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,
 

President

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

Karenna Glover, 

Secretary

Strategic Marketing Professional, 
Delta Dental

Alicha Grubb,

Treasurer

Attorney, 

Gentry Locke

Elvir Berbic

Student Affairs Manager,

Virginia Tech Carilion School of 

Medicine

Aaron Bond

Senior Director of Learning Services,

Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

Virginia Tech

Scott Fell

Retired Attorney, Partner

Kalbaugh, Pfund & Messersmith, P.C.

Baraka Kasongo

CEO, 
Volatia Language Network

Risa Katz-Albert

Staff Attorney,

Legal Aid Society Roanoke Valley

Mary (Sissy) Kegley

Retired,

Adult Educator

Russ Merritt

Transitional Minister, 

Northminster Presbyterian Church

Evelyne Nzikobanyanka

Clinical Nursing Assistant, 

Our Lady of the Valley

Sheila Umberger

Director of Libraries, 

Roanoke Public Library

Doloris Vest

Owner, 

Book No Further

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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.