Staff & Board

DLC Staff Bios

The DLC employs twelve full-time staff, five part-time staff, and two part-time contract instructors. We also benefit from the service of AmeriCorps Members placed with us for one-year terms by NC LiteracyCorps. An all-volunteer board of directors oversees our operations. 


Opportunities at the DLC

There are no open job opportunities at this time. 

Lizzie Ellis-Furlong, Executive Director 

(919) 489-8383, ext. 22

Lizzie holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of NC at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. She is a seasoned leader with knowledge of literacy, having previously served as DLC’s Managing Director and as the Pro Literacy, Southeast USA Regional Representative. Lizzie is also a former president of the NC Literacy Association. Most recently, Lizzie served as Co-Founder and Co-Director of Rebound, an alternative program for youth suspended from school. 

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Amy Campbell Bogie, Director of Development

(919) 489-8383, ext. 30


A graduate of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, Amy has over nine years of experience in fundraising, marketing, administration, and program coordination in the nonprofit and community economic development sectors. Prior to joining DLC, she worked with the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3), Croatan Institute, Slow Money NC, the Everglades Law Center, and as a freelance nonprofit and small business management consultant. She also founded and led Sustain-a-Bull, a shop local initiative in Durham, from 2010-2014. Amy holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke and a Bachelors of Music from Boston University. 

DLC Board of Directors

The DLC has an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  We welcome new members.

Jill Madsen, Chair

Gwenn Weaver, Vice Chair

Wendy McCorkle, Secretary

Kulwadee Yung, Treasurer
Sarah Byrne Bausell

Deborah Bender

Ryan Hampton

Steven Lebowitz

Michael Ortiz

Candace Rashada

Sandy Roberts

Martha Salinas

Kathy Sikes

Ike Thomas

Mitch Tuchman

Emeritus board members

Gail Faulkner Hudson

Reginald Hodges

Seymour Mauskopf

Susan Springer    

To learn how to join the Board or for information about our Board Subcommittees (e.g., Finance, Teaching & Learning, Fundraising), please contact us.​

Shondra Brewer, Administrative & Finance Associate

(919) 489-8383, ext. 23


Shondra is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a degree in Business Administration. Shondra has worked with the Durham Literacy Center for over 10 years. Before working with the DLC, she worked in an administrative role with GlaxoSmithKline, and Coventry Health Care.

Gardy Perard, Adult Literacy Program Coordinator

(919) 489-8383, ext. 26


Gardy joined the DLC as a volunteer tutor in 2006, was hired as the Adult Literacy Tutor Trainer in 2007, and became the Adult Literacy Program Coordinator in 2008. He is a certified Adult Education Resource Specialist and a certified STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) instructor. After completing the Augustine Project’s Orton-Gillingham training, he became a member of the Augustine Project’s Board of Directors. Gardy has a background in engineering and mathematics.

Rebecca Schaffer, Adult Literacy Program Associate

(919) 489-8383, ext. 27


Rebecca volunteered with the DLC’s Adult Literacy program from 2006 until 2008, and she has been on staff since then. She is a certified Adult Education Resource Specialist and a certified STudent Achievement in Reading (STAR) trainer and technical assistance provider for North Carolina. She has completed the Augustine Project’s Orton-Gillingham training. Prior to joining the DLC, Rebecca spent more than 10 years planning and evaluating education and social service programs.

Allani Dye, Adult Literacy Program Assistant

(919) 489-8383, ext. 29

Allani received her BA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she also studied Political Science and Africana Studies. In addition to being the Program Assistant for Adult Literacy at the DLC, she also serves as a writing tutor at the Individualized Learning Center at Wake Technical Community College.

Joan Zec Nelson, ESOL Program Coordinator

(919) 489-8383, ext. 25


Joan joined the DLC in 2015 after teaching ESL at Alamance Community College. She is a state-level trainer for the community college system and has trained ESL and literacy teachers  to incorporate college and career readiness into their curricula. She holds a B.A. degree from Marymount College in New York, and did graduate work at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Before teaching ESL, Joan was a television reporter in the U.S. and Europe. She covered northern Mexico and the border while a reporter in El Paso, Texas.

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Chris Hall, ESOL Program Associate

(919) 489-8383, ext. 33

Chris is a North Carolina native with 16 years experience in the financial, diplomatic and non-profit sectors. He has a B.A. in International Studies and Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Political Science from Bath University, UK, as well as certifications in conflict resolution and mediation. His research focused on human trafficking, including work on legislative proposals to the Czech Parliament.

Shamesha Terry, Youth Achievement Program Coordinator

(919) 489-8383, ext. 13

A native of Henderson, NC, Terry (her preferred nickname) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health, a Master’s Degree in Management, and a Master’s Degree in Business  Administration. She joined the DLC in summer 2021 as our Youth Achievement Program Coordinator and brings a wealth of expertise in secondary education and working with Opportunity Youth from her 10+ years of experience as an educator, counselor, and administrator in public school and Job Corps settings. 

Brett Coonley, Youth Achievement Program Instructor

(919) 489-8383


Brett received his BA in Mathematics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He worked in the MIT Department of Mathematics for 7 years preparing mathematics textbooks for publication. He earned his PhD in Mathematics from NC State University. Brett has been teaching Math and Science to high school equivalency students since 2015.

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Carolyn Briggs-Gaul, Youth Achievement Program Instructor

(919) 489-8383


Carolyn, a Chicago native, has been living in the Triangle for 8 years and has been teaching High School English and Theatre for over 20 years.  She is the Artistic Director for The Children's Arts Collaborative, a Raleigh Children's Theatre company and also leads haunted walking tours of downtown Raleigh.  Carolyn, her three teenage sons  and husband love to travel and when she's not teaching, writing or acting, you can find them all touring around the country or camping in National Parks.

Jovi Creed, Instructional Technology Americorps

(919) 489-8383, ext. 34

Jovi (he/they) is a graduate of Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He is serving as the DLC's 2021-22 Instructional Technology AmeriCorps member. Outside of the DLC, he is an activist and has published anthropological research. Jovi is extremely passionate about social justice and hopes to make a difference for historically marginalized communities.

Carolyn Ferrell, Data Management

Carolyn received her B.A. in English, Russian, and Religious Studies from Rice University. Prior to joining the DLC, she worked in the nonprofit technology field for almost 20 years.

Elizabeth Tietgen, Adult Basic Education Instructor at Threshold Clubhouse


Elizabeth leads an adult basic education class for adult learners at the Threshold Clubhouse, a community-based organization that serves Durham residents who live with severe or persistent mental illness.

Daniel Berenson, ESOL Instructor at EDCI 


Daniel teaches beginning and intermediate English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes at EDCI in east Durham. 

Durham Literacy Center values diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, disability, or sexual orientation when considering employment, board membership, volunteer participation, or client services.