Board of Directors


Barbra Applebaum

Vice President:
Joyce Roth
Counsel, NorthMarq Capital Finance

Chris Casner
Retired, Senior Consultant, Verizon Communications

Kate Watson
Community Volunteer

Immediate Past President:
Barry McNeil
Senior Counsel, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Janie Autz
Director of Outreach Ministry, East Dallas Christian Church

Alexandra Bacalao, MD
Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ashu Balimba                                                            Staff Attorney, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Carole Cohen                                                            Retired, Financial Consultant, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC

Carey Davis                                                        Director, Empower Schools

Myra Fischel
Community Volunteer and Independent Real Estate Broker

Charles Gall                                                              Partner, Litigation, Hunton, Andrews & Kurth

Andrea Glispie                                                          Senior Manager, Community Development Charles Schwab Bank

Byron Harris

Alex Horn                                                                  Director of Congregational Engagement  Temple Emanu-El

Linda Humphries
Community Volunteer

Frank Lloyd
Retired, Associate Dean-Executive Education SMU Cox School of Business

Beth Maultsby
Partner, Family Law, Goranson Bain

Amy Merrill
Part-Time Contractor, Microsoft


Ryan Mitchell
Director, Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion, CBRE

Gwen Moore
Retired, Past President and Co-Founder of the PLAN Fund

Jeff Morales                                                              Sr. VP Corporate Development, Steward Health Care System LLC

Nancy Rivin                                                              Community Volunteer

Francis Ryburn
Community Volunteer

Robert P. Taylor III
Attorney, Retired Partner Locke Lord LLP

Nancy Thursby                                                          Retired, Regional Counsel, State Bar of Texas

Mayela Trespalacios                                                Sr. Director of Strategic Business Consulting Epsilon

Ruth Villalonga                                                      VP, DE&I Communications for Ford at H&K Strategies

Robert T. Warren                                                      Certified Public Accountant, Robert T. Warren PC

Jabeen Zaidi                                                              Owner, Convention Planning and Transportation Company

Lindsey Brooksher                                                    Ex Officio, Liaison, Junior League Dallas

Dionne Kirby                                                          Ex Officio, CEO, Literacy Achieves


Advisory Board


Sheana Chen

Ruben E. Esquivel

Gayle G. Johansen

Rev. Rob Leischner

Sharon Martin

Morton Meyerson

Sammye Myers

Camille Owens

Colleen Taylor

Marnie Wildenthal


Literacy Achieves Staff


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Administrative Staff

Dionne Kirby
Chief Executive Officer

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Tricey Love
Director of Development

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Jennifer Firmin
Development Manager

Teresa Ramirez
Director of Finance and Administration

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Kassie Treviño
Accounting Assistant

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Sarah Perkins
Engagement and Operations Manager

Rashmi Choudhari
Data Consultant


Adult Program Staff

Andrea Tseng
Director of Analytics
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Leti Bustamante, LMSW
Senior Manager, Student Services
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Laura Montalvo
Adult Program Manager, West Dallas
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Jody Cargill 
Adult Program Manager, ELM-East Dallas
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Ana Paula Weaver
Adult Program Coordinator, Vickery Meadow

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Pamela Fields
Data Manager


Children's Program Staff

Birgit Scott
Children's Program Director

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Marina Leguizamo
Children's Program Coordinator, West Dallas

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Dana Norris
Children's Program Coordinator, ELM-East Dallas

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