“The tutors always find the fifth, “The tutors are very kind and sixth, seventh ways to reach genuine with our students, students.“ * and focused on building that relationship with our kids.” *

* CMS principals and literacy facilitators, Stevenson Wallace, 2021


Literacy overcomes barriers Strong reading skills by 3rd grade are critical to students’ futures.

Historic inequities

Digital divide

COVID-19 impacts

100% of ALP students are from under-resourced communities.


96% Racial/ethnic biases anchor low economic mobility.

Many CMS students lack broadband access at home.

Disproportionate impacts by race, ethnicity, income.

of 3rd grade students reading at grade level go on to graduate from high school.

(Opportunity Task Force Report, 2017)

(CMS Foundation 2020)

(Mecklenburg County COVID Task Force 2021)

(Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Diversity, equity and inclusion ALP can best reach aspiring readers when our organization, programs, training and practices authentically honor the identities and cultures of our students and families.

Three core diversity, equity and inclusion efforts move our DEI commitments from words to actions. Training curriculum changes – to reflect more inclusive approaches with the children and families we serve.

Staff and tutor workshops – to build capacity on DEI principles and how ALP tutors can serve the whole child.

Change team – an internal, cross-function group that guides our overall efforts and ensures meaningful implementation.


Investors in aspiring readers The aspiring readers, volunteer tutors, staff and partners of Augustine Literacy Project are grateful to our generous donors who believe in the power of reading and literacy to shape students’ futures. The Augustine Society Illuminators ($50,000+) Anonymous The Belk Foundation The Merancas Foundation, Inc. Read Charlotte Transformation Fund Reemprise Fund The Augustine Society Clarions ($25,000 – $49,999) Allstate Ally Financial, Inc. The Dowd Foundation The Leon Levine Foundation Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation Truist Financial United Way of Central Carolinas The Augustine Society Accelerators ($10,000 – $24,999) Anonymous Dana and Justin Adams The Alpha and Omega Foundation The George W. and Ruth R. Baxter Fund Vivian and Jim Boylan Brighthouse Financial Foundation The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation, Children & Youth Fund 8

Nancy and Bruce Downing Annette and Shaun Dreyer Christy Durbin and Rodney Sims James Family Foundation Mindy and Bob Jones Knight Foundation Kristin LaPrise and Barbara Lom LendingTree Like A Child Foundation Wandra and George Mackie Jill and Don Olmstead Elaine and Joe Peterson Cindy and Rich Schneider Linda and Tim Sittema Andrea and Sean Smith Jennifer and J. Michael Smith Laura and John Spencer Ann and Tom Temple The Augustine Society Investors ($5,000 – $9,999) Kathryn and Darren Ash Berkeley Capital Advisors LLC Betsy and Mike Blair Amy and Robert Brinkley Ernst & Young Katie Garvey The Good Samaritan Fund

How many more kids could be successful if someone just encouraged them? – Beverly Clark Beverly was a doer in life. We wanted to memorialize Beverly with a philanthropic gift that would reflect her action-oriented approach to improving the world. We knew this gift to ALP was right for several reasons. First, we wanted the gift to involve early childhood education. Beverly’s college degree was in elementary education, and she treasured her teaching experiences in public schools. Second, we wanted this gift to benefit kids who were financially disadvantaged. Finally, we wanted the gift to empower achievements that would not be possible without funding and support. Our gift enabled ALP to purchase and launch its new learning management system – an online platform for tutor training, multi-media resources and continuing education. Beverly often said, ‘How many more kids could be successful if someone just encouraged them?’ Our support of ALP is her living legacy. We know ALP will be able to change more lives though the power of reading and literacy for young students.

Eleanor and Rick Hahn Kelly and Mark Halmrast Nancy and Rob Harris Michelle Hein Kathy and Ben Hill Rebecca and William McNair Beth Rogerson Marion and Mike Shields US Bank The Augustine Society Visionaries ($2,500 – $4,999) Allied Caster & Equipment Co. Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery Candace Armstrong John Cato Cottingham Chalk, Sally Davis Amy Levine Dawson and Alfred Dawson Diane and Michael Dumais Gina Elam Cindy and Curt Grantham Hahn-Mason Air Systems, Inc Josephine Hicks Alison Houser Anne and John Ishee Julie Lerner Levine Mary and Bob Long Anjali and John Markey Michele Melchior Anne and Clark Neilson Katrina and Matthew Nichols Raytheon Technologies Paul Reichs Valerie Pearsall Roberts Robinson Bradshaw Rodgers Builders

Ashley and Joel Turner Robin and Steve Weaver Julie and Perry White The Augustine Society Champions ($1,000 – $2,499) Carol Gray-Adler and James Adler The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Eleanor and James Barnhardt Katie and Richard Bates Sarah and Tim Belk Betsy and Bill Blue Beth and Bill Bowen Laura and Sam Bowles Mary and Charles Bowman Wendy and Bob Bradford Jean Brinkmann Alison and Terry Bruster Thomas Bunn Dennis Burke Jennie Carlson Marti and Tom Cato Jean and Gene Cochrane Koren and Steve Cranford Sally and Ward Davis Dru Dougherty Rebecca and Mike Drendel Duke Energy Randi and George Edmiston Charlie Elberson Janice Elder Minna and Mike Elliott Eric and Martha Eubank Paul Finnen Bonnie Fleming

Laura and J.Q. Freeman Rusty and Tony Gray Linda and Bill Hefner Julie Heidrick Gary Hemric Katie and Stuart Hicks Beth and Bill Hobbs Ellen Holliday Lyttleton and Thomas Hollowell Chuck Howard Page and Martin Hull Anthony Jones Peter Keane Kelly and John Keeling Jason Kerr Kathryn and Luke Kissam Joan and Gene Lunman Mary and Bill Lunsford Caron and Jamie Lye Carter and George MacBain Patricia Martin Robin and John Maxwell Kerry and Charles McCarville Beth and Daniel McGinley Vicky and Bill Mitchener Katie Belk Morris Cortney and Fritz Nauck Eve and Albert Nichols Christina and Dee O’Dell Angie Packer Virginia and Geoff Palmer Park Road Baptist Church Mary Ruth and Philip Payne Anne and Scott Perper Anne Poole Sarah Pursley

Anne Ranson William Roberts The Saint Nektarios Endowment Lizabeth Clardy and Ken Samuelson Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church Mattye and Marc Silverman Libby and Alan Simonini Anne and Michael Sinsheimer Patty and Don Smyth St. Peter’s Episcopal Church SteelPoint Kristin and Andy Stinson The Stone Family The Stubblefield Foundation Claire and John Tate Kathylee and Ken Thompson Allison and John Tibe The Trexler Foundation True Homes Foundation, Inc. Frances Van Voorhis Betty Wagner Katie and Johnson Wagner Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign LeeAnne and Bill Whitley Mark Wilson Holly and Jim Wood Edith and Landon Wyatt Builders ($500 – $999) Ann and Bob Abel Julie Ahdieh Rosalyn Allison-Jacobs Ron Almond Ellen and Joel Babb Kathryn and Ed Balogh 9

Thank you for making ALP’s 2021Rise and Read Virtual Event a success, with 700 participants registered and over $360,000 raised!

Save the date for next year’s Rise and Read. Wednesday, March 23 at 9:00 am. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


David Deal and Steven Bentley Katrice Boland Dawn Bowen Wendy Brennan Jeanne Broyhill and Joe Ventrone Betsey Chalmers Carol and Milt Childress William Clark Gina Clegg Kathy Cornell The Covia Foundation Benner Crigler Catherine DeStefano The Duke Endowment First Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Women Amanda Fleishman Sally and Curt Fochtmann Madison and Jo Haden Galbraith Jenny Hutchinson and Neil Giardino Karen and Steve Gosselin Governer’s Square Evening Garden Club Robert Griffin Paula and Fred Griffith Hope and Paul Griggs Mary and William Hobbs The Horne Company Partners, LLC Jane and Richard Houser George Howe Genie and Reuben Hufham Marion and Chris Idol David Jacobson Maryann Johnston Susan Dosier and Des Keller Jessica Klasinski Julie and David Lavoie

Gary Leegate Lawrence Lewis William Love Emily and Mark Maier Kimmery Martin Dee Dee and Bill Maxwell Lee McCall Debbie and David McCarthy Susanna and Scot Meyer Wendy and John Munce Kathleen and George Mundle Elizabeth Nichols Kathleen and Thomas O’Bannon Kristen and Michael Piscitelli Margo and Joe Posnanski Malyn and Vince Pratt Sherri and Hank Ralston Courtney and John Ramey Ann Reed Donna Rice Carol and Martin Robinson Anne Robinson Sally and Russell Robinson Jody and Randall Roth Marcie Shealy Meredith and Steven Shorkey Dia and Paul Steiger Mary Stokes Trent Family Foundation Kelly Zellars and Henry Trexler Jennifer Troyer Amy and Mark Vitner Advocates ($250 – $499) Anonymous (2) Susan Adams

Ann and Peter Allen Anonymous Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Marc Atwood Addison and Randall Ayer Hannah Blanton Debbie Blystone Brenda Brantley Jan and Jim Brittain Cynthia and Peter Buck Katherine and Garland Cassada Elizabeth and Saxby Chaplin Charlotte Woman’s Club Sue Coonen Rachel Coyne Ann Cramer Gabi and Scott Culpepper Dee Dee and Ed Dalrymple Anne Davant Gaither and Robert Deaton Lisa Dillard Megan and Larry Forrest Theresa Foust Carol Reid and Paula Fricke Jeannie and Robert Fuller Elizabeth Grigg Linda and Dick Hagemeyer Bobbie and Richard Hahn James Hall Meg Hancock Kim Hanson Clara Haynes Jess and Dan Heath Kim and Brian Heath Kate Hill Cathy Jenkins

Lois Johnson Greg Johns Jennifer and Greg Jones Sarah and John Komisin Terry Lehmann Tammie and Lou Lesesne Robert Leslie Maria and Nash Long Margaret Marshall Theodore Martinez Ruth Mayer Susanne and Mark Memolo Ann and Bert Miano Ann and George Miles Carolyn Miller Lisa Miller Mary Ann and Eric O’Brien Melodie Ohaus John Parker Kim Rickenbaker Marilyn Scott Phil Sellers Trish Sexton Matt Sharp Sarah and Allen Shifflet Tricia Sistrunk Russell Sizemore Bill Staton Jeanne Steele Christine Strife Kathy Thomas Mary Ann and Edward Thomas Patrick Torrey Alice and Brent Torstrick Joanie Walker Tracy and Lawrence Watts

Danae Woodward Velva and Tom Woollen Bookworms (10 – $249) Anonymous (3) AbbVie Deborah Abels Kim and Robert Adden Rebecca Fant and John Alday Andrew Alexander Betsy Alexander Kathy Allen Amazon Smile Johanna and Christopher Anderson Mary Ann Archer Clarence Armbrister William Armstrong Erin Ashendorf Phillip Atchison John Austin Agnes Bacon Richard Baker Rebekah Baker Lauren Ball Zoe Balsamo Lynn and Alan Banks Pam and Ernest Barry Carol Bartos Viviane Bechtler-Smith Holly Becker Mary Martha Beecy Deborah Bell Holly Benedict Paula Bennett Glenda Bernhardt Tina Berry

Jane Blount Patricia Blume Nancy Bobbitt Ed Bograd Brian Bonaviri Laurie Bond Bryan Borders Tom Bowers MaryKate Boylan Daniel Boylan Monica Boylan Jeffrey Brand Ginny and John Brien April Brigandi Bright Funds Foundation Grey Timberlake Brownlow Nancy Broyhill Jeff Burgess Brian Burke Kathleen Burkinshaw Elizabeth Cantey Dottie Cardo Ellen Carlisle Mack Clark Marcus Clarke Kelly Cleghorn CC Coddington, IV Timothy Coffey Hannah Craighill Kristina Cruise Cathleen D’Agata Nissa and Milan Damani Elyse Dashew Elizabeth and Joe Davant Karon and Paul Davis Mary Kay Deering

2021 – 2022 Partner Schools Ada Jenkins Ashley Park Elementary Billingsville Cotswold Elementary Brookstone Elementary Bruns Avenue Elementary Elizabeth Traditional Elementary Greenway Park Elementary Hidden Valley Elementary Huntingtowne Farms Elementary Marie G. Davis Elementary Montclaire Elementary Newell Elementary Oakhurst STEAM Academy Rama Road Elementary Sterling Elementary University Park Creative Arts Westerly Hills Academy Winding Springs Elementary


Stuart Deets Jared DeLand Patti Denny Jennifer DeWitt JD Doliner Sarah Dorenfeld Jen and Jim Drizos Maggie Drozd Hope Drummond Shirley Cress Dudley Samantha Dunbar William Duncan William East Annalise Eberhard Teara Edwards Caroline Eller Larry Farber Maria and Barry Fenwick Fannie Flono Dan Flynn Pam Foltz Kathy Foushee Kathy Friese Dorian Fritze Megan Fuller Nathan Gagnon Melissa Gamez Andrea and Jonathan Gantt Betsy and Matthew Gantt Kathy and Don Gately Lourdes Gee Beth Geiger Anne Gildea Ruth Ellen and Thold Gill Harriet Gilman Julia and Gary Gloster 12

Raichelle Glover Ann and John Glover Esther and Scott Goldstein Nadia Gonzalez Miranda Goot Jennifer and Vic Grainger Myron Gray Amy Greene Anthony Grillo Marja Grillo Cate Gutter Gricel Guzman Heather and Alton Gwaltney Evelyn Maben-Hall and Hugh Hall Sally and Andrew Harriss Norene and William Hart The Hartford Barbara and Charles Haughey Gena Haywood Mary Ann and Cantey Heath Will Heisner Patty and Jim Henderlite Kari Heyink Gwen High Joan Hileman Jim Hill Ann Hinson Heather Hogston Patricia Massey and John Hoke Marta Holden Jere Hollmeyer Addie Holzman Patricia and Carl Horn Tate Horton Timothy Hose Barbara and Sam Hull

Lauren Hurd Alicia Iacono Linda Ibsen Clay Ijams Edie Irons Kathryn Dixon Jaitly Sandra James Lea and Stuart Johnson Elizabeth Keating Kathy-Line and Patrick Kelly Michael Kemper Joan Kilian Bev King Josephine and Jack Klumpenhower Mary Kluttz George Kroustalis Shannon Lalor Lindsay Lambertson Steve Larson Liz Lassiter Haynes Lea Stephanie and Scott Leo Jane Lesko Natalie Lewis Deborah Little Kellie Lofton Carissa Lynn Karen MacKenzie Margo MacKenzie Kristan Magas Billie Maitland Martha Mallory Janice Marmor Chris Martin Daisy Mayer Rebecca Mays

Camilla Mazzotta Joanne McAndrews Mindy McBrayer Ann McCain Marcy McClanahan Susan McConnell Phil McCrory Mary Ellen McElroy Laura Meier Microsoft Debbie and Rick Miller Erin Millerick Pia Millican Esharan Monroe-Johnson Sarah Moody Marlene Moosa Sara Moreau Roxanne and Bill Morgan E. Lee Morris III Gail Ann Murchison Robert Murphy Jeff Naper Lillie Newton Rhonnie Newton Karen and Andy Nicholson Nancy Nicholson Gerard Nigro Ruth O’Dell Benjamin Outen-Ohara and Michael Ohara Kristina Osores-Evans Marcelle and Allan Oxman Susan and John Papadopulos Barbara Partington Frances and Charles Payet Linda and Joe Payment

Betty Payne Julie Peach Makeda Pennycooke Leslie and Paul Perlik Amy Peterson Wynn Pickett Martha Player Page and David Pond Amy Powers Liz and Richard Pratt Joyce and G.C. Pundt Becky and Lester Ranson Pryor Rayburn Rebeca Fernandez Research Affiliates, LLC Diane Restaino Elizabeth Richardson Catherine Rising Caroline Robicsek Joy Robinson John Roddey Steven Rogelberg Connie Rogers Brenda Romanoff Roper Physical Therapy Darbie and Henry Sale Marsden Sale Susanne Sawyer Alicia Scala Mary Kay Scarborough Joan and Carl Scharf Charles Seale Kartik Sethuraman Ariana Shahinfar Llewellyn and Kirby Shealy Carin Shepherd

Lenora Shipp E. Randolph Shives Carla Shumate Mary Bryan and Van Smith Betsy Smith Susan Spencer-Smith Robin Greene Sperling Ambika and Jeff Spinazzola Neel Stallings Rose Steinberg Leslie Stevenson Jennifer Ames Stuart Robyn and Randy Stump Paula Symonds Debbie Tankle Janet Taylor Leslie Teague Michael Temple John Temple Kathy Thompson Robert Thornton Daniel Tisch Karey Tom Matthew Tyndall Margaret Ullrich Angelique Vincent-Hamacher Judy and Richard Vinroot Frances Walley Kristy Ward Susan Watterworth Courtney Wawak Brian Welch Rosemary Wells Steve White Maggie Whitley April Whitlock

Karen and Dennis Whittaker Charlotte Wickham Betsy and James Williams Linda William Dina DeFabo Wilson Suzanne and Peter Wilson Sandy and Doug Wilson Kari Winters Louise and Dick Woods Anne and Christopher Woolley Sherry Wray-Cooper Amy and Julian Wright Pamela Harris-Young and Doug Young Rebecca Young Margaret Zeller Angie Hardister and Bill Zimmern Tribute List ALP Staff Ted Abel Candace Armstrong Erin Ashendorf Anna Blair and Jamie Kneisel Cynthia Buck Gail Weaver Bunn Marti Cato Beverly Clark Drew Collins and Mary Collins Sue Coonen Koren Cranford Gert Dann Anne Davant Sally Davis Judy Degernes Matthew Demetuades Doctors at Eastover Pediatrics

Eisenman Family Bonnie Fleming Lynn “Skip” Morgan Gantt Eleanor Hahn Gena Haywood Jess Heath Katherine Hicks Alison Houser Harry and Judy Johnson Gloria Jones Kelly and John Keeling Beverly King Sharon and Constanze Knox Kristin LaPrise Trissy Lomax Karen Mackenzie Leslie Mackinson Anjali Markey Ruth Mayer McAndrews Family Anne Mennona Ida Miles Wendy and John Munce Christina Murphy John Parker Anne Ranson Blair and Ivon Rohrer Lauren and Ivon Rohrer III Marsden Sale SteelPoint Customers Claire Tate Ann and Tom Temple Linda and Bill Trowbridge Sue Younts Anne Zahlan 13

Investments in innovation Generous contributions enabled ALP investments in technology, people and innovation to continue serving aspiring readers in a year of extreme challenges. Individual $499,367 Foundation $558,159

Contributions & Grants $1,173,771

Training Fees $14,250

Corporate $103,915 Faith $11,450 Civic $880

Revenue $1,188,902

Other $881

Program $688,789

Fundraising $139,917

Expenses $934,203

Management & General $105,497

Your support creates positive student outcomes Key investments

•Technology •Staffing •Continuing education


Nimble changes

•Virtual training •Virtual tutoring •Remote, in-person, hybrid schooling

Positive outcomes

•Continued teaching students •Recruited and trained more tutors •Virtual tutoring added to growth strategy

Join the 1:1 Match Challenge The ALP board and The Stubblefield Foundation have created a challenge match for new and increased gifts over last year up to $80,000 to inspire giving and expand the base of support for students and tutors.

: Together, we can inspire increased giving and help meet the urgent needs of more aspiring readers. Match will close December 31, 2021. ALP Board of Directors 2021–22 Jim Boylan, Board Chair Augustine Tutor Retired, Human Resources Executive and Attorney Don E. Olmstead, Incoming Chair Novare Capital Management, Managing Director Kristin LaPrise, Governance Chair Wells Fargo, Senior VP, Emerging Affluent Consumer Strategy Leader

Michele Melchior, Treasurer Grant Thornton LLP, Director – Not-for-profit Tax

Koren Cranford Koren S. Cranford, CPA, Owner, Tax Accountant

Anthony T. Jones, Secretary Thompson Child & Family Focus, COO

Bonnie S. Fleming Community Volunteer

Tom Temple, Immediate Past Board Chair Fidus Partners, Managing Director

Des Keller DK Communications Group, Vice President and Editor

Betty Blackwell Retired Educator Michael E. Blair Captrust Financial Advisors, Principal

Anjali Kumar Markey Augustine Tutor

Bert J. Miano The Noble Law Firm, Of Counsel Christina O’Dell Residential Construction Project Consultant, Community Volunteer Valerie Pearsall Roberts Jones Day Law Firm, Former Partner Trish Sexton Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Associate Superintendent of Elementary Equity 15

Staff Alison S. Houser, Executive Director Ellen Babb, Director of Operations Kristal Badgett-Valcin, Regional Operations Manager Anne Bayliss, Site Coordinator Allyssa Beasley, Executive Assistant Holly Becker, Site Coordinator Sandy Carter, Site Coordinator Judy Degernes, Site Coordinator Jess Heath, Communications Specialist Andrea Howell, Tutor Recruitment Manager Jessica Klasinski, Director of Development Amber Lynch, Development Coordinator Anthony McKnight, Virtual Program Coordinator Susanna Meyer, Site Coordinator Michelle Miller, Learning and Development Manager Elizabeth Nichols, Site Coordinator Mary Ann O’Brien, Bookkeeper Margo Posnanski, Learning and Development Designer Caroline Saunders, Learning and Development Facilitator Lynn Schweitzer, Site Coordinator Kristin Stinson, Site Coordinator Alyssa Wood, Regional Operations Manager Photo credits: Des Keller, ALP Board member

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