ABOUT US

BUILDING A STRONGER COMMUNITY WITH THE POWER OF LITERACY

  • Collier County has the highest Economic Wealth Index Score in the state.
  • However, 52% of its residents live below the poverty line.
  • Low literacy continues the cycle of poverty.

Serving thousands of students over the years –with a growing list of individuals to be served — LVCC helps meet the challenges of Collier County’s growing and diverse population to ensure that all people from various walks of life and countries deserve the chance to live productive, fulfilling lives with dignity.

An accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, LVCC’s volunteer tutors work with students of all levels, changing lives for the better.

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

OUR STAFF

Susan Spry, Executive Director

Susan Spry joined Literacy Volunteers in November 2019 after a career in education and training that included teaching, training, and senior leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas. She is originally from North Carolina, but has called Naples home since 2002. She has degrees in international studies, education, and education administration from the University of South Carolina, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Nebraska. Susan has spent most of the last 25 years working overseas primarily in the Middle East region. She has lived and worked in Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, the UAE, Egypt, Qatar, and, most recently, Saudi Arabia. She loves working with people from different backgrounds and cultures and is excited to be part of the further development and expansion of Literacy Volunteers of Collier County.

Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext 302 or [email protected]

 

 

Brandon Wilkins, Director of Development 

Brandon Wilkins joined LVCC in May of 2020 as the new Development Director.  Brandon brings with him many years of sales, marketing, and development experience in both the corporate and nonprofit areas.  He spent ten years with PepsiCo as a Senior Sales and Marketing Manager before entering nonprofit work.  For the past three years Brandon served as the Development Director for the March of Dimes, with responsibility for all revenue generated in the state of Mississippi.  One of Brandon’s first development goals for LVCC is to grow the organization and programs through expanding the support base.  LVCC welcomes Brandon and joins with him in his excitement about the opportunities ahead.

Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext 303 or [email protected]

Sandra Barreto

Sandra Barreto, Office Manager

Sandra has been an integral part of LVCC since 2006. Born in Peru, her proficiency in English and Spanish provides major support to the adult program in addition to overseeing the organization’s administrative duties and event planning. A graduate of Southwestern State College, she is dedicated to making a positive impact on our students and provides her support where needed.

Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 306 or [email protected]

Veronica Pavon-Baker, Director of Adult Programs

Veronica has over thirty years of experience in adult training and development, working closely with the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) Adult ESOL Programs.  A retired administrator from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Veronica holds two Master’s degrees, one in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL Specialization and another in Business Administration.  Veronica’s extensive background in teaching, student assessment and administration is helping LVCC develop first class tutors for the Adult Program.

Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 304 or [email protected]

Dayana Octavien Philippi, Director of Family Programs

Dr. Dayana Octavien Philippi is a highly experienced teacher, school leader, and community advocate. As the child of limited literacy immigrant parents, she shares and understands the lived experiences of the children and families she has served for over 15 years.  She is highly trained and experienced in parent involvement, family literacy, and community engagement. Her communicative competence in English, Haitian Creole, and Spanish has been invaluable to her multicultural outreach efforts in and around Collier County. 

Dr. Dee is a hometown girl, raised in Naples.  She is proud of her upbringing and boasts of the high-quality K-12 education and extracurricular opportunities afforded to her as a Collier County Public Schools student.  Her education and training have opened many doors and helped break a generational cycle of illiteracy and poverty.  She was the first of her six siblings to attend college and compete in division I athletics at the University of South Florida, where she was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.  She later studied abroad in the UK, where she earned a master’s degree in English Language Teaching and was a valued member of the University of Bath athletics team.  Upon her return to Naples, she joined the ranks of CCPS educators and was inspired to pursue a doctoral degree in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University. Her research is multidisciplinary, covering immigrant parent involvement, family literacy, new literacy studies, and funds of knowledge. 

Dr. Dee is driven by passion, creativity, and a hope for a better future for at-risk youth and families. She has taken an interest in creating technologies that help open doors for parent involvement and close the literacy gap. Get in touch with Dr. Dee to learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Collier County’s children and family programs and volunteer opportunities. 

Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 306 or [email protected]

Board of Directors

R. Peter Zimmermann – President
Linda Tesauro – Vice President
Chip Bachman – Treasurer
Allyson Rae – Secretary
Victor Cerna
Francis Fee
Marc Fletcher

Margot Jackler
Dan Kreuzer
Dr. Elizabeth McBride
Christian Spitz
Honorary – Scott Turow, Lawyer and Best Selling Author

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