Board of Directors

Blue Ridge Literacy's Board of Directors are a diverse group of professionals, service providers, and advocates who are committed to supporting adults in the Roanoke Valley improving their literacy skills.

Jennifer Smyrnos,


Lead Attorney, 
Grace Immigration PLLC

Carole Tarrant, 

Vice President 

Coordinator of Development, 

Virginia Western Community College

Lori Baker-Lloyd,

Vice President

Vice President of Human Resources, 

Goodwill Industries of the Valleys

Sandra Pratt, 


Business Development, 
Media Partners Inc.

Connie Brockenbrough-Vaughn,



Montgomery Publishing

Elvir Berbic

Student Affairs Manager, 

Virginia Tech Carilion

Alicha Grubb


Gentry Locke

Baraka Kasongo


Volatia Language Network

Risa Katz-Albert

Staff Attorney, 
Legal Aid Society Roanoke Valley

Sissy Kegley


Adult Educator

Evelyne Nzikobanyanka

Clinical Nursing Assistant, 

Our Lady of the Valley

Kat Pascal

CEO and Founder, 

Spotless America

Hispanic Business Advocate

Sheila Umberger

Director of Libraries, 

Roanoke Public Libraries

Diane Wiggins


Physician Associates


706 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24016, USA



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At Blue Ridge Literacy, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and volunteers without regard to sex, race, color, nationality, religion, political belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.  Blue Ridge Literacy believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success as a local nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.