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Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fisk

melanie fiskMelanie holds MSW and MBA degrees from the University of Houston and brings her driving belief in education as the way to a more just and equal society to her daily work. She also brings an extensive community development and human service background to the agency through her activities with organizations such as DePelchin Children's Center, Nobel Women's Initiative, PeaceJam of Greater Houston, TEFL International, TeenLine and People Against Rape. Melanie served as the CEO of Literacy Advance from 2011 to 2014, then moved to a specially created role of Vice President of Client Services at SEARCH Homeless Services. She returned to Literacy Advance in 2016.

 

Kathryn BauchelleVp of Programs & Partnerships

Kathryn Bauchelle

Kathryn has a background in education and languages, with degrees in language acquisition, literature, and education from the University of Sydney, Australia. She worked as a teacher of foreign languages and English literature in high schools in Australia and the UK, and served as a Head of Faculty for Modern Languages for six years. Her work with the Jubilee Debt Campaign, a London-based NGO, fueled her interest in social justice and community work, leading her to volunteer as an ESL tutor with Literacy Advance following her move to the United States in 2008.

She joined the staff in 2009 as the Volunteer Manager, and served in this role for almost two years before becoming Program Director in 2011. In late 2017 she moved into the role of Vice-President of Programs & Partnerships, working closely with both Programs and Development staff at Literacy Advance.

 

Academic & Transition Services Director

Colleen Mayer

Colleen developed a passion for service through education while studying Political Science at Rutgers University, where she worked as a course instructor and college mentor with the Rutgers Future Scholars program. Upon relocation to Houston in 2012 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she worked in refugee youth services before transitioning to adult basic education in 2015.

She most recently served as Program Director with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, where she grew experience in areas such as tutor training and support, student registration and assessment, program evaluation, student transitions, and community partnerships. In her role with Literacy Advance, Colleen supports adult learners and volunteer tutors through program development and delivery. She joined the team in late 2017.

 

Transition Coach

Diana Delgado

Diana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and has experience working with high school students in the areas of language, geography, and psychology in her home country of Venezuela. Her experience as an ESL instructor for Even Start in 2005 led to her being hired as a Student Coordinator at Literacy Advance in 2007. One of the longest-serving members of the Literacy Advance staff, Diana served as both Student Coordinator and Wilcrest Program Manager, before moving to the newly created Transition Coach role in 2013. In this role, she focuses on connecting students to other services and training, particularly to work-related opportunities.

 

courtney justusVolunteer Coordinator

Courtney Justus

Courtney is a graduate of Trinity University with a BA in English. She developed a passion for nonprofit work while interning at the literary nonprofit Gemini Ink in San Antonio, where she later served as Programs Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. She also served as co-editor for The Trinity Review, Trinity University’s student-run literary magazine, and as an opinion columnist and pulse reporter for The Trinitonian.

Courtney's creative writing has been published in various literary journals, and her fiction and nonfiction are included in the Texas Emerging Writers anthologies from Z Publishing. She joined Literacy Advance staff as Volunteer Coordinator in 2018. In this role, she primarily focuses on volunteer and tutor recruitment, onboarding, and support.

Literacy Advance Programs Team

kathryn bauchelle

VP of Programs & Partnerships

Kathryn Bauchelle

   

Academic & Transition Services Director

Colleen Mayer

 
courtney justus

Volunteer Coordinator

Courtney Justus

 

Transition Services Team

diana delgado

Transition Coach

Diana Delgado

 

Wilcrest Programs Team

Wilcrest Program Coordinator

Open position - TBD

 
Ruth Iglesias

Wilcrest Program Assistant (Daytimes)

Ruth Iglesias

 
Marjorie Warouw

Wilcrest Program Assistant
(Evenings & Saturdays)

Marjorie Warouw

 

Satellite Site Programs Team Members

Enedina Jasso

Bay Area Program Manager

Enedina Jasso

 

Bay Area Program Coordinator

Maribel Vidal

 
renee mathez

Waller Program Coordinator

Renee Mathez

Literacy Advance Development & Business Team

Irene Evans

 Development & Board Liaison

Irene Evans

   
kathryn bauchelle

 VP of Programs & Partnerships

Kathryn Bauchelle

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