Staff and Leadership

Board of Directors
Community Advisory Council
Young Professionals Board



Executive Director, Skye Kramer

As Executive Director, Ms. Kramer, who has over 20 years experience in nonprofit management, is responsible for the management and operations of the organization, including all programming, fundraising, finances, communications, 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.    Contact:


Program Manager, Evonne Peters

As Program Manager, Ms. Peters is responsible for the First Literacy Lab and scholarship initiatives. With 20 years’ experience in teaching, training, and education administration, her previous positions include Education Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator at Pathways, Inc. (formerly Operation Bootstrap). Ms. Peters has taught ABE classes at several programs on the North Shore and college level reading and writing courses at North Shore Community College. She holds certifications as a national Student Achievement in Reading (STAR) Trainer and in the Wilson Reading System. She conducts trainings for adult educators in reading instruction and assessment and serves as a member of the Massachusetts ABE Teacher Licensure Review Panel.


Development and Events Manager, Jamie Ayer

As Development and Events Manager, Ms. Ayer is responsible for managing all aspects of fundraising, including researching and developing winning grant proposals and planning large and small events. Her love of reading and desire for meaningful work make First Literacy a natural fit. Prior to joining the team at First Literacy, she worked at Montserrat College of Art and Plummer Youth Promise (formerly Plummer Home for Boys) in similar development roles.


Staff Associate (Program Communications and Database Management), Paula Dincer

Ms. Dincer discovered a passion for working with adult learners as a part-time ESOL teacher and private tutor with the Cambridge Literacy Project, and was introduced to First Literacy through its Professional Development workshops. She adds her skills in program support and database management to the First Literacy team. Her prior experience covers 20-plus years working with foreign nationals in a management role, including a decade as executive director of a US-based nonprofit supporting progressive education in Turkey.


Board of Directors



Jeffrey P. Beale, Chief Administrative Officer, Eaton Vance Management, Retired

Vice President

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

Vice President

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


Holly Reeves, Assurance Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Kimberly Brennan, Management Consultant, Accenture
Donna Charpentier, Realtor, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty
Xu Cheng, Director of Analytics, The Hartford
Lawrence L. Fahey, Director of Corporate Operations, Eaton Vance Management
Corey Groves, Vice President, Relationship Management, State Street Corporation
Nilan Jayasinghe, Vice President, Fund Administration, John Hancock Investments
Ann Noble-Kiley, Community Representative
Jamie O’Riordan, Advisory Marketing Director, Grant Thornton LLP
Kathleen Rowell, Chief Executive Officer, American Moving and Installation, Inc.
Barbara Healy Smith, Office of General Counsel, Northeastern University
John Shea, Chief Information Officer, Eaton Vance Management
Ryan Tosi, Partner, K&L Gates
Ciro Valiente, News Producer, Univision
Christopher Walsh, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Mayor Martin Walsh, Mayor of the City of Boston

Community Advisory Council

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

Huiling Chen, English for Hospitality Manager, BEST Hospitality Training Center, Medford
Leonardo Espinosa, ESOL Teacher and Education Consultant, Boston
Lisa Garrone, Program Coordinator, ABCD Southside, Roslindale

Lee Haller, Program Manager, English for New Bostonians, Boston
Yadira Henriquez, Program Coordinator, Haitian Multi-Service Center, Jamaica Plain
Bob McCorkle, Instructor, Jamaica Plain Community Learning Program, Jamaica Plain
Mei Ngo, Technology Manager and Computer Instructor, BEST Hospitality Training, Medford

Janet Nicholas, Program Officer, Massachusetts Adult & Community Learning Services, Retired, Boston
Karen Oakley, Director of English Language Programs, International Learning Center, Malden
Riva Pearson, ESOL Program Manager, Jewish Vocational Services, Hyde Park


Young Professionals Board

Kristyn Anderson, Chair, Young Professionals Board, Chief of Staff, Rasky Partners, Inc.
Peter Avallone, Assistant Vice President, Eaton Vance
Ashley Bell, Associate Digital Marketing Manager, America’s Test Kitchen
Emily Chu, Accounting & Payroll Manager, Connell Ltd. Partnership
Amanda Cripps, Product Manager, The Predictive Index
Katharine Gallagher, Product Manager, ThriveHive
Anh Thi Ly, Global Customer Success Analyst at UpToDate, Wolters Kluwer Health
Molly Sparrow, Assistant Director, Donor Communications and Strategy, Harvard University
Jenna Granger Thomas, Compliance Auditor, John Hancock Investments
Christopher Walsh, Senior Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Dianna Walsh, Associate Vice President, Rasky Partners, Inc.