Staff and Leadership

Board of Directors
The Community Advisory Council
Young Professionals Board


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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.

Paula Dincer, Program Communications and Data Management,

Paula was first introduced to First Literacy as an ESOL volunteer teacher and frequent participant in First Literacy professional development workshops.. She joined the First Literacy team in 2017 to put her program communications and data management skills, and 20-plus years of leadership experience working with foreign nationals, to work for the First Literacy mission helping adult learners and innovating for adult literacy.

Adriana Echeverria, Administrative Assistant,

When Adriana was asked if she wanted to work in office administration at First Literacy she was happy to say yes, since she has over 15 years of administrative and accounting 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.” 

Amy Letteney, Development Manager,

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. Before joining First Literacy Amy worked for a local community college and was inspired by so many students and their drive to improves their lives. She welcomes the opportunity to contribute her experience to First Literacy.

Bryan 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 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.  

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Julie Slack, Marketing and Communications Manager,

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 the overall branded online presence. She is passionate about using her marketing expertise to make an impact in the lives of adults with low-literacy.

Board of Directors

Jeffrey P. Beale, Eaton Vance Management, Retired, Chairman of the Board
Donna Charpentier, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, Vice President of the Board
James Nolan, Citi, Vice President of the Board
Holly Reeves, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Treasurer


Xu Cheng, The Hartford
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
Kathleen Rowell, American Moving and Installation, Inc.
John Shea, Eaton Vance Management
Ryan Tosi, K&L Gates
Ciro Valiente, Univision
Christopher Walsh, Cushman & Wakefield
Mayor Kim Janey, 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, BEST Hospitality Training Center, Medford
Leonardo Espinosa, ENGlight, Boston
Kelly Folsom, X-Cel Education, Jamaica Plain
Lisa Garrone, ABCD Southside, Roslindale
Lee Haller, English for New Bostonians, Boston
Mei Ngo, BEST Hospitality Training, Medford
Riva Pearson, Jewish Vocational Services, Hyde Park
Andrew Shapira, Framingham Adult ESL Plus

Young Professionals Board

Kristyn Anderson, Rasky Partners, Young Professionals Board Chair
Emily Chu, Connell Limited Partnership
Tristan Domville, America’s Test Kitchen
Jenna Granger Thomas, T. Rowe Price
MaryGrace King, Dover Town Library
Audrey McQuade, Mintz
Vitalis Osuji, Indiana University