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.”
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.
Chris Nind, Development Executive
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 Capital 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.
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.
Shoshanna Dorfman, Director of Family Programs
Shoshanna Dorfman has over fifteen years experience teaching English as a Second Language to both adults and children. She has certifications in teaching English as a second language and training and assessment for educators. Shoshanna worked with the Collier County Public Schools Adult Education program, where she helped launch Family Literacy classes in elementary schools. She has also served as Economic Empowerment Advocate at The Shelter for Abused Women and children where she oversaw the Family Literacy Program and worked closely with volunteers.
Shoshanna’s special interest in parental literacy helps her lead LVCC’s successful family literacy programs: Children and Parents Reading Together and Families Learning English, a program where tutors teach parents in Collier County schools.
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.
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.
Board of Directors
R. Peter Zimmermann – President
Linda Tresauro – Vice President
Chip Bachman – Treasurer
Allyson Rae – Secretary
Dr. Elizabeth McBride
Honorary – Scott Turow, Lawyer and Best Selling Author