Staff and Leadership

Board of Directors
The Community Advisory Council
Young Professionals Board


Executive Director, Terry Witherell

Terry joins First Literacy after eight years as a Senior Director and National Director for Strategic Initiatives at Catholic Extension. She previously served in various leadership roles at Boston College including Associate Director of the Career Center.  She brings a breadth and diversity of experience to her new role, and extensive experience creating partnerships and new strategic initiatives to benefit the most under-resourced communities in the United States. Contact:

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

Ms. Dincer follows a long-time interest in working with adult learners as a part-time ESOL volunteer teacher and private tutor, 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 in management roles working with foreign nationals, including a decade as executive director of a US-based nonprofit supporting progressive education in Turkey.  Contact:

Administrative Assistant, Adriana Echeverria

When Ms. Echeverria was asked if she wanted to volunteer in office administration at First Literacy she was happy to say yes, since she has over 15 years of administrative experience from her native El Salvador. At First Literacy she was surprised to learn how many people work in adult literacy in order to help immigrants like herself. “Here I am able to add another grain of sand to build a castle for all immigrants who come to this country and want to build their own castle, which in our original countries we can only dream about.”  After one year she was hired by First Literacy and still feels blessed to be here to help and learn from others.  Contact:

Program Director, Bryan McCormick

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 public 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.   Contact:

Board of Directors


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

Vice President

Donna Charpentier, Realtor, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

Vice President

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


Holly Reeves, Assurance Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Kimberly Brennan, Management Consultant, Accenture
Xu Cheng, Director of Analytics, The Hartford
Christopher Cullinan, Director Global Strategic Tire Accounts, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation
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
Olga Kasparova, Managing Director, Deloitte Advisory
Ann Noble-Kiley, Community Representative
Kathleen Rowell, Chief Executive Officer, American Moving and Installation, Inc.
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

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

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
Mei Ngo, Technology Manager and Computer Instructor, BEST Hospitality Training, Medford

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
Emily Chu, Director, Human Resources, Connell Ltd. Partnership
Tristan Domville, Product Manager, America’s Test Kitchen
Katharine Gallagher, Product Manager, ThriveHive
Molly Sparrow, Assistant Director, Donor Communications and Strategy, Harvard University
Jenna Granger Thomas, Compliance Auditor, John Hancock Investments
Dianna Walsh, Associate Vice President, Rasky Partners, Inc.