About Us


Chatham County Literacy Council is a non-profit agency that helps adults who live or work in Chatham County develop the educational and literacy skills they need to reach their goals. Because we are community-based and volunteer-driven, we are able to focus on promoting adult literacy in our community one person at a time.

Chatham Literacy offers free, confidential, one-on-one and small-group instruction in reading, writing, basic math, computer literacy, ESLOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning, and preparation for citizenship and for high school equivalency.   In addition, we offer Soft Skills training.   In cooperation with local businesses and the community at large, this program helps employees, under-employed individuals and the unemployed learn the “soft skills” that are expected of them in the workplace, including communication, attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, cultural differences, and professionalism.

Tutoring is offered at convenient locations throughout the county.

Chatham Literacy was created in 1988 as a “friends helping neighbors” group and was reorganized in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We work in partnership with Central Carolina Community College and other non-profits to enlist and train volunteer tutors and to provide services.

The economic growth of Chatham County depends on a literate work force. Chatham Literacy is working to ensure that local residents are prepared when the new jobs envisioned for Siler City, Moncure, and Pittsboro become reality.

More About Our History

Want to read more about our history? For a detailed account of our beginnings and growth, visit this page.


The Chatham County Literacy Council helps adults, living or working in Chatham County, N.C., acquire the literacy and educational skills they need to function successfully in society.


Chatham County will be a community where everyone is literate.


COMMUNITY:  We value a community in which all residents have the literacy skills to succeed.

CULTURAL COMPETENCE: We value diversity and racial equity. We will maintain cultural awareness and be deliberately inclusive.

EXCELLENCE:  We value best educational practices. 

FOCUS ON STUDENTS:  We value each person we serve, providing individualized instruction aimed at achieving their literacy goals.

SUSTAINABILITY:  We value change that makes a difference in people’s lives over the long run.

OUR COLLEAGUES:  We value all who contribute their unique talents, time and resources to fulfilling our mission.

1) Develop or enhance relevant programs that meet community needs. 

2) Strengthen economic sustainability of the organization. 

3) Increase Chatham community awareness, to potential students, stakeholders, and community at large, of our services and how to access them. 

4) Implement a rigorous, comprehensive evaluation process to communicate adult learner progress and the efficiency and effectiveness of our programs.

5) Integrate Cultural Competence into everything we do. 

6) Enhance the recruitment, development, retention and transitions of learners, tutors, staff and board directors.  

Staff Members

Office Phone: 919-742-0578

Vicki Newell

Executive Director — Vicki Newell has been executive director of Chatham County Literacy Council since 2011 and was tutor coordinator …

Rose Chavez

Program Coordinator …

Loyda Estrada

Program Coordinator — Loyda Estrada has been involved with Chatham Literacy since 2013. She began as a volunteer interpreter in …

Denise Lynch

Bookkeeper — Denise Lynch is the bookkeeper for Chatham Literacy. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s …

Oscar Manzanarez

Administrative Assistant — Oscar Manzanarez studied at North Carolina State University for 2 years in the pursuit of a Wildlife …

Leslie Ocampo

Program Coordinator — Leslie Ocampo gradated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in political …

Tamara Patterson

Project Coordinator — She holds a Masters of Science degree in Human Resources/Community Agency Counseling from NCAT State University. Tamara is …

Veda Williams

Communications and Outreach Coordinator — Veda Williams is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Chatham Literacy. Her role involves managing …

Board of Directors

James Nass

Board Chair — Jim has served the citizens of Chatham County and more specifically Pittsboro as Chair of the Pittsboro …

Malinda Marsh

Board Vice-Chair — Malinda has years of experience working local, state and federal government and not-for-profit organizations in assisting individuals …

Tim White

Board Treasurer — Tim White enjoyed a 45-year insurance career in management and technical roles. His specialties included higher education and …
Kelly Clark Boldt

Kelly Clark Boldt

Board Director — Kelly Clark Boldt spent 30 years working in the area of Public Finance either managing state and …

Beth Coulombe

Board Director — Lisbeth (“Beth”) began her career as an attorney before becoming a hospital registered nurse. She transitioned to …

Tom Craig

Board Director — Tom Craig is a U.S. Navy Submarine Service veteran with 9 years of military service. He retired …

Alirio Estevez

Board Director — Alirio is an ESL teacher in Siler City Elementary School. He has been an educator for 27 …
Kurt Libertore

Kurt Libertore

Board Director — Kurt is a retired senior executive who spent much of his career at Fidelity Investments in Boston …

Ed McCraw

Board Director — Ed is a retired senior corporate executive who served as a vice president and senior business leader …

Jason Reed

Board Director — Jason has spent his career working in the clinical research/pharmaceutical industry.  He currently works at UCB Biopharma …

Shvaughn Ross

Board Director — Shvaughn J. Ross was born and raised in Chatham County, NC. She is the mother of a …
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