Vicki Newell

Executive Director

  Vicki Newell has been executive director of Chatham County Literacy Council since 2011 and was tutor coordinator for two years before that. While staying home for six years to raise her three sons, she volunteered on the boards of Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services and the PTA of Pittsboro Elementary School. Vicki worked…

Leslie Ocampo

Program Coordinator

Leslie Ocampo gradated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and global and international studies. Leslie first became familiar with Chatham Literacy in 2011 when her parents became citizens through our citizenship program. Leslie is a Siler City native and has previously worked with Chatham YMCA as…

Joselyn Villaseñor

Program Coordinator

Joselyn Villaseñor majored in Sociology at North Carolina State University where she became passionate about making quality education accessible to people in marginalized communities. As a first-generation college student, Joselyn understands how education and literacy are instruments of change and agency.  In college, she was a part of several student-run organizations that focused on sustainability,…

Loyda Estrada

Program Coordinator

Loyda Estrada has been involved with Chatham Literacy since 2013. She began as a volunteer interpreter in the citizenship class and then herself became a citizen through the same program in 2014. Soon after, Loyda became an employee at Chatham Literacy, working as the Student Coordinator until she resigned in 2018 to follow her dream…

Oscar Manzanarez

Administrative Assistant

Oscar Manzanarez studied at North Carolina State University for 2 years in the pursuit of a Wildlife Biology degree but placed that on hold due the pandemic.  Oscar is currently experiencing new opportunities (one of which is his position at Chatham Literacy) to help him revitalize his future goals. Due to his deep interest in…

Denise Lynch


Denise Lynch is the bookkeeper for Chatham Literacy. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has worked in the non-profit sector since 2004. Her knowledge of the QuickBooks software has enabled Chatham Literacy to improve and streamline their accounting operations. Denise has worked with Chatham Literacy since 2012….

Janine Brignola

Program Coordinator

Janine Brignola is a human rights advocate with a vision for the world that includes equitable social justice and education for all. Janine graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication and Leadership. Janine has almost two decades of experience doing advocacy and consulting work across the country. She will…