Ray Oglethorpe, Chairman of the Board and TLA Founder

The Learning Alliance is committed to improving education for ALL children.  Knowing that literacy is the number one predictor of success and that nationally only 35% of third graders are reading proficiently motivates our work.  We know that third grade is the linchpin to success, because children learn to read until third grade and read to learn thereafter.  We call our goal of 90% literacy by third grade the Moonshot Moment

The Moonshot Moment goal has motivated action and started an unparalleled movement, but behind this goal is a PROMISE: A promise to our children, our schools and our community. There is no deadline on a promise - only a call for intensified commitment and action to ensure our children have the chance to succeed. The progress we have made motivates us to continue the work so we can make good on our promise!

I am proud to be part of a community of citizens here in Vero Beach who have joined the journey and who will help pave the way for other communities to do the same.

Raymond Oglethorpe, Chairman

 

Raymond J. Oglethorpe is currently President of Oglethorpe Investments LP, a private investment company, and has served on the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University, the Board of Governors of the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, and the boards of other educational, religious and corporate institutions. Mr. Oglethorpe served as President of America Online, Inc. from 1992 until his retirement in 2002.   Prior to that time, Mr. Oglethorpe held senior executive positions in engineering, sales and marketing at IBM and Harris Corporation. He currently resides in Vero Beach, Florida and Cordillera, Colorado, and holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University.

Leadership

Barbara Hammond

CEO and Co-Founder

Favorite Book: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by The Invention of Nature

Barbara Hammond

CEO and Co-Founder
Favorite Book: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by The Invention of Nature

Liz Woody

Director of Professional Development and Co-Founder

Favorite Book: Toni Morrisson Beloved

Liz Woody

Director of Professional Development and Co-Founder
Favorite Book: Toni Morrisson Beloved

Staff

Debbi Arseneaux

Educational Consultant & Teaching Artist

Favorite Book: The Hounds of the Morrigan

Debbi Arseneaux

Educational Consultant & Teaching Artist
Favorite Book: The Hounds of the Morrigan

Liz Bahl

New Business & Documentation Manager

Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narnia

Liz Bahl

New Business & Documentation Manager
Favorite Books: The Chronicles of Narnia

Madeleine Bouldin

Operations Support

Favorite Author: Henning Mankell

Madeleine Bouldin

Operations Support
Favorite Author: Henning Mankell

Tricia Boyle

Finance Administrator

Tricia Boyle

Finance Administrator

Leslie Connelly

Educational Consultant & SDIRC Liaison

Favorite Children's Book: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Leslie Connelly

Educational Consultant & SDIRC Liaison
Favorite Children's Book: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Sue Curtis

Educational Consultant

Favorite Book: Knots on a Counting Rope

Sue Curtis

Educational Consultant
Favorite Book: Knots on a Counting Rope

Willie Finklin

Communication Specialist

Favorite Book: Miles Munroe In Pursuit of Purpose

Willie Finklin

Communication Specialist
Favorite Book: Miles Munroe In Pursuit of Purpose

Jonathan Krier

Director of Photography

Jonathan Krier

Director of Photography

Bridget Lyons

Arts/Literacy Educator and Manager of the Reading Rocket

Favorite Book: The Work of Linda Hogan

Bridget Lyons

Arts/Literacy Educator and Manager of the Reading Rocket
Favorite Book: The Work of Linda Hogan

Fran McDonough

Educational Consultant & SDIRC Liaison

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Fran McDonough

Educational Consultant & SDIRC Liaison
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Marie OBrien

Manager of Digital Media and Community Outreach

Favorite Books: Harry Potter

Marie OBrien

Manager of Digital Media and Community Outreach
Favorite Books: Harry Potter

Katie Sarbak

Operations Manager

Favorite Book: The Pillars of the Earth

Katie Sarbak

Operations Manager
Favorite Book: The Pillars of the Earth

Board Member

Raymond J. Oglethorpe

Chairman, Information Technology, Indian River County December 2010

Donald B. Riefler

Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Indian River County December 2010

Barbara Hammond

CEO, Indian River County, 2010

Arthur M. Scutro, Jr.

Treasurer, Certified Public Accountant, Indian River County November 2012

Elizabeth Woody

Secretary, Indian River County December 2010

Dr. Frances Adams

Board Member, Education, Indian River County November 2015

Jayne Becker

Board Member, Teacher, Indian River County November 2012

Kjestine Bijur

Board Member, Law, Indian River County February 2015

Dr. Marta Cronin

Board Member, Education, Indian River County November 2016

Dr. Lucinda Gedeon

Board Member, Indian River County

Dr. David W. Griffin, MD

Board Member, Orthopedics, Indian River County November 2012

Lilliane Sandra Hammonds

Board Member, Teacher/Administration, Indian River County February 2014

Claudia Jiménez

Board Member, Indian River County

James Kelly

Board Member, Board Member, Logistics, Indian River County November 2015

Mary Rae Kelly

Board Member, Teacher, Indian River County November 2012

Carol Price

Board Member, Teacher/Consultant, Indian River County November 2014

Arthur F. Ryan

Board Member, Investment Banking, Indian River County November 2012

Burton G. Tremaine

Burton G. Tremaine, Board Member, Indian River County

Partnerships

In 2010, The Learning Alliance partnered with the School District of Indian River County to establish our Moonshot Moment Goal of 90% Literacy by third grade. Since then, along with the school district and over 50 community partners, we have worked relentlessly toward this goal.

This unprecedented private/public partnership with the school district and the community enables us to make the gains toward transforming the next generation and securing the social and economic welfare of our community!

 

Thanks To Our Partners

Contact Information

The Learning Alliance
P.O. Box 643446
Vero Beach, FL 32964
877-548-READ

Indian River County, Florida

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