Goals & Objectives include Networking among Tuscarawas County Agencies for the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kyle is an 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.
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.
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.
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.