Staff & Leadership

Board of Directors
Community Advisory Council
Young Professionals Board


Exectutive Director, Skye Kramer Executive Director, Skye Kramer

As Executive Director, Ms. Kramer, who has 17 years experience in nonprofit management, is responsible for the management and operations of the organization, including all programming, fundraising, finances, marketing, and staffing. She has been at First Literacy since July 2010. Her prior experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Brookline Education Foundation, an organization that supports the public schools of Brookline.

Director of Programs, Lenore Balliro

Ms. Balliro has worked with adult basic education programs in New England for over 25 years. Before joining First Literacy, she held positions at the Adult Literacy Resource Institute/SABES and World Education. Her area of specialization is professional development, and she brings experience as an ESOL and ABE instructor, program director, editor, and education consultant to her work with teachers and programs. Ms. Balliro is especially interested in the intersection of expressive arts and the acquisition of literacy and language.

Development and Communications Coordinator, Madeline Gordon Development & Communications Associate,
Madeline Meador

Ms. Meador completes our small staff as the Development & Communications Associate. She has six years of experience in the development and communications field. Her responsibilities include managing the social media and web presence, assisting with fundraising efforts, and planning the Annual Corporate Spelling Bee. Ms. Meador first became interested in adult education while teaching English to adults in Tanzania who were trying to enter the safari industry – one of the most lucrative professions in Northern Tanzania.

Board of Directors


Jeffrey P. Beale, Chief Administrative Officer, Eaton Vance

Vice President

James Nolan, Managing Director, Securities and Fund Services, Citi

Vice President

Karen Morrissey, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cabot Corporation, Retired


Vinay Mehra, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Politico


Michael Allison, Equity Portfolio Manager, Eaton Vance
Simone Auster
, Assistant to the President, Rogerson Communities
Benton Berman, Vice President Sales Operations, QBE North America
Kimberly Brennan, Director, Portofolio & Cash Services, John Hancock Investments
Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Associate, Nixon Peabody LLP
Xu Cheng, Medical Analytics Manager, Liberty Mutual
Michael Duca, Executive Vice President, Wealth Management, Cambridge Trust Company
Lisa Hughes, Anchor, WBZ-TV
Ann Noble-Kiley, Community Representative
Jamie O’Riordan, Advisory Marketing Director, Grant Thornton LLP
Holly Reeves, Assurance Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Michael Ricciuti, Partner, K & L Gates
Kenneth R. Rossano, Consultant, Korn/Ferry International
Barbara Healy Smith, Office of General Counsel, Northeastern University
Christopher Walsh, Associate Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Mayor Martin Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston

Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council helps First Literacy use our Literacy Lab and professional development services to leverage the most effective education for the greatest number of adults.

Joan Abbot, Assistant Director, BEST Corp. Hotel Training Center
Lori D’Alleva, Director, Charlestown Community Adult Education
Marianna Geraskina, ESOL teacher, El Centro del Cardenal & Jamaica Plain Community Center
Lee Haller, Program Manager, English for New Bostonians
Janet Nicholas, Program Officer, Massachusetts Adult & Community Learning Services, Retired
Rob Sheppard, Director of Adult Education, Quincy Asian Resources

Young Professionals Board

Peter Avallone, Assistant Vice President, Eaton Vance
Kristyn Anderson, Chief of Staff, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications
Ashley Bell, Associate Digital Marketing Manager, America’s Test Kitchen
Emily Chu, Accounting & Payroll Manager, Connell Ltd. Partnership
Sara Glassman, Client Relations, Shepley Bulfinch
Mary Christine Kwiatek, Middle School Spanish Teacher, Lexington Public Schools
Anh Ly, Global Customer Success Analyst at UpToDate, Wolters Kluwer Health
Molly Sparrow, Assistant Director, Donor Communications and Strategy at Harvard University
Christopher Walsh, Associate Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield
Ashley Wirth, Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County

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