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
"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
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