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.
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Chris Nind, Executive Director
Chris joined LVCC in July 2016 from retirement. He spent 25 years as Executive Director and Development Director of nonprofits in Connecticut, Boston and here in Naples. As the Development Director with The Salvation Army in Naples, he worked closely with Myra Janco Daniels, the Chair of the Fran Cohen Youth Center Capitol Campaign which raised over $5.5 million. Chris is also the founder of the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center. Prior to coming to the USA in 1991, Chris served in the British Army, retiring as a Colonel.
Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 302
Cindy Dehnart, Director of Family Programs
A graduate of the University of South Florida, Cindy is a former National Board certified elementary teacher with Collier County Public Schools. With her extensive background in education, management and leadership, her special interest in parental literacy helps lead LVCC’s successful family literacy programs: Children and Parents Reading Together and Families Learning English.
Contact: 239.262.4448, Ext. 303
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
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. 301
Margie Mazeffa, Administrative Assistant
Not afraid to think outside the box and always looking for an opportunity to make a difference, Margie is excited to bring her strong administrative support background to LVCC. She has worked in such industries as education, healthcare, pharmaceutical and cable television. Supporting the program staff and meeting students and volunteers has been extremely rewarding since she learns something new every day.
Board of Directors
Dr. Elizabeth McBride
R. Peter Zimmermann
Honorary – Scott Turow, Lawyer and Best Selling Author