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.

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Jennifer Smyrnos,
 

President

Lead Attorney, 
Grace Immigration PLLC

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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

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Karenna Glover, 

Secretary

Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant, 
Interactive Insights, LLC

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Alicha Grubb,

Treasurer

Associate, 

Gentry Locke

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Elvir Berbic

Student Affairs Manager,

Virginia Tech Carilion School of 

Medicine

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Aaron Bond

Senior Director of Learning Services,

Technology-Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies

Virginia Tech

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Scott Fell

Retired Attorney, Partner

Kalbaugh, Pfund & Messersmith, P.C.

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Baraka Kasongo

CEO, 
Volatia Language Network

Risa Katz-Albert

Associate,

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Mary (Sissy) Kegley

Retired,

Adult Educator

Russ Merritt

Transitional Minister, 

Northminster Presbyterian Church

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Evelyne Nzikobanyanka

Clinical Nursing Assistant, 

Our Lady of the Valley

Sheila Umberger

Director of Libraries, 

Roanoke Public Library

Doloris Vest

Owner, 

Book No Further