Goals & Objectives include Networking among Tuscarawas County Agencies for the following:

Funding

Which will include grant writing, fund raising and business partnership
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Support

Which will include outreach to local educators, businesses, agencies and organizations, and the coordination of literacy-enhancing projects and activities
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Awareness

Which will include marketing, public relations, receiving and dissemination of information.

Board Members

Donna Moody

President Of The Board

Donna is the director of the Claymont Public Library with branches located in Dennison and Uhrichsville. She has been employed by the library for 26 years. She became involved in the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition because of her love for reading. This is her way of giving back to Tuscarawas County by promoting literacy in any way possible.

Denise Cooley

Denise Cooley

Board Member

Denise She joined the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition to promote all types of literacy within the community. As a former English major and teacher, she knows that literacy is a fundamental skill that causes many adults and children to struggle. She is committed to promoting literacy and addressing the needs in the community through the TCLC.

Kristofer A Kreinbihl

Kristofer A Kreinbihl

Treasurer

Kris serves as vice president of First Federal Community Bank. He became involved with the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition because in order to continue to make an impact in Tuscarawas County.  Becoming a TCLC board member allowed Kris to branch out from his comfort zone in banking and learn more about the literacy needs in the community.  Kris’ participation in TCLC has allowed him to share his financial expertise with the rest of the board as he serves as the organization’s treasurer.

Linda Hren

Linda Hren

Board Member

Linda is the director at Gnadenhutten Public Library/ Book Hound Mom. She has always believed literacy offers people power, freedom and hope; the power to unlock the mystery of written language in the case of traditional literacy and the freedom to make informed choices in the form of medical and financial literacy. Cultural literacy helps us build stronger communities through understanding and it is her hope that it will help us all build a better future. Literacy begins with teaching children to love learning. Linda loves partnering with her dogs to help children discover just how much fun reading can be. 

Christine Kendle

Christine Kendle

Secretary

Christine initially became involved with the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition as a volunteer when she was asked by a TCLC board member to be an educational resource for those wishing to increase their financial literacy. She later assisted with outreach events at the Tuscarawas County Farmers’ Market related to functional literacy. She officially joined the TCLC Board in 2013 and has been serving as TCLC secretary since 2014. She enjoys being part of TCLC as they strive to address a wide range of literacy needs in the community.

Jim Gill

Jim Gill

Board Member

Jim is the director at the Dover Public Library. I am very passionate about our county’s annual One Book, One Community project–a grass roots reading initiative that celebrates reading, creates conversation, and brings people together. One Book could not happen without the support of TCLC.  I love working with the educators, librarians, tutors, and others who make up TCLC on projects in the county.  Creating a culture of reading in the Tuscarawas Valley is very important to me.

Kyle Valentini

Kyle Valentini

Board Member

Kyle is the managing editor for Alonovus Corp, a family owned company based in Ohio’s Amish Country that publishes a variety of products including editions of The Bargain Hunter in Holmes, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties as well as The Wooster Weekly News. Kyle joined the Tuscarawas County Literacy Board so she could help people in the community reach their full potential through initiatives that promote literacy.

Lori Douglass

Lori Douglass

Board Member

Lori is the Resource Room supervisor at OhioMeansJobs Tuscarawas County. She has worked in the agency for 12 years assisting job seekers. The job search process is quite different today than in years past. Technology, communication skills and other barriers cause many to struggle and possibly miss opportunities. Becoming a TCLC board member will her the opportunity to collaborate with other members in an effort to share resources and improve literacy in the community. She believes in the mission of TCLC and she looks forward to contributing to this worthy cause.

Candy Beaber

Candy Beaber

Board Member

Candy taught at Ragersville Elementary (Garaway Schools) for 36 years. Since her retirement, she volunteers one day a week as the librarian for Ragersville Elementary, reading to students and helping them select and check out books. She serves as the curator at the Ragersville Historical Society where she conducts tours and teaches visiting classes in the 1830 one room schoolhouse.  She enjoys volunteering at the Dover Library Book Cellar and she serves on the board for the Friends of the Tuscarawas County Public Library. Working with people and promoting the love of reading (hardbacks for her) gives her great joy. Candy loves reading mysteries, sheepdogs and living in the country.

Cherie Bronkar

Cherie Bronkar

Board Member

Cheri is director of the Kent State University Tuscarawas Learning Commons and Makerspace. Her passion is finding new ways to inspire students to follow their dreams and develop a love of lifelong learning. Libraries and literacy initiatives have created many opportunities for her to reach out to learners of all ages from around the world. From Madagascar to rural Ohio and most recently Ghana, she has been able to teach and learn from many different perspectives. Cherie works with information technology to enhance learning in new and exciting ways. She believes TCLC to be an essential piece in spreading the importance of literacy and providing assistance to promote literacy in Tuscarawas and surrounding counties through community collaboration.

Mindi Von Kaenel

Mindi Von Kaenel

Board Member

Mindi has a B.S. in Special Education. She believes all people are born with capacity to learn. She dedicated to working with learners of all ages –infants to adults – in a variety of aspects in Tuscarawas County and the surrounding region. She is a Buckeye Career Center-Aspire instructor and a BCC – partner representative for OhioMeansJobs. She assists adults who are in pursuit of earning their high school equivalency credential and/or improving their overall literacy skills in English, reading and math. Mindi is also an Early Childhood Educational consultant for the Educational Resource Center in Stark County. She is committed to helping children, adults and families improve their lives through literacy. Mindi believes improvements in literacy at any point in life- can have a positive and profound impact on an individual’s self-competence and employability opportunities.

Our History

The Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition was established in April 2008.This official beginning was the culmination of cooperative work on the part of many community members. Initially, the TCPL Literacy Coordinator, the Director of our local ABLE program, and the Director of our local Even Start program met to discuss current literacy statistics in our county and possible ways to work collaboratively to improve those statistics. The structure and function of literacy coalitions nationwide were studied, and many hours of discussion took place with the then Executive Chair of the Mayor’s Literacy Commission of Stark County. It was decided that a local literacy coalition would be something of great value.

Still the challenge remained of rallying community members around this idea and inspiring the support that would be needed for such a coalition to be effectively successful. This was the challenge that the Leadership Tuscarawas Class of 2008 embraced, and their commitment to the project, as well as their professional, cooperative and organizational skills led to a community information breakfast that was held on April 18, 2008. Over 75 community members attended this breakfast, indicative of strong community interest and recognition of need. Many agencies were represented, including educational, government, religious, social service, law enforcement and judicial, as well as individual community members who have a desire to be involved in Coalition projects. Many of the pledge cards we distributed were returned to us at the breakfast itself, and thus the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition was officially established.