Doug Emmons

Chairman

Doug Emmons is the Chairman of Chatham Literacy’s Board of Directors. He has 40 years of experience in high tech marketing, business development, product management, software development, and IT consulting. He retired from EMC Corp., where he was director of SAP Global Solutions Marketing. Doug previously held senior positions at Compaq Computer and Digital Equipment Corp. He started his career at a startup software company designing, developing, and product managing financial applications software. He is on the board of the Chatham Economic Development Corporation and lives in Pittsboro with his wife, Joanne.

Larry Hicks

Vice-Chairman

Larry Hicks is the Vice-Chairman and Acting Treasurer of the Board of Directors. He is a retired higher education administrator/educator, who most recently served as the Director of Housing and Residential Education at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. Larry has extensive experience in strategic planning, financial planning, organizational development, and creative approaches to student learning, development, and success. Plus he is an advocate and practitioner of multicultural competency building and personal skill development. Larry and his wife, Susan, moved to North Carolina in 1985. Over the years, Larry has served on and chaired several county and county-affiliated boards and committees relating to health, land use and strategic planning, and economic development.

Norma Bryant

Director

Apostle Norma Bryant has served the Chatham County community for over twenty years as the Pastor of Liberty Chapel Church in Moncure.  She retired in 2013, after 28 year of service offering a wealth of knowledge in the development and implementation of educational technology tools and applications in the classroom for the Medical Laboratory Technology…

B Demers

Director

B Demers is a retired health care professional, attorney, and educator of professional adults and every time she reinvented herself she became active in a non-profit, public service sector of the field she was in.  That is how she looks forward to spending her remaining years.  B places a high value on life and self-sufficiency…

Mary Harris

Director

Mary is a semi-retired educator with 39 plus years of experience.  She served in Chatham County Schools as a teacher, Central Services Coordinator of Employment and Human Relations, Recruiter and Director of Homeless Education.  She is a certified Diversity Trainer and a certified Teacher Mentor. Mary has served on many Boards in Chatham County.  She…

Linda Nalty

Director

Linda Nalty began and ended her career as a Registered Nurse in hospital clinical settings. Over more than 40 years, Linda’s education and work evolved to include program development and evaluation, education, and community collaboration. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and teaching, as well as strategic and operations planning. Linda’s diverse background includes…

Joan Lipsitz

Director

Joan Lipsitz is a senior fellow at MDC, Inc., in Durham, where she is an advisor primarily in the southeast to foundations and nonprofits on philanthropy, school improvement, and youth development. She served as program director for elementary and secondary education at Lilly Endowment from 1986 to 1995. Prior to that, she established and directed the Center for Early Adolescence at UNC-Chapel Hill. She began her career as a secondary school English teacher. Joan is chair of Chatham Literacy’s Governance and ad-hoc Strategic Planning committees.

Susan Newell

Director

Recently retired attorney; served as pro bono attorney and child advocate for abused and neglected children; past board member of two 501(c)(3) entities with responsibilities for strategic planning and finance; former volunteer coordinator for mobile meals program; and mentor for an after school and summer program providing meals and tutoring to low income students.

Susan Morton

Director

Susan Morton is a retired Realtor from Miami, Florida, having had a successful career of almost 40 years in sales and sales management.  Throughout her career she served and chaired numerous committees including president of the local Board of Realtors, as well chairing the Vision Committee for the Florida Association of Realtors.  She was also…

Rev. Mechelle Thompson

Director

Reverend Mechelle Thompson is the wife of Rev. Carl E. Thompson, Sr.  They have three adult children, Carla Thompson, Dr. Karen Barbee and Carl Thompson, Jr. Reverend Thompson has served her community for over forty years as an activist and organizer in various capacities.  She has also served as an administrator by occupation, having served…

Tim White

Director

Tim White enjoyed a 45 year insurance career in management and technical roles. His specialties included higher education and non-profits. His experience included serving as Executive Director and CEO of a non-profit providing insurance and risk management services for churches nationally. Volunteer highlights were elementary/junior high school board member, active in church as moderator, member of deacon, financial and stewardship…