Our Board

Board of Directors and Affiliations


Mayor Sylvester Turner



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Leisa Holland-Nelson, Chairman


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Bradley Bracewell, Shell


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 James Brodnax, West and Loop Real Estate


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 Sue Deigaard, Educational Advocate


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 John Gorczynski, State Senator Sylvia Garcia


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Dr. Rhea Lawson, Houston Public Library


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 Charles Litton, UBS Financial Services


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 Martha Macris, Memorial Assistance Ministries


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Edward Melton, Harris County Public Library



 Lance Menster, Houston Independent School District


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Amitav Misra, Cardinal Advisors, LLC


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 Jerry Neal, Chevron


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Nipul Patel, Wells Fargo


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 David Rosen, Alliantgroup


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Steve Shardonofsky, Seyfarth Shaw LLP


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 Mark Sullivan, On the Mark Communications 


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Kim Tutcher, Community Volunteer



 Ed Wolff, Beth Wolff Realtors


 Not pictured: Catherine O'Brien, Houston Community College


Advisory Board and Affiliations

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Diane Englet, CenterPoint Energy 


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Emily Glassel, Silver Eagle Distributors


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William Griffin, U.S. Trust


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Katy Hays, The Brown Foundation


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Kelly Hunter, Fittsroberts & Co.


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Dr. David Joost


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Lisa Langston, Ham, Langston, & Brezina LLP


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Marvin Pierre, The New Teacher Project


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Ada Silva, Denali, Inc


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Jere Talley, Houston Organization of Public Employees


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Claudia Vasquez, Wallstreet Texas 


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Roosevelt Weeks, Houston Public Library


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Amber Wootton


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Dr. Bill Young, HCCS/ Teacher Retirement System






Honorary Board Members

Former First Lady Barbara Bush

David Klein

Marvin Rich

Jeremy Radcliffe

Dr. Adriana Tamez

Michelle TreviƱo

Harrison Williams


Who We Are

Houston Center for Literacy,
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is working to improve literacy rates by connecting literacy providers and resources to support adult learners.

Our Mission

In order to boost the economy of Houston, Houston Center for Literacy strengthens providers of adult education who, in turn, provide necessary skills for underemployed citizens to fulfill their potential and become economically self-sufficient. 

Our Vision 

We envision a city where every adult is equipped with the basic skills they need to qualify for jobs that will allow them to support their families and thrive as prosperous, independent, successful members of our society.