Board of Directors
I am a native Californian (Stanford) who moved to Chapel Hill when I was in junior high. After graduating from Chapel Hill High School I attended Emory University in Atlanta and remained in the Atlanta area for 22 years. I briefly lived in Charleston, SC and circled back to NC in 2006. I live in Carrboro and delight in living one door away from my father.
I grew up in a family of readers. We were never far away from a book no matter where we were. I have fond recollections of how exciting it was to “help” my mother when I was a preschooler as she volunteered in the library of our local elementary school, shelving and unpacking books. As a teacher in the inner-city Atlanta area, the favorite part of my day was when I read out loud to my students and helped them develop a love of reading.
I have 22 years of teaching and administrative experience in public schools in the Atlanta area, with 17 of those years as an elementary, middle, and high school principal; primarily in urban locations. I also served as a lecturer at several colleges in the areas of middle grades education and educational leadership, on the advisory board for the Principals’ Center at Georgia State University, and as a fellow in the Principals’ Academy at GSU, mentoring beginning principals. After leaving Atlanta I was an Achievement Vice-President for an educational consulting group, supporting elementary, middle, high school and district leaders in rural South Carolina. In 2007 I founded my own consulting firm, and currently provide customized consulting, coaching, and mentoring services for school administrators, school districts and other organizations to support them in their achievement and reform efforts. I am a First Response Volunteer at the Compass Center for Women and Families and a board member and treasurer for Threshold Singers, a small nonprofit that offers singing at no cost to calm and comfort those on the thresholds of life in Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties.
A native of Chapel Hill, I graduated from UNC-CH, where I earned a BA in Anthropology, and ran on the track and cross country teams. I now live in Chapel Hill with my husband and two children. For the past seven years I have been a stay-at-home mom. Recently, I returned to school to study accounting, and to prepare to sit for the Certified Public Accountant Exam. I still enjoy running, and I love to garden and play guitar.
Chuck Adams is executive editor at Algonquin Books, having joined the publishing imprint in 2004. Previously he worked at Simon & Schuster, Dell/Delacorte, Macmillan, and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, all based in New York City. In a career that has spanned more than four decades, and that has focused on narrative fiction and non-fiction, he has worked with a diverse list of writers, including Mary Higgins Clark, Jackie Collins, Johnny Evison, Scott Eyman, Sandra Brown, James Lee Burke, Ellen Gilchrist, Robert Goolrick, Joe McGinniss, Kinky Friedman, Joseph Heller, Barbara Delinsky, Sara Gruen, Charles Portis, Brock Clarke, and Alan Shapiro. In addition, he has edited books by many celebrities and public figures, including Esther Williams, Tab Hunter, Cher, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, Faye Dunaway, Kitty Dukakis, Neil Simon, Maureen O’Hara, and Sarah Ferguson. A native of Virginia, he is a graduate of Duke University and the Duke School of Law; he lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Ashleigh grew up in the Washington DC/Northern VA area. She attended university at Furman in Greenville, SC. After school, she ventured to Boston for a few years where she worked in various industries as a Financial Analyst. She made her way to Raleigh after that, and the majority of her time here has been spent working with an international investment adviser and investment management services firm, Morgan Creek Capital Management, in Chapel Hill.
She volunteers with the Morgan Creek Foundation, which supports local community organizations with an educational focus. Being a part of this nonprofit introduced her to Orange Literacy and the wonderful work it does in the community.
As a high school student I tutored ABE students. Got my undergraduate degree in English from the University of Oklahoma, financed in part by a stint as a juvenile parole officer who, to the amusement of his colleagues, tutored parolees in English and Math. Took a Master’s in Teaching of English from the University of Washington, where I was a TA in the minority English program. My UW doctoral dissertation (Thoreau) was interrupted by a trip to SE Asia. By the time I returned stateside a PhD was the last thing I wanted. I had started doing social advocacy video in about 1970, when portable video recorders weighed a “light” 20 lbs. Proselytized for in-school video and computers in 1974 as a Washington Intern in Education at the National Institute of Education on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Consulted with the federal government for about 15 years, during which time I taught myself to program and developed an expert system for (inter alia) explaining medical test results to low health-literacy patients. This technique (tailored health communication) led to several successful (and some not-so-successful) business ventures, the directorship of the Office of Consumer Health Informatics at the National Cancer Institute, and a 6-year teaching gig with Harvard’s School of Public Health. Most recently I co-founded The Walking Classroom (for 4th- and 5th-graders) with Laura Fenn, an amazing former 5th-grade teacher. I’m now looking into applying the same methods (Walk. Listen. Learn.™) for seniors like me. I’m married to Barbara Rimer, dean of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and a research partner in the old days. We have two Labs, Faulkner and Dickens.
Born and bred an Orange County Tarheel, I developed a love for reading and writing as a student at Frank Porter Graham Elementary. I graduated from Chapel Hill High School in the first class of the new millennium, and graduated from UNC with a major in Sociology. After spending a decade in Colorado and New Mexico pursuing culinary arts, tequila distribution, and real estate ventures, I moved back to North Carolina where I currently work in store development at Southern Season, traveling across the south to help manage the multiple new and existing locations. My wife, Erin (also a native Chapel Hillian), and I live in Orange County with our three dogs. I have love for everything North Carolina, and have enjoyed aiding fellow residents from the mountains to the coast in project areas ranging from social advocacy and early childhood education outreach to disaster relief. I am proud and honored to be a second-generation Orange Literacy enthusiast–as my mother was active in OL years ago, exposing me to the values and importance of local literacy from an early age.
A native North Carolinian, I was born in Henderson and have lived in Chapel Hill most of my life. I graduated from Chapel Hill High School and then UNC-CH with a degree in English Literature. I spend lots of my time reading everything I can get my hands on and listening to really smart people on podcasts. My wife, Myra, and I met at Carolina and we moved back to Chapel Hill from Morehead City in 2000. Ever since that point I have worked in Finance. In our free-time (if there is such a thing with 3 kids), we shuttle our kids from school to field hockey fields to soccer fields to lacrosse fields to basketball courts to art classes and swimming pools. Outside of that, we squeeze in as much time as we can on the water and in the marsh (and reading about it) along North Carolina’s Sound Country (thanks Rachel Carson and Bland Simpson) and the South Carolina Low Country (thanks Archibald Rutledge and Havilah Babcock). My wife, a Calligrapher by trade, and my children are also passionate readers. It’s probably important to know that I love coffee, running, and watersports.
Born in Wales and a native Welsh speaker, Levy learned English when she was seven years old. She moved to the USA in 1979 on her marriage to now deceased anthropologist Robert Levy, is a naturalized American citizen and lives in the watershed in Carrboro, Nerys is a painter, a member artist of FRANK Gallery responsible for grants, education and community outreach projects and Co-Chair of Preservation Chapel Hill’s Art Committee at the Horace Williams House. She has a PH.D in South Asian History from the University of London and had a first career in race relations working in London, India, South Africa and the Caribbean.
She is a founder member of the Carrboro Branch Library, on the Board of its Friends group and is involved in planning the future Southern Branch of the Orange County Public Library in Carrboro.
She has chaired the Annual Community Dinner celebrating cultural diversity for nineteen years and has been on the Board of Orange Literacy for three years. Her website is www.neryslevy.com.
I consider myself to be the “Accidental Librarian” as this is actually is my second or maybe third career. I began working right out of high school, first being a Legislative Aide to a Congressman from Michigan and then going onto being a Public Information Assistant at the Federal Election Commission. When I finally decided to go back to college I wanted to be a teacher, but instead I got a job at the Fairfax County Library and I knew this was my calling and my passion. Since that time many, many (many) years ago I have worked for several county library systems and for a time was the Public Information Officer for the South Carolina State Library, where I had the opportunity to be the SC Director for the Center of Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book (which allowed me to meet my husband). I returned to the public library as the Director for the York County Library in Virginia and now find myself happily and luckily to be here in Orange County.
Since 2005 I have been married to Rocky Mount native and UNC grad Allen T. Cronenberg, who is the former Director of the Center for Arts and Humanities at Auburn University and currently teaches history at Elon College. Though I originally come from Syracuse, NY, I consider my hometown to be Washington, DC where I went to Mount Vernon College and where my Mom still lives. We currently share our Hillsborough home with 3 cats, wide collections of plants, pottery, folk art, and a multitude of books. Our time at home is spent out in the yard, cooking in the kitchen, and sitting on our front porch chatting with our neighbors. Since we both come from small families, many who are in the area, getting together has been easy and we enjoy our regular opportunities to visit catch up with news and eat Eastern NC pork bbq.
I grew up in Missouri, went to college in Texas, and fell in love with North Carolina in 1995 when I first moved to Durham, working for Duke University. A few moves later, my husband and I finally settled down in Chapel Hill, where our three children attend public schools. I love children’s books and working with kids, so our local elementary school quickly became one of my favorite places to volunteer.
My career has been dedicated to advocating for women and girls. I served in the role of advocacy director for a statewide organization, working to engage more women in the political process. I also directed development and communications for Compass Center for Women and Families in Chapel Hill. One of my favorite experiences was my role as a local women’s vote director for a presidential campaign, which helped to spark my daughter’s interest in politics. With her influence, I went on to publish my first children’s book, Sadie McGrady Runs for President.
When I’m not reading or writing, you’ll find me behind the lens of a camera. Photography and videography are hobbies I love to explore. I also enjoy traveling, but often don’t make it outside our state’s borders, because there are so many beautiful places to visit and friendly people to meet here in North Carolina. I’m excited to serve on the board of Orange Literacy, bringing more awareness to the impact of this organization in our community.
I am a native North Carolinian, born and raised in Greensboro. I have been in Chapel Hill since 2005 where I currently live with my husband, three children and our dog.
Professionally I work part time as a web developer. My business, Slice Interactive, got its start right when I moved here as I was looking for a way to balance the demands of a growing family and a long-time interest in web design and production. My clients mostly come from former colleagues when I worked in NYC and Washington, DC. I also have a growing list of local non-profits including our very own Orange Literacy whose website I redesigned and launched in 2012 along with much help from Alice and others.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and went on to get a Masters’ degree from New York University in 1999 in Interactive Telecommunications. Aside from North Carolina, I have also have lived in Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York, and the DC area. I even spent a semester in college in Paris, France, but please don’t ask me to speak any French!
Joan Siefert Rose