Literacy Source is governed by a Board of Directors that meets on the fourth Thursday of every month in Lake City.
Board members, who serve a three-year term, help support and enhance the Literacy Source mission by participating in long-range planning, providing overall program guidance, building a stable financial base for Literacy Source programs, and representing the organization and its mission to the broader community. As part of their responsibilities, Board members participate in one or more of the Board’s three standing committees: Governance, Finance and Fund Development. The Executive Committee, comprising the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, also meets monthly.
We are constantly on the lookout for individuals with a sincere commitment to our mission of building a literate community and promoting self-sufficiency through providing learner-centered instruction. If you are passionate about adult literacy and would like to join our congenial and talented board, we’d like to hear from you! We are especially seeking people who have skills and experience in the following areas:
- adult education
- marketing/public relations
- organizational development
- personnel or volunteer management
We are also eager to involve individuals connected to existing community resources and organizations, particularly those that reach diverse populations. The most effective board members have good interpersonal and listening skills, the ability to work in a team and support group decisions, and a great sense of humor.
To learn more about serving on the Board, contact Executive Director Lynn Livesley or call her at 206-782-2050.
Meet the Literacy Source Board of Directors:
Bridget Anderson, President
Bridget has worked in the local non-profit sector for over 25 years in the fields of marketing and fundraising. In 2015 she started bcAnderson Consulting, a full-service marketing and fundraising consulting business to help smaller non-profits and businesses. Bridget is a rare Seattle native and spends as much time as she can outside enjoying the Pacific Northwest sunshine (both liquid and otherwise!) attending sporting events for her two teenage boys, beach-combing, walking her beloved dog Henry, hiking, gardening, and skiing. She lives in the Lake City neighborhood. Bridget has a BA in Communication and Journalism from Western Washington University.
Jennifer Collins-Friedrichs, VICE PRESIDENT
Former Executive Director of Literacy Council of Seattle
After several years as Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Seattle, Jennifer is excited to continue her passion for empowering adults and families via the tremendous work of Literacy Source. Jennifer is a life-long educator, and taught literature and composition at the community colleges before focusing on ESOL and basic adult education. In her time at Literacy Source, she would like to focus on educating the community about the critical role adult education plays in issues of equity and social justice. In her spare time, she has been known to be a bit obsessed with heirloom tomatoes and has grown over 20 different varieties at a time in her small Ballard garden.
Barbara Petty, Treasurer
Senior Accountant/Principal, AccMan Inc.
Barbara serves as Founder and Senior Accounting Manager, of Accman Inc., a full service accounting and small business consulting company providing companies with training, development of accounting systems, tax consulting, management accounting, and accounting systems conflict resolution. In her capacities with the company, Barbara oversaw operations, accounting, customer service, and marketing. She has developed and implemented strategic business plans leading to substantial revenue and profit growth. Barbara is also committed to her family and community. She grew up in the New Jersey Highlands and spent her youth developing a love of nature and the environment.
Shellie Walters, Secretary
Shellie is a former Literacy Source student who first attended classes in 1999 reading at a fourth grade level. She has since gotten her associate degree in business. Shellie is currently serving on the board of WE LEARN as secretary and also belongs to the Women’s Perspectives committee. In addition, she has worked with ProLiteracy speaking out for adult learners. She has presented workshops and webinars on teaching other adult learners how to write and creating their stories into speeches.
Anisa came from Somalia, and has been in the United States for 17 years. She is a US citizen. She is married and has four children. She is a nursing assistant and also a volunteer at Family Works. She has been a student at Literacy Source for 3 years. She says, "The program is helping me improve my English and math skills. This is important to me because I want to be a social worker in the future." Anisa also enjoys reading, going outdoors with her family, and riding her bike. She speaks three languages: Somali, Italian, and English. She is pleased to be able to contribute to the organization, and is so proud to be part of it both as a student and a volunteer.
Retired Librarian, Seattle Public Library
Ann is a retired Children's Librarian. She worked for Seattle Public Library for 25 years in many of its branches and the Central Library. Sharing early learning and language experiences with children, families, and care providers was a dream job and the focus of her career. She's excited about the many partnerships Literacy Source has nurtured with area schools and libraries that promote family learning. Born a flatlander (Iowa), she's been a NW mountain lover for 35 years. She and her husband, Steve, spend winters in the Canadian Rockies where he climbs frozen waterfalls and she volunteers with the Bow Valley Literacy Program and stubbornly refuses to believe she can't become a decent X-country skier one day.
VP, Enterprise Marketing, Adobe
Bridget is Vice President of Enterprise Marketing for Adobe Systems Inc., a software company based in San Jose, California. Bridget is responsible for leading Adobe’s Enterprise Marketing strategy globally. Bridget joined Adobe from Microsoft, where she led Microsoft’s enterprise and partner marketing, as Senior Director of U.S. Enterprise Marketing. Bridget spent the initial years of her career in the non-profit sector working with refugee and immigrant communities as the Director of Refugee Services for Catholic Community Services (CCS) of Western WA and prior to that with adult learners in inner-city Philadelphia as a program manager and adult literacy instructor at the Center for Literacy. In addition to Literacy Source, Bridget serves on the board of the Alliance for Education and has served on the board of Solid Ground. Bridget has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from UW and a B.A. in History and German Studies from Boston College.
Instructor, Shoreline Community College
Elena is an Instructor of Communication Studies and Equity and Social Justice at Shoreline Community College. Elena earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication and Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University and has taught at universities in California, Illinois, and Utah. Her courses and research often focus on the intersections of cultural identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.) and communication. As a Seattle newbie, she looks forward to establishing local roots and getting involved in the community through Literary Source. Elena seems to always be searching for the perfect hobby, whether it's salsa dancing, rock climbing, or maybe, back to Tai-Chi or how about Qigong?!
Attorney, EC Immigration Law, PLLC
Erin is the owner of EC Immigration Law, PLLC, where she practices immigration law. Erin's law practice focuses on representing asylum seekers, victims of crimes and human trafficking, and individuals facing removal from the United States. Erin also assists individuals in humanitarian based applications aimed at family unification. Erin joined the Board in 2014 and serves as an attorney liaison for Literacy Source's citizenship program. Erin is originally from California and has been lucky enough to experience living abroad in Mexico, Spain, Argentina and the Netherlands. Erin lives near Greenwood with her husband, two-year-old daughter, and their two dogs.
June worked as an Occupational Therapist at the University of Washington for 20 years. She semi-retired to become a dog walker and have time to pursue working with a literacy program. June has been on the Literacy Source Board since 2007, and has also volunteered as a math teacher and tutor. Her father instilled in her the importance of a good education, and because of this, she enjoys volunteering for adult literacy.
Philanthropy Officer, PATH
Justine serves as PATH’s proposal and report manager and major gift officer working with individuals and family foundations. Justine has extensive experience working in the international field in both fundraising and programs. She moved to Seattle 4 years ago after spending eighteen months in Dhaka, Bangladesh managing a youth development program and building partnerships with local organizations. Justine also served as the Associate Director of Development for CARE USA in both their San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices. Justine’s earlier career was in cultural exchanges, which solidified her love of travel and meeting new people. Justine is proud to be part of the Literacy Source community and believes strongly that the work we do helps create a more just and equitable world.
Lourdes Roque Weda
Lourdes (Lulú) came to know Literacy Source and its mission when she began volunteering as an ESOL instructor at the Fremont location, shortly after her move to Seattle from Chiapas, Mexico back in 2010. As a Lake City neighbor, she is excited about the possibilities for both the organization and the community in this new location. Lulú is also involved in work with other nonprofits, including the Annual Latina Symposium and the Phinney Cooperativa Preescolar en Español, where she also serves on the board. She is a graduate and former ESOL and German as a Foreign Language instructor of the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas. Lulú is in love with the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and dancing with her husband and two young children.
Attorney, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless
Ralph is an attorney at MacDonald Hoague & Bayless, where he practices immigration law. He assists individuals, families, small businesses, and multinational companies in navigating the immigration process. Ralph is a native of China, and speaks fluent Mandarin. He is an avid reader, and enjoys the great outdoors.
Director, Basic & Transitional Studies, Seattle Vocational Institute
Reza is the Founder and Director of Bright Future Program and is currently the Director of Basic and Transitional Studies at Seattle Vocational Institute. He has been working with high school students for more than 30 years - the majority of it here in Seattle. Reza was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Reza earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Political and Social Studies in Tehran. He holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Communication from Eastern Washington University. He has been recognized professionally for his innovative work through multiple awards, including the KCTS Golden Apple Award in 2007, the Governor's Best Practice Award in 2009, and the Seattle Community Colleges Trustees Lifelong Learning Award in 2011. Reza and his wife have lived in the Lake City area for more than 30 years and have two daughters.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant
Theresa joined the Literacy Source community in 2000, working as a volunteer tutor for several years before joining the board in 2008 and serving terms as Secretary, Vice President, and President. She previously worked as a rehabilitation counselor, manager, and consultant for 25+ years, the majority of which was spent with Washington State's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She is passionate about the intersection of literacy and community engagement and looks forward to helping Literacy Source continue to provide a safe, welcoming place for students to achieve their goals in the years to come. When she is not herself reading, you can most likely find her hiking in the North Cascades or trying out a new recipe.
Deputy Director, Health Alliance International
Tracy brings over 20 years of international development, non profit management, and adult education leadership experience to her role on the Board. She currently oversees a non profit organization committed to public-sector healthcare systems strengthening and health advocacy efforts in the global south. Tracy came to know and deeply appreciate the Literacy Source approach to adult education during her time as the Executive Director of the SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi Employer Training Fund, which supports workplace-based education programming for entry-level healthcare workers, many of whom come from refugee and immigrant communities. She is a former Director of Grants in the Seattle Community College system, and a (long ago!) ESOL instructor herself. The social justice commitment integral to the Literacy Source mission drives her dedication to this work.
Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Vicky is a lifelong reader and book lover, originally from New Jersey but in love with Seattle and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. After 15 years with Amazon working in books and publishing, she recently moved to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she now works to bring financial services to the poor, especially those in East Africa and South Asia. She is a passionate world traveler and is also on a quest to visit every one of the US National Parks - 26 down and only 33 to go!
XIULING (SUE) WEN
Purchase Order Administrator, Hines for Amazon
Sue works for Hines, an international real estate investment and property management company. She does accounting-related work for Amazon buildings in the US. Sue is happy to have the opportunity to help others as they pursue full integration into American society. It is a journey that Sue herself has traveled. Sue was born in China. As a young teenager, she moved to Belize, Central America. In 2008, she moved to Seattle with her husband. She took ESL classes at Shoreline Community College for 1½ years, got her GED there, and earned an AA degree in business in 2012. She then transferred to Central Washington University (Lynnwood Campus) where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Supply Chain Management. In her spare time, Sue enjoys hiking and the great outdoors.