Staff & Board of Directors
Executive Director - Judith Shuey
Judith earned a degree in economics and completed her Master's in counseling psychology. She has taught at most all levels from pre-school to college, owned a retail business, directed a museum, and spent the past 15 years in non-profit management and fundraising.
Office Manager - Vickie King
Board of Directors
After teaching in elementary schools in Boston suburbs and at an international school in Moscow, Sylvia served three years with her husband as a VISTA volunteer in West Virginia. Sylvia worked as a reading specialist at T. C. McSwain Elementary School in Staunton. She is currently retired. Sylvia has served as a tutor, tutor trainer, and president of the board of directors for LEARN ENGLISH.
Ali is the Churchville Branch Manager for the Augusta County Library. She earned her Master's in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Ali also volunteers with local community radio station 106.3 WQSV in Staunton and with the Friends of the Middle River. Ali has been a member of the board since May 2017.
Sharon Van Name
Sharon Van Name is returning to LEARN ENGLISH after a few years away. During her previous time, she served as the Treasurer, Tutor Trainer and President. She worked with a reading learner and has done informal ESOL tutoring. She has recently retired from a career in Quality Assurance and Industrial Training.
Jacqueline graduated from Wilson College in Pennsylvania as an American Civilization major and later earned her Master’s in Library Science from Catholic University of America in Washington DC. She spent her career in the Intelligence Community, retiring in 2005 after 32 years. Jacque and her husband Charlie chose Staunton for retirement and moved here from the Washington DC area in 2007. She volunteers with the Friends of the Staunton Public Library and in the Archives at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. (3 year term)
Maureen graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Public and International Affairs. Her professional work included policy and project development for the City of Pittsburgh, Office of the Mayor, relocation specialist for PNC Park, and public involvement manager for a management consulting firm. Maureen served 10 years as a board member for the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania and was a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Zonta International. After living in Pittsburgh her entire life, Maureen retired and moved to Staunton VA. (3 year term)
Dale grew up in Charleston, WV, and currently resides in Waynesboro. He attended Morris Harvey College, now the University of Charleston. Dale is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, based in New York City and Carlsbad, California. He has worked in the jewelry industry for 42 years, where he has been involved in sales and management of retail stores and wholesale offices. Together with his wife, Ginny, Dale founded and is president of D. Poynter & Company, Inc., a wholesale jewelry company serving accounts in the south-eastern United States.
Over the years he has served on the state industry boards of Virginia and North and South Carolina. He has one son, Mike, who lives in Harrisonburg. Dale looks forward to serving on the board of Learn English & Reading Now, Inc. and having an opportunity to expand literacy in the Valley and improve the lives of our neighbors. (3 year term)
Courtney is a native Pennsylvanian who has called Augusta County home for the past eight years. Courtney is the Assistant County Attorney for Augusta County. She graduated from Moravian College with a degree in History and received her law degree from Ohio Northern University College of Law. In her spare time, Courtney can usually be found enjoying her husband and three young children. Courtney joined the board in 2019.
Cindy graduated from Bridgewater College in 1977 and taught in Staunton City schools for 30 years. She received her masters degree 2003. Cindy was honored to be chosen as Teacher of the Year in Staunton in 2004, which is an award chosen by a teacher's peers. Cindy also won the Dawburn Award in 2005. Cindy left teaching in 2007 and begin working part time as an advisor for GRASP, a program Cindy and her husband David brought to the valley which now serves all area high schools. Cindy has also worked at JMU as a student teacher advisor and for the state education department auditing schools with low SOL scores. In 2015, Cindy's granddaughter was born and she left all her school jobs to keep her! Cindy joined the board in 2019.
Cathy joined the board in 2020.