“I don’t know if I have a board job other than just being a board member. But my specialty is really leadership development and training, so I’m always able to bring those resources to the board. I’m also involved with various boards across the U.S. and globally, so I try to bring some of that expertise to the board as well. I’m really excited about taking my global experience and making local action.
Literacy should not be [limited]; it should be open and available for anyone who wants to tap into it. It shouldn’t be something that someone has to receive. It should be inherent that if one [wants] to acquire it, they should have that access. Dr. Seuss says it best: ‘The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you’ll go.’ I believe that through exposure, you’re able to combat various barriers and challenges. Over the last five years, English has become the business language, globally. So English is not just here in the U.S., but also when you travel; it can be very helpful for connecting with leaders and creating engagement around the world. So it’s vital.
I think my vision for OLC is that we continue to live out our mission, and do that well. [I hope] to allow anyone who comes to Fayetteville that would like to learn English or to be able to establish their credentials around English to be able to get ahead in life, that they will be able to do that through us. [Ultimately] my vision is that all access will be there, that we won’t have to continue to work, because everyone will have that access.
[OLC] is a hidden jewel. A lot of people don’t know about OLC and the impact that it has; other boards have a lot more visibility. It’s very important to showcase our mission and the lives that we impact, because some of those lives get hidden. It’s like a lot of untold stories. The community [here] is very welcoming: open arms, open hearts, and open minds. Because you never know who’s going to walk into the door. I’ve always seen OLC be a community of love and a community of access. I describe it as a hidden jewel. I hope to lift it up, the beauty that’s in this place and the lives that we impact. I thought I should highlight that hidden jewel, because it shouldn’t be hidden.”