Staff and Leadership


Terry Witherell, Executive Director,

Terry joined First Literacy in 2019. She previously served in a leadership role at a national fundraising organization, where she created partnerships and strategic initiatives to help the poorest communities across the United States. She spent much of her earlier career at Boston College. Terry also has experience as a classroom teacher, counselor, and youth minister, and she has worked with homeless youth. She is excited to bring this breadth and diversity of experience to First Literacy and knows that now, more than ever, there is an urgency to help adult learners achieve their full potential.

FirstLiteracy-staff-Amy-LetteneyAmy Letteney, Development Director,

Before joining First Literacy, Amy was involved with educational nonprofits both in the United States and internationally. She strongly believes in the power of education and has worked as a fundraiser and program manager for organizations of all sizes. Most recently Amy worked for a local community college and was inspired by so many students and their drive to improve their lives. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute her experience to First Literacy.

Simon Lopez first Literacy headshotSimon Lopez, Scholar Support Coordinator,

Simon is a recently retired educator who worked in the Boston Public Schools for the last 30 years in different capacities. He worked as a multigrade bilingual Spanish special education teacher, school-based administrator, and as a Coordinator of Special Education for the last 13 years. His personal journey in higher education and his passion for teaching and school administration inspired him to join First Literacy in order to broaden his skills to support adult learners.

FirstLiteracy-staff-Bryan-McCormickBryan McCormick, Program Director,

Bryan’s passion for social justice and education has led him to First Literacy. Bryan has over 15 years of experience teaching, leading and developing direct service and educator development programs for schools and mission- driven nonprofits. He most recently worked as a fourth grade teacher in the Arlington Public School system and before that worked in leadership roles for several large education focused national non-profits including Project Adventure and Playworks. Bryan is excited to bring his skills and experience to First Literacy.

FirstLiteracy-staff-Julie-SlackJulie Slack, Marketing and Communications

Julie joined First Literacy after working at various nonprofits in the New England area. She brings over 10 years of experience managing marketing and communications multi-channel campaigns, digital marketing, advertising, and  overall branded online presence. She is passionate about using her marketing expertise to make an impact in the lives of adult learners.

Board of Directors

James Nolan, Citi, Board Chair
Holly Reeves, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Treasurer


Karime Abdel-Hay, KPMG
Jeffrey P. Beale, Eaton Vance Management, Retired
Rudy Bozas, Tufts Health Plan/Point32Health
Lawrence L. Fahey, Eaton Vance Management
Corey Groves, State Street Corporation
Nilan Jayasinghe, John Hancock Investments
Olga Kasparova, Deloitte Advisory
Ann Noble-Kiley, Community Representative
Amanda MacKenzie, PwC
Julie Paris, Akamai
Steve Stanton, Stanton & Associates
Ryan Tosi, K&L Gates
Ciro Valiente, Latinos for Education
Christopher Walsh, Cushman & Wakefield
Mayor Michelle Wu, Mayor of the City of Boston, ex officio


Community Advisory Council

Community Advisory Council members are experienced adult education teachers and administrators who provide guidance on First Literacy programs, including First Literacy grants, scholarships, and professional development services.

Huiling Chen, BEST Hospitality Training Center, Medford
Leonardo Espinosa, ENGlight, Boston
Kelly Folsom, X-Cel Education, Jamaica Plain
Barbara Garner, Retired, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), Boston
Lisa Garrone, ABCD Southside, Roslindale
Lee Haller, English for New Bostonians, Boston
Andrew Shapira, Framingham Adult ESL Plus, Framingham
Jennifer Valdez, Bunker Hill Community College, Boston


Associate Board

The Associate Board is a group of young professionals committed to increasing awareness and raising funds to support the mission of First Literacy through social and networking activities.

Jenna Kline, T. Rowe Price, Associate Board Chair
Olivia Coniglio, KPMG
Tyler Lum, PWC
Audrey McQuade, Mintz
Mayur Mehta, Robert Half
Annie Pascucci, Goodwin Law
Meaghan Shea, Boston Children’s Museum
Caroline Sumner, Manulife

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