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 - Vicki King
Vickie King was born and raised in Maryland. She graduated from Madison College (BS) and started teaching in Nelson County and then moved to Augusta County (Beverley Manor Middle School & Craigsville). Vickie retired after 33 years of teaching, receiving an Masters in Education from James Madison University along the way. She currently resides in the suburbs of Barren Ridge with her horses and cats.
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 is the current president of the board of directors for LEARN English.
Cathy grew up in the suburbs of Virginia Beach, Fairfax, and Richmond. She attended JMU and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education and stayed in this area once she graduated. She taught school in Bath Co. for 2 years and Augusta Co. for 33 years. Once retired she spent a year as a traveling art studio teacher with Children’s Art Network (CAN). She also earned her Master Gardening certificate through the Va Tech Extension office and spends a lot of time volunteering for educational opportunities with this organization. She is very excited about being a tutor as well as a member of the LEARN Board. Cathy joined the Board in 2020 and serves as the Vice President for LEARN English.
Sharon Van Name
Sharon Van Name is returning to LEARN English after a few years away and serving as Treasurer. 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.
Raven serves as Secretary for LEARN English. Raven attended Mary Baldwin University to study Japanese and spent a semester abroad in Kyoto, Japan attending Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts. After graduating from MBU in 2016, Raven enrolled at Old Dominion University to pursue a Master's in International Studies. Raven currently teaches Japanese at Mary Baldwin University and is eager to support our local community’s English language learners.
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.
Adrienne came to the Shenandoah Valley in November 2019, when she took on the position of Executive Director of Alumni Engagement at Mary Baldwin University. A native Tennessean, Adrienne graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) with a bachelor in English: writing and a Master of Public Administration: Nonprofit Management. She lived in Chattanooga for 12 years and began her career in higher education at UTC, and then moved to Northern Virginia to serve in alumni relations at George Mason University. Adrienne and her four-legged fur baby, Maggie, have enjoyed taking long walks in the beautiful valley, and opportunities to know and serve the people in Staunton and Augusta County communities. Adrienne joined the board in 2021.
Allison graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in English and Mary Baldwin University with a Masters in Teaching. She taught high school English for over 20 years and was honored as Augusta County's Teacher of the Year in 2014. Allison also won a Dawbarn Award in 2014. She now works in Augusta County Schools as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT). Allison joined the board in 2021 and believes that everyone should have the resources to better themselves through education.
Hannah Harris was born and raised in Augusta County, graduating from Riverheads High School in 2013. Hannah attended Ferrum College and received degrees in business and accounting in 2017. She furthered her education at Liberty University School of Law, graduating in 2020 with a Juris Doctorate. After passing the Virginia state bar in October 2020, Hannah worked in private law until taking a position at the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for Augusta County in July 2021. Hannah enjoys reading and watching her beloved Yankees play baseball. Hannah joined the board in 2021.
Jane Steele has been involved with LEARN English since 2012. Over seven years, she tutored five students in English as a Second Language and presented on health literacy to participants of the September 2015 tutor training.
Jane has been active with and served on the board of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia for many years.
Licensed by the Virginia State Board of Medicine as a Physical Therapist Assistant with specialty certification in lymphedema management, she has over 30 years experience providing direct patient care for physical therapy and rehabilitation departments in a variety of settings. She was a project management specialist with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, MD for 15 years and retired in 2016.
Kayla graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and has a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She has been on the staff of the Staunton Public Library since 2012, where she is now the Technology Librarian. Kayla joined the Board in 2021 and hopes to connect community members with valuable literacy resources.
Nadina was born in Bosnia & Herzegovina and emigrated to the US as a refugee with her family when she was 11 years old. Since they did not speak English, they had difficulties navigating their new surroundings so she has first hand experience at how important literacy is for our everyday lives. After graduating from Mary Baldwin University, she started working in the nonprofit sector. She currently works for United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham Co and People Helping People and lives in Grottoes with her husband and 18 month old son. Prior to having her son in 2020, Nadina was a LEARN English tutor for 2 years and is looking forward to serving the organization in a different capacity.
Ron was born in Staunton and has always called it home. He graduated from Bridgewater College, double-majoring in Business Administration and Music. He was recently re-elected to the Staunton School Board, thoroughly enjoys working towards providing the best educational environment for children and joined the LEARN English Board in 2021. Active with many area organizations, he currently serves on the boards of Oak Grove Theater, Valley Children's Advocacy Center (vice president), and CAPSAW -- the Community Action Partnership for Staunton, Augusta County, & Waynesboro (treasurer) ... is an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church, chairing the Facilities Committee ... sings in his church choir and with Schola Cantorum in Waynesboro ... and volunteers with Building Bridges, ShenanArts, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Building Bridges for the Greater Good.