Staff & Board

DLC Staff Bios

The DLC employs twelve full-time staff, three 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. 



There are no job or internship opportunities open with the DLC at this time. Please check back in the future. 

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


Amy is the newest member of the DLC team, having joined in July 2019. 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

Ryan Hampton, Vice Chair

Wendy McCorkle, Secretary

Kulwadee Yung, Treasurer
Sarah Byrne Bausell

Deborah Bender

Robert Breitweiser, Jr.

Jason deBruyn

Terry Hill

Steven Lebowitz

Michael Ortiz

Candace Rashada

Sandy Roberts

Martha Salinas

Kathy Sikes

Ike Thomas

Mitch Tuchman

Gwenn Weaver


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.

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.

Chris Hall, ESOL Program Associate

(919) 323-5292


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.

Amy Fee Bruzzichesi, Youth Achievement Program Coordinator

(919) 489-8383, ext. 13


Amy started with Durham Literacy Center in 2012 as an Adult Literacy tutor. She holds a master's degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a bachelor's degree in social work from Auburn University. Throughout her career serving adults in settings including UNC Hospitals, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Eastern NC, and TROSA, the issues of low literacy and incomplete education were at the root of many of the social problems faced by clients throughout the lifespan. She enjoys sharing her love of reading across her many roles in the Durham community. 

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.

Pam Gray, Program Coordinator at the Durham County Detention Facility, Interim Youth Achievement Program Instructor


Pam Gray grew up in a Navy family and lived all over the place when she was growing up, including exotic locales like Japan and Hawaii. After coming to North Carolina to attend graduate school at the UNC School of Social Work in 2001, she found her home and has now lived in Durham longer than she has lived anywhere

Since graduating with her MSW in 2004, Pam has worked with kids and families in various settings as a social worker and child and family therapist. In 2013, Pam co-founded Rebound, Alternatives for Youth, a strengths-based out of school suspension program for high school students in Durham. Currently, Pam is the Coordinator of the High School Equivalency and Job/Life Skills programs for the Durham Literacy Center at the Durham County Detention Facility. The aim of this program is to help students continue to work towards their educational and life goals while detained at the Durham County Detention Facility.

Andrew Deibert, High School Equivalency Instructor at the Durham County Detention Facility


Andrew joined Durham Literacy in 2016 as an AmeriCorps member in the Youth Education Program before becoming a High School Equivalency Instructor at the Durham County Detention Facility in 2017. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology from High Point University.

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.

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Phone: (919) 489-8383  




Location: 1905 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707


Mailing address:  PO Box 52209, Durham, NC 27717


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