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A woman writes on a whiteboard during a Literacy Works training. Text reads: Sharing knowledge. Transforming Lives. Literacy Works logo featuring a teal book with an exclamation point.

Our People

Literacy Works is proud to have a team of dedicated staff and board members committed to advancing equity for all. Click our photos below to learn more.

Chris smiles with a favorite book.
Christine Kenny
Executive Director
Jen smiles with a favorite book.
Jen Shand
Director of Operations
Keighty smiles with a favorite book.
Melanie smiles with a favorite book.
Keighty Ward
Community Literacy
Program Director
Melanie Sampson
Clear Language Lab
Program Director
Bria smiles with a favorite book.
Bria Dolnick
Community Literacy
Program Manger
Sarah smiles with a favorite book.
Sarah Glazer
Clear Language Lab
Program Manager
Ashlyn smiles with a favorite book.
Jen smiles with a favorite book.
Ashlyn Kahl-Rundle
Marketing &
Development Manager
Jen Ceisel
Tutor Trainer
Susan smiles with a favorite book.
Susan Chestnut
Tutor Trainer
Rachel smiles with a favorite book.
Rachel Celeste
Tutor Trainer
Digital volunteer Lisa smiles with her favorite book, The Alchemist.
Lisa Perez
Digital Volunteer

Our Board of Directors

Current Board Members:

Kelly Hallberg, President 

Inclusive Economy Lab University of Chicago 

Brigette Chaput, Vice President


Kim Ratkin, Secretary

Tied with a Bow

Gina Johnson Wells, Treasurer

Northeastern Illinois University

Annie Gill-Bloyer

Northeastern Illinois University

Shannon Callahan


Samantha Gualito

Pitch In

Jaye Jones

Lehman College, CUNY 

Christine Kenny, Ex Officio 

Emeritus Board Members:

Celina Chatman-Nelson, Director Emeritus 

Brandon Cox, Director Emeritus

Mary Ann Dyar, Director Emeritus

Matthew C. Hynes, Director Emeritus 

Ellen Johnson, Director Emeritus

Rich Levenfeld, Director Emeritus

Will Linder, Director Emeritus

Jeannette Mihalek, Director Emeritus

John Palmer, Director Emeritus

Christine Sullivan, Director Emeritus

Ashley Telman, Director Emeritus

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