Literacy Works is recognized in Chicago and beyond as a leading expert in adult literacy. Literacy Works’ mission is to advance equity by promoting literacy education and the use of clear language. We train volunteer literacy tutors in Chicago, build the capacity of adult literacy professionals through continued learning opportunities, and improve access to critical information by implementing clear language practices. Our vision is that one day, all people will realize their full potential through the ability to read, write, and interpret the world.


meet the team


Executive Director

"When adults improve their literacy skills, the ripples extend to benefit their families, their communities, and beyond."

Christine’s passion for adult literacy started in high school when she volunteered as an ESL tutor at a refugee center. That passion has served her well during her many years as an English language instructor, both locally and abroad, and as the Executive Director of Literacy Works. Under Christine’s leadership, Literacy Works has provided essential training to more than 10,000 professionals and volunteer tutors and thoughtfully developed innovative programs that help organizations better serve individuals with low literacy. When Christine is not at work, it is likely that you will find her in triangle pose on her yoga mat or dancing with friends in a Zumba class.



Jeannette Mihalek , President 

Ellen Johnson, Vice President 

Kimya Buckner, Treasurer
Kimberly Clark, Secretary 

Ashley Telman 
Brandon Cox 

John Palmer 

Katriel Jean-Baptiste
Kelly Hallberg
Kim Ratkin

Shannon Callahan 
Christine Kenny, Ex Officio 

Joel Schoenmeyer, Ex Officio

Matthew C. Hynes, Ex Oficio
Celina Chatman-Nelson, Director Emeritus 

Mary Ann Dyar, Director Emeritus

Judith Gaston , Director Emeritus

Will Linder, Director Emeritus

Rich Levenfeld, Director Emeritus

Christine Sullivan, Director Emeritus

641 W. Lake Street Chicago, IL 60661